Miami Christian School gears up for Fall after Hurricane Irma

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Now that debris has been cleared from the campus, Miami Christian School athletic programs and other school activities are back in full swing. MCS Victors Women’s Volleyball team is winning game after game under Coach Natalia Davila. The student athletes have a busy schedule making up games missed but promise to have a great season with a 5-1 start thus far.

The young varsity football team also is performing well as they develop under Coach Nick Turnbull, a former NFL player who serves as a great role model for his student athletes. Fans may recall, Nick was a star at Charles W. Flanagan High School in Pembroke Pines where he played four years of football and three of basketball.

Attending Florida International University, Nick became the FIU’s first football player to go to the Pros playing for the Atlanta Falcons, NFC Champion Chicago Bears, and the Cincinnati Bengals as well as the two-time Champion Las Vegas Locomotives of the United Football League, where he is the league’s All-Time interception leader, and three-time All-Pro selection.

In 2014 he was offered a contract with the CFL Ottawa Redblacks but declined the deal and decided to retire. His young team was off to a good start defeating Florida Christian 14- 6 on September 1 and now 4 -1 for season as of this writing.

On the alumni front, Paul Yeun, graduate of the Class of 1964, is retiring on October 31st this year after 52 years of service as a US Air Force chaplain, director of pastoral services, as a Clinical Fellow for the Summit Health system (with two top 100 US hospitals), and as a Methodist minister. As a successful chaplain in interfaith situations, hospitals from around the globe would send representatives to his hospital in Chambersburg, Pa., to learn from him. Now, as he retires, Summit Health system is establishing a Pastoral Care Fund in his honor.

In other news, Hurricane Irma forced the postponement of a few programs, one of which was the school’s annual Book Fair. Students always enjoy this chance to buy books and share their love of reading with friends. Look for more on MCS activities in future issues including holiday concerts, clubs and more.

Hurricane Irma forced MCS to interrupt classes several days in preparation for the storm and then for the subsequent clean-up. Many students, especially in the Keys, have been displaced and MCS provides a great option K3 – 12 for those who need to resume their studies. Families interested may call for information on the school at 305-221-7754.

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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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