Attend a spring open house for chance at a scholarship

Anyone interested in exploring a college education, advancing their career or re-tooling for a new job should make plans to attend a Spring Open House at Daytona State College.

An Arts Open House kicks off the series from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at DSC’s Performing Arts Center, 221 N. Beach St., Daytona Beach, where attendees can find out more about the Music Production Technology and Audio/Recording Technology programs, plus music, studio arts and drama.

Refreshments will be provided and new students attending each open house will have the opportunity to win a $500 Daytona State scholarship.

For more information or a reservation, email Admissions@DaytonaState.edu, call (386) 506-4372 or visit DaytonaState.edu/Open-House.

FUTURES names Mentor of the Year

FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County Schools’ Take Stock in Children named Jennifer Casey as its 2020 Mentor of the Year at its annual Mentor Appreciation celebration at Mainland High School Jan. 29.

Ms. Casey has mentored at New Smyrna Beach High School since 2016. She has dedicated herself as a mentor to Adrian Lopez, a senior, and in fall 2019 she also began mentoring Sierra Doughty, a freshman.

For more information, contact Executive Director Cynthia Ramirez at (386) 255-6475, ext. 50730, or caperric@volusia.k12.fl.us, or visit FUTURESVolusia.org.

District Spelling Bee

The School District of Volusia County’s spelling bee took place on Tuesday, Feb. 4, at Atlantic High School.

After 28 rounds, Kate Thompson, an eighth grader at Creekside Middle School, won after correctly spelling the word: mancala. Runner-up was Beatrice “Trixie” Meckley, an eighth grader at Southwestern Middle School. The two will represent Volusia in the Orlando Sentinel Regional Bee March 18.

DSC ranked for information technology

Daytona State College has added another honor to its list of recent awards as the school’s online Bachelor of Science in Information Technology program is ranked among the nation’s best according to Online Schools Report.

DSC is ranked No. 21 by the publication which ranks the quality of online programs.

Black Excellence Celebration

Keiser University's second annual Black Excellence Celebration will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 1800 Business Park Blvd., Daytona Beach.

Keiser will present How Sweet The Sound, Celebrating Black History Through Music, including community awards, live jazz and gospel music, black music history and a soul food dinner.

Admission is free. Email elmccoy@keiseruniversity.edu for a reservation,.

DSC students named to All-Florida Academic Team

Three Daytona State College students have earned spots on the 2020 All-Florida Academic Team announced by the Florida College System.

Representing DSC are Hana Anderson, Zoey Gurvich and Kyle Ryan.

The students will be recognized at an awards ceremony in St. Petersburg March 6.

FAME Chapter Launched at DSC

Daytona State College has become home to Florida’s first chapter of FAME (Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education), a collaborative effort between DSC and local manufacturers designed to match students in the AS Engineering Technology program with job opportunities in the community.

The first cohort is expected to start classes in the fall of 2020.

Companies involved are American Radionics in Palm Coast, Boston Whaler Inc. in Edgewater, Dougherty Manufacturing in Edgewater, and Hudson Technologies in Ormond Beach.

Interested students must apply to both DSC and the FAME program before June 1.

For more information, email Dante Leon, associate vice president, College of Business, Engineering and Technology at Dante.Leon@DaytonaState.edu.

Scholarships applicants sought

The Garden Club of Ponce Inlet is accepting applications for the Margie Jones Memorial Scholarship.

Applicants must be residents of Ponce Inlet.

Awards are $1,500 for first place, $1,000 for second place and $500 for third place.

Applications must be submitted by mail, and postmarked no later than March 13, to Garden Club of Ponce Inlet, Attention Kathy Wilson, 4670 S. Peninsula Drive, Ponce Inlet.

For more information, call (386) 756-2342 or email katwilso@prodigy.net.

Essay contest winners

The Capt. James Ormond Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution honored four local student essay contest winners.

Fifth through eighth graders wrote about what it would have been like to be a passenger on the Mayflower, and high school students were invited to imagine a sailor's experience as part of Christopher Columbus' first expedition to the Americas.

Winners were:

•Ryan Cooksey, Tomoka Elementary, fifth grade, first place

•Chase Saxour, The Write Group, eighth grade, first place

•Angelina Porter, Hinson Middle School, eighth grade, second place

•Ashton Bowman, Calvary Christian Academy, 12th grade, first place

Student honored for volunteerism

Joseph Justice, 18, of Ormond Beach was a finalist for the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism.

The awards, now in their 25th year, are conducted by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

Joseph, a senior at Seabreeze High School, has volunteered hundreds of hours of his time with students who have special needs. His Unified basketball team won a bronze medal in the 2018 Special Olympic USA Games.

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