Miami, Florida, Thursday, May 19, 2016 – Three Mater Lakes Academy students were nominated for the Miami Herald’s Silver Knights Awards that were held on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at the James L. Knight Center.

One of the nominees, Sabrina Gonzalez, won the Silver Knights in the Vocational Technical category for Miami-Dade.

Sabrina is part of the Early Childhood Education program at Mater Lakes Academy, and grew very fond of a particular student and their family while he was part of “Cub Academy” (the on-site pre-school that is part of the early childhood curriculum). This student, who is autistic, was leaving the pre-school to attend another school for students with special needs, unfortunately the school was costing the parents several thousands and they were expecting twins. Knowing the struggles the parents were going through, Sabrina decided to start a non-profit, Heroes Miami, Inc. in August 2014, for families that have children with autism to assist them financially to cover some of the expenses that cannot afford. Through her non-profit Sabrina has raised over $7,000 and has held several fundraising events.

Sabrina is not only graduating with honors as a Summa Cum Laude graduate in June, but with her Associates in Arts from Miami-Dade College as part of the Dual Enrollment program and with the CDA certification as part of the Early Childhood Education program. Sabrina has done all this while being the President of Class of 2016 and involved in several organizations on campus including the Key Club and the National Honor Society. Sabrina will be attending the University of Florida Fall 2016.

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Mater Lakes Academy is a Miami-Dade County Public Charter School, with students enrolled in 6th – 12th grade. Mater Lakes Academy has been open since the 2006-2007 academic school year. For more information, visit the school’s website at