Doral

Ronald Reagan High School student gets $1,500 Youth Leadership Award

From left to right: Doral Buick GMC General Manager Ralph Avila; Doral Councilwoman Ana Maria Rodriguez; Nadia Napolitano; Doral Councilwoman Christi Fraga; Doral Parks and Recreation Programs Coordinator Steven Diaz.
From left to right: Doral Buick GMC General Manager Ralph Avila; Doral Councilwoman Ana Maria Rodriguez; Nadia Napolitano; Doral Councilwoman Christi Fraga; Doral Parks and Recreation Programs Coordinator Steven Diaz. Monique O. Madan

A Ronald Reagan High School senior was awarded a $1,500 scholarship at Doral City Hall Wednesday.

Nadia Napolitano, 18, is the second recipient to receive the new Youth Leadership Award, which was created by Councilwoman Christi Fraga last year, in hopes of making it a quarterly incentive for students in the community. Napolitano was selected from a pool of candidates based on her “outstanding community service experience.”

The honor roll student tutors children at a local elementary school twice a month. She hopes to study neuroscience at Barnard College in New York in the fall.

“I’m just so grateful,” Napolitano said as she held her plaque. “Thank you.”

Napolitano was her junior class vice president and is currently the football team’s manager and vice president of her student government association. She is also in several honor societies.

The scholarship was funded by Doral Buick GMC. Students were judged by a four-member committee: Councilwoman Fraga, Councilwoman Ana Maria Rodriguez, Doral Buick GMC General Manager Ralph Avila and Doral Parks and Recreation Programs Coordinator Steven Diaz.

“I strongly believe in and honor academics,” Fraga said while she hugged Napolitano. “But nothing beats a well-rounded individual who can do well in school and serve our community. Her community service has made a huge social impact on our city.”

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