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Seventh-grader places first in National History Day Contest category

Maya Moise of American Heritage School placed first in the National History Day Contest’s Junior Individual Exhibit category. She is pictured with her project called ‘Service Not Servitude.’
Maya Moise of American Heritage School placed first in the National History Day Contest’s Junior Individual Exhibit category. She is pictured with her project called ‘Service Not Servitude.’ Photo provided to the Miami Herald

Maya Moise, a seventh-grader at American Heritage School, placed first in the Junior Individual Exhibit category of the National History Day Contest for her project titled “Service Not Servitude.”

The National History Day Contest was founded in 1974 at Case Western Reserve University to improve the way history is taught and learned. Middle- and high-school students statewide submitted documentaries, papers, taped performances, and websites based on this year’s theme: “Taking A Stand in History.” The students with the top entries were invited to compete nationally last week at the University of Maryland.

The theme for 2018 is Conflict and Compromise in History and entries can be submitted at nhd.org/contest.

National YoungArts Foundation

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos recently announced the 2018 U.S. Presidential Scholars and 20 Presidential Scholars in the Arts, which were nominated by The National YoungArts Foundation.

The Presidential Scholars Award is one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students who excel academically, and honors about 161 high-school seniors. The Presidential Scholars in the Arts were nominated by the organization to The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars and selected winners based on academic and artistic excellence, leadership qualities and community service. Two of the Scholars in the Arts are Miami-area students: Adriana De La Torre of New World School of the Arts and Korri Lampedusa of the Design and Architecture High School (DASH).

Adriana and Korri will each receive up to $10,000, professional development, mentorship from renowned performers, and performance opportunities at various institutions, including The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The two winners will join Presidential Scholars from across the U.S. in Washington, D.C., for the annual National Recognition Program to receive presidential medallions. Scholars will also present their work to the public at the Kennedy Center during a performance called “A Salute to the 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholars.”

Mater Academy

Catalina Sinelli of Mater Academy in Hialeah received a $1,200 scholarship for four semesters at Florida State University after earning an associate’s degree from Tallahassee Community College.

The Tallahassee Community College to Florida State University Program, also called TCC2FSU, provides a path to FSU for students who have earned their associate degree from the community college.

Sinelli plans to study media communications at FSU.

Labroots Scholarship

The team at LabRoots, a website that shares trending science news and hosts interactive virtual conferences and webinars, is now accepting applications for their $1,000 textbook scholarship to help students who are seeking life science degrees.

Applicants must be undergraduate or graduate students and 17 and up. The deadline is Aug. 31 and the scholarship committee will choose one winner. To apply, students must submit a resume, a cover letter, or a transcript that includes overall GPA and a 250-word essay.

For information or to apply, visit www.labroots.com/scholarships.

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