Class Notes: Tomoka Science and Engineering Honest coming to Stetson Jan. 28

Class Notes: Tomoka Science and Engineering Fair coming to Stetson Jan. 28


Volusia County Faculties will host and have fun the 56th Tomoka Regional Science and Engineering Honest Saturday, Jan. 28, at Stetson College’s Hollis Heart, positioned off of Bert Fish Drive in DeLand. The honest options scholar science- and engineering-research tasks from our space center faculties, excessive faculties and constitution faculties.

There shall be a public viewing 1:30-2:30 p.m. Jan. 28 within the Hollis Heart. An awards ceremony will happen at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31, at Atlantic Excessive College, 1250 Reed Canal Highway in Port Orange.

Native faculties ship delegates to the regional honest to compete amongst their friends for an opportunity to be chosen for the state Science and Engineering Honest in April. The Junior Division (center college) is now affiliated with a nationwide competitors because the excessive faculties have been.

The longevity of the Tomoka Regional Science and Engineering Honest might be attributed to the assist of volunteer judges who come from native schools and universities, in addition to {many professional} corporations within the fields of engineering and well being care.

Assist additionally comes within the type of particular awards for the scholars from native companies annually. This 12 months, all first-place-category winners will obtain $100, because of a continued donation from the Manatee Competition Committee.

The Federal Uniform Commencement Charge has been finalized and revealed for faculties and districts in Florida. Volusia County’s 2021-22 commencement charge is 88.9 p.c. That is 1.6 proportion factors above the commencement charge for the state (87.3 p.c).

Volusia County faculties had the very best three-year graduation-rate improve throughout the Central Florida Coalition of college districts. Volusia County’s present commencement charge elevated 4.4 proportion factors from the pre-COVID 2018-19 charge of 84.5 p.c, when evaluation waivers weren’t in place.

Volusia County faculties noticed a lower of three proportion factors from 91.9 p.c to 88.9 p.c in comparison with the 2020-21 commencement charge, when evaluation waivers had been in place from the COVID-19 emergency orders.

Based on the Florida Division of Training, when evaluating commencement charges, it is very important word that college students included within the 2019-20 and 2020-21 commencement charges had been exempt from statewide evaluation necessities. Roughly 8.5 p.c of the state’s 2019-20 and seven.1 p.c of the 2020-21 graduating class had been granted exemptions. With out evaluation, commencement charges would have been negatively impacted throughout these two years.

The Metropolis of Deltona is proud to supply monetary help to residents to additional their schooling with a level from one among Florida’s institutes of upper studying. Purposes for the 2023 William S. Harvey Scholarships can be found on town’s web site and within the steering workplaces of Deltona, Pine Ridge and College excessive faculties.

Purposes should be submitted to the Metropolis Clerk’s Workplace at Deltona Metropolis Corridor, 2345 Windfall Blvd., by 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, or postmarked by 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6.

Candidates should be accepted for enrollment at an accredited Florida faculty, group faculty, college or technical college.

Totally accomplished scholarship functions should embrace all required assist supplies earlier than the deadline. Two-time recipients of the scholarship aren’t eligible.

Blue Lake Elementary College

Blue Lake Elementary College in DeLand congratulates Allison King for being the varsity’s spelling-bee champion, whereas Julie Hopkins was the runner-up.

The college additionally congratulates Khloe Galarza for being the Famous person of the Month.

Citrus Grove Elementary College

Citrus Grove Elementary College in DeLand congratulates Nevaeh Burdi for being named the Star Pupil at a latest DeLand Metropolis Fee assembly. She was nominated as a result of her continued perseverance and energy in all areas of her schooling.

Nevaeh continues to try to fulfill each private and unbiased targets in all settings, doing her “Eagle Finest and Nothing Much less.” She units the instance for all to observe inside and outdoors of the classroom.


The fourth- and fifth-grade spelling-bee champion at Citrus Grove is Monique Lozano from the fourth-grade class of Susan Bundy. There have been 26 college students within the bee, and the final two made it to Spherical 23. Monique gained by spelling “maniacal.”

Enterprise Elementary College

Enterprise Elementary College is within the midst of fundraising with Little Caesars by promoting pizza kits. These should be ordered on-line at The fundraiser ends Saturday, Feb. 4, and the proceeds will profit scholar and workers recognition.

Freedom Elementary College

The Women on the Run Membership at Freedom Elementary College in DeLand helped increase and donate $255.57 to the Halifax Humane Society by means of “Pennies for Pets.” The successful class was that of Deborah Cohen, which donated $78. By being the highest class, they gained a pizza social gathering donated by The Authentic Anthony’s Pizza in DeBary.

McInnis Elementary College

Class Image Day at McInnis Elementary College in DeLeon Springs shall be Monday, Jan. 30. Order kinds had been despatched house previous to the occasion. You may order on-line at https://www.strawbridge.internet.

Yearly, the DeLeon Springs Group Affiliation Inc. presents a brand new bicycle and helmet to a third-grade boy and woman who accumulate essentially the most “Studying Counts” factors for the present college 12 months. This system is named “The Experience Into Studying.”

Manatee Cove Elementary College

The spelling bee at Manatee Cove Elementary College in Orange Metropolis went 18 rounds earlier than ending with the spelling of the phrase “squinched.” Kaitlin Moran was the champion, and Sadie Owens was the runner-up. The college presents particular because of Vicki Jaques, Amaris Mendoza and Jamie Haynes for judging.

Pierson Elementary College

Pierson Elementary College will host a Daddy/Daughter Dance (and fundraiser) 6-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, within the cafeteria.

Pleasure Elementary College

The College Advisory Council at Pleasure Elementary College in Deltona will meet at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31, within the media middle.

Spirit Elementary College

From 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, Spirit Elementary College in Deltona can have a fundraiser at Chick-fil-A in Orange Metropolis for Spirit Night time.

Volusia Pines Elementary College

Volusia Pines Elementary College in Lake Helen has named Britt Deyo because the Worker of the Month. She is the front-office receptionist and at all times welcomes Volusia Pines Panthers with a smiling face.

Heritage Center College

The Nationwide FFA Group officers at Heritage Center College in Deltona will meet 3:30-4:15 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, in AG Room 5-4.

Heritage Center can have Science Night time 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, within the cafeteria.

River Springs Center College

The eighth-grade class at River Springs Center College in Orange Metropolis partnered with the Orlando Science Heart to host a group Gross-Out Science Night time. The eighth-graders ran all of the stations, whereas college students from River Springs Center and from Manatee Cove, DeBary and Orange Metropolis elementary faculties used their passports to go from station to station. Thanks to Susan Parker for placing on this attention-grabbing night.

The River Springs United Particular Olympics basketball group, which consists of ESE and general-education college students, gained two video games at Mainland Excessive College by outscoring Hinson Center College of Daytona Seaside. The group, which is coached by Dr. Lisa Whiston and Shannon Waldrop, was to be taught Jan. 17 if it gained the correct to advance to the state match in February.

DeLand Excessive College

DeLand Excessive College college students who’re concerned with twin enrollment at Daytona State School must take the PERT, which shall be given on campus Monday- Wednesday, Feb. 13-15. To take the PERT, you have to enroll by Tuesday, Feb. 7. To be eligible for the PERT, you should be enrolled in sixth by means of Twelfth grade, have a GPA in a high-school-level course with college-credit applications, have a required minimal 3.0 unweighted high-school GPA and qualifying check scores or vocational applications with a minimal of two.0 cumulative unweighted high-school GPA and qualifying check scores.

Cap and robe orders for DeLand Excessive seniors go up in worth Wednesday, Feb. 1. Order yours at

Deltona Excessive College

Deltona Excessive College proudly experiences that, for the second 12 months in a row, it has the very best proportion of graduates in all Volusia and Flagler county faculties, with a 96-percent commencement charge.

Deltona Excessive congratulates the next college students for being chosen as College students of the Month, with Aidan McLarnon as “Wolf of the Month,” Leniel Carrasquillo as “Scholar of the Month,” Marcelle Ewandje Girard as “Citizen of the Month,” and Payton Woerner as “Athlete of the Month.”

The next workers members at Deltona Excessive had been additionally honored, with Lissette Holmes as “Instructor of the Month,” Miranda Orlando with the “Classroom of the Month,” Stefanie Tsompanidis for “Spirit of the Month,” Amaryllis Shaw for “Newcomer of the Month” and Frances Billerth for “Workers Member of the Month.”

Pine Ridge Excessive College

Pine Ridge Excessive College in Deltona reminds all college students of the next dates: PERT testing Monday- Thursday, Feb. 13-16; Algebra Bootcamp, Thursday-Friday, Feb. 16-17; FSA Algebra 1 retakes Tuesday-Friday, Feb. 21-24; FSA Studying/Writing retakes Monday-Wednesday, Feb. 27- March 1; and Eleventh-and Twelfth-grade ACT NCR Tuesday, March 7.

The Daytona Seaside Information-Journal has chosen Jay Brockhaus of Pine Ridge Excessive as a nominee for the “All-Space Soccer Defensive Participant of the 12 months” for Volusia, Flagler and St. Johns counties.

College Excessive College

College Excessive College in Orange Metropolis has introduced the appointment of Justin Roberts as the brand new head soccer coach. He replaces coach Brian Kells, who coached the Titans for 10 years with a 55-46 document.

Roberts is a veteran of the Titan soccer workers, serving for 9 seasons. He has served because the quarterback coach and offensive coordinator. He spent a 12 months because the co-offensive coordinator teaching quarterbacks and vast receivers for Hagerty Excessive College in Oviedo.

Roberts has additionally been the top boys’ weightlifting coach at College for six years and 5 years for the ladies’ group.

He graduated from DeLand Excessive in 2009, and from Valdosta State College in 2012, the place he was an NCAA-Elite 89 award recipient, which is awarded to the athlete with the very best GPA on every group competing in nationwide championships.

Roberts was on the 2012 Gulf Shore Convention All-Educational Group, was named 2012 VSU Athletics Male Pupil/Athlete Educational Athlete of the 12 months, acquired the 2012 VSU School of Enterprise Administration Excellent Senior Administration Award (highest GPA in graduating class for the foremost) and the 2012 Jerome Jackson Memorial Award from VSU Soccer for the group member who represents VSU tradition and what it stands for. He was additionally named the 2010-12 VSU Soccer Consultant on the Gulf South Convention and to the NCAA Pupil Athlete Advisory Committee. In 2019, Roberts was inducted into the Valdosta State College Corridor of Fame.

His household historical past has a line of soccer coaches. His father and grandfather coached a mixed 30-plus years. Each his dad and mom have additionally been head coaches within the College athletic program. Roberts’ spouse, Jessica, is a trainer at College Excessive, and so they have two sons.

DeLand Excessive College Athletics

The DeLand Excessive College wrestling group set college historical past by incomes the correct to compete for the primary time ever within the Twin Matches FHSAA State Championships later this 12 months. To earn the correct to compete within the state meet, the group defeated Creekside, 45-25, and Buchholz, 47-25.

The DeLand Bulldog boys’ soccer group misplaced to Seabreeze, 4-3, with junior Jeshua Roldan scoring two targets and junior Gavin Nestle one.

The Bulldog boys’ basketball group picked up one other win by stopping Seabreeze, 49-44, however was topped by College, 64-52. The Bulldogs additionally competed within the Martin Luther King Match at Spruce Creek Excessive College, the place they misplaced to Dunnellon, 51-49. They performed Calvary Christian on the second day of the tourney.

Two DeLand Excessive soccer gamers have been named as nominees for Offensive Participant of the 12 months for the Volusia/Flagler/St. Johns All-Space, sponsored by The Daytona Seaside Information-Journal. The 2 are TJ Moore and Javon Ross, whereas MJ Smokes was chosen as a nominee for Defensive Participant of the 12 months honors. The highest choice shall be named later within the spring.

The Girl Bulldog women’ basketball group was topped by College, 32-28, and the Girl Bulldog women’ soccer group stopped College, 1-0, and was defeated by Mainland, 5-1.

The DHS sports activities calendar has the Bulldog soccer group getting into FHSAA District play Thursday, Jan. 26, whereas the wrestling group shall be within the Flagler Palm Coast Match Friday and Saturday, Jan. 27 and 28.

Monday, Jan. 30, has the Bulldog boys’ basketball group taking part in host to Innovation at 6 p.m. On Wednesday, Feb. 1, the wrestling group welcomes College for a twin match at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.

The boys’ basketball group goes to Mainland Thursday, Feb. 2, with video games at 5:30 p.m. and seven p.m., and the Girl Bulldog weightlifting group competes within the FHSAA Regional Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 2-4.

Stetson College Athletics

The Stetson College Hatter males’s basketball group topped Bellarmine, 80- 51, with Jalen Blackmon scoring 21 factors, Luke Brown 20 factors, Josh Smith 18 factors with 9 rebounds and 4 blocked pictures, and Wheza Panzo including 12 factors. The Hats then misplaced their first ASUN recreation of the 12 months to Jap Kentucky, 85-70, with Panzo scoring 14 factors, and Smith getting 10 factors and 5 rebounds.

The Girl Hatter girls’s basketball group topped Central Arkansas, 57-47, with Jamiya Turner scoring 14 factors, Khamya McNeal 12 factors, and Jaelyn Talley 11 factors with seven rebounds.

North Alabama topped the Girl Hatters, 60-57, with McNeal scoring 17 factors with seven rebounds, whereas Turner and Talley every had 13 factors.

The Stetson athletic calendar sends the males’s basketball group to Queens at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, whereas on the similar time and day, the girls play host to Jap Kentucky.

On Thursday, Feb. 2, the males greet North Arkansas, whereas the girls play at North Florida, with each video games beginning at 7 p.m.

School honors

The next college students had been named to the 2022 fall semester President’s Checklist at Southern New Hampshire College:

Courtney Kehrley, Tiffany Sadler and Doritha Irons-Simpson, all of DeLand; Tina Carter-Trenchard, of Enterprise; and Chad Mooney, of Deltona. Josh Schweickert, of DeBary, was named to the 2022 fall semester dean’s record.

Mark Leavitt, of DeLand, has been named to the dean’s record for the 2022 fall semester at Nazareth School in Rochester, New York.

Gabriel Gil, of DeLand, earned a certificates in management from the Graduate Administration Program at The College of Iowa in Iowa Metropolis.

Anastasia Goelzer, of Deltona, a junior at Wisconsin Lutheran School in Milwaukee, has been named to the school’s dean’s record for the 2022 fall semester.

Katherinne Rodriguez, of DeLand, has been named to the 2022 fall semester dean’s record at Plymouth State College in Plymouth, New Hampshire.

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