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Congratulations to Matthew Deal, Ryan Meadows, and Bryanna Muscella for being selected to each receive a $4,000 band scholarship from Troy University.

On Friday, February 7th, Freeport’s own Gabe Moore received The Amateur Athlete of the Year award from the All Sports Association (ASA).  This is a very prestigious award, and we are very proud of him.  The All Sports Association has been recognizing athletes in the Northwest Florida area annually for 45 years and their organization raises money for many charitable causes in the area, including the Special Olympics, YMCA, and Boys & Girls Clubs.  Festivities last Friday included autograph signing, interviews with several newspapers, radio stations, and television channels, a reception with the ASA’s corporate sponsors, members, and many other influential individuals, and culminated with the annual awards banquet with over 1500 people in attendance.  ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit served as the keynote speaker.  Gabe was accompanied by his family as shown in the picture.  Congratulations to Gabe for this awesome honor!

The FHS volleyball team, under the direction of Coach Tina Knight, and the FHS golf team, under the direction of Coach Kitty Neal, are both ranked first in the FHSAA Academic Team Championship.  The volleyball team has a combined GPA of 3.686, and the golf team holds a combined GPA of 3.862.

The FHSAA Academic Team Champion Awards Program honors teamwork not only in competition, but in the classroom as well.   Points for the Academic Championship are awarded based on the team’s cumulative grade point average.  The top ten schools in each FHSAA category receive points.    Ten points are awarded for a first place finish, nine points are awarded for a second place finish, etc.   Points awarded for teams in single-class sports count toward the overall standings.   Due to the contributions of the FHS golf and volleyball teams, Freeport High School is currently in the overall lead for the Class 1A Academic Championship with a total of 20 points.   Baker High School is in second place with nine (9) points.

Freeport High School students, Tony Cosio, Gabe Moore and Sam Morgan, participated in a collegiate Heptathlon held on January 17-18, 2014, at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.    Gabe placed first in the competition with 5187 points.  Tony placed fourth with 3935 points, and Sam placed fifth with a total of 3781 points.   These scores were new personal ‘bests’ for all three athletes.  Congratulations to all three students for their outstanding performance!


Pictured left to right

Tony Cosio, Coach Willie Parker, LU athlete Jessica Harrison, Gabe Moore, and Sam Morgan

Students from music programs in Walton County Schools were selected to perform at the 2014 Florida Music Educators Professional Development Conference and All-State Concert held at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, FL, on January 8-11, 2014.

Walton High School Senior band member Mathew Deal (E-flat Contrabass Clarinet/ Baritone saxophone), Paxton High School Junior band member Samantha Reeves (Bb Clarinet), and Paxton High School Freshman band member Maddisyn Jones (Bass Clarinet), were selected for All-State High School Honor Band.  The Walton High School Band Director is Dr. Harry Patzig; Paxton High School Director is Renee Riggs. 

Walton High School Senior Joseph Wilmoth, Director Diara Morris, earned a place in the All State Men's Chorus.

Paxton School Freshman 8th grade band member Randi Madden (Tuba), Director Renee Riggs, was selected for All-State Middle School Honor Band.

West DeFuniak Elementary Student Haleigh Permenter (4th grade), music teacher Gina Ealum, was chosen to sing in the Elementary All-State Chorus. 

Students were selected from applications covering the entire state of Florida.  Congratulations Walton County Music Students!

Freeport High School’s Mary Kate Myrick scored her 1,000th career point against district foe Northview on January 7, 2014.  Mary Kate, daughter of Coach Mike and Patsy Myrick, is currently a junior and in her third year of varsity basketball at FHS.  In addition to basketball, Mary Kate is a member of the volleyball team, P.A.C.K. Leaders, History Club, Taylor Haugen Youth Corps, Student Government Association, secretary of the National Honor Society, co-president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, president of the junior class, and vice president of the Key Club.  She takes honors, dual enrollment, and AP classes and maintains an unblemished 4.0 GPA.  Mary Kate and the Lady Bulldogs currently hold an 18-4 record for the season.

Congratulation to Walton High School Senior Amos Williams for being selected as  4A All-State Football Team Honorable Mention.  Amos is a four year letterman of Walton Braves Football and Basketball teams.  He is also an active member of WHS Key and Anchor Clubs.

Ally Woodard - John W. Harris Leadership Award

Ally Woodard, 8th grade student at Emerald Coast Middle School received the John W. Harris Leadership Award at the State Beta Club convention in Orlando on December 1st.

This award is named in honor of the National Beta Club's founder and provides recognition to 25 of the National Beta Club's most deserving members. It recognizes the members who best exemplify the ideal of leadership. Only 25 Junior Beta Club members across the nation are chosen each year from the 450,000 Junior Beta Club members. 

Read To Succeed Fall Contest

December 9, 2013

Amy Bennetts class

Names Top row L-R Deanna Chisolm, Brisa Martienz, Kacie Crane, Abi McKee, Willow Motley, Mrs.  Amy Bennett, Shanayh Tyson, Gabby Watson, Erin Howell, Emily Adams Bottom tow L-R Yisaac Zavala, Levi Nelson, Mason Norris, Lance Dukes, Juany’ah Thomas, Dy’rek Howard, Juan Salazar


Walton Middle School is pleased to announce Mrs. Amy Bennett’s sixth period class as the winner of the WCSD's “Read To Succeed” Fall Contest. Mrs. Bennett’s students earned an astonishing 111 points on average, per student, which was 54 points higher than the classroom scoring second place in the event.   

To qualify for the contest, students were required to complete six possible activities. Each time a student successfully completed an activity, his or her class earned one point.  Activity scores of 75 percent or higher earned two points.  Activity scores of 88 percent or higher earned three points. To encourage students to do their very best, extra bonus points were awarded for earning high scores on the activity.

WMS is extremely proud of Mrs. Bennet and her winning class – they really did “Read To Succeed.”