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Silver Knight Awards
The Miami Herald Silver Knight Awards is one of the nation’s most highly regarded student awards programs. The purpose of this awards program is to recognize outstanding students who have not only maintained academic achievement but have also applied their special knowledge and talents to contribute to their schools and communities. Miami Country Day School has 8 nominees in 8 of the 15 categories this year.
As a Freshman at MCDS, Mary was introduced to Breakthrough Miami. She had no idea what to expect, but from the moment she walked in to be an assistant, the main teacher was welcoming and encouraged Mary to jump right in. Mary did not think she would end up spending so much time working with Breakthrough, but the welcoming environment and talented students make it hard for her to not! The scholars were very easy to talk to and to work with. As Mary said, “having friendships with the kids is always great because you can be a role model, share your knowledge, and advice”. Currently she in on the Breakthrough Counsel representing Miami Country Day School’s site, works on social media for them, and is able to teach her own lessons.
“While donating lettuce to Community Kitchens during my work with Box Greens, I became aware of the crisis of food insecurity. I decided to start a service initiative which I named "Rooted in Happiness" because plants are my source of happiness for their beauty, function, and healing properties as they can be for others. The first thing I had to do was research succulent care, succulent products, and vendors. Then, I researched the purchasing of materials before purchasing succulents. Once I had the succulents, I started creating succulent displays to sell. I chose to sell succulents due to their ability to absorb the toxins in the air and their sustainable nature in requiring very little water. I created a logo and business cards, had them printed, created a social media page, Instagram posts and Instagram highlights, and I also created promotion posts and fliers to advertise. In addition, I also called people to ask them if they were interested in purchasing and donating. After researching food insecurity, I decided that I wanted to donate to Food Rescue US, and I immediately got in touch with Miami site manager, Ellen Bowen. The plan was to help alleviate the suffering of others in providing funds for food to those in need. Little did I know that the sale of these succulents would help not only the homeless, but also anyone else who is hungry and in need in the Miami community. I created and executed my service initiative from scratch for the sole purpose of helping the food insecure during the horrible time of the pandemic. I bought all of the supplies needed for my project and personally handcrafted each arrangement. I also did all of the marketing, advertising, and public relations for my product. I am delivering succulent arrangements all around Miami.”
As a Sophomore at MCDS, Michael joined Model UN. He was interested in the school’s club because of his passion for history, current politics, and international relations. Michael waited till his Sophomore year to join because he was unsure about public speaking, and unfortunately, when he joined, it was not a strong program. The lack of support and mentoring that Michael received, inspired him to put a lot of time and effort into building up the program. In his Junior year, he created an Executive Board with two other students. The idea was to come together as a club and be more structured with frequent meetings and an application process. Michael’s efforts in making the club more structured benefit other students because kids are able to learn more, connect, and receive help. Michael is leaving behind a stronger Model UN program that is equipped so the next MCDS generation is ready to be good leaders.
As a Sophomore at MCDS, Chiara wanted to do something that could help the community. She already knew about climate change and was learning the science behind it but wanted to get more involved. That is when she started working the Florida Youth Climate Strike chapter and organized her first climate strike, which, was held on Global Climate Strike Day. Since that first strike, Chiara has become a board member for the Florida Youth Climate. As a board member, she plans strikes and works towards passing climate emergencies in each of the municipalities in Miami. It was a huge learning curve at first, but her commitment to helping the community and educating others on how climate change affects different demographics kept her going.
“While my volunteering at the hospital was through the volunteer services at Mt. Sinai and Hollywood Memorial, my knitting project and the club, the "Public Health Initiative", was my own initiative, founded in 2017. Through my interest in knitting, I became inspired to donate my knitted caps. In addition, as a co-chair of my school’s Cancer Walk Committee, which raises funds for cancer research, I have witnessed the needs of the cancer community first hand. Therefore, I decided that my knitted caps would best serve cancer patients experiencing the discomfort of chemotherapy.”
“As a freshman, "Why Not Teens" was the perfect organization in which to be involved. Coming to the United States from Venezuela, I wanted to help my Latin community any way I could. Being able to raise money and help improve the quality of life of people in Guatemala and Panama, brought me joy. I wanted to help others gain firsthand awareness that some people do not have the essential needs in life such as access to health care and education. My two missions would make that possible. These missions have benefitted the children in the orphanage in Guatemala and the Panamanians. Moreover, for teenagers to lead and be involved in our community is something that is important to me. All of these missions and projects are run by teenagers. This contributes to the perception that teenagers are able to do something themselves and can help as much as any adult can. My work alongside "Why Not Teens" has helped me grow as a leader, on and off campus, and as a person.”
As a Freshman, Kaylee was introduced to the Mental Health and Suicide Awareness Club at MCDS. The importance of talking about mental health and making it okay is what drew Kaylee to the club. She wanted students at MCDS to know about mental health and to understand that they can talk about their feelings. Kaylee helps the club bring speakers to campus so other students can learn how to handle their mental health. She has spent time working with both the Lower and Middle School students, making stress balls, coloring out their feelings, and having conversations with them. On campus bake-sales and posters were another way that Kaylee helped to spread awareness. Her mission has always been spreading awareness and helping people understand mental illness.
After witnessing the success of the climate strikes that swept Europe in early 2019, I partnered with three other students from MCDS to plan our own climate strikes in Miami-Dade County. We partnered with the CLEO Institute, a local non-profit group that leads climate education initiatives in the community, which gave us logistical support and put us in contact with other South Florida students interested in organizing strikes. With time, myself and the other MCDS students were recruited to join the Florida Youth Climate Strike (FYCS), a student-led grassroots organization dedicated to climate justice. Even with all these partnerships, we always maintained a level of autonomy from CLEO and the FYCS, which allowed us to organize our strikes as we saw fit. I was inspired to enter the world of political and environmental activism because I felt I had an obligation to help my community in its fight against climate change. Moreover, Miami’s politicians often treat the climate crisis and social equity as disparate issues, so I wanted to draw awareness to the fact that these issues are intersectional and have a profound impact on our city’s residents.
The Class of 2021 celebrated the annual Senior Brick Ceremony! The senior brick began in 1998 and has been a longstanding annual tradition hosted by the MCDS Alumni Association. Seniors’ names are engraved on a brick that will be placed on the path leading to the senior circle, preserving their legacy at MCDS.
In this Spartan TV Miami special report, middle school broadcasters found out what was special about the brick ceremony and why traditions are important at Country Day. 7th grader Rebecca Apfelbaum reports with help from 8th grader Max T and 6th grade interviewers. Take a look…