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Palmer Trinity students raise awareness about skin cancer

Palmer Trinity School students Megan Keller, left, Olivia Bacardi and Attie Crews are the founders of One Change Bracelets, an organization created to raise awareness about skin cancer prevention. To date, the students have donated $20,000 to cancer research.
Palmer Trinity School students Megan Keller, left, Olivia Bacardi and Attie Crews are the founders of One Change Bracelets, an organization created to raise awareness about skin cancer prevention. To date, the students have donated $20,000 to cancer research. Photo provided to the Miami Herald

Olivia Bacardi, Attie Crews and Megan Keller of Palmer Trinity School recently established a nonprofit organization called One Change Bracelets to spread awareness about skin cancer prevention and to raise funds to support research.

The idea for the organization was formed when both Attie and Megan learned they had family members diagnosed with melanoma, which occurs when pigment-producing cells become cancerous. The students came together with Olivia to create color-changing bracelets that detect ultraviolet rays and remind users to apply sunscreen. The bracelets cost $10 and are sold at local businesses including Blush Boutique, Learning Express and South Miami Dermatology.

“We have to start spreading the word because melanoma is one of the few preventable cancers,” Megan said. “Education at an early age is key.”

To date, the students have donated $20,000 towards cancer research and are planning to donate another $10,000 check to the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. For information or to support, visit onechangebracelets.org.

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A group of Florida International University will redesign American Social Bar and Kitchen through Red Bull’s Revamp Program. Photo provided to the Miami Herald

Florida International University

American Social Bar and Kitchen will give 28 Florida International University students, from the college of communication, architecture and the arts, the opportunity to put their knowledge to the test and redesign the restaurant through Red Bull’s Revamp Program.

The program will challenge students to fully redesign the restaurant’s interior and exterior bars, located in Brickell. The students are broken into seven teams and will work on a three-week schedule. Throughout the challenge, students will participate in client meetings, develop detailed drawings for equipment specifications and present their final design proposals.

“This is the first time our students have participated in a project for an actual client so early in their studies,” said Katie Rothfield, senior instructor of FIU’s Interior Architecture Department. “It is an incredible opportunity for the students to merge design theory with its practical application, and there is nothing more exciting than seeing your designs come to life. We are eager to see our students’ design proposals, and we look forward to the unique experience of working with Red Bull and American Social.”

The winning team will be announced Sept. 6, and the renovations will be completed and unveiled in early 2019.

Alonzo and Tracy Mourning High School

The United States Professional Tennis Association recently named Todd Rubinstein, head tennis coach at Alonzo and Tracy Mourning High School, High School Coach of the Year during a general membership meeting at the 2018 Tennis Teachers Conference in New York City.

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High School Coach of the Year Todd Rubinstein, right, with United States Professional Tennis Association President Gary Trost. Photo provided to the Miami Herald

Rubinstein has an extensive list of career goals, including being named the 2017 USPTA Florida High School Coach of the Year, 2017-18 USPTA Florida Division 16 Professional of the Year and Alonzo and Tracy Mourning High School’s 2016-17 Coach of the Year. He also led the boys’ tennis team to a 16-4 overall record and a third consecutive District Championship and led the girls’ team to a 14-6 overall record and a third consecutive District Finalist title.

In addition to being the high school’s head tennis coach, he is the head instructor at the Lauderdale Tennis Club, a high-performance coach for the United States Tennis Association, and just finished serving a three-year term on the Florida High School Athletic Association’s Tennis Advisory Committee.

“I am beyond flattered and sincerely grateful to receive this unbelievable recognition, as it’s truly the pinnacle of a lifetime’s work in the industry,” Rubinstein said. “It takes a team of selfless individuals to achieve success at any level, and without my remarkable team, this incredible honor could have never been possible. I want to thank the best athletic director on the planet, Latoya Williams; Principal Christopher Shinn; the rest of the schools’ administration, teachers, trainers and staff for everything they have helped me achieve.”

2018 Coca-Cola scholars

Several Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society students from Miami Dade College were named winners of the $1,000 Coca-Cola Scholarship for their academic achievement, community service and leadership skills.

The scholarship was provided by the Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship Program and aims to help newly inducted Phi Theta Kappa members with expenses while enrolled in associate degree programs. The foundation provides $200,000 in funding for the scholarships, with funding set aside for members who are a veterans or active members of the United States Military, Phi Theta Kappa Foundation donations, and seven Global Leaders of Promise Scholarships reserved for international students. The program also gives students the opportunity to join society programs that develop leadership skills, like Phi Theta Kappa – which is made up of 3.5 million members across 10 nations, that develop leadership skills.

The 2018 Coca-Cola Scholars include Alexandra Hernandez, Anastasia Koneva, Fritz Ramirez, Lilian Arce, Elda Borroto, Alejandro Garcia, Carlos Gonzalez, Ernesto Gonzalez, Jennifer Infante, Ana Lian and Estefany Rocio.

Miami-Dade County Public Schools

Miami-Dade School Board member Lubby Navarro recently attended the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials’ first National Education Leadership and Public Policy Academy earlier this month at the University of California, Los Angeles.

The NALEO joined forces with the Latino Policy and Politics Initiative and UCLA to host the academy in hopes of strengthening Latino policymakers to improve education, economic development, criminal justice and immigration opportunities for Latinos. Navarro attended the three-day academy with 60 Latino state legislators, county and municipal officials, higher education trustees and school board members to learn about policies that directly support Latino families and communities, and strategies that support the success of Latino boys and men.

“The academy expanded my knowledge as a policymaker regarding effective solutions for Latino families due to the many challenges they face daily in academic attainment trends and allowed us to discuss strategies with policymakers and leaders from across the nation,” Navarro said.

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