Miami Christian School ends year with music & more!

Miami Christian School ends year with music & more!

Jazz Band rocks

Closing out 2014, Miami Christian School had a busy two months of activities, celebrating Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Before the Thanksgiving Break on a beautiful day, students and parents enjoyed an on campus celebration that included a performance by the elementary school students, costumed appropriately for the nation’s first Thanksgiving, reciting pieces and singing songs in a colorful program followed by lots of applause and a great meal.

The MCS Jazz Band was also on hand to provide background music for the feast of specially-prepared dishes brought in by each family for the buffet.

Next up was a Senior Class-sponsored spaghetti dinner to raise funds for its senior trip followed by a wonderful Christmas Concert. Under the direction of Michelle Zanon, the Elementary Chorus kicked off the program with several Christmas pieces sung by each grade level, followed by MCS Symphonic, Concert and Jazz Bands under the direction of Derek Shute. As always, the audience was amazed by the students’ superior ability.

Miami Christian School ends year with music & more!

Thanksgiving recital in costume!

Several band members have qualified to represent MCS at the District 20 Honor Band on January 24, including Christopher Abello, Christine Rosillo, Elizabeth Rosillo, Samara Shute and Victoria Vila. Samara has already distinguished herself by receiving a Superior Rating at the District 20 Solo & Ensemble Event Nov.14, performing a Grade Three piece on the oboe entitled ”Bolero” by Hector Berlioz.

On the academic front, Senior Alina Andrews recently received an acceptance letter from the prestigious Case Western University, naming her a University Scholarship recipient. The four-year scholarship of $30,500 totals $122,000…

Finally, every October the American Bankers’ Association hosts the “Get Smart About Credit” Initiative.” Wells Fargo team members across the country participate by visiting local businesses, communities and schools to share credit education tools and resources. Harvey Cruz, of the local Wells Fargo branch, visited Greys Buitrago’s Social Studies classes to provide students with the presentation that included maintaining good credit, applying for loans, lines of credit, credit cards, debt to income ratio, keeping up with monthly payments and checking credit scores — all of which intrigued the students.

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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

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