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Six local students receive scholarships from the Coral Gables Community Foundation

Posted on: May 19th, 2014 by Jade Lleonart No Comments
Executive Director Mary Snow with scholarship recipients Michael Hammond and Gema Baltodano.
Executive Director Mary Snow with scholarship recipients Michael Hammond and Gema Baltodano.

(Coral Gables, Monday, May 12, 2014)  The Coral Gables Community Foundation recently awarded scholarships to four Coral Gables Senior High School students and awarded two more scholarships to students from Gulliver Preparatory Academy and Miami Senior High School.  On Wednesday, April 30th, the annual Awards Ceremony at Coral Gables Senior High School was held. The following Gables High seniors were recognized by the Foundation for their academic excellence and outstanding service to their school and community:

Michael Hammond | $1,000 Ralph V. Moore Scholarship for Cavalier Excellence

The Ralph V. Moore Scholarship for Cavalier Excellence is given annually to an outstanding student who embodies the values of long time Principal, Ralph V. Moore. The award emphasizes the importance of leaving a legacy at Coral Gables Senior High School. Michael Hammond is the epitome of what the Ralph V. Moore Scholarship represents.Highly involved with the Gables High community, he also holds an excellent academic record. Throughout his high school career, Michael has been Team Captain of the Varsity Golf team and a member of the Florida Business Leaders of America, International Baccalaureate Honor Society, Key Club, Italian Club, Mathematic Honors Society and a number of other organizations. He plans to study at the University of Pennsylvania.

Patricia Passwaters | $1,000 Lady Suzanna P. Tweed Scholarship

Lady Suzanna P. Tweed created a scholarship fund with the Coral Gables Community Foundation to help deserving students continue their education. Patricia Passwaters is the recipient of this year’s award. Not only is Patricia a talented writer, having been involved with the school’s online newspaper Cavs Connect, journalism society, yearbook and other literary endeavors, she has also served as Student Council President. In addition, she has received numerous honors for her writing and academics. She plans to attend the University of Florida.

Gema Baltodano | $1,000 Grant & Bridget Daugherty Scholarship

Created to assist Coral Gables Senior High School students who intend to study nursing, Gema Baltodano is the perfect recipient for the Grant & Bridget Daugherty Scholarship. She intends to become a neonatologist and care for infants in poor health. She has previously volunteered at Miami Children’s Hospital and with an outstanding academic résumé, she is well on her way to a successful career.She will be studying nursing at Florida State University later this year.

Tracy and Marlene Kerdyk with scholarship recipient Bryan Medina.

Tracy and Marlene Kerdyk with scholarship recipient Bryan Medina.

Bryan Medina | $1,000 Kerdyk Family Trust Music Scholarship

The Kerdyk Family Trust Music Scholarship is given annually to graduating seniors who have shown an interest in music during their high school years. Overall academic success, a love for music and an intention to study music are factors in the evaluation process.Bryan Medina is one of the recipients of this year’s award. Bryan is a talented musician, having served as Captain of the Coral Gables Senior High School Cavalier Chorus. He is an honors student and also plays guitar for school functions and events around the community. He plans to pursue music as a career and will attend Florida International University.

Because the selection committee was so impressed with two Gables seniors, the Foundation’s Board of Directors decided to award a special scholarship from the Coral Gables Community Foundation Scholarship Fund to those two students: Michael Hammond and Patricia Passwaters. These students will receive a one-time $2,000 scholarship to use at the colleges they plan to attend in the fall.

Tracy Kerdyk with scholarship recipient Daniela Rodriguez-Firmani

Tracy Kerdyk with scholarship recipient Daniela Rodriguez-Firmani.

In addition to the four Gables students listed above, two more high school seniors received scholarships. Daniela Rodriguez-Firmani, a student at Gulliver Preparatory School, received a $3,000 scholarship through the Kerdyk Family Trust Music Scholarship. Tracy Kerdyk presented the scholarship award to Daniela at Gulliver on May 9th.

Miami Senior High School student Yesenia Dulce-Rapalo received a $500 scholarship from the Miami High School Class of ‘61 Scholarship Fund, created by alumni to support students from their former school.

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About Coral Gables Community Foundation

The Foundation looks forward to recognizing and helping deserving local students at the end of each academic year.  Community Foundations are not subject to most of the IRS requirements placed on scholarships established by private foundations, and are, therefore, a more attractive alternative for individuals, businesses, or private foundations who want to establish a scholarship fund to help local students.  Community Foundations also provide students with a central source for multiple scholarships.  For more information on applying for a scholarship, visit gablesfoundation.org.  The Coral Gables Community Foundation is a non-profit §501(c)(3) charitable organization established in September 1991 by community leaders with the mission of fostering public initiatives that enhance the quality of life for people living and working in the “City Beautiful”.

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Our Community Salutes! Recognition Ceremony

Posted on: May 20th, 2013 by admin No Comments

Our Community Salutes recognition ceremony

Our Community Salutes recognition ceremony Aura Reinhardt, Raul Mas, Andria Hanley

Aura Reinhardt, Raul Mas, and Andria Hanley

Gables High students crowd 2nd annual College Fair

Posted on: October 13th, 2012 by mbokor No Comments

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Coral Gables Senior High School hosted its second annual College Fair, featuring over 60 schools, on Thursday, Oct. 11, in the school’s gym.

Organized by the Parent Teacher Student Association, the fair served as an opportunity for students to speak with representatives from schools from around the country, including Harvard University, Pomona College and the University of Miami, and for recruiters from these colleges and universities to meet the students and discover some of the talents that Gables has to offer.

The event unofficially began with a welcome breakfast for the college representatives. The school took this as a chance to give the representatives a taste of the school’s flavor. Gables High’s very own culinary arts academy prepared the food; the band played classic Miami salsa and jazz music; the color guard made an appearance; and the choral group Divisi performed the Star-Spangled Banner.

As the first session of the College Fair began, students handed their tickets to the ushers and began to circulate through the gym, speaking to representatives from a variety of colleges.

“The College Fair was very helpful and really opens your eyes to universities in Florida you didn’t even know about,” said senior Liliam Cruz.

With smiles on their faces, students moved from station to station, learning about different colleges and collecting take-home information.

The College Fair was very well received by the various college representatives. University of Connecticut representative Samantha Simons described the students as being “motivated” and “excited.” Other representatives picked up on the students’ energy, like the Rutgers’ representative Jan Rower, who said the fair was well run and that students were “better prepared than others.”

Kevin Blair Zimmerman, admissions representative from Penn State, said the fair was one of the strongest events he had attended and that Penn State would return.

Over 400 students attended the fair, and Liz Stack, the school’s College Assistance Program counselor, said she hoped the students took advantage of the networking opportunity with representatives from schools from around the country.

Rachel English is a staff writer on the Coral Gables Senior High School student newspaper highlights. 

Margarita Rentis is a staff photographer on the Coral Gables Senior High School yearbook Cavaleon

Gables Foundation presents 2 scholarships on Cavalier Wednesday

Posted on: May 1st, 2012 by mbokor No Comments

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The Coral Gables Community Foundation was among participants at the annual “Cavalier Wednesday” awards ceremony April 25 at Coral Gables Senior High School.

Students from all four grades were recognized but the stars of the show were the graduating seniors. Recognized for their academic excellence, outstanding service to school and community as well as artistic, business and spoken word talent, there was much reason to celebrate.

The Coral Gables Community Foundation, represented by Executive Director Andria Hanley, presented two scholarships at the event:

The Ralph V. Moore Scholarship is given annually to an outstanding student who embodies the values of longtime Gables High Principal Ralph Moore (1977-1993), who passed away in August 2010. The $1,000 scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior who demonstrates not only academic excellence but also involvement in extracurricular activities and service to school and community. This award emphasizes the importance of leaving a legacy at Coral Gables Senior High.

The 2012 winner is Armani Abreu, who has a 6.29 weighted GPA and is in the top 4% of his class. A four-year athlete in swimming and volleyball as well as NHS and IBHS, Armani has also been class president for four years. A consistent leader and doer, Armani holds true to the values Ralph Moore thought were important.

The Lady Suzanna P. Tweed Scholarship was created to reflect her love for children and her desire to help deserving students continue their education.  Criteria include academic success and demonstrated need; the 2012 winner has a significant amount of both.  This year the funding for this $1,000 scholarship is provided by the Coral Gables Community Foundation on behalf of Lady Tweed, who passed away in 1999 at age 99.

The 2012 winner is Jieyi Wu, who wants to become a CPA and appreciates all the support she’s receiving along the way. Jieyi helps run the school credit union, has received the Rotary Award, is a key member of the End Polio Now initiative, and stays after school every day to help make the school even better. Jieyi is a lovely young lady sure to be a successful CPA.

Scholarship Application Time!

Posted on: March 23rd, 2012 by admin No Comments

Manny Hartman with the Kerdyk Family (2011)

The Foundation is honored to award scholarship funds to worthy local graduating students at the end of each academic year.

The deadline for all 4 scholarships is Friday, April 6 by the end of the school day.  Here are the forms and instructions for each: