The Youth Fair awards $1,000 college scholarships
to 117 Miami-Dade students


MIAMI, Fla. – April 21, 2015 – The Miami-Dade County Youth Fair & Exposition announced Tuesday the first round of Scholarship Program recipients at its annual awards ceremony dinner.

“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. We are proud to be able to help make college education a little more affordable for Miami-Dade students,” said Robert Hohenstein, president and chief executive officer.

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, will be 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 well over $10 million to Miami-Dade County students to help them achieve higher education.

High School Scholarship Awards

Alonzo and Tracy Mourning Senior High: Ava Grossman

American Senior High: Whitney Copeland

American Senior High: Nehemiah Fields

Arthur & Polly Mays Conservatory 6-12: Arielle Johnson

Barbara Goleman Senior High: Elizabeth Sardinas

Booker T. Washington Senior High: Kayla Saintagne

Booker T. Washington Senior High: Jaidah Moses

Christopher Columbus High School: Adrian Gonzalez-Vallina

Christopher Columbus High School: Edar Vieco

Coral Gables Senior High School: Joseph Lam


Coral Gables Senior High School: Taylor Martinez

Coral Reef Senior High: Olivia Field

Coral Reef Senior High: Samantha Morales

Coral Reef Senior High: Alexandria Goldberg

Coral Reef Senior High: Kawahna Martin

Coral Reef Senior High: Carla Pagnucco

Coral Reef Senior High: Jarod Steward

Coral Reef Senior High: Nicole Walker

Cutler Bay Senior High: Venus Aponte

Design & Architecture Senior High: Diana Eusebio


Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High: D’Andre Wilson

Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High: Mariam Farag

Felix Varela Senior High: Janelle Balceiro

Felix Varela Senior High: Yahnell Judah

Felix Varela Senior High: Diana Marban

  1. Holmes Braddock Senior High: Jeannie Regidor
  2. Holmes Braddock Senior High: Ryan Gonzalez

Hialeah Gardens Senior High: Brian Sanchez

Hialeah Gardens Senior High: Victoria Segovia

Hialeah Senior High: Samaria Carias


Hialeah Senior High: Daniela Mateu

Hialeah-Miami Lakes Senior High: Yailin Cubas

Homestead Senior High: Luciana Lavilaire

Homestead Senior High: Luis Muñoz

Immaculata-La Salle High School: Natalia Estrella

iPrep Academy: Yislen Felipes

John A. Ferguson Senior High: Myryame Desrosiers

John A. Ferguson Senior High: Daniela Villasmil

Jose Marti MAST 6-12 Academy: Delsabriana Gonzalez

Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial: Gabriel De Leon


MAST @ Homestead: Lacie Faktor

MAST Academy: Silvanys Rodriguez

Mater Academy Charter High School: Laura Munoz

Miami Beach Senior High: Samantha Seiglie

Miami Beach Senior High: Sarah Shuler-Barwick

Miami Carol City Senior High: Terneka Gibson

Miami Central Senior High: Branndon Harvey

Miami Central Senior High: Stacy Lucce

Miami Coral Park Senior High: Giancarlo Ortiz

Miami Coral Park Senior High: Rebecca Sanchez


Miami Country Day School: Sasha Bass

Miami Country Day School: Madisyn Jones

Miami Edison Senior High: Viola Moise

Miami Jackson Senior High: Nancy Simota

Miami Killian Senior High: Jose Tejada

Miami Killian Senior High: Melanie Hurtado

Miami Lakes Educational Center: Gabriella Indart

Miami Norland Senior High: Sheernada Valbrun

Miami Norland Senior High: Nathalie Prophete

Miami Northwestern Senior High: Deandra Rodgers


Miami Palmetto Senior High: Riley Kline

Miami Palmetto Senior High: Carolina Miranda

Miami Senior High: Grace Marro

Miami Senior High: Christian Torres

Miami Southridge Senior High: Nicholas Diego

Miami Southridge Senior High: Derné Roach

Miami Springs Senior High: Richard Brito

Miami Springs Senior High: Bruny Garcia

Miami Sunset Senior High: Veronica Benitez

Miami Sunset Senior High: Zuramy Vazquez


New World School of the Arts: Scarlett Ossorio

North Miami Beach Senior High: Diane Petit-Bois

North Miami Beach Senior High: Kavon Robinson

North Miami Senior High: David Elusma

North Miami Senior High: Amelie Louis

Riviera Preparatory School          : Alea Delmastro

Robert Morgan Educational Center: Rachel Milian

Robert Morgan Educational Center: Leonardo Diaz

Ronald W. Reagan/Doral Senior High: Natalia Padillo-Anthemides

Ronald W. Reagan/Doral Senior High: Daniel Vasquez


School for Advanced Studies – Wolfson: Stephanie Gonzalez

Somerset Academy Silver Palms: Kaisy Rivera-Rosa

South Dade Senior High: Tiffany Morales

South Dade Senior High: Bauley Adams

South Miami Senior High: Leslie Gonzalez

South Miami Senior High: Deneis Oscary

Southwest Miami Senior High: Laura Morales

Southwest Miami Senior High: Amarilys Milian

St. Brendan Catholic High School: Caridad Dominguez

St. Brendan Catholic High School: Nina Rudd


St. Brendan Catholic High School: Maria Mercado

TERRA Environmental Research Institute: Ivy Leung

TERRA Environmental Research Institute: Catarina Vale

Westland Hialeah Senior High: Joshua Ceballos

Westland Hialeah Senior High: Gisela Rodriguez

William H. Turner Technical Arts High School: Jazmene Rolle

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


Post-Secondary Scholarship Awards

George T. Baker Aviation Technical College: Darius Calvert

George T. Baker Aviation Technical College: Bresnniel Jansen

Lindsey Hopkins Technical Education Center: Dennis Phillips

Lindsey Hopkins Technical Education Center: Prince Sturrup

William H. Turner Technical Arts Adult Education Center: Davonna Johnson


Agriculture Scholarship Awards

Coral Reef Senior High: Jeniffer Cabrera

Coral Reef Senior High: Orestes Ruiz

Felix Varela Senior High: Janelle Balceiro

Felix Varela Senior High: Alexa Grau


Hialeah Gardens Senior High: Natalie Moure

Hialeah Gardens Senior High: Anay Ravelo

Hialeah Gardens Senior High: Alondra Rivera

John A. Ferguson Senior High: Brianna Chin

William H. Turner Technical Arts High: Joseph Arce

William H. Turner Technical Arts High: Xavier Miranda-Colon


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. It was recognized as the 2015 Leisure & Entertainment Services Firm of the Year by the Latin Builder’s Association and is a 2015 Sunshine Award honoree of the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. The Fair Exposition Center, which is the second largest convention center in Miami-Dade County, hosts an additional 70 community events each year. Visit or call 305-223-7060.


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