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Two students in Mrs. Amy Bennett's Reading classes at Walton Middle School won contests sponsored by Achieve3000.  Victor Hernandez scored the most points for the entire state of Florida last week, and Mikaela Price won the most points for a day statewide.  Mrs. Bennett and WMS applaud these students for their commitment to reading success. Submitted by Kristen Nelson.

WMS Achieve

WMS Achieve

 

SWHS Senior Alyssa Selvey, surrounded by her parents Jeff and Angel Selvey and Seahawk Athletic Director Phil Tisa and Head Softball Coach Bob Hartness, signed her letter of commitment to play softball next year at the University of West Florida.  Congratulations Alyssa! Submitted by Barbara Stratton.

Emerald Coast Middle School held its 10th Annual Science Fair and announced the winners on Thursday, November 16, 2017.

Submitted by Angela Vance

Maude Saunders fifth graders participated in the Emerald Coast Science Center Bio-Blitz on Wednesday.  As field scientists, they learned to collect samples which they then identified, categorized and photographed.  They were surprised to find that the area around Maude Saunders is full of interesting plants and animals.  All photos will be uploaded to the iNaturalist website to share with other nature-lovers and scientists. Submitted by Krisy Spence.

MSE BioBlitz

MSE BioBlitz

MSE BioBlitz

Art departments at Freeport Elementary School, Walton Middle School, Emerald Coast Middle School, Paxton High School, and Freeport High School received recognition and a $100 award check for their participation in the Building Industry Association of Okaloosa and Walton Counties. 

Rain Barrels were provided by the @BIAOkaloosaWalton, and painted with creative designs. They were auctioned off during the annual Parade of Homes and the proceeds went toward a special scholarship program for students looking for careers in the building industry, as well as back in the form of an award to the participating schools. A rain barrel is a system that collects and stores rainwater from your rooftop that would otherwise be lost to runoff and diverted to storm drains and streams. A rain barrel is relatively simple and inexpensive to construct and can sit conveniently under a residential gutter down spout, or any spot where rain runs off of the roof. The water collected can be used to water plants, gardens, wash the car, and any number of usages that don't require sterile water. 

Mr. Alan Baggett, Executive Vice-President of the made the presentation.  Pictured are Kim Kirby, school board member; Alan Baggett, BIAOW, Jason Campbell accepting the award for Kaitlyn Arnold, art teacher at WMS; Jennifer Rhea, art teacher at ECMS; Corinne Wilson, art teacher at Paxton; Laurie Hudson, art teacher at FES; and Superintendent Hughes.