MCS alumni, Class of 2020 members update college status


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During the summer the Miami Christian’s graduating seniors received multiple scholarship offers while the school also received updates on activities of alumni.

One such update came from Andrea Sinclair, Salutatorian of the Miami Christian School Class of 2014. Andrea, who played varsity volleyball and soccer while maintaining a 5.1 GPA, graduated from nursing school at Nova Southeastern University and currently is working at Baptist Hospital. She was offered scholarships and excelled as a leader serving as president of the Beta Club, vice president of the senior class, and Secretary of the National Honor Society. She received the University of Rochester’s Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony Award in Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Distinguished Christian Student Award.

Sinclair twice qualified for State in the National History Day Competition. She received the Presidential Service Award for her community volunteerism and received the Wendy Heisman MCS Female Athlete of the Year Award her senior year.

Yet another standout was Melissa Gonzalez, Valedictorian of the Miami Christian Class of 2014. Melissa graduated from Florida International in 2017 with a degree in finance and 2020 with a juris doctorate degree and is currently working at Morgan Horton Law in Coral Gables.

With a 5.32 GPA, she competed in five varsity sports and was captain of the volleyball, soccer and softball teams while also being active in eight different extracurricular clubs.

Gonzalez was the president of the National Honor Society, vice president of the Beta Club and vice president of the Senior Class. She graduated as Scholar Athlete of the Year and Top Performer in Drama. She also was the recipient of the Presidential Service Award for her community volunteerism and the University of Rochester’s George Eastman Young Leaders Award her senior year.

A more recent graduate was Michael Noel, Class of 2020, who received a full football scholarship to St. Thomas University where he currently is attending.

Current Miami Christian school students have committed to colleges throughout the summer: Rene Lastre Class of 2021, committed to the University of Florida; Alex Ulloa, Class of 2021, committed to Oklahoma State University, and Eddy Fernandez, Class of 2022, committed to the University of Miami.

MCS’s Victor Prep is available this year for athletes who graduated in the Class of 2020, but were unable to start college, but who do not want to lose a year of college eligibility. The sports that are available are ladies’ volleyball, ladies’ and men’s basketball and baseball.

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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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