yac clean up
STUDENTS HONORED FOR THEIR COMMUNITY-SERVICE PROJECT — The Florida League of Cities has announced that the City of Orange City Youth Advisory Council was selected as one of three winners for its 2022 Municipal Youth Council Community Service Project contest. Hosted annually, this contest showcases community-service projects performed by local youth councils that successfully address specific needs in their local communities. The Orange City Youth Advisory Council is composed of seven high-school students who either live in Orange City or attend University High School. They secured their win with their Mill Lake Park Cleanup, which focused on improving the city’s environmental well-being. From left are Orange City Council Member Bill O’Connor, University High/YAC Adviser Don Sarro, YAC Co-Chair Leanne Smith, YAC Member Jaina Castillo and YAC Chair Dereck Rosa. PHOTOS COURTESY DANIELLE FITZPATRICK

Volusia County Schools will be holding a job fair on two different days in July. The first will be 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, July 12, in the gym at Mainland High School in Daytona Beach. The second will be 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, July 14, in the DeLand High School Auditorium.

Various Volusia County School District departments are hiring, including ESE Paraprofessionals, Bus Operators/Attendants, Maintenance and Facilities, Extended Day Enrichment Program (EDEP) and School Way Cafe. Individuals need to register to attend, as well as fill out a VCS online application by going to www.vcsedu.org.

MILL LAKE PARK CLEANUP — Showing their bounty after cleaning up Mill Lake Park in Orange City are, from left, Orange City’s Youth Advisory Council Co-Chair Leanne Smith, YAC Chair Dereck Rosa and YAC member Jaina Castillo. The council collaborated with Orange City’s Parks and Recreation Department in February to organize the cleanup of a section of a densely wooded conservation area in the park that had been used as a homeless camp in the past and was home to a large amount of litter.

The DeLand Regional Library is hosting numerous adult programs, including the “Oceans of Possibilities” series.

“Florida Water Stories” will be at 1 p.m. Friday, July 15, followed at noon Thursday, July 21, by “A Florida Shipwreck Through Time.”

“Maritime Mysteries” will be at noon Monday, July 25, with the “Florida Keys Overseas Railroad” presentation taking place at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 30.

The DeLand library is also giving everyone who uses the DeLand facility an opportunity to win prizes. All you need to do is rate books you read or attend a library program, for a chance to win prizes donated from generous local businesses. The more you read and attend, the more chances you have to win.

The DeLand Regional Library, located at 130 E. Howry Ave., is open 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon-5 p.m. Sunday.

Sports Hall of Fame

The High Schools of DeLand Sports Hall of Fame is accepting nominations. To receive a nomination form, email to flacoach43@hotmail.com.

Inductions will take place every other year; therefore, there will be no ceremony this year.

An athlete, coach or booster can be nominated representing DeLand High School, Southwestern High School or Euclid High School for consideration by the committee.

Kiwanis scholarships

Yearly, the Kiwanis Club of DeLand gives out college scholarships to students attending local high schools. This year, each recipient received more than $6,000.

This year’s winners were Ethan Billette, Braylee Blackwelder, DeLaney Brosen, Rio Storm Lawrence, Ethan Myrick and Ian York, all of DeLand High School; Christopher Cerroni, Kevin Rondon and Emily Wilder, Deltona High; Vivienne Merk and Chandler Powers, University High in Orange

City; Hannah Mitchell, Deltona Christian School; Shayna Brooks and Sara Borden, Daytona State College; Jeremiah Birch, the University of Central Florida; and Tony Capizzi, Stetson University.

Stetson University Athletics

In November, the Stetson University Hatter men’s basketball team will be traveling to play in the MAAC/ASUN Dublin Basketball Challenge. This event will take place in the National Basketball Arena in Dublin, Ireland.

The Hatters will play two games in the Challenge, one against Niagara University and one against Rider University, Nov. 18 and 19. Four women’s teams, two from ASUN and two from MAAC, will also compete during the two days.

Hatter fans can travel to Dublin to see the Stetson students play. Cara Group Travel has put together several different travel packages. Visit the website at caragrouptravel.com for more information.

The Stetson men’s golf team has added another player, Javier Calles, who hails from Madrid, Spain, and is a junior transfer from Nova Southeastern University.


FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County Schools had its annual fundraiser Caribbean Party that was presented by Brown & Brown Insurance. Through the generosity of sponsors, attendees, auction donors, winning bidders and Take Stock in Children scholarship donors, FUTURES’ net proceeds will exceed $127,000.

FUTURES thanks all involved for their financial support to ensure Volusia County public-school students have every opportunity to experience a meaningful education.

Signature Event sponsors were Cici and Hyatt Brown and Jeep Beach, while Regent’s Club member sponsors were Alex Lenssen, CFP, Financial Advisor; Cobb Cole Attorneys at Law; Daytona International Speedway; Duke Energy; Florida Health Care Plans; Florida Power & Light; Launch Credit Union; Rue & Ziffra; and Synergy Billing.

College honors

Tyler McDonald, of Deltona, graduated from the University of Maryland Global Campus with an Associate of Arts.

Herbert Rogers Race, of DeLand, graduated from the University of Maryland Global Campus with a Bachelor of Science in homeland security.

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


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