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Miami Dade County School Board Member Larry Feldman Honors SAS Homestead Student Steven Claunch

Mdcps Board Member and  Dr. Larry Feldman

MDCPS Board Member Dr.Larry Feldman Honors SAS Homestead Student Steven Claunch

Miami, March 7, 2012 - SAS Homestead student Steven Claunch was honored by School Board Member Dr. Larry Feldman at the March 7, 2012 meeting of the Miami Dade County Public Schools School Board. Steven was accompanied by his family to the meeting and they were thrilled to see their son and brother receive this well deserved recognition. Dwayne Wade Sr. also came to the meeting to honor this outstanding young man and spoke about how Steven has touched many lives through his inspirational story.
Miami Dade County School Board Member Dr. Larry Feldman honored SAS Homestead student Steven Claunch at the March 7, 2012 meeting of the MDCPS School Board. Steven received a proclamation from Dr. Feldman in recognition of his volunteer service with the non-profit ProPops organization founded and run by Dwyane Wade Sr.

ProPops provides basketball camps to lower socioeconomic children in our community and Chicago. Steven frequently gives motivational talks at these sports camps and Dwayne Wade Sr. was on hand at the meeting to speak about what an inspiration Steven has been to the young people who he works with in these camps.

Dr. Feldman and Dwayne Wade Sr. both commented upon the incredible achievements of Steven Claunch at the School Board meeting. Steven was born with one hand, eight toes and legs of different lengths. However, Steven saw possibilities and not limitations and became a key member of his high school basketball team in spite of these physical challenges. He then had to undergo a series of painful surgeries to lengthen his right leg and was sidelined for over a year. Although devastated about not being able to play, Steven turned his disappointment into determination and focused his attention on academic excellence.

Steven chose to attend the very challenging School for Advanced Studies Homestead Campus at the beginning of eleventh grade and has flourished there ever since. As a result of his academic achievements, he has been named a Posse Scholar and will be attending the Ivy League University of Pennsylvania next fall on a full scholarship. Steven was also recognized as one of only 10 high school seniors in Miami for the 2012 "Orgullo de Nuestra Juventud Award" (Pride of Our Youth Award) sponsored by Univision.

Not surprisingly, Steven has been nominated by the School for Advanced Studies for the Silver Knight Award in Speech. Dr. Feldman commended Steven for using adversity and hardship as valuable lessons to inspire others. "We are all very proud of Steven Claunch for his community service and his academic achievements."

The attached photo from the School Board presentation features his family from left to right (Scott Claunch, Lynn Claunch, Carissa Claunch, SAS Principal Dr. Omar Monteagudo, Steven Claunch, School Board Vice Chair Dr. Larry Feldman, Dennis Lindsay, Judy Clouet, and Dwayne Wade Sr.)

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