MIAMI- Eleven students from Belen Jesuit Preparatory School have been nominated for a 2017 Silver Knight, community service awards given by The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald.
Art: Carlos Machado
Athletics: Patrick Maher
Drama: Oscar Berlanga
English: Andres Balcazar
General Scholarship: Esteban Guio
Mathematics: Jovier Jimenez
Music and Dance: Nicolas Aguilar
Science: Andres Pinate
Social Science: Alejandro Smith
Speech and Debate: Kevin Simauchi
World Languages: Jorge Miro-Quesada.
“We are proud to recognize our talented Silver Knight Nominees whose outstanding academic achievements and selfless commitment to service have positively impacted our school and community,” said Mr. Jose E. Roca, principal. "These students have worked very hard for this recognition and we wish them all the best as they move forward in the competition."
The Silver Knight Awards ceremony will be held at the James L. Knight Center on May 17 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.
The identities of the 30 Silver Knights (15 in Miami Dade County & 15 in Broward County) and 90 Honorable Mentions (45 in Miami Dade County & 45 in Broward County) are revealed at the ceremony.
Each nominee is introduced and receives a certificate. Silver Knights receive $2,000, a Silver Knight statue and a medallion presented by American Airlines. The Honorable Mentions are presented $500 and an engraved plaque. The cash awards are made possible in part by the generous support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
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.