Christopher Columbus High School students won an unprecedented four Silver Knight awards and four honorable mentions at the Miami Herald’s Silver Knight Awards Ceremony which took place on the evening of May 17 at the James L. Knight Center.
With the addition of this year’s four winners, Columbus has led Miami-Dade County with the most Silver Knight Awards for four consecutive years (12 since 2014). In the history of the Silver Knight Awards, Columbus is the private school that has won the most number of Silver Knights, 20 in total.
This year’s winners took home $2,000, 25,000 miles from American Airlines, a medallion and a Silver Knight statue.
“The caliber of young men that Columbus churns out every year is nothing short of amazing. Every day I am inspired by their commitment to academics and their passion to be true agents for change in our community,” said Sylvie Galvez-Cuesta, Mas Family Scholars director and Silver Knight coordinator. “I am humbled to walk a part of their journey with them, and have no doubt that for each of the nominees, this is only a first step in a lifetime of meaningful achievements.”
The 2017 winners (category/future university) are: Anthony Martinez (Digital & Interactive Media/Florida State University), David Sanchez (Mathematics/Notre Dame), Kaelen Krumich (Vocational Technical/University of Michigan ) and Jose Cardelle (World Languages/Johns Hopkins University).
The 2017 honorable mentions are: Eduardo Llano (Athletics/Notre Dame), Thomas Falcon (Business/North Carolina-Chapel Hill), Christopher Vazquez (English & Literature/Northwestern) and Danyel De Villiers (Journalism/University of Miami).
As a Marist Brothers School, the mission of Christopher Columbus High School is to make Jesus known and loved through the Christian education of young people, especially those most neglected.
“We place a great emphasis on teaching our students the importance of being responsible citizens and helping them to recognize that they must use their gifts to make a difference in the world,” said Br. Kevin Handibode, Columbus president. “It was an honor to see that eight of our fifteen nominees were recognized on stage for their academic achievements and commitment to service. These outstanding students have made the Columbus family extremely proud.”