Performing Arts, Awards & Graduations at MCS

Eighth grade graduate Victoria Vila receives diploma from Dr. Lorena Morrison.

Miami Christian School was a’buzz with activity during May with students showcased in the performing arts and athletics.

A band concert, orchestrated by Derek Shute featured the American-styled rock ‘n roll of the 60’s and 70’s while Choir Director Diana Cummings led choral selections for an evening of nostalgia and music that made everyone want to dance. Two weeks later, the drama department under the direction of Christina Stocker’s production of Alice in Wonderland played to a standing room only audience with scenery and costumes as wonderfully creative as the cast.

Mixed in with all the performing arts activities, the Athletic Department held its annual sports banquet while other award ceremonies honored student achievements in academics, service, character and leadership in elementary, middle and high school grades.

The last week of school culminated with graduations for Kinder-5 and Eighth Grade followed by the Senior High School graduation at Florida International University.

Each year, Miami Christian takes pride in a graduating class that excels in numerous areas and the Class of 2012 was no exception with 39 impressive seniors accepted into more than 50 different colleges and universities, including a nationally- ranked (No. 5) university. More than $600,000 worth of first-year scholarship offers and more than $2,500,000 in fouryear scholarship offers were received by 63% of the graduating class.

In addition, 51% of the students graduated with honors (46% of that group with highest honors) while 57% received the prestigious Presidential Service Award.

Other statistics of note: more than onethird of the class scored in the top 14 percentile or higher in Math and Reading nationwide, and 43% of the class attempted AP and/or FIU Dual Enrollment Courses for college credits before graduating high school.

Almost one-third of the class attended MCS between 12 and 15 years with onequarter of the graduating seniors receiving the highly esteemed King David Award for character, and another one-fifth planning to play varsity sports in college.

Once school was out for students, teachers and staff continued work but were treated by Sam’s Club to a veritable feast as the Faculty and Staff’s ‘End of the Year’ luncheon. C. C. Gatewood, Yesenia Dolz and George Abo of Sam’s Club provided the treat, mingled with attendees and offered membership and renewal discounts. MCS has enjoyed a long standing relationship with Sam’s Club and is most grateful for the ongoing support.


Finally, re-enrollment is open for the 2012-2013 school year. Tel. Gladys Mata At 305-221-7754, Ext. 771 for a tour and information, Monday thru Thursday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Ask about the new Scholar’s Program in the high school for the new school year. For information, visit the MCS Facebook page at <> or the MCS website <>.

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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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