Several Saint Brendan High School students competed in the Florida International University’s 9th Annual Chinese Speech and Skit Competition, hosted by the School of International and Public Affairs.
Lianne Fernandez-Fraga won first place for speech in level five; Elena Bermudez, Florianne Jaques and Amberly Mesa placed first for their skit in level three; Elena Bermudez also placed third, individually, for speech in level two; and Francisco Santana placed third for speech in level four.
Alexandra Romero, David Perez, Lourdes Saravia and Stephanie Cantor were recognized for their participation.
This is the third consecutive year that the high school students have been winners in the contest, which includes more than 150 competitors.
SCHOOL FOR ADVANCED STUDIES
Santiago Tobar Potes, a senior at the School for Advanced Studies, was awarded the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship, which is worth up to $40,000 annually. Santiago is one of 85 high school students receiving the scholarship this year based on his financial need, grades, test scores, leadership skills, service to others and perseverance through hardship.
He has also been nominated for the Miami Herald Silver Knight Award for music and dance because of his efforts to teach violin to low-income minorities in Miami-Dade County. The Silver Knight Award recognizes students who go beyond the classroom and contribute service to their school and/or community.
Santiago will attend Columbia University in New York City in the fall as a QuestBridge Match Scholar, a four-year scholarship program.
CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS HIGH SCHOOL
David Perez and Phillip Bootsma of Christopher Columbus High School’s Broadcast Journalism Program recently earned journalism scholarships for their work at CCNN, the school’s TV station.
David, CCNN president, received a $5,000 scholarship from the NATAS Suncoast Emmy Awards and a $1,000 Dow Jones Scholarship. The two-time Emmy Award winner also produced Keeping the Tradition Alive, a report about the impact of climate change on a local fishing business. David hopes to become a sports news anchor.
Phillip, a two-time Emmy Award winning videographer, was selected by NATAS Emmy Awards as the 2016 Jim McKay Memorial $10,000 Scholarship recipient. In honor of sportscaster Jim McKay, Phillip received the award for his potential as a future leader in sports broadcasting.
David will attend the University of Miami and Phillip will attend Florida International University in the fall. Both will study broadcast journalism.
WALKING SCHOOL BUS INITIATIVE
Healthy West Kendall partnered with Miami-Dade County District 7 School Board Member Lubby Navarro to encourage students and adults to walk to school together as a way to be healthier, reduce traffic and protect the environment.
For Earth Day, April 22, the West Kendall Baptist Hospital Green Team and Zoo Miami’s Zoo Squad supported the Walking School Bus initiative. Students were encouraged to wear something that celebrates nature during the walk.
Participants met at their neighborhood bus stops between 7:45 a.m. and 8 a.m. and departed at 8 a.m. to Oliver Elementary School.