Athletics in full swing, soccer big on Saturday

Miami Christian School’s athletic programs are in full swing as team sports fill the hours for athletes outside of classes, almost every day of the week.

This past month, MCS’s Lady Victors basketball team beat Redland Christian 66-4 in the District Semifinals, going on to become District Champions after defeating Colonial Christian 69-22 on February 5.

Of course, volleyball and basketball had their own share of glory with Andrea Garcia selected on Second Team All-County Girls’ Volleyball by The Herald and Gio Gutierrez receiving a similar honors as Boys’ Basketball Player of the Week on January 26.

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Soccer is also big at MCS. On Saturday mornings, the elementary school soccer teams compete and improve their skills, week after week, just one of their activities at this time of year.

On February 19, MCS held its Elementary Field Day on campus. During this funfilled day, all elementary students participated in a wide variety of activities, including relay races, football toss, balloon toss, batting, and more. Throughout the day, participants acquired ribbons for placing in varied events.

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A January Admissions Open House brought dozens of new families interested in enrolling students. Parents and children enjoyed touring the school, checking out the Smartboards and facilities at the 27-acre MCS campus, then enjoying refreshments in the Internet Café off the Library. Located at 200 NW 109th Avenue, Miami Christian School is planning another open house on Thursday, April 22, from 4 to 6 p.m. Those interested in attending or scheduling an appointment may tel. 305 221-7754×771.

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The High School Geography Bee teams competed in the Tenth Annual “ D A A N S Geography Bee” competition held at the Elks Club on Sunset Drive, a day-long event for the accredited private schools in South Florida against other high schools. Coached by Sherard Burns, the MCS team finished its day in the quarterfinals.

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Miami Christian School also participated in the Doral Business Council’s first Business Showcase held on February 4 at the Fire Fighters Memorial Building. Dr. Teri Logan, Donna Gehring, Gloria Burns and student Allison Bean helped promote MCS, creating awareness among the city’s business community of the great resource the school provides to those living and working in the Doral area and beyond.

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College acceptances continue to roll in for seniors as Lauren Rivas and Anakrystine Vallin were excited upon learning they had received $6,500 and $12,500 in annual, renewable scholarships from St. Thomas University.

In alumni news, Christiane Stachl (09), attending the University of Washington, was accepted to Yale’s Summer Medical Program that provides an intensive six-week exposure to science, clinical medicine, and career counseling for students and graduates planning to attend medical school. Stachl will spend her six weeks learning about surgery, then fly to Italy to study abroad for the beginning of her second year of college.

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Gloria Burns
A graduate of the University of Florida with a major in Spanish, Burns has an extensive background in advertising, marketing and reciprocal trade, travel as well as non profit consulting and management. Burns' volunteer activities led her to become a columnist writing Gloria’s Gab, a column that focuses on the non-profit activity. Burns was Executive Director of the Jr. Orange Bowl Committee for 6 years and then served as the first Executive Director of Coral Gables Community Foundation for 14 years after which she helped the emerging Community Foundation of Pinecrest. Active in many non profits, she received the 2015-16 President's Best Member Award from the GFWC Coral Gables Woman's Club, 2012-13 CGWC Leadership Award, 2012-2013 Rotarian of the Year Award as RCCG Public Relations Chair and Fund raising Co-Chair, 2011 Florida Federation of Women’s Club Volunteer of the Year for the District 11 and honored by the City of Doral as one of their first recipients for the Doralian Women's Award. Among her list of current responsibilities, Burns co-chairs two annual student recognition breakfasts for the Coral Gables Friends of Education; helps coordinate charity partners for the Westin Colonnade's Annual Give Kids the World Breakfast; serves on the board of directors of Doral Business Council; is Parliamentarian and serves on the board of the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club; serves the board of the Rotary Club of Coral Gables and is Publicity Chair; and is a member of the Jr. Orange Bowl Committee. Gloria is also an active member of the Music Ministry at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church where sings sings in the choir. She can be reached at gloria@communitynewspapers.com

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