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As part of the 2019 Healthy Walton Summit, hosted by the Walton County Health Improvement Partnership, Superintendent Russell Hughes participated with other local officials and community partners on a panel to discuss what makes Walton County an EPIC place to live. The event was held so that local priority health related issues could be discussed, and activities planned for 2020-2022. The partnership is focusing on Healthy Behaviors, Healthy Places, Healthy People, and Healthy Homes.

Healthy Walton Summit

Paxton High School Art students visited the University of West Florida. They toured the art gallery and professors from various disciplines of art spoke with them. Students also toured the art department.

Bay School is VERY excited to announce the establishment of Bay School's PTA.

Please look for the PTA information table at the Thanksgiving luncheon on Tuesday (11/19). We would like to welcome you to become a member of our PTA and help us make a difference! Membership dues are $10.

Freeport High School National Honor Society partnered with OneBlood to sponsor a blood drive on campus. Students and staff gave over 50 units combined! That’s nearly 25 milk jugs. Freeport staff and students are EPIC3 by showing their character in support of the community and those in need. Thank you to students and staff for participating as well as to OneBlood and NHS sponsor Russell Phillips for organizing the event. 

FHS Blood Drive

Seahawk Varsity Football won their region quarterfinal game over Marianna and now head to Jacksonville for the region semifinal.  They will compete against Bolles in Jacksonville on Friday, November 15, at 7:30 pm.

Bolles- San Jose Campus
7400 San Jose Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32217

Good Luck Hawks!

Congratulations to Dune Lakes Elementary School Sandpiper Miss Parker Barnes, in second grade, as her monoprint painting of a monarch butterfly was selected as THE winning art piece from the 2019 Flutterby Arts Festival! Going forward, her artwork will be featured on the event's poster, t-shirts and other promotional pieces for the 2020 Flutterby Arts Festival. Congratulations Parker!

DLE Flutterby Winner

A group of seventh grade science students at Paxton School culminated their study of human impact on soil with a visit from Agricultural Engineer Herrika Thornton, from the United States Department of Agriculture's National Resource Conservation Service. Students saw real-world examples of erosion and nutrient depletion and learned how engineers work to design solutions to solve these problems on local agricultural lands. Thank you NRCS for giving back to our students and inspiring a future in STEM careers.

This past weekend (Nov. 9th), four students from South Walton competed in Speech and Debate at Gulf Breeze High School, arguing questions of public policy or presenting creative interpretations of short stories. Special congratulations to Molly Turner, who placed 1st in Humorous Interpretation.

Pictured, left to right: Molly Turner, Santiago Botero-Echavarria, Forrest Williams (Coach), Ryan Githaiga, and Lorelai Bailey.

SWHS at Speech and Debate

  • This past weekend (Nov. 9th), four students from South Walton competed in Speech and Debate at Gulf Breeze High School, arguing questions of public policy or presenting creative interpretations of short stories. Special congratulations to Molly Turner, who placed 1st in Humorous Interpretation.

  • Pictured, left to right: Molly Turner, Santiago Botero-Echavarria, Forrest Williams (Coach), Ryan Githaiga, and Lorelai Bailey.
Presenting the #1 Public School in Class 1A Cross Country- Paxton Bobcats!!! These boys set a goal to have that recognition. They believed it and achieved it!!! They ran a 18:23 team average!
Eugene Hall #48-17:41
Philip Anderson #54-17:46
Kage Wibbing #83- 18:15
Nick Johnson #127- 18:15
Connor Gaither #165-19:26
Lawson Geoghagan #216- 21:19
Overall the team was #18 out of 32 - 1A Private & Public Schools and ran against 232 runners. Coach Gilbert and Coach Wilson (and the rest of the Paxton family) are out of this world proud of the hard work these guys have done to accomplish this awesome feat!!!!

Walton Middle School gym was filled with Veterans and their families Friday morning, November 8, as the WMS band kicked off the 47th Annual WMS Veterans Day Appreciation program with "Valor March" by Larry Clark.  Following a Welcome and Invocation, the Walton High School AFJROTC presented the Colors and Service Flags. 

Assistant Principal Scott Hulion read out the names of attending Veterans during a special "Roll Call", with representatives from every branch of U.S. military service. They were recognized and honored with resounding applause by the students, staff and familiy members present.  

The WMS Chorus, directed by Lona Robinson, performed the National Anthem and "Thank You, Soldiers", soloist Pruedance Riversa, as a tribute to the sacrifices made by our servicemen and women, and their families.  "To the soldiers who have traveled on to countries far and near, in peace and war you paid the price for the cause you hold so dear!"

The Walton High School Drill Team presented a Rifle exhibition demonstration, and band students Giavani Castiglione and Jala Thorne performed "Taps" with a moment of silence as a show of remembrance and respect for those who gave their lives for their country.  Walton High School JROTC Cadets presented a flag folding ceremony with a narration explaining the significance and meaning of the ceremony.  

The 8th Grade Symphonic WMS band, under the direction of Kamber Rafferty, shared a "The Legacy of Heroes", an awe-inspriing work that pays tribute to fallen military heroes by Michael Story. 

Principal Jason Campbell introduced guest speaker MAJ Daniel Brown, 1-153 Cavalry Regiment, Florida Army National Guard, who spoke about the importance of remembering those who have given their all for our country.  "There are so many brave men and women who have served in a branch of the military, and raised their right hand to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic. The honor of doing so should not be lost on us as Americans."

Following the ceremony and closing remarks by Mr. Campbell, and the retiring of the Colors by the WHS AFJROTC, the Veterans and their families were treated to a special reception hosted by the WMS faculty and students.  

Student speakers Emma Lathinghouse, Joseph Gould, Daisy Proffitt, Zayla Wilson, Ellie Clemmons, Paige Allen, Trinity Collins and Cady Robinson did a wonderful job with instroductions, sharing poems and readings, presenting a special candle lighting ceremony, and with the opening invocation and closing benediction.  

All in attendance appreciated the hard work and effort on the parts of those who planned and facilitated this very meaningful program! 

WMS Veterans Day

WMS Veterans Day

WMS Veterans Day

WMS Veterans Day

WMS Veterans Day

WMS Veterans Day