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Hall of Stars - February 2017

The Pursue of Excellence - Patricia L. Garcia

Young Women's Preparatory Academy, 12th grade
Commissioner Bruno A. Barriero, District 5
Patricia has continously excelled academically, maintaining a 5.0 GPA while balancing her extracurricular activities. She is the President of the Math Honor Society and Secretary of the Spanish Honor Society; Ambassador for Feed Miami Advocate; Advocate for the Read to Learn Books for Free; member of the National Honor Society and Society of Women Engineers; and volunteer at the University of Miami, Christ Journey Church, and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

Patricia is breaking down barriers every day for young woman in her community. Through her club, Girls Who Code, she hopes to narrow the gender gap in the field computer science by informing girls of the wide array of opportunities available to them, and to implement the teaching of computer science at her school. And, as a Sunday School Teacher for preschool children, she works every week to inspire younger students and help them grow.

Last year, Patricia was inducted into the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Students and was selected to participate in the 2016 HHM High Scholars Research Program at the University of Miami, which provides public and private school students who have a passion for science with the opportunity to gain hands-on biomedical research experience. After graduating this year, Patricia plans to continue her studies and earn a Bachelor's Degree in the sciences.

The Unstoppable Scholar - DeAndre Miles

School for Advanced Studies-North, 12th grade
Commissioner Jean Monestime, District 2

DeAndre has dedicated himself to becoming a great athlete despite suffering critical injuries that could have derailed his dreams. Instead of quitting, DeAndre recovered and served as Captain and Quarterback of his football team. His coach states, "We won Championship because of his never quit attitude."

DeAndre also gives back to his community-serving as a little league football referee and mentor to dozens of youth in his community. He provides insight into the rules of the game in order to help with their execution of plays. He is also a member of the University of Florida 4-H Club and tutors his peers and other youth in AP Calculus and other math-related subjects.

DeAndre is interested in attending Carnegie Mellon and hopes to develop his math and science skills.

The Emerging Leader - Kay-Ann Henry

Miami CarolCity Senior High School, 12th grade
Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan, District 1

Kay-Ann embodies what it means to be a change maker in her community. She has a 4.1 GPA, and serves as Vice President of Key Club, National Honor Society of High School Scholars Ambassador, and Secretary of her school's National Honor Society and the City of Miami Garden's Junior Council. She is a member of the Poetry/Spoken Word, Speech, and Debate clubs at her school, and serves as a Youth Commissioner representing Commissioner Jordan's district.

Kay-Ann is an avid reader and writer. She immigrated to the U.S. from Jamaica when she was 14 years old and writing allowed her to communicate her feelings and hardships, which was the foundation for her self-started community service initiative, "It's LIT." The program encourages student literacy, journalism and other modes of expression. This idea has evolved to include her web series entitled Humans of Carol City, which aims to shine a positive light on the people in her school and community. She has been published and honored for her writing more than 7 times; won poetry competitions like Piano Slam and was the 2015-16 South Florida Youth Poet Laurette Ambassador; and the City of Miami Gardens, Teenage magazine, the Observer Newspaper, and The Princeton Summer Journal have recognized her journalistic prowess.

Kay-Ann and some friends also put on an event called "Where is the Love" at their local library in partnership with YouMedia through which students and adults talk about violence in their community and how to combat it. Through another of her friend's organizations, Majel's Bridge, she hosts meetings with the City's police officers to help repair relations and get to know each other better.

Kay-Ann is a Silver Knight nominee. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career as a writer and activist for Caribbean issues.

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