Ricardo Castro, a senior at the School for Advanced Studies at Kendall Campus, was honored by Mayor Carlos Giménez on Nov. 21 with the Pursuer of Excellence award from the mayor’s Shining Scholars Awards.
Castro, 17, has maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout his high school career as president of the National Honor Society and treasurer for the Pre-Med Club and Student Government Association.
He also participated in a community service project with The Salt and Light Project, a non-profit organization that collects hygiene and school supplies and works with missionary organizations to send them to countries such as Cuba, Ecuador, Colombia, Dominican Republic and Myanmar.
“I put a lot of work and dedication towards my community service work,” Castro said. “Being recognized in such a platform by Mayor Gimenez made me feel really proud and it is also very inspiring for me to keep working even more in my projects.”