The Posse Foundation selects record three NWSA scholars

Alexis Holliday named a Posse Foundation Scholar.

New World School of the Arts high school is now home to a total of five distinguished Posse Foundation Scholars.

Seniors Kandyse Samuel, Alexis Holliday and Emily Rivera have become 2012 Posse Foundation Scholars and starting this fall, the young ladies will be attending their dream school on scholarships offered by the Posse Foundation.

This is the third year that the Posse Foundation draws students from the Miami-Dade Public Schools system, thanks to a personal appeal made in 2009 by Miami-Dade County Public Schools superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho.

With plans to follow a college pre-med track and foreign language studies, Kandyse Samuel will be attending the University of Pennsylvania along with her posse.

Described by her guidance counselor Pamela Cabarcos as “helpful, determined, and hardworking,” the vocal music student, who works part-time to contribute to her family income while managing to be among the top 7 percent of her class, also is highly involved in extracurricular activities. Samuel has held office in various NWSA organizations since her freshman year, including secretary and vice president of the Future Business Leaders of America and treasurer of the Math Honor Society.

Alexis Holliday, also from the music program, has chosen to attend Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts to major in Health Science while continuing to train her voice.

“This scholarship means the world to me,” said Holliday, who would have attended a local Florida university otherwise.

In the top 13 percent of her senior class, Alexis holds a 5.4 weighted GPA and is involved in numerous extracurricular programs, both in the school and in the community. She is communications chair of the NWSA High School Choir, and a member of the National Math Honor Society, Voices of Inspiration Club, and National Spanish Honor Society, among others.

Holliday also has volunteered at the Salvation Army where she has lead the Angel Tree Project for the past seven years.

Choosing Hamilton College in Clinton, NY, Emily Rivera, a dancer at NWSA, aims to earn a degree in English to then continue to pursue a career in law.

Humbled by the scholarship, Rivera confessed, “The Posse Scholarship is the best thing that has ever happened to me. To this day, I am still in absolute shock that out of 1,000 nominees in Miami-Dade County, I was chosen for a Posse!”

Rivera is in the top 13 percent of her class and, like her Posse peers, she is a highly motivated and driven student. With more than 600 community service hours, she is the senior class vice president, French Club vice president, and an active member of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts. During her junior year, she was the president of the National Honor Society and the junior class treasurer.

For information about New World School of the Arts, call at 305-237-3135 or visit nwsa.mdc.edu.

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