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Tropicana Speech Winners

December 2, 2014

5th grade: 

1st place Gaines Marshall

2nd place McCaid Paul

3rd place Billie Hall

4th grade: 

1st place Mackenzie Campbell

2nd place Hannah Shoaf

3rd place Will Morris

 

 

Van R. Butler Elementary is proud to announce the winners of the 2014 Tropicana Speech Contest!

First Place: Jessica Czarnecki

Second Place: Laurel Blazer

Third Place: Reagan Sibley

Photograph (L-R) above with speech judges and Principal Mrs. Smith:  Mrs. Debbie Blount, Jessica Czarnecki, Mr. Jeff Infinger, Laurel Blazer, Tammy Smith, Reagan Sibley, and Mr. Jonathan D'Avignon

VRB Veterans Day Program

November 21, 2014

Van R. Butler Elementary School proudly hosted a Veterans Day program on Monday, November 10th that truly honored those who have served and continue to serve our country. "This year we had more veterans participate than ever before," said Principal Tammy Smith.  "It was an honor to see our little ones sing 'America the Beautiful' and applaud those who have and still serve our country." Students sang, waved flags, and applauded veterans from all branches of the military.  Special thanks to the Butler Student Council, Mrs. Heidi Morgan, Mrs. Rebecca Stuart, and Mrs. Rebecca Austin for organizing such a wonderful program

New School Board Members

November 21, 2014

The newly elected Walton County School Board Members were officially sworn in on Tuesday, November 18th.  Jason Catalano was sworn in to fill School Board Seat 5; Kim Kirby, School Board Seat 2; and Bill Eddins Jr., School Board Seat 3.

Pictured Left to Right:  Jason Catalano, Kim Kirby, Superintendent Carlene Anderson, and Bill Eddins Jr.

Voice of Democracy Winners

November 20, 2014

The Walton County School District’s Youth Leader classes recently participated in the annual Veteran of Foreign Wars’ (VFW) Voice of Democracy essay contest.  Since 1947, the Voice of Democracy has been the VFW’s premier scholarship program with over $2.1 million in scholarships and incentives being awarded each year.  Students compete by writing and recording a 3 to 5 minute audio essay on a patriotic theme.  This year’s theme was, Why Veterans are Important to our Nation’s History and Future

This year over 30 Youth Leadership students submitted entries.  The VFW recognized the top 5 students at the November 18th School Board Meeting by presenting them with monetary awards.  The essays of the top 3 winners will be sent to the VFW district contest. 

Pictured from left to right:  WHS student Wendy Duncan; WHS student Laura Hydle; 1st place winner, FHS student Madysen Jones; 2nd place winner, WHS student Kayla Jackson.  Not pictured:  3rd place winner, FHS student Anna Sefo. 

For the first time ever, two Seahawk girls qualified individually for the Class 2A State Girls Cross Country Championships, to be held November 15th at the Florida State University course in Tallahassee. Maddie Fulmer finished 5th (19:04) and Ally Woodard 13th (20:29) at the Region 1-2A meet in Pensacola to qualify for state. The Seahawk girls had a successful season, winning the County Championship, finishing 2nd at district, its highest district finish ever, and placing seventh at regionals, one spot from qualifying for the 2A state meet as a team.

Third Grade students at West DeFuniak Elementary met their AR goal this nine weeks. Each student had to earn 15 or more points and maintain an 85 average. They were surprised with icecream and free time outside. Way to go Third Graders!

The 5th period Art students, grades 6th-7th, had a great experience today at Freeport Middle School. Mr. Greg Sauer from FSU played the cello for all of us to hear. This visit is a part of our "Music in Pictures" project sponsored by the Rosemary Beach Foundation. The students practiced visualizing sound with imagery, colors, and feelings. Fun was had by all!