NSU University School Seniors Honored with Prestigious Silver Knight Awards

NSU University School senior Sophie Septoff wins Silver Knight award

For the last 58 years, the Silver Knight Awards have honored outstanding high school seniors in Broward and Miami-Dade counties. Awarded by the Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald, these prizes celebrate “a rare blend of stellar grades, selfless service, and superior talent.” So, it should come as no surprise that three students from the NSU University School were recognized at the 2016 award ceremony held in the James L. Knight Center in Miami this May.

Selected from hundreds of nominees, Rachel Bomser received an Honorable Mention in World Languages; Michelle Langone received an Honorable Mention in Drama; and Sophie Septoff was one of only 30 students named a Silver Knight winner, taking home the honor in the Music and Dance category. Septoff received $2,000, a medallion, and an award statue for her achievement. As a Silver Knight winner, she has joined a prestigious group that includes Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, local artist Xavier Cortatda, and retired U.S. Ambassador Frances Cook.

Septoff is legally blind, but said that it never occurred to her that her lack of sight would keep her from excelling at dance. She is an award-winning choreographer and shares her love of the arts with other blind children and teens through Dance in the Light, a program she began at Lighthouse of Broward. Following graduation, she plans to attend Georgetown University to study issues of social justice.

Holding her Silver Knight statue, Septoff said, “I now have the responsibility to honor this and to go out to make sure that on a larger scale, kids growing up can just be kids and not have to deal with the same stuff I did.”

Click here to read the Miami Herald’s coverage of the 2016 Silver Knight Awards, including a video taken at the ceremony.