Time for Giving at Miami Christian School

Miami Christian’s Junior and National Honor Society Induction.

Miami Christian’s Junior and National Honor Society Induction.

Thanksgiving Day festivities marked the beginning of the holiday season of giving at Miami Christian School, blending history with creative fun as elementary students in costume presented a re-enactment of the first Thanksgiving for their parents. The event provided a way for students to learn about the historical foundations of the first day of appreciation celebrated by the Pilgrims and Native Americans who helped them through their first rough winter in America.

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Jonathan Ortet (left), Christopher Tamez, John Ramirez, Matthew Diaz perform during Chapel.

Jonathan Ortet (left), Christopher Tamez, John Ramirez, Matthew Diaz perform during Chapel.

Of course, holiday drives are now underway. A food drive held by the High School National Beta Club for Thanksgiving was the first of many as MCS students are also collecting shirts and organic seeds for the Sunil’s Home Orphanage in India.

In addition, a school-wide effort with “Soles 4 Souls” is collecting shoes for those in need. Any individual or company wanting to participate in these drives may bring contributions to the front office of the school located at 200 NW 109 Ave.

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Nathan Hernandez(left), Joshua Ortet, Mrs. Joanna Clark, Yaneliz Lopez, Angelin Vazquez and Zoe Campo celebrate the First Thanksgiving.

Nathan Hernandez(left), Joshua Ortet, Mrs. Joanna Clark, Yaneliz Lopez, Angelin Vazquez and Zoe Campo celebrate the First Thanksgiving.

On the academic front, the National Honor Society and Junior National Honor Society held their annual induction ceremonies that recognized students for excellence in academics, service and on campus leadership.

Students are voted upon by faculty and are inducted into the Society by their peers and officers who are already members.

This year’s inductees were

National Junior Honor Society: Jacqueline Gonzalez, Sophia Granado, Christine Rosillo, and Muhammad Salem; National Honor Society: Alina Andrews, Jose Campos, Lazaro Diaz, Carlos Fernandez, Ralph Fernandez, Daniel Galarza, Naomi Granado, Sonali Khiyani, Daniel Lesteiro, Sheila Linares, Rudy Marquez, Elizabeth Rosillo, and Khalid Salem.

NHS Sponsor, Mr. Gentry and NHS Officers, Michael Santiago, Melissa Gonzalez, Rosa Castro and Andrea Sinclair helped to make the event a memorable one.

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Miami Christian School is a member of the Independent Schools of South Florida, and participates in its annual Fifth Grade Spelling Bee with the other independent, accredited schools in the county. This year’s team competing at the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club included: Julianne Arista, Nina Beam, Amin Salem and Sumara Shute.

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The Fine Arts Department will stay busy throughout the semester-in between with concerts at the weekly chapels. Jonathan Ortet, Christopher Tamez, John Ramirez and Matthew Diaz assisted during the Spiritual Emphasis week chapels by utilizing their vocal and instrumental talents to enrich the services.

Plan ahead to visit MCS on January 24 for the Admissions Open House. Call to schedule a tour with Donna Gehring at 305- 221-7754, ext. 773.


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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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