Camila Conesa of Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart and Maria Yow of Coral Gables High School were recent winners of the Kerdyk Family Music Scholarship for their academic success, interest in music throughout high school and intentions to study music in college.
The Kerdyk Family Music Scholarship Fund was established in 2002 and is named after William H. Kerdyk Sr., a long-serving Coral Gables commissioner and music lover.
Camila earned the $2,500 scholarship and plans to study music and music business at Belmont University in Nashville. Maria earned the $1,500 scholarship and plans to study music at Florida International University.
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Day School
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Geronimo Carom, Nicole Rodriguez and Lauren Zanarini of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Day School were recognized at a luncheon by Independent Schools of South Florida for being star students.
A star student is nominated by faculty for meeting the criteria of: setting an example for their peers, excelling in academics, community service, citizenship, fine art, athletics, improvement in performance, effort, dedication, and/or attitude.
Palmetto High School
Josh Benzadon and Elliott Saruski of Palmetto High School recently came up with the idea for Banyan Fest, a festival for teens to share their love for electronic music, after realizing last year that they would not be able to attend ULTRA music festival because of the new 18 and older age restriction.
Banyan Fest will be May 16 at the Banyan Bowl outdoor amphitheater, 11000 Red Rd. in Pinecrest. The fest is open to the community and all proceeds will go towards Teens Against Distracted Driving (TADD), a group that campaigns against texting and driving.
Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic School
Eighth-grade student Karina Sarandrea and fifth-grade student Rafael de la Cova of Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic School participated in the 75th annual Miami Herald Spelling Bee.
Rafael made it past the first round and placed among the top 25.
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity
The Brothers of the Iota Pi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and the Men of Tomorrow recently participated in Miami-Dade County’s March of Dimes fundraising walk.
The group walked a 5K course at Tropical Park to raise awareness for local natal outreach and research. The Men of Tomorrow received community service hours for their efforts and helped raise money for the cause. Overall, brothers of the fraternity in Miami-Dade donated about $1,000 to the campaign.
Sean Smith of Hamilton College in New York, an alumni of Robert Morgan Educational Center, will exhibit his artwork in the Senior Art Thesis 2015, a presentation of work by 11 Hamilton graduating art majors, at the Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum at Hamilton College.
Students have worked throughout the year on their art work to reflect a variety of themes, experiences and relationships. The exhibit will be open until May 23 and is free to the public.
For information, visit www.hamilton.edu/wellin.