By N'agelie Lazo, Senior and Melissa Keller, English Teacher
Additional Interview with Melanie Rodriguez, Senior, Editor in Chief
For any underclassman, who listens to the morning announcements, may have heard this years 2017-2018 Silver Knight Nominees. Some of you may be wondering what a Silver Knight is, and why it is such an honor to be nominated for this scholarship. Yours truly, has been nominated herself in the category of Journalism. Now before I get ahead of myself, let me give you an introduction to the Silver Knight Awards, this year's nominees/categories, and a special interview with the Editor and Chief herself.
According to the Miami Herald, the Silver Knight Awards is one of the nation’s most highly regarded student awards programs, and this year it is in its 60th year (John S. Knight began this program in 1959). The purpose of these awards is to recognize outstanding students who have not only maintained good grades, but have also unselfishly applied their special knowledge and talents to contribute significant service to their schools and communities. The program is open to high school seniors with a minimum 3.2 GPA (unweighted) in public, private, and parochial schools in Miami-Dade and Broward counties.
Nominees from all schools appear on a designated day to be interviewed by a panel of independent judges. Each panel of judges selects one Silver Knight and three Honorable Mentions in that category. Names are not revealed until the Silver Knight Awards ceremony. Silver Knights receive $2,000, a Silver Knight statue and a medallion presented by American Airlines. The three Honorable Mentions are presented $500 and an engraved plaque.
15 Silver Knight Categories
For more information on the other categories, visit this website: http://www.miamiherald.com/site-services/miami-herald-events/silver-knight/article1930303.html
Excellence should be demonstrated by using writing, editing or reporting skills to benefit others in school, church or civic organizations, or through newspapers, magazines or electronic media in the community. Photographers may be better suited for the Art category unless their photos are used in news publications. Producers and technicians for television programs should choose the Vocational-Technical category unless they are involved in news writing and editing. Nominees may bring a portfolio of writing samples such as excerpts from a student newspaper to the interview.
Excellence should be demonstrated by contributing to mathematical knowledge through individual or group research; by fostering interest in advanced mathematics; by tutoring in mathematics, or by using computer science to benefit the community.
MUSIC & DANCE
Excellence should be demonstrated by performing vocal, instrumental music, or dance for the benefit of others, or by fostering wider participation and appreciation for music through school or civic organizations. Service and activities may include leading groups that share musical talents with the community. A nominee does not have to participate in a high school’s music classes or ensembles but must document advanced study of an instrument (i.e. vocalist, piano or harp). Music and Dance nominees are encouraged to bring a sample of their work (including the vehicle to play their sample) or other method of demonstrating their ability in this category.
Excellence should be demonstrated through advanced study or application of the principles of chemistry, physics, biology, botany, earth and space sciences, physiology and other specific areas, or by encouraging study in these areas. Judges will evaluate the service rendered through hospital laboratory research against the academic credits given a nominee for such research. Other service or activities may include promoting the preservation of the environment or working to save an endangered species.
Excellence should be demonstrated through the use of knowledge of American and world history, current events, political science, economics, or sociology for the benefit of others. Service or activities may include activities related to Student Government as well as local, state and federal government (i.e. issue advocacy, voter registration and political campaigns); fundraising or volunteering for social service organizations such as United Way and various health and human service agencies; and history education and preservation.
Sometimes mirroring programs found in career technical tracks, these students should demonstrate excellence through the use of skills in agriculture, business, computing, construction, creative, culinary, healthcare, human services, mechanical and technical fields. Services and activities may include participation and membership in clubs such as Youth Crime Watch, Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA), Technology Student Association (TSA), Junior Engineering Technological Society (JETS), Cooperative Education Clubs of Florida (CECF), and Vocational Industrial Clubs of America (VICA). Graphic design students whose major service contributions or projects include web or multi-media components might be better suited for the Digital and Interactive Media Category.
Interview with The Editor in Chief, Melanie Rodriguez:
What was your initial reaction to your nomination?
What is the application process like?
What volunteer work do you do? (Apart from your major service project)
What is your major service project?
Herald Board, Miami . “Silver Knight | Miami Herald.” Miami Herald | MiamiHerald.Com, Miami Herald , 2017.
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