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WHS Science Fair Winners

November 16, 2017

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.

Two students in Mrs. Amy Bennett's Reading classes at Walton Middle School won contests sponsored by Achieve3000.  Victor Hernandez scored the most points for the entire state of Florida last week, and Mikaela Price won the most points for a day statewide.  Mrs. Bennett and WMS applaud these students for their commitment to reading success. Submitted by Kristen Nelson.

WMS Achieve

WMS Achieve

 

SWHS Senior Alyssa Selvey, surrounded by her parents Jeff and Angel Selvey and Seahawk Athletic Director Phil Tisa and Head Softball Coach Bob Hartness, signed her letter of commitment to play softball next year at the University of West Florida.  Congratulations Alyssa! Submitted by Barbara Stratton.

ECMS held its 6th Grade Tropicana Speech Competition on Tuesday, November 14, 2017. The winner from each language arts class competed to be the overall 6th grade winner. All of the competitors did an amazing job, and the judges had a tough time choosing the top three. We are proud of all of our students for participating and would like to send a special congratulations to our grade level winners as well as a huge thank you to our fabulous 6th Grade Language Arts Teachers, Mrs. Leslie MacPike and Mrs. Christine Solomon for doing such a wonderful job preparing our students for success each and every day! 

6th Grade Overall Winners (L to R)   

Auburn Hamer (2nd Place), Maya Sien (1st Place), Jaiden Morris (3rd Place)

Class Winners Group Picture: Back Row (L to R): Natalie Mitchell, Auburn Hamer, Maya Sien, Jaiden Morris, Sami Thompson; Front Row (L to R): Kamryn Cooper, Josie Abicca, Cassidy Cabe, Tyler Johnson

Submitted by Candy Bodie

Maude Saunders fifth graders participated in the Emerald Coast Science Center Bio-Blitz on Wednesday.  As field scientists, they learned to collect samples which they then identified, categorized and photographed.  They were surprised to find that the area around Maude Saunders is full of interesting plants and animals.  All photos will be uploaded to the iNaturalist website to share with other nature-lovers and scientists. Submitted by Krisy Spence.

MSE BioBlitz

MSE BioBlitz

MSE BioBlitz

Art departments at Freeport Elementary School, Walton Middle School, Emerald Coast Middle School, Paxton High School, and Freeport High School received recognition and a $100 award check for their participation in the Building Industry Association of Okaloosa and Walton Counties. 

Rain Barrels were provided by the @BIAOkaloosaWalton, and painted with creative designs. They were auctioned off during the annual Parade of Homes and the proceeds went toward a special scholarship program for students looking for careers in the building industry, as well as back in the form of an award to the participating schools. A rain barrel is a system that collects and stores rainwater from your rooftop that would otherwise be lost to runoff and diverted to storm drains and streams. A rain barrel is relatively simple and inexpensive to construct and can sit conveniently under a residential gutter down spout, or any spot where rain runs off of the roof. The water collected can be used to water plants, gardens, wash the car, and any number of usages that don't require sterile water. 

Mr. Alan Baggett, Executive Vice-President of the made the presentation.  Pictured are Kim Kirby, school board member; Alan Baggett, BIAOW, Jason Campbell accepting the award for Kaitlyn Arnold, art teacher at WMS; Jennifer Rhea, art teacher at ECMS; Corinne Wilson, art teacher at Paxton; Laurie Hudson, art teacher at FES; and Superintendent Hughes.