North Miami Beach’s Markus Bermudez (Ojus Elementary School), Miami’s Michael Cabrera (Snapper Creek Elementary School), West Kendall’s Jared Guell (home schooled), Hialeah’s Daniel Perez (Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic School) and West Kendall’s Alfredo Silva (Conchita Espinosa Academy) were honored during a presentation conducted by the Miami Marlins in conjunction with the Miami Herald.
The outstanding student athletes dispalyed solid academics in the classroom and sportsmanship on the field, competing in school, rec league and/or travel baseball.
Each recipient received two tickets, complimentary parking, a certficate and an autographed Marlins player card, presented by Marlins starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi. They were recognized by Eovaldi, Billy the Marlin, family, friends and fans near home plate before the Marlins/New York Mets game at Marlins Park.
North Miami Beach’s Markus Bermudez, 10, plays for Xtreme Baseball Academy, a youth travel league baseball team based at Ives Estate Park, under the leadership and instruction of Coach JJ Sanchez.
A starter pitcher and starting shortstop, Markus is co-captain for the 10U team. Markus also plays up on the 11U team whenever Coach JJ needs him where he often plays centerfield because of his speed and desire to catch the ball. Markus also has stellar bat speed and makes contact under pressure especially with two strikes. He runs very fast, using his speed to reach base and steals many bases.
Markus is a capable swimmer and runner. He completed a 1-mile run timed event in an impressive 6 minutes and 45 seconds.
Academically, Markus completed an advanced curriculum in 4th grade at Ojus Elementary School. He is a member of the “Million Word READING Club” since third grade, totaling nearly 100 AR points for reading. Markus loves math class. He is also member of the chess club and Future Educators of Miami.
His first career choice is MLB baseball player. His second is working in the sports industry as a trainer, coach and/or therapist.
Miami’s Michael Cabrera, 6, completed Kindergarten at Snapper Creek Elementary School with straight A’s.
In school, besides being Student of the Month, Michael won various sports awards, such as first place in the field day 100-yard dash and relay race. His speed on the baseball diamond helped him win those awards.
Michael started playing baseball when he was 4. Because of his natural ability, he is playing on two teams at LatinoAmericana in Grapeland Park. He is the starting shortstop on the 6U blue team, which is undefeated, and he is also playing up as the starting shortstop on the 8U red team.
Last season as a 6-year-old, he helped his 8U team place runner-up in a tournament and did the same with the 6U team. This season, the 6U team is first place calibre. He has been Player of the Game four times from January-April, and he loves when his teammates sign his Game Ball.
West Kendall’s Jared Guell, 9, has been playing baseball for Danny Berry Diamondbacks since age 4. He gives his all on the field. His coaches (team, batting, pitching) commented on his dedication and intelligence. “He just gets it” they often say and because of his determination and devotion to the task at had, they love working with him.
He has also been an example by excelling in school and serving his community.