Skip to content

Camille Cosson, second from left in front row, is surrounded by her fellow Seahawk Softball Team members as she signs a letter of intent to play for Northwest Florida State College.

Producer, director and cinematographer Elam Stoltzfus visited South Walton High School science, art and drama students recently.  Stoltzfus is currently working on a documentary for PBS about the coastal dune lakes in South Walton County.  Pictured with Stoltzfus are Sarah McManus, Bo Massey, Advanced Placement Environmental Science teacher Pat Murphy, Elam Stoltzfus, M C Cunningham and Stille Harbeson.

3rd Annual Apple Classic Run

February 24, 2014

The Walton Education Foundation hosted its 3rd Annual Apple Classic Run at Hammock Bay on Saturday, February 8th.  The event was a great success with 130 registered runners and 22 business sponsors, a new record for the Apple Run.  Some of Walton County’s schools created school teams.  Walton Middle School had the highest number of registered runners with Emerald Coast Middle School a close second.  Proceeds from the race will be used to help fund the Classroom Mini-Grants. 


A special thank you goes out to our volunteers from Freeport High School’s Anchor & Key Clubs, Walton Area Chamber of Commerce, WCSD employees, as well as, friends & family members, for making the race a success!


The Foundation truly appreciates the sponsorships and donations from the following businesses:

Hammock Bay; Hilton Sandestin; CHELCO; Gulf Power; Century Link; Gold’s Gym; McCullar & Company; CSI; Nick’s Restaurant; Coca-Cola; Wal-Mart; Dejavu; Pizitz Home & Cottage; Fun In The Sun; Wallace O’Connell; Publix; Critzer Law Firm; SouthernLink Wireless; Panama City Business Machines; Edward Jones Investments; South Walton Stitchery; and Clary-Glenn Funeral Home.

Congratulations to Matthew Deal, Ryan Meadows, and Bryanna Muscella for being selected to each receive a $4,000 band scholarship from Troy University.

Cottages for Kids

February 19, 2014

Cottages for Kids

Mossy Head School was selected to receive Kid Comfort”, a custom-built cottage from Cottages for Kids, designed by HGTV’s Vern Yip. 


Cottages for Kids is a unique fundraising event in Rosemary Beach that benefits Children’s Volunteer Health Network, a faith based, 501(c)3 non-profit organization that seeks to enhance the lives of uninsured and underinsured children by facilitating free, immediate access to medical, dental, vision and mental health care.  With tremendous imagination and craftsmanship, builders and architects come together to create, construct and decorate whimsical cottages that look like they have popped out from the pages of a fairytale to modern creations brimming with creativity.


Mossy Head School’s students are proud and excited to have this new addition to the playground. Thank you Cottages for Kids for your generosity! 

On Friday, February 7th, Freeport’s own Gabe Moore received The Amateur Athlete of the Year award from the All Sports Association (ASA).  This is a very prestigious award, and we are very proud of him.  The All Sports Association has been recognizing athletes in the Northwest Florida area annually for 45 years and their organization raises money for many charitable causes in the area, including the Special Olympics, YMCA, and Boys & Girls Clubs.  Festivities last Friday included autograph signing, interviews with several newspapers, radio stations, and television channels, a reception with the ASA’s corporate sponsors, members, and many other influential individuals, and culminated with the annual awards banquet with over 1500 people in attendance.  ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit served as the keynote speaker.  Gabe was accompanied by his family as shown in the picture.  Congratulations to Gabe for this awesome honor!


Congratulations to Walton High School student Evan Cowie on a strong finish in the Robert E. Sheffield East Panhandle Regional Science Fair.  Evan was awarded 3rd Place in the Senior Chemistry Division, 2nd place for the Alice and Louis Fay Senior Chemistry Award and also awarded the Stockholm Water Prize for his project on electrolysis.

Students from music programs in Walton County Schools were selected to perform at the 2014 Florida Music Educators Professional Development Conference and All-State Concert held at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, FL, on January 8-11, 2014.

Walton High School Senior band member Mathew Deal (E-flat Contrabass Clarinet/ Baritone saxophone), Paxton High School Junior band member Samantha Reeves (Bb Clarinet), and Paxton High School Freshman band member Maddisyn Jones (Bass Clarinet), were selected for All-State High School Honor Band.  The Walton High School Band Director is Dr. Harry Patzig; Paxton High School Director is Renee Riggs. 

Walton High School Senior Joseph Wilmoth, Director Diara Morris, earned a place in the All State Men's Chorus.

Paxton School Freshman 8th grade band member Randi Madden (Tuba), Director Renee Riggs, was selected for All-State Middle School Honor Band.

West DeFuniak Elementary Student Haleigh Permenter (4th grade), music teacher Gina Ealum, was chosen to sing in the Elementary All-State Chorus. 

Students were selected from applications covering the entire state of Florida.  Congratulations Walton County Music Students!