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On Monday, May 8, 2017, Bernard Johnson of Gulf Power presented WCSD Superintendent, Russell Hughes, Walton Education Foundation Executive Director, MH Carr, and Take Stock in Children Program Provider, Amy Wells with a check for $4,000 to purchase one 2 year college scholarship for a deserving student in the Walton County School District. This 7th-9th grade student, like the others who are in the Take Stock in Children program, will be matched with a volunteer mentor, given college success coaching and their parent/guardian will receive training on how to apply for college and submit other applications to ensure their student the best possible chance to graduate high school and attend college. If the student successfully completes the program they will receive the scholarship purchased this year upon their high school graduation.
 
Gulf Power is a generous contributor to the Walton Education Foundation year after year.
Submitted by MH Carr.
WDE's MakerSpace Club recently participated in STEM Career Day. Students enjoyed learning about everything from PH levels of soil, the chemistry of hair coloring, high tech gadgets used by law enforcement, the technology and photography connection as well as how GoPro cameras are used to check water lines. We would like to say a special thanks to Daniel Leonard with UF/IFAS, Connie Strickland owner/beautician at Bass Style Shop, Alicia Keeter, General Manager of South Walton Utilities, Matthew Key - SRO with Walton County Sheriff's Office, and Rachel Lauen - Photographer with Ultimate Production Company. What a great way to end the year! Submitted by Jessica Dawkins.

Ms. Miller's Geometry students at Freeport High School make real world applications to Geometry principles by building kites after their EOC. Students enjoyed seeing how well their calculations turned out by flying their creations on the soccer field.  Submitted by Patty Woodard.

FHS Kite

FHS Kite

FHS Kite

Emerald Coast Middle School enjoyed a fun filled day, celebrating Special Olympics Field Day on Friday, May 5, 2017.  Submitted by Angela Vance.
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.
Congratulations to the winners of the 1st PHS Spanish Competition. The winners can be seen below as follows: Spanish II Second Place - Bryson Kimmons, Spanish II First Place - Tennyson Greggs, Spanish I Second Place - Elizabeth Phillips, and Spanish I First Place - Christopher Lewis. Submitted by Kalli McMillan.
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.