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!

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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

DASH shows that #Values Matter Miami

MDCPS supports the Values Matter Miami initiative, and DASH “cooperates” enthusiastically. A variety of activities have taken place throughout the school year to demonstrate and support the nine key values, which are: Citizenship, Fairness, Cooperation, Kindness, Pursuit of Excellence, Responsibility, Respect, Integrity and Honesty.

Most recently, Ms. Janice Jackson, our Virtual School facilitator, has launched an initiative demonstrating the value of Responsibility. FLVS students have taken responsibility for building a display of magnets and other items on the lab’s whiteboard to highlight all the values throughout the year, and all students are welcome to add a symbol or message of hope to the board, which is pictured in progress below.

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Earlier in the year, Ms. Rosie Gordon-Wallace, a DASH advisory board member, delivered an inspiring address to a whole school assembly inviting us all to reflect on the value of Respect.

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Furthermore, DASH celebrated the Pursuit of Excellence at a celebratory school luncheon, hosted by principal Ms. Ana Alvarez Arimon, marking the awarding of a National Blue Ribbon Award to the school this year. Ms. Kerly Cileli, and Dr. Carlos Insignares from Student Services smile below as they enjoyed the celebration.

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And in one of so many demonstrations of Kindness here at DASH, Madame Teresa Grafton is conducting her annual Coats for Kids drive to provide gently worn coats, scarves and sweaters for our warm hearted alumni who pursue their own visions of excellence often in cold climes.

In these ways, and many others throughout the year, DASH indeed shows that:vmpostersm

American Institute of Architects honors Theo Neil Blones – Student of the Year

Congratulations to Theo Neil Blones for being selected by the Miami Chapter of the American Institute of Architects as Student of the Year.

Each year, a senior architecture student pursuing higher education in architecture is selected for outstanding performance in architecture, extraordinary talent, and complexity in thought.

Theo received his award at the Annual Miami AIA Awards Gala which took place on October 28, 2016 at the Little Haiti Cultural Center.

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From Left to Right are pictured: Elizabeth Camargo, President Elect AIA Miami Chapter, Mr. Eric Hankin, Architecture program, DASH, Theo Neil Blones, Honoree, and Mr. Jason Hagopian, President, Miami Chapter AIA.