Academic, Sports Headline MCS Student Success

Elementary students enjoying water slide.

Elementary students enjoying water slide.

Several Miami Christian School students are in the spotlight this month.

DOR JUN 2 MCS 4 Sonali Khiyani

Sonali Khiyani selected for UM research program

Junior Sonali Khiyani was selected by the University of Miami to participate in The Howard Hughes Medical Institute Summer High School Scholars Research Program, an opportunity to obtain research experience in a biomedical research laboratory at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and the Coral Gables campus. Students are paired with another scholar and work as a team under the direction of a research mentor.

Junior Alina Andrews has also been chosen by the UM to participate in The JJ Vance Memorial Summer Internship

Junior Alina Andrews wins summer internship at UM.

Junior Alina Andrews wins summer internship at UM.

in Biological and Computational Sciences, an honor for outstanding juniors in good standing from Miami-area high schools, The program provides interns with a challenging eight-week research course, working with faculty and post-doctoral fellows. Each intern is paired up with a HIHG staff member, post-doc or faculty member.

On the sports front Senior Cristian Rivera was chosen to play in the Miami- Dade All-Star Team Baseball Game May 30. Cristian has already signed with St. Petersburg College and will play in the Rookie League with the New York Yankee team, “The Legends” during the summer.

Junior Alex Yaniz was named Miami Dade County’s “Bowler of the Year” at the Miami Herald Athletic Breakfast.He also placed on the Men’s All-Dade First BowlingTeam. The Herald’s annual sports banquet May 20 also celebrated several other top performing athletes, to be reported in the future.

Alex Yaniz wins Miami Herald “Bowler of the Year.”

Alex Yaniz wins Miami Herald “Bowler of the Year.”

On the academic front, Miami Christian gained great success at the National History Day Competitions that take place annually in each Florida county. Five categories are available for high school student presentation: research paper, documentary, website, tri-fold, and role play. MCS students took four of the five categories with the most wins of any high school in Miami-Dade County and qualified seven students for the statewide competition in Tallahassee.

On the elementary school scene, as temperatures rose toward the end of the school year, the elementary students decided to cool things down on “Elementary Water Day,” a fun in the sun romp at numerous water slides and campus. Campus activities, it is no wonder MCS students love school activities and learnings.

In April, middle school students hosted “Earth Day” events for elementary students with booths, activities, food and games available to teach younger students how to practice wise conservation techniques and get into recycling.

Finally, watch for news MCS graduation and award news in future Doral Tribune columns during the summer.

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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. 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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