October 14, 2014
Mrs. Dawkins' and Mrs. Quinley's students could hardly contain their excitement when the Dugas Family Foundations purchased enough books from the book fair to donate one to every student at WDE. A very big thank you goes out this very generous and thoughtful organization!
October 1, 2014
On September 12, 2014, a group of volunteers from Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC cleaned and beautified the garden at ECMS. Their efforts made a tremendous difference in our school’s appearance. The volunteers included:
September 15, 2014
Youth Leadership Students Participate in a Speech Contest Sponsored by the Florida Farm Bureau
Each year, the Florida Farm Bureau Federation’s Women’s Leadership Program sponsors a statewide youth speech contest. The contest has three levels of competition: county, district, and state. This year both South Walton High School and Walton High School Youth Leadership classes provided their students the opportunity to participate in the contest. The participants were required to write and orally present a five minute speech on the important issue of food security in the United States and how Florida agriculture can continue to provide quality solutions for the future.
Each school selected three students to participate in the county competition that was held on Wednesday, September 10th. Matthew Majors, a 12th grader at WHS, was awarded first place and a $100 check. He will represent Walton County at the district competition to be held Wednesday, September 17th at the Okaloosa County Farm Bureau office. Meredith Ricks, a 10th grade student at WHS, won 2nd place along with $75. Colin Berry, an 11th grade student at SWHS, was awarded 3rd place and a $50 check. All of the participants should be congratulated as well as the winners because it took a great deal of courage to stand up and deliver a five minute speech.
Pictured from left to right: Joe Johnson, President of the Walton County Farm Bureau; 1st place winner, Matthew Majors; 2nd place winner, Meredith Ricks; not pictured: 3rd place winner, Colin Berry
August 22, 2014
Remy, age 11 and a student at Emerald Coast Middle School, and Millie, age 8 and a student at Bay Elementary, compete against the top ranked golfers in the world in their age groups. Remy placed first in the local qualifier in Tallahassee and goes on to compete against competitors such as 10-year-old Allan Kournikova, brother of tennis’ Anna Kournikova. Kournikova is a three-time World Champion and three-time European champion, last winning the European championship by 23 strokes. Millie also plays against world-ranked athletes in her division. Nine-year-old Girls’ World Champion, Alexa Pano, is also in contention.
August 11, 2014
New teachers for the 2014-2015 school year were officially inducted on Thursday, August 7th at the WISE Center in DeFuniak Springs. A big thank you goes out to the following businesses for their part in making the event possible: Buffalo Rock Pepsi, Olive Garden of Destin, Walmart of DeFuniak Springs, and Winn Dixie of DeFuniak Springs.
July 15, 2014
Bay Elementary School
Emerald Coast Middle School
Freeport Elementary School
Freeport Middle School
Mossyhead Elementary School
Maude Saunders Elementary School
Van R. Butler
West DeFuniak Elementary School
Walton High School
Walton Middle School
June 26, 2014
June 24, 2014
The Emerald Coast Middle School BETA Club participated in the 2014 Relay for Life and raised $7,648.00 for the American Cancer Society. They were awarded the trophy as the top youth fundraising team for the Emerald Coast. In 2013 the ECMS BETA Club received the same title by raising $5,674.00. ECMS also received the 2014 award for the Best Decorated Campsite at the Relay.
Mr. Bob Weathersbee, Area Manager for Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Society, presented a plaque to South Walton High School Junior Ansley Barton. Ansley was nominated for the American History Award by her teacher, Mr. Daniel Dixon.