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Pace Center for Girls' staff appreciation week featured games, challenges and prizes

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by: Jarleene Almenas Associate Editor

As part of the school's Staff Appreciation Week, the Pace Center for Girls participated in challenges throughout the week and won a variety of prizes.

The challenges, conducted through a game of Survivor, began on Monday, May 2 and ran through Wednesday, May 4. According to an email, when staff arrived on Monday morning, they were greeted with signs displayed throughout the building that provided them with clues for what they were about to experience. Staff spun a wheel to reveal a number that coincided with a secret challenge to be completed for points. The wheel also presented opportunities to win prizes and acquire mystery envelopes, with the goal to earn the most points to become the winner. 

Challenges included anything from playing out "The Masked Singer" to mini-marshmallow bombing, to holding a dance party in the hall. Courtesy photo

Challenges included anything from playing out "The Masked Singer" to mini-marshmallow bombing, to holding a dance party in the hall.

"The teachers and staff enjoyed themselves and won lots of prizes," said Tamara Huth, community engagement coordinator in an email. "The girls enjoyed watching their teachers, counselors, and other adult figures participating in such wild antics.

The Pace Center for Girls was founded in 1985 and provides free year-round academics for middle and high school students, in addition to case management, counseling, and the development of life skills. Pace's model has positively impacted over 40,000 girls, according to the center. 

Ceramic exhibition at MOAS

A new exhibit recently opened at the Museum of Arts and Sciences and will run through July 17.

"Beyond the Plate: Murals and Other Ceramics from the Kendall Art Center" represents the reinvigoration of the art of ceramics through murals, sculptures and installations, according to a press release. It includes the works of 70 artists and nearly 200 works, and is under the supervision of collector Leonardo Rodriguez and artist and Director Ivonne Ferrer. 

“The Museum of Arts and Sciences is delighted to bring to Daytona Beach this dynamic and colorful exhibition focused on ceramic murals by some of the best contemporary Cuban American artists working today,” said Ruth Grim, chief curator and Gary R. Libby curator of art. “The works are as beautiful as they are timely, touching on identity politics within the Cuban diaspora and the oversized ceramic chessboard titled 'Humanity’s Gambit' by Ivonne Ferrer that stands 33

"Humanity’s Gambit" by Ivonne Ferrer

feet high and 108 inches wide as a tour de force of sculpture made from fired, painted, and glazed clay. This striking piece joins a roster of ceramic works by a literal Who’s Who of Cuban American artists working in Miami today as the incredible collecting efforts of the Kendall Art Center’s founder, Leonardo Rodriguez are on display in this exhibition.”

The Rodriguez Collection at the Kendall Art Center in South Florida, dedicated to preserving the history and significance of Cuban art, showcases the work of artists "who have established the key tenets of a visual language with global implications that reach beyond the island and its diaspora," the press release states. 

An exhibit talk by Grim and guest curators from the Kendall Art Center will take place from 5-7 p.m. on Monday, June 27, at MOAS. 

Men's softball league seeks players

The Volusia County 50 and Older Men's Softball League is now forming for the summer season, which will begin on June 2.

Games are played on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at Derbyshire Park in Daytona Beach. It is a recreational league. Please call Joe Daly at 954-732-0992 or visit

New officers at OBPD

Four new Ormond Beach Police officers were sworn into office on Thursday, May 5.

Officer Brittany Baldwin is a native of West Palm Beach and graduated from Seminole Ridge High School in 2016, according to OBPD. She received a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2021 and recently graduated from the Basic Law Enforcement Academy at Daytona State College. She enjoys video games, jigsaw puzzles and jogging.

Officer Brittany Baldwin, Officer David Burnett, Officer Anthony Lafleur, Officer Michael Seilhymer and Ormond Beach Police Chief Jesse Godfrey. Photo courtesy of OBPD's Facebook page.

The second officer sworn into office was Officer David Burnett, originally of Tallahassee. He is currently enrolled at DSC and is pursuing his associate degree. He also graduated from DSC's Basic Law Enforcement Academy and enjoys photography, hiking and camping, according to OBPD.

The third is Officer Anthony Lafleur, who was born in Carbondale, Illinois, and moved around the U.S. until he settled in Florida in 2006. He received his high school diploma in 2017 from the Florida Technical Institute and is a recent graduate of the Basic Law Enforcement Academy at St. John's River State College. He enjoys fishing, driving, computers and ice hockey.

The fourth is Officer Michael Seilhymer, born in Danville, Illinois. He moved to Florida in 2019. He received his bachelor's degree in law enforcement and justice administration from Western Illinois University in 2016 and is also a recent graduate of the Basic Law Enforcement Academy at St. John's River State College. He enjoys fishing, hiking, the Chicago White Sox baseball and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football. 

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