SILVER KNIGHTS 2013

Miami Herald honors top-achieving high school students with Silver Knights

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Top-achieving high school students from Miami-Dade and Broward were honored at Wednesday’s Silver Knight awards.

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Christie Ramsaran

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    2013 Broward Silver Knight Award winners

    A gifted painter, Christie started a volunteer organization, Team HeArt, that specializes in donating large-scale murals to the community. The group, which brings its own supplies so that the murals are truly free of charge, has designed and painted murals for the River of Grass Community Center nursery, as well as the science lab at Welleby Elementary School in Sunrise. The Welleby mural is ocean-themed and includes the school mascot — a dolphin. Christie has also volunteered extensively to benefit the Falmouth Place of Safety Girls’ Home in Jamaica — donating her artwork, a small library of books, and serving as an in-person mentor at the home, which serves orphaned, abandoned and abused girls. She was named a National Merit and National Achievement semifinalist, an AP Scholar with Distinction, and will attend Yale University in the fall.

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Sara Caruso

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    2013 Miami-Dade Silver Knight Award winners

    For Sara, Saturdays were once reserved for picking up trash on the Dinner Key spoil islands serving Shake-A-Leg, a nonprofit that makes water sports accessible to children with disabilities. But she and a few classmates wanted to do something more meaningful. So three years ago, they founded We Can Sail, a free Saturday mentorship program providing arts and sports to children and bonding time for families at the Coconut Grove center. Today the program has about 30 mentors and 30 children who attend. Sara runs the arts and crafts room, and with a paint brush, palm fronds and driftwood converted a rusty storage container into an underwater-themed boat rental office. She also plays the bass, double tenor and ukulele. Her paintings have been shown and sold at B West Studio in New York and Urban Garden in Miami.

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James Chapman

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    2013 Broward Silver Knight Award honorable mentions

    Forty-five students were selected among the best of the best in Miami-Dade and Broward receiving honorable mentions at Wednesday’s 2013 Silver Knight Award ceremony.

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Katiuscia Gregoire

    2013 Miami-Dade Silver Knight Award honorable mentions

    Forty-five students were selected among the best of the best in Miami-Dade and Broward receiving honorable mentions at Wednesday’s 2013 Silver Knight Award ceremony.

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    More than 200 Broward County high schools students gathered early Wednesday at the Signature Grand in Davie for the final phase of their quest to win a prestigious Silver Knight award.

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