Stories written by Linda Rodriguez Bernfeld

Positive PEOPLE in Pinecrest-Joseph Hunt

Positive PEOPLE in Pinecrest-Joseph Hunt

Palmetto High School senior Joseph Hunt wants to attend the U.S. Naval Academy. His goal is to be an engineer; possibly an aeronautical engineer and perhaps even a Navy pilot. To that end, he has been studying hard and completed his Academy application early so he could be certain that he would be in line […]

Palmer Trinity’s interim head enjoying life in South Florida

Palmer Trinity’s interim head enjoying life in South Florida

After being a headmaster for 25 years, Tom Reid retired. But he and his wife, Ann, weren’t interested in staying home and just puttering around; they wanted to live in new places and experience different cultures. So they decided on a path that brought them to Miami where Reid is the interim head of school […]

Positive People in Pinecrest – Shreeya Mishra

Positive People in Pinecrest - Shreeya Mishra

Palmer Trinity junior Shreeya Mishra has already earned hundreds of community service hours, many of them for helping the homeless. “I have a club here at Palmer called Light the Way,” she says. “In this club we collect books and donate them to the Little Lighthouse Foundation Resource Center at the Chapman Partnership for the […]

Positive People in Pinecrest – Noah Liebling

Positive People in Pinecrest - Noah Liebling

Palmetto High School senior Noah Liebling did a lot of physical labor this summer in the Dominican Republic. He was there with the Blue Mission organization helping a rural mountain town get running water. “We built a water system for a town of 70 families that had to walk five-and-a-half miles each way to get […]

Positive People in Pinecrest – Keenan Rodriguez

Positive People in Pinecrest - Keenan Rodriguez

Palmer Trinity junior Keenan Rodriguez is treasurer for both the Class of 2015 and the Autism Club. The Palmer Trinity Autism Club is very active and does a lot of fundraising. Last April, the club raised $20,000 for CARD through the event ACE for Autism. “It was an invitation tournament for juniors and adults to […]

Positive People in Pinecrest- Shreeya Mishra

Palmer Trinity junior Shreeya Mishra has already earned hundreds of community service hours, many of them for helping the homeless. “I have a club here at Palmer called Light the Way,” she says. “In this club we collect books and donate them to the Little Lighthouse Foundation Resource Center at the Chapman Partnership for the […]

Positive People in Pinecrest – Keenan Rodriguez

Palmer Trinity junior Keenan Rodriguez is treasurer for both the Class of 2015 and the Autism Club. The Palmer Trinity Autism Club is very active and does a lot of fundraising. Last April, the club raised $20,000 for CARD through the event ACE for Autism. “It was an invitation tournament for juniors and adults to […]

Student Spotlight – Rafael Reyes

Student Spotlight - Rafael Reyes

Coral Gables High senior Rafael Reyes has only been in the United States for six years, legally emigrating from Cuba. As a child, he took English in school making his transition from a student in Cuba to a student in America much easier. “I came with the basics — how to say colors, good morning, […]

Student Spotlight – Michelle Dubon

Student Spotlight - Michelle Dubon

Coral Gables High senior Michelle Dubon is involved heavily in school activities. She has participated in the school-sponsored can drives and has helped clean the school several times. She spent part of her high school career at the Academy of Arts and Minds in Coconut Grove. Early in her freshman year, she worked on a […]

Student Spotlight- Mario Olivares

Student Spotlight- Mario Olivares

Recent Coral Gables high graduate Mario Olivares is attending the Miami-Dade Honors College while many of his friends are back to school at Gables. Olivares is leaning toward a science major but is still looking at his options because he has a wide range of interests. “I’ve found you can like things on the surface […]

Positive People in Pinecrest – Sara Abbassi

A senior at Palmer Trinity School, Sara Abbassi has already gone through more in her life than most teens. When she was three years old, her father was diagnosed with Stage Four breast cancer. He passed away from the illness when she was 10. “Since it’s very rare, when they found out he passed away, […]

Positive People in Pinecrest – Melinda Klenk

Positive People in Pinecrest - Melinda Klenk

Palmer Trinity senior Melinda Klenk has devoted her Saturdays and her summers to helping disadvantaged children gain a step in school. “I work for Breakthrough Miami over the summer and during the school year,” Klenk says. “I taught English and I was a fifth grade English teacher.” The experience was fun for her, although tiring. […]

Positive People in Pinecrest – Jena Fusfield

Positive People in Pinecrest- Jena Fusfield

Palmer Trinity School senior Jena Fusfield loves to make people happy. So she started the Random Acts of Kindness Club at Palmer. “I really like the feeling when you do something nice for someone for no reason,” she says. “This club will fulfill random acts of kindness. We’re also going to have boxes set up […]

Positive People in Pinecrest- Taryn d’Adesky

Positive People in Pinecrest- Taryn d’Adesky

Palmetto High School senior Taryn d’Adesky constantly looks for ways that she can help the people of Haiti. After the 2010 earthquake, d’Adesky, along with her family and friends, collected thousands of dollars and sent it survivors in Port au Prince. They also collected cases of bottled water and shipped them to the island nation […]