The Miami-Dade County Youth Fair & Exposition announced the first round of Scholarship Program recipients at its annual awards ceremony dinner on Apr. 19.
“We saw by the large number of talented, intelligent and deserving high school seniors who applied to our Scholarship Program that there is a need for finding ways to make higher education reachable.” said Robert Hohenstein, Youth Fair president and CEO. “We are proud to be able to help make college education a little more affordable for Miami-Dade students.”
The Youth Fair increased to 117 the number of competitive $1,000 college scholarships it would make available to graduating seniors, up from 80 in previous years. Students applied from public, private and charter schools, home schools and alternative education and vocational programs. Recipients included 10 students who plan to study for a career related to agriculture.
The Scholarship Program also will provide $7,000 in award money to the Elie Wiesel Foundation Prize in Ethics Essay Contest for the third consecutive year. Winners of the contest, open to high school juniors and seniors in Miami-Dade County Public Schools, were announced May 2. In addition, $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to six Florida International University students who volunteer their time and talent in support of The Youth Fair’s performing arts division.
More than 500 students, parents and dignitaries attended the overflowing dinner ceremony at the E. Darwin Fuchs Pavilion on the fairgrounds. The master of ceremony for the event was Alina Mayo Azze, primetime anchor for WLTV-Univision 23.
The Miami Senior High School Million Dollar Jazz Band and director Juan Turros performed at the ceremony along with the Coral Gables Senior High School DIVAAZ choral group under the direction of Mary Morrow.
The Scholarship Program, created in 1958, is the affirmation of The Youth Fair’s commitment to education. Students receiving the scholarships were selected for outstanding dedication to academics and to school and community activities. To date, the Youth Fair has awarded more than $10 million to Miami-Dade County students to help them achieve higher education.
High school area winners:
Arthur & Polly Mays Conservatory 6-12: Arielle Johnson
Booker T. Washington Senior High: Kayla Saintagne, Jaidah Moses
Christopher Columbus High School: Adrian Gonzalez-Vallina, Edar Vieco
Coral Gables Senior High School: Joseph Lam, Taylor Martinez
Coral Reef Senior High: Olivia Field, Samantha Morales, Alexandria Goldberg, Kawahna Martin, Carla Pagnucco, Jarod Steward, Nicole Walker
Cutler Bay Senior High: Venus Aponte
Design & Architecture Senior High: Diana Eusebio
Felix Varela Senior High: Janelle Balceiro, Yahnell Judah, Diana Marban
G. Holmes Braddock Senior High: Jeannie Regidor, Ryan Gonzalez
Immaculata-La Salle High School: Natalia Estrella
iPrep Academy: Yislen Felipes
John A. Ferguson Senior High: Myryame Desrosiers, Daniela Villasmil
MAST Academy: Silvanys Rodriguez
Mater Academy Charter High School: Laura Munoz
Miami Killian Senior High: Jose Tejada, Melanie Hurtado
Miami Palmetto Senior High: Riley Kline, Carolina Miranda
Miami Southridge Senior High: Nicholas Diego, Derné Roach
Miami Sunset Senior High: Veronica Benitez, Zuramy Vazquez
New World School of the Arts: Scarlett Ossorio
Riviera Preparatory School: Alea Delmastro
Robert Morgan Educational Center: Rachel Milian, Leonardo Diaz
School for Advanced Studies – Wolfson: Stephanie Gonzalez
Somerset Academy Silver Palms: Kaisy Rivera-Rosa
South Miami Senior High: Leslie Gonzalez, Deneis Oscary
Southwest Miami Senior High: Laura Morales, Amarilys Milian
St. Brendan Catholic High School: Caridad Dominguez, Nina Rudd, Maria Mercado
TERRA Environmental Research Institute: Ivy Leung, Catarina Vale
Young Men’s Preparatory Academy: Dwelly Cauley
Young Women’s Preparatory Academy: Gabriela Cantero
Homeschool: Ariana Fernandez
Alternative Education Scholarship Awards
Academy for Community Education: Allison Jubiel
COPE Center North: Jocelyn Medina
Dorothy M. Wallace COPE: Kimberly Gonzalez
Agriculture Scholarship Awards
Coral Reef Senior High: Jeniffer Cabrera, Orestes Ruiz
Felix Varela Senior High: Janelle Balceiro, Alexa Grau
John A. Ferguson Senior High: Brianna Chin
The Miami-Dade County Youth Fair & Exposition (The Youth Fair) is the largest charity event in South Florida. The not-for-profit association is dedicated to promoting education and agriculture while showcasing and rewarding youth achievement and providing quality family entertainment, all without taxpayer dollars. The annual Youth Fair exhibits more than 53,000 student projects to more than 650,000 Youth Fair guests and awards more than $300,000 annually in college scholarships, cash premiums and awards to students. To date, The Youth Fair has presented well above $10 million to the Miami-Dade community.
The Fair Exposition Center, which is the second largest convention center in Miami-Dade County, hosts an additional 70 community events each year. Visit fairexpo.com or call 305-223-7060.