Education Advisory Board is taking nominations for Awards of Excellence

Education By Alexandra Herrera, Reporter Friday, March 15, 2024


     The Education Advisory Board is calling for nominations for its annual Awards of Excellence. 

     Students may be nominated in eight categories and a teacher may be nominated as outstanding educator of the year. 

     The awards honor students who demonstrate exceptional dedication, leadership and service and make a positive impact on their school environment and beyond. 

     Nominated students in the fifth, eighth and 12th grades and educators must live in Miami Lakes to be eligible. 

     The deadline to file paperwork is April 11. The form can be found at

     From the town’s description of categories:

    Athletics Where a student showed leadership and contributed to individual and team sports within the school or community by coaching, assisting with recreation programs and other athletic activities that provide well-being to the community.

     Business A nominee should have entrepreneurial plans and experience in accounting, marketing or consumer education. Students should belong to clubs such as Future Business Leaders of America or Distributive Education Clubs of America and have used technology to administer business studies for the welfare of the community. 

     Community Hero Outstanding student volunteers whose service benefits classmates, their school or community through a school project, community program or selfless act. 

     English and Literature For students who show a deeper appreciation and knowledge of the English language. The award is for students who inspire individual expression through scripted communication, serving as a reading tutor or cultivating a passion for reading. 

     Fine Arts The nominee may be in visual or performing arts and can express creative abilities through drawing; painting; graphic design; photography; acting; directing; composing original scripts or music; performance in both vocal and instrumental music; dance and assisting with productions … which concentrates on community matters or encourages admiration for the visual or performing arts. 

     Journalism Students may express their skills in writing, reporting, editing and/or photography published in a newspaper, magazine or on an electronic media site … and assists individuals in a school; church or civic organization. 

     Local Advocacy Students who have knowledge of current events, history, civics and political science to benefit others. She or he is active in student government, and also advocates for local, state and federal government issues. Students participate in debates; organize public forums or volunteer for social service organizations or health and human services agencies. 

     STEM Students study advanced mathematics, technology, sciences and engineering  to benefit the community. They encourage conservation of the environment and/or the concepts of biology, physics, physiology, earth and space sciences, chemistry, botany and other areas of study. They may create multi-media works using STEM via a webpage, text; pictures; video; animation or sound. 

     Outstanding Educator of the Year Teachers, administrators, directors, counselors, class assistants, psychologists, social workers or coaches must demonstrate leadership; exceptional teaching practices in the classroom; provide innovative or consistently outstanding support and/or service and go above and beyond the requirements of his or her job description in both the community and at school. 

     Winners will be announced at a dinner later this spring.