Stories written by Linda Rodriguez Bernfeld

Positive People in Pinecrest: Renee Dobrinsky

When Renee Dobrinsky was in Palmer Trinity Middle School, a good friend was diagnosed with lymphoma. That friend’s sister had been her classmate since she was in the first grade. Watching what the family went through and the long hours spent at the hospital helped Dobrinsky decide on what she would do as her Girl […]

Positive PEOPLE in Pinecrest – Tatyana Bidopia

Positive PEOPLE in Pinecrest - Tatyana Bidopia

Terra High School senior Tatyana Bidopia is president of the teen-run organization Knots for Hope. The group makes string-beaded bracelets that they sell to help hospitalized children and their families. They also make bracelets with the children. Bidopia took over as president of the charitable organization Knots for Hope when founder Priscilla Suzal-Wright went off […]

Positive PEOPLE in Pinecrest – Meagan Adler

Positive PEOPLE in Pinecrest - Meagan Adler

Dance is important to Meagan Adler, a senior at Gulliver Prep; so important, that she has been a volunteer tap dance teacher dance at the Boys and Girls Club and the YMCA along with her friend Meaghan Sylver. The two started the organization Tap Kidz in ninth grade. “We wanted to share our passion with […]

Positive People in Pinecrest- Tatyana Bidopia

Terra High School senior Tatyana Bidopia is president of the teen-run organization Knots for Hope. The group makes string-beaded bracelets that they sell to help hospitalized children and their families. They also make bracelets with the children. Bidopia took over as president of the charitable organization Knots for Hope when founder Priscilla Suzal-Wright went off […]

Positive People in Pinecrest- Meagan Adler

Dance is important to Meagan Adler, a senior at Gulliver Prep; so important, that she has been a volunteer tap dance teacher dance at the Boys and Girls Club and the YMCA along with her friend Meaghan Sylver. The two started the organization Tap Kidz in ninth grade. “We wanted to share our passion with […]

Positive People in Pinecrest- Caitlin Charlton

Westminster Christian School senior Caitlin Charlton is a wonderful student and a terrific athlete. During her high school career she has played basketball and softball, and competed on the swim team. She stopped playing basketball in her sophomore year to concentrate on softball and swimming. Charlton is involved in the swim season this fall and […]

Positive PEOPLE in Pinecrest – Caitlin Charlton

Positive PEOPLE in Pinecrest - Caitlin Charlton

Westminster Christian School senior Caitlin Charlton is a wonderful student and a terrific athlete. During her high school career she has played basketball and softball, and competed on the swim team. She stopped playing basketball in her sophomore year to concentrate on softball and swimming. Charlton is involved in the swim season this fall and […]

Positive PEOPLE in Pinecrest – George Uche

Positive PEOPLE in Pinecrest - George Uche

This past summer, George Uche, a senior at Palmetto High School, went to Haiti to help deliver musical instruments to an orphanage. “I got so attached to the kids that I decided to adopt the orphanage,” Uche says. “We are working to find a bigger place.” He went to Haiti with a Palmetto counselor to […]

Student Spotlight – Roxana Martinez

Roxana Martinez

Coral Gables High senior Roxana Martinez doesn’t have an easy life. Martinez’s family emigrated from Cuba to Florida when Martinez was very young. They settled in Miami but a few years later decided to move to Spain to be with family. However, after leaving everything behind in Miami, they had difficulty finding jobs in Spain. […]

Positive PEOPLE in Pinecrest – Alexandra Hazday

Positive PEOPLE in Pinecrest-Alexandra Hazday

Palmetto High School senior Alexandra Hazday spent part of her summer digging a trench for a water main for a remote village in the Dominican Republic. She lived and worked there for 12 days, high on the mountain with a view of the ocean. She went with the Blue Missions organization in a group of […]

Student Spotlight – Kamila Garcia Marchant

Student Spotlight - Kamila Garcia Marchant

Coral Gables senior Kamila Garcia Marchant has a love for animals. So much so, she hopes to become a veterinarian. To help achieve her goal, she volunteers at a veterinary clinic at least once a week. She also volunteered for two months helping a horse vet during the summer of 2012. “I do horseback riding […]

Student Spotlight – Jessica Sanchez

Student Spotlight - Jessica Sanchez

Coral Gable High School senior Jessica Sanchez earns her community service hours by volunteering at a day care center once or twice a week, depending on her homework load. She started volunteering her freshman year and has continued into her senior year. “I usually volunteer with the younger ones, the one year-olds and two-year-olds,” she […]

Positive PEOPLE in Pinecrest – Olivia Thaler

Positive PEOPLE in Pinecrest-Olivia Thaler

Gulliver Prep senior Olivia Thaler spends much of her time on a tennis court. Thaler plays competitive tennis, both for Gulliver and in USTA tournaments outside of school. At Gulliver she’s the number one seed. In Florida, she’s ranked fourth in her age group, 18 and under. “On TennisRecruiting.com I’ve been as high as 25 […]

Positive PEOPLE in Pinecrest-Rodrigo Simoes

Positive PEOPLE in Pinecrest-Rodrigo Simoes

Gulliver Prep senior Rodrigo Simoes is interested in architecture. He is enrolled in the Urban Planning and Design Class of Gulliver’s architecture program. One element of the class is a group project to design park space on Clarington Island, a project that comes at the behest of the City of Miami’s Waterfront Commission. “We are […]