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Nwestern hosts magnet program Open House

caines | 1/4/2012, 7:30 a.m.

There are many options for children in Miami-Dade County to select from when it comes to choosing a high school.Recently an open house, hosted at Miami Northwestern Senior High School, 1100 NW 71st Street, was aimed at providing parents and students the opportunity to visit the school and learn more about the schools medical magnet and Performing and Visual Arts Center (PAVAC) programs. This schools program is the best kept secret in Dade County, said Charlette Seward, instructor over the PAVAC program. When the children come I think I get about two or three who actually know how to perform. But when they come here they have to learn how to sing and they have to learn how to dance. They learn tap dance, ballet and they learn how to act, we teach them all of that. Students and parents learned about the medical magnet programs certifications for nursing assisting and medical assisting. Tours of the medical magnet laboratories including the dental lab were a part of the visit.PAVAC also showcased student talent in dance, musical theater, band and art. Each of the PAVAC programs presented students work and performances. Applications are currently being accepted for the Medical Magnet and PAVAC programs. Dontay Steven, who is considering Northwestern says he liked what he saw. I want to be in the PAVAC program, he said. My sister was in it and she said that she liked it a lot. After seeing what the school has to offer I am almost 100 percent sure that I will be coming to Northwestern for high school. Janay Peters was impressed as well. I am looking for a school that can nurture my daughters talent and I think that is exactly what this school will do, she said. Legends have walked these halls and I want her to be surrounded by the rich legacy. By Randy Gricergrice@miamitimesonline.com