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Congratulations to these Freeport High School Band students attending the 2018 University of South Carolina Band Clinic and Conductors Symposium on February 11, 2018!

(Left to right) Ashlynn Fannin (trombone); Ethan Carlock (flute); Larry Wheeler (tuba); Dylan Estess (euphonium)

Submitted by Michael Miller

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

After their victory against the Ponce de Leon Pirates this past Saturday, the Paxton Ladycats have been named district champs. Way to go, Ladycats! Your fellow Paxtonians are so proud!

Submitted by Kalli McMillan

As a special treat at the PHS Homecoming Pep Rally, the Spanish Club (lead by their sponsor: Micah Trinidad) performed a medley of Latin dances for the entire student body. The performance included dance styles like Bachata, Merengue, and Salsa. Great job, Spanish Club!

Submitted by Kalli McMillan

During Paxton's Homecoming festivities, there is an annual Faculty/Student Free Throw Competition. The students are allowed to call out the competition of their choice. This year, Noah Brown, a senior student, stepped up to call out his competition. Noah pointed his finger at a person at the front of the gym as the announcer said, "Mr. Hughes!" Mr. Hughes put forth a valiant effort and showed off some EPIC shooting skills. 
submitted by Kalli McMillan

Van R.  Butler students and their families enjoyed a “sweet “ evening of math related activities at #candycrush math night. What a treat! Submitted by Tammy Smith.

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.