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Miami Dade College Student “DREAMS Big” and Wins Grand Prize

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Student Alexander Rey Wins Grand Prize in Achieving the Dream’s Design Contest

Miami, January 14, 2013 - Miami Dade College (MDC) graphic design student Alexander Rey was selected as the grand prize winner in Achieving the Dream’s Second Annual “DREAM Big for College” Design Contest. 

Alexander will receive a $1,000 scholarship, and his design will be featured on 1,500 tote bags that will be provided to attendees of DREAM 2013, the annual convening of the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network.  Alexander’s design was selected by a panel of Achieving the Dream judges from a submission pool of the top 10 voted student submissions on Facebook.

In order to participate in “DREAM Big for College,” contestants had to be in college with good academic standing in a participating Achieving the Dream institution.  These students had to submit an original design that expresses creativity, initiative and inspires other students to “finish what they start” with their designs. 

MDC, participant in the Achieving the Dream network, works with the national nonprofit to deliver on a mission of helping community college students, particularly low-income students and students of color, stay in school and earn a college certificate or degree.  “DREAM Big for College” is part of a larger campaign to engage more students in the national conversation about student success and completion. 

Immigrating to Miami six years ago, Alexander’s winning-design reflects his personal story, “Coming from Cuba and speaking very little English, I imagined becoming a graphic designer and working hard to build a better life for my family.  Sometimes, it is a struggle.  There are challenges placed in my path, but I remain positive about what my future represents.  I hope that other students are inspired by the design and fight for their dream.”     

Alexander attends classes on MDC’s Kendall Campus and will receive an associate of science degree in graphic design in spring 2014.  After graduation, Alexander plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree.  Currently, Alexander is responsible for advertising and layout design for The Reporter, MDC’s student newspaper.

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