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Mainland High School mentor, volunteer, recognized with DOE awards

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by: Jarleene Almenas Associate Editor

Volusia County Schools was recently able to surprise its awardees for the Florida Department of Education's Outstanding School Volunteer of the Year and Mentor of the Year recognitions at Mainland High School.

According to a Facebook post by the district, Trisha Scheurman earned the award of Outstanding School Volunteer. She developed "Team Talks," a six-week program hat helps graduating seniors with the college process. The post states Sheurman's goal is to "connect families with community resources to bridge the gap between home and school."

The first Mentor of the Year award was given to Terrance Anthony, an assistant athletic director and ESE modified support facilitator. In the last 25 years, he's served as a teacher, coach and member of the school's leadership team, during which time he has had "the opportunity to help numerous young people make decisions that have tremendously impacted lives," the post reads. 

Annual Pace Day

The Pace Center for Girls hosted its annual Pace Day at the Capitol event on April 7, held virtually this year due to the pandemic, a press release announced. 

Pace girls from across the state met with members of the Florida House, Florida Senate and other elected officials and leaders to share the impact of the Pace program. They were also able to hear a mock Senate session. 

“Though virtual this year, Pace Day at the Capitol remains an opportunity for girls at Pace to meet with legislators and government officials to advocate for issues that affect all girls in Florida,” said Mary Marx, President and CEO, Pace Center for Girls, in the press release. “Pace Day at the Capitol highlights the need for legislation, policies and programs that equip girls and young women across our state with the tools they need for success.”

The Pace Center for Girls has worked with state legislators to influence policies in education, juvenile justice, human trafficking, mental health and other issues that impact girls. For more information, visit

DSC women's soccer gets new coach

Daytona State College recently Hope Clark as its new head women's soccer coach.

According to a press release, Clark brings 20 years of coaching experience, including 12 as a head coach at the college level. She will officially join the Falcons on June 1. 

Hope Clark arrives to DSC with over 20 years of experience. Courtesy photo

“I am excited to get to work and be a part of the Falcon family, with the goal of helping our student-athletes excel academically, athletically and in the community," said Clark in the press release. "I will work hard to ensure that our student-athletes graduate with the necessary skills to become tomorrow’s leaders with a sense of civic responsibility.”

She has 113 career wins on her college coaching record. Recently, she spent two years as the associate director of athletics for compliance/senior woman administrator at Young Harris College in Georgia. Prior to that, she was the head coach of the Georgia College and State University women's soccer team from 2010-2018, compiling a 78-73-16 record with the NCAA Division II program, which the press release states made her the winningest coach in team history.

Marking a milestone

The National Cheer Association and National Dance Association Collegiate Cheer and Dance Championship celebrated its 25th anniversary of the event being hosted in Daytona Beach April 7-11.

NCA an NDA Senior Vice President Bill Boggs presents the NCA Megaphone Trophy to Daytona Beach City Commissioner Quanita May and County Councilwoman Heather Post. Photo courtesy of the NCA and NDA

According to a press release, the NCA and NDA Senior Vice President Bill Boggs presented the NCA megaphone trophy to Volusia County Councilwoman Heather Post and Daytona Beach City Commissioner Quanita May to show appreciation for the partnership, support and dedication to the championship.

The five-day even attracts over 7,000 competitors. 

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