Coral Gables K-8 Academy student wins essay contest

By John Schuster….
Isabella Gonzalez, a fourth-grade student at Coral Gables K-8 Preparatory Academy, was the winner of the Governor’s Hispanic Heritage Month essay contest.

Governor Charlie Crist honored her at the Governor’s Mansion recently for her award-winning essay highlighting the contributions and achievements of a well-known Hispanic American in Florida.

Isabella entered the essay contest as part of the Extended Foreign Language Program (EFL) at Coral Gables K-8. Her essay bested more than 200 entries from elementary students across the state. She wrote about Lucila Venet Jimenez, a Hispanic bakery owner whose cakes Isabella describes as “tasting like heaven served on a plate.”

Isabella was the only essay contest winner in Miami-Dade County. She will receive a four-year full tuition scholarship to any Florida state college or university provided by Florida Prepaid College Foundation.

Antony Reboucas of Pinecrest Academy Charter was the winner of the Hispanic Heritage Month art contest, and he will receive a $250 gift card.

Additional information about Florida’s Hispanic heritage, contests and other related events is available online at

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  1. I have known Lucila Venet for over 30 years when she was making those delicious cakes at her home. She's been a friend since then and we buy only her cakes for our special occasions. Simply out of this world. I congratulate Isabella Gonzalez as well as Lucila. The best to both during the coming Christmas and New Year.
    Magali Uribarri


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