Carlos Cepeda wins Spanish Poetry Award

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From left to right, the Cepeda Family: Mr. Carlos G. Cepeda, Dash Freshman  Carlos A. Cepeda, and Luz Gomez.

DASH Freshman Carlos Cepeda has won the Spanish Poetry and Narrative Award presented by the Miami-Dade County School’s Department of Bilingual Education and World Languages.

Out of 500 entries, Carlos’ passionate and heartfelt poem titled “Pasados sus 95,” inspired by his grandmother’s passing, won him him an award this year.

He was recognized for his achievement and received his prize on April 22nd, 2017 at the Centro Cultural Español in Miami accompanied by his parents Mr. and Mrs. Cepeda          (pictured above) as well as his  grandparents, and Assistant Principal, Georgina Palomo.

A gifted and creative writer, Carlos has steadily polished his skills during his time in AP Spanish this past year. He is also a member of the National Spanish Honor Society.

Yet, when asked what he would like his readers to remember after reading his poem, all he wanted was for them to “Always value the life of the ones that you love, especially the older people in your life.”

Congratulations to Carlos Cepeda for winning in the Spanish Poetry and Narrative Award Contest!

Junior Gabriel Chez wins Herblock Award for Editorial Cartoon

ChezSponsored by The Herb Block Foundation, The Herblock Award for Editorial Cartoon was created two years ago within the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards to celebrate the legacy of four-time Pulitzer Prize–winning political cartoonist Herb Block and his remarkable contribution to American history and free expression.

The works selected for this year’s Herblock Award are thought-provoking editorial cartoons that speak directly to issues concerning today’s teens. From racism to global warming to the refugee crises, these teens are making their voices heard.

Congratulations to DASH junior Gabriel Chez one of three 2017 recipients of The Herblock Award for Editorial Cartoon.

Nina Ahmadi Wows at Piano Slam

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DASH sophomore Nina Ahmadi claimed first place at this year’s regional Piano Slam 9 Competition that took place at the Arsht Performing Arts Center on Thursday, February 16th.

After about five weeks of intensive practice with her coach, Darius Daughtry (pictured above), she, along with 16 other finalists, delivered her spoken word piece titled “Symphony of the Street” with powerful dynamism and conviction.

After careful consideration of all the poets’ emotional final performances, the judges awarded Nina the first place prize.

Many fellow DASH students were there to support her at the event. She is the second DASH student to win Piano Slam, preceded by junior James Balo.

Congratulations Nina on bringing home to DASH this prestigious honor!

DASH writers impress in the Scholastic Writing Awards

Not only are DASH students great artists, their many gifts extend across a broad range of talents – music, athletics, leadership, and yes, superb writing. As is the case every year, our DASH writers submitted a sterling portfolio of written works. Junior student, James Balo received a Silver Key and the notable American Voices nomination which advances his work to national competition. Sophomore students Micah Bast (Red Ribbon), Alana Martinez (White Ribbon), Alexandra Delgado (Red Ribbon), and Sam Yaziji (Silver Key) were all honored, while Freshman student Yasmin Waheed received two Silver Keys and one Honorable Mention.

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Back row – Left to Right – Micah Bast, Sam Yaziji, and James Balo. Front tow – Left to Right – Alana Martinez, Yasmin Waheed, Alexandra Delgado.

DASH excels in the Scholastic Art Awards 2017 Regional Competition

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In yet another remarkable achievement, DASH students received 180 awards in over a dozen categories. Many students received multiple awards, including Honorable Mentions, Silver Keys and Gold Keys.

The official awards list of DASH students follows below:

LastName FirstName Award Category
Abella Christopher Silver Key Painting
Abella Christopher Honorable Mention Painting
Abella Christopher Silver Key Painting
Abella Christopher Gold Key Painting
Agres Jenna Silver Key Printmaking
Aliano Jessica Silver Key Painting
Alonso Daniela Honorable Mention Architecture
Alonso Daniela Honorable Mention Drawing
Alonso Daniela Honorable Mention Painting
Alonso Daniela Honorable Mention Painting
Archange Weeclef Silver Key Painting
Arias Gala Honorable Mention Drawing
Arias Gala Silver Key Painting
Arias Gala Honorable Mention Painting
Baez Natalie Honorable Mention Painting
Balo James Honorable Mention Photography
Banciella Hannah Silver Key Drawing
Barros Maria Silver Key Drawing
Barros Maria Honorable Mention Fashion
Barros Maria Honorable Mention Fashion
Barros Maria Silver Key Fashion
Barros Maria Honorable Mention Photography
Bast Micah Honorable Mention Photography
Benedetti Maya Gold Key Sculpture
Blones Theo Neil Gold Key Painting
Bohm Halley Gold Key Art Portfolio
Castaneda Nicole Honorable Mention Fashion
Chez Gabriel Honorable Mention Editorial Cartoon
Chez Gabriel Gold Key Editorial Cartoon
Chez Gabriel Silver Key Editorial Cartoon
Chez Gabriel Honorable Mention Painting
Chez Gabriel Honorable Mention Painting
Chez Gabriel Gold Key Painting
Chez Gabriel Honorable Mention Painting
Chez Gabriel Honorable Mention Painting
Clavijo Maria Honorable Mention Design
Clavijo Maria Gold Key Drawing
Cofresi Giuliano Honorable Mention Painting
Corn jo Gabriela Silver Key Drawing
Cortez Rosa Honorable Mention Comic Art
Cortez Rosa Gold Key Digital Art
Corugedo Marcus Honorable Mention Printmaking
Costa Elizabeth Silver Key Design
De La Cruz Jenny Gold Key Comic Art
De La Cruz Jenny Silver Key Design
De La Cruz Jenny Gold Key Design
Del Pino Malena Honorable Mention Painting
Diaz Fernando Honorable Mention Architecture
Diaz Fernando Honorable Mention Architecture
Diaz Fernando Silver Key Painting
Diaz Fernando Honorable Mention Painting
Diaz Fernando Honorable Mention Painting
Diaz Fernando Honorable Mention Photography
Diaz Fernando Honorable Mention Photography
Diaz Manuel Gold Key Art Portfolio
Diaz Manuel Silver Key Drawing
Dunoyer Lucas Honorable Mention Painting
Ehrenstein Mikaela Gold Key Mixed Media
Ehrenstein Mikaela Gold Key Painting
Ehrenstein Mikaela Silver Key Painting
Elortegui Luna Gold Key Art Portfolio
Elortegui Luna Gold Key Art Portfolio
Elortegui Luna Gold Key Fashion
Encarnacion Violeta Gold Key Fashion
Escobar Victoria Gold Key Art Portfolio
Escobar Victoria Silver Key Digital Art
Escobar Victoria Honorable Mention Painting
Escobar Victoria Honorable Mention Photography
Escobar Victoria Gold Key Printmaking
Etienne-Ramsay Dylan Gold Key Art Portfolio
Fernandez Anella Honorable Mention Architecture
Fernandez Anella Gold Key Architecture
Fernandez Anella Silver Key Sculpture
Fernandez Anella Honorable Mention Sculpture
Ferreira Jacqueline Silver Key Painting
Franklin Abbey Gold Key Art Portfolio
Friend Chloe Gold Key ArtPortfolio
Friend Chloe Silver Key Drawing
Friend Chloe Honorable Mention Sculpture
Garcia Katya Silver Key Architecture
Gibson-Mays Quentin Gold Key Painting
Graham Charlotte Honorable Mention Architecture
Gurruchaga Azul Silver Key Architecture
Herrera Danna Gold Key Painting
Horta Sheilam Honorable Mention Painting
Horta Sheilam Silver Key Printmaking
Horta Sheilam Honorable Mention Printmaking
Hurtado Sabrina Honorable Mention Painting
Keeling Lauren Honorable Mention Painting
Kobert Emily Honorable Mention Painting
Kuraeva Maria Honorable Mention Painting
Lampedusa Korri Honorable Mention Architecture
Lampedusa Korri Gold Key Art Portfolio
Lampedusa Korri Gold Key Art Portfolio
Lampedusa Korri Honorable Mention Drawing
Lampedusa Korri Honorable Mention Drawing
Lampedusa Korri Honorable Mention Drawing
Lampedusa Korri Honorable Mention Painting
Lampedusa Korri Honorable Mention Painting
Lampedusa Korri Honorable Mention Painting
Lampedusa Korri Honorable Mention Painting
Lampedusa Korri Honorable Mention Painting
Li Sandy Honorable Mention Painting
Lin Leanne Silver Key Painting
Linares Sabrina Silver Key Digital Art
Linares Sabrina Silver Key Film & Animation
Linares Sabrina Honorable Mention Film & Animation
Linares Sabrina Honorable Mention Mixed Media
Linares Sabrina Honorable Mention Mixed Media
Linares Sabrina Honorable Mention Mixed Media
Linares Sabrina Silver Key Painting
Linares Sabrina Honorable Mention Painting
Lohn Kourtney Honorable Mention Photography
Lohn Kourtney Honorable Mention Photography
Lohn Kourtney Honorable Mention Photography
Lopez Alexander Gold Key Art Portfolio
Lopez Alexander Honorable Mention Painting
Lopez Alexander Silver Key Painting
Lopez Daniela Honorable Mention Drawing
Lopez Fabio Silver Key Comic Art
Ludwig Brittney Gold Key Art Portfolio
Ludwig Brittney Honorable Mention Digital Art
Ludwig Brittney Silver Key Painting
Ludwig Brittney Honorable Mention Painting
Margolis Adam Sams Honorable Mention Painting
Marrero Andrea Honorable Mention Photography
Marrero Andrea Honorable Mention Photography
Marrero Andrea Gold Key Photography
Marrero Jacob Honorable Mention Painting
Marshall Brianna Silver Key Printmaking
Martinez Brianna Honorable Mention Photography
Mashukova Sofya Honorable Mention Painting
McCready Christopher Honorable Mention Painting
McIntosh Imani Silver Key Mixed Media
McKinney Nicole Honorable Mention Fashion
Mechaber Gabrielle Silver Key Design
Mejia Nastassia Honorable Mention Painting
Melgar Pamela Silver Key Painting
Moussa Alia Honorable Mention Design
Moussa Alia Honorable Mention Drawing
Moussa Alia Honorable Mention Mixed Media
Moussa Alia Honorable Mention Painting
Noa Jade Honorable Mention Design
Noa Jade Honorable Mention Design
Nordlund William Silver Key Comic Art
Orraca Valeria Honorable Mention Digital Art
Orraca Valeria Honorable Mention Film & Animation
Orraca Valeria Silver Key Mixed Media
Parson Albert Honorable Mention Design
Pindell Faye Honorable Mention Design
Pomaville Connor Honorable Mention Painting
Pomaville Connor Honorable Mention Painting
Posschelle Sheridan Honorable Mention Architecture
Ramirez Lianne Silver Key Painting
Rapp Frederick Honorable Mention Architecture
Rapp Frederick Honorable Mention Painting
Rapp Frederick Honorable Mention Painting
Rapp Frederick Honorable Mention Photography
Rapp Frederick Honorable Mention Photography
Rapp Frederick Silver Key Photography
Reveles Anneliz Gold Key Art Portfolio
Riera Kasey Honorable Mention Painting
Riera Kasey Honorable Mention Painting
Ritter-Vazquez Farah Silver Key Painting
Rodriguez Carolina Honorable Mention Painting
Sanchez Alejandra Honorable Mention Architecture
Sanon-Jules Asa Gold Key Art Portfolio
Sante Isaac Honorable Mention Design
Sanzetenea Mark Honorable Mention Design
Scarry Brooke Honorable Mention Drawing
Scarry Brooke Silver Key Fashion
Stebbins Nicole Gold Key Art Portfolio
Suarez Megan Honorable Mention Painting
Suarez Ruth Honorable Mention Photography
Torres Alyssa Gold Key Art Portfolio
Turner-Trujillo Nanette Gold Key Art Portfolio
Vasguez Sophia Honorable Mention Painting
Velazco Mauricio Honorable Mention Architecture
Vergara Santiago Silver Key Design
Villar Andrea Gold Key Art Portfolio
Villatoro Gabriela Gold Key Fashion
Wells Zoe Honorable Mention Painting
Yasa Kayra Honorable Mention Painting
Younis Ashwaq Honorable Mention Architecture
Younis Ashwaq Honorable Mention Sculpture
Zuniga Carolina Honorable Mention Painting
Zuniga Carolina Silver Key Painting
Zuniga Carolina Honorable Mention Painting