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Senior Issue 2024
June 5, 2024

Green Champions ribbon cutting: Solar panel debut

MAST Academy’s green campions had a ribbon cutting to congratulate newly added solar panels.

On Thursday, November 16, 2023, MAST Academy held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the new solar panels that were added to the top of the PE shelter, after having pitched the idea to Key Biscayne more than four years ago.

A 40,000-dollar grant from the village of Key Biscayne was given, which was about two-thirds of the total 63,110 dollars used for this project.  Now, MAST Academy keeps working and striving to become the first zero waste, zero energy school in Florida.

These solar panels help represent the young hard-working students of MAST Academy and the struggles they’ve faced to help keep the environment safe and help protect our planet.

These solar panels are expected to have enough power in the first year to offset 14.5 metric tons of carbon dioxide from the environment.

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Amy Garcia
Amy Garcia, Staff Writer
Amy Garcia is a freshman and student journalist at MAST Academy at Virginia Key. She came to MAST because she had heard of its reputation and believed it was a good school and would be an interesting location. This is her first year at MAST and on The Beacon. Garcia joined the school newspaper because she likes to know what is going on at her school and enjoys interviewing and talking to others. She is very social and likes to get to know people. She wants to cover MAST sports and tackle the controversial and sensitive topics that often need to be written. Garcia likes to know more about people and the reason behind their personalities and interests. She is interested in studying psychology and is reaching for schools like Stanford and Yale.
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