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North Miami seventh grader chosen for Duke University talent search

Brianna Thomas, left, of North Miami Middle School stands with school Principal Patrick Lacouty after being recognized as one of 19 students to qualify for Duke University Talent Identification Program’s seventh-grade talent search.
Brianna Thomas, left, of North Miami Middle School stands with school Principal Patrick Lacouty after being recognized as one of 19 students to qualify for Duke University Talent Identification Program’s seventh-grade talent search. Photo provided to the Miami Herald

Brianna Thomas, a seventh-grader at North Miami Middle School, was invited to participate in the seventh-grade talent search with Duke University’s Talent Identification Program for having one of the highest ACT scores in Florida.

“There is no elevator to success,” said Brianna, “you have to take the stairs.”

Duke’s Talent Identification Program selects a group of academically talented students in the United States based on their test scores. Students who score above the 95th percentile qualify for the program and are invited to take the ACT or SAT, college-readiness exams, to assess their academic abilities.

Scheck Hillel Community School

Keith Bonwitt, Nathalie Fuhrman, Roy Glazer and Max Peicher of Scheck Hillel Community School were named honorees in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship competition after achieving high scores on the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Qualifying Test.

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Keith Bonwitt, Roy Glazer, Max Peicher and Nathalie Fuhrman of Scheck Hillel Community School were recognized as honorees in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship competition. Photo provided to the Miami Herald

Next year, the National Merit Scholarship Corp. will choose 16,000 semi-finalists, and about 7,400 will be awarded scholarships.

Also, Jordana Zackon, the school’s valedictorian, was named a National Merit Commended Student and will attend Washington University in St. Louis in the fall.

Coral Reef High School

Lou Gilman, a college advisor at Coral Reef High School, received the fourth annual Ross Roberts Mentor of the Year Award after being nominated by her student, Anderson Leal, who was one of Ford’s Salute to Education Scholarship winners.

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Anderson Leal, left, and college advisor Lou Gilman of Coral Gables High School were recognized with during Ford’s Salute to Education Scholarship Awards Luncheon on July 3 at the Signature Grand in Davie. Anderson received his $1,500 scholarship and Gilman received a $1,000 Best Buy gift card. Photo provided to the Miami Herald

The scholarship program asked all 112 winners to nominate their college advisor for the Mentor of the Year Award in honor of Ross Roberts’ legacy, a founding member of the Salute to Education Scholarship Program. The award is given to two college advisors each in Miami-Dade and Broward counties who are dedicated leaders for their students.

Gilman and Anderson were recognized with all awardees during a luncheon at the Signature Grand in Davie. Gilman received a plaque and a $1,000 Best Buy gift card for school and office supplies, and Anderson received the $1,500 Salute to Education Scholarship and a laptop.

Miami-Dade County Public Schools

The Department of Food and Nutrition will deliver weekly lunches with fruits and vegetables to children ages 18 and under in Miami-Dade County throughout the summer break, from noon to 1 p.m. beginning June 12.

The food truck will be available in communities surrounding nine schools: Florida City Elementary, 364 NW Sixth Ave., in Florida City; Citrus Grove Elementary, 2121 NW Fifth St., in Miami; Broadmoor Elementary, 3401 NW 83 St., in Miami; Frances S. Tucker Elementary, 3500 Douglas Rd., in Miami; Rainbow Park Elementary, 15355 NW 19th Ave., in Miami Gardens; Pine Lake Elementary, 16700 SW 109th Ave., in Miami; Gateway Environmental K-8 Center, 955 SE 18th Ave., in Homestead; M.A. Milam K-8 Center, 6020 W. 16th Ave., in Hialeah; and Benjamin Franklin K-8 Center, 13100 NW 12th Ave., in North Miami.

Miami Dade College

Gabriella Laventure, Edgar Orlando Ocampo, Ingrid Olson, Amanda Simeon and Nguyen Vu of Miami Dade College were each awarded a $1,500 Frances Wolfson Art Scholarship for their winning art submissions, which included paintings, acrylic drawings, charcoal, and mixed media.

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Gabriella Laventure, Edgar Orlando Ocampo, Ingrid Olson, Amanda Simeon and Nguyen Vu of Miami Dade College each received a $1,500 Frances Wolfson Art Scholarship for their winning art submissions, which included paintings, acrylic drawings, charcoal and mixed media. Cristian Lazzari Photo provided to the Miami Herald

The scholarship is named after Frances Wolfson, a South Florida artist and philanthropist who died in 1980. Wolfson donated the proceeds from her paintings and Hallmark greeting cards to help aspiring artists develop their skills. Students can use their scholarship towards books, art supplies, and tuition and fees.

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