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Makayla Galloway of Mossy Head School was recommended by her music teacher, Krystina Lyon, to attend the Kids at the Symphony Program.  On December 9, 2016, at 7:30 PM, Makayla attended the Holiday Pops performance with the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra at the Mattie Kelly Fine & Performing Arts Center.  Makayla was recommended to attend due to her good behavior and involvement in the Mossy Head Choir Program.  Makayla is pictured with Superintendent Russell Hughes.  Congratulations on your recognition. Submitted by Laura Smith.
The Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) has identified 2015-16 high school graduates for the Bright Futures (BF) Academic Top Scholar (ATS) awards for the 2016-17 year.
Florida Academic Scholars (FAS) who received funding for the fall term at an eligible Florida postsecondary institution are ranked based on the product of their highest Bright Futures GPA and their best SAT® combined or ACT® composite score as reported for their FAS award eligibility. OSFA notifies each Academic Top Scholar of their award.
The Academic Top Scholar in your county, Walton, is Garrett Shost from Seacoast Collegiate High School.
Submitted by Kay Dailey.

Janet Greeno, representing the St. Joe Community Foundation, presented a check for $20,000 to SWHS Assistant Principal Jimmy Ross and Principal Alexis Tibbetts to be used to expand and beautify the outdoor eating area at SWHS. Submitted by Barbara Stratton.

 

Emerald Coast Middle School represented well at the WCSD Science Fair. We congratulate all participants and winners. We thank Mrs. Nancy Parker for her excellent support of these students. Also, we send gratitude to the Stingray families for their continued support as we continue to strive for academic excellence. 

Junior Physical

1st place: Feeling Salty, Grace Liles ECMS $100

1st Place: Formidable Frigid Magnet, Joseph Sills ECMS $100

3rd Place: Are You Blue?, Eden Kuykendall ECMS $75

3rd Place: Don’t Burst My Bubble, Pia Paval ECMS $75

Honorable Mention: Growing Greens, Keeley Mears ECMS $50

Junior Biological

1st Place: Bio Char, Barrett Waldrop ECMS $100

Honorable Mention: Back to School Bacteria, Cody Ryles-Endres ECMS $50

Junior Environmental

3rd Place: Disinfecting Contaminated H2O, Mackenzie Petty, ECMS $75

Honorable Mention: Water World H20 + Earth, Isabella Rose ECMS $50

Honorable Mention: Heating Up!, Jessie Miller ECMS $50

 

Carlene Anderson Emeritus Award (in honor of David Jeselnik) – Grace Liles $100

Choctawhatchee Hemerocallis Society Botanical Award – Barrett Waldrop $50

Submitted by Angela Vance.

The Patriot's Pen Competition, sponsored by VFW, focused on "The America I Believe In" this year. Grade 6-8 students submit a 300-400 type written essay for this topic.  Winners for this competition were all from Walton Middle School and are as follows; Atterol Walters, 3rd Place (left), Deseria Boyer, 2nd Place (center) and Andrew Ellis, 1st Place (right).  These students will be recognized at the January 3rd School Board Meeting at 5:00 P.M. at which time they will receive their monetary awards and certificates from the local VFW. Congratulations to these students. Submitted by Donna Honish.

Under the direction of Mrs. Kristy West, students from Walton Middle School's Career class delivered Christmas cheer to Chautauqua Rehabilitation and Nursing Center residents.  Beforehand, students donated items to fill over forty gift baskets.  On Thursday, December 15th, the class hand-delivered the baskets during the center's annual Christmas party.  The experience was a rewarding experience for both students and residents. Submitted by Kristen Rhodes.

WCSD Students, Faculty and Staff are out for Christmas & New Year's Holidays beginning on Wednesday, December 21, 2016, we have school Monday, December 19th and Tuesday, December 20th.  On Monday, January 2, 2017, there is a teacher work day and on Tuesday, January 3, 2017,  there is a teacher professional development day so students are out both of these days.  Students should return to school on Wednesday, January 4, 2017.  Have a Safe and Happy Holiday!
The Voices of Democracy Competition, sponsored by VFW, focused on "My Responsibility To America" this year.  Grade 9-12 students submitted a 3-5 minute essay on an audio CD for this topic.  Winners for this competition are 3rd place, Melanie Nowell from Walton High School (far right); 2nd place, Wendy McCormick from Freeport High School (center); and 1st place, Zachary Seay from Freeport High School (far left).  These students will be recognized at the January 3rd School Board Meeting at 5:00 P.M. at which time they will receive their monetary awards and certificates from the local VFW. Congratulations to these students. Submitted by Donna Honish.