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Crime Watch: Youth Crime Watch sponsors school poster and essay contest

Jade-Marie Phensiriphand of Jose Marti MAST Academy won first place in the senior high level.
Jade-Marie Phensiriphand of Jose Marti MAST Academy won first place in the senior high level.

Last week, we shared with you what our Youth Crime Watch program is all about and the efforts of bringing students together to help prevent crime and establish a safe school environment. Today, I want to share with you the winners of one of our program initiatives.

Every year, we sponsor a poster and essay event letting kids decide how to resolve an issue, by submitting an essay or a poster. This year’s theme: “My Reporting Plan to Keep my School Safe.” We received hundreds of plans from all grade levels, and it was really hard to select the winners. It never ceases to amaze me how astute, creative and well-rounded our students are. I congratulate our Miami-Dade students, teachers, principals and counselors for participating. As I always tell students, they are the future of this county, and I see that Miami-Dade County will be in great hands.

Poster contest winners 2014-2015

Elementary level 1 (K to 2nd grade)

▪ 1st place: Claude Emmanulla Jean, 2nd grade, Dr. Henry E. Perrine Academy of the Arts

▪ 2nd place: Santiago Quinoñez, 2nd grade, Ojus Elementary

▪ 3rd place: Ellia Arteaga, 2nd grade, Frances S. Tucker Elementary

Elementary level 2 (3rd to 5th grade)

▪ 1st place: Maria De Sousa, 5th grade, Eugenia B. Thomas K-8 Center

▪ 2nd place: Jamelin Rogers, 5th grade, Ojus Elementary

▪ 3rd place: Maria L. Bueno, 5th grade, Eugenia B. Thomas K-8 Center

Middle (6th to 8th grade)

▪ 1st place: Kaiya Ballard, 8th grade, Frank C. Martin International K-8 Center

▪ 2nd place: Stephanie Flores, 7th grade, José Martí MAST 6-12 Academy

▪ 3rd place: Raymi Mercado, 8th grade, Ruben Dario Middle

Senior high (9th to 12th grade)

▪ 1st place: Jade-Marie Phensiriphand, 9th grade, José Martí MAST 6-12 Academy

▪ 2nd place: Kelsy Ruano, 10th grade, Barbara Goleman Senior High

▪ 3rd place: Lidiana Montes, 10th grade, Barbara Goleman Senior High

Essay contest winners 2014-2015

Elementary level 2 (3rd to 5th grade)

▪ 1st place: Deana Awawdeh, 3rd grade, Ojus Elementary

▪ 2nd place: Marysleysys Sanchez, 5th grade, Everglades K-8 Center

▪ 3rd place: Andrea Nuñez, 4th grade, Eugenia B. Thomas K-8 Center

Middle (6th to 8th grade)

▪ 1st place: Tatiana Rodriguez, 7th grade, Frank C. Martin International K-8 Center

▪ 2nd place: Jasmynn Mansoori, 8th grade, José Martí MAST 6-12 Academy

▪ 3rd place: Joe Largo, 8th grade, Leewood K-8 Center

Senior high (9th to 12th grade)

▪ 1st place: Ashley Osorio, 12th grade, Barbara Goleman Senior High

▪ 2nd place: Jacob Shapiro, 11th grade, Dr. Michael Krop Senior High

▪ 3rd place: Kaitlin Castillo, 12th grade, Barbara Goleman Senior High

I would like to thank School Board member Raquel Regalado, who will be recognizing these students at the next board meeting on May 13. I also wish to thank the other board members along with Schools Police Chief Ian Moffett for the funding they provide so that we can continue with our Youth Crime Watch program in the schools.

In closing, thank you to Commissioner Adam H. Putnam, Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, for the investigation of all those gas stations looking for “altered” slots at the pump. As I have said for years, that is the No. 1 place where your credit card information is stolen.

Carmen Caldwell is executive director of Citizens’ Crime Watch of Miami-Dade. Send feedback and news for this column to carmen@citizenscrimewatch.org, or call her at 305-470-1670.

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