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Coach Terri Shelley, Josh Permenter (WHS), Coach Carla Griffith

Jasmine Sumpter (Seacoast), Jordan Nichols (SWHS), Nadia Bock (SWHS), Malcolm Griffith (FHS)

The Walton Academic Team attended the Commissioner's Academic Challenge from April 19th - 21st in Orlando, Florida.  After coming in second out of 5 teams in their room (4th out of 15 teams) in the first round, they advanced immediately to the semi-finals.  The team worked very well together and all of the participants answered questions during the competition.  They stayed in the top three teams in the semi-finals until the last round, where they were bumped out of the finals by a 3 question margin.  They enjoyed the experience and the underclassman, with some experience under their belt, are very excited and hopeful to get the chance to return again next year.

Submitted by Carla Griffith

Ellis Island comes to life at WDE! From 1892 to 1954, over twelve million immigrants entered the United States through the portal of Ellis Island, a small island in New York Harbor. Second grade students at WDE had the unique opportunity to experience life as an immigrant. This included choosing a foreign country, new name, and reason for immigrating to America. Students experienced waiting in a long line to enter Ellis Island, going through a medical exam, and a questioning session with an Ellis Island official who determined whether or not they could enter the United States for a better life.

Submitted by Jessica Dawkins

      

30A Bike Shop Owner Josh Foreman and Coworker Tommy Lindsey donated a brand new bike to a very deserving student in Ms. Donnita Carroll’s classroom on Friday, April 27, 2018. Kyle Cooper bought $40 worth of tickets for a chance to win a bicycle and unselfishly gave many of them to friends in his class. Kyle didn’t have the winning ticket, but one of the tickets he purchased and gave to one of his friends was the winner! Kyle was so excited that is friend won and didn’t have one moment of sadness that he wasn’t the one going home with a new bike. When Mr. Foreman and Mr. Lindsey heard about Kyle’s selfless actions and genuine support of his friends, they wanted to make sure that Kyle had his own brand new bike. Ms. Carroll, Kyle’s Teacher, and Mrs. Karley Leach, Teacher Aide, are very thankful for the act of kindness shown to Kyle by Mr. Foreman and Mr. Lindsey. We are very fortunate to have people and businesses like these in our community! Walton County School District extends special thanks to 30A Bike Shop for their investment in the lives of our students!

 Submitted by Angela Vance

Congratulations to the Ladycat Varsity Softball team for winning their district championship. The Ladycats came out with a victory of 11-0 over Bethlehem. Way to go, Ladycats!
Pictured (L to R): Assistant Coach - Samantha Martin, Assistant Coach - Andy Norris, Hannah Cain, Cadence Perez, Megan Davis, Ashlyn Hall, Camryn Brazile, Genesis Long, Mya Young, Assistant Coach - Kevin Bryan, Sadie Varnum, Kyrstyn Head, Jordyn Bradley, Head Coach - Jeff Bradley, and Michaela Cain. On Ground (L to R): Paiyton Perry and Hailee Bryan.
Submitted by Kalli McMillan

Congratulations to Walton High’s Lady Braves softball team on their win over South Walton Thursday night!  They are District Champions!

They will play Godby (at home) in the quarterfinal game on May 2 at 7:00.  Go Braves!

Submitted by Christy English

Recently, Walton Middle School seventh grade Civics students in Mrs. Katie Williams and Ms. Regina Messer's classes were caught sharpening their civics knowledge of landmark U.S. Supreme Court cases as they prepare for their EOC assessment in May.  Students worked in groups to sort landmark cases/descriptions together, and finally blended both sorts into one, creating relationships to demonstrate total mastery.  Civics review is standards-based, interactive, and fun at WMS.

Submitted by Kristen Nelson

  

The Paxton family would like to wish the track team good luck as they compete in Regionals. We know they will represent Paxton with Pride, Passion, and Purpose! Congratulations for making it this far!

Seen in the picture:

Front Row (L to R): Bethany Fleming, Abby Murphy, Lauren Gaither, and Ragan Butts.

Back Room (L to R): Eugene Hall (Freshman), Hailey Myddelton (Senior), Philip Anderson (Sophomore), Caylor Dixon (Sophomore), Jacqueline Stricklin (Sophomore), Shaleigh Geoghagan (Senior), Ciara Stricklin (Sophomore), Bryson Kimmons (Senior), Lillian Kemp (7th), Ke'ontae Saners (Junior), and Cage Wibbing (8th).

Submitted by Kalli McMillan

From left to right in the picture:

Kim Kirby, School Board chairperson; Jim Pitts, Kiwanis member; Wanda Pitts, Kiwanis member; Hossein Vahabzadeh, Kiwanis membership chairman; Superintendent Russell Hughes; Janine Strouse, Kiwanis Vice-President; Maurice Strouse, Kiwanis President

The Freeport-South Walton Kiwanis club recently made a very generous donation to support the 5th grade students of Walton County in their attendance at the annual 5th grade Symphony Concert presented by the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra.  For 30 years, the NFSO has provided free annual concerts at the Mattie Kelly Fine Arts Auditorium for Okaloosa & Walton county students with specialized youth oriented programming & teacher's curriculum.

This years concert featured the music of Johann Strauss, Smetana, Felix mendelssohn, and Benjamin Britten.  Maestro Jeffrey Rink began the concert with a demonstration of the musical instruments that make up the orchestra.  The orchestra was joined by student solo violinist Blake Richardson, and 8th grader from Maclay Middle School in Tallahassee, who was the winner of the Junior division of the NFSO Annual Concerto Competition.  The concert concluded with Britten's "The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra", which includes a narrator and an introduction to each family of the orchestra! 

The concert provides an opportunity for students from Walton County to experience a high level quality of music in one of the most acoustically and aesthetically satisfying performance venues in the South, the Mattie Kelly Fine Arts Complex, on the campus of Northwest Florida State College.  The Freeport- South Walton Kiwanis Club has graciously sponsored the students in this annual event for a number of years.  As a result of their sponsorship, over 700 Walton County School District students were impacted by the presentation this year! 

Submitted by Keitha Bledsoe