The 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project recently ended its Tie Tying Ceremony featuring more than 3,000 boys, ages 9 – 19. The regional ceremonies included Coral Reef High School, Miami Central High School, and Carol City High School.
The Tie Tying Ceremony included volunteers who presented ties to the young men in the program. The program has seen an increase in character, behavior, scholastic ability and self-esteem once the ties are awarded.
The 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project is a dropout prevention and mentoring program for minority boys who are at risk of dropping out of school or choosing a criminal lifestyle. Participants are mentored to manhood and sent to college. Currently, more than 8,000 young men in Miami-Dade County are in the program.
THE FLORIDA CAPITOL PRESS CORPS
The Florida Capitol Press Corps in Tallahassee recently announced the winners of the 2015 Barbara L. Frye Scholarship from various high schools and colleges. The scholarship is named after the 38-year Tallahassee bureau chief for United Press International and the first woman to work full time in the Florida Capitol Press Corps.
The $2,000 scholarship is awarded to students who plan to pursue a career in journalism. High school and college students in Florida are eligible to apply.
Local student winners included Stephanie Brito and Nathalie Mairena of Miami Lakes Educational Center and Amanda Prats of Monsignor Edward Pace High.
ARCHBISHOP CURLEY NOTRE DAME PREP
Jeremiah Mahotiere and Maida Lesinscov of Archbishop Curley Notre Dame Prep participated in the Arts Festival in Miami Shores.
Jeremiah placed first and Maida was a finalist.
Entries were judged by Sally Willits, president of Miami Arts League; Miryam Rojas, representative of the Miami Shores Fine Arts Commission; and local artist JC Bravo. Each winner received a medal and cash prize.
Christopher Labora, a senior at Hamilton College, received the Hamilton Class of 1979 Student Travel Award, which offers financial assistance to Hamilton students who want to pursue research projects around the world.
Christopher traveled to Miami to attend Art Basel as an artist and historian. He interviewed street artists, documented their work, and will create a presentation for spring semester.
Christopher is an alumnus of Design Architecture Senior High and majors in art at Hamilton.