Stories written by Linda Rodriguez Bernfeld

Positive PEOPLE in Pinecrest- Meggie Pires- Fernandes

Positive PEOPLE in Pinecrest- Meggie Pires- Fernandes

Coral Reef High senior Meggie Pires- Fernandes has approximately 1,500 hours in community service. Many of her hours came from volunteering for an organization called The Edge. The organization teaches young children about the importance of saving the environment. “So when they grow up they can help teach other people how to care for the […]

Positive PEOPLE in Pinecrest- Ariana Ramsundar

Positive PEOPLE in Pinecrest- Ariana Ramsundar

Palmetto High School junior Ariana Ramsundar wants to be a doctor. She is working toward that goal by volunteering at the Palmetto Bay Baptist Hospital Urgent Care Center. “I do patient paperwork, filing and scanning,” she says. Ramsundar volunteers two days a week for three hours at a time. “I love the community feeling there […]

Environment is central theme of National Water Dance event

Environment is central theme of National Water Dance event

Some 80 dancers and 45 singers will perform at 4 p.m. on Apr. 12 as a way to bring attention to the environment and the fragility of our waterways. The event, called National Water Dance, will take place at Deering Estate at Cutler, 16701 SW 72 Ave. in Palmetto Bay. Dancers and singers in 30 […]

Evoobottega in Gables specializes in olive oils

Jana Higginbottom loves to cook with specialty olive oils and balsamic vinegars. She loves the olive oils so much that she wanted to share them with others, so she opened Evoobottega (EVOO stands for extra virgin olive oil), a store specializing in extra virgin olive oils and vinegars. She discovered the specialty olive oil when […]

Positive PEOPLE in Pinecrest- Alexis Magill

Positive PEOPLE in Pinecrest- Alexis Magill

From early childhood, everyone knew that Alexis Magill would do well in life. She was a dynamo, quite bright and very willing to stand up for herself and what she believed in. She was — and will always be — a force to be reckoned with. The faculty and staff at Coral Reef High School […]

Positive PEOPLE in Pinecrest- Rebecca Lester

Positive PEOPLE in Pinecrest- Rebecca Lester

In a couple of months, Rebecca Lester will graduate from the School for Advanced Studies at Miami-Dade College. She will graduate with her high school diploma and an Associate of Arts degree in communications. It will represent a milestone for a teenager who suffered a severe concussion in an accident in December 2011. “I was […]

Positive PEOPLE in Pinecrest- Adriana Gurdian

Positive PEOPLE in Pinecrest- Adriana Gurdian

Palmetto High School senior Adriana Gurdian is the school’s Silver Knight nominee in the category of Art. Gurdian takes Advanced Placement Studio Art and over the years she has developed a portfolio that includes paintings and sculptures. “I mostly use acrylics, but I also work with watercolor and ink,” she says. “When I do sculpture, […]

Student Spotlight – Max Wood

Student Spotlight - Max Wood

Coral Gables High senior Max Wood loves to act. He’s a council member of Gables Players, and Troupe 476. The two clubs are interconnected for those who do drama at Gables. “We do plays after school,” Wood said. They also put on a talent showcase. Wood said it is similar to a talent show but […]

Student Spotlight – Derya Tansel

Student Spotlight - Derya Tansel

Derya Tansel spent the last two summers doing research at Florida International University. One reason for her nomination probably is that she spent the past two summers researching how the Gulf oil spill affected sea life. They tested the effects on shells, mangroves and seaweed. “The oil did create a kind of coating around the […]

Positive People in Pinecrest – Laura Diez

Laura Diez

Palmetto High School senior Laura Diez was in a tubing accident that uncovered a problem she was having with her jaw. In the six weeks between the accident and the necessary surgery, she says she was in great pain and resented her situation. “I had this jaw problem that I didn’t know about, and I […]

Student Spotlight – Joyce Chen

Student Spotlight - Joyce Chen

Next fall, Gulliver Prep senior Joyce Chen will be at MIT pursing a degree in computer science and computer engineering. Which gives her just another area to excel as she is currently in both the engineering and architecture programs and is a member of the Robotics Club. Her engineering projects include working on making improvements […]

Student Spotlight – Peter Gonzalez

Student Spotlight - Peter Gonzalez

Columbus High sophomore Peter Gonzalez has been playing soccer most of his life — starting when he was 4 or 5. He plays club soccer for the Coral Gables Youth Center Toros and is on the Columbus junior varsity team. So it’s no surprise that Gonzalez’s community service project revolves around soccer. One day last […]

Knights Arts Challenge funds local percussion arts series

Knights Arts Challenge funds local percussion arts series

For the past few years, arts groups in South Florida have been able to apply for arts grants from the Knight Foundation. This year, the Knight Foundation is in the middle of a three-year initiative to give out $9 million to arts groups. According to Tatiana Hernandez, program officer for arts at the Knight Foundation, […]

Student Spotlight – Cristina Ruiz

Student Spotlight - Cristina Ruiz

Gulliver Prep junior Cristina Ruiz has more than 500 hours of community service, much of it coming from dance. She is on the Gulliver dance team, the Sundancers. “We dance at pep rallies and benefits and competitions, football games and basketball games,” she said. The dance team also takes part in an AIDS benefit each […]

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