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Volusia County Schools has announced that the Advanced Programs (International Baccalaureate Program and Cambridge International AICE) application window is currently open and will close Monday, Jan. 31.

Cambridge AICE and IB offer students a college-preparatory track that not only allows the student to earn college credit while in high school, but also gives the student the opportunity to earn an international diploma that helps the student become more marketable for university acceptance and attain a Bright Futures Scholarship.

The IB Program is at Spruce Creek High School in Port Orange and DeLand High School, while the Cambridge AICE is at Deltona High, New Smyrna Beach High, Pine Ridge High in Deltona, Seabreeze High in Daytona Beach and University High in Orange City.

More information on the Volusia County Advanced Programs can be found on the schools’ websites and on the district website https://www.vcsedu.org/advanced-programs.

Volusia County Schools has also announced that Volusia Online Learning’s Full-Time Application for the 2022-23 school year is now open and will close Tuesday, March 1. Interested families can apply at https://www.volusiaonlinelearning.com/2022-2023-vol-application.

Call Volusia Online Learning at 386-506-0014 for more information.

The deadline for students to apply to attend one of the Volusia career academies is Monday, Jan. 31. Career academies are designed to prepare students for both college and careers.

An academy is a school within a school that links students with peers, teachers and community partners in a structured environment that fosters academic success. Those applying must be rising ninth-, 10th- or 11th-grade students.

District transportation to and from the academies is not provided, and students will need to secure a ride to and from school each day. See your guidance director for more information.

The following academies are offered on the west side of Volusia County: DeLand High offers a Communications Academy and an Engineering Academy; Deltona High offers an Academy of Food and Agricultural Science, an Academy of Digital Media Enterprise and a Health Services Academy; Pine Ridge High in Deltona offers a Health Care Academy and a Manufacturing Academy; and University High in Orange City offers an Academy of Finance, Gaming and Simulation, and a Biomedical Sciences Academy.

Those academies offered on the east side of Volusia County: Atlantic High in Port Orange offers an Academy of Law and Government, an Aquaculture, Environmental and Marine Science Academy, and a Technology Engineering, Science and Aeronautic Academy; Mainland High in Daytona Beach offers an Academy of Scientific Inquiry and Medicine; New Smyrna Beach High offers an Academy of Education, a Criminal Justice Academy, an Engineering Academy and a Medical Academy; Seabreeze High in Daytona Beach offers an Allied Health Academy; and Spruce Creek High in Port Orange offers a Finance Academy and an Information Technology Robotics Academy.

Applications for the Take Stock in Children program are due for eighth-graders Friday, Feb. 4. Go to https://bit.ly/VolusiaTSICApplication2021.

Check with eighth-grade guidance directors at the student’s school for more information on the TSIC program.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Volusia/Flagler Counties are offering numerous activities. From noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, the clubs will offer the Youth of the Year Competition and Donor Appreciation Luncheon at the Hilton Garden Inn in Palm Coast.

For more information or to make a reservation, call 386-734-0555.

DeLand Lightning Bolts

The DeLand Lightning Bolts is an age-group track program directed by Deke Harris in the DeLand area.

Prior to the Christmas holiday, three of the Lightning Bolt athletes traveled to Birmingham, Alabama, to participate in the Galleria Indoor Games. Avian Edwards, who competed in the 15-16-year-old division, won the 60-meter dash ahead of 50-plus competitors with a time of 7.10 seconds, while taking second in the 200 meters with a time of 23.02.

Kevar Williams, in the 17-18-year-old division, took fifth in both the 60 and the 200, with times of 6.88 and 22.21, respectively, against more than 50 competitors.

The third DeLandite, Taylor Royster, competed in the 13-14-year-old division, placing eighth in the long jump at 15 feet 10.25 inches, 15th in the 60 at 8.39, and 18th in the 200 at 27.34.

Both Williams and Edwards will be members of the DeLand High School track team this spring.

DeLand High School athletics

The DeLand High School Bulldog wrestling team recently hosted the DeLand Duals in the Bulldog gym. The DeLand Bulldogs won the championship by defeating Seabreeze, 75-6; Seminole, 59-22; Atlantic, 77-6; Olympia, 72-0; New Smyrna Beach, 55-17; and Hagerty, 38-37.

DeLand High wrestlers who went undefeated during the Duals were Gauge Hopton, Grady Bryant, Lane Wishart, MJ Smokes and Marco Selph. Hagerty took runner-up honors with a 5-1 mark, followed by New Smyrna Beach in third.

The DeLand Lady Bulldog weightlifters competed against Spruce Creek last week, with Jendaya Talton taking two firsts and Hollee Brady and Mahek Chandna grabbing single wins. Those taking second were Summer Rank, Amaya Lewicki, Za chiy ah Banton- Dofflemyer and Addison Ruocco, while thirds were earned by Ruocco, Cheyenne Cartwright, Rank and Azariyah Hagins.

DeLand High graduate Raziel Smith, who is now on the track team at Southeastern University in Lakeland, placed third in the 60-meter hurdles at 9.16.

The Lady Bulldog basketball team was stopped by Deltona, 48-31, and by Matanzas, 46-40.

The DeLand High boys’ basketball team was topped by Orlando Christian Prep, 67-51, with Nigle Cook scoring 22 points and Trayvon Barbary getting 21 points and six rebounds.

The Bulldog boys’ soccer team topped New Smyrna Beach, 2-1, while Jake Zielinski and Aurelio Silva each scored for DeLand. The team also stopped Taylor Middle-High of Pierson, 1-0, with Adam Hill scoring the goal and Isaiah Harper being credited for an assist.

On Friday, Jan. 28, the Bulldog wrestlers go to Flagler Palm Coast for a tournament that runs through Saturday, Jan. 29.

The DeLand boys’ basketball team plays Lake Mary at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28, and on Wednesday, Feb. 2, they host Mainland at 7 p.m.

The junior-varsity wrestlers compete at home Wednesday, Feb. 2, and the girls’ basketball team enters district play at Lake Mary that same day.

The DeLand boys’ basketball team welcomes Flagler Palm Coast to the DeLand gym at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3.

On Saturday, Feb. 5, the DeLand wrestlers compete in the Five Star Conference Tournament at Seabreeze.

Stetson University Athletics

The Atlantic Sun Conference has announced that Stetson University volleyball athlete Elena Djokovic has been named to Stetson’s Winner for Life Team. This honor is given each semester to one student-athlete from each of the 12 institutions, and honors those individuals who display excellence on and off the playing surface.

Stetson University Athletics has announced the hiring of two people: Toni Oliverio, who will be the Hatters’ new associate athletic director for student success and academics, and Garrett Nickel, who has been named an assistant softball coach and will serve as the program’s pitching coach.

Both of the Stetson basketball teams were recently defeated by Jacksonville University and Kennesaw State. The Lady Hatters were downed by JU, 63-51, with Tatiana Streun scoring 14 points, with seven rebounds. Jamiya Turner collected 11 points, with five rebounds. Kennesaw State just topped the Stetson women, 61-60, with Streun getting 22 points, with six rebounds and three steals, and Khamya McNeal scoring 14 points.

The Hatter men were stopped by JU, 57-50, with Christiaan Jones leading the way with 16 points, with six rebounds and one blocked shot, while Chase Johnston had 13 points. Kennesaw State downed the Hatters, 77-49, with Johnston scoring 16 points, and Jones adding 12 points, along with 11 rebounds.

The Lady Hatters play host to Eastern Kentucky at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29, while the men play the same school at 4 p.m. that same day.

On Thursday, Feb. 3, the two Stetson basketball teams travel to Lipscomb, with the ladies playing at 6 p.m., followed by the men at 8:15 p.m. On Saturday, Feb. 5, the two are at Central Arkansas for games at 2 p.m. and 4:15 p.m., with the women playing the early game.

The Stetson women’s tennis team faces Florida National University at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 28, followed by two matches on Saturday, Jan. 29, against Atlantis University and St. Thomas University, at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., respectively. On Saturday, Feb. 5, they play host to Troy University at 10 a.m. All these matches will be played on the courts at the Mandy Stoll Tennis Center in DeLand.

The Hatter men’s tennis players greet Florida National at 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28, and on Saturday, Jan. 29, they host Wofford College at 1 p.m. All home matches are played at the Mandy Stoll Tennis Center.

College honors

Anastasia Goelzer, of Deltona, a sophomore at Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee, has been named to the college’s dean’s list for the fall 2021 semester. Goelzer is a graduate of Luther Preparatory School.

Quinn McKercher, of DeLand, has been named to the dean’s list for the fall 2021 semester at Nazareth College in Rochester, New York.

Omicron Delta Kappa, The National Leadership Honor Society, welcomes as new members these students from Stetson University: Emily Aqui, Carmen Cruz, Madison Dean, Catharine Remey, Madison Freeman and Rylie Walker, all of DeLand, and Tyler Bartkowiak, of DeBary.

Kaefier McLean, of DeLand, has been named to the dean’s list for the fall 2021 semester at Eastern New Mexico University.

India Sapp, of DeLand, a sophomore in the College of Health Professions at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, has been named to the President’s List.

Jiya Hastings, of DeLand, a freshman in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Mercer University, has been named to the dean’s list for the fall 2021 semester, as has Bryce Werblo, of Orange City, a sophomore at Mercer University’s School of Business.

Samuel McCullen, of Deltona, and Kalei Burgess, of Orange City, have been named to the dean’s list for the fall 2021 term at The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

Lauren Bjella, of DeLand, has been named to the dean’s list for the fall 2021 semester at Emerson College in Boston. Bjella, a member of the Class of 2022, is majoring in journalism.

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




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