May 16, 2017 – Miami, Florida – Congratulations to Coral Reef Senior High School’s graduating senior, Adrian Perez, as he was nominated by Ms. Gloria Martin, Guidance Counselor for the Legal and Public Affairs Academy and school personnel to receive the Kendall Federation of Homeowner Associations (KFHA) Operation Turnaround 2017 Scholarship. KFHA celebrates the success of students who employ winning strategies in their lives that place them on a pathway to academic and social success.  They provide awards, events, mentoring services, college financial-planning information and scholarships to deserving students from the greater Kendall area.

Adrian will attend Miami Dade College in the Fall and plans to major in Business Administration. Adrian was selected because he has exhibited the qualities of resiliency and perseverance through extremely challenging circumstances.  Honoring his father’s dying wish to have his son sent to the United States, to have the opportunity for a better life, Adrian’s mother sent him at age six to Miami, to live with relatives he never met.  Not only was this a new country – with a new family, but he was mourning the loss of his father and missing his mother.  It took time to learn English and adapt to his new surroundings; which did not occur without missteps along the way.  However, with the help of caring teachers and administrators, over time Adrian began to make the adjustment.  He is dependable, respectful, trustworthy, and has performed academically while maintaining a part-time job.  He never complains and the result is that through establishing goals and visions and sheer hard work, he will be the first in his family to graduate from high school. In addition, his mother has not been able to travel to the United States to see her son, and will likely not attend his graduation.

Since 1983, the Kendall Federation Operation Turnaround Scholarship Initiative has sponsored the Operation Turnaround Awards Students’ Luncheon held at Fire Tower.  As a Miami-Dade Public Schools “Dade Partner,” Operation Turnaround honors students from over 43 public schools within the greater Kendall Community every year.

Operation Turnaround is run with a 100% volunteer staff.  High school honorees, plus scholarships and grants for graduating seniors who are headed for college or other post-secondary institutions.

In addition to the scholarship, Adrian received a laptop computer, an internship and a job with Hotwire Communications.  Hotwire Communications is one of the nation’s leading fiber optics telecommunications providers specializing in multi-family communities. Hotwire Communications employs cutting-edge fiber-to-the-home technology in which fiber optic cable serves as the backbone for all of the community’s communications services. Because of this brand-new communication infrastructure, residents at every community they service will enjoy the benefits of a completely upgraded system.

Adrian Perez

Photo: Adrian Perez