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Top Bahamian student to appear on FOX News

A top Bahamian student, who will represent the state of Florida at the upcoming junior National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, DC, is scheduled to appear on FOX News Miami next week.

Tyja Braynen, who attends Saints Peter and Paul School in Miami, is excited about representing her school and her country at the conference on April 1, according her family.

Teacher Vicky Alvarez nominated Tyja, an outstanding individual who displays academic excellence and strong leadership potential. The conference is designed to honor the most promising sixth and seventh grade students and prepare them for leadership opportunities. She has received a certificate signed by President Barack Obama and United States Secretary for Education Arne Duncan, in recognition of her outstanding academic achievement.

Tyja’s mother, Lynnith Braynen, moved to Miami in 2009 to have access to critical medical treatment for her five-year-old son, Tyrone Jr., who has cerebral palsy.

Mrs. Braynen is posted as consul with responsibility for trade and investments at the Bahamian consulate in Miami, but her contract has not been renewed. She has filed a suit in hopes of remaining in Miami so her son could be close to necessary physical, neurological and orthopedic therapies.

Mrs. Braynen lawyer, Wayne Munroe, also pointed out that Tyja, a seventh grader, would lose an entire semester if the family returns home now.

Mrs. Braynen has asked the court to overturn the decision.

She is also seeking a declaration that the decision is unreasonable and irrational in the circumstances.

Supreme Court Justice Bernard Turner is expected to rule in the matter on Friday.

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