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Miami-Dade school students win Youth Crime Watch poster, essay contests

One of the winning posters of the 2017 Youth Crime Watch contest.
One of the winning posters of the 2017 Youth Crime Watch contest.

Our kids play a vital part in preventing youth violence through their suggestions and ideas, to maintain safe school and community environments. Youth Crime Watch (YCW) of Miami-Dade County asked the students of Miami-Dade County Public Schools to develop plans to prevent youth violence by answering the following questions:

These are the winners of our Poster/Essay Contest for the different grade levels. Congratulations to these future leaders of our community in wanting to make a difference regarding the violence we are seeing among our youth.

Poster Contest Winners 2016-17

Elementary Level 1 (K-2nd grade)

1st Place — Avery Cruz (Kindergarten) Gloria Floyd Elementary

2nd Place — Ricardo Costa (Kindergarten) Gloria Floyd Elementary

3rd Place — Isabelle Cuevas (Kindergarten) Gloria Floyd Elementary

Elementary Level 2 (3rd-5th grades)

1st Place — Natalie Valdes (5th Grade) Gloria Floyd Elementary

2nd Place — Rihanna Griffin (3rd Grade) Scott Lake Elementary

3rd Place — Rachel Feriz (5th Grade) Oliver Hoover Elementary

Middle (6th-8th grades)

1st Place — Carla De Mier (8th Grade) Ruth K. Broad/Bay Harbor K-8 Center

2nd Place — Isabella Ortiz (8th Grade) Richmond Heights Middle

3rd Place — Veronica Munoz (7th Grade) Paul Bell Middle

Senior High (9th-12th grades)

1st Place — Daniela Marin (10th Grade) Barbara Goleman Senior High

2nd Place — Kamia Thompson (10th Grade) North Miami Beach Senior High

3rd Place — Greter Gutierrez (10th Grade) Barbara Goleman Senior High

Essay Contest Winners 2016-17

Elementary Level 2 (3rd-5th grades)

1st Place — Emily Molina (5th Grade) Everglades K-8 Center

2nd Place — Grace Gonzalez (4th Grade) Sylvania Heights Elementary

3rd Place — Raisa Carrillo (5th Grade) Everglades K-8 Center

Middle (6th-8th grades)

1st Place — Aden De Leon (8th Grade) Ruth K. Broad/Bay Harbor K-8 Center

2nd Place — Carolina Garcia (7th Grade) Bob Graham Education Center

3rd Place — Mia Erlichman (7th Grade) Ruth K. Broad/Bay Harbor K-8 Center

Senior High (9th-12th grades)

1st Place — Amir Afzali (12th Grade) Cutler Bay Senior High

2nd Place — Niloy B. Bhattacharyya (9th Grade) Cutler Bay Senior High

3rd Place — Chika Ojukwu (9th Grade) Barbara Goleman Senior High

The Youth Crime Watch (YCW) program of Citizens’ Crime Watch of Miami-Dade County is coordinating the YCW “Stop the Violence” Blue Ribbon Week campaign for all grade levels May 15-19.

The official YCW color is blue. The YCW blue ribbon signifies student solidarity to live a “violence free lifestyle” and students educating their peers on youth crime prevention. We are asking school’s participation in this significant campaign by having school decorate with blue ribbons in solidarity to stopping the violence in our community. We are asking School Board Members to participate by visiting schools in their districts as a sign of support of “Blue Ribbon Week”.

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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