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Archbishop Curley students to abstain from food for 27 hours during HungerFest

SPEECH CONTEST WINNERS: Sebastian Perez, Sophia Salgueiro, Laura de la Fuente, Bettina Baptista, Kira Oglesby and Ana Maria Tovar were recognized for competing in a speech contest at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Day School.
SPEECH CONTEST WINNERS: Sebastian Perez, Sophia Salgueiro, Laura de la Fuente, Bettina Baptista, Kira Oglesby and Ana Maria Tovar were recognized for competing in a speech contest at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Day School.

Students from Archbishop Curley Notre Dame 6-12 Preparatory School will abstain from food and drink, except water, for 27 hours to show solidarity with Miami’s poor during the 19th annual HungerFest. Students will bag lunches and deliver them to Camillus House, St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank, the Housing Assistance Center, the Women’s House, Sisters of Charity, Better Way and Miami Rescue Mission.

The group is accepting donations of peanut butter, jelly, packaged cookies, bottled water, juice boxes, plastic, resealable sandwich bags, brown-paper lunch bags and index cards. Donations can be dropped off at the school’s main office, 4949 NE Second Ave., in Miami. After the fast, there will be a dinner sponsored by KFC Healthy Cooking in North Miami.

There will also be a car wash to benefit the sister school in Haiti and Peru on Feb. 27 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., and Feb. 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

For information or to sponsor the dinner, contact Brother John Corcoran at jcorcoran@acnd.net or call 305-751-8367.

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

One-hundred and forty high school juniors from Miami-Dade County Public Schools visited South Florida Educational Federal Credit Union for the annual Job Shadow Day.

Job Shadow Day included an orientation, interview boot camp, tour of various departments and a question-and-answer session with President and Chief Executive Officer Mike DiBenedetto, who spoke to students about the importance of planning, preparation, having a vision for their future and becoming an expert in their field.

Students also took a clerical skills test for a chance to participate in the credit union’s summer internship program. If a student scores well, then they will be invited to interview for one of 15 positions in the program.

MONSIGNOR EDWARD PACE HIGH SCHOOL

Principal Ana Garcia of Monsignor Edward Pace High School in Miami Gardens was selected to receive the 2015 Excellence Award from the National Catholic Educational Association.

Since becoming principal in 2004, Garcia has made improvements to the high school’s curriculum by implementing digital classrooms, using iPads for students who focus on a specific learning track; helped design the Spe Salvi program to give a high school experience to students who could not earn diplomas; and the Spartan Sword and Shield program for academically advanced students. These contributions earned her the Life in Christ Award from Archbishop Thomas Wenski in 2014.

Garcia will be recognized during the annual National Catholic Educational Association Convention and Expo, April 7-9 in Orlando.

ST. STEPHEN’S EPISCOPAL DAY SCHOOL

Fifth-grade students from Jennie Webster’s class at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Day School in Coconut Grove recently hosted a speech contest and announced the three winners as Sebastian Perez with first place, Sophia Salgueiro with second place and Laura de la Fuente with third place.

Honorable mentions included Bettina Baptista, Kira Oglesby and Ana Maria Tovar.

MIAMI DADE COLLEGE

Albert Harb of Miami Dade College was selected as the recipient of the 2015 Francisco Foundation’s $2,500 Scholarship Award. The Francisco Foundation selects a student based on leadership skills, community service, academic excellence and interest in promoting democracy and freedom.

The foundation was founded in honor of Rogelio Francisco Gonzalez Corzo, who was executed in Cuba at age 26 in 1961 for trying to overthrow the Fidel Castro regime.

Harb plans to become a surgeon and help people in disadvantaged communities.

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