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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

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.

West DeFuniak Elementary held school-wide Tropicana Speech competition on Tuesday, November 28th.  Fifth grade winners as pictured are Daisy Proffitt, 3rd place, Emma Lathinghouse, 2nd place, and Addie Ingle, 1st place.  WDE is excited to have our 1st and 2nd place winners represent us at the District Tropicana Competition on December 14th

West DeFuniak Elementary held school-wide Tropicana Speech competition on Tuesday, November 28th.  Fourth grade winners as pictured are, Chandler Shoaf, 1st place, Gracelyn Daniel, 2nd place, and Rhiannon Fountain, 3rd place.  WDE is excited to have our 1st and 2nd place winners represent us at the District Tropicana Competition on December 14th.

 Submitted by Jessica Dawkins

Emerald Coast Middle School BETA Club Students attended the Florida Junior BETA Club Convention on November 27-28.

They returned from the State convention winning the following awards:

Visual Arts Sweepstakes--meaning most winners in the Visual Arts category

Lily Gibson - 1st in Sculpture

Dylan Speicher- 1st in Color Photography

Colton Farmer-1st in 6th grade Social Studies

Alyssa Sutton, Madeline Smith, Cameron Gray, Jenna Neslage-2nd in Quiz Bowl

Ava Razavi, Lauren Broussard, Sydney Rushing, Savannah Mansfield-2nd in Advertising Design

Rachel McCann-Pastels & Charcoal-3rd place.

Great job ECMS Beta Club!!!

Submitted by Angela Vance

ECMS Student Council students worked hard at coordinating a school-wide canned goods drive during the weeks prior to Thanksgiving break. Students collected thousands of non-perishable food items benefiting the local organization, "Caring & Sharing".  The generosity of Stingray students and families were sure to bring happy smiles to families of Walton County.

Submitted by Angela Vance

On the evening of Thursday, Nov. 16, the Walton High School AVID students and their families gathered for the first annual AVID Family Thanksgiving. Every family brought something to add to the Thanksgiving table and Lauran Hebert, a senior AVID student, expressed her gratitude to all the AVID Elective teachers: Mr. & Mrs. Carnley, Mrs. Zodrow, Ms. Bare, and Mr. Cooper. It was a beautiful time of food, fun, and fellowship! #WHSAVIDstrong Submitted by Christy English.

Award winning cellist Dr. Boyan Bonev, a native of Bulgaria, artistic director for Seaside Strings, and music professor at the University of West Florida, performed for students at Bay Elementary, Van R. Butler Elementary, and Emerald Coast Middle School Monday, November 13, 2017 as part of an outreach program by the Seaside Institute. 

Dr. Bonev performed for entranced audiences at the schools on a highly prized 300 year old cello built in Cremona Italy.  As part of each visit, Dr. Bonev invited students to come forward and try his "baby cello" which he also brought for the visits.   

Boyan holds Doctor of  Music and Master of Music degrees from the Florida State University, and Bachelor of Music degree from the National Music Academy in Sofia, Bulgaria. 

Dr. Bonev is an award winning cellist, and has performed recitals across the United States and Europe. Currently, Bonev teaches cello, double bass and chamber music at the University of West Florida. Prior to joining the faculty at UWF, he taught cello and double bass at the Albany State University and Darton College. Bonev is on the faculty of the Florida State University Summer Music Camps and taught cello and chamber music as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the Florida State University.

submitted by Keitha Bledsoe