Awards Highlight Miami Christian School Summer

2012 Graduating Class

Lazy days of summer are here for many but at Miami Christian School, the staff is already preparing for the upcoming school year with renovations soon underway, thanks to Timothy Yeun, an MCS graduate and Principal Emeritus of Burkett & Wong Architects of San Diego, California.

Yeun’s gift to the school will cover addition of a Scholar’s Room to the library for the new senior high school Scholars Program. Participating students will be able to enjoy this work space for collaborative and individual projects in local, regional and national competitions.

*Also on the alumni front, Neri Martinez (Class of 2000) was recently named State Director for the Hispanic Vote for the State of North Carolina by the Republican National Committee.

*For Miami Christian School, corporate partners are critical and very much appreciated. Among those recently involved in support efforts was Galloway Office Products, thanks to Tom Bovee who recently made a generous donation to help stage a faculty/staff event for which the school was most grateful.

*Speaking of local corporate support, MCS looks forward to working with Doral’s Chick-Fil-A, whose owner/ operator, Victor Zaldivar, will be providing sandwiches for the Back-to-School Bash in August, as well as assisting other fundraising projects in the coming year.

*MCS faculty’s Charlene Coulter received a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for outstanding and invaluable service to the community from Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart.

*MCS Senior, Richard Barbella, was also recognized recently when receiving a Congressional Award for dedicating himself during the past academic year to improving grades and distinguishing himself through a tireless pursuit of academic excellence. In addition, Senior, Alexandra Rios was awarded the Congressional Medal of Merit for demonstrating exemplary citizenship and academic excellence throughout her high school career, exemplified by her academic excellence, peer respect, community service, school citizenship, and involvement in extracurricular activities. Both Richard and Alexandra received their awards from Congresswoman Ileana Ros- Lehtinen at her annual Congressional Recognition Ceremony.

* Academic excellence achieved by 13 graduating seniors who tested in the top 15% of national math and English standards include Michael Gandia, Denio Machado, Brian Gonzalez, Alexandra Rios, Brian Carvajal, Hanan Salem, Biance Solis Sikaffy, Ashley Andrews, Victoria Gonzalez, Roberto Barrueco, Brandon Beckelheimer, Kunal Khiyani and Nicolas Betancourt.

* Senior Tammara Ellsworth was awarded a scholarship from the Community Blood Center for her participation and dedication of leadership, encouraging others to donate blood during the annual on-site drives.

* When classes resume Wednesday, August 22, Middle and High School students will reunite to share vacation stories on August 20 at the School’s annual “Back to School Bash” from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Re-enrollment has opened for the 2012- 2013 school year and those interested in visiting the school may contact Donna Gehring (tel. 305-221-7754 x773) for a tour and information.

Additional information is available on Facebook at <> and < High school students are also encouraged to ask about the new Scholar’s Program for the upcoming year.

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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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