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Registration for the spring semester driver’s education program is available on the Volusia County Schools website. Registration started Jan. 18 on a first-come, first-served basis. The website is www. vcsedu.org/special-programs/drivers-education. 

ICI Homes employees recently collected 275 pairs of shoes and 881 pairs of socks to donate to Food Brings Hope students. 

Through this generous donation, KidsZone and TeenZone sponsors were able to choose 10-12 pairs of shoes and a bagful of socks for their students. The students were thrilled to receive new shoes, which they are using as they begin their new school semester in January. 

DeLand High School Athletics 

The DeLand High School Bulldog boys’ basketball team has moved their season mark to 6-7, with three wins and one loss over the past week. The Bulldogs defeated Deltona, 62-36, with junior Noah Van Bibber making 20 points, three steals and three blocked shots, while senior Kariden Hardrick scored 15 points, with 12 rebounds. Senior Eli Patton scored 10 points. 

The Bulldogs also topped Seabreeze, 72-41, with Hardrick getting 21 points and six rebounds, followed by Van Bibber with 18 points, seven rebounds and one blocked shot. 

The team also defeated University, 73-59, with Hardrick scoring 30 points, with four steals and four blocks. Van Bibber made 12 points and seven rebounds. 

The lone loss was to state-ranked Orlando Christian Academy, 73-43, with Hardrick scoring 18 points and Van Bibber getting 10 points. 

Hardrick, according to The Daytona Beach News- Journal, is the third-best-scoring basketball player in Volusia and Flagler counties, with a 19.8 average per game. 

The Lady Bulldog basketball team won one and lost one, with the team defeating Lyman, 38-31. Amari Jackson scored 12 and Jiya Hastings collected 12 points. 

Apopka Forest Lake Academy topped the DeLand girls, 41-39, with Hastings scoring 13 and Georgia Lee getting 10 points. 

The Bulldog boys’ soccer team topped Deltona, 5-0. 

The sports calendar, which should be checked due to possible changes, has the wrestling squad at the Flagler Palm Coast Tournament Friday- Saturday, Jan. 29-30. 

The girls’ soccer team goes to New Smyrna Beach Friday, Jan. 29, for games at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. 

Tuesday, Feb. 2, has the girls’ basketball team participating in the FHSAA district tournament at Lake Mary, while the boys’ basketball team plays host to Ormond Beach Calvary at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. 

On Wednesday, Feb. 3, the wrestlers play host to Atlantic at 5 p.m. in the Bulldog gym. 

Saturday, Feb. 6, has the Bulldog wrestlers at the Mainland Tournament, while the boys’ junior-varsity basketball team is at the Spruce Creek Saturday Tournament. 

Deltona High School 

Senior Marcus Perry of Deltona High School has been accepted to Culver- Stockton College’s incoming class for the fall of 2021. He was awarded the Wildcat Scholarship, an $8,500-per-year scholarship for four years. Culver- Stockton College is in Canton, Missouri. 

Pine Ridge High School 

The choral students of Pine Ridge High School in Deltona produced an amazing winter-concert video using the recording-arts equipment funded by the FUTURES mini grant. The grant funded the materials necessary for semiprofessional recording-arts applications. 

The choral program is directed by David Peralta, and it received the funding through a grant titled “Training Tomorrow’s Sound Engineers: Expanding Vocal Arts to Recording Arts.” 

Taylor Middle- High School 

Taylor Middle-High School in Pierson is having a door-decorating contest titled “Humanity Tells a Story: What’s Your Chapter?” The competition ends Jan. 27, with one winner to be announced Jan. 28 for the middle and high school. The winners will have an ice-cream sundae party during lunch on Jan. 29. 

The Key Club at Taylor is hosting a Teddy Gram Sale, with the Teddy Grams being delivered Feb. 12 during seventh period. The Grams cost $3 for a sweet teddy and candy gram for your special someone. See a Key Club member or teacher Melisse Marheine

Stetson University 

The Volusia County School Board has announced a partnership with Stetson University for a master’s degree program in exceptional student education for Volusia County Schools teachers. The 12-month, 30-credit program has been designed to meet the specific needs of VCS. 

After 11 years of being a VCS school nurse and supervisor, Johana Burgos has moved to become the director of Stetson Health Services. The registered nurse started as the new director Nov. 16. She provides COVID-19 testing to the Stetson community and assists with contact tracing, letting others know if they have been exposed to the virus and should get tested. Burgos also serves on the Safer Campus Task Force, which oversees the university’s extensive mitigation efforts during the pandemic. 

Stetson University student Nelson Quezada Herrera, a senior political science and English major, has received the prestigious American Political Science Association Diversity Fellowship Award. He is the first Stetson student to be named an APSA Diversity Fellow. Herrera received a $5,000 fellowship award, while his research and studies will be focusing on political behavior and psychology, and public opinion. 

The Stetson School of Business Administration has been named one of the most outstanding in the country by The Princeton Review, which recently released its list of 2021 Best Business Schools. Only 244 business schools across the nation were chosen for the list based on surveys of administrators at business schools during the 2019-20 academic year. 

Stetson University Athletics 

The Stetson University softball team has announced the signing of pitcher/infielder Marissa Baxter, who is a midyear transfer from Chipola College. She batted .287, with four home runs and 18 RBI as a freshman at Chipola. Baxter attended Sneads High School. 

The At lant ic Sun Conference (ASUN) announced that the 2 0 21 Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships will move to a single-site format. The Men’s Championship will take place in Jacksonville March 3-7, followed by the Women’s Championship in Kennesaw, Georgia, March 10-14. 

The Hatter men’s basketball team is 2-2 in ASUN play, while picking up a win and a loss to Liberty in the Edmunds Center. The Hats topped the Tennessee squad, 65- 59, with Christiaan Jones scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds, two steals and one blocked shot, while Chase Johnston scored 18 points, and GianCarlo Valdez scored 11 points. The next day, Liberty avenged their loss by stopping the Hatters, 68-58, with Rob Perry scoring 20 points and making eight rebounds. 

The Lady Hatters have missed two weekends of games with North Alabama and Liberty due to COVID-19 testing. The Liberty games are slated to be played in Tennessee Feb. 13 and 14, while the makeup date for the North Alabama games has not been set. 

On Friday, Jan. 29, the Hatter men play host to Lipscomb at 7 p.m., followed by a game at 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, in the Edmunds Center. The Lady Hatters travel to Lipscomb for games at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 30 and 31. 

The Hatter tennis teams open their 2021 season Jan. 29 and 30 at the University of Fort Lauderdale and Florida National. The women play at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday, while the men play at 3 p.m. and 2 p.m. Friday and Sunday. The women play host to Southeastern University on the Mandy Stoll Courts at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3. 

College honors 

Eric Hartless, of DeLand, has been named to the dean’s list at Maryville College in Maryville, Tennessee

Anastasia Goelzer, of Deltona, has been named to the dean’s list at Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee. 

Kaefier McLean, of DeLand, has been named to the dean’s list at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales. 

Eric Gaskell , of DeLand, has been named to the dean’s list at The University of Utah in Salt Lake City

Briana Eads, of Orange City, has been named to the President’s List at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama

India Sapp, of Orange City, has been named to the President’s List at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. 

— Send school news to Tony Tussing via email: at flacoach43@hotmail.com. 

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