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SAS Homestead student Steven Claunch wins 2012 Silver Knight Award in Speech

Miami, June 1, 2012 - School for Advanced Studies Homestead student Steven Claunch wins 2012 Silver Knight Award in Speech

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Photo #1 from left features SAS Activities Director James Coats, SAS Silver Knight Coordinator Dennis Lindsay, Lynn Claunch, (mother of Steven), Silver Knight Winner Steven Claunch, Scott Claunch, (father of Steven), and SAS Principal Dr. Omar Monteagudo.

Photo #2 features the 2012 Silver Knight Winners for Miami Dade and Broward Counties

On May 17, 2012 SAS Homestead senior Steven Claunch, was awarded the Silver Knight in Speech for Miami Dade County.

Steven was born with only one hand, eight toes and legs of different lengths. However, Steven saw possibilities and not limitations and became a key member of his high school basketball team in spite of these physical challenges. He then had to undergo a series of painful surgeries to lengthen his right leg and was sidelined for over a year. Although devastated about not being able to play, Steven turned his disappointment into determination and focused his attention on academic excellence.

Steven created a presentation about overcoming his physical challenges and used it to inspire young people to persevere when faced with difficult obstacles. Steven is headed to the University of Pennsylvania next year as a Posse Scholar where he expects to continue his motivational speaking to young people and church groups. Steven gives much of the credit for his success to his faith and the sacrifices made by his parents while he was growing up.

School for Advanced Studies is extemely proud of this outstanding young man.

The Silver Knight Award is given in 15 categories each year to high school seniors who have stellar academic records with selfless community service that may endure after they graduate from high school. The award goes to the best of the best from 59 public and private high schools in Miami-Dade County. Winners are often motivated to create a particular service project by a personal experience, often a bad experience in their life that they turned into a positive one for themselves and others. This is what Steven Claunch did.

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