The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity recently recognized 10 Miami-Dade County students for their entries in the 2017 Prize in Ethics Essay Contest.
The contest was created in honor of Eliezer Elie Wiesel, a Romanian-born Jewish-American professor, a 1986 Nobel Peace Prize winner, political activist, and author who died last year.
The honorees included first-place winner Iria Abrahantes Morales of New World School of the Arts with a $3,000 scholarship; second-place winner Margaret Lucy Farrell of New World School of the Arts with a $2,000 scholarship; and third-place winner Melanie Rodriguez of iPreparatory Academy with a $1,000.
The runner-ups included Daria Samway of iPreparatory Academy and Eva Bibas of Coral Reef High School with $500 each. Finalists included Taliah Coradin-Britt of Cutler Bay High School; Betty Martinez of Mater Academy Charter High School; Spencer Bernstein of MAST@FIU; Christopher Suarez of Terra Environmental Research Institute; and Kelsy Ruano of Barbara Goleman High School.
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Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship
Ashley Bellinger, Manny Mollinedo, Danny Martinez and Jacqueesha Jones earned top honors in the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship’s South Florida Regional Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge, recently held at Briza on the Bay in Miami.
Ashley, who attends Coral Gables High School, placed first and won $1,500 for her Amber Ash plan, a T-shirt company that celebrates diversity; Manny and Danny attend Hialeah Gardens High School and placed second, earning $1,000 for their Fresh Fit plan; and Jacqueesha, of Miami Northwestern High School, placed third and earned $500 for her plan called The Brownie Factory, an organization that sells brownies to raise scholarship funds for low-income students.
Ashley, Danny, and Manny will represent South Florida at the network’s 2017 conference in October in New York City as they present their business plans and compete for $20,000 worth of prizes.
Doral High School
Leslie Purvis of Doral High School was selected as a Distinguished Finalist for Florida in the 2017 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards and received an engraved bronze medallion.
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards exclusively recognizes youth who show initiative, have an impact and experience personal growth in their communities.
Leslie was honored for creating HelpAfterStroke.org, a website with worksheets in English, Spanish, and French that she created to help people improve their cognitive skills after suffering from a stroke.
Miami-Dade Coalition of Community Education
Members of the Miami-Dade Coalition of Community Education held a 2017 School House Awards Breakfast to highlight various Miami-Dade educators, community and business partners who are committed to community education.
About 200 Miami-Dade Schools and their faculties participate in the Community Education Program, which offers a learning environment before and after school hours for students of all ages to participate in enrichment classes.
The honorees were Eddy Barea, Marge Pearlson Award; Andres Rodriguez-Diaz, John I. Smith Award; John Serra, Lou Tasse Volunteer Award; Andrea Armengol, Dr. Solomon S. Lichter Award; Sarah Ojeda, Maydelin Lago, and Paula Campagna, School Bell Award; Awntonio Rolle, Middle School Enrichment Award; Raysa Gutierrez, Adult Education Enrichment Award; Derick McKoy and Elio Falcon Jr., Community Education Center Superintendent’s Award; Miguel Veloso, Dr. Nilda J. Diaz Adult Education Award; Ariani Alen, Larry Marfechuk Community Education Award; and Katrisha Smith, Knight in Shining Armor Award.
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