Several new students were inducted into PHS' National Honor Students, a club for students who strive for academic excellence. The following students were inducted (L to R): Front Row - Ciara Stricklin, Trinity Shedd, Skye Ramsey, Paiyton Perry, Natalie Allred, and Hailey Ard. Back Row - Jacqueline Stricklin, Halie Porter, Tristan Petty, Adam Hall, Chelsea Deramus, Hailee Bryan, Philip Anderson, and Sadie Varnum.
Submitted by Kalli McMillan
Students and faculty at West DeFuniak Elementary will benefit from an EPIC grant that they received from St. Joe Community Foundation. Ms. Janet Piepul, Executive Director for the Foundation stopped by to present the check to Mrs. Tammy Goodman, Media Specialist and Mr. Rodney Free, Assistant Principal. Several eager students were also available for the photo opportunity. The $20,000 grant will be used for books, ebooks, and iPads for the library. St. Joe Community Foundation provides grants to nonprofit agencies in Bay and Walton Counties in the areas of art, education, healthcare, and the environment. In doing so the local communities are healthier and it is more enjoyable for the people who live and work in both counties. WDE is thrilled to be able to receive this grant and to be able to provide these EPIC resources to our school.
Submitted by Jessica Dawkins
The Walton High School Band Winterguard placed 1st in the Scholastic A Guard category at Tate High School on February 3rd at the Tate HS Indoor Guard and Percussion Showcase.
Indoor Percussion placed 5th in Scholastic A Percussion.
The picture is of the Indoor Percussion. You can view the Winterguard performance at: https://youtu.be/aPTRmDE_rWc
Congratulations to both of these fine ensembles and their instructors!
Submitted by Chad Robbins
Feb 12 2018
Freeport Middle School recently received a grant from the St. Joe Community Foundation for $10,700. This grant will be used to purchase the resources necessary to start an afterschool STEM program in hopes of maintaining students’ enthusiasm for science throughout their middle school career and beyond. The resources will also be used to create hands-on classroom lab experiences for science classrooms. A big thank you to Ms. Brianna Leavins for writing the grant and a huge thank you as well to the St. Joe Community Foundation for providing the opportunity and the grant! Pictured left to right: Janet Piepul, St. JoE Executive Director, Brianna Leavins, FMS Interventionist/Instructional Coach.
Submitted by Sharie Smith
Feb 12 2018
Feb 09 2018
Freeport High School’s Shannon ‘Junior’ Carswell recently signed a full-ride football scholarship with the University of Southern Mississippi. Shannon is the only football player who signed a Division 1 FBS scholarship from Walton County this year. Congratulations Shannon!
Submitted by Patty Woodard.