The accounting students of G. Holmes Braddock High School have set up a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site for the 2014 tax season.
Students are IRS certified and began their tax law training in September. The students are responsible for helping taxpayers complete the intake sheets, prepare the returns using TaxWise software, and e-filing the returns. This is the eighth year that Braddock accounting students have sponsored a VITA site.
Participants include Jorge Nunez, Nathalie Hernandez, Scott Medina, Maria Paneque, Naomi Cabrera, Maria Almaguer, Derek Enamorado, Any Medero, Lisandra Grillo, Yereli Chang and Margarita Del Valle.
SAINT JOHN NEUMANN CATHOLIC SCHOOL
Alex Ahrens, Alejandro Aguirre and Charlie Gannon of Saint John Neumann Catholic School in February presented their Future City project to the Miami chapter of the Florida Engineering Society.
The students, who were invited, earned third place at the Future City Regional Competition for building a Semtec, a future city that runs on cattle and kale. They presented their design to about 60 engineers from local engineering firms and to Gus Pego, district secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation.
NORTH BEACH ELEMENTARY
Students at North Beach Elementary School in March were awarded the Jennifer Beth Turken Heart Award for their acts of kindness to peers.
Winners are invited to an ice cream party with their classmates and are awarded with certificates. The honored students are Adam Squire, Donavan Joseph, Lailee Hollander, Anthony Leyva, Jazmin Ceballos, Nina Fernandez, Fiorella Piovanni, Rosie Humpnreys, Caleb Lazaro, Zachary Nedjar, Noam Harel, Eddy Barias, Joey Calveiro, Sofia Sfara, Elizabeth Palma, Harry Simms, Mia Unruh, Sol Guerra, Sydney Katz, Miranda Santiago, Mateo Mendoza, Nina Soria, Emily Iraeta, Olivia Gittleman, Mia Giraldo, Verona Farfan, Collin Sotmayor, Sarah Felix and Maria Cruz.
SAINT AGNES ACADEMY
Saidy Burch and Cristina Cafferky of Saint Agnes Academy recently participated in the Miami Herald Spelling Bee.
Saidy competed in the middle-school spelling bee and placed 10th; Cristina placed fourth in the fourth- and fifth grade spelling bee.
FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY
Florida International University will host a dance marathon to benefit Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, formerly called Miami Children’s Hospital.
The event is open to the public; each participant must register and can pay $5 for two two-hour passes. The dance marathon starts 5 pm. April 11 and ends at noon April 12. Students of the university can register to become dancers and must raise $150 to participate.
There will be a lights-out party during the marathon, open to the public for $20, and food for sale. Students must sign up before April 11. For details, call 305-348-0271.