FUTURES Foundation recognizes 85 in Volusia for ‘dramatic improvement’

The FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County Schools recognized middle and high school students during an event on May 6 at Jackie Robinson Ballpark. Eighty-five middle and high school students were recognized as Turn Around recipients for showing “dramatic improvement in grades, behavior, attitude and/or citizenship.’’

A celebration for Turn Around students

New Smyrna Beach High School’s Principal Timothy Merrick is shown with Makayla Kowatch, Shelbie Kenney and Rae’Gia Javon Lewis.

FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County Schools announced its 2022 Turn Around student recipients during its annual recognition event May 6 at Jackie Robinson Ballpark. Eighty-five middle and high school students were recognized in front of more than 350 parents, family members, principals, district administrators, and FUTURES Foundation Board members.

Each spring FUTURES invites all middle and high schools to select a recipient from each grade level per school who has shown a dramatic improvement in grades, behavior, attitude and/or citizenship.

Each recipient received a personalized certificate signed by Interim Superintendent Rachel Hazel and School Board Chairman Ruben Colón who also offered their congratulations during the May 6 celebration.

Florida Power & Light Company and the Daytona Tortugas assisted FUTURES in sponsoring the evening which provided a meal and entry into the Daytona Tortugas baseball game for all attendees.

Middle school Turn Around recipients

A celebration for Turn Around students

Campbell Middle School: Assistant Principal Albert Kelleher and Kari Jarvis

Campbell Middle School: Kari Jarvis (6); Ty’Merea Cordare (7); Pa’Jon Jerone Fields (8)

Creekside Middle School

Creekside Middle School: Dr. Kelli Edgell, Jacob Adamy, William Wallace and  Malaki Lopes

Creekside Middle School: Jacob Adamy (6); William Wallace (7); Malaki Lopes (8)

DeLand Middle School

DeLand Middle School: Assistant Principal Kristina Wiseman, Tarrence Lee and James L. Robinson, Jr.

DeLand Middle School: Francisco Garcia (6); Tarrence Lee (7); James L. Robinson, Jr. (8)

Deltona Middle School

Deltona Middle School: Assistant Principal Gregory Iorio, Carli Marie Lapinsky, Jaylynn Myly Cross and Yulexy Marzol Viveros

Deltona Middle School: Carli Marie Lapinsky (6); Jaylynn Myly Cross (7); Yulexy Marzol Viveros (8)

Galaxy Middle School

Galaxy Middle School: Principal Efrain Alejandro, Keanan Spence, Owen Jones and Assistant Principal Dr. Sherry Pough

Galaxy Middle School: Keanan Spence (6); Owen Jones (7); Nicholas Horvath (8)

Heritage Middle School

Heritage Middle School: Principal Nicholas Fidance, Tyler Samuel Oscar Hagins, Marco Ramirez and Assistant Principal Denielle Dutil

Heritage Middle School: Ava Watson (6); Tyler Samuel Oscar Hagins (7); Marco Ramirez (8)

David C. Hinson, Sr. Middle School: Michael Tozier (7)

Holly Hill School

Holly Hill School: Principal Heather Iannarelli, Aiden Becker, Amira Ferguson and Assistant Principal Michael Zablo

Holly Hill School: Aiden Becker (6); Gabriel Perez (7); Amira Ferguson (8)

Legacy Scholars Academy

Legacy Scholars Academy: School Counselor Tameria Vickers and Keira Knox

Legacy Scholars Academy: Keira Knox (8)

New Smyrna Beach Middle School

New Smyrna Beach Middle School: Principal Rebecca Porter and Halaijah Mcdonald

New Smyrna Beach Middle School: Halaijah Mcdonald (6); Robert Blum (7); Kylie Pelletier (8)

Ormond Beach Middle School

Ormond Beach Middle School: Assistant Principal Susan Kelleher, Cory Geddings, Alexus Springer, and Fernando Freije-Gomez

Ormond Beach Middle School: Cory Geddings (6); Alexus Springer (7); Fernando Freije-Gomez (8)

River Springs Middle School: Michael Liburd (7); Aidan Harding (8)

Silver Sands Middle School

Silver Sands Middle School: Assistant Principal LaTonya Mitchell, Brody Levesque, Jane Mulholland, Essence Johnson

Silver Sands Middle School: Brody Levesque (6); Jane Mulholland (7); Essence Johnson (8)

Southwestern Middle School

Southwestern Middle School: Jarielys Pagan Vazquez, Assistant Principal David Thomas and Noah Segura

Southwestern Middle School: Noah Segura (6); Jarielys Pagan Vazquez (7); Ian Ramirez (8)

T. Dewitt Taylor Middle

T. Dewitt Taylor Middle: Assistant Principal Dr. Rebecca Sampson and Tamarah Gillins

T. Dewitt Taylor Middle-High School: Amora Lamothe (7); Tamarah Gillins (8)

Volusia Online Learning Middle: Ghovanny Adams (6); Caylianna White (7); Norman Velazquez Sepulveda (8)

High school Turn Around recipients

Atlantic High School: Redd Dant (9); Anquanae Jackson (10); Shalonte Garnett (11); Amarion Washington (12)

DeLand High School: Savannah Elaine Nelson (9); Paloma Carbajal (10); Malic Arciles Adams (11); Ethan Dean (12)

Deltona High School: El-sa Halliday (9); Rameir Gordon (10); Amarylis Gonzalez (11); Couiny Dorval (12)

Mainland High School: Edward May, Jr. (9); Jarod Montgomery (10); Mackenzie Rivera (11); Michelle Howard (12)

New Smyrna Beach High School: Makayla Kowatch (10); Shelbie Kenney (11); Rae’Gia Javon Lewis (12)

Pine Ridge High School: Carolyn Peguero Nieves (9); Kemijah Edwards (10); Kimberly Rivera (11); Javon Jeter (12)

Seabreeze High School: Ciara Resendez (9); Dylan Francis (10); Evan Miller (11); Destiny Longo (12)

Spruce Creek High: John Perez (9); Cynthia Hoffman (10); Willie Harris (11); Graci Spiceland (12)

T. Dewitt Taylor Middle-High: Alfredo Galarza (9); Elvita Abrego (10); Ramon Torres (11); Kelvin Ambriz (12)

University High School: Ja ‘Niya Jones (9); Kyle Coulson (10); Kaden Pawelczak (11); Ella Leon (12) 

Volusia Online Learning High: Jayla Sing (9); Travon Smith Nelson (10); Pierce Patterson (11); Lucia Tshupo (12)

FUTURES Foundation is a nonprofit, direct support organization founded in 1985 to support Volusia County Schools. Its mission is to engage business and civic leaders to promote and achieve educational excellence for Volusia County Public Schools.

For additional information about FUTURES, contact Executive Director Cynthia Ramirez at 386.255.6475, ext. 50730, or caperric@volusia.k12.fl.us, or visit its website at www.FUTURESVolusia.org.

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