Bulldogs honor athletes at year's end

PHOTO COURTESY ELIZABETH STROPLE
Connor Painter, left, and McKenzie Bostic, right, are recognized as recipients of the DeLand High School annual Student-Athlete Leadership Award. DHS Athletic Directior Paul Ryder made the presentation at the Senior Awards Night Assembly. Bostic played both soccer and flag football, while Painter participated in golf as a Bulldog. 
During the recent DeLand High School Senior Award Assembly, many athletes were honored by being named a Student-Athlete Leadership Award-winner and the Athlete of the Month or by receiving athletic scholarships to continue their education and athletic participation.
The annual Student-Athlete Leadership Award, which is given by the Bulldog Boosters, recognizes a male and female who best exemplifies the characteristics DHS coaches try to teach their athletes through participation in sport — honesty, discipline, teamwork, responsibility, commitment, character, integrity, sportsmanship, leadership, and a strong work ethic. The Bulldog Boosters, through Athletic Director Paul Ryder, presented these two awards to McKenzie Bostic and Connor Painter.
Bostic played varsity soccer for four years and flag football for three years, while also being a dual-enrolled student at Daytona State College. She served as captain of the soccer team this past season, while being selected as a NAIA Champions of Character Student Scholarship nominee. She maintains a 3.8 GPA and plans to attend the University of Central Florida.
Painter played golf for four seasons as a Bulldog, while serving as captain and senior leader this past year. He placed first in the FHSAA District Golf Tournament and was selected for the All-Area Golf Team three years in a row. He also was a NAIA Champions of Character Student Scholarship nominee. He is in the IB Program at DHS, while maintaining at 4.68 GPA, and ranks No. 3 in his class of 498 students. He is undecided as to where he will attend school in the fall, but plans to major in applied mathematics or astrophysics.
Also during the evening awards assembly, the following athletes earned scholarships to continue their playing days while getting a college education: Cameron Neely, volleyball and softball, Webber International; Amari Owens, volleyball, St. Johns River State College; Taysha Gonzalez, volleyball, Lake Sumter State College; Melanie Menendez, volleyball, Florida Memorial University; Stephon Bruten, football, Palomar College; Dee Bruten, football, Palomar College; Daniel Monroe, football, Palomar College; Randall Jemison, football, Webber International; Justin Ailes, football, Webber International; Bryson Hutchinson, baseball, Mississippi State; Jackson Hickox, baseball, Brunswick Community College; Dawson McLaughlin, baseball, Daytona State College; Austin Huber, baseball, Florida Southern College, Stephan Moffatt, baseball, Stetson University; Brandon Castle, baseball, Eckerd College; and Tyler Rollins, track, University of North Florida.
 
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