Multiple Recognitions for Miami Christian School

 As Miami Christian School ends the school year, accolades abound for students and faculty alike, beginning with the MCS Jazz Band returning from Orlando with a First Place trophy won at the Music USA Festival 2015 at Universal Studios. Kudos to Band Director Derek Shute and jazz band members who included Nina Beam, Christine Rosillo, Chris Abello, Cody Stevens, Sharon Berkley, Marian Alvery, Elizabeth Rosillo, Andres Valdes, Jeffrey Yaniz, and Alina Andrews.

On the sports front, several MCS Victor baseball members were named to the Class 2A-15 All-District Team: Sebastian Dayoub, Jordan Gonzalez, Lazaro Gonzalez, J. C. Llaser, Chris Otero, Yoel Rojas and Aldo Ripley. In addition, Gonzalez was named “Hitter of the Year”; Llaser was named “Pitcher of the Year” and Gonzalez made the 2015 Seniors All-Star Private School Team. Also on the athletic front, MCS coaches were in the news. Coach Chris Cuadro won District 2-A 2015 Baseball Coach of the Year, as well as Coach of the All Star Private School Team. Still another coach standout: Andrew Moran, named The Miami Herald Basketball Coach of the Year in 4A-2A. Congratulations to both of these fine men!

MCS parents recently made their voices heard through a contest conducted by South Florida Parenting Magazine by nominating their student’s teacher to be the Teacher of the Month. Raixa Rafuls, Third Grade teacher, not only won the Teacher of the Month for April but subsequently won “South Florida Parenting Magazine’s “Rockin’ Teacher of the Year.” As an added bonus, she was interviewed on NBC/6 by Roxanne Vargas about her teaching successes.

Other accolades went out to MCS First Grade Teacher, Joanna Clark, who was a Christian Chamber of Greater Miami Teacher Honoree for 2015. Clark, along with teachers from Palmer Trinity, Westminster, and Florida Christian, were honored at a Pinecrest reception citing Clark’s outstanding service and dedication (above and beyond the classroom) to MCS students. P. S. Look for more end of the year graduation news in the July Doral Tribune.


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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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