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Students earn Prudential Spirit Award for community service projects


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Alexis Lehrman of Design and Architecture High School in Miami and Joshua Williams of Ransom Everglades School in Coconut Grove were announced as Florida’s top youth volunteers of 2013 by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a program that honors young people for their community service.

Alexis raised more than $50,000 for the fight against breast cancer. Alexis had artists create paintings that were turned into posters and sold at Susan G. Komen for the Cure events. Joshua created the Joshua’s Heart Foundation that has distributed about 400,000 pounds of food to families in Florida, according to the Prudential Foundation.

Both honorees will receive $1,000, a silver medallion and a free trip to Washington, D.C. in May for four days.


The Jennifer Beth Turken Heart Award program honored students for acts of kindness, respect and sensitivity throughout their school and community. Winners included Moshe Ross, Joaquin Carvajal, Leon Lai, Kristen Harrington, Gemma Warshaw, Victoria Poveda, Catherine Caceres, Matias Nudel, Naomi Sahalon, Emily Wohl, Nina Fernandez, Emily Mayer, Isabelle Mathe, Marella Tetzlaff, Bali Smith, Pedro Morell, Marlon Kantor, Ethan Roberts, Max Gotlin, Giuliana Russi, Brenda Souza, Madeleine Bagnall, Julius Goldberg, Sophia Greene, Camila Caruso, Kendrick Groman, and Aidan Connely of North Beach Elementary.

Fienberg Fisher K-8 Center winners included Valentino Siojrin, Jeremy Lugones, Valeria Toval, Michelle Orozco, Amari Morgan, Joel Perez, Kieshaunna Ford, and Maria Zabala.


The Goddesses Dance Team of Hialeah Gardens High School placed first in the American Dance Alliance State Dance Championships at Florida International University. Students Katelyn Jimenez, Victoria Romo and Oyaneicy Moya performed Beyoncé’s Single Ladies and placed first in the Trio division. Collectively, the team earned trophies for best all-around and highest score in the Open and Hip-Hop division.

Participants included Jackelyn Ochoa, Jacqueline Fernandez, Nathalie Roque, Vanessa Salcedo, Yoannelis Bravo, Claudia Hernandez, Amanda Fabian and Melissa Rufin. The team will compete at the National Dance Alliance competitions in Orlando in March.


North Beach Elementary School students were recognized by Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho and the council of Parent Teacher- and Parent Teacher Student Associations for becoming finalists in the Reflections Arts competition. Jennifer Cramer was the Dance Choreography winner; David Lehr won in Music Composition, David Tamen, earned honorable mention for Literature , and Zavian Schwartz was a Visual Arts winner. Sofia Smith won an honorable mention in Photography.

Students attended a ceremony at Mast Academy and the finalists will represent Miami-Dade County at the national competition in Orlando.


G. Holmes Braddock High School’s Future Business Leaders of America participated in the District Leadership Conference and some students qualified to compete in the State Leadership Conference.

Maria Paneque placed third in Accounting; Kevin Lovell first and Sadra Targhi was third in Business Communications, Alejandro Abreu and Bianca Perez placed second in Business Presentation, Jonathan Lopera second in Job Interview, Jessica Garcia and Natalie Gamazo fourth in Desktop Publishing.

Also, Andy Morales placed second, Bryan Barrera third and Christopher Baez fourth in Computer Problem Solving. Jean Lacayo was second in Cyber Security.

Nicolas Bautista, Rodrigo De Leon and Alberto Perez placed first in Network Design. Brian Zamora first and Brian Pintado second in Technology Concepts. Kianna Shannon was third in Word Processing. Betsy Trujillo third in Health Care Administration and Miguel Anvelo fourth in Sports Management.

—  Compiled by Adrianne Richardson

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