Belen Jesuit Preparatory School Student Accomplishments

MIAMI- The Modern Languages Department at Belen Jesuit Preparatory School <>  is proud to announce the recipients of various awards.

“We have received the most important awards from the Dade County Youth Fair & Exposition, and we have certainly outdone ourselves,” said Maria Cristina Reyes-García, Modern Languages Department Chairperson.
In the Middle School categories, Belen received 7 Special Awards:
6th grade             –           Christopher Marrero      –            Alicia Fariñas
6th grade             –            Nicholas Pérez-Blanco   –            Marlisa Sánchez
7th drade –                        Brandon Torricelli            _             Dora Haibi
8th grade             –            Alexander Piccolo           _            Leandra Novoa
_               Jorge Escobar                   _             Ma. Cristina Reyes-García
_                     Alexander Hernández   _             Ma. Cristina Reyes-García
_                     Daniel Romeu                   _             Ma. Cristina Reyes-García

In High School, Belen received 5 Special Awards:

9th grade             _             Benny Fernández            _             Annette Antón
_            Eric Calero                          _       Gisela León
10th grade            _             Matias Buedo                   _           Ma. Cristina Reyes-García
_            Michael Pérez                  _             Juan Vázquez
_            Alejandro Villasmil          _             Juan Vázquez

Belen received twelve awards, six more than last year. These students will read their poems at the Fair Grounds on Sunday, March 25, at 3:00 p.m.

Belen students were also recognized for their artistic abilities at the Youth Fair in the Fine Arts category. Sixth grader, Luis Larios won 2nd place and senior, Krischan Singh also entered in the competition.
Additionally, sixteen Belen students took part in the annual Florida Spanish Conference <> , March 8-10 in Orlando. Overall, all 22 entries received the highest rank of Sobresalientes, and every student in our delegation received a trophy.  

“Their outstanding participation and exemplary conduct made this event a wonderful experience,” said Ma. Cristina Reyes-García. “This year we participated in a higher division. We participated in three categories: play, declamation, impromptu speech. The play received a perfect score.  All six participants in declamation received perfect scores, and 10 out of 16 students received perfect scores in Impromptu Speeches.”

Spanish teacher, Annette Antón, led the delegation from Belen Jesuit.  The school came up one point short from receiving First Place. Our Lady of Lourdes Academy came in first with 988 points, and Belen Jesuit came in second with 987 points.

The Jesuits founded Belen Jesuit Preparatory School <>  in 1854 in Havana, Cuba.  In 1961, when Belen and all private schools were confiscated by the new political regime, the school was re-established in Miami that same year and has grown over the last five decades.  Currently the enrollment is nearly 1,500 male students in grades 6 to 12 and over six thousand alumni.

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