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October 14, 2016 – Miami, Florida – Congratulations to Ms. Anna Mirabal, Business Education teacher and Lead Teacher of the Business and Finance Academy at Coral Reef Senior High School (CRHS), as she was selected as the Greater Kendall Business Association’s 2016 Educator of the Year.

The Greater Kendall Business Association was highly impressed by her career move from being a finance and marketing executive for 30 years,  then deciding to become an educator.  Her long list of accomplishments and diverse involvement in so many wonderful groups and activities is truly reflective of her serious commitment to educating young minds.  This level of passion in business education is something we strongly applaud and greatly appreciate.

Ms.  Mirabal demonstrates the highest level of professional commitment and competency in her work with students and colleagues.  To carry out her professional responsibilities, she gives generously of her valuable time, and often her work extends beyond the school day.  Through her enthusiasm, hard work, and careful planning, CRHS students have won many awards in business competitions.  Her dedication has provided CRHS students the vitality of real world business as it pervades our everyday lives.  The unique melding of personal and professional qualities has enabled Ms. Mirabal to lead her colleagues and students into a favorable involvement with professionalism in their academy.  In addition, she is the sponsor of Future Business Leaders of America – the largest chapter in Miami-Dade County Schools (MDCPS) since 2015; named Data Champion in 2016, responsible for training MDCPS Business Education teachers on NAFTRACK Certification and Data Gathering; and her students received a 97% passing rate of Intuit Quick Books; as well as award-winning ratings year after year at District, State, and National competitions.

Ms. Mirabal will be honored by Greater Kendall Business Association’s Education Luncheon, Thursday, October 27, 2016 from 11:30am to 1:30 pm.  This event will be at the Grand Salon – Killian Palms Country Club 9950 SW 104 Street Miami, FL. 33176. Ms. Mirabal will be seated with the President of the Association, Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón, keynote speaker and other guests.

At the luncheon the association will recognize Ms. Mirabal and invite her to come on stage to receive the award and say a few words.

To learn more about GKBA visit the Association at:

July 22, 2016 – Atlanta, Georgia – Congratulations to Coral Reef Senior High School Sandra M. Garcia, a sophomore, in the Health Science Academy, as she was selected to become a member of The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS).  The National Society of High School Scholars is to recognize academic excellence among high-achieving students from around the world and inspire them to reach their full potential.

Membership with NSHSS begins with recognition of academic achievement and to inspire leadership. The lifetime benefits of membership include scholarships, leadership development programs, study abroad opportunities, events connecting members with university admissions officers, and access to internship and employment opportunities. Their resources are focused on helping  members successfully transition from high school to college, and from college into their young professional lives.

Formed in 2002 by James W. Lewis and Claes Nobel helped found NSHSS to continue the family’s legacy of recognizing and rewarding contributions to world betterment.  Its mission is to recognize academic excellence among high school students and to encourage members to apply their unique talents, vision, and potential for the betterment of themselves and the world. NSHSS is an organization established to connect young scholars with each other and to provide additional resources to help them succeed in scholarship, leadership, and service. Members of NSHSS enjoy attending Society events held at colleges and universities, receiving our monthly publications with valuable resources about college and program opportunities, and applying for scholarships.

October 4, 2016 – New York, New York – Congratulations to Coral Reef Senior High School’s outstanding literary magazine, Elysium for the third year in a row.  In the first of four announcements of Crown Finalists for 2017 Awards, Elysium received the highly prestigious Crown Award recognition from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association CSPA).

Forty-two print magazines and 15 hybrid magazines were chosen as Finalists for the CSPA Crown Awards to be presented in March 2017 at ceremonies in New York City.  The magazines were published during the 2015-16 academic year. Michael Gordon, who was last year’s Editor in Chief and now attends Williams College, will join Ms. Amy Scott, Sponsor, in accepting the award at that time.

The Crown Awards honor top student publications chosen from CSPA’s members.  Crowns are selected for overall excellence in a head-to-head comparison. Student publishing in news, magazine, yearbook or digital (online) formats are all eligible.  During Crown consideration, publications are judged on their excellence as shown by their design, photography, concept, coverage and writing. A total of 1,100 publications were eligible for judging.

Crown Finalists are actual winners, not nominees. Some will be announced as Gold Crowns; the rest are Silver Crowns. Final results will be announced and presented at the CSPA ceremonies in March 2017.

The CSPA offers three annual competitions to honor excellence in student publishing: Medalist Critiques for written evaluation, Crown Awards for overall excellence and Gold Circle Awards for individual student recognition.

Medalist Critiques are released on a rolling basis as completed while Crown Awards and Gold Circles are judged following seasonal deadlines in June and October. For example, Gold Circle Awards for news and magazines were released September 23 while yearbook and digital entries for individual Gold Circle Awards are not due until a final deadline of October 12. Their judging and release will be completed in February.

“We’ve changed the timing of our Crown Awards judging,” said Edmund Sullivan, CSPA’s executive director. “Magazines were judged first, to be followed by print and hybrid newspapers, then yearbooks in October and finally, digital (online) news sites in November.”  Announcements of Finalists will follow each judging with the full list complete by mid-November.

The Crown Awards require a different judging process from the CSPA’s Medalist Critiques. Regular CSPA members are invited to submit a second copy of their publication for Crown judging. From among those entries submitted, the Crown Awards are considered at Columbia by panels of invited judges, working in small groups to review each publication.

Crown Awards summarize overall excellence in the entire publication while Medalist Critiques compare each publication against a printed set of standards. In contrast, Medalist Critiques are the work of a single adviser-judge.

elysium-staff-2016-4-by-6-%281%29Photo attached: Elysium Staff

As Shakespeare’s newly staged plays captured the imagination of Londoners in the 1600’s, a half a world away in Edo (now Tokyo), audiences flocked to Kabuki, seventeenth-century Japan’s popular form of drama. Hundreds of years later in October of 2016, Coral Reef Senior High School Troupe 5744, brings both the power of Shakespeare’s drama and the beauty of the Kabuki art form to life with the performance of Kabuki Lady Macbeth, conceived by renowned Japanese master of Zen arts and theater director Master Shozo Sato, with modern poetry written by Karen Sunde, based on Shakespeare’s drama.  Kabuki Lady Macbeth is an interpretation of Shakespeare’s story focusing on Lady Macbeth’s journey, her desire, and destiny to become queen.

Coral Reef Senior High School Auditorium

10101 S.W. 152nd Street

Miami, Florida

October 4th and 5th – 7:00 pm Tickets    $10.00 Adults     $8.00 Students

October 6th  3:00 pm   General Admission $5.00

Do not miss this amazing piece of theatre!

New York, New York – September 23, 2016 – Eleven (11) Coral Reef Senior High School seniors are being recognized as a 2017 National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP) Scholar recipients. Congratulations to the following student scholars and their academy: Ryan Alamo (International Baccalaureate); Dario Amador-Lage (Visual & Performing Arts); Arlene Arevalo (Visual & Performing Arts); Kyle Dickson (Visual & Performing Arts); Jesselyn Dominguez (Health Sciences); Ismary Guardarrama (International Baccalaureate); Gianni Lavecchia (International Baccalaureate); Sofia Padron (International Baccalaureate); Daniella Rosello (International Baccalaureate); Dimitri Shurik (International Baccalaureate); and Tyler Thompson (International Baccalaureate). All of these students have GPAs of 3.5 or higher and are designated as Scholars.
Initiated in 1983, The National Hispanic Recognition Program identifies nearly 5,000 outstanding Hispanic students each year. Although the NHRP does not provide a financial reward, being named is an important academic recognition. The program sends a list of all recognized students to subscribing colleges and universities that are particularly interested in academically outstanding seniors of Hispanic heritage. This nationwide list includes students from the United States, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, Mariana Islands and Marshall Islands, as well as U.S. citizens attending schools abroad. It also includes approximately 200 of the top scoring PAA™ students from Puerto Rico.
Per The College Board, to qualify for this program, you must be at least one-quarter Hispanic/Latino. For purposes of the NHRP, students must be from a family whose ancestors came from at least one of the following countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Spain, Uruguay or Venezuela.
Photo left to right – front row: Arlene Arevalo; Jesselyn Dominguez; Sofia Padron; Daniella Rosello; and Ismary Guardarrama. Back row: Gianni Lavecchia; Ryan Alamo; Kyle Dickson; Mr. Thomas Ennis, Principal;Tyler Thompson; Dario Amador-Lage; and Dimitri Shurik

Evanston, Illinois – September 14, 2016 – Seven Coral Reef Senior High School students were among National Merit® Scholarship Corporation’s highest scoring participants in the SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®) and are now Semifinalists in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Competition. These academically talented high school seniors are: Mahmoud Fahmy, Leila Halley-Wright, Gianni LaVecchia, and Timothy Whiddon from the International Baccalaureate Academy; Daniel Crair from the Health Sciences Academy; and Dario Amador-Lage and Kyle Dickson from the Visual and Performing Arts Academy.

Semifinalists must meet additional requirements and advance to Finalist standing to be considered for National Merit Scholarships®. About 8,000 awards of three types offered annually: 2,500 National Merit $2,500 Scholarships for which all Finalists compete; over 1,000 corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship® awards for Finalists who meet criteria of sponsoring corporate organization; and over 4,500 college-sponsored Merit Scholarship® awards for Finalists who will attend sponsor college/university. Corporate organizations also provide about 1,300 Special Scholarships for other high performers in competition who are not Finalists.

natl-merit-semi-2017Photo attached left to right: Daniel Crair; Mr. Thomas Ennis, Principal; Dario, Amador-Lage, Timothy Widdon, Leila Halley-Wright, Mahmoud Fahmy, Kyle Dickson, and Gianni LaVecchia.

September 1, 2016 – Cambridge, Massachusetts – Coral Reef Senior High School is pleased to announce three (3) juniors in the International Baccalaureate Academy: Arielle Cortina, Gabriela Gutierrez, and Natalie Rodriguez, attended The Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders, in Boston, Massachusetts.  This is a national academic honors program with strict requirements, and any high school student nominated must have a minimum 3.5 GPA (or equivalent), either current or cumulative, to attend.

national-leadership-conferenceThe National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists is positioned to support students with skills, motivation, education, mentorship, and unique experiences, so they stay on track to achieve their goals. The National Leadership Academies was founded on the belief that a strong emotional intelligence is the cornerstone of student success and is committed to supporting students in its development. The National Leadership Academies also recognizes that schools identify prospective talent at the earliest possible age and help these students acquire the necessary experience and skills to take them to the doorstep of vital careers as leaders and in the fields of medicine and the sciences.

The Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders is a gathering of the nation’s best and brightest future science and technology leaders who possess leadership potential and a desire to contribute to the field of science or technology. For three once-in-a-lifetime days, students are guided by some of the greatest minds in science and technology – men and women who are literally leading humanity into the miracles of the 21st century. Students will come face-to-face with:

  • Winners of the Nobel Prize, the most prestigious award in the world;
  • Deans of top universities;
  • World leaders in science;
  • Our nation’s most innovative and successful technologists; and
  • Award-winning young inventors and scientists.

Students discuss and observe state-of-the-art inventions and be inspired by world-changing researchers, futurists and technologists.

The Congress also gives students the rare opportunity to create long-term friendships with those who share their dreams and passion – other young people like them who want to truly make a difference and devote their futures to changing the world through science and technology.

Presenting Awards left to right: Mr. Thomas Ennis, Principal; Arielle Cortina; Natalie Rodriguez; and Gabriela Gutierrez.


August 22, 2016 – Miami, Florida – Congratulations to Rahsaan Williams, a senior in the Business and Finance Academy, as part of the 2016 Summer Youth Internship Program’s Millennium Access Platform presentation, August 3, 2016. This presentation occurred during The School Board of Miami-Dade County, Florida, Academics, Evaluation and Technology Committee Meeting.

Miami-Dade County Public Schools is committed to increasing academic opportunities for students, expanding learning beyond traditional classrooms.Rahsaan Williams


Photo attached: Mr. Thomas Ennis, Principal and Rahsaan Williams.

August 5, 2015 – Miami, Florida – Coral Reef Senior High School is very pleased to share that Dr. Beatriz Jorva has been approved by The School Board of Miami-Dade County, Florida, on July 12, 2016, to serve as an Assistant Principal at Coral Reef Senior High. Dr. Jorva is an outstanding educator and could not be more excited to be a member of Coral Reef’s Administrative Team.

Dr. Jorva brings to Coral Reef a wealth of knowledge, skill, and experience, with a strong work ethic and a high energy level.  She was a Social Studies teacher and Department Chair at G. Holmes Braddock Senior High, from which her four children graduated. Dr. Jorva was promoted to Assistant Principal at Braddock Senior, then went on to Dr. Michael M Krop Senior High, as Assistant Principal overseeing attendance.  She rigorously increased the attendance percentage. She now returns to the South region, where she will relentlessly continue striving for the best interest of each and every student. She believes parental involvement is also key to educational growth and is looking forward to working with parents to optimize student success.

Students, parents, the community and the faculty and staff are confident she is a great fit for the ‘Cuda family.

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Atlanta, Georgia – June 29, 2016 – July 2, 2016 – Coral Reef Senior High School had six Future Business Leaders of America members attend and compete in The Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) National Leadership Conference held in Atlanta, Georgia.  They were: Malinda Gong, a junior in the International Baccalaureate Academy; Miranda Gong, a junior in the International Baccalaureate Academy; Patrick Martin, a graduated senior from the International Baccalaureate Academy; Iris Peterson, a senior in the Visual and Performing Arts (Orchestra) Academy; Brian Reyes, a graduated senior from the Business and Finance Academy; and Sherry Zhang, a junior in the International Baccalaureate Academy.  Participants from across the United States and abroad attended this exciting conference to enhance their business skills, expand their networks, and participate in more than 65 business and business-related competitive events.

More than 9,380 of America’s best and brightest high school students traveled to the Peach State to connect  with top future business leaders and showcase their talents as they competed for the opportunity to win more than $179,000 in cash awards.

Miranda Gong received national recognition at the FBLA Awards of Excellence Program on July 2nd. She competed in Parliamentary Procedures and brought home Sixth Place.

The award was part of a comprehensive national competitive events program sponsored by FBLA-PBL that recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas. For many students, the competitive events are the capstone activity of their academic careers. In addition to competitions, students immersed themselves in interactive workshops, visited an information-packed exhibit hall, and heard from motivational speakers on a broad range of business topics.

About FBLA-PBL, Inc. Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc., the premier student business organization, is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) education association with a quarter million members and advisers in over 6,500 active middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide. Its mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. The association is headquartered in Reston, Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C.