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Hall of Stars - February 2014
The Emerging Leader - Fernando Ramos
Pinecrest Preparatory Academy Charter High School, 12th grade
Senator Javier D. Souto, District 10
Fernando has merged his academic talents with his passion for art. He works with individual student artists and helps them complete their pieces through the Scholastic Art Awards program, and leads “Artist of the Month” at his school. He also assisted with the beautification project at El Portal, and led a group of students in designing and painting the gate the separate the communities of El Portal and Little Haiti. The gate symbolizes the peaceful and nourishing union of both communities.
He is a member of the Peace Club and assisted in the coordination of a school-site visit by Tibetan Mandala Artists from India, exposing students to the culture and history of Tibet.
Fernando considers his greatest achievement to be his participation in The Peace Flag Project, which encourages us to focus on the good that happens around us every day. Participants help inspire others to do kind things in order to help make this a more peaceful plant. They also create Peace Flags that reflect positive wishes for the world, hold Peace Walks, and create public spaces that inspire, nurture, and provide a sense of well-being. Fernando has spent countless evenings and Saturday collecting testimonies of peace and bringing messages of hop to many around the community.
Fernando’s dedication to the arts has created a culture of love for the arts at his school. His ability to inspire others to see art as a road for personal and professional growth is extraordinary.
The Unstoppable Scholar - Cesar Castillo
Miami Springs Senior High School, 12th grade
Commissioner Rebeca Sosa, District 6
As a child, Cesar suffered from a speech impediment. After seven years of speech therapy through Miami-Dade County Public Schools, he overcame his disability and now serves in a leadership capacity in many of the organizations with which he is involved, such as the Miami-Dade Youth Commission and the Florida State Youth Commission. He won first place in the Community Awareness Category at the 2013 State Leadership Conference for the Florida Health Occupations Students of America and was the 2013 recipient of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s Youth Volunteer Award.
As a Miami-Dade Youth Commissioner, he has participated in the Mayor’s Joint Roundtable on Youth Safety by providing input on the safety needs of our youth, worked closely with the City of Hialeah Youth Advisory Council, and served as the Representative of the Cardiac Research Institute at the Masonic Medical Research Laboratory and the Director of the Missing Children Global Network Hialeah Chapter. He also helps spearhead the annual toiletries collection for homeless teenagers.
Cesar is an avid golfer and feels that his involvement in the sport has helped develop his concentration and networking skills. He also plays the violin, which has increased his self-disciple and confidence.
Cesar plans to earn a Business Degree with a focus on medical research and technology. His goal is to continue to serve on local organizations in order to help make Miami-Dade County a better place for our youth.
The Pursuer of Excellence - Christy Charnel
School for Advanced Studies, 12th grade
Commissioner Jean Monestime, District 2
Christy ranks in top twenty percent of her graduating class and has a 5.94 GPA. She will earn an Associate in Arts Degree from Miami Dade College before she graduates from high school at School For Advanced Studies this June. She serves as Regional Vice President of Health Occupations Students of America, through which she received the award of “Hardest Worker and Leadership.” She also serves as Vice President of Student Government, President of Bible Club, Vice President of Future Business Leaders of America, and a member of Women of Tomorrow, National Honor Society, Key Club, Future Educators of America, and Science Honor Society.
Christy also founded the Loving Bonds Foundation, which aims to bring children of all socioeconomic backgrounds together to foster healing through exposure to music, counseling, and mentorship. Her main goal is to foster more love in our community. She has also committed to the promotion of non-violence in our community by volunteering hundreds of hours at His House.
In her free time, Christy shadows doctors and nurses in the Emergency Room at Jackson North Hospital, as she hopes to pursue a career in medicine after she completes her double major in Education and Theology. She also plays the piano and the organ, runs track and field, and is fluent in Creole and French.
Christy was selected by The Posse Foundation Miami as one of 40 Miami students graduating this year to receive a full tuition scholarship. As a result, she will be attending Mt. Holyoke College in Massachusetts in the fall along with a group of ten diverse Miami students who will meet at least once a week during their time in Massachusetts to support each other during their time at one of the most challenging liberal arts colleges in the country. She was selected due to her extraordinary leadership and teamwork skills.Back to Top Page Last Edited: Mon Sep 8, 2014 2:58:10 PM
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