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South Walton High School’s faculty has chosen Ms. Bobbi Pinkston as our Teacher of the Year. Bobbi teaches English Honors II, Advanced Placement Capstone Research, and sponsors the literary magazine, the “Osprey”. Pictured are Bobbi Pinkston, Dr. Alexis Tibbetts and Walton County Teacher of the Year Mrs. Joan Kennett.

Submitted by Barbara Stratton.

Congratulations to Mrs. Carla Sconiers for being selected Teacher of the Year at West DeFuniak Elementary. This is her 7th year of teaching. She did her student teaching in first grade at WDE and has been in first grade ever since! Mrs. Sconiers helps students want to learn by getting to know them and their interests. Her goal is to also make learning as fun as it can be! She strives to build students up and support them on a daily basis! 

When Mrs. Sconiers was asked about her classroom she said, "The children bless me more than I could ever bless them! I hope that my students leave me each year knowing 'Strength doesn’t come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t.'" It is our privilege to recognize Mrs. Sconiers as Teacher of the Year! 

Pictured with Mrs. Carla Sconiers is Mrs. Darlene Paul, Principal of West DeFuniak Elementary

Submitted by Darlene Paul.

Congratulations to our very own Superintendent A. Russell Hughes on being appointed by Florida Governor-elect Ron DeSantis to serve on the Transition Advisory Committee on Education and Workforce Development!

 

Last Thursday, 40 professionals were announced as advisors who will serve on this team and Mr. Hughes was among those on that list!

 

This committee is described as being “comprised of a diverse group of education experts”. Mr. Hughes and the other individuals on this team will help develop a plan to implement Governor-elect DeSantis’ vision of ensuring that every student in Florida has the chance to get a world-class education and develop the skills they need to get a great job and pursue their dream. A vision that aligns with what Superintendent Hughes works towards everyday in Walton County School District.

 

Mr. Hughes looks forward to sharing the Walton County Way with others through this opportunity.

 

Thank you for continuing to embody the EPIC mentality in everything you do!

 

Congratulations again, Superintendent! We are so proud of you!

Freeport High School Fellowship of Christian Athletes in cooperation with the Taylor Haugen Foundation enjoyed another year of providing sports equipment for the Boys and Girls Club of Defuniak. The high school students enjoy going to the Boys and Girls Club and hanging out with the kids there and playing with them. It is such a fun time to go play with them and thanks to the Taylor Haugen Foundation grant we can bring hem much needed equipment. The students also went the Chautaqua Nursing Center and handed out Christmas cards and played bingo with the residents. The prizes were provided by the Taylor Haugen Foundation. Submitted by Patty Woodard

    

Five hundred pairs of pajamas were collected for Golson Elementary in Marianna. An additional $510.00 was also donated to help their students.

Students, staff members, and friends of Freeport Elementary, South Walton High, West DeFuniak, Maude Saunders, and Mossy Head helped with this special project. Carter's Children's Store at Silver Sands also donated pajamas.

Special thanks goes out to all who participate in this project! Submitted by Laurie Langford

Last weekend, ECMS band members auditioned for the Troy University Southeastern United States honor band, and all six were placed in the top band. The students rehearsed all day on Friday, and presented a concert Saturday alongside some of the top middle school musicians in the Southeast. 

The students who represent ECMS (pictured above) are Emma Knauer, Jonathan Levene, Michaela Bush, Zelda Ciko, Cameron Gray, and Maddie Brower.

Submitted by Darrin Lyon