16 Seniors Honored by Scholarships & Awards

By Gloria Burns….

Eric Santamaria and Kevin Gonzalez sign with Florida Christian College as MCS Athletic Director James Colzie looks on.

Four Miami Christian School students were recently honored by The University of Rochester, a school that recognizes juniors who excel in various areas with university awards and the potential to apply for scholarships as seniors.  The MCS end-of-the-year awards ceremony provided an opportunity to recognize and present several students with the following awards from the University:  Kunal Khiyani, Bausch & Lomb Honorary Science Award; Rebecca Naranjo, Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony Award in Humanities and Social Sciences; Juan Tapia, Xerox Award for Innovation and Information Technology; Victoria Gonzalez, George Eastman Young Leaders Award.

Presidential Academic Fitness Awards were also presented and graduating seniors, based on cumulative grade point averages of 3.5 (or better) and scoring in the top 15 U. S. percentile in math, reading or complete battery.  Taking the honors this year in the MCS senior class were Marcus Bello, Jacqueline Diaz, Andrea Garcia, Milton Mercade, Brandon Rodriguez and Hannah Sielk. Eighth graders honored: Alina Andrews, Matthew Gaydos, Naomi Granado, Sheila Linares, Michelle Lopez, Elizabeth Rosillo and Susana Vasquez.
On the sports front, six MCS graduates will be participating in athletics while they attend college.  Nicole Beckelheimer is an invited as a walk-on for the Florida International University Lady’s Volleyball team; Kevin Gonzalez and Eric Santamaria will play baseball at Florida Christian College; Paola Grande will attend Barry University on a full golf scholarship; Stephen Machin will be playing baseball at North Wesleyan University in North Carolina, and Erik Rodriguez will play baseball at Connecticut’s Post University.  All six will be attending their universities on scholarship.
Miami Christian’s faculty is also in the news for achievements with MCS Art instructor Charlene Coulter receiving a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for outstanding and invaluable service to the community.  Coulter was instrumental in submitting work for Natalya Galarza and Bernardo Hevia Lima Meireles, both of whom received congressional recognition. Coulter also commits time to community outreach and organizes several blood mobile drives at the school.  She follows that up by working to gain scholarships for deserving students who assist in the blood drives.
Another faculty star: MCS Associate Head Dr. Teri Logan, re-elected to a second term as Vice President of the Florida Association of Academic Non Public Schools.  FAANS is made up of accrediting associations recognized by the State of Florida and represents more than 300,000 students who attending Florida’s accredited private schools.
As summer comes closes, students will soon return to class; parents looking for more information about the school and taking a tour may call 305-221-7754 Monday thru Thursday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.  The first day of school for the 2011-2012 school year is Wednesday, August 24.

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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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