Miami-Dade County Public Schools gathered together for its annual tradition of honoring its best and brightest.
And once again, it was an impressive group of scholar-athletes that were honored at the Miami-Dade County Public Schools Scholar-Athlete luncheon at Miami Airport Hilton hotel Monday morning.
Former Miami Dolphin and University of Miami standout Twan Russell served as guest speaker for the event that was sponsored by the Dade Schools Athletic Foundation, the Orange Bowl Committee, the Miami Dolphins and Publix.
Those four and several other sponsors granted scholarship awards to the student-athletes in attendance.
The Dade Schools Athletic Foundation honored Miami Norland boys’ basketball coach Lawton Williams III as the Dade Schools Coach of the Year.
Williams guided the Vikings to their fourth state title in eight seasons. He was among six finalists that also included Robert Doctor (South Miami boys’ basketball); Ed Callahan (South Dade boys’ soccer); Richard Lopez (Miami Ferguson girls’ soccer); Timothy Neal (Southwest Miami football); and Yasmin Ortiz (Miami Coral Reef girls’ volleyball).
The Special Olympic Athlete of the Year award was presented to Southridge’s Kevin Roundtree.
The foundation also granted $2,000 scholarship awards to Hialeah American’s Natacha Acosta (5.087 GPA) and Hialeah Gardens’ Eric Hernandez (5.963).
The General Chappie James Memorial scholarship awards, presented by the Orange Bowl, gave out its Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards. The Gold awards ($2,500 scholarships) went to Doral Reagan’s Janeen Zamora (5.116) and Miami Palmetto’s Eric Dusseau (6.267). The Silver awards went to Hialeah-Miami Lakes’ Isabella Perez (6.514) and North Miami Beach’s Justin Vega (5.56). The Bronze awards went to South Miami’s Dolsin Rivas (5.31) and North Miami Beach Alonzo and Tracy Mourning’s Alexander Kizhner (5.9).
The Junior Orange Bowl presented scholarships to Mourning’s Betty Poler (5.193), Miami Coral Reef’s Cedric Hankerson (5.675), Miami Krop’s Cassie Pough (5.1) and Miami Northwestern’s Zephry Wright (5.578) for $1,000 each. It also gave Miami Killian’s Erika Foreman (5.132) and Hialeah-Miami Lakes’ Dennis Perez (6.319) $500 scholarships.
The Lauren’s Kids foundation honored Homestead’s Delyn Pizarro and North Miami’s David Phanor with $1,000 scholarships.
Arena Sports Advertising presented Miami Booker T. Washington’s Taquavia Gullett, Hialeah-Miami Lakes’ Jazmine Prada, and Miami Beach’s Sydney Iadarola $500 scholarships.
It also gave the same amount to Miami Jackson’s Devondre Powers, Miami Sunset’s Austin Krtausch, and Krop’s Jamal King for football.
The Albert B. Johnson Sr. Memorial Scholarship awards were presented to Southridge soccer player and runner Carolyna Guillen (6.29), and wrestlers Daniel Preciado of Miami Springs and Armstrong Pierre-Charles of North Miami.
DIBIA Athletic Development presented Norland’s Kishondra Lovett and Miami High’s Allen Baez, both basketball standouts, with a Book award and $250 scholarship.
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