<p>Kevin Gomez received $80,000 scholarship from the USMC.</p>

Kevin Gomez received $80,000 scholarship from the USMC.

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BTW alumni, business leaders and organizations award scholarships

They overcame tremendous odds to achieve soaring grade-point averages and high test scores while living in some of Miami’s toughest neighborhoods. On last Tuesday, dozens of bright high school seniors reaped big rewards at Booker T. Washington High School’s annual “Shining Stars” awards ceremony where alumni, business leaders and charities handed thousands of dollars in college scholarships and a few surprises.