FUTURES Graduates 40 from Tomorrow’s Leaders Program

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DAYTONA BEACH - FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County Schools graduated 40 high school juniors on Wednesday, April 27, from its 34th annual Tomorrow’s Leaders Program which develops young leaders for our community. This graduation ceremony was co-sponsored by Florida Power & Light Company. The students, representing all 10 Volusia public high schools, participated in five full day seminars conducted by community leaders. Each seminar is designed to familiarize students with key businesses and agencies in Volusia County and to develop leadership skills.

Included in the program were lectures, discussions and tours of various businesses and governmental operations. Seminar topics included: leadership, diversity and ethics; sports marketing; education and governmental systems; entrepreneurship, economic development and manufacturing; the Arts; and healthcare and social services.  Presentation partners included AdventHealth Sports Marketing, Anthony’s East Coast Pizza, Daytona International Speedway & NASCAR, Daytona Tortugas at Jackie Robinson Ballpark, DeLand Museum of Art, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Halifax Health Medical Center, Halifax Urban Ministries & Hope Place, Houligan’s Spirited Sports Grille, Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA), Mary McLeod Bethune Statue, Museum of Arts & Sciences, Quantum Electrical Contractors, Seventh Judicial Circuit Judge Dawn D. Nichols, SMA Healthcare’s Residential Adolescent Program, Thompson Pump & Manufacturing Co., Dr. Rosaria Upchurch, Ph.D., LMFT, Volusia County Council & County of Volusia, Volusia County School Board & District, Volusia County Supervisor of Elections Lisa Lewis & team, Volusia Manufacturers Association (VMA), and West Volusia Historical Society. 

Seminar and lunch sponsors included FAIRWINDS Credit Union, Halifax Health Medical Center, Houligan’s Spirited Sports Grille, Jersey Mike’s Daytona, and Dr. Rosaria Upchurch, Ph.D., LMFT.

Through the FUTURES Tomorrow’s Leaders program, the 40 high school juniors were challenged to expand their awareness of the inter-relationships and complexities of our community and the businesses which thrive here.

Graduates from the 2022 Class of Tomorrow’s Leaders are: 

Atlantic High School

Atlantic High principal and students

Principal Jason Watson, Faith Darrisaw, Warren Dietrich, Alani Haile and Istvan Wallace

DeLand High School

DeLand High principal and students

Assistant Principal Tiffany Fuller, Charles Blair, Riley Garrison, Emmy Miles, Bailey Newcomb and Reed Wilgers

Deltona High School 

Deltona High principal and students

Principal Mike Micallef, Kaitlyn Morin, Carson Nichols, Mason Ortiz, Daniel Radu and Anneliz Romero

Mainland High School

Mainland High principal and students

Principal Dr. Joseph Castelli and Molly Bronson

 New Smyrna Beach High School

New Smyrna Beach High principal and students

Principal Timothy Merrick, Tillman Arieti, Alize Cardot, Ava Grimaldi, Angel Methax, Ava Tanner

Pine Ridge High School

Pine Ridge High principal and students

Principal Dr. Paul Nehrig, Daniel Coursen, Jazmin Garcia

Seabreeze High School 

Seabreeze High principal and students

Sofia Harris, Caroline Klayer, Murphie MacDonald, Dominic Marinaccio and Annabella Olivari (not pictured: Emily Myers)

Spruce Creek High School

Spruce Creek High principal and students

Karlee Ling, Mikayla Nidiffer, Matthew Monroe and Hamza Ahmed

T. Dewitt Taylor Middle-High School

T. Dewitt Taylor Middle-High principal and students

Principal Kathy Gibbons, Linda Aviles, Alexandra Castaneda and Mikayla Taylor (not pictured: Damian Arreola and Arnulfo Cabrera Lopez)

University High School

University High principal and students

Principal Karen Chenoweth, Andreas Schulz, Ally Spiroff and Gavin Spiroff

The Tomorrow’s Leaders Program is coordinated and presented by FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County Schools.  For more information about FUTURES Foundation and the programs it provides, please visit its website at www.FUTURESVolusia.org or contact Program Coordinator Stephanie C. Parks at (386) 255-6475, extension 50728, or futuresfoundation@Volusia.K12.FL.US