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Students Against Destructive Decisions club wins fair project

Emily Olson, Connor Forsythe, and Atiz Betancourt of Coral Reef High School’s Students Against Destructive Decisions stand with their advisor, Tina Cushnie, and their principal, Alvaro Mejia, after earning first place in the Youth Fair Project. They were presented with $300 by Officer Lily Diaz of the Miami-Dade County Police Department.
Emily Olson, Connor Forsythe, and Atiz Betancourt of Coral Reef High School’s Students Against Destructive Decisions stand with their advisor, Tina Cushnie, and their principal, Alvaro Mejia, after earning first place in the Youth Fair Project. They were presented with $300 by Officer Lily Diaz of the Miami-Dade County Police Department. Photo provided to the Miami Herald

The Students Against Destructive Decisions club at Coral Reef High School placed first in the Miami-Dade County Fair & Exposition project and were presented with $300 by Officer Lily Diaz of the Miami-Dade Police Department.

The SADD organization aims to empower teens to stand against destructive decisions, including drug use, suicide, and bullying, in hopes of saving lives and helping them to be leaders and role models within their community.

Hamilton College

The administrators of Hamilton College recently announced the students who made the dean’s list for the spring semester. The local scholars included Angelique Archer, Christopher Wallace and Kelly Watts.

To make the list, students must maintain a an average GPA of 3.5 or higher with, at least, a four-credit course load.

Archer, the daughter of Yvette King-Archer and Claude Archer in Miami, is an alumna of Terra Environmental Research Institute and is currently a rising sophomore at Hamilton. Wallace, the son of Gail Wallace and Richard Wallace in Miami, recently graduated from Hamilton with a degree in world politics. Watts, the daughter of Angie Watts in Miami Beach, recently graduated with her degree in Hispanic studies.

Christopher Columbus High School

Kevin Nodarse and Jonathan Aguiar of Christopher Columbus High School graduated at the top of their class with 5.42 and 5.41 GPAs, respectively.

Kevin, the valedictorian, plans to attend Johns Hopkins University in Maryland. He is also a first-generation college student.

“Being valedictorian felt rewarding because it was proof that my parents' numerous sacrifices and my own hard work did not go to waste,” Kevin said. “It showed me that no matter the obstacles in your life, you can achieve any goal.”

Jonathan, the salutatorian, plans to attend Northwestern University in Illinois. He credits his success to his classmates for pushing him to work hard, and he hopes to pass his work ethic on to underclassmen.

“It's never too early to start working hard,” Jonathan said. “Dedication is required throughout all four years and the earlier you can foster it, the more successful you can be inside and outside of the classroom.”

Lourdes Academy

Isabel Cristina Romeu and Alexandra Margarita Peterson of Lourdes Academy graduated at the top of their class with 5.26 and 5.21 GPAs, respectively.

Isabel, the valedictorian, and Alexandra, the salutatorian, both plan to attend the University of Pennsylvania. Isabel will be attending the Wharton School of Business as a Wharton Scholar.

Riviera Prearatory School

Erika Arvelo and Alexis Johnston of Riviera Preparatory School graduated at the top of their class with 5.45 and 5.16 GPAs, respectively.

Erika, the valedictorian, will be attending the University of Miami and Alexis, the salutatorian, will be attending the University of South Carolina.

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