Athletes Train, Administrators Advance Academics

While Miami Christian School is gearing up to begin another school year (classes start Wednesday, Aug. 22), those students participating in football, bowling, cross country and ladies’ volleyball have already begun their training.

Student athletes and others scoring at the highest level in standardized testing are also focused on choosing their study concentrations, deciding in which local, regional and national academic competitions they’ll participate this year.

Students qualified for the new Scholar’s Program, one of MCS’s new academic ventures, will also be working on collaborative projects, including participants Andrea Sinclair and Melissa Gonzalez.

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In anticipation of new academic ventures at MCS, Tony Vincent, President and CEO of will fly here from Phoenix, Arizona, to train teachers on the integration of technology into group collaborative projects during the orientation period. Vincent, a leading national expert on technology and education, provides annual training to the MCS faculty who utilize laptops and Smart Boards in the classroom.

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In another new academic venture for the year, Dr. Timothy Sanchez, President of the Evangelical University of Bolivia, met with MCS Engineering Instructor, Margot Youssef, to discuss teaching a college engineering course on the campus of MCS for Honors and Scholars students this year. A possible agreement to grant college credit for this course is being discussed.

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Associate School Head Dr. Teri Logan reports that as 39 graduates of the Class of 2012 head to college, nearly 70% will attend a university or college on scholarship offers totaling over $600,000. Class members continue to excel and achieve as they enter a new chapter in their lives, and we expect they’ll continue to participate in community service and volunteer activities as well.

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Middle and high school students are looking forward to the annual MCS “Back to School Bash” scheduled Monday, Aug. 20, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., always a fun day to catch up with friends before hitting the books and the best way to kick off a new school year. * * * Re-enrollment is open for the 2012- 2013 school year. Those interested in touring and getting registration information may contact Donna Gehring at 305- 221-7754 ext. 773. Also check out MCS on Facebook <> and more from the web site, including the new Scholar’s Program in high school grades for 2012- 13.

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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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