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School Scene: Alumni award 26 scholarships to Booker T. Washington seniors

SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS: Roberta Daniels, president of the Alumni Association, Laura Jones, scholarship committee chair, and Laura Jones, co-chair, stand with the recent scholarship recipients from Booker T. Washington High School.
SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS: Roberta Daniels, president of the Alumni Association, Laura Jones, scholarship committee chair, and Laura Jones, co-chair, stand with the recent scholarship recipients from Booker T. Washington High School.

The Booker T. Washington Alumni Foundation of Excellence recently awarded scholarships, ranging from $500 to $2,500, to 26 graduating seniors from Booker T. Washington High School.

The $500 Book Award winners were Lakeedra Mincey, Jaime Taylor and Brittany Viel.

$1,500 scholarship recipients were: James King, Jr., Kristopher Blackman, Jacqueria Pierre-Michel, Zaria Bryant, Aniyah Simpson, Dayan Tamayo, Claudisha Simeon, Djivon Parks, Dwayne Robinson, Terry Jefferson, LeShann Whittaker, Phedricka Thomas, Niciya Barr, Howard Pierre, Khalyla McKnight, Taressa Straughter, Moises Arzu, Jewly Fleuristil, Sharlene Laing, Wayne Sanders and Ebony Haynes.

The $2,000 scholarship winner was Morgan Benoit; and the $2,500 scholarship winner was Lucia Solano.

These students were chosen based on their academic achievements and community service.

DESIGN ARCHITECTURE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL (DASH)

Ninth-grade students from Zudannie Nunez-Hernandez’ class at Design Architecture Senior High recently earned the grand prize in the Lead2Feed World Hunger Leadership Challenge for their community service with The Foundation for New Education Initiative.

The students helped reduce hunger among students throughout Miami-Dade by hosting a food drive every two weeks, and distributing meals to those in need. Altogether, about 3,000 meals were given to students from 15 schools in the community.

The students earned $25,000 for the nonprofit, The Foundation for New Education Initiative, and a recognition ceremony with Miami-Dade Superintendent Alberto Carvalho.

FELIX VARELA HIGH SCHOOL

Roberto Ventura, a junior at Felix Varela High School, was chosen to represent Florida in the 2015 Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders on June 28-30 in Boston.

The program is for honors high school students who are passionate about science, technology, engineering or math. Students will be honored and equipped with a plan and resources to help them reach their career goals. During the congress, Roberto will meet students from across the country, learn about current research in the sciences, meet deans from various universities, and learn about the future of science and technology.

Roberto was nominated by astronaut and Director of the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists, Buzz Aldrin, for his academic success and leadership skills.

DORAL HIGH SCHOOL

Stephanie Duno of Doral High School was awarded a $2,500 scholarship from The National Society of High School Scholars and Abercrombie & Fitch for being an advocate of anti-bullying.

Stephanie created Pawssible, a nonprofit organization that helps victims of bullying by allowing them to take care of abused and abandoned animals. She collaborated with her school, local animal clinics and shelters.

Stephanie is also the secretary of the Student Government Association and treasurer of the National Honor Society at her school.

G. HOLMES BRADDOCK HIGH SCHOOL

Cecilio Moreno, of Florida State University and alumni of G. Holmes Braddock High School 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.

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