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McCaid Paul, a 15 year-old ninth grader at Walton High School in DeFuniak Springs, has just published 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 

“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. 

McCaid developed a love for reading and writing at a very early age. He credits his parents and teachers for encouraging and supporting his talents. His motivation also comes from wanting others to enjoy reading and writing as much as he does. Themotivation behind the Summersville Series was to gain students who haven’t developed a love for reading. 

With the help of his many beta readers, his editor, and formatter, his dreams of publishing continue to come from fruition. 

Walton County School District is so proud of this young author!!! 

To learn more about McCaid and his writing, check out his website,,, or locate him on Instagram and Twitter.

Members of the Student Government Association at South Walton High School organized and led a wonderful Veterans’ Day program Friday, November 9, 2018. 


33 veterans from all branches of the military were honored by the Seahawk student body.

Congratulations to Chloe Appel, 5th grade student at West DeFuniak Elementary, for being selected by audition to represent Walton County School District as a member of the Florida Music Educators Association Elementary All State Chorus!!
Chloe was chosen as one of 200 of the top elementary musicians in the state who will travel to Tampa, Florida in January to rehearse together, and perform in concert with their clinician/conductor Dr. Kelly Miller from University of Central Florida.
Chloe is the student of Mr. Nathan Hight, music teacher at WDE.
Way to go Chloe!! WCSD is so proud of you! #youngmusician #AllStateChorus #MakingItPOP

Mossy Head School honored our Veterans with a special program on Friday, November 9. Students were led by Mr. William Goodman through a variety of patriotic songs to honor our veterans. Our guest speaker was Sgt. Joshua Casey with the United States Marine Corps. We are thankful to all who attended, especially our veterans who were our honored guests. Submitted by Elizabeth Gaither

Congratulations to the newest group of graduating Youth Mental Health First Aiders for Walton County School District. What a great group of caring and compassionate team members. We are proud of each of you! Submitted by Charlie Morse

Freeport Middle School hosted a special Veterans Day Program in collaboration with Freeport High School and Freeport Elementary School on Friday, November 9 in the Freeport Middle School gymnasium.

Musical performances by the FHS Sunshine Band and the FES SophistiCats entertained and inspired the audience. FMS Student Council officer Trinity Gilbert gave a presentation on “America’s White Table” and Kimberly Miller, a teacher at FMS, performed a Veterans Version of the song “Hallelujah”.

Principal Josh Harrison gave a welcome address and acknowledged special guest veterans. Guest speaker for the event was Captain Sean Sherlock.

Thanks to all for their participation this meaningful program! The Freeport schools extend a special “thank you” to all Veterans for their service and dedication.

Maude Saunders Elementary School 5th graders honored our Veterans with a special salute on Friday, November 9 at MSE. Music teacher Cathy Drake led the students through a variety of musical numbers, all with the theme of pride and remembrance, to show the veterans who were guests in the audience just how much they are respected and appreciated! The students performed "Military Medley" in which they honored and recognized each branch of military service, and invited the guest veterans to stand as the tune representing their service branch was sung. Students shared poems. sign language, a Veterans Acrostic, and short skits. Special thanks to all who were involved in putting this meaningful and significant program together!



Walton Middle School hosted their 46th Annual Veteran's Day program in honor of our local heroes - our military veterans. Veterans and their families were welcomed warmly as the administration, staff and entire student body showed respect and appreciation for their service. Visitors had the opportunity to view a special Veteran's Day visual art display in the gymnasium lobby. The Walton Middle School Band and Chorus presented patriotic selections reflecting the sacrifice our military veterans make to secure liberty and safety for each and every citizen of our great nation. Students led the program with special tributes, and Assistant Principal Scott Hulion read a "roll call" recognizing each of the Veterans and their specific branch of service.

The Walton High School Color Guard added to the significance of the event with the presentation of the Colors and Service flags. The WHS Drill team gave an incredible rifle demonstration and flag folding ceremony.

Special guests from Eglin Air Force Base Military Working Dog program gave an exciting and informative demonstration on how their canine soldiers and their handlers help to safeguard military bases from intruders, and detect minute traces of explosives and drugs. TSgt Garver narrated while SSgt Wise w/ MWD Ajda and 
SSgt Castilleja w/ MWD Arko took the canines through some of their drills.

Superintendent Russell Hughes shared his heart-felt appreciation to the veterans at the conclusion of the program. "On behalf of 10,000 students and over 1500 employees, let me thank you for your service. It is because of YOU, and men and women like you, that our country is safe and protected on a daily basis."

A reception for the Veterans was held in the library following the program.