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Submitted by Nancy Currie, Freeport Elementary School

FES participated in a Cancer Freeze event on May 6th. Staff, students, and families helped raise over $2000.00 for local cancer patients. The event was an all-day affair with lots of walking, dancing, PE challenges, dunking booth splashes, and give-a-way raffles! Thanks to everyone for making it such a successful event!

FES Cancer Freeze Event

Submitted by Christy English, Walton High School

On Thursday, May 5, Walton High School's Koleman Truett and Danny Hicks signed their official commitments to play football at the collegiate level.  Koleman, pictured on the left with his mother, signed with Ave Maria University, and Danny, pictured on the right with his mother, signed with Huntingdon College.  Standing behind the boys are Coach Stephens and Principal Russell Hughes.  Congratulations, Koleman and Danny!  


Submitted by Cindy Stewart, Bay Elementary School

Congratulations to Tula Hoffman and Fordham Palmer, the BES Students of the Month for April.

Submitted by Chelsea Ellison, Freeport Middle School

The 2016 - 2017 National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony was held on May 3rd at Freeport Middle School. The organization inducted nine members. These nine students demonstrate the five characteristics of the National Junior Honor Society: Scholarship, Leadership, Service, Character, and Citizenship. By joining this prestigious organization, these students are pledging to uphold the high purpose of the club.

On Sunday, May 1st, Rosemary Beach Foundation presented the 5th Annual Music in Pictures awards ceremony.  The event celebrated arts in education and honored the medalists of the 2016 juried art contest.  The Paxton School students who received an award are listed below. 

Whitney Stewart  – Medalist, Scotlyn Jones – Medalist, Riley Reeves – Medalist, Harmony Heitger – Medalist, Emily Wilson – Medalist, Gracelyn Jones – Judges’ Award, Payton Darby – Best in Show Elementary, Zoie Geohagan – Best in Show High School

 *not pictured: Shelby Taylor  – Judges’ Award

Submitted by Crystal Appel, Walton County School District

On Sunday, May 1st, Rosemary Beach Foundation presented the 5th Annual Music in Pictures** awards ceremony.  The event celebrated arts in education and honored the medalists of the 2016 juried art contest. A “packed house” of over 600 people attended the festivities at Freeport High School. We are grateful to the participating schools and the amazing art teachers who inspire Walton County students.

 Photo: WCSD Art Teachers from left to right: WMS- Katelyn Dorriety, VRB- Constance Rogers, FMS- Kristy Moody, SWHS- Vivian Komando, MSE- Kathy Harrah, BES- Cecile Lindegren, FHS- Terri Jones-Shelley, FES- Laurie Hudson, WDE- Kathy D'arensbourg, ECMS- Jennifer Rhea. Not pictured: WHS- Dimitri Zachos, PHS- Jessica Kommer, and MHS- Krystina Lyon

Submitted by Crystal Appel, Walton County School District

A special thank you to the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation for presenting Zig’s Musical Journey* at Freport Middle School on April 29th. 5th grade students and Band members were in participation with renowned percussionist Zig Wajler of "Hands on With Zig."

  Zig’s Musical Journey Is a highly interactive cross curricular and multicultural music experience featuring a battery of world percussion introducing rhythms, sounds, and song-styles from around the world with traditional and contemporary instruments, folk songs and original compositions.  Audience members participate through active dialogue and hands on interaction including basic rhythm patterns, instruments names, chants, and form a world music ensemble. Cross curricular connections include social studies, math, language arts, and science with historical and cultural content.  The program features world musical styles including; African, Native American, Latin, Hip-Hop, Jazz, US & World Folk, and Caribbean among others.  As an extension of the classroom, students will make a connection how textbook learning relates to music and their daily lives.