Waleed Mneimneh and Maia Suazo-Maler of Palmer Trinity School were honored during the 2015 Miami Herald Silver Knight Awards ceremony for their contributions to their community outside of the classroom.
Waleed was recognized as an Athletics Silver Knight Award winner for giving back to the University of Miami — Nova Southeastern Center for Autism and Related Disabilities after the support they provided for his brother, Tarek, who was diagnosed with autism.
Waleed started the Palmer Trinity School Autism Awareness Club as a freshman. In his sophomore year, he launched the Ace for Autism Tennis Tournament. Over the course of four years, the club has raised $100,000 to help families in South Florida. He plans to attend the University of Miami to major in economics and participate in the varsity tennis team.
Maia was recognized as a General Scholarship Silver Knight Honorable Mention and an Outstanding Youth Award Finalist by United Way of Miami-Dade for her contributions to young girls, ages 9-11, through a program called Codella and for creating a website to help her peers study for math classes.
Codella aims to teach disadvantaged Latina girls about computer coding. With the help of Centro Mater Child Care Services, Maia began teaching website design classes to students every Friday. As a junior, Maia became president of the math honor society, Mu Alpha Theta, and created a website that offered online math tutoring for Palmer Trinity students.
Maia will be attending Harvard College to study computer sciences.
Young Women’s Preparatory Academy
The Miami-Dade County Commission for Women recently presented its $1,000 Young Woman Achiever scholarships to two graduates of Young Women’s Preparatory Academy.
Michelle Rodriguez and Shaquell Ballou were recognized and awarded their scholarship at the June 30 Miami-Dade County commission meeting. Shaquell will be attending the University of Florida and Michelle will attend Mount Holyoke College.
Dr. Michael Krop High School
Herff Jones recently recognized Daniel Guberek of Dr. Michael Krop High School as a state winner in the Believe in You Scholarship and Principal’s Award program, which recognizes students throughout the United States and Canada with college scholarships.
The program selects a national winner, national finalist and national semifinalist for the scholarship awards in the amount of $12,000, $8,500 and $5,000 respectively. The best nominee of each state earns a $2,000 scholarship. Each nominee is evaluated on the basis of academics, test results, work experience, student activities, community service and an essay.
Daniel earned $2,000 for being the state winner for Florida.
American Heritage High School
Four seniors from American Heritage High School competed in the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) National Leadership Conference in Chicago and placed first and sixth in the nation.
Victor Pires, Connor Kickhoefer and Ean Schwartz placed first in sports and entertainment management; Philip Vitus placed sixth in computer problem solving.