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Congratulations to Emerald Coast Middle School Cross Country Teams for a great showing at the Middle School State Championships in Lakeland Florida this weekend. The girls finished 5th out of 38 teams and Ava Flaherty led the way with the time of 11:39. The boys finished 8th out of 50 teams and Payne Griner led the way for the Stingrays with the time of 10:43. Great season!
Submitted by Karen Wright
 

Congratulations to the Freeport High School Sunshine Band and their Director, Michael Miller, for their success at the Dixieland Marching Band Competition at T. R. Miller HS in Brewton, Alabama on Saturday, October 27!

The band received Superior Drum Major, Superior Colorguard, Superior Band, Best in Class Drum Major, Best in Class Colorguard, Best in Class Band!!! Way to go FHS Sunshine Marching Band!!!

This past Saturday the Walton High School Marching Braves Band attended the Pea River Marching Band Classic in Elba, AL where they competed against 11 other bands from across the Southeast performing their 2018 production entitled Fractured Mind. In prelims the band awards received Best in Class 1A Band, Colorguard, and Drum Major and qualified to compete in the Finals competition that night. In finals the Band once again received Best in Class 1A Band, Colorguard, and Drum Major. In addition, the Band placed 3rdPlace overall with a final score of 88.020 and the Colorguard place 1stPlace overall with a final score of 97.000.

 

Congratulations to Madeline Ptak, Riley Hamon, Caden Barnhart, Carlee Adams of Freeport Elementary School, and Kinsley Craig of West DeFuniak Elementary for being selected by audition to represent Walton County in the Florida Elementary Music Educators Association Regional Honor Music Ensembles in Gainesville, Florida! These students attended an all day workshop and rehearsals, and performed in concert on Saturday evening, October 27, at the University of Florida! 

Madeline, Riley, and Kinsley performed as members of the North Regional Elementary Chorus, while Caden and Carlee performed as members of the North Regional Elementary Orff Ensemble. It was an exciting day of learning and polishing new music, developing and reinforcing good vocal and instrumental music technique, and meeting other student musicians from throughout the state. The culminating concert was fabulous, and the students, their parents, and directors shared an amazing experience that will inspire them to greater levels of musicianship!
Freeport Elementary music teacher is Angela Saltsman, and West DeFuniak Elementary Music teacher is Nathan Hight.

    

Students at South Walton High School had the unique opportunity to hear a concert accordionist onstage, along with one of their own today, SWHS Senior pianist, Mia DuToit! Mia beautifully performed The Lark, from the "Farewell to St. Petersburg", by Mikhail Glinka/Balakirev.

Courtesy of Sinfonia Gulf Coast, Concert Accordionist Hanzhi Wang performed for the students in the SWHS auditorium. Praised for her engaging stage presence and performances that are technically and musically brilliant, Hanzhi Wang is quickly gaining recognition as a world class performer. Her concert career has already taken her around the globe with performances in Europe and Asia. Ms. Wang will make her debut in the Young Concert Artists Series in New York, opening the 2018-19 season in The Peter Marino Concert at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall. Her Washington, DC debut in the Young Concert Artists Series at the Kennedy Center will be co-presented with Washington Performing Arts. 
She earned her Bachelor’s degree at the China Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, and her Master’s degree at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen as a student of Geir Draugsvoll.
Special thanks to Sinfonia Gulf Coast for making it possible for the students to experience this live performance! You can learn more about her at http://www.hanzhiwang.org/

Paxton's 3-D Art Class, under the guidance of art teacher Mrs. Wilson, has created some spooky characters using pumpkins as a medium!