Working alongside the Crestview Police Department, the Walker Elementary School Owls initiated a fundraiser to help acquire and train a fourth K9 for the department.

To raise awareness of the need for police dogs, Officer Jay Seals and Sonic, his police K9 partner, attended the school’s Student Council meeting.

Seals and Sonic gave a demonstration, and the students learned that having only three K9 units on the force leaves one of four shifts without the canine officer and its human partner.

“We noticed that the police dogs are a good thing,” said fifth-grade Student Council member Maureen, with the school asking she be identified by first name only. “When we see we can help out somewhere, we do the best that we can.”

Council members discussed ideas, selecting Change Wars as a primary avenue. The class raising the most change receives a Popsicle party.

In all, $15,000 is needed to cover the expenses and training of a new K9 officer.

The public may donate by contacting fifth-grade teacher Elizabeth Springle at 850-689-7220.


Two Fort Walton Beach High School singers earned tickets to the all-state music honors program: Sydnie Newberry and Joseph Hall.


The manufacturing and pre-engineering academy at Freeport High School, which provides students an opportunity to earn college credit, recognized Adan Bonilla, Anthony Maugeri, Brady Miller, Alex Kelley, Gabriel Garrett, Scott Howard, Megan Altman and Emily Phillips for earning Certified Production Technician levels.


South Walton High School held its science fair last month, with the following results.

Biology: first, Catherine Fields; second, Emma Marks; third, Annajane Hohn; honorable mention, Juliette Dumas.
Environmental: first, Emily Kuni; second, Cameron Hughes; third, Conner Cross; honorable mentions, Frederick Marino and Kayley Johnson.
Engineering: first, Kirsi Midha; second, Nicolas Putman, Seth Weinthal, Jackson Weatherall; third, Aaron Motter; honorable mention, Fisher Marks.
Physical: first, Riley Marshall; second, Josie Bekkers; third, Brynn Touchstone; honorable mention, Peyton Sills.
Math: first, Brendan McManu.

In other SWHS news, students in the environmental classes visited the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance to learn about the Living Shoreline Initiative, which included a lesson in bagging oysters.

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