yamileth fuentes wins scholarship
MERIT SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT — The DeLeon Springs Community Association Inc. presents Yamileth Fuentes, center, with the 2022 DSCA Inc. Merit Scholarship at the Taylor Middle-High School Senior Awards Night May 19. Fuentes received a $1,000 award, and will attend the University of North Florida in the fall, where she intends to pursue a degree in sociology. With her are Amy Munizzi and Sharon Pinder of DSCA Inc. PHOTOS COURTESY AMY MUNIZZI

DeLeon Springs Community Association Inc. (DSCA) recently made two different presentations at McInnis Elementary School in DeLeon Springs. One was the organization’s annual Ride Into Reading Third Grade Challenge, and the other was the Camp Winona Scholarship.

DeLeon Springs second-grader Raylen Matthews received the $500 Camp Winona Scholarship. Raylen was recommended for the honor based on her high achievements at school. This scholarship will allow her to attend Camp Winona for a week. (The camp is located just to the north of DeLeon Springs.)

CAMP WINONA SCHOLARSHIP WINNER — McInnis Elementary School second-grader Raylen Matthews receives a $500 scholarship from DeLeon Springs Community Association Inc. President Amy Munizzi to attend Camp Winona this summer. Raylen was recommended by school staff to receive this award based on her high achievements at the school.

This is the ninth year that DSCA Inc. has presented its Ride Into Reading Third Grade Challenge, the winners of which receive a new bicycle and helmet. This year’s recipients are RJ Lundy and Aubrey Holdsworth. RJ amassed 1,005 points during the school year, and Aubrey earned 406. DSCA Inc. thanks JC’s Bikes & Boards in DeLand for their generous discount on the bikes and for donating the helmets.

Take Stock in Children (TSIC), a statewide scholarship and mentoring program facilitated locally through FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County Schools, recently presented Jaylin Gonzalez of Taylor Middle-High School in Pierson a $1,000 Arlan James Clayton Scholarship.

DeLand Lightning Bolts

The DeLand Lightning Bolts is a youth track program located in West Volusia. They practice at 6 p.m. Monday-Thursday on the DeLand High School track. Additional information can be found at www.DeLandLightningBolts.com, or by sending an email to wvlightningbolts@gmail.com. The head coach for the program is Deke Harris, who is assisted by four other coaches.

During Memorial Day weekend, the DeLand Lightning Bolts participated in the 30th annual BAYTAF (Bay Area Youth Track and Field) Classic in Tampa on the University of South Florida track. The DeLand club grabbed 11 first-place finishes, while collecting five second-place honors and three third-place ribbons.

Those taking home first place, along with their age group and results, included Saleigh Simpson in the 200 hurdles for 14-year-olds at 30.14, and the high jump at 4 feet, 10 inches. Saleigh also placed second in the 100 hurdles at 18.47, and in the shot put at 36 feet, 8.75 inches.

Sarai Simpson placed first in the shot put for 17- and 18-year-olds at 38 feet, 4.25 inches.

Twelve-year-old Jazaria Williams claimed first in the shot put at 29 feet, 8.75 inches.

Cornelius Dunn, in the 7- and 8-year-old age group, tagged first in the long jump at 11 feet, 8.5 inches.

Marvin Walker, in the 12-year-old group, was first in the long jump at 16 feet, 11.25 inches. He also placed second in the 100 meters at 12.51 and third in the 200 meters at 25.57.

Fourteen-year-old Taylor Royster led the triple jump at 34 feet, 10.50 inches, and scored third in the long jump at 17 feet, 7 inches.

Avian Edwards, in the 15- and 16-year-old group, placed first in the 100 at 10.91 and the 200 at 21.51.

Kevar Williams, for the 18-year-olds, took first in the 100 at 10.72 and the 200 at 20.99.

Krista Hansen placed second in the javelin for 12-year-olds at 76 feet, 2 inches.

Deshaun Allen took second in the 400 hurdles for 15- and 16-year-olds at 68.22.

The other third-place finish went to Delise Johnson in the 7- to 8-year-old group in the 800-meter run at 3:14.21.

Trinity Christian Academy

Trinity Christian Academy in Deltona has named Allen Baldwin as their new head football coach.

Stetson University

Seven assistant professors at Stetson University have been promoted to associate professor: Christopher deBodisco, Ph.D., economics; Michael Eskenazi, Ph.D., psychology; Holley Lynch, Ph.D., physics; Melissa Parks, Ph.D., teacher education; Steven Smallpage, Ph.D., political science; Jennifer Corbin, M.L.S., library services; and Randall Croom, Ph.D., management.

Stetson University has named Cory Lancaster assistant vice president for marketing communications and media relations. Lancaster came to Stetson in 2016.

College honors

Briana Jordan Eads, of Orange City, has been named to the President’s List at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama, for her outstanding academic performance during the spring 2022 semester.

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

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