Congratulations to our Class of 2017 Silver Knight nominees, who are fine examples of academic achievement and selfless service. Our nominees are: Natalia Rodriguez-Galvis (Art), Daniella Midolo, (Athletics), Gabriela Balerdi (Business), Alessandra Alvarez (Digital & Interactive Media), Marielena Petrovich (Drama), Annmarie Machado (English & Literature), Nicole Nader (General Scholarship), Gabriela Pombo (Journalism), Gabriela Ocon (Music & Dance), Juliana Cazzaniga (Science), Sandra Cardenal (Social Science), Gabriela Jimenez (Speech), Victoria Alonso (Vocational Technical), and Daniela Lacal (World Languages).
The Miami Herald Silver Knight Awards is one of the nation’s most highly regarded student awards programs, whose purpose is to recognize outstanding students who have not only maintained good grades, but also have unselfishly applied their special knowledge and talents to contribute significant service to their schools and communities. John S. Knight instituted the Silver Knight Awards program at The Miami Herald in 1959; a past publisher of the Herald, Knight was founder and editor emeritus of Knight-Ridder Newspapers, as well as a 1968 Pulitzer Prize winner.
The Silver Knight Awards Program is open to high school seniors with a minimum 3.2 GPA (unweighted) in public, private, and parochial schools in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. Students may be nominated in 15 categories: Art, Athletics, Business, Drama, English & Literature, General Scholarship, Journalism, Mathematics, Music and Dance, New Media, Science, Social Science, Speech, Vocational-Technical and World Languages. Each school may nominate one student per category.
Nominees from all schools appear on a designated day to be interviewed by a panel of independent judges, which, this year, will take place on April 4. Each panel of judges selects one Silver Knight and three Honorable Mentions in each category. Names are not revealed until the Silver Knight Awards ceremony, which will take place on May 17. Silver Knights receive $2,000, a Silver Knight statue and a medallion presented by American Airlines. The three Honorable Mentions are presented $500 and an engraved plaque. The cash awards are made possible in part by the generous support of American Airlines, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
Previous winners from Lourdes Academy include:
1985: Laura Shaner, Silver Knight Recipient in Business
1992: Cristina Pravia, Silver Knight Recipient in Science
1995: Roxana Gonzalez, Silver Knight Recipient in Science
1999: Dora Robau, Silver Knight Recipient in World Language
1999: Annette Rodriguez, Silver Knight Recipient in Math
1999: Melissa Sanchez, Honorable Mention
1999: Anne Marie Fernandez, Honorable Mention
2009: Tiffany Fan, Honorable Mention in Music
2012: Emily Molina, Honorable Mention in Business
2015: Gabriella Llano, Honorable Mention in Journalism
2016: Isabel Gonzalez, Honorable Mention in General Scholarship