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SAS Student Naveed Lalani Honored by Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez as Shining Scholar

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Photo from left: SAS Principal Dr. Omar Monteagudo, Rozina Lalani (mother), Naveed Lalani, Amin Lalani (father), and Marcia Soto Pirani (mosque teacher).

Miami, May 20, 2014 - Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez honored SAS Kendall junior Naveed Lalani as the May 2014 Shining Scholar "Emerging Leader" at the meeting of the Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday, May 20, 2014.

Naveed is very involved in his mosque, the Ismaili Center of Miramar, where he is a youth leader and has been selected to lead the congregation in prayer. His outstanding leadership led him to be selected to travel to Dallas, Texas, to lead a congregation of 8,000 people in prayer.

In July of 2013, Naveed was selected as one of 64 Muslim high school students from around the world to participate in a month-long trip to Mombasa, Kenya, to participate in a project known as Global Encounters. There he interacted with students from 13 different countries, including Afghanistan, Canada, Iran, Syria, and Uganda, among others, and became interested in providing support services to the disabled in Kenya and here at home.

At SAS, Naveed is involved in the Robotics Club, National Honor Society, Tennis, Mu Alpha Theta Honors Math Club, Sports Club, Photography Club, and the Rocketry Club. Additionally, he works part-time in his family’s business.

Naveed hopes to attend MIT to pursue a major in Computer Engineering and to one day work for Apple.

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