PHOTO COURTESY FUTURES DELAND HIGH SCHOOL TOMORROW’S LEADERS — In this photo, from left, are DeLand High School’s Tomorrow’s Leaders Bailey Newcomb, Charles Blair, Reed Wilgers, Riley Garrison and Emmy Miles and DeLand High School Principal Dr. Melissa Carr.

FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County Schools has announced the selection of 41 high-school juniors to participate in the Tomorrow’s Leaders Program, which is in its 34th year of developing young leaders for our community.

During the next six months, students will participate in five seminars designed to familiarize them with different aspects and services in Volusia County and to develop leadership skills. The program includes lectures, presentations, discussions and physical tours of various businesses and governmental facilities.

Host and tour sites will include the Atlantic Center for the Arts, the Daytona Tortugas at Jackie Robinson Ballpark, Daytona International Speedway & NASCAR, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Halifax Health Medical Center, Halifax Urban Ministries’ Hope Place, Houligan’s Sports Grille, Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA), 7th Judicial Circuit Judge Dawn Nichols’ courtroom, SMA Healthcare’s Residential Adolescent Program, Teledyne Oil & Gas, Volusia County Council Chambers, and Volusia County Schools’ District Administrative Center.

This year’s program sponsors are Fairwinds Credit Union, Houligan’s Sports Grille and Dr. Rosaria C. Upchurch, a licensed marriage and family therapist, of Upchurch Counseling and Therapy.

Deltona High School’s Tomorrow Leaders are, from left, Carson Nichols,
Katilyn Morin, Mason Ortiz, Anneliz Romero and Daniel Radu. At the far right is Principal Mike Micallef.
Pine Ridge students, from left, are Daniel Coursen, Cylee (Jo) Reinke and Jazmin Garcia. At far right is
Assistant Principal Cheryl Selesky.

The 21 students from West Volusia are Charles Blair, Riley Garrison, Emmy Miles, Bailey Newcomb and Reed Wilgers of DeLand High School; Kaitlyn Norin, Carson Nichols, Mason Ortiz, Daniel Radu and Anneliz Romero of Deltona High School; Daniel Coursen, Jazmin Garcia and Cylee (Jo) Reinke of Pine Ridge High School in Deltona; Damian Arreola, Linda Aviles, Arnulfo Cabrera Lopez, Alexandra Castaneda and Mikayla Taylor of Taylor Middle- High School in Pierson; and Andreas Schulz, Ally Spiroff and Gavin Spiroff of University High School in Orange City.

Taylor Middle-High School leaders are, from left, Mikayla Taylor, Alexandra Castaneda, Linda Aviles, Damian Arreola and Arnulfo Cabrera Lopez
At right is Assistant Principal Jonathan Pearce.
From University High School in Orange City are Andreas Schulz, Gavin Spiroff and Ally Spiroff.

Volusia County Schools ha s announced that Superintendent Dr. Scott Fritz has accepted the College Board’s invitation to become a council member on the Superintendents’ Advisory Council.

The College Board is a not-for-profit organization and creator of the SAT, PSAT/NMSQT and several AP tests that are used for college admissions.

Volusia County Schools has also announced that it will host a virtual (invitation only) Instructional Job Fair to hire talented teachers for the 2021-22 school year. Job Fair candidates must currently hold or be eligible for Florida Department of Education certification.

To be considered for an invitation, go to and find the information about the fall 2021 Instructional Job Fair. Applicants wishing an invitation need to complete an employment application and a Job Fair survey.

For more information, call 386-734-7190, ext. 20115 or 20168, or email to

Those priority certifications are English, reading, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), science general and physical, Exceptional Student Education (ESE K-12), technical education and mathematics.

Students’, staff ’s and teachers’ next time away from school will be for the Thanksgiving Holiday, which begins Monday, Nov. 22. Students, staff and teachers return Monday, Nov. 29.

West Volusia high-school football

On Oct. 29, there were only two victorious West Volusia football teams: Orange City University High, who shut out Lake Howell, 48-0, and Deltona Trinity Christian Academy, who downed First Academy of Leesburg, 16-9.

DeLand was topped by Sanford Seminole, 38- 11, while Bishop Moore stopped Deltona, 26-12. Pine Ridge of Deltona was defeated by Holy Trinity Episcopal, 56-21, and St. Joseph Academy of St. Augustine outscored Pierson Taylor Middle- High, 40-34.

FHSAA district cross-country

DeLand High School recently played host to the 4A-District 3 cross-country championships, which found the Oviedo boys and the Spruce Creek girls claiming the titles. The Spruce Creek Lady Hawks were tied by Orlando Olympia, each with 116 points. The tie was broken by each team’s sixth runner: Spruce Creek’s sixth runner was in 46th place, while Olympia’s sixth runner was 81st.

The top runner from West Volusia was Orange City University’s junior Royce Eggert in sixth place with a 16:42.02 time, while DeLand’s junior James Gannon was 10th overall with a time of 17:13.09. Both led their individual teams to advance to the regional meet in Gainesville. University was fifth overall, while DeLand was eighth out of 19 teams.

None of the West Volusia girls’ teams moved out of the district; however, each will have an individual advancing. Junior Magdalena Schricker of DeLand High was 12th overall with a time of 20:10.44, while Orange City University’s sophomore Morgan Harvill moved on with a time of 20:10.99.

Pierson Taylor Middle- High participated in the 2A-District 3 championships and qualified both teams, boys and girls, on to their regional title race. The girls were fifth, while the boys were seventh.

Taylor’s Arnulfo Cabrera-Lopez was the top boy runner for the Wildcats with a time of 18:31.20, while the top girl was Linda Aviles at 22:47.70.

Deltona High did not qualify a team, but its top sophomore boy runner finished 11th to move on to regionals with a race time of 17:15.13 for the 5K course.

DeLand High School athletics

The DeLand High School Bulldog swim teams took fifth place in each gender of competition. Senior Anna Monette won the district title in the 100- yard butterfly with a 57.77 clocking.

Other swimmers advancing in individual, relay or both were Maddox Mules, Ryan Fantone, Maverick Mules, Massimo Brunacci, Kai Vedder, Carlos Mize, Kyle Zagers, Michael Mercado, Ryker Mules, Kenan Smith, Bella Brunacci, Kayla Detter, Emory Miles, Mary Kate Hoang, Alana Epple and Bella Gagnier.

The DeLand High volleyball team won the quarterfinal match in the FHSAA Regional Tournament by coming from behind over Bartram Trail, 3-2. The match scores were 25-16, 20-25, 19-25, 25-23 and 15-13. DeLand’s next competition will be with Windermere High School.

The Bulldog bowlers competed in their FHSAA district to move on to state. Both the boys and girls did well in the morning rounds, but fell back in the afternoon competition, not allowing them to advance. However, each team had an individual move on to the state meet in Orlando.

Alisyn Sprague qualified for the girls’ squad, while Tyler Sprague moved on for the boys.

The Lady Bulldog golf team finished fourth in FHSAA district play, which did not move them on. However, Sydney Fosnow qualified for the next level of competition in eighth place with an 81 for the 18 holes.

The Bulldog boys’ golf team finished eighth in their tournament, while Jackson Schrier moved on to the next level. He ended up in a tie to advance, which forced a playoff that Schrier won in the first hole of the playoff with a birdie.

Stetson University

Stetson University senior Diogo Marques represented his home country of Portugal at the United Nations Climate Change Conference of Youth. The event brought together delegates from more than 140 countries. Marques is also a member of the Stetson men’s tennis team.

Stetson University Athletics

The Stetson University Hatters football team defeated South Carolina’s Presbyterian College, 56- 14. The Hatters amassed a total of 478 yards, with 264 of that coming through running the ball.

On Nov. 13, the Hats travel to Morehead State University in Kentucky, and then, for their final game of the season, they play host to San Diego on Saturday, Nov. 20, in Spec Martin Memorial Stadium in DeLand, with game time to be determined.

The Hatter men’s soccer team defeated Bellarmine, 4-2, with Ajmeer Spengler getting two goals, while Lewis Scattergood and Nelson Pereira each had one.

The Lady Hatter volleyball team defeated Bellarmine, 3-0, with match scores of 25-15, 25-14 and 25-23. Elena Djokovic had 14 kills in the match, giving her 300 kills in the season and the 750th of her career. She also had an ace and a block.

The team also stopped Jacksonville, 3-1, with scores of 25-17, 25-12, 21- 25 and 25-16. Anabelle Standish had 15 kills and four blocks. The Lady Hatters will be competing in the ASUN Tournament at Florida Gulf Coast Nov. 18-20.

The Stetson cross-country team placed ninth in the men’s and women’s competition at the ASUN Conference Championship. Parker Hines finished 31st for the men with a 8K time of 25:26.90, while Madison Niederriter was 27th in the 5K race with a time of 18:14.40.

The Stetson men’s basketball team goes to Georgia Tech Friday, Nov. 12; to Miami of Ohio at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17; and to Lamar University at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19.

The Lady Hatter basketball team goes to the University of Miami at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14; faces Fairfield at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19; and Manhattan at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20. Those last two games will be played at Lake Buena Vista in the Orlando area.

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