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The Florida Department of Education and Volusia County Schools want to hear from you if you have a student who has an Individual Education Plan (IEP). The annual ESE Parent Survey is online at http://www.esesurvey.com and must be completed by June 30.

Paper copies of the survey are being distributed to schools this week and will be sent home with your child during the week of April 11.

The survey will gather information on how well parents think their child’s school is partnering with parents of students with disabilities. Responses will help guide efforts to improve services and results for children and families. All information provided will remain confidential.

Volusia Online Learning and Volusia Live students may complete the survey as well.

For more information, call Rosie Wheeler, office specialist, at 386-255-6475, ext. 38328.

The American Land Title Association (ALTA) Good Deeds Foundation, a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization founded by ALTA, has awarded $6,000 to Homes Bring Hope.

Shelley Stewart, president and CEO of Southern Title, nominated the nonprofit to receive the grant because of the organization’s efforts to provide homeownership opportunities for hardworking families.

Homes Bring Hope is one of 21 nonprofit organizations across the United States that received a grant from ALTA Good Deeds Foundation.

The Volusia County World Language Festival took place March 26 at DeLand High School. More than 650 student entries in 22 different events, artwork and projects were on display.

The Volusia County School Way Cafe (food services) is currently hiring. Call 386-734-7190, ext. 50732, for more information.

Report cards for the third grading period were distributed March 28.

Early-release days for the month of April will be the 13th, 20th and 27th.

Monday, April 25, is a student/teacher holiday.

DeLand High School

Wednesday, April 13, is SAT School Day for the junior class at DeLand High School. All juniors are automatically registered to take the SAT. Juniors are reminded to be at school on time that day and to bring two No. 2 pencils.

DeLand High School Athletics

The DeLand High School Bulldog baseball team topped Seabreeze, 11-1, with Elliot Sande hitting a home run. The Bulldogs defeated East River, 2-1, which saw Lamar Edwards hit a home run.

The Lady Bulldog softball team was downed by University High School, 17-0.

The DeLand track team traveled north to compete in the Pedro Menendez Falcon Track and Field Invitational. The DeLand boys’ squad won the meet by 38 points over the other six teams. The Lady Bulldogs placed third, and Tocoi Creek High School of St. Augustine won the meet.

Those winning events for the DeLand Bulldogs were Jamil Cunningham in the 100 at 11.41, Fabian McKnight in the 110 hurdles at 16.2, and Khareem Lane in the 300 hurdles at 45.18, and Noah Ennabili, Arden Myrie, Michael Soto Jr. and Joshua Baez won the 4×400 relay at 3:41.81. Ennabili, Riley Garrison, Ethan Myrick and Ayden Burns teamed up to win the 4×800 relay at 9:20.21.

Freshman Emily Lamb won two events, by jumping 4 feet, 10.25 inches, in the high jump, and throwing the javelin 99 feet, 8 inches. Kylie Neira, Sydney Neira, Magdalena Schricker and Sydney Bordeaux won the 4×800 relay at 10:49.25.

The Bulldog athletic calendar has the track team participating in the Coach Ernest McPherson Invitational at Seminole High School in Sanford at 8 a.m. Friday, April 8. The softball team will host Space Coast High School on Friday, April 8 — at 4 p.m. for the varsity and at 6 p.m. for the junior varsity. And the junior-varsity baseball team plays at Seabreeze at 5 p.m. April 8.

On Monday, April 11, the DeLand flag-football team will greet University at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. On Tuesday, April 12, the baseball team hosts Atlantic at 4:30 p.m., the softball team hosts Taylor at 4:30 p.m., and the junior-varsity baseball team plays at Mainland at 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 13, will find the DeLand softball team at Flagler Palm Coast, with game time to be determined. That same day, the track team will compete in the Five Star Championships at Spruce Creek at 1 p.m., and the junior-varsity baseball team will play at Seminole at 6 p.m.

Thursday, April 14, has the baseball team at home against Pine Ridge at 4:30 p.m., and the flag-football team playing at Pine Ridge at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Pine Ridge High School

Pine Ridge High School in Deltona has a yearbook sale taking place, with 2020 and 2021 yearbooks for sale for $35 apiece or $65 for a combo sale of both.

This year’s yearbook is for sale for $85, and can be purchased online through the school website or from Vonda L. Tavenner in the Activities Office before or after school or during lunch. The 2022 yearbook arrives on campus during the first week of May.

Freshman-Sophomore Track Championships

The Volusia-Flagler Freshman-Sophomore Track and Field Championships took place March 23 at Matanzas High School, after being postponed March 9 because of the weather.

The boys’ division was won by Flagler Palm Coast with 130 points, while DeLand took third with 92 points. Orange City University claimed fifth with 65.5 points, Pine Ridge eighth and Deltona 10th.

The girls’ portion was won by Matanzas with 107 points, while Orange City University was fourth with 80 points. DeLand was four points back in fifth, and Pine Ridge of Deltona was 11th.

The DeLand squad found Emily Lamb winning three events: the high jump at 4 feet, 7.5 inches, the discus with a 92-foot-9-inch toss, and the javelin throw with a 106-foot-4-inch projection.

Avian Edwards-Pla claimed first in the 100 at 11.26 and the 400 with a 52.14 run; Noah Ennabili won the 800 at 2:09.85; and Shamia Allen won the long jump with a 16-foot-6.5-inch leap.

Chelsea Hunt of Pine Ridge won the triple jump at 30 feet, 8.25 inches, and Kheron Duprat, also of Pine Ridge, won the boys’ triple jump at 35 feet, 3 inches.

Deltona’s Carlos Cerrud claimed victory in the 1,600 with a 4:51.59 run.

Morgan Harvill of Orange City University High School won the 3,200-meter race at 12:29.80.

UCF Black and Gold Invitational track meet

The University of Central Florida had its annual Black and Gold Invitational track meet, with Minnesota, Michigan, Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Embry-Riddle, Bethune-Cookman and Virginia Commonwealth among the teams competing. The event is being mentioned here because several DeLand High grads were at the meet.

This included Amberleigh Sauer, who competed for Embry-Riddle, and threw the discus 121 feet, 3 inches, the hammer 136 feet, 2 inches, and the shot put 38 feet, 4.75 inches.

Jordan Singletary, who now competes for Bethune-Cookman, ran the 400 hurdles in 67.24, the 100 hurdles in 15.22, and a leg in the 4×400 relay.

Ethan Tussing, who is the throws coach at Virginia Commonwealth, had two girls take third in a very competitive meet, while also having athletes earn two fifths, two sixths and a seventh.

Stetson University Athletics

Stetson University softball pitcher Lauren Hobbs has been named the ASUN Pitcher of the Week. She pitched two winning games against Northern Alabama.

The Stetson baseball team was stopped by Florida Gulf Coast, 6-2, which saw Cameron Hill hitting a Hatter home run. The Stetson squad was defeated by Liberty, 4-3, with Yohann Dessureault hitting a four-bagger.

In softball, the Lady Hatters topped North Alabama, 3-1, with Brianna Clary going four-for-four with two RBIs, while the Gators of Florida stopped Stetson, 7-0.

The Stetson squad then split with Bellarmine, losing 3-1 and winning, 4-0, with Dylan Anthony doubling in the first game and Lizzie Shubert doing the same in the second, with Clary stealing two bases.

The Stetson tennis program saw the women defeating North Florida, 5-2, while the men lost, 4-3.

The Lady Hatter lacrosse team lost to U. of Florida, 19-5, with Saige Roe getting two goals.

The Stetson athletic calendar finds the baseball team hosting Kennesaw State at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 8, at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 9, and at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 10.

The women’s tennis team greets the visiting University of Central Arkansas at 10 a.m. Friday, April 8.

On Saturday and Sunday, April 9 and 10, the softball team plays host to Florida Gulf Coast with games at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on the 9th, and at 1 p.m. on the 10th.

Also on Sunday, April 10, the women’s tennis squad faces North Alabama at 10 a.m., and the men compete at 2 p.m.

Tuesday, April 12, finds the baseball team hosting Bethune-Cookman at 6:30 p.m.

On Saturday, April 16, the lacrosse team faces Jacksonville at noon.

The baseball team will play host to Florida at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, and the lacrosse team will host Delaware State at 7 p.m. that same day.

College honors

Lauren Fantone and Kaylee Rice, both of DeLand and students at The University of Tampa, were recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most-selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.

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


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