Miami Christian School hosts ‘Back to School Bash’

Miami Christian School hosts ‘Back to School Bash’

Naomi Granado (center) with others at Logo Robotics Camp.

Miami Christian School ushered in the 2013-14 school year two days before the start of classes with its annual “Back to School Bash,” a time for students to reconnect and also meet numerous new classmates who have joined the MCS family this year. Students participated in games and activities, chose lockers, finalized schedules and enjoyed lunch together.

Parents later had their own welcome with a “Back to School Night” program providing an opportunity to meet teachers, check out classrooms and spend time in fellowship with other parents.

Summer was busy for many MCS students who used their time off for advancement and enrichment. Among those taking the best advantage: Nicole Marin, a senior who spent a month in Mexico followed by a stay in New York to study at the Fashion Institute of Technology where she took a course in the Anatomy of Fashion and a course in Creating the Fashion Figure.

Not to be outdone, sophomore Chris Abello travelled abroad in Italy with the Miami Children’s Chorus, performing in many of the major cities, including Florence, Rome, Sienna and Milan. The group’s schedule included study of Italy’s culture, visits to churches and historical sites while enjoying the tastes and flavors of the country.

Miami Christian School hosts ‘Back to School Bash’

Alina Andrews

Junior Naomi Granado flew to California where she toured Arts Universities and Colleges to determine where she’d like to go to college after graduating from MCS. While there, Naomi attended a Logo Robotics Camp at Stanford University, in conjunction with a People 2 People program, and enrolled in a photography course at Eastern Washington University.

Varsity baseball team members J.C Llaser, Miguel Perez, Johan Porras, Cristobal Arenas, David Lopez, Aldo Ripley, and Chris Otero travelled to the Auburn University Team Camp for instruction by the University baseball staff, focusing on individual and team concepts. Each player had an opportunity to go through a pro-style weight room workout, receive recruiting insights, and a chance to play at one of baseball’s best playing venues.

Two juniors reporting great experiences: Alina Andrews travelled to Trinidad for relaxation and the International Youth Convention at First Church of the Open Bible, San Fernando, joining hundreds of youth from Trinidad and around the world to participate in career day and beach day activities and attend nightly church services. Junior Sonali Khiyani enrolled in two courses at Florida International University, attended an author’s writing seminar at Miami Dade College and took preparation courses for the SAT, three hours each day.

Miami Christian School hosts ‘Back to School Bash’

Chris Abello in Italy

Fall sports are now swinging into high gear and there’s lots of excitement building for a huge “Community Garage Sale and Festival” on Saturday, Nov. 9 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on school grounds at 200 NW 109th Ave. For $25 vendor reservations to sell items, tel. Woody Gentry at 305-221-754 ext. 741.

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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. Active in many non profits, she received numerous awards across the community. 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 she sings in the choir. She can be reached at

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