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Hall of Stars - March 2017
The Pursue of Excellence - Camille Molas
School for Advance Studies Homestead Campus, 12th grade
Commissioner Dennis Moss, District 9
Camile has a 5.14 GPA and is a lover of dance. She wants every child to have the opportunity to be empowered by that same passion no matter what their perceived limitations may be. She founded "Dancing Beyond", a weekly program that allows children who are disabled and mentally challenged to engage in dance class in order to boost their confidence and self-esteem.
For the past seven years, Camille has volunteered with the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, raising thousands of dollas for the cause, and she now serves as a Captain. She also volunteers at Zoo Miami as a Teen Counselor and Aviary Staff member, while working part-time at Party City. She is also an award-winning member of her school's Debate Team.
From the time she was a child, Camille has dreamed of attending Harvard University and later becoming an attorney. After graduating this year, she plans to make that dream a reality.
The Unstoppable Scholar - Amanda Gonzalez-Piloto
New World School of the Arts, 12th grade
Commissioner Rebeca Sosa, District 6
Amanda is tremendously passionate about music. Despite being told that her dreams and pursuits were impractical and impossible to achieve, she was not deterred. She loves theatre and opera, and has mastered multiple pieces in various styles and languages. She started a community table initiative that encourages strangers to engage in social environments such as restaurants and community centers, giving those with dementia and other debilating conditions an opportunity to feel connected and engaged with the people around them.
Amanda is the founder of a girl's barbershop quartet, sings First Soprano in her school's concert choir, tutors students in AP World History, and is a member of Mu Alpha Theta National Math Honor Society. She won the Actors Playhouse Young Talent Big Dreams Competition and the prestigious Wellesley College Book Award.
Amanda plans to continue pursuing her passion for music and has already been accepted to Vanderbilt, Emory, Florida State and Northwestern universities.
The Emerging Leader - Sofia De la Pena
Carrolton School of the Sacred Heart, 11th Grade
Commissioner Xavier Suarez, District 7
Sofia serves as the Junior Class President of her school and is a member of the Debate team. She was one of three Miami-Dade County students invited to participate in the 2017 Parkland Policy Debate Competition. She is also a member of the volleyball and track teams.
Sofia volunteers at Mercy Hospital every Thursday and Saturday, and is the founder of Fit Kids Day, "an initiative for Kids, by a Kid," created to get young people active, engaged and healthy. The annual event attracts hundreds of young people from across the County for a day of activities, sports, food and fun. The idea became a reality when Sofia was in junior high school and has since expand to having Fit Kids Days instituted in cities across the country, including Washington D.C. Sofia partners with student leaders from other schools known as "FKD Ambassadors." The Ambassadors not only help to get the word out about upcoming events, but also assist in gathering sponsorships and support for the initiative from local officials and businesses.
Although Sofia has not decided on a career yet, she would like to attend Yale University after graduating high school.
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