ICE CREAM FUN — Kensley, Waylon and Finley DeBruyne enjoy some ice cream in Downtown DeLand during the ever-popular DeLand Ice Cream Walk Aug. 11. BEACON PHOTO/MARSHA MCLAUGHLIN

Five students from Deltona High School have earned academic honors from the College Board National Recognition Programs: Carlos Cerrud, Tevin Colon, Nevaeh Hylton, Kenneth Prime and Jazanae Rolle.

Cerrud, Colon and Prime earned National Hispanic Recognition Awards, while Hylton and Rolle earned National African American Recognition Awards.

To earn the honor, the students must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher; PSAT/NMSQT or PSAT 10 scores that are within the top 10 percent of assessment takers in each state for each award program or earned a score of 3 or higher on two or more AP Exams in ninth and 10th grade; and attend a school in a rural area or small town or identify as African American/Black, Hispanic American/Latino or Indigenous/Native. These programs celebrate students’ hard work in high school and showcase their strong academic performance.

Safety rules

Another school policy that all should be aware of is the one that deals with rest-rooms and locker rooms. House Bill 1521 “Safety in Private Spaces Act” states that students should use rest-rooms and changing facilities based on their biological sex at birth, or use a unisex restroom. Students who violate the law will be disciplined in accordance with the procedures implemented in the school’s code of student conduct.

Midterm already

Believe it or not, midterm for the first grading period for Volusia County Schools is Wednesday, Sept. 13. Midterm reports should be coming home during the week.

West Volusia high-school football

Three of the West Volusia high-school football teams opened the official start of the 2023 season with wins, while three added a loss to their record.

Winning marks were turned in by Pine Ridge of Deltona over Winter Springs, 19-7; Orange City University over Hagerty, 35-14; and Pierson Taylor over Winter Park Trinity Prep, 44-6; while DeLand lost to Mainland, 43-31; Deltona lost to Merritt Island, 49- 14; and Deltona Trinity Christian lost to American Collegiate Academy, 40-0.

For the week of Sept. 8, DeLand High greets Lake City Columbia, Deltona plays host to Matanzas, and Pine Ridge of Deltona greets Space Coast; Orange City University goes to Seabreeze, Pierson Taylor heads to Cocoa Beach, and Deltona Trinity Christian goes to Aucilla Christian in Monticello.

All games are at 7 p.m.

DeLand Dawgs football program

The DeLand Dawgs have their five teams at home against the West Orange Warriors Saturday, Sept. 9.

DeLand Pop Warner football

The local Pop Warner program will play host to the New Smyrna Beach Cudas at 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9.

Discovery Elementary School

Discovery Elementary School in Deltona congratulates music teacher Brittany Rath for completing the Orff Ensemble Level 1 program.

Orange City Elementary School

The Scholastic Book Fair begins at Orange City Elementary School on Friday, Sept. 8; Tuesday, Sept. 12, is the start of the Mega-Blast Fundraiser; and Tuesday, Sept. 19, is Picture Day.

Second-grade teacher Steve Stevenson was featured on Spectrum News 13 as an A+ Teacher.

Starke Elementary School

Starke Elementary School in DeLand says thank you to the Victoria Hills Woman’s Club for surprising the teaching staff and school staff with sweet treats at the end of the first week of school.

Galaxy Middle School

Galaxy Middle School in Deltona will have an open house at 5:45 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7.

DeLand High School

Open house for DeLand High School will be 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26.

DeLand High’s School Advisory Council will be meeting this school year on Sept. 20, Oct. 19, Nov. 16, Jan. 17, Feb. 15, March 21 and April 17. Meetings will be at 6 p.m. in the media center.

Deltona High School

Deltona High School thanks Anthony Wild of Kids Rock the Nation for donating 40 guitars to kick-start the new guitar program.

Deltona High’s open house will be at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26. Those wishing to keep connected with Deltona High can always use Facebook by looking at @DHSHappenings.

University High School

Those wishing to keep track of what is going on at University High School in Orange City can use social media as well. For Instagram, use UHSTitans411; for Facebook, use University High School Titans; and for X, formerly known as Twitter, use @UNSTitans411. The school’s website can also always be used, which is

DeLand High School Athletics

The DeLand High School cross-country teams opened their 2023 season at the Flagler Palm Coast 12th annual Spikes and Spurs Invitational.

The Bulldog boys placed 11th, while the Lady Bulldog girls placed 12th out of 17 teams.

Freshman Connor York led the way for DeLand boys in 45th place out of 254 runners, with a time of 18:39.70; while junior Addison Leonard was 47th out of 215 runners, with a time of 23:21.10.

The Bullpup junior-varsity football team lost to Mainland, 28-6.

The DeLand High boys’ bowling team opened with two, 7-0, victories over Atlantic and Pine Ridge. Sebastian Baldwin rolled a 242 in one game against Atlantic.

The Lady Bulldog golfers opened the season with two wins. They stopped University, 161-261, and Spruce Creek, 149-201.

The Bulldog swim team opened with a double win over University.

The boys won, 132-58, while the girls won, 133- 27. Piper Jemison was the outstanding DHS swimmer, by swimming her fastest fly ever, while Gavin Thomas was the outstanding Bulldog male by swimming his best 100 free ever.

The girls gaining first place were Jemison, Kayla Detter, Jaidyn Lott, Hailey Lumar and Julianne Suekell, while Thomas, Massimo Brunacci, Gavin Brown, Toma Vedder, Jake Naumovitz, Carlos Mize and Tim Dobyns had first-place finishes.

The DHS athletic calendar has the cross-country team competing in the Astronaut Invitational at 7 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 9.

On Monday, Sept. 11, the boys’ golf team greets Deltona at 4 p.m., and the bowling team hosts Flagler Palm Coast.

On Tuesday, Sept. 12, the Lady Bulldog golf team goes to Seabreeze, and the volleyball team plays at Winter Springs at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 13, has the swimmers greeting Father Lopez at 4 p.m.; the bowlers going to University; the boys’ golf team at New Smyrna Beach at 3:30 p.m.; and the girls’ golf team at University at 3:30 p.m.

On Thursday, Sept. 14, the volleyball team plays host to last year’s state champs, New Smyrna Beach, at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

That same day, the junior-varsity football team meets Spruce Creek at 6 p.m. on the Sperling Sports Complex field.

Be sure to check these schedules, as they may change due to weather during this time of the year.

Stetson University Athletics

The Stetson University Athletic Department has entered into a partnership with BDB Collegiate Solutions. BDB will represent Stetson to national and regional corporate partners.

Stetson Athletics has also announced a partnership with DWTN Nutrition, which is at 113 E. Rich Ave. in DeLand. DWTN is a one-stop shop that has a variety of high-quality protein-packed and nutritious shakes, bowls, waffles, coffees and healthful energizing drinks.

Stetson Lady Hatter soccer player Annika Seem has been awarded ASUN Player of the Week honors.

Both of Stetson’s soccer teams, men and women, have earned the 2022-23 College Team Academic Award from the U.S. Coaches. Teams needed a 3.0 or higher team grade-point average to earn the honor. The Lady Hatters earned a 3.55, while the men earned a 3.43.

The Lady Hatter soccer team was stopped by Miami, 3-0, and lost to the Air Force Academy, 3-2. The Stetson team also was stopped by Charleston Southern, 5-1. Seem scored three goals in the two games.

The men’s soccer team played a 2-2 game with the College of Charleston. Jayden Gonsalves and Andres Freire kicked the Hatter goals.


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