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5000 Role Models awards $865,000 in scholarships

Program rewards Blacks, latinos

Erick Johnson | 5/22/2014, 9 a.m.
Some 125 high school seniors from the 5000 Role Models of Excellence project were awarded scholarships Sunday at the program’s ...
Students in the Role Model of Excellence program were awarded scholarships on Sunday.

Some 125 high school seniors from the 5000 Role Models of Excellence project were awarded scholarships Sunday at the program’s annual graduation ceremony at St. Agnes Episcopal Church in Overtown.

The program's founder, Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson, presented nearly $865,000 in college scholarships to students who have participated in the mentoring program that helps Black and Latino at-risk students from poor backgrounds graduate from high school and live successful lives. 

The students will go on to colleges, universities and post-secondary institutions. Wilson was joined by their parents, Miami-Dade Public Schools administrators, School Board members, Role Model mentors and well-wishers to witness this significant milestone.

 The program was founded 22 years ago by Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (D-24), who gave up her job as a school teacher to become a school board member, a position that paid only $17,000 annually.

On Sunday, Wilson was amazed by the success and turnout of 350 residents, parents and community leaders who packed the church celebrate the boys’ success.

“When I see the results of what I gave up it is absolutely amazing,” Wilson said as the crowds applauded.

During the ceremony, approximately 200 new adult male mentors were inducted into the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project.  The new inductees are volunteering individually or as part of various organizations including the City of Miami Gardens Police Department, Miami-Dade Public Schools Police, fraternities and churches.  The inductees are committed to mentoring and guiding Role Model boys.

Students in the program spend time several days a week with a program mentor, who provides one on one counseling on various areas from social to academics. The $865,000 in scholarships awarded Sunday works out to nearly $7,000 per student.

Award recipients

The scholarship recipients were from Alonzo Mourning High School: Mario Delmard, Julio Santillana, Kasmir Souffrant; American Senior: Jonathan Spicer, Bobby Washington, Henry Worthy. Booker T. Washington: Terrance Hart. Coral Gables: Danel Cottle, Michael Hernandez; Gregory Howell, Antiwone Johnson Jr., Angelo Lopez-Lacayo, Dijon Smith, Mar Anthony Wynn. Coral Reef: Kalen Currie. George Schultz. Dash Senior High: Dionisio Blanco, Joshua DeSourza, Steffon Dixon, Ervin Downs, Sterling Edwards, Diego Fernandez, Cristian Gonzalez, Felix Puello, Brandon Rodriguez, Tyler Scott, Keoin Stanley, Fabian Trujillo, William Turner, Maurico Velez: Felix Varela: Adrian Gonzalez, Branden Hall. G. Holmes Braddock: Tasja Estiverne, Evens Othelot, Jordi Samuell. Hialeah: Scott Chery.

Mast Academy: Karl-Heinz Justafort, Eduardo Santiago, Ashner Solomon. Miami Beach: Donald Booker, Scott Guilbert, Tyrance McCall, Adler Revelous, Jahmir Tolliver, Ellis Torayno. Miami Carol City: Terence Julius, Maurice Dondiego. Miami Central: Antonyo Cotton, Loren Facen, Robert Mungin, Traavone Parr. Miami Coral Park: Nicholas Augustin, Jonathan Brown, Adrian Caesar, Isaac Cordero, Anthony Jimeno, David Martinez, Eduardo Puermas, Edwin Sobalvarro. Miami Edison: Chrisford belizaire, Emile Deon, Ronaldo Desinor, Jose Jacques, Alinor Mezinord, Leonis Myrtil. Miami Jackson: Shawn Pierre.

Miami-Lakes: Jean David Benoit, Pablo Cedeno, Donald Danastor, Brian Davis. Sir’Wade Frye; Carl Hughes, Ikonmwosa Idahosa, Myles Johnson, Bradlee Michael, Ralph Sinal. Miami Killian: Tadam James. Miami Northwestern: Frantz-Jean Georges, James McMillian, Evens Micette, Marcus Postell, Keon Richardson, Maurice Thomas, Joshua Watson. Miami Palmetto: Bryan Cambridge, Ra’Shawn Hope, Dwayne Pruitt, George Uche. Miami Senior: Kierkegaard Ady, Eric Cato. Miami Southridge: Earl Clark Jr., Lashone Garnett, Edward Hernandez.

North Miami: Frank Albelo-Cordoba, Michael Caminero, Mario George, Anthony Horta, Steve Jean-Charles, Albert Lewis, Andrew Morrison, Romelus Pierre, Jommy Senatus, Alexander Setuain. North Miami Beach: Nicholas Boothe, Delva Felissaint, Matthew Flis-Aime, Emery Francois, Christ Janvier, Stevenson Morency. William Turner Tech: Bryan Barahona, Terence Brock, Luis Bussi, Roynndre Conway, Garner Days, Kemar Francois, Edgar Jean Baptiste, Jamie Jospeh, Jeffrey Jospeh, Denzel McCausland, Dave Mompremier, Kijana O’Connor, Roodgaly Prince, James Thompson and Corey Wheeler.