New year begins at Miami Christian School

New year begins at Miami Christian School

Parents fill out paperwork during MCS Back to School Night

As summer comes to an end, Miami Christian School welcomes back students, enrolling even more new students than last year and catching up with recent graduates who share their summer activities.

Over the summer, parents were invited to visit the campus and, in late August, most all attended the annual “Back to School” evening that also served as a way to fill required forms while enjoying refreshments, getting re-acquainted and visiting classrooms to chat with teachers.

Among the alumni reporting back to MCS on their summer activities, were two stand-outs.

Kunal Khiyani, co-Valedictorian of the Class of 2012 and a junior at UPenn, spent the summer with a paid internship for Kae Capital in Mumbai, India. As a freshman, he attended the Wharton India Economic Forum, and continued networking with individuals from the firm he had met at the forum. After a two-tiered interview process with the Investment Director and then with a Managing Partner, Kunal was accepted for the summer position.

New year begins at Miami Christian School

Joanna Clark addresses parents at Back to School Night.

From June- August, he was the point of entry for screening companies seeking seed funding from the firm, with an average of 30-40 organizations applying daily. Kunal interviewed individuals, conducted due diligence on the companies, and checked to make sure they met benchmarks allowing partnership with the firm. In addition, Kunal was involved in Financial Modeling and worked with businesses, calculating possibilities to reduce costs and increase revenue.

Alumna Melissa Gonzalez, Valedictorian of the Class of 2014. spent part of her summer working in sales and modeling for Ranees Fashions, including travel to Las Vegas for a trade show. Melissa will attend Florida International University on scholarships to study business.

New year begins at Miami Christian School

Alumnus Kunal Khiyani attending UPenn.

On the sports front, women’s volleyball, cross country, bowling and golf teams are already starting practice and games. The bowling team began its year with a win over Columbus High School, sweeping wins in all match games as Miami Christian looks forward to another successful year in sports.

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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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