West DeFuniak Elementary had an impressive display of 159 Science Fair projects this year. Judging of the projects took place this week at school. The students were judged on their presentation, science boards, and knowledge of their subject.
Winners for Third Grade Biologica Divisionl: 1st place—Fisher Burgess, 2nd place—Lavaris Randle, 3rd place—Maya Abbott
Winners for Third Grade Physical Division: 1st place—John Grimes, 2nd place—Jacob Wood, 3rd place—Jackson Davis
Winners for Fourth Grade Biological Division: 1st place—Addison Cook, 2nd place—Raleigh Reed, 3rd place—Graison Dorr
Winners for Fourth Grade Physical Division: 1st place—Chris Laird, 2nd place—Aaron Wilmoth, 3rd place—Audrey Nelson
Winners for Fifth Grade Biological Division: 1st place—Phylicia Hooks, 2nd place—Fisher Gainey, 3rd place—Cooper Douglass, Honorable Mention—Gracie Wood
Winners for Fifth Grade Physical Division: 1st place—Hannah Shoaf, 2nd place—Matthew Wilson, 3rd place—Christopher Leath, Honorable Mention—Laney Kelley, Honorable Mention—Jaden Wallace, Honorable Mention—Brantley Betts
Principals Award—Kimberly Glenn
-Pam Leavins, WDE
Fifth Grade Picture back row left to right: Brantley Betts, Jaden Wallace, Laney Kelley (not pictured), Christopher Leath, Matthew Wilson, Hannah Shoaf (not pictured) Fifth Grade front row left to right: Gracie Wood, Cooper Douglass, Fisher Gainey, Phylicia Hooks, Kimberly Glenn
Fourth Grade Picture back row left to right: Audrey Nelson, Aaron Wilmoth, Chris Laird; Fourth Grade Picture front left to right: Graison Dorr, Raleigh Reed, Addison Cook
Third Grade Picture back row left to right: Jackson Davis, Jacob Wood, John Grimes; Third Grade Picture front row left to right: Maya Abbott, Lavaris Randle, Fisher Burgess
Dec 14 2015
WMS Science Fair Winners
By Cathy Mosley
Walton County held the annual Science Fair competition Wednesday, December 9. The projects were judged at the DeFuniak Springs Community Center. The winners were announced at the awards ceremony held Thursday, December 10, at 6 p.m. at the DeFuniak Springs Community Center. Walton Middle School is proud to announce that the following students were winners.
In the Junior Biological Division - Madison Phillips won Third Place. Tinsley Abbott, Kaitlyn Drake and Brooke Spicers won Honorable Mention. In the Junior Physical Science Division - Kage McMahon won Second Place. Jared Heady won Third Place and Ethan McKee and Atterol Walters won Honorable Mention.
Science Fair Winners
Pictured Top row (L to R) Brooke Spicer Jared Heady Kage McMahon Ethan McKee Bottom row (L to R) Atterol Walters Kaitlyn Drake Tinsley Abbott Madison Phillips
Dec 14 2015
The first place winner in the 4th grade division was Raleigh Reed who delivered a speech entitled “My Pet Goat, Little Bit.” Second place winner was Aubriyah Smith “Gods and Goddesses.” Third place winner was Zoe Orange “Diabetes.” 4th grade contestants also placed in the following awards: Honorable Mention, Auburn Hamer “Happiness Is…,” Most Informative Piper Kurfurst “Polar Bears,” Most Entertaining Steele Marshall “My Three Year Old Grandpa,” and Most Persuasive Amelia Dykes “Why I have a Love/Hate Relationship with my Siblings.”
The first place winner in the 5th grade division was MacKenzie Campbell who delivered a speech entitled “My Pet Goat, Little Bit.” Second place winner was Hannah Shoaf “Living Life Fun-Sized.” Third place winner was Ava Adkinson “My Dad: Tough or Teddy.” 5th grade contestants also placed in the following categories: Honorable Mention Eanna Rodriguez-Lombardo “The ABC’s of Me,” Most Informative Riley Parmeley “Vocal Cord Polyps,” Most Entertaining Duncan Crittenden “Why Do Song Lyrics Not Make Sense?,” and Most Persuasive Morgan Reynolds “Life Beyond Technology.”
The first place winner in the 6th grade division was McCaid Paul who delivered a speech entitle “The Day the Ever Ready Bunny Went Down.” Second place winner was Haylee Hayes “The English Language.” Third place winner was Haley Permenter “North and South.” 6th grade contestants also placed in the following categories: Honorable Mention Lily Jameson “All Wrapped Up,” Most Informative Emma Salinas “Life with Diabetes,” Most Entertaining Foley Barrett “Babysitting,” and Most Persuasive Sara Thompson “Don’t Stop Believing.”
Dec 09 2015
Walton Middle School Annual Miss Warrior Pageant
By Cathy Mosley
Walton Middle School (WMS) held their annual Miss Warrior Pageant Saturday afternoon December 5, at the Walton High School Auditorium. The program began at 2 pm. Twenty-one young ladies participated in this year’s pageant. One girl would be crowned as the grade level Miss Warrior. Other categories were: Viewer’s Choice, Most Photogenic, 2nd Runner-up and 1st Runner-up.
The pageant began with a short dance routine performed by the 8th grade contestants. During this performance, each of the young ladies introduced themselves. Ms. Jodi Howell introduced the emcee for the evening. Miss Paige Howell, a former Miss Warrior and student, was the emcee. The young ladies had five young men to escort them onto the stage for their individual walk. These young men also participated in Viewer’s Choice for Escorts. The Viewer’s Choice Award for Escort was Ben King.
The winners for the 6th grade were: Jada Fretwell - Miss Photogenic, Saphie Menser - 2nd Runner-up, Billie Hall - Viewer’s Choice and 1st Runner-up, and Haleigh Permenter - 6th Grade Miss Warrior. The winners for the 7th grade were: Savana Howell - Viewer’s Choice, Miss Photogenic, and 2nd Runner-up, Myranda McLendon - 1st Runner-up and Bailey Shank- 7th Grade Miss Warrior. The winners for the 8th grade were: Madison Sutton - Viewer’s Choice, Miss Photogenic, and 2nd Runner-up, Krislynn McLaney - 1st Runner-up and Makayla Hooks - 8th Grade Miss Warrior. Ms. Sandy Love, Makala Hicks, Ms. Nina Thorton, and Ms. Gaby Brown worked hard preparing for this event.
Special thanks to Mr. Russell Hughes for allowing WMS to use the auditorium, Mr. David Pert and his WHS student volunteers, the WMS staff members who volunteered, McLean’s Florist, H & H Engineering, Mr. and Ms. Rafferty, and the DeFuniak Herald. WMS would also like to thank the family and friends who came out to support these girls.
8th Grade Miss Warrior Winners (L to R) Madison Sutton - Viewer’s Choice, Miss Photogenic and 2nd Runner-up - Makayla Hooks - 8th Grade Miss Warrior, Krislynn McLaney - 1st runner-up
7th Grade Miss Warrior Winners (L to R) Savana Howell - Viewer’s Choice, Miss Photogenic, and 2nd Runner-up - Bailey Shank, 7th Grade Miss Warrior - Myranda McLendon - 1st runner-up
6th Grade Miss Warrior Winners (L to R) Jada Fretwell - Miss Photogenic, Sahpie Menser - 2nd Runner-up, Haleigh Permenter - 6th Grade Miss Warrior, Billie Hall - Viewer’s Choice and 1st Runner-up
Ben King Viewer’s Choice Escort
MAKING MATH MATTER TO WALTON MIDDLE SCHOOL FAMILIES
By: Kristen Rhodes
Once again, Walton Middle School’s families showed their commitment to their children’s education by attending the school’s second Title 1 Parent Training Night of the year. The event, “Making Math Matter,” occurred on Thursday, December 3rd, at 6:00 p.m. Nearly 300 people filled the lunchroom for a free pizza dinner before rotating through three holiday-themed, math-related rotations. Within each rotation, WMS math teachers hosted a total of eight breakout session options, with real-life math topics ranging from study tools to technology resources to standards-based activities. For instance, in one station, parents learned strategies to “Stuff [Their] Study Stockings,” learning how to make foldables for studying math concepts at home, while in another station, “Jingle Bells, My Wrapping Failed,” they learned to avoid wasting wrapping paper by calculating surface area. In addition to stations such as these, families also shopped at Russ’ Holiday Store, fully stocked with student-crafted items and managed by Mrs. Russ’ students themselves. Walton Middle School takes tremendous pride in its partnership with parents and eagerly anticipates the next sure-to-be successful event, “Reading Like a Sleuth,” on Thursday, January 28th, from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
The “Science Brothers” shared some of their awesome inventions with MSE scholars on December 4th.
The ‘Science Brothers’ is an non-profit outreach program aimed at getting elementary and middle school students interested in STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) activities. The program centers around the dynamics of two brothers, who specialize in different fields, arguing over whose science is ‘cooler’. The result is a fun and wacky trip exploring different premises in science; light, sound, energy; with examples and demonstrations from the realms of chemistry, physics, and electricity.
-Krisy Spence, MSE