MCS Celebrates Season, Prepares for 2013

MCS Celebrates Season,

Christmas Musical delighted MCS family.

Music, drama, sports and giving marked a busy December at Miami Christian School as a holiday band concert under the direction of Derek Shute showcased various bands and played to a packed house. At the concert, the audience enjoyed hearing the school’s first guitar ensemble perform under the direction of the guitar and drama teacher Giselle Pedraza whose drama students provided still another Christmas show a week later with the vocal performance groups, also to a sellout crowd of friends and family.

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MCS Celebrates Season,

From left, Sumara Shute, Nina Beam, Julie Arista
enjoying Senior Class spaghetti.

In addition to the holiday shows, the Senior Class hosted a Spaghetti Dinner to raise money for their its trip, providing food and assisting sponsors with the cooking and serving of the event attended by students, staff, families and school friends. Both Senior Class President Michael Santiago and High School Principal and Sponsor Woody Gentry were pleased with the participation and support shown by all.

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MCS Celebrates Season, Prepares for 2013

Derek Shute, Victoria Vila perform in Jazz Ensemble
during Holiday Band Concert.

A holiday appreciation party for the MCS board and staff was generously sponsored by Sam’s Club whose store manger, Bruce Siddens, provided hamburgers and with all the fixin’s for an enjoyable lunch before the school closed for the Christmas break.

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Elementary school students continued to collect items for Sunil’s Home Orphanage in India, the home they’ve adopted as a special project for the last several years. Bi-annual updates from Sunil’s Home board member, Lynn Bauer, are always a special treat and one the children look forward to on a regular basis.

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MCS Celebrates Season, Prepares for 2013

Senior Michael Santiago and Mrs. Rosado at the
Senior Dinner.

On the athletic front, the Miami Christian School Victors Boys’ Basketball Team was ranked ninth in the FHSAA State District 2A as the Girls’ Basketball, Mens’ Baseball, Softball, Mens’ Volleyball, and Track and Field are all coming up in the months ahead.

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On the alumni scene, Miami Christian School congratulates three of its recent graduates who have entered the military: Christopher Gehring (Class’10) Air Force; ErickIvan Mendoza (’10) Air Force; and David Tamayo (’11) Army.


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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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