Miami Christian School Students Honored

By Gloria Burns….

Senior Achievement winners display medals and certificates

A number of top-achieving eighth grade and senior high school students from Miami Christian School were among those honored at the annual Coral Gables Friends of Education “Junior/Senior Student Achievement Breakfast” held March 22 at the Westin Colonnade.

Several parents and Donna Gehring, school registrar, looked on as the following students were awarded medals and certificates for their academic achievements:  Andrea Garcia, Jacqueline Diaz, Alexandra Marchese, Hannah Sielk, Marcus Bello, Marlon Bello, Brandon Rodriguez, Leah Laroche, Michael Artaud and Milton Mercade, all seniors.

Eighth grade students honored included Alina Andrews, Michelle Lopez, Susana Vasquez, Naomi Granado, Elizabeth Rosillo, Matthew Gaydos, Sonali Khiyani and Sheila Linares.

The program also included a talk on “Staying Knowledgeable in Today’s World, because Knowledge Is Power,” by Mark Trowbridge, President and CEO of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce.
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MCS Junior Kunal Khiyani has been selected to participate in the National Institute of Health (NIH) Summer Internship Program, an eight-week intensive Biomedical Research camp designed to help trainees become leaders in the biomedical research community.  NIH summer programs provide an opportunity to work side-by-side leading international scientists in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research. The NIH consists of the 240-bed Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center and more than 1200 laboratories/research projects located in Bethesda, MD, the surrounding area, and elsewhere in the U.S.
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On the music scene, the Miami Christian Symphonic Band performed brilliantly in Tavernier on March 5 during the annual District 20 Music Performance Assessments. Their selections included “Chester Variations” by Elliot Del Borgo and “Hymn of Praise” by Anton Bruckner.
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In faculty news, Remy Dou has received yet another honor, a prestigious Albert Einstein Distinguished Fellowship which will be served in Washington, DC during the 2011-2012 school year.  Remy and the other fellows will be involved in crafting educational legislation and national science curriculum during their tenure.
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The MCS Senior Class organized and cooked the spaghetti dinner March 25 that was not only delicious but provided funds to benefit the senior trip.  Face painting for the Teachers vs. Parents basketball game added to a fun evening.  During the dinner, student Brandon Rodriguez signed copies of his recently-published book about MCS history and the school’s involvement with Sunil’s Home Orphanage in India.  At $20 per book, all proceeds will go directly to Sunil’s Home where MCS students have made a huge impact from supplying computers and sending holiday gifts and clothes to being pen pals with every child residing there.
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Next up:  Admissions Open House on April 28.  For information, tel. 305-221-7754.

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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

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