NWSA 2008 Silver Knight Nominees

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Four NWSA High School students are nominated for the prestigious 2008 Silver Knight Awards

On Tuesday, May 20, high school students Jamie Mann, Ashley Huergo, Elliott McCarthy and Chrystie Martinez will be joining other fortunate Silver Knight nominees in what could be the most memorable evening of their lives. Their dream, to be called onstage to receive the coveted Silver Knight Awards statue..

The epitome of academic and citizenship excellence, these four students excel at more than their natural artistic talent. An astute and persistent young man, Elliott McCarthy achieved his nomination in the area of "Speech". As President of the Student Government Association of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, his goal is to give a strong and active voice to SGA, or, as he calls it "elusive spark" in order to benefit the 370,000 students it represents. Elliott recently received the President's Volunteer Service Award for his outstanding commitment in our community.

With her nomination in "Music", Ashley Huergo is an active and devoted member of the Best Buddies Club and strives to engage and help those in our community who need it most. As a volunteer at the University of Miami Adolescent Clinic and at the Jackson Memorial Pediatric Oncology Clinic, Ashley interacts with the young patients to "help ease the stress of spending their day in treatment". Her project included the development of an educational information disc currently used by Resident medical students, which allows them to find the necessary clinical forms more efficiently.

Nominated in the field of "Science", Jamie Mann is Executive Producer at the The B'nai B'rith Young Organization's Holocaust Impact Theater. Developing theater performances with minimal budget and resources, Jamie is confident that his efforts will not go unseen or unheard. Through his on-stage productions, he hopes to "educate young people, and at the same time adults of the dangers of the simplest prejudices and intolerance." During his involvement with the organization, Jamie has also taken on the roles of writer, actor, stage technician, set designer, multimedia coordinator, fund raising chairman and publicity chairman.

Chrystie Martinez, nominated in "Drama", cites her participation in the performance of "Anyone of Us" as the most significant one for her and her community. Sharing the stage with renowned author Eve Ensler, Chrystie had the opportunity to express, through their own personal stories, the voice of incarcerated women. Her goal, "to assist young girls in preventing mistakes that could lead them into living the same lives that some of these incarcerated women now regret."

Ranked by US News and World Report among the top 100 high schools in the nation, New World School of the Arts students consistently receive local and national recognition for their artistic and scholastic success. To date, NWSA has garnered a vast list of accolades including 14 Presidential Scholar Awards and more than 200 NFAA Awards.

One of the nation's most highly regarded student awards program, the Silver Knight Awards program recognizes outstanding students who have maintained a high level of academic achievement while simultaneously demonstrating active involvement in their school and community.

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