Silver Knight Nominees Announced

Claudia Basso I Silver Knight Coordinator
This year we recognize 10 extraordinary Belen Jesuit students for their commitment to serve our community, as well as communities beyond Miami-Dade County.  It has been 62 years in which The Miami Herald has recognized students from Miami-Dade and Broward for their selfless service and academic achievements.  Each of this year’s nominees have worked extensively on their applications and have put together a solid representation of their volunteer work for the judges to see on Judging Day, which is scheduled to take place in April.
“I am very proud of our 10 Silver Knight nominees,” Principal José 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 Silver Knight ceremony on Thursday, May 20, 2021. Join me in congratulating our students as they represent Belen Jesuit at the 63rd Miami Herald Silver Knight Awards.  
Our Silver Knight nominees for the 2020-2021 academic year are:
  • David Alarcon '21 - World Languages  
  • Nickolas Choquette '21 - Speech
  • Rajiv Khemlani '21 - Athletics  
  • Michael Mestre '21 - Vocational Technical
  • Collin Pallissery '21 - Science
  • Wadih Pazos '21 - Mathematics
  • Manuel Rincon '21 - English & Literature  
  • Manuel Rodríguez - Lapido '21 - Digital & Interactive Media
  • Juan Tejera '21 - Journalism  
  • Alec Vizoso '21 - Social Science
Each week, beginning on February 9 we will profile each nominee on our social media pages (@BelenJesuitMiami on Facebook and @BelenJesuit on Instagram). 

For more information on our nominees or to find out how you can be considered for the Miami Herald Silver Knight awards please contact me at
500 SW 127th Avenue, Miami, FL 33184
phone: 305.223.8600 | fax: 305.227.2565 | email:
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.