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Hall of Stars - March 2014

March scholars
From left to right: Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa, Tatyana Bidopia, Enid Ines Sosa, Patrisha Hedgemond, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez.

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The Emerging Leader - Patrisha Hedgemond

Coral Reef Senior High School, 12th grade
Commissioner Dennis Moss, District 9

After two years of research, Patrisha launched her own cosmetics company, Cultural Cosmetics, in order to promote positive self-image, confidence, and self-sufficiency among teens. Through the company, she manages her own photo shoots where she interviews teens, promotes community events, and provides make-up application classes to those who want to learn.

Patrisha is also working on a community program called “Every Girl is Beautiful,” which aims to teach girls from elementary school through high school that inner strength and character are at the core of true beauty. She has also led community youth events that promote self-respect and a positive image among young girls.

In October, she will be launching her book, How to Begin a Company Before 18; Make-up Mindset. Patrisha hopes to communicate that young people do not have to wait for success to happen- they can go after it now if they but put their minds to it.

The Unstoppable Scholar - Enid Ines Sosa

Maritime & Science Technology Academy, 11th grade
Commissioner Rebeca Sosa, District 6

Enid was diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes when she was fourteen years old, and, since then, she has demonstrated her ability to overcome any obstacle in order to reach her personal, professional, and civic goals. She is a pianist, an avid reader, the Historian of her Student Council Team, and a certified Junior Life Guard. She is also the organizer of Sugar Rush, a group that meets at Miami Children’s Hospital to inspire others with Juvenile Diabetes and to motivate them to work towards healthy life habits.

Her commitment to finding a cure for diabetes has guided Enid towards pursuing a career in pediatric medicine. She strives to be a role model to other young people like herself and to continue to express the need to find a cure for Juvenile Diabetes.

The Pursuer of Excellence - Tatyana Bidopia

Terra Environmental Research Institute, 12th grade
Commissioner Lynda Bell, District 8

Tatyana has a 5.68 GPA and has been on the Principal’s Honor Roll throughout her high school career. She is also Vice President of the National Honor Society, President of the Health Occupation Students of America, Editor-in-Chief of the Yearbook, and Class of 2014 Treasurer. Through these organizations she has initiated community CPR lessons, coordinated monthly projects such as writing letters to veterans, and helped put food baskets together for underprivileged families. 

Tatyana is also the Founding Member and President of Knots of Hope, which makes custom-made “knots of hope” bracelets with patients and their families at Miami Children’s Hospital. The volunteer group also focuses on spreading awareness about organ and tissue donation. So far Tatyana has helped raise over $30,000 for the transplant foundation at the hospital.

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