Miami Christian School coaching staff get “Coach of the Year” honors

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Two Miami Christian School coaches recently were honored as “Coach of the Year” for their respective sport for Miami-Dade County in Class 5A-2A. Coach Chris Cuadra was named for baseball, while Coach Juan Cordona received the honor for basketball. Both men led their respective teams to state championships this year.

Senior Neftali Alvarez, was one of a number of players from MCS to make the “All Dade” team by The Miami Herald. He also received the prestigious awards of “Boys’ Basketball Player of the Year, 5A-2A” and “Male Athlete of the Year, 5A-2A” by The Miami Herald. Neftali will be attending Fairfield University in the fall.

Graduate Alina Andrews (Valedictorian of the Class of 2015), who is attending Johns Hopkins University on scholarship, will be spending her summer at Columbia University doing cancer research. Graduate Abel Victores (Salutatorian of the Class of 2017) who is attending the University of Miami’s School of Architecture on Scholarship, will be working in the Dean’s Office at UM.

Miami Christian School Baseball Seniors were offered scholarships by a number of universities and will be attending college this fall on scholarship, with the exception of Diego Fernandez who chose to enlist with the U.S. Coast Guard.

The offers were:
• Luis Alcantara – Bellevue University, Shorter University, and Western Nebraska;
• Eduardo Castillo – ASA, Bellevue University, Hillsborough Community College, Shorter University, University of North Carolina, and Western Nebraska;
• Mario Fernandez – Florida International University, Miami Dade College, and St. Thomas University;
• Luis Machado – Flagler College and Palm Beach Atlantic University;
• Jerson Morales – Western Nebraska; and
• David Peralta – Andrew College, Cincinnati Christian University, and Point Park University.

Graduation was held on May 29 at Florida International University. Coverage on that will come in the July edition of the Doral Tribune.

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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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