The Embrace Girls Foundation recently hosted author and former White House photographer Amanda Lucidon at Arcola Lakes Elementary School for a book signing featuring ‘Reach Higher,’ which includes a collection of photos that celebrate former first lady Michelle Obama.
The event was arranged by Books & Books through a partnership with the foundation’s Embracing Literary Initiative that exposes members to the experiences of various authors and encourages them to read. In addition to the book signing, Lucidon shared firsthand her experiences while working in the White House with students from local chapters of Embrace Girls, including Homestead Middle School and West Homestead K-8 Center.
Miami Dade College
Two students from Miami Dade College’s Honors College were named recipients of the 2018 Florida Campus Compact Social Entrepreneurship Award for their social venture called Bracelets for Commitment.
Bracelets for Commitment aims to educate, connect and mobilize users to make commitments toward their issue of choice that directly links to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which features unmet human rights and environmental goals. The students, Bryan Montes and Shawn Torres, created the venture this year after attending the 2018 Global Citizenship Alliance seminar in Austria.
Montes and Torres plan to use proceeds from Bracelets for Commitment to provide seed funding for social entrepreneurs looking to jump-start their venture. For information on Bracelets for Commitment, visit www.braceletsforcommitment.org.
School for Advanced Studies
Noa Sohn of the School for Advanced Studies recently gathered a group of 20 volunteers to clean the Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery in Brownsville to honor about 150 African-American veterans.
The cemetery is a historic African-American site that includes veterans dating back to the Korean War. Noa and his team of volunteers cleaned headstones and cleared weeds from the graveyard. He plans to continue his work at the cemetery and is currently brainstorming new ways to honor veterans throughout the school year.
Also, Victor Ramirez was accepted into the United States Air Force Academy. He was also named a winner of the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps Scholarship to Duke University, Carnegie Mellon University, and Princeton University.
Archimedean Upper Conservatory School
The United States Department of Education selected Archimedean Upper Conservatory as a 2018 National Blue Ribbon School for academic performance and quality of education.
Archimedean Upper Conservatory is an open-enrollment, public conservatory school that features Greek language and college preparatory programs. This week, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos honored the 2018 honorees during an award ceremony in Washington, D.C. Demetrios Demopoulos, director of the upper school, was in attendance to represent his students at the ceremony.
“Day in and day out, our students exemplify the school’s motto through their high expectations, determination, curiosity to learn and constant pursuit of personal, educational and career goals,” said Demopoulos.