peo scholarship corey bailie
PHOTO COURTESY ANITA CAMPBELL PEO SCHOLARSHIP — DeLand’s Chapter DT of PEO International presented Corey Bailie, a 2022 graduate of Deltona High School, the Alma Smith Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $2,000. Bailie will be attending Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She intends to seek a dual major in psychology and music, and wants to become a music therapist.

Now that school has started, those who are seniors and their families begin to think about college and if it is even affordable. There are numerous college scholarships that are available, but frequently they do not cover the total cost of going to school.

Actually, this process should have started years earlier. One solution, which needs to be started early in a child’s education, is the Florida Prepaid Plan. The earlier you find out about the plan, the more affordable it is.

With the Florida Prepaid Plan, you can prepay the cost of college with fixed monthly payments that will never go up. This makes the Florida Prepaid Plan flexible, stress-free and worry-free. For more information, visit or call 800-552-4723.

Those students who receive a laptop computer through the school system are asked to be a good digital citizen by following several tech use ideas. These would be bringing the computer to school 100-percent charged, keeping track of the charging cord, storing the computer in its protective sleeve, powering down the computer between classes, closing the lid between class activities, keeping food and drink away from the laptop, not putting decals or stickers on the laptop, reporting any laptop issues, and keeping your login credentials private.

West Volusia high-school football

When the regular football season gets going, on Friday, Aug. 25, the DeLand High squad will be hosting Mainland, Deltona greeting Merritt Island, Pine Ridge of Deltona hosting Winter Springs, Orange City University greeting Hagerty, Pierson Taylor at Winter Park Trinity Prep, and Deltona Trinity Christian at American Collegiate Academy in Clearwater. All games are at 7 p.m.

DeLand High School Athletics

Fall sports at DeLand High School also include girls’ volleyball, boys’ and girls’ golf, boys’ and girls’ cross-country, and boys’ and girls’ swimming and diving.

The Bulldog sports calendar for the minor sports was scheduled to open Thursday, Aug. 17, with the volleyball team going to the Spruce Creek Preseason Jamboree. Always check on the scheduled events, as weather and other conditions can cause changes.

Stetson University

Stetson University reports that it has been named one of the best and most-interesting four-year colleges in the country by Fiske Guide to Colleges. The guide, now in its 40th year, selects more than 320 colleges as the “best and most-interesting” among the country’s 2,300 institutions, plus ones in Canada, Great Britain and Ireland.

Stetson received praise for its “Top-notch business programs, and strengths in music, health sciences and digital arts.” The guide is written by former New York Times education editor Edward B. Fiske.

Stetson professor Hari Pulapaka, Ph.D., associate professor of mathematics, has been inducted into the American Academy of Chefs, which represents the highest standards of professionalism in the organization, society and industry. The honor was presented at the 2023 National Convention of the American Culinary Federation in New Orleans.

Stetson University Athletics

The Stetson University Hatter football team has been picked to finish ninth out of the 11 teams that make up the Pioneer Football League. St. Thomas has been chosen to be the top team in the league, followed by Davidson, Dayton, San Diego, Butler, Valparaiso, Marist and Drake, in front of Stetson. Morehead State and Presbyterian finish 10th and 11th in the standings.

Several Hatters received preseason accolades. These include defensive back Rassie Littlejohn as Preseason All-Pioneer Football League Team and the Phil Steele Preseason Pioneer First Team; quarterback Brady Meitz to the Phil Steele Preseason Second Team; and receiver Nazeviah Burris and punter Marshall Golick to the Phil Steele Preseason Third Team.

Former Stetson football player Donald Parham is now with the Los Angeles Chargers.

Stetson’s Athletics Giving Challenge has two giving challenges so far for the 2023-24 academic year. Aug. 14-18, going on now, focuses on Hatter football, cheer, soccer and volleyball; and Oct. 9-13 focuses on baseball, basketball, beach volleyball, cross-country, golf, lacrosse, rowing, softball and tennis. Go to for more information, or call the athletic office.

College honors

Morgane Spears-Blackwelder, of DeLeon Springs, and Gordon Chapman, of DeLand, have been named to the Distinguished Achievement List at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, Georgia.

Sara Foster, of DeLand, Bailey Hart, of Orange City, and Donte Temple, of Deltona, have been named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at the University of Maryland Global Campus.

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