PHOTO COURTESY FUTURES ART TEACHER RECEIVES SUPERINTENDENT’S AWARD — Janice Schiavo, center, an art teacher at Deltona Lakes Elementary School, receives the Superintendent’s Most-Creative Mini-Grant Award from FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County Schools, along with a $250 check. With Schiavo, from left, are School Board Member Carl Persis, School Board Chairman Linda Cuthbert, School Board Member Anita Burnette, School Board Vice Chairman Jamie Haynes, School Board Member Ruben Colon, and Volusia County Schools Superintendent Dr. Scott Fritz. Schiavo’s project is titled “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, A Mary Poppins Kind of Day!” The project goal was to reflect on each fifth-grade student’s favorite artists and styles throughout elementary school. Giant umbrellas divided into eight sections are filled with artwork designed by each student. A reflection of individuality, these amazing pieces of art will be hung upside down from the ceiling in the school lunchroom and will serve as decoration for the school’s fifth-grade graduation.

Deltona Lakes Elementary School art teacher Janice Schiavo has received the annual Superintendent’s Most-Creative Mini-Grant Award for her project “Supercalifragilistic-expialidocious, Mary Poppins Kind of Day!”

The goal of the project is to reflect on each student’s favorite artists and styles throughout elementary school. Giant umbrellas divided into eight sections will be filled with artwork designed by each fifth-grade student.

A reflection of individuality, these amazing pieces of art will be hung upside down from the ceiling in the school lunchroom and will serve as decoration for the school’s fifth-grade graduation.

FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County Schools presented Schiavo with a check for $250 in recognition of her creativity, in addition to fully funding the grant that was sponsored in memory of former School Board Member and Supervisor of Elections Ann McFall.

Ten additional projects (and the teachers behind them) were recognized for their creativity: Mary Berg Brown, “Bringing Learning Alive,” Port Orange Elementary; Lynn Boutwell, “Hungary-Hungary Oil Eaters,” Mainland High; Laura Buckley, “Flower Power,” Orange City Elementary; Michael Dye and Shelli Walters, “Criminal Justice, Traffic Direction,” University High in Orange City; Katelyn Filz, “Concussions: Protect Your Head,” New Smyrna Beach Middle; DeAnna Haught, “Crazy About Coral,” New Smyrna Beach Middle; Dana Luff, “Food Beautification Through Science,” New Smyrna Beach High; Elizabeth Pearce, “It’s a Sticky Situation: Project-Based Learning With Trash Bags and Duct Tape,” Freedom Elementary in DeLand; Janet Stone, “Rocking Rotational Symmetry,” George Marks Elementary in DeLand; and Margaret Williams, “Faces of Florida: Past, Present & Future,” Port Orange Elementary. Each of these recipients received an award certificate and a goody bag of items from FUTURES’ various supporters.

This year’s mini-grant sponsors also included Alexis Lenssen, chief financial planner at Ameriprise Financial; BRPH Architects Engineers; Cobb Cole Law Firm; William & Linda Cuthbert; Duke Energy; Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; Florida Health Care Plans; Florida Power & Light Company; Heart of Volusia; Jean Greenlaw Children’s Literature Mini-Grant Program; Latitude Margaritaville Daytona; Launch Credit Union; Rue & Ziffra; Patricia Sample; the State of Florida School District Education Foundation Matching Grants Program; Stetson University; Synergy Billing; and Dr. Rosaria & Paul Upchurch.

From June to Sept. 15, Volusia County teachers submitted 190 grant requests totaling more than $147,000. FUTURES Foundation and its sponsors were able to present more than $71,000 to 141 Volusia County teachers and/or teacher teams.

The public is encouraged to visit to view creative, innovative grants and assist local teachers in finalizing funding for their projects.

Southwestern Middle School

Yearbooks at Southwestern Middle School in DeLand are now on sale and cost only $30 until Nov. 30, after which the cost goes up to $35. Order forms were sent home with students, but also can be obtained at Student Services before or after school.

DeLand High School

The DeLand High School baseball team was scheduled to play a game against some DeLand High baseball alumni. However, because of all the rain during the weekend of Nov. 5, the game was canceled.

Some of the alumni who were slated to face the varsity squad were Ashton Blackwelder, Steve Stinson, Cody Chilson, Joey Davis, Todd Johnson, Cory Crow, Chris Howe, Tyler Hoag, Cameron Ward, Brandon Turner, Joey Markus, Reid Bosco, Bobby Latmore, Scott Sanders and Ray Underhill.

DeLand High School athletics

The DeLand High School Lady Bulldogs soccer team opened its 2021-22 season with a win over Pine Ridge, 5-1. The Lady Bulldogs travel to University at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19.

The Bulldog soccer team plays host to New Smyrna Beach at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19, on the field at the Sperling Sports Complex.

The DeLand High wrestlers will have a preseason match in the Bulldog gym Friday, Nov. 19. Match time is yet to be determined.

Deltona High School

Deltona High School yearbooks are currently on sale.

FHSAA volleyball

The Pierson Taylor Middle-High Wildcats volleyball team has earned the right to compete in the Final Four Tournament. They will be facing either Sneads or Central High of Brooksville.

The Lady Wildcats defeated Williston in the regional semifinal match, 3-0 (25-19, 26-24, 25-21), and then Newberry for the regional title, 3-0 (25-20, 25-18, 25-23).

The DeLand High School Lady Bulldogs faced Windermere in the regional semifinal. Windermere topped DeLand, 3-0 (26-24, 25-18, 27-25).

Pine Ridge of Deltona also was topped in the semifinals, losing to Choctawhatchee, 3-1 (25-21, 19-25, 25-22, 25-15).

West Volusia high-school football

Friday, Nov. 5, was the last date of regular-season football for all high-school football teams in the state. Only those that were district champs or those that earned enough FHSAA points advanced to the state playoff system.

Only two games ended up being played on the final night from West Volusia: Lake Mary topped Deltona, 35-8, while Kissimmee Osceola inched by Orange City University, 13-8.

DeLand’s Homecoming game with Pine Ridge of Deltona was canceled, while Deltona Trinity Christian Academy and Pierson Taylor did not have games.

At the end of the regular season, Orange City University finished 6-2; Deltona, 5-5; DeLand, 4-4; Trinity, 3-5; Pierson Taylor, 2-6; and Pine Ridge of Deltona, 2-8.

FHSAA golf

None of the West Volusia teams qualified for regional play, but three West Volusia athletes advanced individually to the regionals, with none of them advancing to the state tournament.

DeLand High School Bulldog Jackson Schrier scored 78 in regional play, while Lady Bulldog Sydney Fosnow carded a 90.

Orange City University High School’s McKenzie Coody played the 18-hole round with a 75.

FHSAA swimming

On a rainy chilly day at the FHSAA regional meet in Jacksonville, DeLand High School’s Anna Monette was the lone qualifier for the state tournament. She advanced in the 100-yard butterfly and the 100-yard backstroke.

FHSAA cross-country

Several local cross-country teams, as well as several individual qualifiers, competed in the rain hoping to make it to the state championships. None of the local teams or individuals qualified for the state meet in Tallahassee.

DeLand and Orange City University competed in the 4A-Region 1 meet, while Deltona was in the 3A-Region 2 meet, and Pine Ridge of Deltona and Pierson Taylor competed in the 2A-Region 2 meet. The top eight teams advance in each region, along with the top three individual runners not on one of the top eight teams.

University High’s boys’ squad placed 12th in the regionals, with junior Royce Eggert leading the way for the Titans in 29th place at 17:22.80.

DeLand High’s boys’ squad also ran in the regional meet, placing 15th, with senior Ethan Myrick finishing 43rd at 17:38.30. Junior Magdalena Schricker represented the Lady Bulldogs, coming in 37th overall at 20:49.20.

Deltona boys were 14th, with sophomore Carlos Cerrud taking 27th with a time of 17:27.58.

William Steinebach represented Pine Ridge in the regional meet as an individual, placing 35th at 18:15.20.

The Taylor Wildcat boys were 14th, while the girls’ squad was 13th. Ursi Castro was the top runner for the Wildcats with a time of 18:24.50, while the top Lady Wildcat was Vanessa Alejo at 22:34.60.

Stetson University Athletics

At Homecoming, the Stetson University Hatter football team was stopped by the University of Dayton, 41-13. The Hats play their last game of the season Saturday, Nov. 20, in Spec Martin Memorial Stadium against San Diego; game time has not yet been announced.

The Stetson men’s soccer team shut out Liberty, 3-0, with Nelson Pereira, Oliver Bryneus and Ajmeer Spengler getting goals.

The Lady Hatter volleyball team was defeated by North Florida, 3-2, and by Kennesaw State, 3-0.

The Hatter men’s basketball team travels to Beaumont, Texas, to face Lamar University at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19.

The Lady Hatter basketball team plays Fairfield at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19, and Manhattan at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20. Both games will be played at Lake Buena Vista and carried on ESPN 3. Both are part of the ASUN/MAAC Conference Challenge.

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