The top students from five local high schools in the South Dade area, as well as their parents, were recently honored for their academic achievements at the bank’s Annual Scholastic Breakfasts.
The series began with Coral Reef Senior High School’s 11th Annual “Barracuda Award of Distinction,” which recognized the top graduating students from each of the six specialized academies at Coral Reef. The following week, students from Southridge Senior High School were honored at the 21st Annual “Spartan Award of Distinction.” The students graduating summa cum laude received a medal from the school while a slide show featured their achievements. Both events were held at the beautiful Hampton Inn Hotel in Homestead.
The following Friday, Homestead Senior High School celebrated their silver anniversary for Scholastic Breakfasts. The “25th Bronco Award of Distinction” recognized the summa cum laude of the graduating class. The school’s AFJROTC Color Guard added to the festivities by presenting the flags. Just a few days later, the 26th Annual “Buccaneer Award of Distinction” recognized the summa cum laude for South Dade High School. Last but not least, Robert Morgan Education Center held their sixth Annual “Pirate Award of Distinction.” The tradition began with Robert Morgan’s first graduating class, recognizing the summa cum laude of the graduating students. All three final events were held at The Capri Restaurant.
Vice Chairman of the Miami Dade County Public School Board, Dr. Lawrence Feldman, made the breakfasts a priority and attended nearly all of the events. At each event, he greeted the group, encouraging everyone to do their best and use their talents to make a difference. Robert L. Epling, President and CEO of Community Bank, was the guest speaker for each of the breakfasts. He spoke to the students about how choices in life can affect your future. He encouraged them to “autograph your decisions in life” and reminded them “your integrity should be guarded as the most important thing you own.” He also told the audience the story of his first year at college and how his mother helped him get through being home-sick.
As a Bank of Promise, Community Bank believes in investing in the future by investing in the children of the communities they serve. The bank is committed to helping young people reach their goals by providing support for both educational programs, as well as, extracurricular activities.
5 group photos of honorees included:
Coral Reef Senior High School
Agriscience & Engineering Academy: Ricardo Muniz, Michelle Otero, Nicolas Toubia and Gabriel Venezuela; Business & Finance Academy: Christopher Moscoso, Gabriela Reyes, Alexis Rivas, Lucia Vazquez; International Baccalaureate Academy: Brandon Garcia, Rafa Khundkar, Joshua Simms, Emma Singer, Catherine Zaw; Legal & Public Affairs Academy: Courtney Hueston, Ashley Mendez, Christopher Molinares, Raquel Perodin; Leisure Medicine Academy: Nathalie Figueroa, James Germi, Amara Kaimrajh, Adrian Lievano; Visual & Performing Arts Academy: Maria Martinez, Eugene Roberts, Anthony Taboada and Amanda Zubillaga
Southridge Senior High School - summa cum laude
Miguel Amezcua, James Bell, Melanie Boodhwa, Sharyl Budhu, Milagros Canada, Ainex Carmona, Dave Charles, Daniel Coello, Toshie Coke, Jonathan Colorado, Sarai Cruz, Jorge Curdi, Shayne Figgins, Kevin Garrido, Emmanuel Greslin, Reshma Kallian
Homestead Senior High School - summa cum laude
Samantha Bechelmayr, Vedantee Boodoo, Shantel Boswell, Cintia Castellanos, Marcdala Celebrin, Luiz Corrales, Disleny Cruz, Alexandra Galbraith, Sapphire Garcia, Shaina Hoo, Kimberly Joseph, Benito Martinez, Natasha Mathurin, Ian Melgarejo, Eduardo Moreno, Michael Nakamura, Carolyn Nguyen, Laura Ortiz, Johamary Pena, Claudia Rivera, Tabitha Rodgers, Ladarious Styles, Kalinda Ward
South Dade Senior High School - summa cum laude
Cyntavia Allen, Melanie Baez, Adriana Balasquide, Samantha Blalock, Candace Cardillo, Meagan Cartaya, Kailey Case, Maribel Castro, Jessica Compton, Stephanie Edwards, Andrea Garcia, Sandy Gollaz, Maegan Lee, Vanessa Licea, Jessica Marichal, Kasandra Mayor, Andres Montero, Ismaray Morejon, Kayla Ogle, Elizabeth Pena, Claudia Porras, Sandra Rangel, Katherine Renick, Kimberly Rodriguez, Taylor Shekels, Jessica Smith, Samantha Sotomayor, Laura Tarancon, Karlyn Tejada, Kitania Torres, Ashley Wyatt, Symone Young
Robert Morgan Educational Center - summa cum laude
Juan Aguas, Giannina Alvarez-Calderon, Genesis Aquino-Martinez, Tatiana Aragon, Anais Arnaiz, Holly Damman, Raquel De La Osa, Joy Fischer, Nicholas Frederick, Delores Harshaw, Joel Hernandez, Rebekah Hernandez, Damalio Johnson, Susan Kurilla, Amber Lampert, Adam Newman, Trenton Pacheco, Daniel Parra, Shauna Parris, Daniela Perez, Christian Rodriguez, Ernesto Rodriguez, Lindsey Russell, Francesco Salgado, Raj Shah, Shantal Tummings, Samantha Weber, Gabrielle Wuttke