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Community Bank of Florida is pleased to sponsor the 5th Annual Casting for a Cause fishing tournament benefitting the Prader-Willi Florida Association. Prader-Willi Syndrome affects one in every 12,000 children born. This genetic condition results in insatiable hunger, slower metabolism, learning disabilities, speech issues, behavior difficulties and weak muscle tone, among many other medical challenges.
Although there has been an increase in PWS diagnoses over the last 10 years and DNA testing is highly accurate, awareness remains low and up to 75% of those with PWS are still undiagnosed. It is a life-long condition with no cure – but early diagnosis can help manage symptoms and prevent life threatening complications such as heart disease, sleep apnea, pulmonary disorders and diabetes.
The funds raised from this tournament will go to fund research projects, provide families the funding to attend conferences and obtain materials they need to help them deal with the syndrome, and help with crisis intervention due to behavioral issues which is an intricate part of this syndrome.
For more information about the fishing tournament and sponsorship opportunities available, visit www.castingforacause.com or call 305-245-6484.
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The annual Scholastic Breakfasts began in mid April at the Hampton Inn in Homestead with Coral Reef Senior High School’s 13th Annual “Barracuda Award of Distinction,” which recognized the top graduating students from each of the six specialized academies at Coral Reef. The next day, over at Keys Gate Golf & Country Club, students were recognized from South Dade Senior High School at the 28th Annual “Buccaneer Award of Distinction.” Top students from each of the six academies were featured in a slide show as they were recognized and awarded their personalized medals.
The following week, Robert Morgan Education Center held their ninth Annual "Pirate Award of Distinction.” The tradition began with Robert Morgan’s first graduating class, recognizing the summa cum laude of the graduating students. Just a few days later, Homestead Senior High School celebrated their "27th Bronco Award of Distinction,” highlighting the summa cum laude and giving each student a medal. The school’s AFJROTC Color Guard added to the festivities by presenting the flags.
Last but not least, on April 25th, the breakfast returned to the Hampton Inn to celebrate Southridge Senior High School’s 24th Annual “Spartan Award of Distinction.” The summa cum laude received a medal from the school while a slide show featured their achievements.
Miami Dade County Public School Board Representative, Dr. Lawrence Feldman, made the breakfasts a priority and attended each of the events. He greeted the groups, encouraging the students to take risks in life in order to learn and grow. Robert L. Epling, President and CEO of Community Bank, was the guest speaker for each of the breakfasts. He spoke to the students, informing them they were always one choice away from changing their lives. He told the audience the story of his first year at college and how his mother helped him get through being home-sick. He said that having his mom there to help him make the right choice was what made his life successful. He then asked the students to take a moment to thank their parents and continue to make the right choices ahead in life. At the end of each breakfast, students were given an inspirational book from Simple Truths; One Choice and the announcement was made they would all be featured in full page ads in the local newspapers.
Coral Reef Senior High School Academies.
Agriscience & Engineering: Scott Avick, Abigail Chambers, Antonio Riverol, Dayna Wilson
Business & Finance: Jose Galvis, Cedric Hankerson, Malorie Hill, Nicole Rilo
International Baccalaureate: Tanarut Chaisuesomboon, Kevin Fundora, Wilhelmina Lam, Hannah Pustejovsky, Khamai Simpson
Legal & Public Affairs: Bradley Jean-Joseph, Tiffany Lorente, Gabriel Rivas, Kimberly Rolle
Leisure Medicine & Health Science: Sergio Herrera, Vanessa de La Osa, Melissa Flores,
Visual & Performing Arts: Cassidy Chason, Emily Cochrane, Emily Fallon, Ainara Gastaminsa
Southridge Senior High School summa cum laude.
Bruno Acosta, Kaitlyn Alexander-Titus, Jhasir Bermudez, Dionte Brown, Tyronique Brown, Elisabeth Bruzon, Camila Cardona, Darius Demps, Abigail George, Jozef Gil, Anaeli Gomez, Carolyna Guillen, Alasia Kimbrough, Kiana Kirkland, Roxanne Lawrence, Yoana Lugo, Farrah Mohammed, Paulina Morning, Stephanie Orengo, Kamaria Payne, Karen Ramirez, Esther Saavedra, Gloria Santana, Darlene Sarracino, Chelsea Spann
South Dade Senior High School Academies
International Baccalaureate Academy: Luis Calderon, Jennifer Chavez, Jose Diaz-Rivera, Stefani Gonzalez, John Vihlen
International Business & Technology Academy: Kelly Crebbin, Mairyn Garcia-Penton, Daniel Ladron de Guevara, Kurtis Rickert, Krista Sinclair
Law Academy: Alejandra Gonzalez, Brenda Hernandez, Miranda Hernandez, Christian Rivera, Nicole Romero
Professional Services Academy: Danielle Dulevich, Yeneidys Hernandez, Andres Herrera, James Ogle, Yadhira Rubio
Sports Medicine & Health Academy: Demi Dominguez, Allie Ingram, Amie Ingram, Amber Mahan, Danielle Tuzio
Visual & Performing Arts Academy: Rosa Acosta, Samantha Leal, Ana Morillo, Crystal Ruiz, Lillian Voss
Homestead Senior High School summa cum laude.
Nely Acosta, Jose Alegre, Stephanie Benoit, Melina Camarena, Alivia Chambers, Maria Francois, Anthony Galarza, Wayne Gallo, Amber Garrido, Yveline Gaspard, Yveta Gaspard, Lina Gonzalez, Alexa Gutierrez, Silvia Gutierrez, Janiece Hanner, Bervely Joseph, Kiara Lopez, Nohelia Melendez, Maria Morice, Akilah Reese, Mauricio Reyes, Leomaris Santana, Haley Tomlinson, Mike Velasquez, Deandre White
Robert Morgan Educational Center summa cum laude
Harry Altidor, Jessie Benavides, Sunil Budhram, Amy Castro, Omair Chaudhri, Raychelle Dunn, Sebastian Duque, Denis Garcia, Alejandra Isaza, Vishnu Lall, Lexis Leger, Ana Lomeli, Jessica Medrano, Jonathon Milford, Alastair Paragas, Jorge Rios, Brittany Robbins, Christopher Tejada, Elizabeth Tinoco, Zachary Trejo, Jocelyn Vega, Ivan Velasquez
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Robert "Bob" Epling, President and CEO of Community Bank of Florida, was recently re-appointed to The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Board of Directors. He has served on the board for four years and will continue to serve for a term of three years, among the ranks of Jim Cook, Jeffrey Immelt, Roger Staubach and Jim Nantz.
Epling was chosen to serve on the Board partly because of his role with the Orange Bowl Committee, which he has been a member of since 1983 and served as the 60th President. He has numerous other ties to football, including playing a lineman at South Dade High School prior to playing collegiate ball on a full athletic scholarship at Furman University.
Epling works closely with South Dade High School’s Concourse of Champions, which honors great athletes who have played at the school. His new position will allow him to recognize some of the best college athletes ever to play. He will also be part of a selection committee that names Hall of Fame Inductees.