To commemorate 15 years, South Walton High School celebrated with a little birthday party and a Hall of Fame recognition ceremony during Friday night’s football game.
The school recognized educators, volunteers and community members who have made an impact on the school in the past 15 years.
During halftime of the South Walton vs. Northview football game, South Walton Principal Alexis Tibbetts and Walton County Schools Superintendent Russell Hughes recognized and inducted three into the Hall of Fame.
Up first, Carlene Anderson, who served as superintendent of schools for 12 years, was recognized for “her leadership as an educator and district administrator.”
Anderson was an employee of the Walton County District for 41 years.
“Due to her commitment we are ranked No. 40 out of 421 high schools in the state of Florida by the Department of Education, placing us in the top 9 percent of all high schools in Florida,” said Barbara Stratton, administrative assistant who served as master of ceremonies during the Hall of Fame program. “During her leadership Walton County was a high performing district seven consecutive years.”
Up next, Fred Leopold was recognized for his countless hours as a volunteer since day one.
“Fred is a volunteer in every sense of the word as he has donated countless hours of his time over the past 15 years,” Stratton said.
He has served as Football Booster Club President, has delivered meals to the football team, organized equipment, sold Seahawk swag to raise money and coached the junior varsity girl’s basketball team.
Leopold’s real job is chief executive officer and vice chairman of the board of Community Bank. He is also the current chairman of the Walton County Chamber of Commerce.
“Fred Leopold defines the term servant leader with his dedication to the students of South Walton High School and his community,” Stratton said.
The third inductee was Pat Murphy, who began her teaching career at South Walton the year it opened and she retired last year.
“During her teaching career, Pat taught numerous science courses to thousands of students, served as Science Department chair, a member of the School Improvement Team, coordinated the Science Fair and sponsored National Honor Society,” Stratton said.
Murphy served as a mentor to young teachers, an advocate for student, supported the Biophila Center and encouraged STEM careers.
Each of the inductees received an engraved vase etched with the South Walton school logo.