Charter’s Top Jags

Brielle Gari, Staff Writer


   As the Miami Herald and Sun Sentinel All County team selections release their top picks, Pembroke Pines Charter continues to dominate the scene. The Senior Scholar Athlete award recognizes student-athletes who have excelled both academically and athletically. Mr. Bayer and the staff selected seven outstanding seniors based on specific criteria surrounding GPA, classroom performance, and on-the-field performance. Here are Charter’s top picks: 


Lucas Giron: 

   Lucas Giron played all 4 years on Charter Boys Varsity soccer team and will attend the University of Central Florida majoring in mechanical engineering, all while being the president of Mu Alpha Theta Math tutoring and maintaining a 5.2 GPA. 

Paul Abolafia:

   Paul “PJ” Abolafia is committed to Lander University and will be attempting to become the next two-way player at the collegiate level. As of today, PJ is leading the jaguars varsity team in OBP, SLG, and RBIs. PJ has been maintaining a 5.2 GPA and a score of 1400 on the SAT. “Having years of dedication recognized, I couldn’t be more grateful and honored to be nominated for this award.” 

Kailee Maldonado:

   Kailee Maldonado will begin attending the University of Florida but spent her years at Charter playing for the Girls Varsity Basketball Team. “Most of my points were made off offensive rebounds. I would have to say my favorite part of playing basketball this year was all the memories made with the girls. They were all so amazing and we had many laughs shared together on and off the court.”

Sumedh Edavalluri:

   Sumedh Edavalluri will be attending the University of Florida and majoring in finance and computer science. Scoring a 1500 on the SAT and maintaining a 5.6 GPA, Charter’s tennis captain without a doubt made his mark. 

Silvana Dioguardi:

   Silvana Dioguardi will be attending the University of Florida. Playing since the fifth grade, Silvana finished her senior season with 50 goals. Leading her team to victory in the semi finals last year was an unforgettable memory. “Feeling that all your hard work during the season paid off and you are fighting for the state title is crazy. I am so proud of my team and couldn’t ask for a better one.”

Kaitlin Fernandez:

   Kaitlin Fernandez will be attending the University of Central Florida and is majoring in biology after maintaining a 5.0 GPA throughout high school. “It shows how my hard work and dedication on and off the field truly did pay off , as I definitely had my struggles, I feel great about my accomplishments in high school.” 

Amanda Roman: 

   Amanda Roman will be attending the University of Florida with a 1370 SAT score and a 5.4 GPA. Representing the Jaguars in both tennis and flag football, she will be majoring in journalism with law school being her end goal. Being president of Helping Hand Unite and co-president of SWAT, “it feels great to be rewarded for just playing the sports I love, especially because being a student athlete has been so difficult.” Amanda says, “I wouldn’t trade it for anything!”