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School for Advanced Studies 2012 Silver Knight Nominees

Steven Claunch,Srigita Madiraju, Tia Uzzell, Hannah Imberman

Steven Claunch,Srigita Madiraju, Tia Uzzell, Hannah Imberman

Miami, April 3, 2012 -  School for Advanced Studies has announced its 2012 Silver Knight nominees.Steven Claunch from SAS Homestead is nominated in the category of Speech for his inspirational work with lower socioeconomic youth groups. SAS Wolfson student Hannah Imberman is nominated in Social Science for her dedicated efforts at historic preservation with Miami Marine Stadium. SriGita Madiraju, a student at SAS Kendall is nominated in General Scholarship for her volunteer service to provide medical treatment to the poor in India. SAS Homestead student Tia Uzzell is nominated in Mathematics for her tutoring efforts for military families with children attempting the FCAT exam. These four extraordinary students exemplify the ideals of academic excellence and good citizenship through their efforts to address the needs of our community and the world. 

The Miami Herald Silver Knight Awards is one of the nation's most highly regarded student awards programs. The purpose of this Awards program is to recognize outstanding students who have not only maintained good grades but have also unselfishly applied their special knowledge and talents to contribute significant service to their schools and communities. The Silver Knight Awards program was instituted at The Miami Herald in 1959 by John S. Knight, past publisher of The Miami Herald, founder and editor emeritus of Knight-Ridder Newspapers and 1968 Pulitzer Prize winner.

The 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. Each panel of judges selects one Silver Knight and three Honorable Mentions in that category. Names are not revealed until the Silver Knight Awards ceremony. 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.

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