May 31, 2020

Anik Willig


During her freshman year, Anik Willig established H.E.R.O. (Homeless Empowerment and Reading Opportunities), an organization to promote literacy among homeless children in South Florida. Every Saturday for the past four years, Anik and a group of volunteers have gone to the Chapman Partnership in Homestead to host a reading activity for the children and to guide them as they read.

Anik reached out to family and friends for support and played the violin at events and even street corners to raise money for H.E.R.O. Over the past four years, H.E.R.O. has logged approximately 1,200 hours and served several hundred children. As editor in chief of her school’s Elysium Magazine, Anik earned a Columbia University Silver Crown Award and was a Gold Circle Literary Award nominee. She is a member of the National English Honor Society.

The honorable mentions were: Jada Richardson (VPA) – Drama; Omar Hussein (IB) – Science; Sofia Diaz-Rodriguez (IB) – Speech; Aisha Chebbi (IB) – World Languages.

30 high school seniors in Miami-Dade and Broward counties won a Silver Knight Award Thursday evening as part of the 62nd annual Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald program recognizing outstanding high school seniors. In total, 700 students from 103 public and private schools in both counties were nominated.

Each award includes a $2,000 scholarship from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, a Silver Knight statue, an AAdvantage 25,000-mile travel certificate and the Silver Knight medallion presented by American Airlines employees. Another 90 seniors were named honorable mentions; they received a plaque and $500.