Ormond resident crowned Mr. Spruce Creek 2023

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The titles of Mr. and Miss Spruce Creek 2023, decided in a pageant held on April 1, went to Matthew Monroe, of Ormond Beach and Lauren Bowrosen, of Port Orange.

According to an email, Monroe and Bowrosen, both juniors in the school’s IB program, were crowned after judges cast their votes, with votes based on contestant interviews, stage balance and a contest of talents. The Mr. and Miss Spruce Creek competition is held annually, and winners become ambassadors for the school in their senior year, representing Spruce Creek at various events.

Matthew Monroe and Lauren Bowrosen. Courtesy photo/Dean Stewart Photography

The juniors during the talent part showed talents in music, dancing, singing and acting. Monroe choreographed and performed a tap dance to “Good Morning” from “Singin’ in the Rain”. Bowrosen sang “In My Dreams” from “Anastasia”. Additionally, Miss Spruce Creek 2022 Yara Nasr, of Ormond Beach, sang “Being Alive from the Broadway musical ‘Company’, while video was shown of Mr. Spruce Creek 2022 Josh Spraker playing his saxophone .

In addition, 11 Ormond Beach residents participated in the competition, whether as candidates, escorts or technicians: Connor Barie, Isabella Chase, Mahek Patel, Avery Branch, Jozeph Santiago, Julia Ambrose, Mayu Colombo, Morgan Gertis, Evan Jarvis, Christine Ngo, and Jayden Stalzer.

The awards for Mr. and Miss Congeniality went to Miles Reynolds and Baylie McClelland; best interview with Connor Barie and Baylie McClelland; better balance in Monroe and Bowrosen; and top talent to Jackson Blanchard and Lydia Holmes.


Lauren Bowrosen, Yara Nasr and Matthew Monroe. Courtesy photo/Dean Stewart Photography

Registration for summer camp is now open

Registration for two of the City of Ormond Beach’s summer camps is now open.

Registration for Camp Enviro opened on April 1 for children ages 7 to 10. The camp is held over two four-week sessions, meeting Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Environmental Discovery Center, located at 601 Division Avenue. Registration must be done at EDC in person only. There will be no camp during the week of July 4 (July 4-8). It costs $112 per week.

Registration for the city’s 2022 Summer Connection Day Camp opened on April 4. The South Ormond Neighborhood Center camp, located at 176 Division Ave., runs Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and is open to children ages 6 to 12. 6-year-olds must have completed kindergarten. Two sessions will be offered: from June 13 to July 8 (without camp on July 4) and from July 11 to August 5. Sessions cost $252 for residents and $378 for non-residents. Weekly rates and scholarships are available. Call Recreation Services at 386-676-3250.

B-CU hires alumnus as VP of Institutional Advancement

Sherry Paramore, president of Elevate Orlando for three years, was recently named vice president of institutional advancement at Bethune-Cookman University, her alma mater.


Sherry Paramore. Courtesy picture

Elevate Orlando is a nonprofit that helps underserved youth with academic education, mentoring, and post-secondary preparation, and according to a B-CU announcement, Paramore has been instrumental in helping 100% of its students get their high school diploma, while 96% went on to pursue a college education, a trade certificate or military service.

In her new role, Paramore will be responsible for generating new financial revenue in support of scholarship funds, faculty support, academic research, facilities, and other operational and infrastructure needs.

Temporary exhibition OMAM

The ephemeral window exhibit at the Ormond Memorial Art Museum at 9 W. Granada Blvd. will feature five paintings by artist Weldon Ryan through April 25, according to an OMAM bulletin.

Ryan, originally from Trinidad and Tobago, came to the United States when he was 6 years old and grew up in the Bronx, where he spent most of his childhood. His art is an “intermingling”


The art featured in the OMAM exhibit is part of Weldon Ryan’s “Art of Carnival” collection. Courtesy picture

many styles and techniques, the newsletter reads, and he uses texture, color, and realistic rendering of the subject to create his unique interpretations. The art featured in OMAM’s exhibition is part of its “Art of Carnival” collection.

“Expressing the art of carnival is my primary motivation,” Ryan said in the newsletter. “My painting of these characters presents the phenomenon of the Caribbean carnival and its people. My use of color coupled with the strength of each character draws attention which creates a dialogue which in turn tells the story of Caribbean culture and of the people. The end of Florida’s proximity to the Caribbean makes this an important dialogue to have in making people understand that Caribbean culture is intrinsic to Florida.”

ICI Homes is FBH’s Business of the Month

Food Brings Hope recently recognized ICI Homes as its Business of the Month at the ICI Homes Holiday Party held at the Mori Hosseini Student Union at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.


Linda Caracushansky, Human Resources Manager; Lenny Sanclemente, Director of Purchasing and Corporate Operations; Rickey LeBlanc, Director of Operations; and Judi Winch, executive director of Food Brings Hope. Courtesy picture

According to a press release, ICI partners with Food Brings Hope for events such as the Tour of Homes, which annually showcases professional careers to more than 125 Teen Zone middle and high school students, and the annual shoe drive. Walk for Hope which takes place in December. ICI Homes employees also paid more than $12,000 in 2021 through the company’s payroll deduction program.

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