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Submitted by Christy English, Walton High School

This past Saturday (March 5), the WHS band had a clinic and masterclass with guest clinicians traveling from Pensacola, Mississippi, Dothan, Cantonment, and Gainesville to work with the Walton Middle and High School bands as we prepare for our Concert Band Music Performance Assessment next week.  The groups worked with two clinicians to start the day for an hour with each, then students of like instruments (both middle and high together) worked with a professional musician/educator who plays their specific instrument (flutes worked with a flute specialist, percussion worked with a percussion specialist, etc.). 

Once the masterclasses were done, all the middle and high school students gathered in the band room to hear a special presentation from Sgt. Bradley, a percussionist from the United States Army Band.  He talked to the students about his daily routine, boot camp, musical experiences as a military musician, and performances around the world.  He also answered questions from various students.

The students all left excited, with more knowledge about music & their instruments and motivated to continue to get better.

Submitted by Heather Simmons, Mossy Head School

All of Mossy Head School students met the February Attendance Challenge of 95% of attendance or more! Each student received a piece of tape and "stuck" Mrs. Hinote onto the wall. Amazing job, Mustangs!”

Submitted by Patty Woodard, Freeport High School

Freeport High School students Ryan Lechner and Martha Freeman were recently selected to represent CHELCO and Walton County in the 2016 Youth Tour in Washington, D.C.  Seventeen students were selected by area schools to participate in the first part of the youth tour experience.  After an interview, Ryan and Martha were among the four chosen to represent CHELCO's service territory.  We are very proud of both Ryan and Martha for representing Freeport High School well. 

Pictured left to right:  Ryan Lechner, Superintendent Anderson, Martha Freeman

Submitted by Elizabeth Fairweather, Emerald Coast Middle School

Congratulations are in order for the ECMS History Team. Last Friday, team members Beau Adams, Witt Kessler, Nick Lee, Rachel Mc Cann, Maddox Rhea, Dalton Robinson, Emma Sewell, Nick Sirmans, and Cooper Weakly competed in the Birmingham Regional Finals of the National History Bee. The students represented ECMS well. Nick Sirmans took first place overall and Witt Kessler, Maddox Rhea, Dalton Robinson, Nick Sirmans, and Cooper Weakly were among a small group of students who advanced to Nationals in Chicago. Way to go ECMS History Team!

Submitted by Cindy Stewart, Bay Elementary School

Bay Elementary School Students of the Month for March are Luke Borick and Meredith Weimorts pictured here with Principal Meredith Spence.

Submitted by Barbara Stratton, South Walton High School

SWHS Sophomore River Springfield has been selected as a finalist in Photographer’s Forum magazine’s 36th Annual College & High School Photography Contest.  His photograph was selected from over 10,000 entries from students in the United States, Canada and around the world.

Submitted by Christy English, Walton High School

AVID students read to Head Start and Maude Saunders Elementary students in celebration of Read Across America Day (March 2).  This annual reading motivation and awareness program calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss.  Both the younger and older students enjoyed the experience, which put a spotlight on the importance of reading.