2013 Miami-Dade Silver Knight Award honorable mentions



Forty-five students were selected among the best of the best in Miami-Dade and Broward receiving honorable mentions at Wednesday’s 2013 Silver Knight Award ceremony.

A winner and three honorable mentions were selected for each of the awards’ 15 categories. Each honorable mention winner received $500 and an engraved plaque for the lasting impact they made on their communities.

“It’s so hard to pick a winner because every one of these kids do amazing work,” said Jeff Kleinman, a judge on the Journalism panel this year, “straight A’s, incredible service and I have no idea where they find the time for all of this.”

The Silver Knight Award Program was founded in 1959 by former Miami Herald publisher John S. Knight and has honored more than 1,200 outstanding students with the Silver Knight distinction over the past 53 years.

“Everyone is so proud of it,” Kleinman said. “People who won it years ago still carry it as an incredible badge of honor.”

This year’s honorable mentions for Miami-Dade are:


Katiuscia Gregoire, Design and Architecture Senior High School

Jasmine Johnson, Gulliver Preparatory School

Cindy Becerra, Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School


Valery Gue, Booker T. Washington Senior High School

Betty Poler, Alonzo and Tracy Mourning Senior High School

David Butter, Miami Country Day School


Jhasir Bermudez, Miami Southridge Senior High School

Emily Anne Vargas, John A. Ferguson Senior High School

Ivan Levy-Hara, Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School


Alexa Halvorssen, Miami Country Day School

Rosa Acosta, South Dade Senior High School

Lauren Perez-Maiy, Florida Christian School

English and Literature

Karen Azevedo Fernandez, Alonzo and Tracy Mourning Senior High School

Kelsey Parker, Westminster Christian School

Sandy Rodriguez, Miami Lakes Educational Center

General Scholarship

Alice Serfati, Ben Lipson Hillel Community High School

Lucia Baca, Coral Reef Senior High School

Brenda Abreu Molnar, Terra Environmental Research Institute


Megan Ely, MAST Academy;

Sabrina Rodriguez, Hialeah High School

Briana Boone, Northwest Christian Academy


Gabriela Ines Gonzalez, Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart

Sabrina Gadala-Maria, Westminster Christian School

Michael Leon, Miami Beach Senior High School

Music and Dance

Bethany Claunch, School for Advanced Studies

Jenniffer Elaine Dorcinvil, Northwest Christian Academy

Giovanni Rodriguez, Belen Jesuit Preparatory School

New Media

Benjamin Englard, Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School

Franchesca de la Torre, Terra Environmental Research Institute

Crystal Serrano, Miami Lakes Educational Center


Zoe Cosner, Miami Palmetto Senior High School

Jack Erdozain, Westminster Christian School

Jialin Zhang, Coral Reef Senior High School

Social Science

Juan Castano, Coral Reef Senior High School

Aaliyah Danae Thomas, Miami Carol City Senior High School

Samantha Meister, Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School


Werner Glass, Coral Reef Senior High School

Shoniece Bennett, Miami Carol City Senior High School

Zachariah Cosner, Miami Palmetto Senior High School

Vocational Technical

Raquel Sacal, Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School

Ana Victoria Alfonso, Coral Gables Senior High School

Fatima Ramis, Felix Varela Senior High School

World Languages

Joany Lamur, Coral Reef Senior High School

Lola Argiro, Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School

Christopher Mendoza, Terra Environmental Research Institute

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