MCS Victors Win State Title

MCS Victors Win State Title

!”MCS Basketball team and coaches enjoyed winning season.

The Miami Christian School basketball team took the sports spotlight in mid-February, winning the State 2A Championship for the third time in the school’s history with a 71-44 triumph over Agape Christian School of Orlando Feb. 25.The Victors advanced to the final in Lakeland with a 95-70 victory over Sarasota Christian Feb. 24. Regional wins over Calusa Prep 47-39 and Boca Raton Grandview 90-73 opened the way for the Victors first state championship since 2002.

Spirit Week activities included announcing the Homecoming Queen and Princesses chosen by their peers. Reigning Queen Melissa Gonzalez (2014) returned to crown Janellene Lopez as 2015 Queen during halftime of the Homecoming basketball game. Others in the full court included King Anthony Potestad; Senior Prince and Princess,Homero Costas-Zuniga and Elizabeth Rosillo; and Senior Prince and Princess, Anthony Fernandez and Yosela Noriega.

David Lopez (’14) recently dropped by to give moral support to the Victors’ Baseball Team and help cheer them on to victory. David currently plays first base at St.Thomas University where he attends on full scholarship.

On the academic front, Middle and High School Social Science students recently held their Expo in the MCS gymnasium, portraying various notable African American activists, entertainers, authors and athletes. During the photo ops, students often had their “coach,”“publicist,”,“ handler,”“agent,” etc. posing with them.The fun educational day was orchestrated by Kiya Cordeau and Greys Buritrago who deserve the applause for brings staging such a successful event.

MCS Victors Win State Title

2014 Queen Melissa Gonzalez crowns Janellene Lopez 2015 Homecoming Queen.

Remy Dou, MCS Physics Instructor and Albert Einstein Fellow 2011-2013, was awarded a 2015 Air Force Association Educator Grant, established to assist educators bring knowledge of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) into the nation’s classrooms. Dou will likely use the grant to pursue Physics classroom instruction on model rocketry.

In other news, Chef Arthur of Real Food Academy visited MCS on Feb. 13 during an in-house field trip for elementary students. Participants made their own pizzas, then fruit kabobs for a healthy dessert. Chef Arthur led an attentive group of students in a discussion involving choices between natural and processed foods, noting the negatives of prolonged processed food diets, e. g., obesity and chronic health problems.

Finally, after training for 18 weeks, MCS Teacher Joanna Clark and husband, Gary, participated in the Miami Marathon/ Half Marathon to raise funds for World Vision’s comprehensive and sustainable water projects throughout Africa. These projects lead to better health and allow children to attend school instead of fetching water. Clark’s team, the Bridge Runners, was one of the top three fundraisers of all participating.

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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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