As a lesson in economics and its effects on people, the students in Gabrielle Thomas’ West DeFuniak Elementary School class became producers and consumers by participating in a classroom marketplace.

Students designed their own shops, providing a name, slogan, commercial script, product description, price, interest inventory and consumer comment box.

The products had to be paper-based, and each student had a consumer spending log to keep track of the money. They applied knowledge of supply and demand, scarcity and trading as they sold their products.

“Students took their roles seriously and came away with a sense of accomplishment,” Thomas said.


Volunteers enjoyed a luncheon hosted by the Edge Elementary School educators, with staff member Angel Squire coordinating the May 17 event. The 71 volunteers accrued more than 6,000 donated hours in tutoring mentoring, chaperoning and assisting in school projects.


More than 200 Walton High School students earned industry certifications this past academic year, so they were treated to a lunch and party at the Wee Care Park.


In May, the St. Joe Company Community Foundation presented a check for $20,000 to the Walton Middle School football program after Coach Dennie Smith submitted a grant request for new training and safety equipment.


The Fort Walton Beach High School sailing team successfully defended the Purcell Cup in the 2019 Goodall County Championship Regatta. Competitors included teams from Niceville High School and Choctawhatchee High School.

Team Captain Cam Farrah skippered the school’s A fleet boat, with Cody Amy as crew. Dalton Edeker and Zach Lambert sailed the B fleet, with crew member Olin Wolfgram.

Cam Dalton will sail for Florida State University and Zach Lambert will sail for Tulane University as they continue their educations.

Clifford Farrah coaches the team.

This spring regatta honors longtime, now retired, sailing instructor George Goodall, while the Purcell Cup is named in memory of world-renowned sailor and longtime Fort Walton Yacht Club member Beattie Purcell.

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