2017 Silver Knight Awards

And the winners are...

The founder of Amazon. The composer who wrote the score to Rocky. The first female U.S. ambassador in the Middle East. The former Surgeon General of the United States. Their connection? They’re all winners of the Miami Herald’s Silver Knight, an accolade for outstanding high school students in Miami-Dade and Broward counties.

Now in its 59th year, the program has honored more than 1,300 high school seniors for their academic excellence and extraordinary passion for community service. This year’s winners take home $2,000, 25,000 miles from American Airlines, a medallion and a Silver Knight statue. When you read their stories, you know the world will be a better place because of these young people.

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Ashley Bellinger

Coral Gables Senior High School

Justin Bentayou

North Broward Preparatory School

Courtney Butterworth

Saint Thomas Aquinas High School
DadeWorld Languages

Jose Cardelle

Christopher Columbus High School
BrowardGeneral Scholarship

Christina Dulal

Miramar High School

Megan Erdozain

M.A.S.T. Academy at Homestead

Marco Fernandez

School for Advanced Studies / MDC Wolfson Campus
DadeGeneral Scholarship

Gabriella Garcia

MAST Academy

Kay-Ann Henry

Miami Carol City Senior High School
BrowardMusic & Dance

Zara Joykutty

American Heritage
DadeVocational Technical

Kaelen Krumich

Christopher Columbus High School

Anderson Leal

Coral Reef Senior High School

Joel Eitan Linkewer

University School of Nova Southeastern University

Alessandra Maggioni

Gulliver Preparatory
DadeDigital / Interactive Media

Anthony Martinez

Christopher Columbus High School

Sophia Lisa Meloro

Saint Thomas Aquinas High School
DadeMusic & Dance

Camille Molas

School for Advanced Studies / MDC Homestead Campus
BrowardVocational Technical

Benjamin Morales

West Broward High School
BrowardEnglish & Literature

Camille Pierre-Louis

College Academy at BCC Central

Alanna Skye Quiton

Saint Thomas Aquinas High School

Simran Rajani

University School of Nova Southeastern University

Jake Renko

North Broward Preparatory School
BrowardDigital / Interactive Media

Christopher Rodriguez

Saint Thomas Aquinas High School

Sofia Rodriguez

TERRA Environmental Research Institute

David Sanchez

Christopher Columbus High School

Nicole Taggart

Calvary Christian Academy
DadeEnglish & Literature

Gabriel Vergara

Felix Varela Senior High School
BrowardWorld Languages

Trevor Weinstein

American Heritage

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