Superintendent Roundtable

DASH student leaders were invited with SGA representatives from 22 other MDCPS Central Region high schools to the Superintendent’s roundtable breakfast this morning at Ronald Reagan/Doral Senior High School. Pictured is Mr. Carvalho fielding questions from his attentive audience. Topics ranged from dual enrollment, Florida Virtual School, new technology and wifi access for all students, and the superintendent’s personal feelings about immigration and student safety. Below, Mr. Carvalho holds the autographed, original Dwyane Wade converse sneaker designed by DASH alum Duane Lawrence. Gabriela Alcalde, Ziqi Wang, Carla Scemama, Jo Rosenthal and Brianna Leatherbury made sure to say hello after the meeting and invite the superintendent to visit photo-1

Congratulations to the National Scholastics Award Winners of DASH in Art and Writing

  • Bryce Donner- Silver Medal in Photography
  • Katuscia Gregoire- Gold Medal in Art Portfolio
  • Ricardo Hernandez- Silver Medal with Distinction in Art Portfolio
  • Brianna Leatherbury- Silver Medal in Art Portfolio, Gold Medal in Future New Art
  • Luma Louzada- Gold Medal in Fashion
  • Jonathan Munoz- Silver Medal in Art Portfolio
  • Mateo Nava- Silver Medal in Art Portfolio
  • Yifan Wang- Gold Medal in Painting
  • Steven Zorrilla- Silver Medal in Art Portfolio

Check out Katuscia Gregoire’s gold medal piece as the banner on the Scholastics home page here.

DASH Alumni finals for Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce Award

William Lai, a DASH alum, is a finalist among five other Architects for the Inaugural Better Beach Awards “Innovative Architecture Award” presented by the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce for the Fontainebleau – Arkadia project.

The awards will be presented at the Better Beach Awards luncheon to be held on next Thursday, March 21st, from 11:00 am – 1:30 pm at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel (1601 Collins Ave) in the beautiful Poinciana Ball Room.


Internship Fair and Career Portfolio Day

IMG_3664 On Friday, March 15th, DASH juniors and seniors had the 15th annual internship fair and career portfolio day. It begun with a senior breakfast sponsored by the PTSA and a panel of speakers in the multi-purpose room. The design forum speakers included Lucas Leyva or Borscht Corp., Judy Holm of Aspirations PR, Irma Martinez of Trendy Studio, Nick Cindric of NC Contemporary, and Lauren Arkin of LA Boudoir.IMG_3667

This was followed by a keynote address from Lucas Leyva of Borscht Corp., a Miami resident, to the senior class. He said many important things to the class and was very inspirational. To get started he gave a key piece of advice: “Do projects for no money at first. Borrow gear, put your stuff online. Get a twitter.”

IMG_3671The final part of the day was for the junior class. They had an amazing opportunity to put themselves out there with interviews with people currently working in the industry they were pursuing. We had architecture firms, artists’ studios, and museums come to be a part of this event. Thank you to everyone who participated in making the day a success.

Lexi Lehrman’s achievement with the Prudential Spirit of Community Award can be read about here:

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Alexis Lehrman, 14, and Joshua Williams, 11, both of Miami Beach, today were named Florida’s top two youth volunteers of 2013 by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism. Alexis was nominated by Design and Architecture Senior High in Miami, and Joshua was nominated by Ransom Everglades School in Coconut Grove. The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, now in its 18th year, is conducted by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).

Alexis, a freshman at Design and Architecture Senior High, has raised more than $50,000 over the past five years for the fight against breast cancer by recruiting friends and professional artists to help her create paintings that are then turned into posters and sold at Susan G. Komen for the Cure events. When Alexis was 8 years old, she spotted a pink donut in a Dunkin Donuts shop and thought the store should use the colored donuts to raise money for breast cancer. That’s when she realized she, too, had the power to make a difference. “Ever since that day, I have asked for charitable donations instead of birthday or holiday gifts,” said Alexis. “Save a life or get a present I will barely remember? That was a no brainer!”

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2013 Magnet Schools of America: DASH Recognized with Distinction


DASH was recognized by Magnet Schools of America (MSA) as a School of Distinction. We’re extremely honored by this award. The school was recognized at yesterday’s School Board meeting, and Dr. Mancuso and Mr. Britton will attend the MSA conference in Tulsa, Arizona this May.

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Key Biscayne Women’s Giving Circle Donates iPad Minis to DASH


On March 28th at the Adrienne Arsht Center, Dr. Mancuso and a group of DASH students (Kevin Savillon, Julian Mayfield, Gabriela Alcalde, and Khristine Perez) accepted the generous gift of thirty iPad Minis to be used by students on summer pre-college scholarship trips and throughout the school year on campus. The Key Biscayne Women’s Giving Circle hosted a beautiful event to honor several recipients of their philanthropy. DASH has benefitted from the generosity of this group for the past three years. Thank you, Key Biscayne Women’s Giving Circle!photo-1