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There were 62 applicants for this year’s Walton Education Foundation classroom grant project. Over $61,000 worth of items were requested. The Foundation selected 29 grants provided with private funds from CHELCO, Alys Beach Foundation, SunTrust Bank, Publix, and their annual Apple Classic 5K and 10K fundraiser, as well as matching funds from the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations.


We are excited to announce WHS teachers, Ms. Stephenson and Ms. Corales, were awarded one of these grants (for $1500), which allowed them to purchase 180 books for their classroom libraries.


Congratulations, Ms. Stephenson and Ms. Corales! We know your students are anxious to get their hands on these new books!

Submitted by Christy English.

WHS Books

WHS Books

Bay Elementary is proud to announce the Kiwanis Students of the Month for December. Congratulations Sammy Souder and Meyshia Kennedy for being selected as the BES Kiwanis Students of the Month. Sammy and Meyshia will attend a breakfast sponsored by the Freeport Kiwanis Club to be recognized for this honor. Submitted by Cindy Stewart.

Pictured left to right:  Teofilo Tundidor (2nd Place Junior Biological Science), Lilli Arthur (Honorable Mention Junior Physical Science), Selina Li (1st Place Junior Engineering), Olivia Rodgers (3rd Place Junior Biological Science), Taylor Pankow (Honorable Mention Junior Physical Science). Submitted by Sharie Smith.

West DeFuniak Elementary is pleased to announce that Tammy Goodman has been awarded a grant from the Emerald Coast Post of the Society of Amerian Military Engineers.  Ms. Traci DeWar, grant coordinator,  was on-hand to present the grant check.  Out of thirty-one applicants eleven grants were awarded.  Mrs. Goodman's grant titled "Taking Flight" revolves around inspiring students to learn more about the field of aerospace engineering. Students will be learning to fly unmanned aerial vehicles and challenged to extend their knowledge through STEM related books. Submitted by Jessica Dawkins.

On Friday, December 8, 2017, three Walton County High School Leadership classes participated in a Mock Trial at the Walton County Courthouse.  Freeport High, South Walton High and Walton High each had students who experienced the roles of Prosecuting Attorney, Defense Attorney, or Witness for the Mock Trial of Frances Mallory v. Taylor Smith.  Participants enlisted the assistance of local attorneys in our area in preparation for the Mock Trial.  Judge Kelvin Wells presided while four judges observed the proceedings.  The four judges were Dan Marcinkowski, retired lawyer; Bailey Rushing, Walton County Public Defender’s Office;  Matthew Richardson, Walton County State Attorney Office; and Cindy Anderson, Emerald Coast Technical College and former Paralegal. A special thank you is extended to each judge for their participation in this event. 

Walton High School won the overall school award after three rounds and received a trophy for their accomplishment.  Certificates were also awarded for Best Witness for the Defense, Best Witness for the Plaintiff, Best Prosecution Attorney, and Best Defense Attorney.  Those were awarded as follows:

Best Witness for the Defense:
William Huff (far left)
Kayla “Cheyenne” Cordle (third from left)
(pictured with Dan Marcinkowski and Cindy Anderson)

Mock trial

Best Witness for the Plaintiff:
Aniston Grabowski (third from left)
William “Billy” Hubbard (second from left)
(pictured with Dan Marcinkowski and Cindy Anderson)

Mock trial

Prosecution Attorney:
William Campbell (far left)
Jessie Messer (second from left)
(pictured with Dan Marcinkowski and Cindy Anderson)

Mock trial

Defense Attorney:
Krislynn McLaney (far left)
Sarah Jackson (third from left)
(pictured with Dan Marcinkowski and Cindy Anderson)

Mock trial

FHS Leadership class with Judge Kelvin Wells (back center) and instructor, Jamey Goddin (far right).

Mock trial

SWHS Leadership class with Judge Kelvin Wells (back center) and instructor, Mandy Rodriguez (far right).

Mock trial

WHS Leadership class with Judge Kelvin Wells (back center) and instructor, Kelley Stephenson (far right).

Mock trial

Submitted by Donna Honish.

Congratulations to the 2017-2018 Teacher and Educational Support Personnel of the Year! 

Teacher of the Year: Mr. Dan Bump (7th Grade Civics)

ESP of the Year: Ms. Kim Dier (Paraprofessional)

Submitted by Chelsea Ellison.

Congratulations to our 3rd grade Science Fair winners! (Top picture)

3rd grade Biological

1st place - Liam Holley "A Deer's Choice"

2nd Place - Kari Hanscome "Taste Perception"

Honorable Mention - Lila Sharpston "Meal Time in the Forest"

3rd grade Physical

1st place - Jackson Howell  "Simple Electric Motor"

2nd place - Danika Cottle "Is My Mascara Running?"

3rd place - Raegan Wright "Crystals"

Honorable Mention - Jeremiah Perrucci "Why Doesn't the Ocean Freeze?"

Congratulations to our 4th grade Science Fair winners! (Middle Picture)

4th Grade Biological
1st Place - Ava Susenbach "The Mold and the Beautiful"
2nd Place - Camden Zodrow "Which Bubble Gum Produces the Biggest Bubbles?"
3rd Place - Alyson Mars "Which Flavor of Gum Lasts Longest?"

4th Grade Physical
1st Place - Braedon Paul "Water Purification"
2nd Place - Gracie Daniel "Helium vs. Latex"
3rd Place - Riley Sheehan "Rethink your Drink" 
Honorable Mention - Tinsley Smith "Penny vs. Liquid"
Honorable Mention - Antonio DeRycke "How Far Will it Fly?"
Honorable Mention - Sean Stegall "Lego Ice"
Honorable Mention - Tessa Tucker "Slime, Slime, Slime"

Congratulations to our 5th grade Science Fair winners and to our Principal's Award winner - Ellie Clemmons! (Bottom picture)

5th grade Biological
1st place - Emma Lathinghouse "How Does Caffeine Affect Plant Growth?"
2nd place - Addie Ingle "Deer Treats"
3rd place - Kaylie Joyner "Does Sight Effect Taste Perception?"
Honorable Mention - Maya Abbott "What Molds First?"
Honorable Mention - Emmalee Alford "Natural vs. Artificial"

5th grade Physical
1st place - Jackson Davis "Signal Block"
2nd place - Lavaris Randle "What Helps Yeast Ferment the Best?"
3rd place - Libby Morris "What Should Humpty Dumpty Have Worn?"
Honorable Mention - Jake Furbee "What Type of Wood Lasts Longer?"
Honorable Mention - Maddox Flynt "Going the Distance"

Principal's Award - Ellie Clemmons "Which Shampoo Strips the Color Out of Dyed Hair?"

Submitted by Jessica Dawkins.

Butler Elementary families enjoyed an evening of Literacy related activities including guest readers, games, hot cocoa, and a visit from Mrs. Claus during Family Reading Night. All children were able to select a variety of “gently used” books to take home with them. Five lucky students won door prizes including two Kindle Fire Tablets! Submitted by Tammy Smith