MCS seniors, grads impress

Miami Christian School seniors and recent graduates are an impressive lot. Senior 2015 Valedictorian Alina Andrews scored a perfect “Five” on her Advanced Placement Calculus BC exam. Over the summer, Senior Mark Rodriguez (’16) is taking a Dual Enrollment Course at Eastern Washington University in Photography that required a photographic portfolio for admittance. He’ll take a trip to get new photos. At Que Belle Events in Doral, Linda Russo (‘16) is completing a summer internship in Hospitality Management, a field in which she expects to major in college.

On the faculty front, MCS has appointed Malika Wright to teach high school English and journalism for the upcoming year. A graduate of the University of Florida with concentrations in journalism and leadership, she was previously with Broward County public schools and Miami Carol Senior High. Wright has written for The Miami Times, The Gainesville Sun, The South Florida Times and Tower Publications, Inc.

Another great addition to the school’s faculty IS Bo Kim who will teach high school science during the 2015-16 year. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemisty, Kim is completing her a Secondary Education Masters Degree in Chemistry at St. John’s University, Philadelphia. Her educational experience has extended to Washington, DC, where she was featured speaker at the 2013 “City National Leadership Summit,” as well as overseas in both Thailand and Albania.

Over the summer Miami Christian has undergone some big changes to its campus with new baseball and soccer fields, renovated bathrooms and more. The school offers K-3 through 12 education with dual enrollment and AP classes as well. Those interested in touring the school may call Chris Cuadra at 305-221-7754, Ext. 771.


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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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