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MUSIC IN PICTURES Student Art Exhibit

March 9 – April 17, 2015

Amavida (Rosemary Beach), Sacred Heart Hospital, and Coastal Branch Library

MUSIC IN PICTURES is a year-long educational art initiative presented by Rosemary Beach Foundation. Created in collaboration with professional musicians and university faculty, the program is open to ALL students in grade K-12 in the Walton County school system--both public and private.

Fifteen Walton County Schools are participating in the 2014/2015 project.
Public: Bay Elementary School, Emerald Coast Middle School, Freeport Middle School, Freeport High School, Maude Saunders Elementary School, Mossy Head School, Paxton School, Seacoast High School, Seaside School, South Walton High School, Van R. Butler Elementary School, Walton Middle School, Walton High School Private: South Walton Montessori School and Treehouse Montessori School

The 2015 awards are divided into four categories:

  • Best in Show
  • Grand Prize Winners
  • Chairman Awards
  • Medalists


Tyler Johnson Van R. Butler Elementary School Elementary
Sofia Papagni Emerald Coast Middle School Middle
Linda Leann Ivey South Walton High School High

2015 GRAND PRIZE WINNERS (Grade Level)

Lindsay McMahon, Van R. Butler Elementary School, K
Madisyn Catalono, Van R. Butler Elementary School, 1st
Bella Fisher, Van R. Butler Elementary School, 2nd
Aven Helms, Mossy Head School, 3rd
Alyssa Rawls, Paxton School, 4th
Madison Hongyee, Emerald Coast Middle School, 5th
Nylah Mateen, Emerald Coast Middle School, 6th
Jacob Fazio, Seaside Neighborhood School, 7th
Hanna Sumpter, Seaside Neighborhood School, 8th
Caroline Murphy, Seacoast Collegiate High School, 9th
Dillon Dewitt, South Walton High School, 10th
Cierra Amaya, South Walton High School, 11th
Lizette Villalebos, Walton High School, 12th

2015 Chairman Awards (School)
Sophie Hezinger, Bay Elementary School, 1st
Karen Yanez, Emerald Coast Middle School, 8th
Zakirah Way, Freeport Middle School, 5th
Camryn Hepner, Freeport High School, 10th
Ollinca Soto Yovis, Maude Saunders Elementary School, 3rd
Kira Young, Mossy Head School, 5th
Gwen Ramsey, Paxton School, 4th
Gage Martin, Seacoast Collegiate High School, 10th
Ethan Skinner, Seaside Neighborhood School, 6th
Olivia Sanders, South Walton High School, 11th
Max Hanson, South Walton Montessori Academy, 3rd
Samantha Torrey, The Tree House Montessori School, K
Sawyer Roberson, Van R. Butler Elementary School, 4th
Kiley Johnson, Walton Middle School, 6th
Ren Wright, Walton High School, 10th

The artwork of 335 Medalists will also be on exhibit.

If you have questions or comments regarding the proposed grant application, please contact:

Jaime Mitchell
TSA, Federal Programs Specialist
Walton County School District
145 Park Street
DeFuniak Springs, FL  32435
Phone: (850) 892-1100 Ext. 1444 
Email: [email protected]

Parents, staff, and students were able to meet hundreds of  famous people at Maude Saunders Elementary School recently.  Each first grader researched,  created a cardboard cutout, and became an expert on one famous person.  Guests were delighted to get to talk one-on-one with the likes of George Washington, Barack Obama, Usher, Henry Ford, and many more famous personalities.  The teachers, students, and guests all enjoyed spending time with so many well-known faces!

Shown here are Ruby Bridges (Jeana Lee), George Washington Carver (William Anderson), Abraham Lincoln (Michael Mitchem),  Laura Ingalls Wilder (Makatie Richards),  Amelia Earhart (Kaylie Harrison), Martin Luther King (Aiden Willcox) , Mother Theresa (Payton McMillian), and Jane Goodall (Ava Taylor)

Determination is is the BES character trait of the month. These students were selected as the Students of Determination. 

Pictured left to right: Titan Anglin, Annie Rose Allen, Remi Voelker, Collin Tipton, Harlan Lindell

The sixth annual concert, “FULL SCORE:  Spring Showcase for the Arts”, will be presented at 6:30 PM at the Walton High School Auditorium on May 1st, 2015.    Ron Kelley will be the master of ceremonies for the evening as public schools bring this year’s performance highlights to the stage. 


Tickets are on sale in advance for $5.00 or at the door for $7.00.   Student tickets are $3.00 and children 5 and under are free.  Students in music programs of Walton County are currently selling tickets. 


This year’s concert will include elementary, chorus, band, jazz band, and steel pan drum performances.  Vocal and instrumental solos will also be included.  Music teachers have a special treat for the presentation of our National Anthem this year! 


This is a fantastic way to show our community how much you support music education and the talented youth of Walton County. 


ECMS student Jackson Weatherall won the 2015 Purestrike Hurricane Junior Golf Spring Tour Championship held at Sandestin Baytowne in the boys 13-14 division.

Marley Bartlett in 5th grade at Freeport Middle School won 1st place in the Walton County Sheriff's Office Art Contest, the theme was "Family Fun Activities" for Child Abuse Prevention Month in April. A special thanks to Officer Nathan Hicks for informing us about this great project!

SWHS students Tabitha Gaydos, Leah Ellison, Nick Collier, and Reese Westberry placed first in the 2015 Teen Public Service Announcement (PSA) Contest for the Walton County high school division with their cyberbullying PSA.

FES 4th graders, under the direction of master gardener volunteers, have created an impressive vegetable and flower garden. They hope to enjoy the fruits of their labor before the end of the school year. FES families are invited to stop by and see it when visiting the school.

SWHS Senior Paxton Dixon signs a letter of commitment to play basketball at Birmingham Southern next year.


He is joined by his parents, Jim and Camille Dixon, Assistant Principal Jimmy Ross, Athletic Director Phil Tisa, Head Boys Basketball Coach John Davies, and Principal Alexis Tibbetts.