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School Scene: Southwest High student wins $20,000 H&R Block Budget Challenge scholarship

WINNING PHOTOGRAPH: Yesenia Garcia of Hammocks Middle School holds her winning photographic entry from the 2015 Scholastic Regional Competition. The photograph will be displayed at the Rubell Family Collection Exhibit.
WINNING PHOTOGRAPH: Yesenia Garcia of Hammocks Middle School holds her winning photographic entry from the 2015 Scholastic Regional Competition. The photograph will be displayed at the Rubell Family Collection Exhibit.

Brian Huici of Southwest Miami High School won a $20,000 scholarship from the H&R Block Budget Challenge, a teen financial literacy program that awards students who master budgeting and personal finance decision-making.

The Budget Challenge allows students to experience paying bills, expense management, saving money, retirement investments, paying taxes and more while in the classroom. The challenge is free, and students compete against other classrooms for grants and scholarships throughout the school year.

For information and to register, visit www.HRBDS.org.

WEST MIAMI MIDDLE SCHOOL

Students of West Miami Middle School’s Eco-Tec Magnet, their families and students from MAST Academy volunteered with conservation scientists from Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and Natural Areas management of Miami-Dade to clean up Tropical Park.

About 72 bags of trash and weed plants were removed from the Natural Protected Area at the park. Students learned about conservation and the importance of helping the community and environment.

PALMER TRINITY SCHOOL

Art students from Palmer Trinity School participated in the Beaux Arts Student Artist Showcase, at the Lowe Art Museum at the University of Miami. Miami-Dade County students in grades 6 to 12 presented their work to the community at the museum.

Participating students from Palmer Trinity included Ana Martinez-Oletta, Stefani Tolchin, Alexander Reinhard, Kelly Eriksen, Patricia Amo Peletier, Lidong Wang, Maria Alvarez and Gabriella Cepeda.

PALMETTO HIGH SCHOOL

Palmetto High School is hosting its annual scholarship fundraiser for The Helen Marie Witty Foundation. Helen Marie Witty was a 16-year-old drama student at Palmetto High who was struck while inline skating by a drunk driver on June 1, 2000.

The gala will be from 7 to 11 p.m. on Feb. 20 at the Garden House at Fairchild Tropical Gardens, 7640 SW 118 St., in Miami. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online at http://hmwittygala.wix.com/wittyscholarship.

For information, call 305-235-1360.

SCHOOL FOR ADVANCED STUDIES

The School for Advanced Studies We the People team recently competed against schools statewide in Orlando and won State Runner Ups. We the People is a competition promoted through the Florida Law Related Education Association and aims to help students understand the importance of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights.

Participants included Donna Documet, Talia Lopez, Sana Abousaleh, Allison Vergel, Jonathan Rodriguez, Andrea Roque, Jorge Martinez, Amanda Villanueva, Magda Gelves, Evanna Ojeda, Ivette Deaguiar, Katherine Giron, Emily Mendez, Jazlyn Merida, Andrea Diaz-Ariza, Roman Zabaleta, Ali Espinal, Maryana Curci, Derrick Johnson, Maria Ruiz-Legg, Amelia Oliva, Louis Giraldo and Javier Agredo.

HAMMOCKS MIDDLE SCHOOL

Yesenia Garcia of Hammocks Middle School’s Pre-Law Magnet program was selected as a 2015 Scholastic Regional Honorable Mention Award recipient for her photograph. The Scholastic Art Awards recognizes young artists through awards and scholarship opportunities.

Yesenia’s photograph will go to the Rubell Family Collection Exhibit in Miami.

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