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Award winning cellist Dr. Boyan Bonev, a native of Bulgaria, artistic director for Seaside Strings, and music professor at the University of West Florida, performed for students at Bay Elementary, Van R. Butler Elementary, and Emerald Coast Middle School Monday, November 13, 2017 as part of an outreach program by the Seaside Institute. 

Dr. Bonev performed for entranced audiences at the schools on a highly prized 300 year old cello built in Cremona Italy.  As part of each visit, Dr. Bonev invited students to come forward and try his "baby cello" which he also brought for the visits.   

Boyan holds Doctor of  Music and Master of Music degrees from the Florida State University, and Bachelor of Music degree from the National Music Academy in Sofia, Bulgaria. 

Dr. Bonev is an award winning cellist, and has performed recitals across the United States and Europe. Currently, Bonev teaches cello, double bass and chamber music at the University of West Florida. Prior to joining the faculty at UWF, he taught cello and double bass at the Albany State University and Darton College. Bonev is on the faculty of the Florida State University Summer Music Camps and taught cello and chamber music as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the Florida State University.

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The manufacturing and pre-engineering academy at Freeport High School gives students the opportunity to earn an industry certification while also earning 15 semester hours of college credit. These credits can be applied to post-secondary programs at four year universities or technical colleges like Walton County School District's Emerald Coast Technical College. Earning their CPT certification are pictured (left to right) Adan Bonilla (junior), Anthony Maugeri (senior), Brady Miller (junior) and Alex Kelley (junior). Submitted by Patty Woodard.
The Student Council at Van R. Butler Elementary School conducted a food drive to help fill the food pantry at Caring and Sharing of South Walton.  Students throughout the entire school donated canned and boxed non-perishable foods to help support families in the community who need support throughout the holiday season. Submitted by Tammy Smith.
Rub-a-dub-dub, these cars got a scrub!  The Butler Elementary Student Council recently held a carwash to raise funds for the school.  Each year the Council purchases items for the school.  Some of the most recent purchases of the group include picnic tables, flags, and signage for the campus. Submitted by Tammy Smith.

Congratulations to all Walton High School participants in this year’s Science Fair (held on Nov. 14)!  The judges saw much potential in the projects and have encouraged many of the students to continue on to the district science fair in December.

We would like to recognize the following students:

WHS Science winners

Biological - 1st Place - Drake Pennington

Biological - 2nd Place - Andrew Huff, Amber Law, and Krislyn McLaney

Biological - 3rd Place - Mallory Hataway

Biological - Honorable Mention - Belle Lloyd, Katelyn Lloyd, Luke Love, Olivia Scott, and Alexis Thompson

WHS Science winners

Physical - 1st Place - Cory LaCour, Briston Smith, and Ben Woods

Physical - 2nd Place - Joshua Homza and Zachary Magner

Physical - 3rd Place - Kahl Miller and Joseph Woods

Physical - Honorable Mention - Taylor Smith, Maddie Drake, Hannah Brown, Jackson Newsome, Katelyn Gillert, and Shelbee Castrillo

Submitted by Christy English.