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Ronita Hinote, Principal of Mossy Head School, invited members of the inaugural 5th grade class at Mossy Head , to visit with the current 4th and 5th grade classes and share words of advice about how to make the middle school and high school years the best possible. Keara Bogart,  Laura Allison, and Jasmin Owen, who wore their cap and gowns for the occasion,  also spoke about their individual goals and how graduating high school is an important goal for every student.

MHS Inaugural 5th Grade Students Graduate High School

Submitted by Krisy Spence, Maude Saunders Elementary School

Maude Saunders students celebrated as former Little Warriors walked the halls in their cap and gown just days before graduating from Walton High School


Submitted by Sherrie Binkowski, Van R. Butler Elementary School

Butler R.E.A.D. students celebrated their reading success with an end of year ceremony.  Since October, selected students in grades 1 and 2 have spent thirty minutes once a week reading to therapy dogs, Logan and Rosie.  Through the R.E.A.D. program students have gained confidence and comfort with their reading abilities.


Submitted by Darlene Paul, West DeFuniak Elementary School

WDE participated in our very first Senior Hall Walk.  Seniors from Walton High School walked the halls of WDE to be greeted with applause, high-fives, and chanting by WDE students seated along the hallways.  The walk served to congratulate the seniors on their accomplishments, as well as, encourage elementary students to graduate and aim for college.

Submitted by Angela Vance, Emerald Coast Middle School

ECMS Boys Track and Field Team are State Champions!

Coming in 1st place in Florida's Middle School Track and Field State Championship (this past weekend in Bradenton).

ECMS Girls placed 4th in the state!

Pictured left to right: Coach Willie Parker, Gavin Morris, Tanner Martin, Jacob D’Aleo, Luke Rookis, William Strain, Barrett Waldrop, Alex Kilpatrick, Cole Bailey, Emerson Inestroza, Tyler Mitchum, Lawson Kilpatrick, Coach Nancy Parker. Not pictured: Logan Brooks, and Lane Marshall.

Boys’ Results:
Boys 2016 Middle School State Track and Field Champions:
Emerald Coast Middle School

Jacob D’Aleo
• 1st Place (State Champion) 1500 Meter – 4:25.19
• 5th Place: 800 Meter – 2:09.38
William Strain
• 2nd Place: Pole Vault – 11’ 00”
• 6th Place: 200 Meter Hurdles - 27.06
Emerson Inestroza
• 4th Place: 200 Meter – 26.94
• 7th Place: 100 High Hurdles – 15.35
• 8th Place: Long Jump – 19’ 6”
Alex Kilpatrick
• 2nd Place: High Jump – 5’ 8”
• 3rd Place: Triple Jump – 38’ 5”
• 4th Place: Long Jump – 20’ 5”
• 4th Place: 110 High Hurdles 15.01
Luke Rookis
• 7th Place: Triple Jump – 37’ 6”
Tanner Martin
• 5th Place: Pole Vault – 9’ 6”

4x800 Meter Relay: 4th Place 9:16.09
• Gavin Morris
• Deyvi Inestroza
• Logan Brooks
• Lane Marshall

4x400 Meter Relay: 1st Place (State Champions) 3:40.66
• William Strain
• Gavin Morris
• Jacob D’Aleo
• Tyler Mitchum

Girls’ Results: 4th Place

Merileigh Cameret
• 4th Place: Pole Vault – 8’ 6”
Hannah Taylor
• 5th Place: Triple Jump – 33’ 3”
Makenzie Coe
• 8th Place: Triple Jump 32’ 5”

4x400 Meter Relay: 6th Place 4:18.05
• Cody Endress
• Kalah Mateen-Timberlake
• Nylah Mateen-Timerlake
• Keeley Mears

Submitted by Christy English, Walton High School

The WHS Band traveled to Orlando to participate in the Music USA Festival at Universal Studios in an adjudicated parade performance over the weekend.  The band has never had a trip as extensive as this one, but they did an outstanding job and received a SUPERIOR rating for their final performance of the year.  They also got a chance to explore both Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure during the 2-day trip.  Everyone involved, parents and students, represented the school with class while having a great time.

Submitted by Heather Stewart, Paxton School

Paxton High School’s Gaetz Institute Embry-Riddle Aeronautical students recently saw the Blue Angels in action during their visit to the Naval Flight Academy and National Naval Air Museum in Pensacola. Many thanks to Target for their support of this trip through their field trip grant program.

 Paxton Embry -Riddle Students Watch Blue Angels