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Prince of Peace Council of Catholic Women donate baby items to pregnancy crisis center

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by: Jarleene Almenas News Editor

The Prince of Peace Council of Catholic Women recently donated a total of $1,120 to the local pregnancy crisis center along with many items beneficial to new mothers and their babies. 

Danielle Harris, President Marcia Rudman and John Carpio. Courtesy photo

The items were a result of the group's Mother's Day Baby Shower. The monetary donation and items were delivered to the pregnancy crisis center by Louise Trudel, Marcia Rudman and Patti Ann Welter.

The group also presented two recent high school grads with $1,000 angel scholarships on Pentecost Sunday, May 20. The recipients were Seabreeze High School alumna Danielle Harris and Father Lopez Catholic High School alumnus John Bernard Carpio. Both plan to attend Daytona State College.

Volusia League of Cities recognizes city award recipients at annual banquet

Ormond Beach Finance Director Kelly McGuire and Lori Koplin, Nova Community Center and special populations coordinator, received awards from the Volusia League of Cities for their contributions to the Ormond Beach community at the annual banquet at the Brannon Civic Center in New Smyrna Beach on Thursday, May 24.

Deputy Mayor Troy Kent, Lori Koplin, Kelly McGuire and City Commissioner Rick Boehm at the Volusia League of Cities annual banquet on Thursday, May 24. Courtesy photo

Other award recipients included citizen volunteers, public employees and elected and appointed officials. According to a city press release, McGuire has over 25 years of government finance experience and consistently provides excellent management of the city's financial and budget needs. In 2016, she led the implementation process of Tyler Technologies, a management system designed for government agencies that modernized the city's previous enterprise resource planning system. It will be fully implemented in the next few years.

According to the city press release, Koplin always has a smile on her face and radiates her positive attitude to everyone she sees at the Nova Community Center. She continues to develop and grow programs for people of all ages and abilities at the center, in accordance to the center's goal to keep community members active and healthy through recreation. She is also passionate about her work with the special needs population and hosts various programs throughout the year for them, including the STARS Pageant, Explore the Arts and several sports programs.

Local music academy to offer free guitar classes to veterans

The Elite Academy of Music and Motion will be offering free guitar classes to local veterans with a service-related disability starting June 23. 

The academy is located inside the Fountain Square Shopping Village at 142 East Granada Blvd., unit 2B. For more information, call 256-5847.

Bank of America awards grant to Daytona State College's Center for Women and Men

Daytona State College's Center for Women and Men was recently awarded a $5,000 community grant from Bank of America, which will help support the center's Fresh Start program as well as other services that help adults seeking to establish new careers through educational opportunities. 

Karen Jacobs, Erin LeDuc, Cynthia Politis, Bonnie Thurman, Keith Kennedy, Isabel Candelas, Kyle Rohrer, Lakisha Morgan, Sabrina David and Rebecca Reeves. Photo courtesy of Nicole Guthrie

Specifically, the grant will help support the Tools for Success program and allow dozens of Fresh Start graduates to enroll in post-secondary education. The Fresh Start program helps about 150 Volusia and Flagler County residents each year, said Erin LeDuc, the center's director. It assists men and women in obtaining workforce skills with a free four-week course. 

Tools for Success helps them with the next step by assisting with college tuition and books. 

Rotary Club of Daytona Beach West awards scholarships in memory of past president

On Friday, May 25, four local students received $1,000 scholarships from the Rotary Club of Daytona Beach West's Linda Crisp Scholarship Fund, established to commemorate past president Linda Crisp who was active in community service and showed a belief in the value of an education throughout her life.

Madeline Brislenn, Graeme Daly, Kimber Lewis and O’Liyah Wilson and Fund Vice President Pat Lagoni. Courtesy photo

Madeline Brislenn, Graeme Daly, Kimber Lewis and O’Liyah Wilson are four of the nine total scholarship recipients for this year. Scholarship applications were received from Volusia and Flagler County high school seniors, graduates and GED recipients. All are required to submit an essay on the topic "Service above self."

The Rotary Club of Daytona Beach West meets at Halifax Health at 7:30 a.m. on the second and fourth Friday of every month.

Lohman names essay contest winners

The winners of the Lohman Funeral Homes "True Meaning of Memorial Day" Youth Essay Contest were recognized at an awards ceremony on Monday, May 24 during the annual Memorial Day Patriotic Remembrance at the Daytona Memorial Park. 

The writing contest was first established in 2016 so that Volusia County youth could learn more about the service and sacrifice of veterans. This year, Lohman received a total of 118 essays from students in Volusia County public, private, charter and home schools. 

The winners were as follows: 

Jerry Hart-Lohman, Capt. Randall Lynch, Summer Lynn Davis and Beverly Kaplan-Lohman. Courtesy photo

In the middle school division, St. Brendan's Catholic School student William Cross won first place, receiving $500. Mia Freeman of Basilica School of St. Paul was awarded $200 as the first runner-up, and Isaiah Yaryan of St. Brendan's Catholic School was awarded $100 as second runner-up. 

In the high school division, Mainland High School student Summer Lynn Davis won first place, receiving $500. Spruce Creek High School student Taylor Busman was named first runner-up, winning $200, and Mainland student Kiara Goff was named second runner-up, receiving $100. 


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