Stories written by Alex Merkel

Junior Orange Bowl opens new office with ribbon cutting

Junior Orange Bowl opens new office with ribbon cutting

The Junior Orange Bowl celebrated its new downtown Coral Gables office with an open house reception and ribbon-cutting ceremony on Feb. 26. Coral Gables Mayor Jim Cason and Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce CEO Mark Trowbridge joined Junior Orange Bowl president Don Slesnick III and president-elect Robert Bueso, PhD, in cutting the orange ribbon, marking […]

Junior Orange Bowl honors young writers at ceremony

Junior Orange Bowl honors young writers at ceremony

Three eighth grade writers were honored during the annual Junior Orange Bowl Creative Writing Contest awards ceremony at Books & Books in Coral Gables on Saturday, Jan. 5. The three winners and their teachers were awarded medals by Dr. Lawrence Feldman of the Miami-Dade School Board. The theme of the contest was “How Can I […]

2012-13 Royal Court reigning over Jr. Orange Bowl events

2012-13 Royal Court reigning over Jr. Orange Bowl events

The 2012-13 Junior Orange Bowl Royal Court Queen and Princesses have been working hard to serve the South Florida Community since being crowned in November. The first event on the new Royal Court’s calendar was volunteering at the annual Junior Orange Bowl Sports Ability Games, a three-day series of athletic events for physically challenged youths. […]

2012-13 Royal Court reigning over Jr. Orange Bowl events

Aria Armstead (center), an eighth grader at Lexington Middle School, is this year’s Royal Court Queen. Sophia Periera, a student at Leewood Middle School, and Maya Elias, a student at Terra Environmental Research Institute the Princesses.

The 2012-13 Junior Orange Bowl Royal Court Queen and Princesses have been working hard to serve the South Florida Community since being crowned in November. The first event on the new Royal Court’s calendar was volunteering at the annual Junior Orange Bowl Sports Ability Games, a three-day series of athletic events for physically challenged youths. […]

Magill named grand marshal for Jr. Orange Bowl Parade

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The Junior Orange Bowl has announced that local celebrity Ron Magill will be the grand marshal of the 64th Junior Orange Bowl Parade on Dec. 30. Magill serves as the “Goodwill Ambassador” for Zoo Miami and has been involved with wildlife and the South Florida Community for over 30 years. Magill has made frequent television […]

Junior Orange Bowl Parade now taking participant applications

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The 2012-13 Junior Orange Bowl Festival season is in full swing and applications are now being accepted to participate in the 64th annual Junior Orange Bowl Parade. The Parade, which will take place on Sunday, Dec. 30, offers unit applicants the opportunity to continue in the tradition of marching through the streets of Downtown Coral […]

Junior Orange Bowl announces 2012-13 Royal Court Search

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The Junior Orange Bowl will host a night of glamour and royalty on Saturday, Nov. 17, as three young ladies will be crowned the 2012-13 Junior Orange Bowl Queen and Princesses. The 2012-13 Royal Court will reign over all the events of the Junior Orange Bowl Festivities, participating in various award ceremonies and serving as […]

Junior Orange Bowl celebrates kickoff of 64th festival

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Coral Gables Mayor Jim Cason and Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez recently joined Junior Orange Bowl Committee members, Jobie Corps Ambassadors, and guests at the Biltmore Hotel to celebrate the start of the 64th Annual Junior Orange Bowl Festival Season. The annual festival consists of more than 13 athletic and academic youth events that take place […]

JOB welcomes executive director Barbara Norland

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Barbara Norland has been named the new executive director of the Junior Orange Bowl. The organization is set to begin preparation for its annual festival season, which is highlighted by the parade through downtown Coral Gables. The Junior Orange Bowl Festival Season and Parade are in their 64th year and this year’s theme is “Sailing […]

Junior Orange Bowl accepting photography contest entries

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The Junior Orange Bowl Committee (JOBC) now is accepting entries for the Pitman Photo Supply Photography Contest. Students in grades 6-12 are welcome to submit up to two entries in each of the four contest categories; “Zoo Miami,” “Moon Over Miami: Night Photography,” “Patterns in Our World,” and “Black & White.” Winners will be announced […]

Junior Orange Bowl holds annual international chess tournament

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Some of the world’s best youth chess players competed in the 13th Junior Orange Bowl International Scholastic Chess Championship on Dec. 27-29 at the Embassy Suites Hotel Miami International Airport. International players from Central and South America, and the Caribbean, made the trip to compete in this prestigious tournament. The Junior Orange Bowl International Scholastic […]

Junior stars set to compete in JOB Tennis Championship

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The world’s best 14 and under and 12 and under tennis players are coming to Coral Gables for the 50th annual Junior Orange Bowl International Tennis Championship. This year’s tournament has received a record 1,325 entrants from 75 countries and 40 U.S. states. The qualifying matches will take place Dec. 14-16 with the main draw […]