Hannah Richter, 18, from Palmetto High School and Vinny Deoliveira, 20, from Design and Architecture High School were two of 16 students to receive Portfolio Gold Medals at the 2015 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.
Both winners traveled to New York City to be honored on stage at Carnegie Hall for the National Celebrations event, hosted by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, to recognize the national winners. Students met celebrity guests including Whoopi Goldberg, Chelsea Clinton and Matthew Morrison.
Hannah and Vinny’s work was publicly displayed as part of the Art.Write.Now.2015 National Exhibition.
Each winner received a $10,000 scholarship with their award.
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Belen Jesuit Preparatory School
Councilwoman Christi Fraga of Doral and MOEN Incorporated recently awarded José Andrés Maguina, alumnus of Belen Jesuit Preparatory School, with the Christi Fraga Youth Leadership Award. The award recognizes a young person who contributes to their community through tutoring, community projects, assisting those in need or helping others overcome challenges.
José coordinated an event during his ninth-grade year to raise funds for a classmate who was diagnosed with leukemia; the event raised $5,000 for the family. He also volunteered weekly at Blue Lakes Elementary School to help students with homework and taught them how to play soccer. On weekends, Jose offered a helping hand in the kitchen of the Manresa Retreat House.
José received a $1,500 scholarship which he will use to attend Florida Atlantic University in the fall.
School For Advanced Studies
School for Advanced Studies senior Paolo Garcia was chosen for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Online Science, Technology and Engineering Community (MOSTEC) program.
Paolo will spend the first week of August in Cambridge, Massachusetts for a conference with fellow high school participants from across the country. He will also participate in weekly webinars, meetings, hands-on activities, and a college admissions panel with representatives from various universities.
Archbishop Curley Notre Dame Preparatory School
The Miami Shores Community Alliance awarded a $1,500 grant to Archbishop Curley Notre Dame Preparatory School to help improve the school’s garden project.
TEEM, a school club that specializes in science, engineering, medical, technology, and community service projects, constructed a garden at the back of the school using cinder blocks, fertilizer, soil, seeds and plants. Students visit the garden to test the pH of the soil, observe the role of birds and insects in plant reproduction, and study ways to preserve the health of the soil.
The grant will be used for maintenance, expansion initiatives and tools for the garden. Students plan to sell the produce at community events in Miami Shores to raise funds for the Garden Project.