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Hall of Stars - July 2014


From left to right: Chief of Staff Lisa Martinez, Jonathan Wynn, and Board of County Commissioners Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa

The Unstoppable Scholar - Allyssa Dobkins

The Unstoppable Scholar
Coral Gables Senior High School, 11th grade
Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa, District 6

During Allyssa’s freshman year, her younger brother was diagnosed with autism. As a result, Allyssa stepped up to help her family in caring for her brother and also became more independent in managing her own academics and extra-curricular activities.

Allyssa has over a 5.0 GPA and is a member of her school’s International Baccalaureate program. She was awarded with the Principal’s Sophomore Award at the end of the 2012-13 school year. She is a member of Interact, Support our Sports Club, and National Honor Society. She also serves on her Service Club’s Board of Representatives and is the Junior Class President.  

Allyssa is a member of the National Champion Gablettes Dance Team, working with 24 other dancers  to represent their school on the national competition circuit, as well as throughout the community and at school events. She practices every day after school and sometimes even on the weekends. She is a National Champion Dancer in Medium Varsity Team Performance and Junior Varsity Kick, and was named All-American Medalist at the National Dance Alliance’s dance camp.

Allyssa intends to apply for the Silver Knight Award in her senior year and is currently developing addition community service projects to connect her love of dance with her commitment to serving others.

The Emerging Leader - Jonathan Wynn

The Emerging Leader
Miami Arts Charter School, 12th grade
Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz, District 12

Jonathan founded 60 Minutes of Art, a student-based community service organization that takes visual and performing arts into inner city neighborhoods that have lost funding for their programs or simply have never had art accessible to them. The organization’s goal is to give children ages 6-13 sixty minutes of art in a hands-on, interactive, and comforting setting, while also providing local high school students with the opportunity to become more involved in their community.

Over the past four years, Jonathan has also  worked as a learning instructor and student tutor at Kumon, an academic program that helps students develop self-learning skills so that they may become more confident and motivated to learn. He also takes part in City Year Miami.

Jonathan has been recognized by the National Society of High School Scholars’ with the Young Business Leader’s Award and received the Florida Vocal Association’s Superior at Vocal Evaluation music award.

Jonathan hopes to study visual and performing arts in order to further the work of his non-profit organization.

The Pursuer of Excellence - Dara Shahriari

The Pursuer of Excellence
Westminster Christian School, 12th grade
Commissioner Xavier L. Suarez, District 7

Dara has a 5.27 weighted GPA. He is a member of his school’s newspaper, Spanish Club, Book Club, and Science Club. He has also been nominated into every honor society at his school: Treasurer of Rho Kappa, President of Mu Alpha Theta, Science Honor Society, Language Honor Society, and National Honor Society.

Dara is a peer counselor at his school, he has received the Presidential Volunteer Service Award, and he has completed over 300 hours of community service. Through Miami Dade College, he volunteers with Single Stop USA, a place where student can go to be screened for multiple government benefits and receive assistance in applying for those benefits in order to pursue their educational aspirations. He has also taken part in the Festival for the Poor, walks for Leukemia, and Learning Links, an organization at his school where students interact with children with autism for a day.

Dara also plays on his high school basketball team and works at his father’s business during the summer.

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