Stetson graduation activity begins May 7

Celebrations for the Stetson University spring 2021 commencement have been planned for Friday, May 7, to Sunday, May 9, in DeLand.

The graduation ceremonies will be at Spec Martin Memorial Stadium outdoors, rain or shine. For Covid-19 safety precautions, ceremonies have been split by college or school and further split by division as needed to minimize the size of each gathering.

For information and the graduation schedule, visit

FUTURES elects three board members

FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County Schools recently elected area business leaders Valencia Gallon-Stubbs, Matt Gillikin and Josh McCann to the board of directors.

Ms. Gallon-Stubbs of Daytona Beach serves as general counsel for Bethune-Cookman University. She serves on the Daytona Beach Mid-Town Redevelopment Board and is active in many area organizations.

Mr. Gillikin of Port Orange has been a senior financial adviser with Merrill Lynch Wealth Management in Daytona Beach since 2010. He is a graduate of Spruce Creek High School and Flagler College. He serves as a Little League coach in Port Orange.

Mr. McCann of Daytona Beach joined the Daytona Tortugas as community relations manager in 2019. He has extensive experience in the sports management industry and previously was a journalist.

For more information, visit

Stetson accountancy program recognized

Stetson University has been recognized nationally for having one of the top online master's of accountancy degree programs by

The School of Business Administration program placed 47th out of 52 institutions, and is one of five leading universities in Florida.

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business recently approved Stetsons School of Business Administration’s extension of accreditation of its accounting and business administration programs.

VCS honors business leader

The Volusia County School Board honored business leader Craig Conway April 27 for his support of the annual Teacher of the Year Program, the FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County Schools and public education.

Mr. Conway, owner of Daytona Kia, Daytona Mitsubishi and Diamond Motors & Marine in New Smyrna Beach, received the district’s Generous Support Award.

For 12 years, Mr. Conway has provided a new vehicle for the Teacher of the Year to drive during their reign. He also makes a generous cash donation to the Teacher of the Year.

Hospital helps VCS screen for cardiac health

Student-athletes from Volusia County Schools will, for the first time, be offered free electrocardiogram screenings in addition to the annual state-required sports physical for middle and high schoolers in a partnership with AdventHealth.

Sudden cardiac arrest is one of the leading causes of death among high school athletes, and the goal of the screenings, approved April 27 by the Volusia County School Board, is early detection and treatment of heart abnormalities.

The ECG screenings will be offered free for students in June. The cardiac screenings, which can detect heart rhythm abnormalities, are voluntary for the 2021-22 school year, but will be required for student-athletes beginning with the 2022-23 school year.

Registration for AdventHealth’s free sports physicals for student athletes for the 2021-22 school year has opened. Students should check with school about registration. The free event will be June 3-5 in the Rolex Lounge of Daytona International Speedway.

Families have the option of going to their personal physician for the physical and cardiac screening. For those who miss the free ECG screenings at the AdventHealth event, Who We Play For will also offer multiple ECG screening events at VCS’ 10 high schools for a fee of about $20.

Local students set to graduate from TCC

Port Orange residents Madelyn Lee Bradley and Nicole Lynn Powers will be among the 3,000 candidates for graduation from Tallahassee Community College during the virtual ceremony at 6 p.m. Friday, April 30.

To view the ceremony, visit and click the video at the top of the screen.

Palmer College of Chiropractic awards degrees

Students Jenna Cuccionilli, Arezu Kheyrani and Kimberly Ortiz Pacheco graduated with a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic Friday, March 26, in Port Orange.

Palmer College of Chiropractic also has campuses in Davenport, Iowa, and San Jose, Calif.

Students honored for achievement

The Bethune Beach Property Owners Association recently presented three achievement awards.

BPOA treasurer Ken Nelson awarded the students, all who resident in the Bethune Beach area, a $1,000 check each toward furthering their education. The students began their education at Coronado Elementary School on the New Smyrna beachside.

Recipients were:

•Robert Dalton Brown, who is in the International Baccalaureate program at Spruce Creek High School. His weighted GPA is over 4.6. He will be attending the University of Florida in the fall.

•Reily Johnson also attends Spruce Creek. Her GPA is a 4.0. She plans to attend the University of Alabama in the fall.

•Alexis Barrett attends New Smyrna Beach High School. She has a 4.1 weighted GPA. She plans to further her education at the University of Central Florida.

River Springs added to Afterschool Meals Program

Volusia County Schools has added River Springs Middle School in Orange City to its Afterschool Meals Program for Tuesdays and Thursdays only.

The program, which began April 13 and continues the rest of the school year, provides free, nutritious meals to students at schools with a free and reduced meals percentage of at least 50% that also have after-school programs with supervised enrichment programs or activities.

Students must be enrolled in an enrichment program, such as Extended Day, tutoring, school clubs or athletic programs.

Two types of meals are offered: a traditional hot meal, or a grab-and-go meal, called a Power Pack. The type of meal at each school depends on the type of school program and the available staff.

VCS now has 42 elementary schools, four middle schools and five high schools participating.

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