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Congratulations to WDE Media Specialist Mrs. Tammy Goodman! She was selected to receive a STEM Education Grant from the Emerald Coast Post of the Society of American Military Engineers, in the amount of $897. Mrs. Goodman will use the funds to purchase STEM books and programmable robots. Mrs. Goodman is pictured with WDE principal Mrs. Darlene Paul. Submitted by Jessica Dawkins.

Our WCSD Science Fair Awards Ceremony was held on December 8th. Approximately 150 students from 6 schools participated in this year's Science Fair on December 6th. 

Congratulations to all of our Walton County Science Fair Award recipients!

Science Fair projects help develop analytical skills and independent thinking! Whether you are doing a science fair project, a classroom science activity, independent research, or any other hands-on science inquiry understanding the steps of the scientific method will help you focus your scientific question and work through your observations and data to answer the question as well as possible.

Sikes Wilson (pictured) from South Walton High School received the Superintendent Mr. Hughes Award for an outstanding project in the Biological Category, "How does the type of milk affect plant growth." Sikes also won 1st place in the Senior Biological category.

A special thank you to our participants and their families, our Science Teachers, Judges, the Choctawhatchee Hemerocallis Society and Darius Paul

We hope to see you next year! 

Additional pictures from the WCSD Science Fair may be found on the WCSD Facebook Page.  Submitted by Crystal Appel.


The Florida High School Mock Trial Competition is an academic competition in which a team of 6-8 students simulate the roles of both attorneys and witnesses in a fictitious trial situation. Students have roughly five months to organize for their roles; case materials, questions and answers, and other resources are posted on-line by FLREA, Inc (Florida Law Related Education Association). Students compete against other teams in their judicial circuit, and the victor of that competition comes to the state competition which is typically held in March at the Orange County Courthouse, Orlando, Florida. This is the most hands-on, intensive learning simulation about the trial process available to high school students.

 

Walton County Schools, through its Youth Leadership Program, have a county competition in December/January each year, organized by local contacts, and held at the Walton County Courthouse, DeFuniak Springs, Florida. A county winner will be named each year and a traveling trophy will be presented to the winning school.  Special thanks to Dan Marcinkowski, former lawyer and Chamber of Commerce Representative, and Judge Kelvin C. Wells for assisting with this activity for the students of Walton County.  Please see Walton County School District's Facebook Page for additional photos of this event. Submitted by Kelly Stephenson and Donna Honish.

Every SWHS student entered in the Walton County Science Fair won an award.  Pictured (L to R) Mrs. Joan Kennett, Science teacher, Matthew Christensen (3rd place Physical Science), Sikes Wilson (1st place Biological Science and the Superintendent's Award), William Tusa (2nd place Physical Science), Bella Carvalho (3rd place Environmental Science), Ansley Daniel (1st place Environmental Science and Superior Science Award), Darrin Jackson (3rd place Biological Science) and Walton County School District Superintendent Russell Hughes.  In addition to plaques and certificates these superior science students brought home $885.00 in prize money.  Congratulations to everyone!  Submitted by Barb Stratton.

Congratulations to Butler Teacher of the Year, first grade teacher Gwen Wright, and ESP of the year, Carol Mitchell. They are pictured here with principal, Tammy Smith. Submitted by Sherrie Binkowski.

WDE Receives STEM Grant

December 9, 2016

On Tuesday, December 6th, April Gray from the Emerald Coast Post of the Society of American Military Engineers presented Mrs. Tammy Goodman, Media Specialist and Mrs. Darlene Paul, Principal of West DeFuniak Elementary with a check in the amount of $897.00.  The grant is for STEM related books for the media center and for 3 Sphero programmable robots.  Mrs. Goodman was one of 9 educators to be a 2016 award recipient out of 46 applicants for the grant.  WDE is thrilled to have these new resources to use with their students.