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Posted: 2014 Feb 14 - 06:06

DSC photo alum wins military exchange's grand prize

A video created as a class project by Lola Gomez, a graduate of Daytona State's School of Photography, has been awarded the $10,000 grand prize in the Army and Air Force Exchange Service's Homeward Bound photo and video contest.

Ms. Gomez gave the video, titled "My Heart Back Home," to her sister, Laura Jimenez, as a gift, who in turn entered it into the contest as one of 672 submissions. Her winning entry will be used as part of the Exchange's yearlong advertising campaign.

"My Heart Back Home" also earned a silver award in the Domestic Picture Story category in last year's 68th College Photographer of the Year competition, sponsored by the University of Missouri and Nikon, where more than 600 student photographers representing 130 colleges and universities throughout the world participated.

Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Ms. Gomez, 37, earned her associate degree photographic technology from DSC in May. She also earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Universidad Santa Maria in Caracas. Her work has been exhibited in the college's Southeast Museum of Photography.

Kohl's donating $400,000 in scholarships

The Kohl's Department Stores Kohl's Cares Scholarship Program will award nearly $400,000 in scholarships and prizes this year to more than 2,300 young volunteers who have made a positive impact in their communities.

Nominations for kids ages 6 to 18 will be accepted Jan. 31-March 14 at kohlskids.com.

Kohl's is encouraging parents, teachers, neighbors and friends to nominate outstanding youth, in celebration of their time, energy and passion to helping others.

Two nominees from each of the more than 1,100 Kohl's stores nationwide will win a $50 Kohl's gift card, and nearly 200 will win regional scholarships worth $1,000 toward higher education. Ten national winners will be awarded a total of $10,000 in scholarships for higher education, and Kohl's will donate $1,000 to a nonprofit organization on each national winner's behalf.

Area student named to dean's list

Katherine Kratina of Deland has been named to the fall 2013 Dean's List at Berry College.

To be eligible for Dean's List a student must carry a semester GPA of 3.5 or better.

Berry College is an independent, coeducational college near Rome, Ga.

Area student named to dean's list

Shellie Robinson of DeLand has been named to the Fall 2013 Dean's List at the University of South Carolina Upstate.

To be eligible for the Dean's List, freshmen students must earn a 3.25 or higher and be enrolled in at least 12 course hours.

The University of South Carolina Upstate is in Spartanburg.

FUTURES receives $25,000 grant from SunTrust Foundation

FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County Schools received a $25,000 contribution from The SunTrust Foundation.

The donation was given to FUTURES to partner with SunTrust executives to set up and administer a Finance Academy Grant Program. The two existing finance academies in Volusia County -- at Spruce Creek High School and University High School -- will benefit directly from this program, with the hopes that future finance academies may also come to fruition.

For more information, call FUTURES Foundation Director Kelly Ferguson at (386) 255-6475, ext. 50730.

Spruce Creek students going to symposium

New Spruce Creek High students, Owen Kelly and Priya Sathyanarayan, were selected to attend the annual University of Florida Junior Science, Engineering and Humanities Symposium in Gainesville.

Owen and Priya were two of only 25 students from the state selected to present research projects at the symposium.

Both students made the final round and will go on to represent the state at the National JSEHS competition.

Two 'Cudas honored for art efforts

New Smyrna Beach High School has two Gold Key winners in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, Zosia Ballin (junior, sculpture) and Acacia Zack (senior, photography portfolio), whose works are now qualified for national adjudication.

Submissions are juried by luminaries in the visual and literary arts, some of whom are past award recipients. Panelists look for works that best exemplify originality, technical skill and the emergence of a personal voice or vision. In the last five years alone, students across the U.S. submitted nearly 900,000 original works of art and writing. During that period, more than 60 top arts institutes and colleges have partnered with the awards to make $40 million in scholarships and financial aid available to regional and national Scholastic Award winners.

Area student named to dean's list

Dylan Woods of New Smyrna Beach has been named to the Fall 2013 Dean's List at the University of South Carolina Upstate.

To be eligible for the Dean's List, freshmen students must earn a 3.25 or higher and upperclassmen must earn a 3.5 or higher, and both must be enrolled in at least 12 course hours.

The University of South Carolina Upstate is in Spartanburg.

Local school to host annual benefit auction

Sacred Heart Catholic School will host its annual fundraiser dinner auction on Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Brannon Center in New Smyrna Beach.

It is open to the public and attendees will be treated to a meal and music.

All proceeds from the auction will be used to help support need-based scholarships, technology enhancements and the school's overall building fund.

Sacred Heart is soliciting corporate sponsorships for the event. If you would like to contribute or attend the auction, contact Luz Rodriguez, Auction Chair at (386) 689-0573 or Sacred Heart School at (386) 428-4732.

FFA students picked to attend Ag Hall banquet

Five Future Farmers of America members at Deltona High School were selected to attend the Agricultural Hall of Fame banquet as part of the mentor program.

Jessica MacFarlane, Ashley Green, Kari Ohland, Zachery Holmes and Darious Wilson will join agricultural leaders from across the state, and have the opportunity to meet and mingle with them.

The annual banquet honors individuals who have dedicated their lives to advancing and securing agriculture in Florida.

Agriculture is the second largest economic impact for the state behind tourism.

Area student named to president's list

Amanda Rudd of Deltona was named to the Flagler College President's List.

The President's List students were honored with other recipients at a special ceremony on Jan. 27 where Flagler President William T. Abare Jr., congratulated them and challenged them to continue their academic success.

President's List honors are given to those with a 4.0 grade point average.

Area student named to dean's list

Ian Nugent of Deltona has been named to the fall 2013 Dean's List at Berry College.

To be eligible for Dean's List, a student must carry a semester GPA of 3.5 or better.

Berry College is an independent, coeducational college near Rome, Ga.

Area student awarded dean's list

Freshman social studies education major Austin Hippchen of Orange City has received a Dean's List Award at Clearwater Christian College for scholastic achievement during the 2013 fall semester.

In order to be recognized for the award, honorees are required to earn a GPA between 3.50 and 3.90 on a 4.00 scale.

Clearwater Christian College has more than 500 undergraduate and graduate students and lies along Tampa Bay.

Academy sets roundup for pre-k and kindergarten

Indigo Christian Academy will host a "Round-Up" for all pre-k and kindergarten aged students for 2014-15 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 401 N. Williamson Blvd., Daytona Beach.

There are many academic and non-academic activities planned for prospective students. A healthy snack will be provided as well as a healthy lunch at no charge.

Age requirements are 4 years of age for pre-k (VPK) and 5 years of age for kindergarten by Sept 1.

For more information, call (386) 255-5917.

Area student earns dean's list

Joseph Liu of Ormond Beach, a member of the class of 2014 at Washington and Lee University, has earned dean's list status for the recently ended winter term 2013.

Dean's list status at W&L represents a term grade-average of at least 3.4 on a 4.0 scale.

Daytona Beach resident named to dean's list

Worcester Polytechnic Institute has announced that Anetta Goldsher of Daytona Beach, a junior majoring in chemistry, was named to the university's Dean's List for academic excellence for the fall 2013 semester.

The criteria for the WPI Dean's List differ from that of most other universities, as WPI does not compute a grade point average. Instead, WPI defines the Dean's List by the amount of work completed at the A level in courses and projects.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute is in Worcester, Mass.




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