NWSA Student Awarded Full Carnival Foundation Scholarship at Miami HEAT Game Edward Leonard, a champion debater who is on the acting track as a senior at New World School of the Arts (NWSA) at MDC, recently walked onto perhaps the biggest stage of his life. Leonard was one of 17 South Florida students participating in the Carnival Scholarship & Mentoring Program who were honored this spring at the AmericanAirlines Arena. The presentation of a fouryear college scholarship was made during halftime at a Miami HEAT game, with more than 19,000 fans in the stands.. “I felt blessed to be there,” said Leonard. “I couldn’t wait to get home to ask my friends and family members if they saw me on TV.” If that wasn’t thrilling enough, there was also the exciting news of the scholarship – which Leonard will use to pay for his studies at the University of South Florida – as well a gift card from Perry Ellis, a backpack and a new laptop computer. The gifts were made possible by Carnival Foundation, in partnership with the Miami Heat and the Florida Prepaid College Foundation. Leonard and the other students were paired with Carnival and HEAT mentors while participating in an innovative workplace program, working with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami. Glenn Aprile was Leonard’s mentor and was with him on the Heat’s stage. The first in his family who is headed to college, Leonard earned the scholarship by virtue of his grade point average, which is 3.9 weighted, and his community service, which included a graveyard cleanup project he initiated at Charlotte Jane Memorial Park Cemetery in Coconut Grove. Leonard, who plans to study Media Production and Business Management at USF, has a long list of accomplishments, including: • He won first place in a debate competition in the local chapter of SWAT (Students Working Against Tobacco). • He twice won first place at Phi Beta Sigma National Oratorical competitions in Pennsylvania (2013) and Arkansas (2015). • In January, he was inducted into the French Honor Society at New World School of the Arts. Edward Leonard and mentor Glenn Aprile, manager of new builds for Carnival Cruise Line Leonard at HEAT game with Carnival Corporation Chairman Micky Arison, an MDC alumnus
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