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Academic Signing Day for SAS Class of 2015 Admitted to the Top 50 National Universities

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Photo #1 SAS Principal Dr. Omar Monteagudo with some of the 124 SAS seniors admitted to UF (42% of the SAS Class of 2015)

Photo #2 SAS White Tiger Mascot Gaby Perez and SAS Counselor Dr. Townsel Fire Up the Star Students Before Superintendent Carvalho Arrives

Photo #3 SAS Administrators and MDCPS Dignitaries Congratulate SAS Star Students at Academic Signing Day

April 24, 2015 - A group of graduating students at SAS took a bow Friday, after years of hard work led more than half of them to be accepted into some of the nation's top universities.

It was all about celebrating years of dedication for the 167 students at the School for Advanced Studies' Academic Signing Ceremony, held Friday. Fifty-nine percent of the seniors at SAS have been accepted into the top 50 colleges across the country, with 18 of them headed to the Ivy Leagues.

"It's really exciting. I really have big hopes for our class," said Joanna Smith-Palliser, who was accepted into Cornell University. "I know we're going to do amazing things."

The hardworking and self-motivating students said they're looking forward to the new opportunities that await them as they prepare to embark on their higher learning experience. "The people, the academics, the environment; they have a cool study abroad program," said Melissa Gerdts, who will be able to call herself a freshman at Duke University in the fall.

Students attending SAS take on a challenging workload completing their last two years of high school while also attending Miami Dade College.

Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho gave students some words of encouragement during the ceremony. "Accomplish great things, but never forget the echo of your souls, of your spirits," he said. "Advance dignity at all times. Respect all things living; respect all religions, all beliefs, all traditions, all cultures, all colors."

Carvalho reminded attendees to always use their abilities and accomplishments to help others. "You are remarkable human beings, with fantastic journeys and careers ahead," he said, "but it is that single action on behalf of somebody who cannot speak or fight for themselves, that fragile human being, that crying child, that homeless man under the bridge, whose smile from your lips will dignify his humanity."




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