2023 Jerome Edmund Gray Youth Achiever Brianna Pinales Celebrated at Black Achievers Awards on October 26

October 20, 2023

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Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial High School student received a four-year scholarship to Florida State University

Miami native and recent graduate of Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial High School, Brianna Pinales, has been named this year’s Jerome Edmund Gray Youth Achiever by JM Family Enterprises, Southeast Toyota Distributors and JM Lexus.

The Youth Achiever award, named in memory of 1995 Black Achiever, Jerome Edmund Gray, annually recognizes a South Florida high school senior who qualifies for financial aid and has applied and received admission to Florida State University. The honoree was selected by a committee, consisting of esteemed JM Family associates, who carefully evaluated the nominees based on their accomplishments and potential to make a positive impact. The award serves as a testament to the potential and promise of the community’s exceptional, young individuals. To date, the award has been presented to more than 40 deserving students, providing tuition to help them continue their educational journey.

Pinales’ commitment to her studies was exemplified this school year when she recently completed an Associate of Arts degree with a specialization in Forensic Science in addition to completing high school. Pinales has dreams of pursuing a career in the field of medicine, motivated by her desire to help others and make a positive impact in her community.

“I am deeply grateful to be recognized by my community and chosen as this year’s Jerome Edmond Gray Youth Achiever,” said Pinales. “This opportunity will open more doors towards a brighter future for me, unlocking a world of new possibilities. It has been truly rewarding to be recognized for my academic achievements and commitment to service.”

In addition to the four-year scholarship, Pinales will receive a paid internship with JM Family, a network of peers including past Youth Achievers, dedicated support from college administration, and connections to recruiters for mentorship and guidance. This comprehensive support system has been curated to ensure Pinales not only succeeds academically but is set up to thrive throughout her college experience.

Pinales will be celebrated for her remarkable achievements and dedication to excellence during the 2023 Black Achievers Awards ceremony this Thursday, October 26, alongside other distinguished South Florida community leaders at The Parker in Fort Lauderdale. The awardees for the Black Achievers program include Arts & Culture honoree, Traci Young-Byron; Business & Entrepreneurism honoree, Ken Roland; Community Service honoree, Marleine Bastien; and Education honoree, Danni Washington.

RSVP’s are now open. To RSVP, visit www.blackachieversawards.com. Interact with Black Achievers on Facebook and Instagram.

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