Coral Gables Woman’s Club hosts 2012 ISSF Fifth Grade Spelling Bee

Alexander Montessori team (First Place)

The GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club once again opened its clubhouse doors to the Independent Schools of South Florida (ISSF) for the organization’s annual spelling bee on Nov. 8.

St. Theresa team (First Place)

With a total of 23 schools participating in this 2012 ISSF Fifth Grade Spelling Bee, an unprecedented eight schools placed this year. Three schools placed third; two came in second, and three schools placed first. In fact, only four points separated the third and first place schools and all are to be congratulated from the students to the coaches.

St. Agatha team (First Place)

And the top finishers are: first place — Alexander School, St. Agatha and St. Theresa; second place — Gulliver and St. Patrick; third place — Cushman, St. Brendan and Temple Beth Am

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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 as well as non profit consulting and management. Burns' volunteer activities led her to become a columnist writing Gloria’s Gab, a column that focuses on the non-profit activity. Burns was Executive Director of the Jr. Orange Bowl Committee for 6 years and then served as the first Executive Director of Coral Gables Community Foundation for 14 years after which she helped the emerging Community Foundation of Pinecrest. Active in many non profits, she received the 2011 Florida Federation of Women’s Club Volunteer of the Year for the District 11 and the Rotarian of the Year Award. Among her list of current responsibilities, Burns co-chairs two annual student recognition breakfasts for the Coral Gables Friends of Education, co chairs the Doral Business Council Forum and is a DBC Ambassador, is Parliamentarian and serves on the board of the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club and is on the board of the Rotary Club of Coral Gables and sings in the choir of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. She can be reached at

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