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Hall of Stars - December 2013

From right to left: Commissioner Lynda Bell , Commissioner Esteban L. Bovo, Jr., Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez, Zoe Redmond, Alan J. Alvarez de Sotomayor, Tracey Christie Dominique, Board of County Commissioners Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa, Commissioner Bruno A. Barreiro

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The Emerging Leader - Zoe Redmond

Coral Gables Senior High School, 11th grade
Commissioner Bruno A. Barreiro, District 5

Zoe is an avid reader. During one summer, she read over 100 novels. She inspires all of her friends to read and has created a “lending library” for them. As a result, many of her friends and family members have picked up reading as a hobby. In addition, she volunteers her time at Books and Books.

Zoe also participates in helping to feed the homeless and is active in her church group. She plays volleyball and likes track and field. She also volunteers at the Greek Festival and has been in the Greek Dance Troop since she was four years old.

Zoe hopes to pursue a career in the medical field in order to help people.

The Unstoppable Scholar - Tracey Christie Dominique

Archbishop Curley Notre Dame High School, 10th grade
Commissioner Audrey M. Edmonson, District 3

Tracey relocated to Miami from Haiti at the age of eight. She distinguished herself academically while learning a second language and adapting to a new culture. At her school, she participates in the Knightingales Choir and Knights for Life, which provides her with an opportunity to learn how advocacy can promote positive change and the importance of civic engagement.

Tracey identified a tremendous need for children living in an orphanage in Haiti, so she organized a fundraising campaign- targeting Catholic churches and relief agencies, and putting together a packet asking for donations. Ultimately, she raised over $6,600 , which funded a summer camp for the orphanage. In addition, she also volunteered at a summer camp last summer that was coordinated by her former school, St. Mary’s Cathedral School. Striving to give back to the school she feels gave her so much, she served as a mentor for younger children.

Tracey hopes to be a pediatrician in order to help children by saving lives and giving back to the community that welcomed her as a child.

The Pursuer of Excellence -Alan J. Alvarez de Sotomayor

G. Holmes Braddock Senior High School, 12th grade
Commissioner Javier Souto, District 10

Alan isn’t afraid to challenge himself academically. He participates in class discussions and isn’t shy about voicing his opinions. He is part of a magnet program at his school called the Cambridge Global Studies Academy, which helps prepare students for rigorous college courses.

He has earned a 5.786 GPA and  is the President of the National Honor Society, the Historian for his school’s National Science Honor Society, a member of the Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society, and an Ambassador to the National Society of High Schools Scholars.

He has been awarded the Saturn Mission Award as  a Freshman and Junior in high school, and was a finalist for United Way’s 2010 Outstanding Youth Awards.  Alan has also assisted with Amnesty International Club and volunteered with Youth Against Domestic Violence.

Alan pursues photography as a hobby and some of his photographs are on display at the Emergency Room in Miami Children’s Hospital.

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