Resolutions and Recognitions - February 23, 2021

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Recognitions

There was much to celebrate – and even more to look forward to – at the Volusia County School Board meeting on Feb. 23!

Recognized six students for winning the School Bus Safety Poster & PSA Contest sponsored by Volusia Sheriff’s Youth Foundation, which strives to improve student transportation and promote school bus safety awareness. The contest celebrates “Love the Bus Week” (Feb. 22-26) in appreciation of bus operators, bus attendants, and bus mechanics.

collage of posters

The Poster Contest winners are: 
1st – Max Cornette, New Smyrna Beach High, 10th grade
2nd – Anthony Trent, New Smyrna Beach High, 11th grade                        
3rd – Jasmine Kroslowitz, New Smyrna Beach Middle, 7th grade

The PSA Contest winners are:
1st – Jack Elliot, Spirit Elementary, 3rd grade
2nd – David Elliot Roberts, Spirit Elementary, 4th grade 
3rd – a collaboration from Taylor Middle-High: 12th graders Jahira Gonzales, Jennifer Mendoza, and Micah Smith, and 11th grader Emily Schanz

The board awarded a Generous Support Award to Staci Tramont for initiating and administering the Adopt a 2020 Volusia County Senior Facebook page which encouraged the community to “adopt” and shower gifts on thousands of 2020 VCS graduates. The program is now continuing for the Class of 2021 – look for the group on Facebook!

Tramont recognition

African American History Month was celebrated with a moving performance of “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” also known as the “Black National Anthem,” by the Pine Ridge High School chorus and a digital art exhibition by Deltona Middle School. VCS has been featuring schools’ activities on social media and will release a video later this week.

Each month, the School Board puts the spotlight on one school during the board meeting. This month’s Spotlight School was Enterprise Elementary! The Enterprise Rockstars sang “Together In This” from the Jungle Book – perfect for this year’s VCS theme, “Together, We Are Stronger.” Principal Alicia Douglas presented a video on the history of the school, their commitment to academic excellence and families, and how they are rising above the challenges of the pandemic.

The School Board celebrated six high school seniors for their academic awards from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Evelyn Meckley of DeLand High and Varun Hoskote of Spruce Creek High were recognized as National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists, and Jennifer Russell of Spruce Creek High was recognized as a National Merit Scholarship Finalist. Spruce Creek High seniors Nolan Felty and Gabrielle Butler were recognized for receiving the African American Scholar Award. Amelia Houston, of Spruce Creek High, was recognized for receiving the Hispanic Scholar Award. The awards are based on the students’ PSAT/NMSQT scores in their junior years.

Ormond Beach Middle School math teacher Natalie Demchak was recognized for her selection as the 2020 Florida MATHCOUNTS Coach of the Year by the Florida Engineering Society.

Resolutions Approved

The month of February was designated as “Career and Technical Education Month.”
Read Across America Day” will be March 2.
The week of March 8-12 was proclaimed "National School Breakfast Week."
Resolutions were approved proclaiming the month of March as "Youth Art Month," “Music In Our Schools Month," "Theatre In Our Schools Month," and "National Athletic Training Month."
Be sure to follow VCS on social media to see highlights on these special occasions:

Facebook -- /VolusiaCountySchools
Twitter -- @VolusiaSchools
Instagram -- @VolusiaSchools
YouTube -- /VolusiaSchools

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