On May 9, Miami Palmetto Senior High hosted their 2020-2021 Underclassmen Awards night. The ceremony, streamed via YouTube, started at 6:00 p.m. The nominated students received an invitation through an email from the board of student services.
The ceremony, hosted by Mrs.Valero, featured several teachers, staff and administrators. The night began with the book awards presented by Mr. Nerenberg and Ms. Dwyer. Recipients include:
Aiden Kong (Rensselaer Polytech Institute Book Award)
Cayetana Jaramillo (Princeton Book Award)
Rachel Graff (Brandeis Book Award)
Allison Gould (Wellesley Book Award)
Brighton Brown (Yale Book Award)
Alexandr Kim (Tulane Book Award)
Anna Liu (Harvard Book Award)
Lacey Buchwald (Barnard Book Award)
Following the book awards, Mrs.Valero handed the ceremony over to PTSA president, Gina Vinueza, to present the PTSA sponsored awards. Mrs.Vinueza first presented the service award, given to students with an excellent academic record and involvement in their community. Mrs.Vinueza also presented the PTSA-sponsored leadership award, which recognizes students that work hard and display a well-developed sense of purpose and direction.
PTSA Sponsored Service Awards
PTSA Sponsored Leadership Award
Directly after, Assistant Principal Mr. Tellechea introduced the PAW award, given to students who are highly respected by teachers and classmates for their outstanding character. In the same category, Assistant Principal Mr. Barreras presented the Core Values Awards to students who devote themselves to the community while exuding Palmetto’s core values: honesty, cooperation, integrity, kindness, fairness, responsibility, respect, citizenship and pursuit of excellence.
Core Value Awards
Mrs.Valero then introduced several Palmetto teachers to announce the departmental awards, starting with the achievement awards, then subject awards.
Business Education Awards
Lilly De La Roca
Drama and Technical Theater Awards
Family Consumer Science Awards
Health Science Awards
Foreign Language Awards
Investigative Academy Awards
Social Science Awards
Language Arts Awards
Physical Education Awards
Finally, the last awards of the night included Panthers on the Move, Panthers of Distinction and Students of the Year from each grade level.
Panthers on the Move Award
11th Grade Panthers of Distinction
Of the Year Awards
Class of 2024: Emma Behar
Class of 2023: Devica Shah
Class of 2022: Nicolas Garavito