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Miami Gardens teen takes scholarship to Embry-Riddle


Special to The Miami Herald

Congratulations to graduating senior Emory Douglas Mongbeh of Miami Gardens on receiving the second annual Aero Modelers of Perrine (AMPS) Academic Scholarship. Emory, of American Senior High School, with dual enrolment in George T. Baker Aviation School, will study aeronautical engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach.

Throughout his high school years, Emory elected to enroll only in Advanced Placement, Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) and honors classes. He will graduate with a 5.1 GPA and was nominated for the Posse Foundation’s Scholarship, and the Silver Knight Award, AMPS scholarship organizers said.

“At George T. Baker Aviation School, he earned certification as a Power Plant Maintenance Technician, a status that qualifies him to make repairs and modifications to aircraft even before he graduates,” said Vicar Hernandez of AMPS.

At the same time Emory was involved in many extracurricular activities including tutoring students in math and science through the National Honor Society. He was also a member of a team of students that entered the FIRST Robotics Competition, and was the lead designer using CAD software.

The AMPS Academic Scholarship was established last year “in an effort to continue AMPS community service tradition and with the intention to help a Miami-Dade graduating senior pursue a degree in math or science,” Hernandez said. Special consideration is given to students entering college for aviation related degrees.

Finalists for the scholarship included Tina Esfandiary of West Kendall and Christina Schmidt of Westchester.

The selection committee met with each finalist and each student made a brief presentation followed by a question and answer session.

“It is too bad that we could only select one student,” said Butch Wenrich, AMPS club vice president.


Children and their families can learn about the undersea world through music and poems when Orchestra Miami presents “Oceanophony” starting at 4:15 p.m., May 26 at the Miami Science Museum, 3280 S. Miami Ave.

Discover answers to ocean mysteries in a piece by award-winning composer Bruce Adolphe when eight musicians perform in three short concerts conducted by Orchestra Miami Artistic Director Elaine Rinaldi. Visual images are by Michael Greenberg. The combination of music and science is a concert not to be missed.

Performances at 4:15 p.m. and 5 p.m. are free with museum admission. The performance at 5:45 p.m. is free and open to the public with no museum admission needed.

Adolphe’s works are performed throughout the world. He currently serves as resident lecturer and director of family concerts for the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He is also the creator of “Piano Puzzlers” which are heard weekly on NPR’s “Performance Today”.

Orchestra Miami’s mission is to “bring world-class quality symphonic performances to all South Floridians, using our own local, professional musicians.” Programs include an annual series of free outdoor concerts, an annual series of free family concerts, and participation in the Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ Cultural Passport Program. For more information, visit


Six student athletes were recently awarded scholarships by the Junior Orange Bowl at the annual Miami-Dade County Public Schools Scholar Athlete Luncheon. One male and one female student from 37 Miami-Dade County Public Schools were also recognized for their athletic and academic achievements.

Four scholarships were given to students who participate in tennis, golf, cross country, or basketball. Two additional scholarships were awarded to students who participate in tennis.

Robert Bueso, 2013-2014 Junior Orange Bowl President, made presentations to the following students: Betty Poler, Alonzo & Tracy Mourning High, for basketball; Cedric Hankerson, Coral Reef High, for basketball; Erika Foreman, Killian High, for cross country; and Dennis Perez, Hialeah-Miami Lakes High, for basketball and volleyball.

Bueso also presented the Junior Orange Bowl Tennis Scholarship to Cassie Pough of Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High, and Zephry Wright of Miami Northwestern Senior High.

Each year the scholarship program awards over $13,000 to Florida high school student-athletes. And every December, the Junior Orange Bowl Scholar-Athlete Committee, headed by JOB Vice-President Charles Knight, awards $6,400 to 16 student-athletes who competed in the FHSAA Football State Championship Games.

The Junior Orange Bowl is set to begin its 65th “Diamond Jubilee” Anniversary Festival Season. The youth festival will consist of more than 15 athletic, academic, and cultural events as well as the Junior Orange Bowl Parade through downtown Coral Gables. Volunteers produce all of the events.

To learn how to become part of the Junior Orange Bowl team, call 305-662-1210 or email You can also visit

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