Walter B. Arnold, Jr. Youth Hall of Fame Community Service Award
Walter B. Arnold Jr. admired the creativity, dreams and accomplishments of our community's youth and wanted to recognize and reward these talented young people. He was devoted to youth programs, community service and the celebration and recognition of young achievers.
The Youth Hall of Fame community service award recognizes noteworthy youth achievement for private and public middle and high school students from Miami-Dade County in service to their school and/or community.
- Open to all middle and high school students in public, private, parochial and home schools.
- Students should show an ability to lead and involve others in their community service project.
- Students should demonstrate perseverance, independence, creative and critical thinking skills.
- All services must be documented.
- Community service should be varied with one major community service project highlighted.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible to apply?
Middle and high school students who invest their time and energy in helping others overcome hardships are eligible to win the award.
How many awards are allocated?
Four middle-school students and four senior high school students from public and private schools are selected every year.
What is the value of the award?
Finalists are also recognized in each of the five Regional Centers of Miami-Dade County Public Schools at the high school and middle school level. Private school finalists will be divided into the Regional Centers by the physical address of the school. Each finalist is awarded $100. One middle school and one high school Miami-Dade County student is selected each year to be inducted. Each inductee is awarded $1,000.
Youth Hall of Fame Inductees
|2001||Linda Oriental||Miami Jackson Senior High School|
|2002||Medardo Martin||Hialeah Senior High School|
|2003||Kathryn Zabielinski||Coral Reef Senior High School|
|2004||Alice Kim||Miami Palmetto Senior High School|
|2005||Harley N. Gould||Dr. Michael Krop Senior High School|
|2006||Laura E. Irastorza||Our Lady Of Lourdes Academy|
|2007||Judelys Gutierrez||Hialeah Miami Lakes Senior High School|
|2008||Kem Chatfield||Miami Carol City Senior High School|
|2009||Nicole Ludmir||Dr. Michael Krop Senior High School|
|2010||Dale Webster||Young Men’s Academy|
|2011||Manuel Macias||Christopher Columbus High School|
|2012||Angeline Pino||International Studies Charter Senior High School|
|2013||Betsy Trujillo||G. Holmes Braddock Senior High School|
|2014||Leila Schwarts||Coral Reef Senior High School|
|2014||Waleed Mneimneh||Palmer Trinity School|
|2015||Kimberly Foreiter||Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School|
|2016||Maribel Corona-Villa||Robert Morgan Educational Center|
|2017||Shawn Kouri||Hialeah Senior High School|
|2001||Kyle Amber||Palmetto Middle School|
|2002||Rigoberto L. Cabrera||Riviera Middle School|
|2003||Laura Irastorza||Epiphany School|
|2004||Leotha III Fleming||Allapattah Middle School|
|2005||Ethan Addicott||Highland Oaks Middle School|
|2006||Ashley Rempel||Arvida Middle School|
|2007||Natalie Buell||Homestead Middle School|
|2008||Michael V. Berrios||Miami Lakes Middle School|
|2009||Yhineeidy Castro||Henry H. Filer Middle School|
|2010||Tylor Davis||Southwood Middle School|
|2011||Kimberly C. Foreiter||John F. Kennedy Middle School|
|2012||Ashley Scarry||Southwood Middle School|
|2013||Joshua Williams||Ransom Everglades Middle School|
|2014||Sophie Barry||George Washington Carver Middle School|
|2015||Alyssa Cerber||George Washington Carver Middle School|
|2016||Gwendolyn Odin||Miami Springs Middle School|
|2017||Madison Amador||Leewood K-8 Center|
SaiLasya, a seventh-grader at Archimedean Middle Conservatory, found her inspiration to stop child exploitation in an assignment at her school’s philosophy club. SaiLasya summarized the group’s findings on sex trafficking, child labor, organ trafficking, and drug trafficking then launched a Change.org petition to raise funds for organizations fighting these. She enlisted community support by speaking at schools, the Hindu Society of Miami, and Rotary clubs. Her efforts garnered 200 petition signatures, hundreds of dollars, and accolades from the Miami Police Department and Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Although she admits that bringing about change can be difficult, SaiLasya says: “One change can help change the world.”
Anilegna Nuñez Abreu
Anilegna Nuñez, a senior at South Miami Senior High School, founded H.E.L.P., her school’s tutoring and mentoring program, with a peer. When she tutored a schoolmate with autism, the positive experience opened her eyes to just how much of an impact the program could have. At least 56 students have been tutored through H.E.L.P., with another 40 involved in the program’s mentoring component. Students who have attended 10 or more tutoring sessions have scored a 100 percent passing rate compared to 79 percent for those who have attended fewer than 10 sessions.