MCS applauds graduates’ achievements

MCS applauds graduates’ achievements

Alyssa Nieves

Miami Christian School delights in achievements of their alumni who have gone on to success in college and in their careers. Records compiled by a few of the most recent updates speak for the quality of education they received at MCS.

Alyssa Nieves (Class of 2010) graduated this Spring from the University of Florida with a major in Public Relations and a minor in Theatre. While enrolled at UF, she was involved in the UF Gator Run Advisory Committee, Public Relations Student Society of America, Golden Key International Society, Delta Epsilon Iota Honor Society, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Cru at UF, and played in the UF Concert Band as a trombonist. She was also a Public Relations Intern at ToneRite, Inc., and a Freelance Photographer for “The Independent Florida Alligator Newspaper.”

Another earlier grad, Carlos Rivera (Class of 2003) plays in the BSN Puerto Rico Professional League on the Los Leones de Ponce Basketball Team. He just competed in the World Championship Game against fellow Miami Christian graduate, Guillermo Diaz, Class of 2004, who plays on the Arecibo Capitanes Team. Rivera’s team took the championship and the trophy!

MCS applauds graduates’ achievements

Danny Alvarez

Danny Alvarez (Class of 2003) works for Royal Caribbean Cruise Line International, in Miami, Florida and is a Corporate Training Specialist while Tammara Ellsworth (Class of 2012) has just joined the Navy and is in training to become Military Police and then Special Ops.

Yet another alumna, Melissa Nieves, M.S., (Class of 2005) is a Pyschometrist at Orlando Neuropsychology and Counseling Center where she has an expertise in Neuropsychological Assessment, Anxiety Disorders, Mental Health, Parenting Skills Training, Clinical Psychology, and Psychological Assessment. Melissa anticipates completing her doctorate degree in Psychology in 2015 at the University of Central Florida.

Andrew Perez (Class of 2002) is a sports photographer and has worked for various sports broadcasting networks filming major athletic events like the World Cup and Major League Athletic Events, including the Super Bowl. He is continuing his work as a freelance television camera operator and is pictured here in a recent photo at ESPN.

MCS applauds graduates’ achievements

Carlos Rivera

Many alumni drop by to visit the MCS campus and, most recently, MCS Graduate and Minnesota Timberwolves player, J. J. Barea, enjoyed reconnecting with fellow graduates when visited the campus over the summer. He was in town as the invited guest speaker of the Miami Tropics Summer Camp.

In a few weeks, classes begin again for the new school year on Aug. 20. For information, visit or call 305-221-7754 to set up a tour of the school.

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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. Active in many non profits, she received numerous awards across the community. 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 she sings in the choir. She can be reached at

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