MCS Students Shine in Scholastic Competitions

MCS Students Shine in Scholastic Competitions

Top prize winners Janelle Diaz (left) and Zoe Campos
(right) display Valentine’s Day messages with Maria
Mendez, of AmTrust Bank.

Miami Christian Scholar students Alina Andrews, Joey Campos, and Andrea Sinclair competed in the MCS History Day competition, under the direction of Scholars and AP Instructor, Mr. Wayne Williams, each winning first place in their respective categories.

Alina and Andrea then competed in the All-County History Day competition in which Alina again took first in the All- County “Documentary” category while Andrea also won first in the “Research Paper” category. The next step for these two county-wide winners: competing in a statewide “National History Day” to be held this May in Tallahassee.

In addition, 15 MCS students received honors in this year’s Scholastic Writing Competition. Congratulations to these stellar students: Alina Andrews (Poetry and Personal Essay/Memoir), Joey Campos (Person Essay/Memoir), Damon Carrazana (Science Fiction/Fantasy), Luis Castro (Poetry, Personal Essay/Memoir), Rosa Castro (Flash Fiction), Elisha Cordeau (Poetry, Personal Essay/Memoir), Daniel Galarza (Poetry, Personal Essay/Memoir), Christopher Gonzalez (Poetry, Personal Essay/Memoir), Melissa Gonzalez (Personal Essay/Memoir), Naomi Granado (Poetry, Personal Essay/Memoir), Sonali Khiyani (Poetry, Personal Essay/Memoir), Joshua Mishaan (Flash Fiction), Alejandro Queija (Personal Essay, Memoir), Elizabeth Rosillo (Poetry, Personal Essay/Memoir), and Andrea Sinclear (Poetry/Personal Essay/Memoir).

MCS Students Shine in Scholastic Competitions

First place winners in History Day competition include (l-r): Alina Andrews, Joey Campos, Andrea Sinclair.

AmTrust Bank in Doral Plaza held a multi-school contest on “What Valentine’s Day Means to Me” with Miami Christian’s elementary students entering the contest with student drawings reflecting “What the Holiday Means to Me.” Branch Manager Maria Mendez visited the MCS campus to award the first place prize to Janelle Diaz (Grade 5); second place to Zoe Campos (Grade 1).

The MCS “Intro to Engineering” class with instructor Margot Youssef visited the Engineering Department at Florida International University, interacting with FIU engineering students, participated in chemistry and physics experiments, and checking out student projects in robotics and biomedical developments. As a result, the students have been invited to participate for FIU credit in a special summer course related to computer programming and engineering.

As part of his “14 Days of Neighborly Love”, former MCS student and Miami Dade County Commissioner, Jose ‘Pepe’ Diaz, included a gift of plants from Costa Farms for campus landscaping. Placed in strategic locations, the plants have enriched the look of the campus.

MCS Students Shine in Scholastic Competitions

Plant gifts from Miami Dade County Commissioner Jose Diaz received by Dr. Lorena Morrison, MCS Principal.

Next Admissions Open House at MCS is Thursday, April 11, 4- 6 p.m., a great opportunity for prospective families to meet the MCS staff and tour the facilities.

Call Donna for more information at 305-221-7754 ext.773.

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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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