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Ormond resident is a finalist in collegiate inventors competition

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by: Jarleene Almenas Senior Editor

Ormond Beach resident and Stetson University School of Business Administration senior Bryson Pritchard has been selected as one of 10 finalists in the 2020 Collegiate Inventors Competition for his dyad syringe invention, announced the university recently in a press release. 

Pritchard, an entrepreneurship and professional sales student at Stetson, is a critical care technician in the intensive care unit of Halifax Health Medical Center in

Bryson Pritchard came up with his dyad syringe while working at Halifax Health. Courtesy photo

Daytona Beach. He came up with the dyad syringe after responding to a patient in cardiac arrest four years ago when he noticed half-used saline syringes in the hospital room and a nurse struggling to attach one last medicine-filled syringe to the patient, according to the press release. 

Pritchard's dyad syringe invention is a two-compartment syringe allowing healthcare professionals to be able to administer a specific dosage of medication to a patient before attaching it to an IV line. The Ormond resident has won around $41,000 during the past two years in several entrepreneur competitions. 

The National Inventors Hall of Fame’s Collegiate Inventors Competition is an annual event that has rewarded innovations, discoveries and research by college and university students and their faculty advisors for the past 30 years, the press release states.

DSC offering rapid credentialing programs

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Florida Department of Education recently awarded Daytona State College a training grant of over $900,000 to help Volusia and Flagler residents return to the workplace, a press release recently announced.

The college will use the funds to support its rapid credentialing programs designed to be completed in one to 18 weeks to assist unemployed,

DSC will offer nine programs, both credit and non-credit, and the college expects about 450 participants to enroll in training through May 2021. Courtesy photo

underemployed or furloughed workers. Qualifying participants could also complete a program at little to no cost. 

DSC will offer nine programs, both credit and non-credit, and the college expects about 450 participants to enroll in training through May 2021. The programs include office support, HVAC installer, firefighter and correctional officer tracks. All programs lead to careers with an average salary of nearly $45,000, according to the press release. visit 

Knights to honor founder with commemorative Mass

The Knights of Columbus of Northeast Volusia County will celebrate the beautification of their founder, Father Michael J. McGivney, with a commemorative Mass at 8 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 1, at the St. Brendan Catholic Church located at 1000 Ocean Shore Blvd.

Brother Knights from three area councils will participate, along with the fourth degree color guard of Assembly 2901, according to an announcement. McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus back in 1882 in New Haven, Connecticut, as a Catholic fraternal benefit society "based on the principles of Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism to strengthen religious faith and provide for the financial needs of families overwhelmed by illness or death of the breadwinner."

McGivney died of pneumonia at 38 years old, leaving behind a legacy that now has 1.7 million members worldwide. These members have contributed $143 million and over 68 million hours of volunteer services last year. He will be beatified, the penultimate step to canonization, in a ceremony in Hartford, Connecticut on Oct. 31. 

For information, call Philip Minicozzi, grand knight of the Father Eamonn Gill Council 13018 at 516-965-3891.

Food Brings Hope launched virtual homework helpline

On Sept. 21, Food Brings Hope launched its inaugural virtual homework helpline, one of several initiatives conceptualized by Founder and Chair Forough Hosseini to provide the nonprofit's TeenZone program students with access to tools and resources necessary to do well in school even during a pandemic, according to a press release. 

Students can log in to a Zoom meeting where they will work in small assigned breakout groups with a teacher or peers. The helpline is currently operating solely for FBH TeenZone students in Volusia County middle schools from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Monday-Thursday. FBH seeks to expand this model, the press release states. Teachers on the helpline are primarily focused on math and science. 

Bowling champion

A Seabreeze High School freshman bowled the Florida Youth Bowler's Open Junior Gold Championships on Oct. 10-11 in Orlando, taking home the U15 Championship.

Kara Beissel, of Ormond Beach, was declared the FYBO Bowler of the Year. Courtesy photo

Kara Beissel, of Ormond Beach, was declared the FYBO Bowler of the Year and leads her SHS team with a 199 average, according to an emailed announcement. SHS is 6-0 in competition against other Volusia County high schools girls bowling teams.

Cruisin' for school supplies

Tony Cassata's fifth-annual "Cruisin' the Hill for School Supplies" is coming to Holly Hill's City Hall lawn from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 31, and this classic vehicle event has brought in over $50,000 in school supplies for the two schools in Holly Hill, according to a press release. 

Tony Cassata's "Cruisin' the Hill for School Supplies" has brought over $50,000 worth of school supplies to Holly Hill schools. Logo courtesy of "Cruisin' the Hill for School Supplies"

Last year, the event helped to fill a school bus with supplies. Money is also raised by Cassata's event partners, O'Reilly Auto Parts and Chassis Crafters. Other companies participating include Best Price Trailers, Daytona Bolt and Nut and Bob's Space Racers.

The five event awards will be handmade from repurposed vehicle parts. This is a free event. Food will available by Fraze's Scratch Cookin'. For more information, email [email protected].

Museum gifted with $100,000 donation

The Council of Garden Clubs recently presented a $100,000 donation to the Ormond Memorial Museum for its upcoming renovation efforts, according to an email by the museum. 

New members of the board of directors Melissa Frankel, Alicia Scott, Lisa Perry and Audrey Butler. Courtesy photo

The museum is currently closed to the public due to the project, but the gardens remain open. Also, the museum recently elected new members to its board of directors. The new board president is Lisa Perry and she is joined by new members Melissa Frankel, Audrey Butler and Roosevelt Harris. 

Campaign Chair Nancy Lohman, Board President Lisa Perry, Marty Grimshaw, Becky Lindhhurst, Sharen Weatherholtz, Ann Burt, Elaine Tindell, Kathleen Pruett, and Pat Sample. Courtesy photo


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