School Scene: Students, teachers earn prizes in Miami-Dade Homeless Awareness contest

Seven students and teachers throughout Miami-Dade County recently earned prizes for their artwork and essays that were submitted to the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust’s annual Homeless Awareness and Sensitivity Poster and Essay Contest. The contest was designed to fight bullying and raise awareness to help the homeless, with an emphasis this year on ending veterans homelessness.

The seven student winners were from four categories: a high school essay contest, a poster contest for high school students, a middle school poster contest and an elementary school poster contest.

The high school essay contest winner was Tori Taylor of Design and Architecture Senior High; high school poster contest winners were Eugenia Jablon, Alia Moussa and Carolina Zuñiga of Design and Architecture Senior High; Tatiana Prescott of Jose Marti Mast 6-12 Academy was the middle school poster contest winner; and Gabriel Olano of Eugenia B. Thomas K-8 Center and Hannah Corcoran of Vineland K-8 Center were the winners of the elementary poster contest.

These students and their instructors each received a Samsung Galaxy Tablet.

POLITICO Journalism Institute

POLITICO, American University and the Maynard Institute selected 12 undergraduate students for the 2015 POLITICO Journalism Institute. POLITICO is a global news and information company that covers world politics and policy.

Students will have eight days of training on political land policy journalism through interactive sessions on digital journalism, enterprise reporting, policy coverage, journalism ethics and political cartoons.

The participating students are: Benjamin Shull of Fordham University; Bianca Padró Ocasio of Emerson College; Paris Burris of University of Oklahoma; Christina Animashaun of American University; Donovan Harrell of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University; Elizabeth Brown of University of Missouri; Emily Birnbaum of Kenyon College; Sabrina Rodriguez of Northwestern University; Odalis Garcia of The New School; Khorri Atkinson of York College/The City University of New York; Phillip Jackson of Hampton University; and Nathalie Dortonne of University of Florida.

School For Advanced Studies

Alexander Alfonso of the School for Advanced Studies was recently nominated to attend the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders in Boston on June 28-30.

The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students with an interest in science, technology, engineering or math and helps provide inspiration and a plan with resources to help each student reach their career goals. Participants will meet with National Medal of Science winners and Nobel Laureates to discuss upcoming research and gain advice from deans of various universities throughout the country.

Alexander was nominated by pioneering American astronaut Buzz Aldrin, now science director of the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists.

Riviera Preparatory School

Victoria Basnuevo of Riviera Preparatory School was the first recipient of the Cohen Family Heritage Award, the highest honor a Riviera Prep senior can receive. She was chosen for her character, scholarship and leadership.

Victoria was also the Valedictorian of her 2015 class and will attend Emory University in the fall.

St. Patrick Elementary School

Recent students from St. Patrick Elementary School were awarded with the Christian Value Award for the month of May.

Winners were: Sofia Lis Lopez, Maxime Massat, Maximo Lacointre, Aya Bardawil, Lucas Rosales, Alvaro Sanson, Andrew Garcia, Andrew Garcia, Jeronimo Pedevilla, Raul Fuentes, Francesca Settineri and Lizette Oliveros.