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This school year, Walton High's Academic Team participated in competitions at each high school in Walton County. Several senior members will be competing Saturday in a regional tournament at Choctawhatchee High School. Three members - Griffon Murphy, Josh Permenter, and Bladen Ward - have been chosen to represent Walton County in the statewide competition at Walt Disney World Resort.

Team members:

- 12th Grade
Griffon Murphy, Tanner Grey, Belle Lloyd, Katelyn Lloyd, Joshua Permenter, Maxwell Jenns-Benetti, Bladen Ward, Tru Coleman, Mercedes Barham

- 11th grade
Jacob Hundley

- 10th Grade
Atterol Walters, Allie Arke, Alyssia “Sky” Verhine, Chloe Wilder 

- 9th Grade
Noel Dahl

- Sponsor Jeffery Patrick

Congratulations on an amazing year, and good luck at the regional & state competitions!

Submitted by Christy English

For over 30 years, the NFSO has provided free annual concerts for Walton and Okaloosa County students with specialized youth-oriented programming and teacher curriculum. This year, the symphony performed the famous Peter and the Wolf by Prokofiev, but with a twist! Peter VS. The Wolf was a fun filled show that engaged the audience of students from across the district. 

Here is the synopsis from Justin Locke, composer of Peter VS. The Wolf:  “At last, the Wolf gets his day in court.  The show begins with alarms, bells, and sounds of a police chase, as the Wolf has just escaped from the zoo. He runs into the concert hall, eluding the police chase, and pleads his case with the audience.  He claims he never got a fair trial and proceeds to the audience to tell his side of the story.  The original Prokofiev music and “the narrator’s affidavit”  are presented as evidence of 'duckicide in the first degree, with one gulp,’ but the Wolf proves to be an able defense attorney.  He calls each instrument to the stand and cross-examines them, teaching us a lot about music along the way.”

The Freeport-South Walton Kiwanis Club has graciously sponsored the students in this annual event for a number of years. Because of their gracious contribution, over 500 WCSD students were able to attend the concert just this morning, February 19, on the campus of Northwest Florida State College. Joined by members of the organization, Bill Whitney, South Walton Kiwanis President made a special presentation of $1,000 to help cover transportation expenses for this concert.

Walton County School District is exceedingly appreciative and grateful to Kiwanis for their support in this event, and for all the activities they sponsor in support of the students in this county!

Mossy Head 5th Graders had an amazing adventure as they participated in a SeaWorld Educational Sleepover February 15 and 16, 2019. Students got to sleep and wake next to amazing ocean animals, experience an educational seminar with SeaWorld staff, and enjoy a day exploring and learning in the park. 

Submitted by Elizabeth Gaither

MHS Seaworld    

MHS 5th Graders at Seaworld    

On January 22, WHS students in Ms. King's biology class learned how biotechnology is important in agriculture. Mr. Donnie Richardson shared how farming has changed over the years and how genetically-modified crops have allowed greater yields with less harm to the environment. Students also learned how technology has impacted the equipment used in farming. We thank Mr. Richardson for sharing so many details about an often-misunderstood topic!

Submitted by Christy English

Congratulations to District 1 - 1A Champions: Paxton Ladycats! The Ladycats and their coaches have worked so hard thus far this season. The entire Paxton family would like to wish the girls good luck in the Regional Semifinals tonight!

Pictured: Back Row (L to R) - Bookkeeper Laurie Gilbert, Assist. Coach Kim Corbett, Cadence Perez, Olivia Carson, Mya Young, Maddie Varnum, Ashlyn Hall, Cassie Varnum, Jordyn Bradley, Megan Davis, Alyssa Carson, Head Coach Andy Norris, and Assist. Coach Sam Martin. Middle Row (L to R) - Hayley Simmons, Paiyton Perry, and Camryn Brazile. Front Row (L to R) - Mgr. Camden Norris, Mgr. Emma Sormrude, Mgr. Aubrey Norris, Capri McCormick, Sadie Varnum, Hailee Bryan, Mgr. Marley McClelland, Mgr. Kaley Norris, and Mgr. Lauren Norris.

Submitted by Kalli McMillan

MSE students brought in their spare change, which totaled $1,029.54, during the annual “Change for Children” campaign. This money will be combined with the collections from all other Walton County schools to benefit Children In Crisis, Inc., which provides a home to abused, neglected, and abandoned children in our community. The students shown here were among the 5th graders who helped collect and count the change.
Submitted by Krisy Spence

MHS hosted our annual Title 1 meeting and “Souper” Reading Night on January 31. Families were served soup and sandwiches for dinner.  Parents then visited the classrooms with their children and were given different strategies to use at home to help their child reach their reading goals.

Submitted by Elizabeth Gaither

Walton County School District schools and offices will be closed on Monday, February 18, 2019, in observance of Presidents Day. School will resume as normal on Tuesday, February 19, 2019.