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Coral Reef High students earn summer internship at FIU


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Aliya Moktadier, Kasia Williams, Jayson Plasencia, Ashley Sierra and Hunter Alvarez of Coral Reef Senior High School were selected to participate in the summer agroecology internship hosted by Florida International University.

The internship will include hands-on access to agroecology workshops at the university’s organic garden, special guest lectures, professional development, specialized labs, pesticide remediation, field stations and field trips. Students will also receive a $500 stipend.


Hammocks Middle School recently honored the students who earned superior and principal’s honor roll for the third nine weeks.

Principal’s honor roll students are Maria Cercedo, Laura Diaz, Stephanie Mago, Luciana Onorato, Claudia Deiters, Katherine Garcia, Gabriela Perez-Alvarez and Yumi Yi.

Superior honor roll students include Katherine Alvarez, Lorelei Devillavicenci, Angelina Dipatrizio, Jacqueline Esguerra, Kathleen Esguerra, Liane Gonzales, Alyzah Hernandez, Sofia Martinez, Savannah Rains, Kaitlyn Temprana, Melanie Tillan, Laura Bedoya, Reinaldo Cruz, Daniela Gonzalez, Jonathan Guerrero, Elena Le, Yongting Liang, Linney Magdaleno, Astor Pineda, Sadaf Salim, Jaela Swasey, Vanessa Toussaint, Bryan Ward, Maria Bedoya, Leilanis Bravo, Edgar Castaneda, Daniel Castro, Ashley Figueira, Nisleidys Gonzalez, Sho-ling He-feng, Daniel Perez, Sabrina Prado-Rivera, Diego Tezara and Michael Villamizar.


The Links, Greater Miami Chapter, and the Overtown Youth Center announced that its LETS Draw program participant Charlotte Graham was accepted into the Design and Architecture Senior High School.

LETS Draw, a partnership of The Links’ Greater Miami Chapter, Overtown Youth Center, and Arts for Learning Miami, aimed to identify and develop the artistic abilities of youth in the Overtown community of Miami. The program will end in June.

Charlotte received an Apple MacBook laptop, a graphing calculator and other supplies for her studies in fall.


Spanish Lake Elementary School’s recorder students earned a perfect score in the Miami-Dade County Fair and Exposition performing arts division. Participants included Vanessa McDonald, Giovanni Rodriguez, Jesus Diaz, Joshua Wright, Sasha-Gaye Brown, Laura Suarez, Henry Ching, Jennifer Roque, Paola Bayona, Chika Ojukwu, Andrea Castillo, Anthony Rodriguez and Music Instructor Diana Garcia.

Also, the school’s chorus performed The Star Spangled Banner at a Marlins Baseball Game against the Chicago Cubs in Marlins Park. The chorus instructors are Diana Garcia, Melanie Negron and Roanna Richardson.


Fifth graders at Fienberg Fisher K-8 Center in South Beach recently learned how to be prepared for hurricane and disaster response during a visit from Sergio Perilla and Roberto Baltodano of the American Red Cross.

Maria Jose Figueroa, Levon Maximilian and Alexa Milian interviewed the American Red Cross volunteers for a project that they are working on about disaster relief and helping those in need.


The Miami-Dade Public Library System announced the winners of the annual Teen Poetry Contest. Teens were asked to write a short poem about Florida’s place in American History in celebration of Florida’s 500th anniversary. First place winners won a Kindle e-reader and second place received a $50 gift card for Amazon.

For the category ages 12 to 15, James Lachterman won first place and Neely Woodroffe placed second. For ages 16 to 19, Haley Zilberberg placed first and Diane Petit-Frere placed second.

Honorable mentions include Tiziana Vazquez, Maria-Jose Ramos, Bana Sabouni and Kelin Escobar.

—  Compiled by Adrianne Richardson

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