Three seniors – Levi Gans '22, Kati Ortega '22 and Leah Thorpe '22 – won Honorable Mention at the 64th Annual Silver Knight Awards Ceremony at the James L. Knight Center in Miami on May 26, receiving award plaques and $500 scholarships from the Herald Charities Foundation. Awards are granted to students who demonstrate overall academic excellence and outstanding community service in particular areas.
Gans, a lead guitarist for Young Musicians Unite and secretary of Rock 4 RElief, was honored for his work in the music category. Ortega, who volunteered with Bridges to Wealth and City Pay it Forward, was recognized in the business category; and Thorpe, who studied Bahamian architecture in Coconut Grove as a Bowden fellow and participated in a number of arts-related community service projects, won recognition in the arts category.
The trio were among 90 students who earned honorable mention honors in 2022; more than 660 students were nominated by more than 100 schools in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. Ransom Everglades nominated 11 students: Gans, Ortega, Thorpe, Amelia Fox '22, Eva Gonzalez-Whitehouse '22, Dina Kaplan '22, Zach Marcus '22, Juliana Murray '22, Celeste Viana '22, Izzy Virtue '22 and Mary Logan Woolsey '22.
Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.