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The Voices of Democracy Competition, sponsored by VFW, focused on "My Responsibility To America" this year.  Grade 9-12 students submitted a 3-5 minute essay on an audio CD for this topic.  Winners for this competition are 3rd place, Melanie Nowell from Walton High School (far right); 2nd place, Wendy McCormick from Freeport High School (center); and 1st place, Zachary Seay from Freeport High School (far left).  These students will be recognized at the January 3rd School Board Meeting at 5:00 P.M. at which time they will receive their monetary awards and certificates from the local VFW. Congratulations to these students. Submitted by Donna Honish.

Under the direction of Mrs. Kristy West, students from Walton Middle School's Career class delivered Christmas cheer to Chautauqua Rehabilitation and Nursing Center residents.  Beforehand, students donated items to fill over forty gift baskets.  On Thursday, December 15th, the class hand-delivered the baskets during the center's annual Christmas party.  The experience was a rewarding experience for both students and residents. Submitted by Kristen Rhodes.

4th grade students in Mrs. McLaney and Mrs. Adams’ classes participated in the Pirates Christmas program on December 13, 2016.  The play was about Santa and his Elves taking a well-deserved vacation from the North Pole to their “Island Christmas”. When out of nowhere Pirates come and surround them singing “Pirates All Are We”. These pirates know nothing about Christmas and end up hitching a ride with Santa to the North Pole to plunder his treasure only to find that Christmas is a time of giving, not taking. Once these pirates grasp the “true” meaning of Christmas they are able to participate in singing Blimey Carols and have A Pirates’ Christmas. Submitted by Jessica Dawkins.

Congratulations to WDE Media Specialist Mrs. Tammy Goodman! She was selected to receive a STEM Education Grant from the Emerald Coast Post of the Society of American Military Engineers, in the amount of $897. Mrs. Goodman will use the funds to purchase STEM books and programmable robots. Mrs. Goodman is pictured with WDE principal Mrs. Darlene Paul. Submitted by Jessica Dawkins.

Congratulations Emerald Coast Middle School Girl’s Basketball Team who earned the title as champions at the Northwest Florida Middle School Athletic Conference on December 10th! They finished their season undefeated! Way to go Stingrays! Submitted by Angela Vance.

Our WCSD Science Fair Awards Ceremony was held on December 8th. Approximately 150 students from 6 schools participated in this year's Science Fair on December 6th. 

Congratulations to all of our Walton County Science Fair Award recipients!

Science Fair projects help develop analytical skills and independent thinking! Whether you are doing a science fair project, a classroom science activity, independent research, or any other hands-on science inquiry understanding the steps of the scientific method will help you focus your scientific question and work through your observations and data to answer the question as well as possible.

Sikes Wilson (pictured) from South Walton High School received the Superintendent Mr. Hughes Award for an outstanding project in the Biological Category, "How does the type of milk affect plant growth." Sikes also won 1st place in the Senior Biological category.

A special thank you to our participants and their families, our Science Teachers, Judges, the Choctawhatchee Hemerocallis Society and Darius Paul

We hope to see you next year! 

Additional pictures from the WCSD Science Fair may be found on the WCSD Facebook Page.  Submitted by Crystal Appel.