Area high schools hold graduation ceremonies

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Five graduating seniors from Volusia County Schools will each be awarded a $20,000 scholarship for being named 2013 Dell Scholars. Rodnesha Davis of Pine Ridge High School; Jesica Juarez, Janet Meza, Noe Morales, all of Taylor Middle-High School; and Lyndsay Morgan of Mainland High School will each receive a computer laptop and an assigned mentor for four years to the college or university of their choice. Since its inception in 1999, the Susan and Michael Dell Foundation, a private family foundation, has awarded an estimated $51,000,000 in scholarships to deserving students.  This year, 303 scholarships were awarded in the United States.

Five graduating seniors from Volusia County Schools will each be awarded a $20,000 scholarship for being named 2013 Dell Scholars. Rodnesha Davis of Pine Ridge High School; Jesica Juarez, Janet Meza, Noe Morales, all of Taylor Middle-High School; and Lyndsay Morgan of Mainland High School will each receive a computer laptop and an assigned mentor for four years to the college or university of their choice. Since its inception in 1999, the Susan and Michael Dell Foundation, a private family foundation, has awarded an estimated $51,000,000 in scholarships to deserving students.  This year, 303 scholarships were awarded in the United States.

Graduation ceremonies will be held for area high schools beginning May 30 and ending June 2.  Admission will be $3 per person.  Parking will be $5 for ceremonies held at the Daytona Beach Ocean Center. Tickets will be presold at each of the high schools.  Below is a list of the district’s graduation ceremonies and information relating to the graduating classes of 2013.

Atlantic High School
Graduation: Friday, May 31, 7:30 p.m., Daytona Beach Ocean Center
Approximate number of graduates: 225
Senior Awards: Tuesday, May 28, 6:30 p.m., Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church
Baccalaureate: Monday, May 20, 7 p.m., Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church, Port Orange
Class Motto:   “There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done.  One is called Yesterday and the other is called Tomorrow.  Today is the right day to Love, Believe, Do and mostly Live.” – Dalai Lama XIV
Class Song:  “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey
Class Colors:  Teal, silver and black
Class Flower:  Tiger Lily

DeLand High School
Graduation: Sunday, June 2, 7:30 p.m., Daytona Beach Ocean Center
Approximate number of graduates: 535
Senior Awards: Wednesday, May 1, 7 p.m., DeLand High School Auditorium
Baccalaureate: Tuesday, May 28, Time/Place: TBA
Class Motto: “Best you have ever seen”
Class Song: “We Are Young” by Fun
Class Colors: Green and gold
Class Flower: Forget-Me-Not

Deltona High School
Graduation: Friday, May 31, 4 p.m., Daytona Beach Ocean Center
Approximate number of graduates: 325
Senior Awards: Thursday, May 23, 6:30 p.m., Deltona High School Auditorium
Baccalaureate: Tuesday, May 21, 7 p.m., Deltona Alliance Church
Class Motto: “Living the Dream, Class of 2013”
Class Song: “Tattoos on This Town” by Jason Aldean
Class Colors: Blue and silver
Class Flower: Blue Hibiscus

Mainland High School
Graduation: Sunday, June 2, noon, Daytona Beach Ocean Center
Approximate number of graduates: 365
Senior Awards: Thursday, May 23, 7 p.m., Peabody Auditorium
Baccalaureate: Sunday, May 26, 6 p.m. Providence Church
Class Motto: “The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.”
Class Song: “Walking on a Dream” by Empire of the Sun
Class Colors: Blue and gold
Class Flower: Blue Rose

New Smyrna Beach High School
Graduation: Sunday, June 2, 3:30 p.m., Daytona Beach Ocean Center
Approximate number of graduates: 420
Senior Awards: Thursday, May 30, 6:30 p.m., New Smyrna Beach High School Auditorium
Baccalaureate: Tuesday, May 28, 7 p.m., First Baptist Church, Family Life Center
Class Motto: “We may not know where we are going, but we are on our way.” – Unknown
Class Song: “How Far We’ve Come” by Matchbox Twenty
Class Colors: Red, black and white
Class Flower: Night Blooming Cereus

Pine Ridge High School
Graduation: Saturday, June 1, 1 p.m., Daytona Beach Ocean Center
Approximate number of graduates: 375
Senior Awards: Thursday, May 23, 7 p.m., Pine Ridge High School Auditorium
Baccalaureate: Tuesday, May 21, 6 p.m., Deltona Lakes Baptist Church
Class Motto:  “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…it’s about learning to dance in the rain.”
Class Song: “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” by Green Day
Class Colors: Teal, black, and gold
Class Flower: White Rose

Seabreeze High School
Graduation: Saturday, June 1, 4:30 p.m., Daytona Beach Ocean Center
Approximate number of graduates: 380
Senior Awards: Monday, May 20, 6 p.m., Seabreeze High School Auditorium
Baccalaureate: Wednesday, May 22, 6 p.m., St. Brendan Catholic Church
Class Motto: “You can’t discover new oceans without leaving the shore.”
Class Song: “Home” by Phillip Phillips
Class Colors: Red and white
Class Flower: Hibiscus

Spruce Creek High School
Graduation: Saturday, June 1, 8 p.m., Daytona Beach Ocean Center
Approximate number of graduates: 678
Senior Awards: Thursday, May 30, 7 p.m., First Baptist Church of Daytona Beach
Baccalaureate: Tuesday, May 28, 7 p.m., First Baptist Church of Daytona Beach
Class Motto: “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
Class Song: “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey
Class Colors: Black and gold
Class Flower: Tiger Lily

Taylor Middle-High School
Graduation: Thursday, May 30, 7 p.m., Edmunds Center, Stetson University
Approximate number of graduates: 124
Senior Awards: Wednesday, May 15, 6:30 p.m., Taylor Middle-High School Auditorium
Baccalaureate: Wednesday, May 29, 6:30 p.m., Taylor Middle-High School Auditorium
Class Motto: “I’m so glad we had this time together, just to have a laugh or sing a song, seems we just get started and before you know it, comes the time we have to say so-long.”
Class Song: “Laughed Until We Cried” by Jason Aldean
Class Colors: Black and silver
Class Flower: Stargazer

University High School
Graduation: Saturday, June 1, 9 a.m., Daytona Beach Ocean Center
Approximate number of graduates: 512
Senior Awards: Wednesday, May 22, 6:30 p.m., Volusia County Baptist Church
Baccalaureate: Wednesday, May 15, 6 p.m., Volusia County Baptist Church, Orange City
Class Motto: “Living the Dream, Class of 2013”
Class Song: “Hall of Fame” by The Script
Class Colors: Orange and white
Class Flower: Lily

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