Seniors Play Stock Market; 2-3 Grades ‘Wax’ History

By Gloria Burns….

MCS Boys District 1A Basketball Champions include in front (l-r) Jose Campos, Erik Penate, Michael Penabad, John Ramirez, David J. Penate, Michael Gandia; rear, Giovanni Gutierrez, Daniel Lestero, Brandon Beckelheimer, Antwon Lester, Denio Machado, Kevin Iszler, Lukas Velasquez. Ozzie Pineda is the team coach.

MCS Seniors are participating thru mid-April in the SIFMA Foundation’s Stock Market Game (SMG), giving the students a chance to invest a hypothetical amount of money in an on-line portfolio.  Starting with a virtual cash account of $100,000, students strive to create the best-performing portfolio using a live trading simulation. They work together in teams, practicing leadership, organization, negotiation, and cooperation as they compete for the top spot.

Students research and evaluate stocks to make decisions based on what they’ve learned. Teams trade common stocks and mutual funds from the NYSE, Nasdaq and AMEX exchanges; earn interest on cash balances; pay interest, if  buying on margin and pay a commission on all trades. To determine why certain stocks perform the way they do, or why the broader market has moved up or down, they need to understand how the economy works, and to calculate their returns they need to do the math.   Since 1977, more than 10 million students have participated in The Stock Market Game™ program.
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Miami Christian continues to find creative ways to teach its students and a historical wax museum  presented by second and third graders, was no exception.  Under the direction of  teachers  Ana Campos and  Soraya Cabrera, students researched a famous person who impacted lives in a positive way,  presented the facts on poster boards, and then dressed up like the famous personages might appear at a wax museum,  each student standing like statutes in a different area of the room. When parents, faculty and staff visited and pushed a red “Push”  button attached to each, the student came to life to present a speech about themselves.
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On the athletic front, both the Boys’and Girls’ Basketball Teams won their respective District 1-A titles.  The boy’s team defeated Princeton Christian in overtime to win the honors while  the girls beat Colonial Christian for their title, and then went on to defeat Calusa Prep in a Regional Quarterfinal, and Northwest Christian in the Regional Semifinal  before losing to Hollywood Christian in the Regional Championship.
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Elementary School hosted a Parent Student Breakfast February 18, Gladys Mata, Christy Aguirre, Marie Aguirre and the elementary teachers hosting a beautiful breakfast to thank the parents for their support.  The turnout and the weather were wonderful.  The same great weather held true for an elementary school Field Day  providing challenges as well as good fun.  From sack races to throwing basketball into hoops and soccer, skills were tested in friendly competition. Meanwhile, the fifth grade class fields its own soccer team with   boys and girls, and they’ve also had a great season.

Families interested in learning more about Miami Christian School are invited to attend an Admissions Open House Thursday, April 28 from 4 to 6 p.m.  For more information, call Gladys Mata at 305-221-7754 x771 to make an appointment for your tour.

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About the Author

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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