PHOTO COURTESY ASHLEY STAPLES FULL OF JOY — DeLandite Avry Aviles, full of joy at graduation, has received a scholarship from the Coast Guard Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to strengthening the Coast Guard community and service by supporting members and families. The child of Michael Aviles, a retired Coast Guard veteran, Avry Aviles is attending Stetson University’s DeLand campus this fall.

Stetson University has three events taking place over the next month: Friends and Family Weekend, Homecoming, and the inauguration of Stetson’s 10th president. A large part of all of these events will be virtual.

Friends and Family Weekend is Friday-Sunday, Oct. 15-17. There will be no formal on-campus events scheduled for this weekend. The football game with the University of St. Thomas, a Minnesota school, will take place in Spec Martin Memorial Stadium at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16.

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Homecoming for Stetson University will be hosted online just like last year. Things kick off Monday, Nov. 1, and extend through Sunday, Nov. 7. The Homecoming Committee is planning in-person student-only events in alignment with the Safer Stetson tiers and groups and gathering policies due to COVID.

The Homecoming football game will take place in Spec Martin Memorial Stadium Saturday, Nov. 6, when the Hatters take on the University of Dayton at 1 p.m.

Inauguration events will also take place during Homecoming Weekend. One big event leading up to the inauguration of Stetson President Christopher F. Roellke, Ph.D., will be a virtual performance of the Stetson School of Music Inauguration Concert at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5. Then Roellke’s inauguration will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, with limited attendance by invitation only. However, virtual viewing will be available.

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CONTINUES STUDIES — The Volusia-Flagler Rainbow Alliance has awarded a $500 grant to help Shanise J. Williams, 33, a Deltona woman, continue her doctoral studies at California Southern University in Costa Mesa. Williams will use the funds for additional online psychology courses. She has completed 42 of her required 66 credit hours for a doctorate in psychology. Her career goal is to enter the mental health field and serve the lesbian, gay and transgender community. The Rainbow Alliance is an all-volunteer advocacy group that funds scholarships and vocational grants for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in Volusia and Flagler counties.

Southwestern Middle School

Southwestern Middle School in DeLand has selected Jenny Raynor as their nominee for Teacher of the Year for Volusia County Schools.

West Volusia high-school football

On Friday, Sept. 24, DeLand High School defeated Seabreeze, 14-7, while Deltona topped Winter Springs, 31-7, and Pine Ridge of Deltona downed Pierson Taylor, 47-6. Orange City University remained undefeated by defeating Lake Brantley, 33-20, while Deltona Trinity Christian was outdistanced by Keswick Christian, 38-6.

On Friday, Oct. 8, DeLand travels to Deltona for the Battle of the Bone, Pine Ridge of Deltona goes to Orlando Bishop Moore, Orange City University hosts Flagler Palm Coast for Homecoming, Pierson Taylor plays host to Interlachen, and Deltona Trinity Christian hosts Jacksonville Bishop Snyder. All games are at 7 p.m., except the Deltona Trinity game, which is at noon.

Games on Friday, Oct. 15, include Pine Ridge of Deltona going to Deltona High, Orange City University hosting Spruce Creek, Pierson Taylor traveling to Crescent City, and Deltona Trinity Christian playing host to Winter Park Trinity.

DeLand High School athletics

The DeLand High School bowlers recently faced Pine Ridge. The DeLand boys had a real team effort to win, 5-2, while the girls were topped by the Lady Panthers, 5-2, with Alisyn Sprague of DeLand rolling a 204.

The DeLand swimmers grabbed another victory, with the boys topping Seabreeze, 119-51, while the Lady Bulldog swimmers outswam the Lady Sandcrabs, 95-75.

The DeLand cross-country teams traveled to Oviedo to participate in the Hagerty Invitational. The DeLand boys were fifth overall, with more than 15 teams competing, while the

DeLand girls were eighth. James Gannon led the way for the Bulldog boys with an 11th-place finish with a time of 17:20.90, while Magdalena Schricker finished eighth with a 20:05.10 clocking.

The Lady Bulldog volleyball team picked up two wins with matching 3-0 scores over Seabreeze and Spruce Creek.

The Bulldog sports calendar sends the cross-country team to the New Smyrna Beach Invitational at 7 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, while the Bulldog swimmers go to the Five Star Championship meet at 7 a.m. at the Port Orange Family YMCA.

Monday, Oct. 11, has the Bulldog bowlers hosting Seabreeze at 3:45 p.m., and the boys’ golf team competing in the Volusia/Flagler Tournament at Spruce Creek Country Club at 9:30 a.m.

On Wednesday, Oct. 13, the DeLand volleyball team plays at Deltona High at 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., with the bowling team traveling to Spruce Creek at 3:45 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 14, has the DeLand swimmers traveling to Daytona Beach to face Mainland at 4 p.m.

On Friday, Oct. 15, the Lady Bulldog golfers host University at 4 p.m. on the Victoria Hills course.

Saturday, Oct. 16, has the DeLand cross-country squads traveling to Tallahassee to participate in the FSU Pre-State meet at 7:40 a.m.

Deltona High School

The Deltona High School cross-country team competed in the Hagerty meet, with Carlos Cerrud leading the boys with a 15th-place finish at 17:26.30, while the girls were led by Diana Pineda at 24:16.70.

Pine Ridge High School

The Panthers of Pine Ridge High School in Deltona also ran in the Hagerty meet, with William Steinebach placing 31st at 18:01.60, and Mia Hall running the top time for the girls with a 24:42.60.

University High School

On Sept. 21, University High School in Orange City launched a branch of Launch Credit Union on campus. Students were able to open accounts for free and may do so through Oct. 31. There are numerous prizes that students will be eligible to win during this time period.

Junior Royce Eggert led the Titan cross-country runners at the Hagerty event to a third-place finish. He had a record-breaking time of 16:28.80, while Morgan Harvill was 14th for the girls with a time of 20:49.20. The girls took seventh place.

Stetson University Athletics

The Stetson University Hatters football team was recently shut out by Princeton, 63-0. The Hatters travel to Marist in New York state at noon Saturday, Oct. 9.

On Friday, Oct. 8, the Stetson volleyball team plays host to Liberty in the Edmunds Center at 6 p.m., while on Saturday, Oct. 9, they host Kennesaw State at 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 12, has the men’s soccer team greeting Florida Atlantic at 7 p.m.

On Saturday, Oct. 16, the Stetson volleyball team will host Florida Gulf Coast at 6 p.m., while the men’s soccer team will face North Florida at 7 p.m.

The Lady Hatter soccer team greets Jacksonville University at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17.

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