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WHS senior Emmy Crane has been selected from applicants across the United States to be the student speaker at the 2017 AVID Summer Institute in Tampa, Florida, in June. Emmy submitted a speech to the AVID national directors earlier this year telling her story of how AVID has impacted her life. Before the final decision was made, she had to go through a rigorous interview process and, after further impressing the selection committee, she received the news that she was selected from hundreds of applicants nationwide to tell her story to thousands at this year's AVID Summer Institute.

Thank you, Emmy, for sharing your story and showing the nation that good things are happening at Walton High School! Look for her on the AVID channel on YouTube later this year! Submitted by Christy English.

Emerald Coast Middle School 5th Graders enjoyed a day at the Northwest Symphony Guild during the first week of May.  Submitted by Angela Vance. 
Mossy Head's kindergarten class loved being ranch hands for a day at the Rocking B-A-B Ranch. This opportunity gave our students the ability to learn and interact with numerous animals at the farm. They learned about peacocks, chickens, hedgehogs, lemurs, camels, and so much more. Our students learned how to hold a baby chicken and how a lemur eats a banana. They learned how to a lasso a hay steer and rode on a tractor train. They enjoyed their lunch and a snow cone at the big red barn. Thank you so much, Rocking B-A-B Ranch, for an experience our kindergarteners will never forget!  Submitted by Elizabeth Gaither.
Several WMS Digital Information Technology students have earned their Internet Business Associate National Industry Certification so far this year. Congratulations to these students. Submitted by Laurie Cook.
WMS 7th and 8th grade students who earned Gaming Essentials or Web Essentials digital tools certification. Four of these students earned both digital tool certifications. Congratulations to these students for their accomplishments. Submitted by Laurie Cook.
On Friday, May 5th, fifty dedicated readers at Walton Middle School spent the day at Dave and Buster's at Pier Park.  Fifty-three WMS students qualified for the trip by meeting the schoolwide reading challenge requirements.  They all had a blast! Submitted by Kristen Rhodes.
Paxton High School senior Zach Varnum recently signed a college commitment to continue his basketball career at Coastal Alabama Community College in Bay Minette, Alabama. Zach was a force on the Bobcats varsity basketball team, according to Coach Jeff Bradley during the signing ceremony, scoring a total 1875 points during his varsity career with a record of 99 wins and only 17 losses. He was also named the Northwest Florida Daily News Small School Player of the Year for the third time this year, the first time any player has ever received the prestigious honor three times. Submitted by Kalli McMillan.