New year begins at Miami Christian School

New year begins at Miami Christian School
New year begins at Miami Christian School
Parents fill out paperwork during MCS Back to School Night

As summer comes to an end, Miami Christian School welcomes back students, enrolling even more new students than last year and catching up with recent graduates who share their summer activities.

Over the summer, parents were invited to visit the campus and, in late August, most all attended the annual “Back to School” evening that also served as a way to fill required forms while enjoying refreshments, getting re-acquainted and visiting classrooms to chat with teachers.

Among the alumni reporting back to MCS on their summer activities, were two stand-outs.

Kunal Khiyani, co-Valedictorian of the Class of 2012 and a junior at UPenn, spent the summer with a paid internship for Kae Capital in Mumbai, India. As a freshman, he attended the Wharton India Economic Forum, and continued networking with individuals from the firm he had met at the forum. After a two-tiered interview process with the Investment Director and then with a Managing Partner, Kunal was accepted for the summer position.

New year begins at Miami Christian School
Joanna Clark addresses parents at Back to School Night.

From June- August, he was the point of entry for screening companies seeking seed funding from the firm, with an average of 30-40 organizations applying daily. Kunal interviewed individuals, conducted due diligence on the companies, and checked to make sure they met benchmarks allowing partnership with the firm. In addition, Kunal was involved in Financial Modeling and worked with businesses, calculating possibilities to reduce costs and increase revenue.

Alumna Melissa Gonzalez, Valedictorian of the Class of 2014. spent part of her summer working in sales and modeling for Ranees Fashions, including travel to Las Vegas for a trade show. Melissa will attend Florida International University on scholarships to study business.

New year begins at Miami Christian School
Alumnus Kunal Khiyani attending UPenn.

On the sports front, women’s volleyball, cross country, bowling and golf teams are already starting practice and games. The bowling team began its year with a win over Columbus High School, sweeping wins in all match games as Miami Christian looks forward to another successful year in sports.

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A graduate of the University of Florida with a major in Spanish, Burns has an extensive background in advertising, marketing and reciprocal trade, travel , non profit consulting and management. Before joining Miami's Community Newspapers as a columnist and marketing specialist, Gloria was the Executive Director of the Jr. Orange Bowl Committee (6 yrs.) and first Executive Director of the Coral Gables Community Foundation (14 yrs.) and the Pinecrest Community Foundation (1 ½ yrs) . Burns' volunteer activities led her to become a columnist for Community Newspapers writing Gloria’s Gab, that focuses on the non-profit activity, and a host of an online show, Gloria's Gab LIVE. Gloria serves the board of the Rotary Club of Coral Gables as Civic and Charity Chair, and is involved in the club's International Committee. She is an active Life Member of the Jr. Orange Bowl Committee and is Secretary of the Merrick Festival. She serves on the board of directors of the Coral Gables Woman' Club as Publicity Chair and also coordinates the club's monthly fundraiser for various charities with Gringo Bingo at Clutch Burger. In addition, Gloria participates in numerous other charitable events and is a member of the Business Forum Group, Profit Inc., the Greater Miami Festival & Events Association and the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce. In other volunteer activity, Gloria helps Miami Christian School with fund-raising and PR; is an Ambassador and volunteers for events for A Safe Haven for Newborns. She is an active member of the Music Ministry at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church where she enjoys singing in the choir every weekend.


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