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The office at Walton High School looks like a Winter Wonderland, thanks to the creativity of Linda Daniel, main office secretary.  Twinkling lights, an extensive Christmas Village that covers the full length of one entire wall, a cozy fireplace, Holiday music, and a beautifully decorated tree help to "make the season bright!"  Ms. Daniel spent many hours decorating the area from her personal collection, with the help of students who created beautiful snowflakes during a "Snowflake Contest" she organized, and former Walton High School student, Kyle Doggett. 

Winners of the contest were:

1st place - Dale Brown
2nd place - Abigail Lara
3rd place - Katie Duncan
Honorary - Raegan Clardy (for turning in the most snowflakes)

What a beautiful way to usher in the holiday season!  All that's missing is a cup of hot chocolate!! 

Submitted by Keitha Bledsoe

AVID students at Freeport Middle School learned about the importance of bees on the environment, how bees create honey, and life in a bee hive.  Melissa Register, from Register Family Bee Farm, was the guest speaker for the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade AVID classes.  She brought protective gear, honey, candles, close up photos, and an actual live bee hive to the students.  AVID students are always preparing for their careers in one way or another.  Submitted by Kendra Peloquin.

Congratulations to the following students for completing a rigorous program on food safety, which was developed by leaders in the food service industry. They were awarded the Certified Food Safety Manager certificate after passing the exam.

- Paige Brannon, Chris Jones, Sierra Gillis, Samantha Eckert
- Joel Green, Trevor Johnson, Madison Russell, Desiree Rohn
- Deanne Barron, Jasmine Gomillion, Cierra Alford, Jewels Campbell, James Reed-Miller, Brittney Huntsinger

Submitted by Christy English.

MHS Tropicana Speech Winners

December 1, 2017

From left to right:

5th Grade:  Levi Elmore (3rd place), Trinity Collins (2nd place), Emery Hagan (1st place); 4th Grade:  Noah Hicks (1st place), Reese Cousins (2nd place), Foster Stephenson (3rd place)

Submitted by Elizabeth Gaither.

On November 28, the United Way of Okaloosa and Walton Counties took the day to acknowledge donors, advocates and volunteers who have been instrumental in helping the agency reach it's fundraising goals. Brianne Gregor was nominated to be visited by their "Prize Patrol" in appreciation for her work as a Loaned Executive during the 2017 Campaign.  

Cindy Holmes, Resource Development Director of the local agency, shared that Brianne was "hands down one of the best loaned executives this year!" 

Walton County School District congratulates Brianne Gregor for her selfless contribution, and epic accomplishment, and thanks Mossy Head School principal, Ronita Hinote, for her willingness to allow Brianne the time to work with United Way!  

Walton County School Board and Superintendent Russell Hughes are awarded for becoming Master Board Trained.  Chairwoman Kim Kirby, School Board member Marsha Winegarner, and Superintendent Hughes received the plaque on behalf of the entire board for their more than 22 hours of training.  

Congratulations as well to Board Members Jason Catalano, Bill Eddins and Gail Smith who are not pictured, but made it possible for this designation for our School Board.  

Second grade students at West DeFuniak Elementary enjoyed learning about Native Americans from Ms. Sylvia Glover. Ms. Glover is from Westville, Florida. She collects Native American artifacts such as arrowheads, pottery, deerskin blankets, and other various tools from this era. She explained to the students how the items were used by the Native Americans in everyday life. Students enjoyed holding and observing the artifacts. 

Submitted by Jessica Dawkins