This year we recognize 12 outstanding Belen Jesuit students for their commitment to serve our community, as well as communities beyond Miami. It has been 61 years in which The Miami Herald has recognized students from Miami-Dade and Broward counties for their selfless service and academic achievements. Needless to say, we are more than proud to be a part of this legacy. Each of these 12 nominees has worked extensively on his application and has put together a solid representation of his volunteer work for the judges to see on Judging Day, which is scheduled to take place on April 10th.
“I am very proud of our 12 Silver Knight nominees,” Principal Jose E. Roca '84. “They exemplify our Grad at Grad principles of being Open to Growth, Intellectually Competent, Religious, Loving, and Committed to Social Justice. I wish them well throughout the competition.”
These students are role models and exactly the type of future leaders we try to mold at our high school. All of them exemplify the meaning of being a man for others and excel in passion and leadership in and out of the classroom. One Silver Knight and three Honorable Mentions will be selected in each category by a panel of independent judges and the winners will be announced at the ceremony on May 16th. Join me in congratulating these individuals as they embark in the next and final steps of the competition.
Our Silver Knight nominees for the 2018-2019 academic year are:
Cesar Aguzzi - ATHLETICS
Jose Cil - WORLD LANGUAGES
Carlos Echenique - MATHEMATICS
Martin Frallicciardi - VOCATIONAL TECHNICAL
Gabriel Gallardo - SCIENCE
Guillermo Molero - ENGLISH AND LITERATURE
Rodrigo Nieto - BUSINESS
Christian Paz - SPEECH
Gerardo Perera - JOURNALISM *not pictured
David Raez - SOCIAL SCIENCE
Jorge Rodriguez - DIGITAL AND INTERACTIVE MEDIA
Julian Zulueta - GENERAL SCHOLARSHIP
Stay tuned to our social media pages (@BelenJesuitMiami on Facebook and @BelenJesuit on Instagram) to learn more about each candidate. Each week, from February 11th till May 16th we will profile each nominee.
Belen Jesuit Preparatory School was founded in 1854 in Havana, Cuba by Queen Isabel II of Spain. The task of educating students was assigned to the priests and brothers of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits), whose teaching tradition is synonymous with academic excellence and spiritual discipline. In 1961, the new political regime of Cuba confiscated the School property and expelled the Jesuit faculty. The School was re-established in Miami the same year, and over the next decade, continued to grow. Today, Belen Jesuit sits on a 30-acre site in western Dade County, only minutes away from downtown Miami.