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MHS Tropicana Speech Winners

December 1, 2017

From left to right:

5th Grade:  Levi Elmore (3rd place), Trinity Collins (2nd place), Emery Hagan (1st place); 4th Grade:  Noah Hicks (1st place), Reese Cousins (2nd place), Foster Stephenson (3rd place)

Submitted by Elizabeth Gaither.

Congratulations to the following students for completing a rigorous program on food safety, which was developed by leaders in the food service industry. They were awarded the Certified Food Safety Manager certificate after passing the exam.

- Paige Brannon, Chris Jones, Sierra Gillis, Samantha Eckert
- Joel Green, Trevor Johnson, Madison Russell, Desiree Rohn
- Deanne Barron, Jasmine Gomillion, Cierra Alford, Jewels Campbell, James Reed-Miller, Brittney Huntsinger

Submitted by Christy English.

Superintendent Hughes and School Board members Kim Kirby and Marsha Winegarner are leading from the front by staying current with Professional Development at the Florida School Board Association and Florida Association of District School Superintendents joint training conference!

Open to middle and high school students’ parents – come join us for a fun and informative night!

5:30-6:00 Meet & Greet w/ refreshments (Christmas cookies and hot chocolate) and an Ugly Christmas Sweater contest

6:00-7:00 Participate in 4 different sessions to learn about all that Clever.com and other online resources have to offer to help your child succeed in math this year!

Door Prizes awarded at the end of the night!


Submitted by Kalli McMillan

Walton County School Board and Superintendent Russell Hughes are awarded for becoming Master Board Trained.  Chairwoman Kim Kirby, School Board member Marsha Winegarner, and Superintendent Hughes received the plaque on behalf of the entire board for their more than 22 hours of training.  

Congratulations as well to Board Members Jason Catalano, Bill Eddins and Gail Smith who are not pictured, but made it possible for this designation for our School Board.  

Mrs. Sammie Watson's 8th grade class studied the 8 Traits of Culture and groups were assigned one of the 8 traits. They had to gather information from different countries to compare cultural differences. The posters are a reflection of their research.

Maude Saunders is proud to announce the winners of our annual public speaking contest.  In 4th grade, winners were Braeli Baker (1st place), Cailyn Dickey (2nd place) and Parker Caldwell (3rd place).

In fifth grade, winners were Sara Ryann Avant (3rd place), Hunter Weimorts (2nd place), and Sophia Parker (1st place).  The first and second place winners will compete at the District Competition on December 14th.

Submitted by Krissy Spence

During the Bobcats vs. PDL Pirates basketball games on December 12th from 4 o'clock to 8 o'clock, the PHS science department will be hosting a Science Night in the gym for all students from PreK to 12th grade. The students can participate in STEM activities like sphere robots, Oobleck, a flight simulator, straw rockets, "Are you smarter than a Bobcat?" half time trivia, and others. 

submitted by Kalli McMillan

Second grade students at West DeFuniak Elementary enjoyed learning about Native Americans from Ms. Sylvia Glover. Ms. Glover is from Westville, Florida. She collects Native American artifacts such as arrowheads, pottery, deerskin blankets, and other various tools from this era. She explained to the students how the items were used by the Native Americans in everyday life. Students enjoyed holding and observing the artifacts. 

Submitted by Jessica Dawkins