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Mrs. Harvell’s 7th grade advance science students at WMS participated in the American Museum of Natural History’s Young Naturalist Essay competition. As part of the competition, after students choose their topic, they have to go out into the field to collect data, analyze it, and then write their findings in an essay format. Dalton Harrison and Kale Herndon were selected as sem-finalists. Dalton Harrison’s topic was “The myth about moss," and Kale Herndon’s topic was “Tree Habitats." Special congratulations to these students.
Pictured L to R: Kale Herndon, Mrs. Greer Harvell, Dalton Harrison

WMS AVID Students Take a Tour

On Thursday, February 26, 2015, Walton Middle School (WMS) 6th-, 7th-, and 8th-grade AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) students experienced a special fieldtrip to Gulf Coast State College, located in Panama City, Florida. 

The students were given a special tour of the campus. During this tour, students were able to do some hands-on activities, like building electronic snap circuit boards, followed by a demonstration on how people can hack someone’s Gmail account. They learned how green-screens are used in media production. 

The students also toured the Architecture Department, Health Sciences Department and Technology Department.  This tour was designed to give these students a glimpse of possible future education choices they might have and what is expected of students in each field of study. 

Each of the students was given a goodie-bag filled with brochures, pens, and magnets from the college. Following the tour, the students were treated to CiCi’s Pizza for lunch. Special thanks to the teachers who accompanied the students on this fieldtrip - Ms. Amelia Collins, Ms. Emily Kent, Mr. Jared Smallwood, Mr. Brandon Crumbley, and Mr. Jeremy Deal. 

WMS AVID Students in Studio

WMS Achieve 3000

 Walton Middle School (WMS) has a national scholastic winner. WMS participates in a nationwide program called Achieve 3000.  Students at WMS compete at the school level, state level and national level.  Students are encouraged to continue to work on the program at home if they have Internet access.  The competition consists of a class score, as well as individual scores.  Points are earned by completion with 75% or higher on the first try.  The classes have two competitions a year, one in the fall and one in the spring.  The 2014 fall competition was won by one of Mrs. Amy Bennett’s classes. 

During the 2015 Spring Competition WMS had some students who won not only at the school level, but at the state and national level.  This means these students scored high on each program and completed the most, too. Trevon Randolph, 6th grade, won the state earning the most points for the day on February 25, 2015. Another 6th grader, Kaymon Miller, also won for the state earning the most points for the day on February 26, 2015.  Special congratulations to these young men.

Elrod Vo is a very ambitious and motivated 6th grader.  For the week of February 23-27, 2015, Elrod had the most points for the entire week.  Next he had the most points in the state on March 3, 2015, and then on March 5, 2015, Elrod won the most points in the entire nation.

Special congratulations to all these students for their hard work and dedication.  Congratulations to Mrs. Bennett for her help and encouragement.  

Pictured L – R Elrod Vo, Mrs. Amy Bennett, Trevon Randolph, Kaymon Miller


Ms. Katie Johnson, representative from Silver Sands Premium Outlets, presented a check for $11,000.00 to the Walton County School Board during their regularly scheduled meeting on March 17, 2015.  Accepting the check on behalf of the school district is Phil Tisa, Athletic Director of South Walton High School.

The Howard Group and Silver Sands Premium Outlets partnered with the Walton County School District in 2015 to ensure students are exposed to high-quality fine arts instruction, and for the provision of medical industry-standard instruction to high school students enrolled in the Allied Health Academy of South Walton High School.