adam hill deland high school
WILL STUDY AND PLAY SOCCER AT ECKERD COLLEGE — Adam Hill, center, strikes a pose while signing a letter of intent to continue his college education and soccer career at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg. With him are DeLand High School head soccer coach Jim Lowenstein, left, and assistant soccer coach Rick Flores. Hill was selected to compete on the FACA East All-Star team, playing almost the entirety of both FACA games and scoring a goal in their 2-2 tie with the North team. He also played in the East Coast Florida Boys Soccer Senior Classic April 15 with teammates Jake Zielinski, Diego Tate and JP Nunez. PHOTO COURTESY JIM LOWENSTEIN

The 42nd annual World Languages Festival, Global Diversity and Inclusion for Volusia County language students was held recently at DeLand High School, with 22 different competitive events and more than 600 students competing for honors.

The keynote speaker was Jose Silva, who founded his company Silva Fiduciary to help individuals and families better plan their finances and achieve their goals through investing. His wife, Diana, is a Spanish teacher at Seabreeze High School.

Dr. Grace Kellermeier, Volusia County’s coordinator of the World Languages, Elect ives and Special Programs, was the director of the festival.

During the festival, Volusia County world-language students showcased their linguistic skills and cultural knowledge, while participating in poetry and impromptu speaking, a talent show, karaoke, traditional dress, Japanese cultural experience, Pétanque, Certamen (quiz bowl) and a global academic competition. They were able to partake in the world-food booths.

Scholarship recipients from West Volusia were Amanda Bailey, Leilani Munoz and Alexa Rivers of DeLand High School; Jeancarlo Ponce Reyes of Deltona High School; and Valeria Nala Perez of Volusia Online.

There were numerous winners, with Best of Show honors and first, second and third places. The winners will be listed by their schools in this column over the next several weeks.

The gold sponsors of the World Languages Festival included Angie’s Serenity Day Spa, FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County Schools, Sister Cities of Volusia County, and Silva Fiduciary. Silver sponsors were Lechonera El Barrio of DeLand and Panaderia Michoacan of DeLeon Springs. A bronze sponsor was Natural Concepts.

Gift-card sponsors were Wake Up Cafe and Jeremiah’s Italian Ice of DeLand, while the sponsor of the Judges Breakfast was Mon Delice French Bakery.

Food Brings Hope recognized ICI Homes as the organization’s Business of the Month. Food Brings Hope thanked the employees and friends of ICI Homes for their consistent support and involvement with the nonprofit organization.

ICI Homes partners with Food Brings Hope for events such as the Tour of Homes, which showcases vocational careers to more than 25 TeenZone middle- and high-school students yearly, and the annual Walk for Hope shoe drive in December.

ICI Homes employees contributed more than $12,000 through their payroll-deductions program in 2021.

The High Schools of DeLand Sports Hall of Fame is accepting nominations for former athletes from DeLand High, and the former Southwestern High and Euclid High, both in DeLand.

A nominee must have graduated from one of these three schools and have received athletic honors locally or within Florida on the high-school and/or college level of participation. Those individuals who were strong supporters/contributors/boosters can also be nominated.

To receive a nomination form, email this writer at

The 2022 West Volusia County Boy Scout Golden Eagle Event is scheduled to take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 21, at the Wayne G. Sanborn Activity Center, 815 S. Alabama Ave. in DeLand. Joyce Cusack, former member of the Florida House of Representatives (2000-08) and at-large Volusia County Council member (2010-18), will be the event honoree.

Florida East Coast Boys Soccer Senior Classic

The 2021-22 Florida East Coast Boys Soccer Senior Classic recently took place at the Daytona State College stadium.

Thirteen of the 42 athletes selected for the game were from West Volusia. They were Diego Tate, Jake Zielinski, Geampier Nunez and Adam Hill of DeLand High School; Gabe Herrera and Jeancarlo Ponce-Reyes, Deltona High; Gabriel Gomez, Matthew Hummer, Michael Vega and Noah Amador, Pine Ridge High in Deltona; and Ubaldo Hernandez, Joel Gutierrez and Gary Soliz, Taylor Middle-High in Pierson.

DeLand High School Athletics

DeLand High School senior soccer player Adam Hill has signed his national letter of intent to continue his education and soccer-playing days at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg.

Hill played two years of varsity soccer at DeLand High, and previously played at IMG Academy in Bradenton. He played on the FACA East All-Star team, among other senior players from the state of Florida. In that game, he scored a goal to help his team score a tie with the North Team.

The DeLand High Bulldog boys’ weightlifting team took fourth in the snatch competition, while placing fifth in the traditional competition, at the FHSAA District meet. Jaycee Kane took first in the snatch for his weight division, while Jayden Lewis lifted a second-place finish.

Wyatt Dunne, Collin Monteiro Blushiy and Clayton Juhl earned third-place finishes, and those taking fourth were Lane Wishart, Aidan Fedigan and Isaiah Steitz, along with Kane and Monteiro Blushiy.

At the FHSAA Regional meet, Steitz, Lewis, Kane, Fedigan and Monteiro Blushiy earned the right to compete for state titles.

The Bulldog baseball team was stopped by Flagler Palm Coast, 6-4, with Anthony Ruocco hitting a double.

The Lady Bulldog softball team went 1-2 over the time of this writing by defeating Space Coast High, 10-8, and being stopped by Mainland, 6-2, and Lyman, 10-0. In the Space Coast game, freshman Brianne Yocum went three-for-four at the plate with a double, while collecting four RBIs.

On Thursday, April 21, the Bulldog boys’ weightlifting team will travel to Port St. Joe for the FHSAA State Weightlifting Championship. DeLand will be represented by five lifters coached by Damion Dunn. On the same day, the baseball team competes at Pine Ridge at 4:30 p.m., while the junior-varsity baseball squad hosts Mainland at 4:30 p.m.

On Friday, April 22, the track team will be at Spruce Creek for the District Meet at 9 a.m., taking the first step toward qualifying for state. That same day, the flag-football team will play at Atlantic at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.

On Tuesday, April 26, the softball team hosts Matanzas at 4:30 p.m., and the baseball team hosts University in Conrad Park at 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 28, will find the baseball team playing at home against Flagler Palm Coast at 4 p.m.

Deltona High School

Deltona High School will have its senior prom Saturday, April 30, in Daytona Beach. Tickets cost $60 apiece.

Deltona High recently had its last home track meet of the year, with 11 teams competing. Mainland won the boys’ side of the meet with 178 points, while Pine Ridge was third with 83, Deltona fourth, Orange City University sixth, and Deltona Trinity Christian Academy taking seventh.

The girls’ competition was also won by Mainland. with 159 points, while Orange City University was third with 88, Pine Ridge was fourth, and Deltona fifth.

Those winning first-place finishes for the home team were Carlos Cerrud in the 1,600 at 4:45.35, along with Chandler Mitzo in the boys’ javelin with a 137-foot-6- inch throw. Dianna Pineda won the girls’ javelin at 74 feet, 2 inches.

University was led by sophomore Nyrania Barr-Miller winning two events, the 200 at 26.29 and the long jump at 16 feet, 2.5 inches. Kiley Stahlman won the 100 hurdles at 17.9, while Morgan Northey won the discus at 85 feet, 2 inches.

Pine Ridge was led to first finishes by Maya Heard in the 300 hurdles at 51.88, and Chelsea Hunt in the triple jump at 31 feet, 3.75 inches.

Taylor Middle-High School

The School Advisory Council at Taylor Middle- High School in Pierson will meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, in the principal’s conference room.

Sanford Seminole track meet

Seminole High School in Sanford recently hosted the inaugural Coach Ernest McPherson Invitational, with 13 strong track programs participating on a cool breezy evening. DeLand High School and Orange City University High School were invited.

The DeLand Bulldog boys were fifth in team standings, while the Orange City University Titans were ninth. The Lady Bulldogs were sixth and the Lady Titans 12th.

DeLand High found senior Kevar Williams winning the 400 at 48.66, while seconds were earned by Williams in the 100 at 10.98, Owen York in the boys’ javelin at 152 feet, 8 inches,

Magdalena Schricker in the girls’ 3,200 at 12:44.49, Amy Nguyen in the girls’ pole vault at 7 feet, 11.25 inches, and Emily Lamb in the discus at 98 feet, 11 inches.

Grabbing third place were Ethan Myrick in the 800 meters, and Fabian McKnight, twice, in the 110 high hurdles and the 300 hurdles.

Those earning points in places four through eight were Riley Garrison, Jamil Cunningham, Ian York, O. York, Marion Smokes, Ai Hancock, Sydney Neira, Shamia Allen, Lilly Clements and Lamb. The boys’ 4×100 and 4×800 relays placed, as did the girls’ 4×400 and 4×800.

The Orange City University boys’ and girls’ 4×800 relays took first, and Royce Eggert was in second place in the 1,600 at 4:44.09. Earning points in places four through eight were Caleb Elkind, Nyrania Barr-Miller, Vivienne Merk and Morgan Northey, along with the boys’ 4×400 relay.

Stetson University Athletics

The Stetson University Hatter football team has played its spring game and is now looking toward the fall season. Stetson football tickets are currently for sale. Visit HatterTickets@stetson. edu for price information and to make a purchase.

The Stetson beach volleyball No. 1 pair of Shae Henson and Kylie Neuschaeferova have earned ASUN’s beach volleyball Pair of the Week for the third time. The beach volleyball tournament was in Tallahassee, where the Hatter squad was topped by the No. 2 Texas Christian team, 3-2; by No. 5 LSU, 4-1; and by No. 4 FSU, 4-1; but Stetson defeated Texas A&M Corpus Christi, 5-0.

The Lady Hatter lacrosse team was halted by Liberty, 22-9.

The Stetson women’s tennis team defeated Central Arkansas, 4-3, to ensure them a place in the ASUN tournament.

The baseball team went 12 innings with FSU, losing 5-4, while the Hats scored twice in the bottom of the ninth to create the tie. Brandon Hylton hit a home run in the game.

The Hats also were topped by the top team in the ASUN, Kennesaw State, 11-1 and 3-2, with Christian Pregent hitting a homer in the second game.

The Stetson softball team stopped Bethune-Cookman, 2-1, with Lizzie Shubert and Jordyn Stanfill hitting four-baggers. They then topped Florida Gulf Coast 5-0 and 2-1, with Brianna Clary and Shubert hitting triples in the second game.

On Saturday, April 23, the softball team hosts North Florida at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., and again at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 24.

On Tuesday, April 26, the Hatter baseball team will head south to face the University of Miami at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, April 27, brings Florida International to DeLand to face the softball team at 5 p.m.

The baseball team will play host to Liberty at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 29, at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 30, and at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 1.

The softball team greets Kennesaw State at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, April 30, and again at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 1.

College honors

Yashira Sanchez and Katee Mathis, both of Deltona, have been initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Sanchez attends the University of North Florida. Mathis attends Florida Atlantic University.

Mahalia Samuels, of Deltona, was recently initiated into the University of Central Florida Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Leadership Honor Society.

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