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Videos help promote safe driving for target teen audience


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Toyota and Discovery Education have announced Miguel Arango of Miami’s John A. Ferguson High School as a top ten finalist in the Toyota Teen Driver Video Challenge.

The contest challenged teens throughout the United States to create two-minute videos that promote safe driving and suggest ways to avoid distractions while behind the wheel — such as texting or chatting on the phone. Visit to view the finalists’ videos and to vote for a favorite. The finalist with the most votes will receive a $15,000 scholarship and will have their video turned into a public service announcement for television.


Daniela Rodriguez of Blessed Trinity Catholic School in Miami Springs won Best in Fair at the 58th Annual State Science and Engineering Fair. She competed against more than 900 finalists throughout the state of Florida.

Daniela’s project was called “Can Your Brainwaves Move Robotic Equipment?” and she won first place in engineering, was inducted as a Ying Scholar and was recognized by The Florida Foundation for Future Scientists. She will compete at Broadcom Masters, a national science, technology and math competition for middle school students.


Jackie Albano of New World School of the Arts in Miami will be honored, along with 24 winning writers and illustrators, for her submission in The Writers of the Future Contest during the 29th Annual L. Ron Hubbard Achievement Awards. The ceremony will be held at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles.

The two grand prize winners will receive $5,000 and quarterly winners will receive cash prizes ranging from $500 to $1,000. The winning stories and illustrations will appear in Writers and Illustrators of the Future, Volume 29.


The Florida Institute of Consulting Engineers and The American Council of Engineering Companies of Florida announced Michelle Gauthreaux of University of Florida as the winner of the companies’ $5,000 scholarship.

Michelle is completing her third year as an industrial and systems engineering undergraduate. She will be recognized at the 97th Annual Summer Conference and Exposition at The Breakers Palm Beach Hotel and Resort.


The Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust and Miami-Dade County Public Schools are accepting entries for their annual Homeless Awareness and Sensitivity Campaign.

Students in elementary and middle school can submit posters and high school students can submit essays and/or logos that aim to raise awareness about homelessness. Submissions are due by May 1.

For information or to register, visit or call 305-995-7318.

—  Compiled by Adrianne Richardson

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