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The Florida High School Mock Trial Competition is an academic competition in which a team of 6-8 students simulate the roles of both attorneys and witnesses in a fictitious trial situation. Students have roughly five months to organize for their roles; case materials, questions and answers, and other resources are posted on-line by FLREA, Inc (Florida Law Related Education Association). Students compete against other teams in their judicial circuit, and the victor of that competition comes to the state competition which is typically held in March at the Orange County Courthouse, Orlando, Florida. This is the most hands-on, intensive learning simulation about the trial process available to high school students.

 

Walton County Schools, through its Youth Leadership Program, have a county competition in December/January each year, organized by local contacts, and held at the Walton County Courthouse, DeFuniak Springs, Florida. A county winner will be named each year and a traveling trophy will be presented to the winning school.  Special thanks to Dan Marcinkowski, former lawyer and Chamber of Commerce Representative, and Judge Kelvin C. Wells for assisting with this activity for the students of Walton County.  Please see Walton County School District's Facebook Page for additional photos of this event. Submitted by Kelly Stephenson and Donna Honish.

Congratulations to Butler Teacher of the Year, first grade teacher Gwen Wright, and ESP of the year, Carol Mitchell. They are pictured here with principal, Tammy Smith. Submitted by Sherrie Binkowski.

Triangle Chevrolet-Buick, Inc. donated $1,200.00 to Emerald Coast Technical College for Automotive Service Technology Program student scholarships.
Pictured Left to RIght: Taylor Lathinghouse, Triangle Chevrolet-Buick, Inc., Gary Price, Automotive Service Technology Instructor and Charlie Morse, ECTC Director. Submitted by Laura Smith.
Kim Kirby on behalf of the board of directors of Grit and Grace, Inc. presented copies of the book, Down by the Riverside, written by Ronnie McBrayer and based on their 2017 production.
 
(Left to Right: Ronnie McBrayer, Kim Kirby and Superintendent Russell Hughes) Submitted by Laura Smith.

We take a moment here to recognize our ECMS bus drivers and thank them for the wonderful job they perform in safely transporting our ECMS students to and from school every day!  We are lucky to have such wonderful bus drivers at ECMS and appreciate them very much. 

Pictured from left to right: Marie Thornton, Charles Dodson, Sara Disler, Bob Fowler, Kathleen Corneliuson, James Harl, Cynthia Bickley, Jimmy Harrison, Elsie Powers-Coursey, Bruce Coursey, Candy Bodie (Assistant Principal)

Not Pictured:  Tom Mendez, Amelia Kirkland, Tammy Grigson, Angela Fields, Jack Cornelius  Submitted by Angela Vance.

Parents and Wise Pre-K students enjoyed "Books and Breakfast" with Dr. Adams. After breakfast, Dr. Adams discussed the importance of reading daily to children and shared a fun book. Then students were allowed to choose a book to take home. Submitted by Debbie McBroom.

"The Science Fair this year at FMS was a huge success!  It was a difficult process narrowing down the winners to only 3 from the entire school of 5th through 8th grade students.  After deliberation, the top three projects were as follows:  

(Left to Right)

8th grade student Madison Kysel won 1st place with her project on "Tooth Decay."

8th grade student Elissa Rodriguez-Lombardo won 2nd place with her project on "Gas Stations' Underground Secret."  

5th  grade student Shelby Cosson won 3rd place with her project on "Do Video Games Affect the Mind and Body?"  

Congratulations to our winners and to everyone who participated in the Science Fair this year at FMS!"

Submitted by Chelsea Ellison