Jared completed third grade and has always been an Honor Roll student. One grading period he received his first and only ‘B’ and was devastated. When asked why he earned a ‘B,’ his response, “I did not do the best that I could.” The following semester he earned an ‘A.’ Jared holds himself to a high standard of excellence in everything he does and yet remains humble.
He participated in Feed My Starving Children. He was so inspired after the first day of volunteering, he wanted to return to help more. He was part of the weekend team that helped make one million meals. He also helped make 600 food boxes for children and their families. These food boxes are for children whose only meals are from the free meals they receive at school. These food boxes ensure they had food over the weekend.
At school, Jared is an example of kindness. Jared noticed a male classmate sitting with the girls in the cafeteria because he did not bring his lunch. Bringing lunch gives you first choice seating. Having to go through the lunch line means not having a choice. Jared realizing this, made it a point to save his classmate a seat next to him. At his age most children are more concerned with themselves. Jared set an example by making sure his peers are treated kindly.
Jared has been homeschooled since January, but he did make an impression and set an example at his former school.
Daniel Javier Perez, 10, of Hialeah was the MVP for the Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic School Primary baseball team.
Born at Palmetto Hospital in Hialeah on March 28, 2003, he began playing baseball, his favorite sport, at age 4. He also plays for the South Florida Extreme travel baseball team where he’s been named team Defensive Player of the Year twice. He loves all sports, playing basketball for his school team.
Nicknamed DJ, he wants to attend Archbishop McCarthy High School in Southwest Ranches and the University of Miami in Coral Gables, two schools noted for baseball.
Daniel also works hard in the classroom. He maintains A’s in all subjects, readying for fifth grade in the Fall. His parents always say, “School comes first.”
Daniel likes chicken tenders and fries. Who doesn’t? He loves his family, going to the keys and hanging out with friends after a long day of baseball.
He said: “I thank God each day for the many Blessings I have in my life.”
Alfredo Silva, 14, of West Kendall was captain of the middle school baseball team at Conchita Espinosa Academy.
He also competed in soccer, football and basketball at Conchita. Away from school, he plays baseball for park leagues and traveling teams.
An A student, he represented Conchita in the Academic Olympics in science, and he mentors younger kids in baseball.
He will be a freshman at Colombus High School in the fall.
• YouTube videos of the honorees including presentations by Marlins starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi and Billy the Marlin and interviews conducted by Miami Herald Neighbors Youth Sports Reporter Jacqueline Alman.
YouTube on the Jim Varsallone (the jimmyv3 channel)
Marlins All-Star Jose Fernandez signing autographs: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uH1BhYbiEn8