As proposed by School Board Vice Chair Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall, the MiamiDade School Board recognized six 12thgrade students from William H. Turner Technical Arts High School for their extraordinary scholastic achievements.

Under the leadership of Principal Lavette Hunter, Turner Tech students have flourished academically. This year, the school’s graduating seniors earned the most college scholarships in the institution’s 24 year history.

“The leadership of William H. Turner Technical Arts Senior High School and its graduating seniors are to be commended for their determination and pursuit of professional and academic excellence,” said Bendross-Mindingall. “It is always my honor and joy to recognize the positive achievements of our students who have overcome so many obstacles.”

Julius Wade received a full-ride to Harvard University. He was also accepted to Dartmouth, University of Pennsylvania, Williams College, University of Chicago and the University of Florida.

Melissa Eustache received a grant for the full cost of attending Johns Hopkins University, where she will major in premed. She was also accepted to University of California – Berkeley.

Jonathan Cola is a Gates Millennium Scholar, which fulfills unmet financial need for students pursuing careers in computer science, science, mathematics, engineering, education, library science and public health, and includes graduate school. He will be attending the University of Miami.

Dajuan Bowman is only one of two students in Florida to receive the Jim Moran Foundation Scholarship for African-American role models. He will attend Florida State University.

Xavier Miranda-Colon received a full scholarship to Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University where he will study veterinary science and agribusiness. Charles Voltime graduates at the top of his class. He received early college admission through the Advanced Scholars Program and earned an associate’s degree.