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The second annual All-County Honor Music series will be held at Freeport High School!

The Band concert will place on Tuesday, January 29th at 6:30 PM. The Chorus concert will take place on Saturday, February 2nd at 2:30 PM.

This musical event will showcase students throughout the Walton County School District as they come together as one in a new setting.

Below: Selected Honor Band students rehearse at WHS

The Freeport High School Capstone Seminar students in Mrs. Bump's class presented their group presentations on Friday, January 25th.  As part of this program, students are required to present their group research and argument to an audience of community leaders and/or school district personnel.

We are so proud of these students! Great job!

Students researched and presented on the following topics this year:

Termination of Parental Rights
Mental Health Treatment in the Prison Setting
Media Bias
Nuclear Energy
Censorship of History 

Audience Members:

Superintendent, A. Russell Hughes
School Board Vice Chairperson, Marsha Winegarner
Principal, Tripp Hope
Teachers, Hillary Williams and Vanessa Bump
Coordinator of Instructional Support Services, Crystal Appel
WCSD Career Counselor, Michele Carter
Submitted by Crystal Appel

Let’s run, walk and educate for Walton County!

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Walton Education Foundation (WEF) proudly presents the 8th Annual Apple Classic 5k/10k Run in the community neighborhood of the beautiful Hammock Bay in Freeport, Florida on February 9, 2019 at 9 am.

RACE INFORMATION

Hammock Bay
Freeport, FL

Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019
9:00 am Start
Open Course
Rain or Shine

CHECK OUT OUR COURSE!
5K Race Map and 10K Race Map

Most race day participation percentage by school receives $500 athletic grant (3 available Elementary/Middle/High)!!!

$40 5K Walk or Run – Includes race bag, long sleeve race shirt and other race day goodies
$40 10K Run – Includes race bag, long sleeve race shirt and other race day goodies
$25 Student Walk or Run – Includes race bag, long sleeve race shirt and other race day goodies
$10 Student only timing, no bag or shirt
FREE Student – just running the race without timing

Rain or Shine. All proceeds benefit the Walton Education Foundation.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Walton Education Foundation / Apple Classic
145 Park St. Suite 3
DeFuniak Springs, FL 32435

MH Carr
Executive Director
info@waltonedfoundation.org
Text or Call (850)692-9961

The new addition at South Walton High School is near completion and will soon be ready for students to flourish academically in their new classrooms! 
A special ribbon cutting was held to mark the official unveiling of the new wing on Friday, January 25, with pre-ceremony comments from Dr. Alexis Tibbets, Principal at SWHS; Pablo Robles, Sophomore Class President; Ali Barrett, SWHS parent; Beth Hiers, community supporter; Rich Komano, technology instructor; Mark Gardner, Director of Facilities; Representatives from Culpepper Construction; and Superintendent A. Russell Hughes. School Board members Kim Kirby, Gail Smith, and Marsha Winegarner were also present to participate in the event, and were recognized for their continued support of the expansion project. 
Mark Gardner stated that teachers should be moving in to the 10 classroom expansion next weekend, and students will soon be thriving in an environment with the state-of-the-art technology and equipment. Innovative classroom design will include desks and tables with dry-erase tops for collaboration and brainstorming, and ergonomically designed chairs for optional seating positions. There are courtyard areas that will allow for outdoor classrooms, and an outdoor dining patio. Overlapping and removable dividers are installed in several classrooms to allow for an open concept in teaching. 
Congratulations to South Walton High School students, teachers and administration on this EPIC expansion!

    

The Florida Chautauqua Winter Assembly is here! It will take place January 25-27.

As Superintendent Hughes mentioned in his January Video Update, this event around Circle Lake in DeFuniak Springs and the Chatauqua Center of Northwest Florida State College is an educational experience based on the 4 pillars of Chautauqua: Education, Art, Religion and Recreation. 

Left to Right:

Glen Pope Jr., Leo Durham, Stan Schneider

Rose Randolph prepares at the library
Jacqueline Waggoner Florida Fish and Wildlife Station  Inside the Tent

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Matt Gaetz (FL-01) announced his 2019 service academy nominations for Florida’s First Congressional District in two separate events at Niceville High School and Pace High School earlier today. During the events, Rep. Gaetz nominated the following students from Walton County School District to the U.S. Military Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy: 

  • Brady Miller, Freeport High School - U.S. Military Academy
  • Jacob Beadle, Seacoast Collegiate High School - U.S. Naval Academy

Congratulations to these two outstanding students for their nomination to these prestigious military institutions.  We are beyond proud, and know they will represent us well as they train in the service of our country! 


 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 22, 2019                                             

Contact: Jillian Lane Wyant,
Jillian.LaneWyant@mail.house.gov


Congressman Matt Gaetz Announces Service Academy Nominations for 2019

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Matt Gaetz (FL-01) announced his 2019 service academy nominations for Florida’s First Congressional District in two separate events at Niceville High School and Pace High School earlier today. During the events, Rep. Gaetz nominated the following students to the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, and the U.S. Air Force Academy:


UNITED STATES AIR FORCE ACADEMY

·         Logan Martin, Choctaw High School

·         Cassidy Bassett, Fort Walton Beach High School

·         Hannah Suh, Rocky Bayou High School

·         Stefanie Markwardt, Niceville High School

·         Natalie Reece, Northwest Florida State Collage and Okaloosa Online

·         Connor Stibolt, Pensacola Christian Academy

·         Clint Hinrichs, Pensacola High School

·         Jeffrey Sutherland, Pensacola High School

UNITED STATES MILITARY ACADEMY

·         Hunter Pruitt, Niceville High School

·         Alicyn Grete, Homeschool

·         Brady Miller, Freeport High School

·         Gabriella Murley, Holmes High School

·         Valerie Goodwin, Pace High School

·         Zachary Walden, Gulf Breeze High School

·         MacKenzie Schmidt, West Florida High School

UNITED STATES NAVAL ACADEMY

·         Brian Son, Niceville High School

·         Isaac Kelly, Pace High School

·         Trevor Compton, Gulf Breeze High School

·         Caroline Opager, Santa Rosa Christian School

·         Luciana Combs, Navarre High School

·         Westen Key, Milton High School

·         Malcolm Rivers, Pensacola High School

·         Allison McGaugh, Pensacola High School

·         Jacob Beadle, Seacoast Collegiate High School

·         Noelle Matzinger, Pine Forest High School

UNITED STATES MERCHANT MARINE ACADEMY

·         Paitin Davis, Fort Walton Beach

·         Samuel Scholl, Niceville High School

·         Christopher Loffler, Niceville High School

·         Hunter Ruddell, Niceville High School

·         Gavin Wilson, Niceville High School

**Six additional students were selected to receive service academy nominations; however, the students were not present at either event earlier today and will be informed and announced later this week.  

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 22, 2019                                             

Contact: Jillian Lane Wyant,
Jillian.LaneWyant@mail.house.gov


Congressman Matt Gaetz Announces Service Academy Nominations for 2019

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Matt Gaetz (FL-01) announced his 2019 service academy nominations for Florida’s First Congressional District in two separate events at Niceville High School and Pace High School earlier today. During the events, Rep. Gaetz nominated the following students to the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, and the U.S. Air Force Academy:


UNITED STATES AIR FORCE ACADEMY

·         Logan Martin, Choctaw High School

·         Cassidy Bassett, Fort Walton Beach High School

·         Hannah Suh, Rocky Bayou High School

·         Stefanie Markwardt, Niceville High School

·         Natalie Reece, Northwest Florida State Collage and Okaloosa Online

·         Connor Stibolt, Pensacola Christian Academy

·         Clint Hinrichs, Pensacola High School

·         Jeffrey Sutherland, Pensacola High School

UNITED STATES MILITARY ACADEMY

·         Hunter Pruitt, Niceville High School

·         Alicyn Grete, Homeschool

·         Brady Miller, Freeport High School

·         Gabriella Murley, Holmes High School

·         Valerie Goodwin, Pace High School

·         Zachary Walden, Gulf Breeze High School

·         MacKenzie Schmidt, West Florida High School

UNITED STATES NAVAL ACADEMY

·         Brian Son, Niceville High School

·         Isaac Kelly, Pace High School

·         Trevor Compton, Gulf Breeze High School

·         Caroline Opager, Santa Rosa Christian School

·         Luciana Combs, Navarre High School

·         Westen Key, Milton High School

·         Malcolm Rivers, Pensacola High School

·         Allison McGaugh, Pensacola High School

·         Jacob Beadle, Seacoast Collegiate High School

·         Noelle Matzinger, Pine Forest High School

UNITED STATES MERCHANT MARINE ACADEMY

·         Paitin Davis, Fort Walton Beach

·         Samuel Scholl, Niceville High School

·         Christopher Loffler, Niceville High School

·         Hunter Ruddell, Niceville High School

·         Gavin Wilson, Niceville High School

***PLEASE NOTE: Six additional students were selected to receive service academy nominations; however, the students were not present at either event earlier today and will be informed later this week. Until this point in time, our office will not be releasing their names.

MSE fifth graders are taking ownership of their learning by participating in student-led conferences with their parents.  These students are able to speak with confidence about what they know and how they learned it. They set goals, monitor their own progress, and reflect on their own strengths and areas for improvement.  submitted by Krisy Spence.  

 

Congratulations to Nicholas Binkowski, Junior at Walton High School. He was accepted to Samford Honor Band. While there, he tried out on both snare and mallets. After auditions he placed 3rd chair in the wind ensemble, which was the top high school band.