Yanik Ariste, a senior at Coral Gables High School, received the Business and Entrepreneurship Youth Award from the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, members of Congress, and community and business leaders during the 19th annual Youth Awards on Capitol Hill, in Washington, D.C., earlier this month.
Yanik, a Cuban-American student, is one of seven national grant awardees chosen for her 4.0 GPA, community service hours, as well as her leadership in both the classroom and community. She is actively involved in the Future Business Leaders of America, the International Baccalaureate Honor Society, the National Spanish Honor Society and the Student Council. Recently, Yanik placed fourth in the 2016 FBLA National Leadership Conference in insurance risk and management.
Yanik plans to study business at Vanderbilt University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, or at the University of Notre Dame.
Palmer Trinity School
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The Junior Thespians of Palmer Trinity School earned high scores after competing in the Florida State Junior Thespians’ 2018 Broadway Bound State Festival at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.
The team competed in a total of nine events and earned a Superior rating in five events and an Excellent rating in the remaining four events. Also, team member Corbin Berg, a seventh grader, won Best in Show in the pantomime category—a first for Palmer Trinity students.
International Housewares Association Competition
Brandon Rodriguez, a Coral Gables resident, placed third in the International Housewares Association Student Design Competition for his product Novus, a pod-based brewing system for craft beer.
Rodriguez’s win gained him $1,000, and a chance to attend the International Home and Housewares Show, March 10-13, to present his product in front of 60,000 international visitors.
Café Bustelo Scholarship Program
Café Bustelo is joining forces with the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities to launch the fifth annual El Café del Futuro Scholarship Program. Latino students are encouraged to apply by submitting an essay, in English or Spanish, that describes how their heritage, family, and the community has motivated them to pursue a college degree; how they plan to give back to their community; and what they intend to accomplish with a degree.
The program’s committee will select 10 students to each receive a $5,000 scholarship. The deadline to apply is May 25. For information, visit www.hacu.net/cafebustelo.
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