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School Scene: Two students each earn $5,000 scholarship from Big Brothers Big Sisters

SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS: Scholarship Chairs, Julia Alba, Gladys Rustan-Hernando and Miriam Salazar presented two $5,000 each scholarships to Lucia Solano and Joshua Nazario of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami during graduation at the Adrienne Arsht Center, in Miami.
SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS: Scholarship Chairs, Julia Alba, Gladys Rustan-Hernando and Miriam Salazar presented two $5,000 each scholarships to Lucia Solano and Joshua Nazario of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami during graduation at the Adrienne Arsht Center, in Miami. Mitchell Zachs Photography / MagicalPhotos.com

The Women’s Committee of Big Brothers Big Sisters in Miami recently awarded Lucia Solano and Joshua Nazario each with the Women’s Committee Lori Brener $5,000 scholarship. The scholarship is given to deserving students who are graduating from the program and wish to continue their education.

Lucia will major in biology on a pre-medical track. She has faced challenges in her life and still became involved in leadership programs to give back to the community. Lucia completed research about the horticultural and molecular properties of certain fruits during her internship at the Fairchild Tropical Garden and earned rewards for it. She wishes to become a pediatrician.

Joshua will study finance with a minor in ivestment banking. His recommendation letters from his Big Brother mentor and high school teacher stressed the many challenges he faces with funding his college tuition and how deserving he was of the scholarship. Joshua also wrote a personal essay describing his challenges and his accomplishments, like being part of the Future Business Leaders of America throughout high school.

Both students plan to attend the University of Florida in the fall.

Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship

Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho led a panel discussion on entrepreneurship with students in the Startup Summer Camp program at Miami Dade College. The summer camp is led by Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, a nonprofit organization that teaches at-risk youth to think as entrepreneurs and helps them find their own path to success.

Carvalho spoke to students about how to pursue opportunities, start their own businesses and succeed in life.

Auburndale Elementary School

The South Florida Deaf Recreation Association (SFDRA) visited the students of the Exceptional Student Education department at Auburndale Elementary School as part of its Books Are Better program. The program is a literacy-based initiative to encourage a love for reading.

Each student was treated to storytelling in sign language; received books, backpacks, and a surprise visit from Sebastian, the University of Miami mascot, along with a miniature version of the mascot.

Pinecrest Gardens

Pinecrest Gardens will host an art exhibit called The Way We Worked from Sept. 5 through Oct. 17 at 11000 Red Rd., in Pinecrest.

Adapted from the original exhibition by the National Archives, the exhibit will explore the way work became an important element in American culture by tracing the changes that’s affected the workforce and environment over the past 150 years through films and storytelling.

Exhibit admission and programming is free and open to the public. Regular admission to the park is $5; seniors 65 and up are $3; and children under 2 are free.

For information, call 305-669-6990.

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