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Homestead student presents on biochemistry during national conference

The Riviera Rockettes dance team will perform at the Gershwin Theatre in New York to benefit Autism awareness at the first Arts for Autism Benefit Concert.
The Riviera Rockettes dance team will perform at the Gershwin Theatre in New York to benefit Autism awareness at the first Arts for Autism Benefit Concert.

Mauricio Diaz, a senior at the School for Advanced Studies in Homestead, went to Los Angeles this month for the 60th annual Biophysics Meeting to do a presentation about biochemistry.

Mauricio co-authored a paper about biochemistry with Professor Jaroslava Miksovska, a biophysics instructor at Florida International University, which is also where he is completing an internship. Since May 2014, he has been investigating a protein that is important in pain sensation, learning, hunger, heart rate, and Alzheimer’s disease.

Mauricio plans to major in bioengineering and has been accepted to Stanford University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

Eleven Westminster Christian High School students were awarded at the Miami Dade History Fair and will compete at the State History Fair in Tallahassee, May 1-3.

First place winners were Max Speziani in Individual Documentary; Angeline Font in Individual Exhibit; Dylan Sanchez, Paolo Pomares and Cory Bond in Group Website; and Max Milian in Individual Performance.

Second place winners were Lanier Williams, Rebekah Goodwin, Isabella Sanson and Cristina Acosta in Group Exhibit; and Enrique Lastra in Individual Performance.

HAMMOCKS MIDDLE SCHOOL

The Academy of Legal Studies at Hammocks Middle School in Miami was named a National Magnet School of Excellence by Magnet Schools of America.

The pre-law magnet program was established in 2011 and aims to ensure that students have a basic foundation of law before moving on to higher education.

Principal Deborah Leah will be recognized and receive the National Magnet School of Excellence Merit Award on behalf of the school during an awards ceremony at Magnet Schools of America’s 34 National Conference on May 3 -7.

RIVIERA PREPARATORY SCHOOL

The Riviera Rockettes, Riviera Preparatory School’s dance team, will perform in New York at the Gershwin Theatre on June 20 for the first Arts for Autism Benefit Concert.

Hosted by Tony Award winner Kelli O’Hara, the concert will feature songs from past Broadway shows. All proceeds will go to Autism Speaks, a national autism awareness and outreach organization.

For information or to buy tickets, visit http://artsforautism.net.

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