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The Rotary Club of DeLand honored 50 winners of its 2013 Rotary Achiever Awards at a luncheon May 23 at the Clarion Hotel.
Rotary Achiever Project Chairman Morgan Gilreath praised the winners for their significant accomplishments as well as their leadership potential.
Rotary Achiever Awards are given annually to West Volusia elementary school students in the fourth and fifth grades who have exhibited the greatest increase in academic achievement, based on standardized reading tests.
Since 1997, the Rotary Club of DeLand has given out 731 Rotary Achiever Awards and invested almost $96,000 in the program. This year's Achievers are:
Blue Lake Elementary School: Dylan Harrell, Jameelia Smith, James Brody Smith, Jaquetta Byron, Briana West and Kate Spellacy.
Citrus Grove Elementary School: Nicole Hernandez, Taylor Kelly, Alaina Lohsen, Dudley Thompson, Dustin Beasley, Jimmy Jackson, Tyler Nolan and Brian Uperesa.
Freedom Elementary School: Kate Gerlach, Jackson Rodgers, Molly Mikovitch, Makenzie Lundquist, Mason Cunningham, Steven Zehel and Ireland Mooney.
George W. Marks Elementary School: Julia Cunha-Comin, Salma Velez-Khader, Grace Bishop, Marisol Don Juan and Courtney Johnson.
Louise S. McInnis Elementary School: Alvaro Santamaria, Edgar Luna, Shayla Real and Antonio Arreola.
Pierson Elementary School: Lily-Mae White, Grace Philips, Lindsey Hastings, Eriberto Vega, Eriberto Alcaraz and Marcos Velazquez.
Edith I. Starke Elementary School: Camron Thompson, Leon Graham and Heydi Aguilar.
Volusia Pines Elementary School: Elvin Gonzalez-Garcia, Janeira Barber and Trevor Masters.
Woodward Avenue Elementary School: Kayla Williams, Bryce Minsky, Nadia Diaz, Aviae Johnson, Kaleigh Goodwin, Juan Guzman and Stephen Bruten.