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West DeFuniak Elementary is thrilled to spotlight our Educational Support Person of the Year - Tyler Hudson and our Teacher of the Year - Mrs. Emily Dickey.  Tyler has worked as a custodian at WDE for 2 1/2 years.  Tyler enjoys coming to work. When you pass him in the hallway, he always has a smile and a kind word to say.  He enjoys the people he works with and seeing the kids every day.  He says, "Well, I'm just a kid a heart."  Tyler's love for his job is evident.  We are glad to have him as part of our team.  Mrs. Dickey has been teaching for 9 years.  She taught Kindergarten for 6 years before coming to WDE three years ago where she now teaches 2nd grade.  Mrs. Dickey loves making the children feel at home in her classroom.  Building community is a key part of her classroom environment.  "I want the students to know that learning can be fun," Mrs. Dickey said.  She teaches her students mutual respect between students, teachers, and anyone else they come in contact with outside her class.  Stop by Mrs. Dickey's room and you'll probably find music playing.  Whether it is used as a timer or to help students with creating a song to help with Math, music fosters that love for learning.  WDE is excited to have such wonderful staff members at our school.  Congratulations to you both!!  Submitted by Jessica Dawkins.

Paxton High School and Middle School Future Farmers of America Chapters competed in Sub-District Competitions in Chipley, FL on Tuesday, December 12th.

Paxton students receiving awards were as follows:

Opening and Closing Ceremonies: 1st Place - Jordyn Bradley, Sarah Thompson, Cassie Varnum, Ashlyn Hall, Haley Pickron, Haylee Hayes, Hailey Sexton

MS Prepared Public Speaking: 1st Place - Haley Pickron

MS Extemporaneous Speaking: 1st Place - Colten Phillips

Creed Speaking: 2nd Place - Hydie Varnum

HS Prepared Public Speaking: 3rd Place - Mary Bryan

Safe Tractor Operations: 3rd Place - Trenton Dell

Submitted by Nate Moore.

The Paxton Music Department would like to invite everyone to Bringing in the Holidays! on December 18th at 6 o'clock in the PHS Auditorium. There will be special performances by Sound of the Pride, Second Grade's 'Christmas in the OK Corral,' and the Paxton Band. Submitted by Kalli McMillan.

Bay Elementary is proud to announce the Kiwanis Students of the Month for December. Congratulations Sammy Souder and Meyshia Kennedy for being selected as the BES Kiwanis Students of the Month. Sammy and Meyshia will attend a breakfast sponsored by the Freeport Kiwanis Club to be recognized for this honor. Submitted by Cindy Stewart.

Cats Against Cancer Schedule:

Friday (12/15)

5:00 (Girls) - Florala vs. Walton

6:15 (Boys) - Paxton vs. Walton

7:30 (Girls) - Paxton vs. South Walton

Saturday (12/16)

1:00 (Girls) - Walton vs. Marianna

2:15 (Boys) - Walton vs. Central

3:30 (Girls) - Central vs. Florala

4:45 (Boys) - Paxton vs. Navarre

6:00 (Girls) - Paxton vs. Graceville

Submitted by Kalli McMillan.

There were 62 applicants for this year’s Walton Education Foundation classroom grant project. Over $61,000 worth of items were requested. The Foundation selected 29 grants provided with private funds from CHELCO, Alys Beach Foundation, SunTrust Bank, Publix, and their annual Apple Classic 5K and 10K fundraiser, as well as matching funds from the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations.


We are excited to announce WHS teachers, Ms. Stephenson and Ms. Corales, were awarded one of these grants (for $1500), which allowed them to purchase 180 books for their classroom libraries.


Congratulations, Ms. Stephenson and Ms. Corales! We know your students are anxious to get their hands on these new books!

Submitted by Christy English.

WHS Books

WHS Books

Pictured left to right:  Teofilo Tundidor (2nd Place Junior Biological Science), Lilli Arthur (Honorable Mention Junior Physical Science), Selina Li (1st Place Junior Engineering), Olivia Rodgers (3rd Place Junior Biological Science), Taylor Pankow (Honorable Mention Junior Physical Science). Submitted by Sharie Smith.

On Friday, December 8, 2017, three Walton County High School Leadership classes participated in a Mock Trial at the Walton County Courthouse.  Freeport High, South Walton High and Walton High each had students who experienced the roles of Prosecuting Attorney, Defense Attorney, or Witness for the Mock Trial of Frances Mallory v. Taylor Smith.  Participants enlisted the assistance of local attorneys in our area in preparation for the Mock Trial.  Judge Kelvin Wells presided while four judges observed the proceedings.  The four judges were Dan Marcinkowski, retired lawyer; Bailey Rushing, Walton County Public Defender’s Office;  Matthew Richardson, Walton County State Attorney Office; and Cindy Anderson, Emerald Coast Technical College and former Paralegal. A special thank you is extended to each judge for their participation in this event. 

Walton High School won the overall school award after three rounds and received a trophy for their accomplishment.  Certificates were also awarded for Best Witness for the Defense, Best Witness for the Plaintiff, Best Prosecution Attorney, and Best Defense Attorney.  Those were awarded as follows:

Best Witness for the Defense:
William Huff (far left)
Kayla “Cheyenne” Cordle (third from left)
(pictured with Dan Marcinkowski and Cindy Anderson)

Mock trial

Best Witness for the Plaintiff:
Aniston Grabowski (third from left)
William “Billy” Hubbard (second from left)
(pictured with Dan Marcinkowski and Cindy Anderson)

Mock trial

Prosecution Attorney:
William Campbell (far left)
Jessie Messer (second from left)
(pictured with Dan Marcinkowski and Cindy Anderson)

Mock trial

Defense Attorney:
Krislynn McLaney (far left)
Sarah Jackson (third from left)
(pictured with Dan Marcinkowski and Cindy Anderson)

Mock trial

FHS Leadership class with Judge Kelvin Wells (back center) and instructor, Jamey Goddin (far right).

Mock trial

SWHS Leadership class with Judge Kelvin Wells (back center) and instructor, Mandy Rodriguez (far right).

Mock trial

WHS Leadership class with Judge Kelvin Wells (back center) and instructor, Kelley Stephenson (far right).

Mock trial

Submitted by Donna Honish.