PHOTO COURTESY KELLY L. AMY STUDENTS RECEIVE MODEL JET ENGINE — At George Marks Elementary School in DeLand, Elissa Barker’s third-grade class is excited to receive a model jet engine donated by Daytona Beach International Airport and Servpro as part of the Adopt-a-School program. From left are Manuel Sanchez Lopez, Genesis Luna, Summer Rose Williams, Layani Irizarry, Lydia Agnew and Matheo Butler. The students could not wait to start putting the engine together.

Hispanic Heritage Month is recognized and celebrated in the United States from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, as it is in Volusia County. Florida’s First Lady Casey DeSantis has invited students to participate in an academic and creative contest based on this year’s theme, which is “Celebrating Hispanic Leaders and Champions.”

Students in kindergarten through third grade are invited to participate in an art contest, while students in grades four-12 are invited to participate in an essay contest. Also, students, parents, teachers and principals are invited to nominate full-time educators of all student grades for the Hispanic Heritage Excellence in Education Award.

For the art contest, each student will submit original, two-dimensional artwork based on this year’s theme. Two winners will be selected.

For the essay contest, each student will submit one essay no longer than 500 words based on this year’s theme. Three winners will be selected: one elementary-school student (grades four and five), one middle-school student (grades six through eight) and one high-school student (grades nine through 12). Each winner will receive a four-year Florida College Plan Scholarship provided by the Florida Prepaid College Foundation.

The Excellence in Education Award contest is open to all full-time educators in an elementary, middle or high school in Florida. Three winners will be selected: one elementary-school teacher (kindergarten through fifth grade), one middle-school teacher (grades six through eight) and one high-school teacher (grades nine through 12).

Student contest forms and educator nomination forms must be mailed to Volunteer Florida or submitted online at The address for Volunteer Florida is Hispanic Heritage Month Committee, 1545 Raymond

Diehl Road, Suite 250, Tallahassee, FL 32308. All entries must be received by 5 p.m. (ET) Monday, Oct. 11.

For more information about the contests, visit

DeLand High School

DeLand High School has inducted new members into the Spanish National and the French National honor societies. DeLand is the only high school in Volusia County that has two world language national honor societies.

Those inducted into the Spanish National Honor Society are Diana Delagado, Jeana Dundon, Kenya Gutierrez, Adiba Hoque, Nanci Jimenez, Jazmin Longoria, Marina Meretz, Emmy Miles, Hailey Monahan, Ethan Myrick, Sydney Neira, Genya Redondo, Marisol Rivera, Ariana Samiha, Rowan Shearer, Kai Vedder, Emilio Velazquez, Taylor Watson, Maya Watts, Redd Wilgers, James Ganon, Megan Abando, Riley Garrison, Benjamin Benson and Emory Miles. The club sponsor is Jeanne Jendrzejewski.

Those inducted into the French National Honor Society are Ray Fernandez, Isaac Forester, Graison Fuller, Sean Hulsman, Akhil Kandamkulathy, Kiara Kloch, Amelie Kurlander, Jazmin Longoria, Madison Miller, Andreas Tate, Diego Tate and Esbeydy Vertiz. The club sponsor is Deborah Clouser.

DeLand High School athletics

The DeLand High School Bulldog bowling teams faced Spruce Creek and Matanzas, with the DeLand boys winning both matches — with a 7-0 score over Creek, and a 5-2 score over previously undefeated Matanzas.

In the Creek match, Sam Martin rolled a 199 and a 205, while Chris Abreu added a 222 game. In the Matanzas match, Jesse Barger rolled a 691 series, with Tyler Sprague having a 240 game and Mial Baldwin a 212.

The DeLand girls lost both matches, 7-0, with Aaliyah Alexander rolling a 209 against Matanzas.

The DeLand girls’ golf team stopped Mainland, 174-200, with Sydney Fosnow scoring a 38 followed by Sydney Knight with a 41 and Evie Cohen a 45.

The Lady Bulldog volleyball team lost to Lake Nona, 3-0, and Winter Springs, 3-1, and defeated University, 3-0.

The DeLand High swimmers downed Father Lopez, 139-31, for the boys and 106-64 for the girls. Double-event winners were Maddox Mules, Kai Vedder, Mav Mules, Isabella Brunacci and Anna Monette, while single-event winners were Massimo Brunacci, Ryan Fantone, Alana Epple and Kayla Detter.

Cross-country found the DeLand team at the Savanna and David Mohney Memorial Invitational at Spruce Creek. Both the boys and girls took fourth, with the female runners earning 12 season-best performances and five career-best performances, and the boys had six and four, respectively.

Junior Magdalena Schricker was the front-runner for the DeLand girls in sixth place at 20:59.73, with senior Ethan Myrick leading the Bulldog runners in 12th place, with a time of 17:58.61.

The DeLand High sports calendar has the volleyball team hosting Lake Mary at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 4; the bowlers going to University at 3:45 p.m. that same day; and the girl golfers at the Five Star Tournament, also that same day.

Tuesday, Oct. 5, has the Lady Bulldog golfers at Victoria Hills to face Seabreeze at 4 p.m.; the volleyball team hosting Lyman at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and the swimmers at Spruce Creek at 4 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 6, brings Atlantic to DeLand for a bowling match at 3:45 p.m.; the boys’ golf team at Father Lopez at 4:30 p.m.; and the freshman/sophomore cross-country runners going to Matanzas for the Volusia/Flagler Freshman/Sophomore Championships at 5 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 7, sends the girl golfers to University on the DeBary Golf & Country Club course at 4 p.m.; with the volleyball team traveling north to Flagler Palm Coast for play at 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

The DeLand High junior-varsity football team plays Deltona at 5 p.m. Check to see where this game will be played in DeLand.

On Saturday, Oct. 9, the cross-country team goes to the New Smyrna Beach Invitational at 7 a.m., while swimmers go to the Port Orange Family YMCA for the Five Star Championships at 7 a.m.

Deltona High School

The Deltona High School Wolves cross-country team participated in the University Invitational and the Spruce Creek Invitational. At the University meet, Deltona boys were eighth, while the girls didn’t have a full team.

Sophomore Carlos Cerrud placed eighth at University with a time of 18:27.80, while the top Lady

Wolf was Diana Pineda with a clocking of 26:37.21.

At the Spruce Creek meet, the Deltona High boys were 11th and, again, the girls didn’t have a full team. Cerrud placed 13th with a time of 18:01.38, while Pineda was the top Deltona girl at 25:29.74.

West Volusia high-school football

The DeLand High School football game with Oviedo in Spec Martin Memorial Stadium Sept. 17 had to be moved to Sept. 20 because of rain, but once again, it was rescheduled to Monday, Oct. 11, in the stadium.

Deltona was defeated by Seabreeze, 14-7, while Atlantic topped Pine Ridge of Deltona, 26-24. Orange City University ran over Lyman, 41-0. Pierson Taylor downed Bell, 23-20, while Deltona Trinity Christian narrowly got by St. Joseph Academy of St. Augustine, 7-6.

On Friday, Oct. 1, DeLand goes to Lake Mary, Deltona goes to Port Orange Atlantic, and Deltona Trinity Christian plays host to Eagle’s View. Pine Ridge of Deltona, Orange City University and Pierson Taylor have open dates, unless missed games have been rescheduled. All games are at 7 p.m.

On Friday, Oct. 8, DeLand heads to Deltona for the Battle of the Bone, Pine Ridge of Deltona goes to Orlando Bishop Moore, Orange City University greets Flagler Palm Coast for Homecoming, and Interlachen comes to Pierson Taylor. All those games are at 7 p.m. Jacksonville Bishop Snyder comes to Deltona Trinity Christian for a game at noon.

Pine Ridge High School

The Panther cross-country team of Pine Ridge High School in Deltona also participated in the University and Spruce Creek meets, with the girls not having a full team, while the boys were sixth and 13th, respectively.

Junior William Steinebach was the front-runner for the Panthers with a time of 19:55.20 at the University meet. The top Lady Panther for Pine Ridge at University was Mia Hall at 25:26.57, and she was also the top Lady Panther at Spruce Creek, with a time of 25:81.13.

Taylor Middle-High School

The Wildcat cross-country team of Taylor Middle-High School of Pierson also competed in the University and Spruce Creek meets. At University, the girls were seventh, and at Spruce Creek, they finished 10th.

Junior Linda Aviles was the front-runner for Taylor with a clocking of 24:34.38, while Julie Rubio had the top effort at Spruce Creek with a 24:21.28 time.

University High School

University High School in Orange City had its annual Invitational Cross-Country Meet, with the Titan boys’ team winning the championship with 41 points, 17 points ahead of Seabreeze in second place.

Junior Royce Eggert won the race, leading the Titans to the title. His time for the 5K course was 17:05.00. He was also the top Titan runner at Spruce Creek, taking an individual fourth with a time of 17:08.30.

The Lady Titans took fifth at their invitational, with sophomore Morgan Harvill finishing 10th at 22:59.97. At the Spruce Creek meet, they again placed fifth, with ninth-grader Veronica Meyer leading the way with a time of 21:58.18.

Stetson University

The Stetson University Values Day Planning Committee has announced that Isabel Wilkerson will be the keynote speaker at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, virtually. Wilkerson, a Pulitzer Prize winner and recipient of the National Humanities Medal, is the author of bestsellers The Warmth of Other Suns and Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents.

The community is encouraged to register for this event at

Stetson University Athletics

The Stetson University Hatters football team plays host to Davidson in Spec Martin Memorial Stadium at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2. The following week, the Hats travel to Marist College in New York for a game at noon Saturday, Oct. 9.

On Saturday, Oct. 2, the men’s soccer team plays Jacksonville University at 7 p.m.

On Thursday, Oct. 7, the women’s soccer team hosts North Florida in a 7 p.m. match.

Friday, Oct. 8, has the Stetson volleyball team facing Liberty in the Edmunds Center at 6 p.m., and on Saturday, Oct. 9, Stetson plays Kennesaw State at 6 p.m.

HELPING OUT OUR SCHOOLS — The Adopt-a-School program, spearheaded by Bob Davis, CEO of the Lodging & Hospitality Association of Volusia County, has teamed up with Servpro and Daytona Beach International Airport to donate model jet engines to schools that have a STEM education focus. From left are West Volusia Regional Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Sherry DeCrenza, Florida Educators Association Director of Professional Development and Research Dr. Primrose Cameron, George Marks Elementary School Principal Shannon Young, Bob Davis, Volusia County Council Member Barb Girtman, Gary Grumoli of Servpro of West Volusia, and Daytona Beach International Airport Terminal Coordinator Katherine Wisniewski.

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