Alexey Benitez, Erika Cantin, Lorena Fernandez, Barbara Morales, and Patricia Soler of Miami Dade College were named winners of the 2018 Frances Wolfson Art Scholarship for their award-winning art submissions, which included original paintings, acrylic drawings, and mixed media.
Frances Wolfson was a South Florida artist and philanthropist that donated proceeds from her paintings and Hallmark greeting cards to start the Frances Wolfson Art Scholarship Program. To date, more than 200 scholarships have been awarded to Miami Dade College and New World School of the Arts students.
“We are grateful for the vision of the late Frances Wolfson who created a means for future artists to pursue their dreams,” said Mark Cole, vice president of advancement and executive director of the Miami Dade College Foundation. “Because of this scholarship, more talented artists are on the path to becoming tomorrow’s change-makers in the arts.”
The 2018 winners each received $1,500 and were honored by the Miami Dade College Foundation during a luncheon earlier this month.
Our Lady of Lourdes Academy
Sophia Arana, 18, a senior at Our Lady of Lourdes Academy in Kendall, and about 40 other students volunteered to paint pots and plant trees and plants at Kristi House, a Miami children's shelter.
Arana is founder of the nonprofit Communities in Bloom, the organization that did the Kristi House spruce-up, part of OXXO Care Cleaners' Earth Day celebration on Sunday.
Ransom Everglades School
Ransom Everglades School’s physics team placed first overall in the 17th annual Chemistry and Physics Tournament, held at Barry University, for their performance in the oral and lab competitions.
Participating students included Evan Azari, Ganesh Gajavelli, Benjamin Rosenthal, Harry Sanchez, and Jacob and Ryan Tie-Shue. In addition to first place, Calliste Skouras placed eighth individually, and Ryan earned the top individual score.
St. Agnes Academy
Several fifth-grade students from St. Agnes Academy were selected as winners in the 2017-18 ExploraVision Competition, hosted by Toshiba and the National Science Teachers Association.
Maria Ruiz Verjano, Sofia Aleman, Theo Waterhouse, and Federico Calzadilla created an improved version of the support cane for the blind by adding a GPS, speaker, and several cameras. The team will compete in the national competition.