Walter B. Arnold, Jr. Youth Hall of Fame Community Service Award

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
High School
2001Linda OrientalMiami Jackson Senior High School
2002Medardo MartinHialeah Senior High School
2003Kathryn ZabielinskiCoral Reef Senior High School
2004Alice KimMiami Palmetto Senior High School
2005Harley N. GouldDr. Michael Krop Senior High School
2006Laura E. IrastorzaOur Lady Of Lourdes Academy
2007Judelys GutierrezHialeah Miami Lakes Senior High School
2008Kem ChatfieldMiami Carol City Senior High School
2009Nicole LudmirDr. Michael Krop Senior High School
2010Dale WebsterYoung Men’s Academy
2011Manuel MaciasChristopher Columbus High School
2012Angeline PinoInternational Studies Charter Senior High School
2013Betsy TrujilloG. Holmes Braddock Senior High School
2014Leila SchwartsCoral Reef Senior High School
2014Waleed MneimnehPalmer Trinity School
2015Kimberly ForeiterDr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School
2016Maribel Corona-VillaRobert Morgan Educational Center
2017Shawn KouriHialeah Senior High School
Middle School
2001Kyle AmberPalmetto Middle School
2002Rigoberto L. CabreraRiviera Middle School
2003Laura IrastorzaEpiphany School
2004Leotha III FlemingAllapattah Middle School
2005Ethan AddicottHighland Oaks Middle School
2006Ashley RempelArvida Middle School
2007Natalie BuellHomestead Middle School
2008Michael V. BerriosMiami Lakes Middle School
2009Yhineeidy CastroHenry H. Filer Middle School
2010Tylor DavisSouthwood Middle School
2011Kimberly C. ForeiterJohn F. Kennedy Middle School
2012Ashley ScarrySouthwood Middle School
2013Joshua WilliamsRansom Everglades Middle School
2014Sophie BarryGeorge Washington Carver Middle School
2015Alyssa CerberGeorge Washington Carver Middle School
2016Gwendolyn OdinMiami Springs Middle School
2017Madison AmadorLeewood K-8 Center

2018 Inductees
  • SaiLasya Munamarty

    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 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.