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Trevor Simpler is recent graduate of Walton High School, but before he graduated Monday night, over the weekend Trevor competed in the Special Olympics Florida 2019 Summer Games at the Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Trevor participated in the 1500m run and the 800m run athletic events, receiving a Silver medal for the 1500m and a Gold medal for the 800m.

Trevor has been a Special Olympics Florida Walton County athlete for the past nine (9) years. He has participated in stand up paddle, powerlifting, bowling, swimming, and basketball. Trevor has competed in all of these sports at state level at some point in the nine (9) years, and has received from a bronze to gold medals in these events.

As an ESE student within Walton High School, Trevor has worked hard over the past 5 years to get to that amazing moment of graduation. There have been struggles along the way, but he overcame, and walked across that stage on Monday night with pride.

Trevor will continue growing as a person and an athlete within Special Olympics Florida Walton County over the summer by practicing for stand up paddle and swimming and hopefully preparing to compete at State level again.

Congratulations to Trevor Simpler for both his graduation, and his success at the Special Olympics Summer games!

Thanks to Jennifer Barber with Special Olympics Florida for the article and pictures! 
        WHS Grad Competes at Special Olympics Summer Games 
    
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Freeport Middle School art students say, "Have a happy and positive summer!" by decorating the sidewalk with positive and inspirational quotes.  Way to go students!  Have a great summer!! We'll See you next year! 

FMS Sidewalk art

FMS Sidewalk art

FMS Sidewalk art

FMS Sidewalk art

On May 9, 2019, Ms. April Wilkes, Executive Director of The St. Joe Community Foundation, presented a $20,000 check to the Walton Middle School football program. Coach Dennie Smith wrote the grant in hopes of upgrading training and safety equipment for the team. The gear the team has been using is outdated and in short supply, so Coach Smith set out on a mission to upgrade the equipment to reduce the risk of concussion or serious injury to his players. So far, the program has purchased the following: a five man sled to help improve blocking, a one man tackling sled to help improve tackling, better helmets to protect from injury, integrated practice pants, protective pads, and a medical kit. Over the next year, the coaching staff will continue to use the funds to make improvements to their program. WMS can't thank Ms. Wilkes and The St. Joe Foundation enough for their generous support of the school's football team. Go Warriors! Submitted by Kristen Nelson

Seacoast High School students Knoxye Grinstead, Reagan Wells, Mary Katherine Rookis, and Sierra Smith were recognized at the Walton County School Board meeting Tuesday evening, May 21, 2019, for their First Place winning performance at the Florida History Day state competition. 
The theme for this year's competition was Triumph and Tragedy in History. The Seacoast High School team performed an original courtroom setting skit about the Triumphs and Tragedies of the Lowell Mills Factory system. They will represent the state of Florida at the National History Day competition held at the University of Maryland, June 9-13, 2019.

Photo credit: Jenna Bailey

Congratulations to Walton High’s Class of 2019!  Thank you to everyone that came to support these seniors at the graduation ceremony Monday night (May 20).  "Once a Brave, always a Brave!” Submitted by Christy English

Freeport High School finished first place in the FHSAA’s Academic Team Championship points total for 1A, thus making them STATE CHAMPIONS! The FHSAA Academic Team Champion recognition program honors teamwork not only in competition, but in the classroom as well. The program recognizes teams in each of the Association’s sanctioned and recognized sports, naming an Academic Team Champion in each classification. Congratulations to the entire faculty and staff and all of the dedicated student-athletes for earning this prestigious honor. Submitted by Patty Woodard