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May 4, 2011: City Commission recognizes scholarship winners

The City Commission recognized 18 deserving high school students who were awarded Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarships for the upcoming academic year. With the generous assistance of the Coral Springs Community Chest, as well as contributions from individuals the Coral Springs Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee was able to distribute scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,000 toward each student’s college education. Students were evaluated on their level of financial need and community involvement. Scholarships are awarded regardless of racial, religious or ethnic background.

This year’s winners are: Ornella Berard, Miles Cowan, Aimee Guralnick, Shivanah Moertodjo, and Adam Vicent from Coral Glades High School; Madelyn Perez from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Xiara Acosta and Alexander Villagomez from J.P. Taravella High School; Herna Auguste, Johana Bien-Aime, Djego Clement, Marie Ange Corvil, Daniela Dorvil, Haydee Morales, Martine Phadael, Kerline Philippe, Matthew Prince and Chrismerli Rodriguez from Coral Springs High School.

“We want to thank you, students, for applying for the scholarship and congratulations on winning. You received lots of advice of how to go into the future and we hope that you come back to Coral Springs,” Mayor Roy Gold said.
The Commission then proclaimed May 5, 2011 as National Day of Prayer. Each year, the City of Coral Springs comes together, regardless of differences in faith, to pray for our nation and its leaders.

“This is a day that is so significant all over the world. It is one of my absolute favorite events that we have here,” Vice Mayor Claudette Bruck said. “The real importance of this day is that we sit there as one body.”

All residents are invited to join the Commission on Thursday, May 5 at 7 p.m. at City Hall for National Day of Prayer. For more information, please visit
The City also recognized the Coral Springs Festival of the Arts volunteers who made this year’s event such a success. This two-day celebration of arts and culture features a fine art show, contemporary craft festival, performing arts, and live music. Proceeds from the Festival (a 501C3 corporation) benefit the Coral Springs Museum of Art and other nonprofit qualifying artistic endeavors within the community.

Committee members recognized include President Shirley Richards, Vice President Gisele Rahael, Secretary/Treasurer Paul Brite, Claudette Bruck, Dan Bruck, Gina Morera, Joe Morera, Lorie Newman, Joy Carter, Debbie Oistacher, Peggy Fox, Barbara O’Keefe, Martha Hoce, Vincent Rebecca, Jeff Hochman, Dennis Reeber, Dave Jacobs, Denise Smith, Shirley Klein, Abe Sternberg, Lenora Kohan, Ada Sternberg, Laurie MacDonald, Paula Washburn, Lois Margolin and Andrea Zoller.

“This committee works all year round to present to the citizens the art festival. It brings thousands of people to the City of Coral Springs to see what most of us enjoy every day,” Vice Mayor Bruck said.

“This group of volunteers has created a signature event for the City of Coral Springs and also has taken their time and their energy to give to our community. We appreciate what you’ve done for the Art Museum as well. Thank you,” Mayor Gold added.

Lastly, the Commission recognized brothers Vincent and Glenn Medina for their recent accomplishments in spelling bee competitions. Glenn, 7th grade student at Ramblewood Middle School, recently won the Miami Herald Broward County Spelling Bee championship for the second year in a row.  Glenn will now move on to represent Broward County in the Scripps National Spelling Bee to be held in Washington, D.C. in June.  His older brother, Vincent, a sophomore at St. Thomas Aquinas, was a semifinalist twice at the national level after winning the county competition two years in a row prior to that.  He was tied for 25th place in 2008 and finished 17th place overall in 2009. Both Vincent and Glenn knew the alphabet when they were just two years old, and by age four, they were reading books and spelling, according to their mom, Joseline Medina.
“These young men are just incredible. They do everything with a stand up quality and they have the best demeanor. They are two of the finest young men I’ve ever met,” Ramblewood Middle Principal Tina Recchi said.

Photos of these recognitions are available at 

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