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Congratulations to Jessie Miller, South Walton High School, for her successful completion of the Digital Information Technology Certification! 
Jessie is pictured here with South Walton High School's Technology instructor, Richard Komando.

Submitted by Barbara Stratton

Greg Garrett is congratulated by South Walton High School Principal Dr. Alexis Tibbetts for being named a candidate in the U. S. Presidential Scholars Program.

Gregory Garrett, a graduating senior at South Walton High School, has been named one of approximately 4,500 candidates in the 2019 U. S. Presidential Scholars Program.  He was selected from nearly 3.6 million students.  Gregory is President of the South Walton High School Student Government Association, a National Advanced Placement Scholar, and a 2018 Sunshine State Scholar

 

Inclusion in the U. S. Presidential Scholars Program is based on superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character and involvement in community and school activities. 

 

Up to 161 U. S. Presidential Scholars will be chosen from this year’s senior class, representing excellence in education and the promise of greatness in America’s youth.

 

Scholars will be invited to Washington, D.C. for several days in June to receive the Presidential Scholars Medallion at a recognition ceremony and to participate in events and activities.

 

Gregory is the son of Robert and Anna Garrett of Freeport, FL.  He plans to attend the University of Florida majoring in Computer Science and Business.

Submitted by Barbara Stratton

Photo by Barb Stratton, SWHS

Walton High School student, McCaid Paul, spoke to education classes at Chipola College on February 6th,
McCaid shared his journey in becoming an author, discussed the writing process and the impact that teachers on students.
 
McCaid has recently released his second novel, “Secret Trust.” It is the sequel to “The Forgotten Headline,” his first book which debuted last year. They are both available in paperback, hardcover, or ebook through Amazon.com.
 
“Secret Trust” is the second in a series of four books which takes place in a small, southern town known as Summersville. The sequel revolves around the main characters, Mick and Billie, who are each confronting their own family mysteries, uncovering hidden truths and decades old secrets.
 
To learn more about McCaid and his writing, check out his website www.mccaidpaulbooks.com, Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com, or locate him on Instagram and Twitter.

A few weeks ago at Paxton, with bad weather fast approaching, it was time for the flags at the front of the school to come down. One of the schools SROs, Officer Shover, had a little help folding them up from PreK student Esaias Brinson. Esaias demonstrating some EPIC PAXTON PRIDE by offering a helping hand when needed. Way to demonstrate your PRIDE, PASSION, and PURPOSE, Esaias!

Submitted by Kalli McMillan

After reading Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza, Mrs. Allen's PreK class got to make their own pizzas in class. Not only that, school custodian Mr. Dale, brought in his own little red hen for the class to meet. The PreK had a great time playing with the chicken and chowing down on pizza. 

Submitted by Kalli McMillan

Mrs. Lewis, Freeport Elementary Principal;  Mrs. Neal, Paxton Principal;  Mrs. Davenport, and Ms. Campbell represented Walton County at the Instructional Leadership Team Academy Conference in Orlando. They participated in a standards rich training in ELA and Math.  They created an instructional vision for their schools, and set goals for Paxton and Freeport Elementary. 

Submitted by Laurie Campbell

Congratulations to Emily Wilson and Tabitha Snow for receiving 2 awards at the regional science fair.  They took fourth place in the chemistry category and recieved first place in a special award in Chemistry from Dr. Alice and Lois Fay.

Submitted by Kalli McMillan

National School Counseling Week is Feb. 4–8, 2019. It's a perfect time to recognize the work of 100K+ school counselors across the nation! Have you thanked your counselor lately?  Take a moment and stop by to let them know how much they are appreciated.  Submitted by Donna Honish.

On Thursday, January 24, district literacy coach Mrs. Lynne Martin inspired, educated, and entertained Mrs. Rachel Jones' seventh grade AVID students at Walton Middle School.  Mrs. Martin described herself to students as an "ordinary person who has lived an ordinary life in an extraordinary way."  As a veteran AVID teacher, she emphasized the importance of the AVID program, telling students that it helps set them up for future choices, whether they plan to go to college or trade school or into the military or workforce.  She told students that individuals' paths to success almost never look the same--and that's okay.  She shared the story of her own personal journey--all the schooling, jobs, and experiences she has had along the way.  She told students that thought they may not find their "place" right off the bat and might have to stop and regroup from time to time, they will learn a lot of lessons about being a decent human being during their journeys.  With a gentle and genuine smile, Mrs. Martin looked students in the eye and said, "You'll always come out on top if you're kind."  At the end of her talk, she gave each student a playing card.  Mrs. Martin told students that each card should stand as a reminder that we don't get to choose the cards we are dealt, but we do get to choose how we play those cards.  Each card she passed out was from the suit of hearts, a reminder that when you can be anything, be kind.  By the end of the class period, students were so inspired they applauded Mrs. Martin and asked if they could give her a hug, thanking her for taking the time to share her insights and her kindness with them.

Submitted by Kristen Nelson