Miami Christian Athletes Shine; Spirited Homecoming Week

By Gloria Burns….

From left: David Tamayo, Rafael Fernandez, Nick Betancourt, Nicole Beckelheimer, Michael Artaud, Jesus Rivera and Brandon Rodriguez .

Miami Christian School athletes are agleam, marked by a spirited Homecoming celebration.

Most recently, Andrea Garcia was named First All-Dade County for Girls Volleyball while Paola Grande made the first team in All-Dade County Girls Golf.

In addition, Nicole Beckelheimer set a school record for scoring the most points in a basketball game with 58 points, breaking the previous record of 52 points by Lisa Fernandes, Class of 1990.

The Victors Boys Basketball, undefeated in District 16 1-A (7-0) and 14-4 overall, was ranked ninth in the State during the month of December.

January brought out the school spirit for all as students celebrated Homecoming and Spirit Week, competing for spirit points by dressing daily in different themes, competing in games and activities and attending a variety of events.

The colorful schedule included tugs of war, whipped cream, oreo and gummy bear eating contests, and pep rallies. Capping off the week, the Victors Boys’ Basketball team was victorious in the homecoming game against Island Christian School with a 68-36 win.

Homecoming Court announced during halftime included Ninth Grade Princess Angelica Acosta and Prince Raphael Fernandez; Tenth Grade Princess Sarah Betancourt and Prince Jesus Rivera; Eleventh Grade Princess Rebecca Naranjo and Prince Nick Betancourt; Twelvth Grade Princess Andrea Garcia and Prince: David Tamayo; Twelvth Grade Princess Samantha Anguiera and Prince Brandon Rodriguez; Homecoming Queen Nicole Betancourt and Homecoming King Michael Artaud.

Elementary School students enjoyed a return visit from “Mama Lynn” Bauer after her return from visiting Sunil’s Home Orphanage in India, over the Christmas holidays. Laden with photo books for each student and great stories to share, the youngsters were anxious to get an update on their long time pen pals for whom they raise money and send gifts on a regular basis.

From hearing about a monkey stealing vegetables and a cobra that looked like a monkey, to poisonous jumping green snakes, tales from Bauer are always a hit and educational as well.

While the elementary students planted an organic garden selling produce and lemonade to raise funds, Sunil’s Home was also blessed with donations from the MCS Beta Club. Helping Sunil’s Home is one of many ways MCS students give back to their community and give to those in need, one of many character building efforts MCS encourages.

Finally , Miami Christian held its first Admissions Open House of the new year on January 20 when many new families enjoyed tours of the school, met with faculty and staff and signed for admissions testing. The school’s next Open House will be Wednesday, March 2, 2- 4 p.m. Tel. to sign for tours at 305-221-7754 x771.


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About the Author

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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