Stories written by Linda Rodriguez Bernfeld

Student Spotlight – Sheyla Tendero

Student Spotlight - Sheyla Tendero

Coral Gables High senior Sheyla Tendero has spent many hours volunteering at Miami Children’s Hospital in the Neurology Department. She said she would start her shift checking with the nurses to see if they had any errands for her to run. She would then go to each room to see if the parents needed anything […]

Student Spotlight – Katherine Rey

Student Spotlight - Katherine Rey

For two years, Coral Gables High senior Katherine Rey volunteered with the track team at Shenandoah Middle School. Rey was the track team manager when she attended Shenandoah and was happy to go back and help while in high school. “I mainly help them stretch and would go to meets with them,” she said. She […]

Student Spotlight – Elisabeth Wurmser

Student Spotlight - Elisabeth Wurmser

Coral Gables High senior Elisabeth Wurmser wants to be a veterinarian. She has wanted to be a vet since she was a little girl. So she has been volunteering at the Humane Society, walking the dogs to give them exercise. Wurmser would go every weekend for three hours and then after fulfilling certain requirements, she […]

Positive People in Pinecrest- Morgan Furnari

Gulliver Prep junior Morgan Furnari has earned more than 500 hours of community service, most of them earned through dance. She is a member of the Gulliver dance team, the Sundancers, and although she’s only a junior, she is co-captain of the squad. “They usually give the position to senior members, but we only have […]

Positive PEOPLE in Pinecrest – Jonathan Chow

Positive PEOPLE in Pinecrest - Jonathan Chow

Gulliver Prep senior Jonathan Chow is a water polo star. Not only does he play for the top notch program at Gulliver, he also plays for the U.S. Junior National Water Polo team. “This year, for my senior year, I’ll be eligible for the junior team,” he says. “Once I graduate, once I pass the […]

Positive PEOPLE in Pinecrest – Morgan Furnari

Positive PEOPLE in Pinecrest - Morgan Furnari

Gulliver Prep junior Morgan Furnari has earned more than 500 hours of community service, most of them earned through dance. She is a member of the Gulliver dance team, the Sundancers, and although she’s only a junior, she is co-captain of the squad. “They usually give the position to senior members, but we only have […]

Positive People in Pinecrest- Darby Chait

Darby Chait

For three consecutive summers, Palmetto High School senior Darby Chait volunteered her time to help kids learn to swim at the Lou Manganiello Aqua Kids Sharks Summer Camp at Westminster Christian. “I worked through all ages up to 14,” Chait says. “The higher levels wanted to be competitive swimmers,” she says, noting that the younger […]

Positive PEOPLE in Pinecrest – Francesca Castan

Positive PEOPLE in Pinecrest - Francesca Castan

Palmetto High School senior Francesca Castan has accumulated more than 1,000 community service hours, many gained while running around on a tennis court. “I worked as a Sony Ericsson ball person,” she says. “I did it four years in a row.” At first, she worked the outer courts, but now she works the finals. “Last […]

Positive PEOPLE in Pinecrest – Darby Chait

Positive PEOPLE in Pinecrest - Darby Chait

For three consecutive summers, Palmetto High School senior Darby Chait volunteered her time to help kids learn to swim at the Lou Manganiello Aqua Kids Sharks Summer Camp at Westminster Christian. “I worked through all ages up to 14,” Chait says. “The higher levels wanted to be competitive swimmers,” she says, noting that the younger […]

Student Spotlight – Lauren Perna

Student Spotlight - Lauren Perna

  Coral Gables High junior Lauren Perna is an athlete playing softball and volleyball. She is captain of both teams. She’s also a member of the National Honor Society and the new Gables service club, Shape. “We do beach cleanups. We painted the walls on the school,” she said. “We’re trying to clean it up. […]

Positive People in Pinecrest – Max Bochner

Positive People in Pinecrest - Max Bochner

  The summer between the 10th and 11th grade, Gulliver Prep senior Max Bochner went to Israel and attended the Alexander Muss High School. It changed his world. “Amazing,” Bochner says. “I had never been to Israel before. After being there for six weeks, you began to feel like you actually lived there.” He says […]

Student Spotlight – Kimberly Giron

Student Spotlight - Kimberly Giron

  Coral Gables student Kimberly Giron has earned more than 500 community service hours, many from volunteering at the Rivera Day Camp this summer. Giron worked with the 3- to 4-year-olds, the youngest kids in the camp. “They were a lot of fun,” she said. “They were so cute!” Her sister had volunteered at the […]

Positive People in Pinecrest – Antonio Goncalzes

Positive People in Pinecrest - Antonio Goncalzes

  Gulliver Prep junior Antonio Goncalzes wants to help the poorer areas of Latin America by helping them gain access to clean drinking water. Goncalzes is a student in Gulliver’s engineering program and when the engineering groups were looking at new water filter projects he suggested they focus on Latin America. “They have a water […]

Positive People in Pinecrest- Max Bochner

The summer between the 10th and 11th grade, Gulliver Prep senior Max Bochner went to Israel and attended the Alexander Muss High School. It changed his world. “Amazing,” Bochner says. “I had never been to Israel before. After being there for six weeks, you began to feel like you actually lived there.” He says he […]

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