Stories written by Linda Rodriguez Bernfeld

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 […]

Positive People in Pinecrest: Renee Dobrinsky

When Renee Dobrinsky was in Palmer Trinity Middle School, a good friend was diagnosed with lymphoma. That friend’s sister had been her classmate since she was in the first grade. Watching what the family went through and the long hours spent at the hospital helped Dobrinsky decide on what she would do as her Girl […]

Positive PEOPLE in Pinecrest – Tatyana Bidopia

Positive PEOPLE in Pinecrest - Tatyana Bidopia

Terra High School senior Tatyana Bidopia is president of the teen-run organization Knots for Hope. The group makes string-beaded bracelets that they sell to help hospitalized children and their families. They also make bracelets with the children. Bidopia took over as president of the charitable organization Knots for Hope when founder Priscilla Suzal-Wright went off […]

Positive PEOPLE in Pinecrest – Meagan Adler

Positive PEOPLE in Pinecrest - Meagan Adler

Dance is important to Meagan Adler, a senior at Gulliver Prep; so important, that she has been a volunteer tap dance teacher dance at the Boys and Girls Club and the YMCA along with her friend Meaghan Sylver. The two started the organization Tap Kidz in ninth grade. “We wanted to share our passion with […]

Positive People in Pinecrest- Tatyana Bidopia

Terra High School senior Tatyana Bidopia is president of the teen-run organization Knots for Hope. The group makes string-beaded bracelets that they sell to help hospitalized children and their families. They also make bracelets with the children. Bidopia took over as president of the charitable organization Knots for Hope when founder Priscilla Suzal-Wright went off […]

Positive People in Pinecrest- Meagan Adler

Dance is important to Meagan Adler, a senior at Gulliver Prep; so important, that she has been a volunteer tap dance teacher dance at the Boys and Girls Club and the YMCA along with her friend Meaghan Sylver. The two started the organization Tap Kidz in ninth grade. “We wanted to share our passion with […]

Positive People in Pinecrest- Caitlin Charlton

Westminster Christian School senior Caitlin Charlton is a wonderful student and a terrific athlete. During her high school career she has played basketball and softball, and competed on the swim team. She stopped playing basketball in her sophomore year to concentrate on softball and swimming. Charlton is involved in the swim season this fall and […]

Positive PEOPLE in Pinecrest – Caitlin Charlton

Positive PEOPLE in Pinecrest - Caitlin Charlton

Westminster Christian School senior Caitlin Charlton is a wonderful student and a terrific athlete. During her high school career she has played basketball and softball, and competed on the swim team. She stopped playing basketball in her sophomore year to concentrate on softball and swimming. Charlton is involved in the swim season this fall and […]

Positive PEOPLE in Pinecrest – George Uche

Positive PEOPLE in Pinecrest - George Uche

This past summer, George Uche, a senior at Palmetto High School, went to Haiti to help deliver musical instruments to an orphanage. “I got so attached to the kids that I decided to adopt the orphanage,” Uche says. “We are working to find a bigger place.” He went to Haiti with a Palmetto counselor to […]

Student Spotlight – Roxana Martinez

Roxana Martinez

Coral Gables High senior Roxana Martinez doesn’t have an easy life. Martinez’s family emigrated from Cuba to Florida when Martinez was very young. They settled in Miami but a few years later decided to move to Spain to be with family. However, after leaving everything behind in Miami, they had difficulty finding jobs in Spain. […]

Positive PEOPLE in Pinecrest – Alexandra Hazday

Positive PEOPLE in Pinecrest-Alexandra Hazday

Palmetto High School senior Alexandra Hazday spent part of her summer digging a trench for a water main for a remote village in the Dominican Republic. She lived and worked there for 12 days, high on the mountain with a view of the ocean. She went with the Blue Missions organization in a group of […]

Student Spotlight – Kamila Garcia Marchant

Student Spotlight - Kamila Garcia Marchant

Coral Gables senior Kamila Garcia Marchant has a love for animals. So much so, she hopes to become a veterinarian. To help achieve her goal, she volunteers at a veterinary clinic at least once a week. She also volunteered for two months helping a horse vet during the summer of 2012. “I do horseback riding […]