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Camille Cosson, second from left in front row, is surrounded by her fellow Seahawk Softball Team members as she signs a letter of intent to play for Northwest Florida State College.

3rd Annual Apple Classic Run

February 24, 2014

The Walton Education Foundation hosted its 3rd Annual Apple Classic Run at Hammock Bay on Saturday, February 8th.  The event was a great success with 130 registered runners and 22 business sponsors, a new record for the Apple Run.  Some of Walton County’s schools created school teams.  Walton Middle School had the highest number of registered runners with Emerald Coast Middle School a close second.  Proceeds from the race will be used to help fund the Classroom Mini-Grants. 


A special thank you goes out to our volunteers from Freeport High School’s Anchor & Key Clubs, Walton Area Chamber of Commerce, WCSD employees, as well as, friends & family members, for making the race a success!


The Foundation truly appreciates the sponsorships and donations from the following businesses:

Hammock Bay; Hilton Sandestin; CHELCO; Gulf Power; Century Link; Gold’s Gym; McCullar & Company; CSI; Nick’s Restaurant; Coca-Cola; Wal-Mart; Dejavu; Pizitz Home & Cottage; Fun In The Sun; Wallace O’Connell; Publix; Critzer Law Firm; SouthernLink Wireless; Panama City Business Machines; Edward Jones Investments; South Walton Stitchery; and Clary-Glenn Funeral Home.

The Walton County Education Association (WCEA) and the Walton County School Board held the annual Teacher of the Year and the Educational Support Professional (ESP) of the Year ceremony and reception on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at Walton High School.

The event was emceed by Ms. Dixie Burge, WCEA ESP President, and Ms. Patsy Stephens, WCEA Instructional President.  Superintendent Carlene Anderson praised the instructional and support professionals who were nominated by their peers to represent their individual school sites.  She reminded everyone they were chosen for this honor because they “stood out, made a difference and acted as role models.” 

Ms. Susan Marino, a teacher at Emerald Coast Middle School was selected as Walton County’s Teacher of the Year.  Ms. Barbara Stratton, school secretary from South Walton High School was selected as Walton County’s Educational Support Professional of the Year.  Congratulations to both winners!

Congratulations to Matthew Deal, Ryan Meadows, and Bryanna Muscella for being selected to each receive a $4,000 band scholarship from Troy University.

Cottages for Kids

February 19, 2014

Cottages for Kids

Mossy Head School was selected to receive Kid Comfort”, a custom-built cottage from Cottages for Kids, designed by HGTV’s Vern Yip. 


Cottages for Kids is a unique fundraising event in Rosemary Beach that benefits Children’s Volunteer Health Network, a faith based, 501(c)3 non-profit organization that seeks to enhance the lives of uninsured and underinsured children by facilitating free, immediate access to medical, dental, vision and mental health care.  With tremendous imagination and craftsmanship, builders and architects come together to create, construct and decorate whimsical cottages that look like they have popped out from the pages of a fairytale to modern creations brimming with creativity.


Mossy Head School’s students are proud and excited to have this new addition to the playground. Thank you Cottages for Kids for your generosity! 


Congratulations to Walton High School student Evan Cowie on a strong finish in the Robert E. Sheffield East Panhandle Regional Science Fair.  Evan was awarded 3rd Place in the Senior Chemistry Division, 2nd place for the Alice and Louis Fay Senior Chemistry Award and also awarded the Stockholm Water Prize for his project on electrolysis.

On Friday, February 7th, Freeport’s own Gabe Moore received The Amateur Athlete of the Year award from the All Sports Association (ASA).  This is a very prestigious award, and we are very proud of him.  The All Sports Association has been recognizing athletes in the Northwest Florida area annually for 45 years and their organization raises money for many charitable causes in the area, including the Special Olympics, YMCA, and Boys & Girls Clubs.  Festivities last Friday included autograph signing, interviews with several newspapers, radio stations, and television channels, a reception with the ASA’s corporate sponsors, members, and many other influential individuals, and culminated with the annual awards banquet with over 1500 people in attendance.  ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit served as the keynote speaker.  Gabe was accompanied by his family as shown in the picture.  Congratulations to Gabe for this awesome honor!

The FHS volleyball team, under the direction of Coach Tina Knight, and the FHS golf team, under the direction of Coach Kitty Neal, are both ranked first in the FHSAA Academic Team Championship.  The volleyball team has a combined GPA of 3.686, and the golf team holds a combined GPA of 3.862.

The FHSAA Academic Team Champion Awards Program honors teamwork not only in competition, but in the classroom as well.   Points for the Academic Championship are awarded based on the team’s cumulative grade point average.  The top ten schools in each FHSAA category receive points.    Ten points are awarded for a first place finish, nine points are awarded for a second place finish, etc.   Points awarded for teams in single-class sports count toward the overall standings.   Due to the contributions of the FHS golf and volleyball teams, Freeport High School is currently in the overall lead for the Class 1A Academic Championship with a total of 20 points.   Baker High School is in second place with nine (9) points.