The 28 students were honored at a city commission meeting May 16.
The Ormond Beach City Commission honored 28 Ormond Beach Pop Warner athletes during a meeting May 16 for their recent recognition as Scholastic All-Americans.
Of the 325,000 Pop Warner athletes across the country, only 2% are named All-Americans. In order to be eligible, the student has to be in fifth-grade or higher and have a 96% grade point average or higher.
At the national level, the Ormond Beach football and cheerleading league had six athletes who were named First Team All-Americans. They were one of the top 35 football players and 35 cheerleaders in their respective grades nationally.
"Kids here not only learn the fundamentals of the sport," said Mayor Bill Partington, "but the importance of education as well. That separates it from all other youth programs in the nation."
Ormond Beach Pop Warner is a volunteer non-profit organization that provides football, cheer and dance programs for ages 5 to 16 years old. Registration for the 2017 season is open at obpopwarner.com.
Public works complex named after Ted MacLeod
Public Works Director and Assistant City Manager Ted MacLeod had the Ormond Beach Public Works Complex named after him in honor of his retirement.
The city held a surprise reception for MacLeod May 16, and at the city commission meeting that same day, officials showed their appreciation for the assistant city manager's long career.
"I was 7 years old when you started working for the city," said Commissioner Rob Littleton.
"He's done great things," said Commissioner Rick Boehm. "He will be greatly missed."
"It's wonderful when you get an opportunity to recognize someone who's dedicated their entire life to public service," said Mayor Partington. "Thank you for everything you've done for us."
And, in typical Ted MacLeod fashion, his final remarks were short and sweet.
"In keeping with a long-standing tradition," he said. "I have nothing to add."