Barbara Goleman High student praised for Crime Watch leadership

Joel Mesa, education director for the Citizens’ Crime Watch of Miami-Dade, presents a certificate to Christopher Shoukry for his nomination as Youth Crime Watch Student of the Week.
Joel Mesa, education director for the Citizens’ Crime Watch of Miami-Dade, presents a certificate to Christopher Shoukry for his nomination as Youth Crime Watch Student of the Week. Photo provided to the Miami Herald

The Youth Crime Watch Program has been reinstated at Barbara Goleman High School for the 2018-19 school year thanks to Christopher Shoukry, president of his school’s YCW Program.

Joel Mesa, education director for the Citizens’ Crime Watch of Miami-Dade, presented a certificate to Christopher for his nomination as YCW Student of the Week.

Doral Academy Preparatory School

The math team at Doral Academy Preparatory School recently placed third overall at the Palmetto Ridge Mu Alpha Theta Math Competition in Naples.

Bin Zheng
Bin Zheng of Doral Academy Preparatory School won first place in Statistics at the Palmetto Ridge Math Competition in Naples. Photo provided to the Miami Herald

The school’s students competed in both team and individual competitions. The winners of the team competitions included Pre-Calculus and Algebra II Middle School teams with second place; Algebra I and Statistics with third place; Geometry Middle School and Calculus came in fourth place; and High School Geometry and Algebra II placed fifth.

For individual wins, Bin Zheng placed first in statistics; in pre-calculus, Allan Dolago placed second, Raul Valle placed fourth, Marc Marquez placed fifth, Logan Fontirroche placed 11th, Gabriel Gonzalez placed 12th, Dangely Canabal placed 13th and Diana Bishop placed 14th.

In Algebra II, middle school students competed, and Sofia Garcia placed eighth, Alberto Alvarez placed 10th, Steven Diaz placed 12th, Amanda Miyares placed 14th, and Tae Lee placed seventh in the high school division. In Algebra I, Natalie Chung placed fourth, Noah Clough placed 10th, and Vaishnavi Kappagantula placed 15th.

Mercantil Bank’s Zoolens Photography Project

The staff of Mercantil Bank in Coral Gables kicked off their 2018 Zoolens Photography Contest on Saturday at Zoo Miami, 12400 S.W. 152 St., in Miami.

The contest allows Miami-Dade County middle school students to tour Zoo Miami and receive photography tips from Ron Magill, wildlife photographer and Zoo Miami’s director of communications. Students are required to capture and submit their best shot for a chance to earn $2,000. The month-long contest runs through March 2.

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National YoungArts Foundation

The National YoungArts Foundation announced several local students as nominees for the 2018 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts, one of the highest honors for high school students that demonstrate academic and artistic excellence.

Local nominees include Melissa Fernandez-Flores, Elena Gonzalez and Ishmael Gonzalez of New World School of the Arts; Leanne Lin and James Balo of Design and Architecture High School.

The White House Commission will review the nominees’ applications and will select 20 high school seniors as winners.

Miami Country Day School

Several Miami Country Day School students participated in the Regional Scholastic Writing Awards and submitted a range of original work, including essays, short stories, and poetry. Collectively, the school received honors in the Silver Key, White Ribbon and Honorable Mention categories and their work will be displayed at the Miami-Dade County Youth Fair on March 15 through April 8.

The winning students included Danielle Geathers, Maya Kreger, and Karen Rosenbloom in the blue ribbon award category; Michael Athanassiadis and Ana Rusconi in the white ribbon award category.

Honorable mentions included Evelyn Abramowitz, Andrea Berman, Natalie Berman, Anthony Cervone, Arian Djahed, Eva Harari, Krystal Leyva and Isabella Pedraza in the red ribbon award category.

Miami-Dade Public Schools

The staff of Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ Food and Nutrition Department and Procurement Management Services will host a vendor development workshop 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the county’s food and nutrition department, 7042 W. Flagler St., in Miami.

Newly registered and currently certified small business enterprises, as well as non-certified vendors, are urged to attend. Attendees must RSVP at

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