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School Scene: Miami-Dade students awarded for academic excellence

BAYSIDE FOUNDATION SCHOLARS: Select graduating seniors from Miami-Dade County stand with Commissioner Willy Gort, Commissioner Keon Hardemon, Nathan Kurland, Miami Bayside Foundation Board Chair; Kathleen O'Neal, Miami Bayside Foundation Committee Member; Nikki Ewan, Miami Bayside Foundation Board Secretary; Jane Herron, Miami Bayside Foundation Board Member; Commissioner Marc Sarnoff and Miami Bayside Foundation Executive Director, Kathleen Murphy, during their scholarship ceremony after being awarded for their hard work and academic achievements.
BAYSIDE FOUNDATION SCHOLARS: Select graduating seniors from Miami-Dade County stand with Commissioner Willy Gort, Commissioner Keon Hardemon, Nathan Kurland, Miami Bayside Foundation Board Chair; Kathleen O'Neal, Miami Bayside Foundation Committee Member; Nikki Ewan, Miami Bayside Foundation Board Secretary; Jane Herron, Miami Bayside Foundation Board Member; Commissioner Marc Sarnoff and Miami Bayside Foundation Executive Director, Kathleen Murphy, during their scholarship ceremony after being awarded for their hard work and academic achievements.

The Miami Bayside Foundation recently awarded graduating students from various Miami-Dade County Public High Schools for their academic excellence with scholarships for college tuition beginning in fall.

Scholarship recipients included: Niciya Barr, Taressa Straughter, Phedricka Thomas, Zabhrya Tillman, Jewly Fleuristil, Terry Jefferson, Sharlene Laing, and Morgan Jenna Benoit of Booker T. Washington High School; Bacca Camilo and Sierra Reid of Coral Gables Senior High School; Sonya Clark of Miami Northwestern Senior High School; Kassandra Cruz, Brigitte Iglesias, Stephanie Jean Baptiste, Daniela Gonzalez-Mejia, James Green, Jessica Rodriguez, Anyoliny Sanchez, Axel Sierra and Aaliyah Daniels of Miami Jackson High School; Samandie Douceur of Miami Edison High School; Alex Duarte of Law Enforcement Officers Memorial High School; Paula Honorato of iPrepatory Academy; Landy Landy and Daniell Puentes of Miami High School.

ROBERT MORGAN EDUCATIONAL CENTER

Cecilio Moreno of Florida State University, and alumni of Robert Morgan Educational Center in Miami, was one of three students who earned the David L. Boren Scholarship, and will study abroad in Brazil for one year.

The scholarship provides Cecilio with up to $20,000 to study Portuguese and gain both foreign language and cultural skills during his year in the Brazil cities of Florianópolis and Rio de Janeiro.

Cecilio is currently an international affairs and political science major with hopes of a career in infrastructure development to help developing countries.

ST. BRENDAN HIGH SCHOOL

The Medical Sciences Academy students of St. Brendan High School recently explored the ecosystem and local marine life while visiting the Florida Keys.

Students visited the Turtle Hospital in Marathon, went snorkeling and tide pooling, and collected specimens of invertebrates to study, such as: starfish, sea urchins, sea hares and sea cucumbers. The group also dissected a Southern Sting Ray and a Bonnethead Shark.

BOSTON COLLEGE

James Brogan of Boston College, and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School alumni, was awarded the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship.

The Goldwater Scholarship is awarded to the nation’s top undergraduate students who study science. The scholarship will cover fees, tuition, books, room and board for a maximum of two years.

The Gilman International Scholarship will allow James to travel to Peru this year, with all expenses paid, to study Spanish and health care.

James is currently conducting research at Boston College, with Professor Paul Davidovits, that involves developing experiments to model the behavior of aerosol particulate, suspensions of solid of liquid particles, in the atmosphere and the effects it has on human health.

SCHOLARSHIP FUND

There is a new scholarship fund open to college students in memory of Mary Mann Pollard, from Miami.

Pollard attended Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) in the 1960’s, and became Teacher of the Year in 1994 during her years at Carol City Middle School. She died in March of this year at the age of 51 and her family has launched a scholarship fund in her name.

To donate or apply, visit http://miamifoundation.org.

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