The Walton County School District Academic Team has won the State Championship in Division 3 of the Commissioner’s Academic Challenge in Orlando, Florida with 221 points on Saturday morning, April 2, 2022!

Team Members Brighton Cardenas, Kai Hong, Alyssa Sutton, Sophia Bock, Addie Hilton, and Allie Saunders played smart and as a team, they led in points during the semifinals on Friday and the finals Saturday.

The Commissioner's Academic Challenge is a highly academic statewide high school tournament inaugurated in 1986. The districts are placed in three divisions based on the fall FTE summary provided by the Florida Department of Education. Each team consists of six members (a maximum of four players during each of the three rounds and two alternates) and a coach. A maximum of six teams may compete in one competition round. This is not a quick response, trivial pursuit contest. Instead, it is a slower-paced tournament in which players are asked questions from the areas of language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, the fine arts, world languages (French and Spanish) physical education, health, and technology. The questions are written by educators from high schools throughout the state.

Thanks to ALL the Academic Team coaches throughout the District who have worked with these students from Middle School through High School to help prepare them for this exciting moment! A special thanks to the two coaches that traveled to the event with them, Coach Melissa Buckner and Sean Libby.