The Black Male College Explorers Program of Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens honored its top students during an awards presentation to close out their summer program.
The program is geared toward males grades 7 to 12 and aims to help students understand that they can achieve more than what is expected of them. Students learn about applying for college, earning a degree and ways to improve their lives all while living on campus for five weeks.
Top students were chosen and placed into several categories: Farrell Mays, Most Academic; Isiah Knight, Mr. Black Male College Explorers Program/MVP; Tymoie Coleman, Most Athletic; Daniel Smithen, Most Talented; Ryan Thomas, Freshman of the Year; Eric Vincent and Henry Tillman, Senior of the Year; and Xavier Jackson, Most Improved.
Florida International University
Santiago Medina’s bronze sculpture entitled Flame of Excellence will be dedicated to Florida International University’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine at 3 p.m. Thursday at the Modesto Maidique Campus, 11200 SW Eighth St., in Miami.
The Flame of Excellence honors the staff that have helped both the college and its graduates become examples of healthcare excellence. The base of the sculpture represents the staff and the tip of the flame represents the medical students whose futures include leadership and service to others.
Miami Lakes Educational Center
Stephanie Brito of Miami Lakes Educational Center was recognized as the Top Female Student during the Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science (MITES) program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge. MITES is a six-week residential academic program for high school seniors who excel academically and are interested in studying science and engineering.
Stephanie was one of 70 students selected from across the country and Puerto Rico to participate in the program and enrolled in college courses, including calculus 3, physics 2, biochemistry, digital design and humanities. In digital design, her team created a website that matches students to summer programs based on their answers to a quiz that evaluates a student’s strengths and interests.
Currently, she is the new editor-in-chief of The Harbinger, her school newspaper; is a Miami Herald intern; and has earned the title Student of the Year each year of her high school career.
Westminster Christian School
Westminster Christian School juniors Ian Poveda and Sophia Poveda were honored during the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend in Ohio for being among the top 20 finalists for the United States Army and Pro Football Hall of Fame Award of Excellence.
The award honors the nation’s top sophomore, junior and senior high school male and female athletes who have excelled academically and athletically and who are active in the community.
Ian is a member of the varsity boys volleyball team, and Sophia is a member of both the varsity girls volleyball and basketball teams.