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The South Walton High School Student Government attended the January 15,2019 meeting of the Walton County School Board as part of their training with SGA sponsor, Joan Kennett.  Greg Garrett, President of the SWHS SGA, spoke to the Board Members and Superintendent, thanking them for their dedication and diligence to provide the students of Walton County with quality education, in a safe and learning-condusive environment. When asked about the assignment, Ms. Kennett, who is also the 2018 WCSD Teacher of the Year, shared the following:

"As student leaders in the school, it is my belief that our student leaders attend a School Board meeting to provide an opportunity to see our governing body at work.  For our students to grow, learn and become empowered, they must embrace as many opportunities to help them become better leaders and what better way than to witness our school board leaders in action.  For many parents and students, some have never attended a school board meeting.  I don't want my students to miss out on opportunities that will enhance their future decisions as leaders as they move into their future careers.  I believe attending will provide my student leaders to build relationships with school board members in a positive direction and see first hand our governing body work collaboratively in decision making. They saw first hand how important our community and students are in Walton County. Following the meeting, my students had many positive comments and were truly impressed with the meeting.  And of course, they became excited when the dignitaries were discussing the new addition to SWHS and the new Dune Lake Elementary."

Congratulations to these students for their involvement in student government, and their presence at the meeting.  These are some of the future leaders of our county, school district, state and country. The future is in good hands!  

Walton High School ended their Winter Spirit Week with a Winter Ball and the presentation of the court & crowning of the King and Queen.

Pictured left to right: Braden Reeves; Josie Barton; Queen Chrisma Spradlin; King Kyle Ealum; Zemiah Goldsmith; and Devin Hester.

Submitted by Christy English

Congratulations to the WHS competition cheerleading team, who took home 1st place in their division Saturday in Tallahassee at the Chiles High School Competition. They will be traveling to Jacksonville January 18 & 19 for the FHSAA Regional Cheer Competition.

Way to go, and good luck, Braves!

Submitted by Christy English

Thanks to FES "Watchdog Dad"

January 14, 2019

Thanks to Mr. Troy Harbaugh, "watchdog dad" for the day at Freeport Elementary School! He spent the day with our students and ended the day assisting with Parent-Student pickup!

Congratulations to Paxton students Samantha Lee and Kaylee Aplin for being recognized for their EPIC writing by the Florida State Poets Association in their 36th anthology: Cadence. Samantha, placing in their poetry contest, had her worked published in the anthology. Kaylee is recognized in the book for receiving honorable mention in the contest. Way to go, ladies!

Submitted by Kalli McMillan

January is National Mentoring Month! Mentoring guarantees young people that there is someone who cares about them, assures them they are not alone in dealing with day-to-day challenges, and makes them feel like they matter. Research suggests that youth who have a mentor are more likely to attend and be more engaged in school, finish high school and continue on to post-secondary education, and form more positive social attitudes and relationships.

If you are interested in making a difference in the life of a child and changing the world for the better, Lori Hughes, the WCSD contact for our mentoring program, will be happy to assist! Contact her at (850) 892-1100 ext. 1443
or by email at [email protected]

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Congratulations to Tayten Lehmann (right) and Samantha Lee (left), Paxton High School Band, for their selection into the top honor band at the 20th annual Southeastern United States Middle School Honor Band (SEUS) held at Troy State University December 6-8, 2018. 
Outstanding accomplishment!!! Submitted by Kalli McMillan