By ASHLEY AMASON
The Walton County School Board meeting on Oct. 21 was brief but eventful, as students, members of the Kiwanis Club, members of the Walton Education Foundation, and legendary Freeport Coach A.E. Rentz were recognized.
Superintendent Carlene Anderson opened the meeting by announcing the board would like to recognize some “Sunshine State Scholars.” Paxton School Principal Sonya Alford presented students who scored a five or above in math, combined with a four or above in science on the FCAT, with the Rising Sunshine State Scholars certificate issued by the Florida Department of Education.
Principal Alford said of the students, “I’m very proud. It’s a prestigious award…you have to be very diligent in your academics to show excellence in both [math and science] simultaneously.”
Following the recognition of these talented students, Walton County Schools Director of Public Relations Meredith Spence presented the board with a $500 check to the Walton Education Foundation from the DeFuniak Springs Kiwanis Club. The $500 donation will be put toward “The Clothes Closet” and used to clothe as many as 50 children this winter.
The generosity continued as Spence again presented the board with a $10,000 check to the Walton Education Foundation to be used for the “Take Stock in Children” scholarship fund. The contribution, made by the United Way, will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the Florida Prepaid College Foundation and provides two full scholarships. Currently, 18 students in Walton County, grades 6-12, have received a “Take Stock in Children” scholarship.
Program manager for Take Stock in Children, Cindy Wade said donors who are interested in purchasing scholarships for disadvantaged students through any donation amount may contact her at 892-1100, extension 1395. Also, the Walton Education Foundation is now accepting applications for scholarships.
Before the meeting adjourned, Superintendent Anderson presented Freeport High School Coach Aubrey E. Rentz with a certificate of appreciation for his years of dedication and outstanding achievements.