FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County Schools has announced the winners of the 2022 Turn Around Awards, which honor 85 Volusia County middle- and high-school students for dramatic improvement in grades, behavior, attitude and/or citizenship. Each middle and high school in the Volusia County school system was invited to nominate a student for each grade in the school.

Each recipient received a personalized certificate signed by Interim Superintendent Rachel Hazel and School Board Chairman Ruben Colón, who also offered their congratulations during the presentation ceremony at Jackie Robinson Ballpark in Daytona Beach.

Florida Power & Light Company and the Daytona Tortugas assisted FUTURES in sponsoring the presentation, which provided a meal and entry into the Daytona Tortugas baseball game for all attendees.

The Turn Around recipients from West Volusia middle schools are Francisco Garcia, Tarrence Lee and James L. Robinson Jr. of DeLand Middle School; Carli Marie Lapinsky, Jaylynn Myly Cross and Yulexy Marzol Viveros, Deltona Middle; Keanan Spence, Owen Jones and Nicholas Horvath, Galaxy Middle in Deltona; Ava Watson, Tyler Samuel Oscar Hagins and Marco Ramirez, Heritage Middle in Deltona; Michael Liburd and Aidan Harding, River Springs Middle in Orange City; Noah Segura, Jarielys Pagan Vazquez and Ian Ramirez, Southwestern Middle in DeLand; and Amora Lamothe and Tamarah Gillins, Taylor Middle-High in Pierson.

The Turn Around recipients from West Volusia high schools are Savannah Elaine Nelson, Paloma Carbajal, Malic Arciles Adams and Ethan Dean of DeLand High School; Elsa Halliday, Rameir Gordon, Amarylis Gonzalez and Couiny Dorval, Deltona High; Carolyn Peguero Nieves, Kemijah Edwards, Kimberly Rivera and Javon Jeter, Pine Ridge High in Deltona; Alfredo Galarza, Elvita Abrego, Ramon Torres and Kelvin Ambriz, Taylor Middle- High in Pierson; Ja’Niya Jones, Kyle Coulson, Kaden Pawelczak and Ella Leon, University High in Orange City; and Jayla Sing, Travon Smith Nelson, Pierce Patterson and Lucia Tshupo, Volusia Online Learning.

Most have not heard of Eye Design for Kids, which is a program presented by Eye Design Eyewear, Dr. Tim Harbuck and the Volusia Sheriff’s Youth Foundation. The program provides free eye exams and a new pair of eyeglasses to students enrolled in a Volusia County Title I public school. If you have a child enrolled in a Title I school in Volusia County, call 386-433-8449 to make an appointment.

The DeBary Parks and Recreation Department announced several weeks ago that it had added 10 new children’s sports camps for the 2022 summer-break season. The football camp takes place 6-8 p.m. Monday- Friday, June 6-10, at Rob Sullivan Park, for ages 5-14. The cost is $45 per child.

The contact for the camp is coach John Wilson of the West Volusia Wolves, at 407- 496-3745.

DeLand High School

The following students in teacher Deborah Clouser’s French classes at DeLand High School earned first-place finishes in the Volusia County Schools 2022 World Languages Festival: Akhil Kandamkulathy, Riley Kellogg, Lilah Kersey, Beckey Lin, Lilly Moore, Audrey Brown, Olivia Brown, Grace Ellis, Graison Fuller, Tatiana Gonzalez, Sara Gutierrez, Sura Hernandez Ventura, Jazmin Longoria Hernandez, Noah Isaacson, Kristen Jacobs, Amelie Kurlander, Mackenna Lapointe, Ainsley LaRue, Christina Nguyen, Isabella Qu, Alexa Rivers, Cailyn Sabatini, Zach Sampson and Hunter Womble.

DeLand High School Athletics

DeLand High School graduate Jeremiah Birch has been named Forward of the Year for the University of Central Florida rugby team, with the team making it to the state championships. He was also named to the All- Freshman Conference team.

FHSAA Baseball Playoffs

This column made an error in stating that the DeLand High School Bulldog baseball team had ended its season, which was not accurate, as they faced Lake Brantley in the first round of the regional playoffs. The Bulldogs unfortunately were stopped by the Lake Brantley Patriots, 8-1, to end the season with a 15-11 season mark for DeLand.

The Orange City University High School Titans, however, continued to win, as they defeated Neptune Beach Fletcher, 10-0, and Spruce Creek, 6-2. Unfortunately, the Titans were defeated, 2-0, by the Pace High School Patriots on May 17. A win in that game would have placed the University Titans in the final four.

FHSAA Softball Playoffs

Two West Volusia high-school softball teams were still alive in the FHSAA regional playoffs as of May 19. The Deltona Wolves topped Mainland, 10-1, and defeated the Rockledge Raiders, 7-2, on May 17. The Orange City University Titans downed Spruce Creek, 3-1, and Niceville, 9-0, and stopped the Winter Springs Bears, 4-0, on May 17.

The Pierson Taylor Wildcats defeated Williston, 7-6, but the Wildcats lost to the Dixie County Bears, 9-0, on May 17.

FHSAA State Track Championships

Orange City University High School’s Andreas Schulz won two events of the four that he qualified in at the FHSAA State Track Championship held on the track at the University of Florida: Schulz won the 200 meters for ambulatory athletes at 24.37, and outdistanced the field in the 800 with a time of 2:20.52.

Schulz placed second in the shot put with a shove of 28 feet, 9.75 inches, and third in the javelin throw with a heave to 58 feet, 9 inches.

Three DeLand High School athletes qualified for the state finals: freshmen Emily Lamb and Avian Edwards-Pla, and junior Gabe Snyder. Lamb placed 10th out of 18 in the javelin with a throw of 110 feet, 2 inches; Edwards-Pla gained 12th in the 100 meters with a 10.97 clocking; and Snyder was 18th in the discus with a 114-foot-8-inch toss. All three competed in the District 4A state meet.

Deltona High School’s Chandler Mitzo competed in the District 3A championships in the javelin throw, placing 12th with a 145-foot-9-inch toss.

Stetson University Athletics

Two freshmen on the Stetson University Hatter lacrosse team, Samantha Paglino and Mia Judd, earned Second Team ASUN All-Conference honors. The two also earned All-Freshman ASUN honors, along with Katie Kornacki and Fiona Williams.

Austin Amaral, sophomore right-handed pitcher for Stetson, was named the ASUN Pitcher of the Week. Amaral, who hails from DeBary, led the Hatters to a 6-0 win over FSU, while allowing only two hits with six strikeouts.

The Stetson men’s basketball program will host several basketball camps this summer. The first is Team Camp, starting June 4, followed by Shooting Camp for ages 8-17 starting June 11, Elite Camp for grades eight-12 starting June 11, Individual Camp for ages 6-17 starting July 25, Shooting Camp II for grades eight-12 starting Aug. 21, and Elite Camp II for grades eight-12 starting Aug. 21.

For information on the camps, go to lcguzman@stetson.edu or, to register, go to https://stetsonmensbasketballcamps.totalcamps.com/shop/EVENT. Sign up quickly, as spots are limited.

College honors

The following students have been named to the winter 2022 dean’s list at Southern New Hampshire University: Corley Adams, Gabriel Detro and Bobbi Lee Beadle, all of Deltona; Andrew Hanft of Lake Helen; and MaKayla Douglas of DeLand.

The following students have been named to the winter 2022 President’s List at Southern New Hampshire University: Morgan James-Lupone, Bradley Zebrowski, Sharnell Clarke, Katie Nicholson, Airyonna Parry and Mariah Blackman, all of Deltona.

Eric Hartless, of DeLand, has been named to the spring 2022 dean’s list at Maryville College in Maryville, Tennessee. Hartless is majoring in finance and accounting.

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

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