Coral Gables High School senior Audrey Fernandez is involved in an organization called Angels of Love Jamaica. The charity helps critically ill underprivileged children.
“This past summer a few friends and I took a trip to Jamaica to volunteer with the organization. While there, I visited two hospitals, one in May Pen and one in Bustamante,” Fernandez said. “My friends and I repainted some of the hospital rooms in May Pen, and in the chapel at the Bustamante Children’s Hospital we painted a mural.”
They also played with the hospitalized children and visited some sick kids in their homes.
“I hope to return this upcoming summer to see the progress of some of the children and in the hopes that I might once again cheer up their days, as they did mine when I visited,” Fernandez said.
At school, Fernandez is on the staff of Highlights, the Gables school newspaper. She has been the features editor and now is the Insight Section editor.
“This section could be considered an extension of features, however it focuses solely on one concept that is of human interest and looks into the different aspects that make up that one idea,” Fernandez said. “As of right now, Insight has covered the 2012 election campaign, the real cost of a public school education, and the strength of weak ties (those made through connections with others).”
One issue looked at the fear of the unknown, with special attention being placed on the idea of “doomsday.”
Her extracurricular activities include a Mu Alpha Theta board position and math tutoring.
“I feel that I have helped several students feel more comfortable with any math problem they encounter,” she said. Fernandez is a
member of the National Honor Society and has been recognized as an AP Scholar. She also is a National Hispanic Recognition Scholar for achieving high PSAT scores and maintaining a 3.0 grade point average or higher.
— Linda Rodriguez Bernfeld