Hispanic Heritage Oratorical Contest

Hispanic-Heritage-Month-MuralThe purpose of the 2016 Hispanic Heritage Month Oratorical Competition is to provide students with the opportunity to discover and refine their research, writing, creative, and public speaking skills through a challenging competition

This year’s prompt is:

Why a particular Hispanic individual, due to their contributions to society, should be recognized during Hispanic Heritage Month.

Due Date:     On or before Friday, October 7, 2016 to be considered for judging.


Each grade level group will be awarded a 1st- 3rd prize as follows:

1st Place:            $100.00 gift certificate

2nd Place:           $75.00 gift certificate

3rd Place:            $50.00 gift certificate


Video recordings MUST be of one student delivering their speech.

Each video submission should be no more than 3 minutes (180 seconds) in length.


Hispanic Heritage Art and Essay Contests


All Florida students are invited to participate in the 2016 Hispanic Heritage Month art and essay contests which will be centered around the theme, “Honoring Hispanic American Heroes: Veterans, Military, Law Enforcement and First Responders.”  Students in grades 9-12 can earn a 4-year Florida Prepaid Scholarship through the essay contest.

The deadline for all submissions is 5:00 p.m. Friday, September 9, 2016. 

To learn more about Florida’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebration and contests, including contest rules and forms, visit www.FloridaHispanicHeritage.com

Dash alumnus David Baptiste (2016) to display his work in national exposition


Here is an excerpt from a letter our own Ms. Abramson received that tells this great story:

Dear Ellen Abramson:

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are pleased to inform you that David Baptiste’s work, Leg and Wall, has been selected for year-long display in the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) offices in Washington, D.C.

The installation of the work in the IMLS offices coincides with the opening of Art.Write.Now.DC, a special exhibition of National Medalist work from the 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. This exhibition will be on display at the U.S. Department of Education and the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, and we wanted to invite you to join the festivities.

You are invited to a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, September 16. Students and educators are also invited to join in on exclusive workshop opportunities on the day of the ceremony, and all guests are welcome to join special docent-led museum tours in the afternoon.

WHERE: The Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education Building
400 Maryland Avenue S.W., Washington, D.C.
Across from the National Air & Space Museum

WHEN: Friday, September 16, beginning at 9:00 am
Plan to arrive by 8:45 am. It will take a few minutes to pass through security.

DASH excels at 2016 ACT-SO Competition


From left to right:  David Baptiste, Cornelius Tulloch, Mia Lockart, Dylan Etienne-Ramsay, Hanna Ali, Ezekiel Binns, Nadia Wolff,  and Asanma Weeks celebrate their accomplishments at the ACT-SO competition.

The NAACP’s Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics is a yearlong achievement program designed to recruit, stimulate, and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students.

ACT-SO includes 26 categories of competition in the sciences, humanities, business, and performing and visual arts. More than 260,000 young people have participated from the program since its inception. Eight DASH students who were already Gold Medal NAACP ACT-SO Regional Winners competed in nine different categories in Cincinnati, Ohio July 14th-17th for the 2016 National ACT-SO Competition.

The regional Gold Medal winners were:

Hanna Ali: Photography
David Baptiste: Photography and Sculpture
Ezekiel Binns: Architecture and Original Essay
Mia Lockhart: Sculpture
Dylan Etienne-Ramsey: Drawing
Cornelius Tulloch: Architecture
Asanma Weeks: Painting
Nadia Wolff: Performance Poetry

Additionally, the following students won national awards:

David Baptiste: Bronze Winner for Photography
Ezekiel Binns: Silver Winner for Original Essay
Dylan Etienne-Ramsey: Silver Winner for Drawing
Cornelius Tulloch: Bronze Winner for Architecture


Underfashion Club Distributes $200,000 in Student Support & Expands Number of Participating Schools


Strengthens commitment to the future of intimate apparel design & merchandising

New York, NY – May 11, 2016 – The Underfashion Club, the intimate apparel industry’s non-profit organization dedicated to education, is marking its most ambitious year yet, with expanded support to benefit students through its Scholarship, Awards, Internship and Grants (SAIG) programs.  In addition to monetary increases, the program has also been expanded beyond the Fashion Institute of Technology to include –  DASH in Miami, Parsons,  High School of Art & Design, and LIM College.

“We are thrilled to be expanding the program at a time when supporting students is crucial to the future of the intimate apparel industry. Now more students than ever will be able to fulfill their dreams and pursue their studies at premier centers of education.  The programs fulfill our mission to Support Education Today For A Better Industry Tomorrow,” says Victor Vega, president of The Underfashion Club.

In 2015, The Underfashion Club distributed $200,000 in scholarships, awards and internships, in support of intimate apparel design and merchandising students, including:

 Awarding a $2,500 scholarship to the winner of the student design contest at Design and Architecture Senior High School pending their acceptance into a college/university.


DASH among nation’s best, says U.S. News and World Report