4 Marjory Stoneman Douglas students nominated for Silver Knight Awards – Parkland Talk

4 Marjory Stoneman Douglas students nominated for Silver Knight Awards
Sofia Rothenberg, Matthew Veerasammy, Sarah Nikaj and Sarah Kathuria {Photo courtesy MSD}

By Jill Fox

Four outstanding students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have been nominated for a Silver Knight Award.

A Miami Herald tradition since 1959, the Silver Knight Scholarship Program recognizes outstanding students who have not only maintained good grades, but have also applied their special knowledge and talents to provide meaningful service to their schools and communities.

The program has awarded $1 million a year to previous recipients, including Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and award-winning composer Bill Conti.

Students can be nominated in one of 15 categories: Art, Athletics, Business, Drama, English & Literature, General Scholarship, Journalism, Math, Music & Dance, New Media, Science, Social Studies, Speech, professional technique and languages ​​of the world. .

This year’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School nominees are:

Sarah Kathuria

In the Digital and Interactive Media category, Kathuria has indeed left an impact on many lives by serving as Key Club International’s Florida District webmaster. She has created and maintained several digital platforms that can be offered for free globally and serve more than 15,000 students across Florida.

To address the lack of financial literacy among young people and fill the the gender gap in business, Kathuria createdThe portfolio projectwhich reached more than 60 girls worldwide and was published in magazines such as Forbes.

In the fall, she will attend the University of California, Berkeley Haas School of Business to earn a degree in business administration. Talk about the park wrote about The Wallet Project here.

Sophie Rothenberg

In the business category, Rothenberg has participated in different events at the district, state and international levels over the past four years. In March, she placed fourth at Florida’s Career Development Conference in the Start-up Business Plan category, qualifying for the International Conference on Career Development competition.

In the fall, she plans to attend Tufts University and major in American Studies.

Matthew Veerasammy

In the Speech category, veerasammy has exemplified excellence through his leadership as Captain of Public Forum and Congressional Debate and competitive accolades throughout his four years of academic debate. The six-time South Florida CFL champion said his dedication and passion for the business motivated him to co-found ‘The Tree’, an online debate platform developed during the pandemic as a way for individuals to improve their critical thinking and argumentation skills by continuing the will to debate for so many people.

In the fall, he will attend Emory University to study political science, with minors in finance and economics.

Sarah Nika

In the English category, Nike has received a host of accolades throughout its time at MSD, including second place at the 2022 Emerald Society Essay Contest. His short story won first place at the Stoneman Douglas Literary Fair and third at the Broward County Literary Fair.

She will attend the University of Florida and plans to double major in English and political science.

In May, students will attend the Silver Knight Award ceremony with dozens of other nominees schools in South Florida. Each of the winners receives a $2,000 Knight Foundation scholarship, a Silver Knight statue, a 25,000-mile AAdvantage travel certificate and the Silver Knight medallion presented by American Airlines.

the Silver Knights Ceremony will take place on Thursday, May 26 at 7 p.m.

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Jill Fox

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Jill Fox is an Emmy Award-winning screenwriter and producer. She has worked in public relations and television for over 20 years. Fox lives in Parkland with her husband and their two children.

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