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Miami-Dade County Fair announces scholarship winners


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The Miami-Dade County Fair and Expo announced the Walter B. Arnold, Jr. Youth Hall of Fame Community Service Award inductees and finalists at a recognition dinner at the R. Ray Goode Building on fair grounds.

Inductees include Joshua Williams of Ransom Everglades Middle School, and Betsy Trujillo of G. Holmes Braddock Senior High School. Both students received a $1,000 scholarship and a $100 savings bond.

Finalists include Joshua Silverman of Sunny Isles Beach K-8 Center, Sabrina Rodriguez of Hialeah Senior High School, Deja Stephens of Coral Gables Senior High School, Sophia Pereira of Leewood K-8 Center, Yuriana Hinojosa of Mandarin Lakes K-8 Academy, and Kiara Johnson of Miami Northwestern Senior High School.


Gulliver Preparatory School’s dance department and Sundancers helped raise $2,500 for the Dancers Responding to AIDS program during the 10th Annual AIDS Benefit at Prep Miller Drive’s campus auditorium, in Miami.

The Dancers Responding to AIDS program works in conjunction with Broadway Cares and Equity Fights AIDS. The benefit was a part of the Student Outreach Project, which allows local dance students to raise money for research, treatment and social services.


The University of Miami math department and the David Essner Family hosted an awards ceremony for the county finalists of the David Essner Math Competition.

Henry Laney, John Mayo, Steven Winchester, and Veronica Padron of Miami Springs Senior High School received awards.

Henry placed fourth in the preliminary test and won scholarship prizes. John placed seventh, Steven was 11th and Veronica earned 15th place overall in the competition.


Drama students at Palmetto Middle School competed in the State Jr. Thespian Festival, in Melbourne, and earned twelve superior ratings.

Paloma Aisenberg and Brooke Sterling earned a Best in Show Award in the Duet Musical category and Brooke won in the Solo Musical category.

Shelby Loeb was selected to participate in the State All Star Cast for her character in the One Act category which earned a superior rating.


Westminster Christian Middle School’s eighth grade students also competed in the International Junior Thespian Festival.

Erica Brenner earned the Superior Monologue Award. Kristina Betancourt and Melissa Mendez won the Superior Duet Acting Award.


Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic School students received academic achievement awards in both science and forensics at the South Florida Regional Science Fair.

Lucas Santana, Cassandra Capella and Valerie Cabrera earned Honorable Mentions.


Deloitte, a service firm program in the United States, has chosen 73 undergraduates from various colleges and universities to participate in the sixth annual Maximum Impact Program.

Deloitte employees and the students will work together on community service projects, with organizational help from United Way and Teach for America. This year, 48 of these students went to Miami and 25 are currently in Memphis to tutor at-risk students.

—  Compiled by Adrianne Richardson

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