Illustrious alumni return, share & give back, too!

By Gloria Burns….

Kevin Vega poses with MCS students on recent visit to alma mater.

Miami Christian School takes full advantage of its illustrious list of graduates who generously return to MCS to speak to student assemblies and share with the students how they achieved their success.  Among that remarkable group of alumni is Kevin Vega (’98) who recently visited the campus and addressed the students.  The crowd was inspired and impressed by Vega, who holds the distinction of being the youngest chief engineer in the history of NASA.  Vega recounted his post-MCS journey to Wentworth College on a baseball scholarship to obtaining a position at NASA.  While in college he worked on developing the Honda Insight Hybrid, ways to measure pollution, and, as a senior project, developed a non-invasive probe to help detect cancer.  His senior project won first place in the Senior Project Engineering Competition of all Northeast Universities.

As part of the Doral Business Council, Miami Christian School’s representatives recently helped with a luncheon and auction on Sept. 23, raising funds for Safe Haven for Newborns.  In addition, MCS students volunteered at the 5K Freedom Run at JC Bermudez Park on Sept. 10. They may also have been seen at many other upcoming charity walks and runs, but if not, you can bet the students are busy doing some kind of community outreach, something MCS holds in high regard as a commitment passed along to all students.

One of their many pet outreach projects, especially for Beta Club and the MCS Elementary School, is Sunil’s Home Orphanage in India. The two student groups raise money year around to help the orphanage give a loving home to homeless children who would otherwise live on the streets, alone and unprotected. At the end of the last school year, the groups had raised $1,800. A check for that amount was presented to Lynn Bauer, (aka: “Mama Lynn: to the orphans) by Donna Gehring and Dr. Teri Logan before Bauer’s most recent trip to India this past August.  On her return, Bauer visited the MCS students, displaying photos of the children with their new computers MCS donations had provided.  Bauer also entertained the students with updates on the children as well as their many animals, some tame and some not.  Bauer even put together a beautiful color photo booklet for each of the students so that they can see how old friends have grown while viewing newest children arriving at the Home since her last visit.

On the sports front, student athletes are participating in football, cross country and volleyball. Both the Varsity and Junior Varsity volleyball teams began their seasons without defeat. In addition, MCS studentAlex Yaniz was recognized for his achievement as Junior Bowler of the Year, and as winner of the Top 8 Average Tournament for South Florida during the Greater Miami USBC Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Dinner Sept. 17.

Wayne Clark, who attended MCS from Kindergarten through 10th grade, was recently sworn into the University of Florida Police Department.  A graduate of FIU with a degree in Criminal Justice, Clark has worked for the State of Florida for several years, first as a Probation Officer and now as a Police Officer. He now resides in Gainesville with his wife Alline, who is a dental hygienist. Proud mother, Joanna Clark teaches First Grade at MCS.

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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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