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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.

July 8, 2016 – Boca Raton, FloridaTwo Coral Reef Senior High School students will be participating in the Anti-Defamation League’s Grosfield Family National Youth Leadership Mission to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.  This event is scheduled November 13 through November 16, 2016.  The students selected are Luis Colli, a junior in the Visual and Performing Arts Academy and Katerina Siason, a junior in the International Baccalaureate Academy.

The National Youth Leadership Mission utilizes the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s dramatic portrayal of the events of the Holocaust to provide a substantive and effective program to help students apply the important lessons of the Holocaust to modern-day issues of anti-Semitism, bigotry, and hate. Each year a diverse group of high school juniors from across the country are selected to participate because of their leadership potential, demonstrated interest in addressing issues of diversity, and ability to impart the messages of the Mission to others. To date over 1600 students have participated in this program. Upon returning home, delegates participate in a variety of structured and informal follow-up activities throughout the year to build upon and reinforce the enduring messages of the Mission.

In Washington, D.C., delegates participate in ADL’s A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute activities, which are designed to provide an overview of the nature of bigotry and prejudice and to develop a supportive group environment both within and between the various delegations. A centerpiece of the Mission is the tour of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Upon completing the tour, participants gather for extensive debriefing sessions and have the opportunity to meet with Holocaust survivors who share their stories of strength and survival.

Participants also meet with other community leaders, ranging from government officials to civil rights legends to trailblazing educators, who offer modern day examples of standing against bigotry. The Mission culminates with a moving closing ceremony focusing on the role that youth can play in breaking the cycle of hate. Through these and other exercises, participants acknowledge their responsibility to educate themselves and others, and are reminded that they each possess the power – through their actions and behavior – to make a difference in the lives of others.

May 25, 2016 – Miami, Florida Coral Reef Senior High School is proud to announce the signing of the letter of intent by the following student athletes, along with their sport and the school they will be attending:

  • Markel Arnaiz – Baseball – Kishwaukee College, Malta, Illinois
  • Carolina Colli – Softball – Florida State College at Jacksonville, Jacksonville, Florida
  • Kaelyn Korovich – Cross Country – Meredith College, Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Lindsay Manganiello – Swimming – Florida Gulf Coast University, Ft. Meyers, Florida
  • Fernando Marquez – Baseball – Kishwaukee College, Malta, Illinois
  • John Stathopulos – Baseball – Kishwaukee College, Malta, Illinois
  • Justin Telleria – Lacrosse – Haverford, Haverford, Pennsylvania

April 25, 2016 – Cambridge, MA – Coral Reef Senior High School congratulates  Sandra Garcia, a freshman in the Health Sciences Academy, as she was nominated to be a Delegate for the Congress of Future Medical Leaders. This event is to be held June 25 – June 27, 2016, in Lowell, Massachusetts.

The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who want to become physicians or go into medical research fields. The purpose of this event is to honor, inspire, motivate and direct the top students in the country who aspire to be physicians or medical scientists, to stay true to their dream and, after the event, to provide a path, plan and resources to help them reach their goal.

During the three-day Congress, Sandra will join students from across the country and hear Nobel Laureates and National Medal of Science Winners speak about leading medical research; be given advice from Ivy League and top medical school deans on what to expect in medical school; witness stories told by patients who are living medical miracles; be inspired by fellow teen medical science prodigies; and learn about cutting-edge advances and the future in medicine and medical technology.

The Academy offers free services and programs to students who want to be physicians or go into medical science. Some of the services and programs the Academy offers are online social networks through which future doctors and medical scientists can communicate; opportunities for students to be guided and mentored by physicians and medical students; and communications for parents and students on college acceptance and finances, skills acquisition, internships, career guidance and much more.

The National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists was founded on the belief that we must identify prospective medical talent at the earliest possible age and help these students acquire the necessary experience and skills to take them to the doorstep of this vital career. Based in Washington, D.C. and with offices in Boston, MA, the Academy was chartered as a nonpartisan, taxpaying institution to help address this crisis by working to identify, encourage and mentor students who wish to devote their lives to the service of humanity as physicians, medical scientists.

Sandra Garcia

March 4, 2016 – Washington, DC,Coral Reef Senior High School’s International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme received the Magnet Schools of Distinction Award from Magnet Schools of America (MSA), the national association for magnet and theme-based schools.  Coral Reef is one of 258 public magnet schools and programs located in 19 states recognized for commitment to high academic standards, school diversity, specialized curricula and instruction, family engagement, and community partnerships. This year, 371 schools applied for national merit awards, making 2016 the most competitive year in the award program’s history.

“The announcement of our national merit awards is an extraordinary time for the magnet school community,” said MSA Executive Director, Todd Mann. “This is a way for our association to recognize the most accomplished magnet schools in the country. These schools are making a lasting, positive impact on the lives of children. They are preparing them for the challenges of the future by providing them with unique learning experiences that give them the critical skills needed to be workforce and college ready.”

To receive a national merit award, MSA member schools must submit a detailed application that is scored by a panel of educators. These schools are judged on their demonstrated ability to raise student academic achievement, promote racial and socioeconomic diversity, provide integrated curricula and instruction, and create community partnerships that enhance the school’s theme.

Mr. Thomas Ennis, Principal, and representatives from the school will receive a merit award plaque during an awards ceremony held at the 34th National Conference on Magnet Schools in Miami, Florida, May 3-7, 2016.

Magnet Schools of America (MSA) was founded in 1986 and authorized as a 501(c)3 nonprofit education association in 1994. It sponsors a national awards program, hosts professional development activities, and provides technical assistance through the National Institute for Magnet School Leadership (NIMSL). MSA supports the leaders and teachers of magnet and theme-based schools, while promoting the development of new magnet programs and public schools of choice.

February 29, 2016 – Miami, Florida – Congratulations to Coral Reef Senior High School’s Team as they won the The Seventh Annual Miami HEAT Black History Month Challenge presented by PepsiCo, held at the AmericanAirlines Arena on Monday, February 29, 2016. Coral Reef’s Team defeated Hollywood Hills High School in this event. Coral Reef’s Trivia Team Members were: Asiah Bellinger, Justin Brunt, Kirnesha Facey, Lemoyne Jones, Amber Robinson, and Delbert Sutton.

The Miami HEAT Black History Month Challenge is a game show-style competition where a team from each of the schools will test their knowledge of African-American history, with the winning school winning a $4,000 grant and a HEAT prize pack. The runner up will received a $500 grant. After the competition, both schools were treated to a pizza party donated by Papa John’s Pizza, official pizza partner of the Miami HEAT.

Two HEAT legends, Alonzo Mourning and Glen Rice will participated in the competition and serve as captains for their respective team. The event will be hosted by HEAT Television Host and Courtside Reporter Jason Jackson.

“The Miami HEAT organization has been a wonderful partner with Miami-Dade County Public Schools,” said Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho. “We’re thrilled that Coral Reef Senior High students will have the opportunity to participate in the HEAT’s annual Black History Month Challenge, demonstrating their breadth of knowledge and appreciation for the many contributions of African-Americans.”

This event is part of the HEAT’s ongoing celebration of Black History Month, which is also sponsored by PepsiCo. Throughout the month of February, the HEAT recognized notable achievements of various African-Americans who have helped change the course of history with their contributions in sports, literature, the arts, the community, education, music and the military. Their accomplishments were featured during HEAT broadcasts, online at, as well as in-arena and in print in TIPOFF magazine during HEAT home games.

A special thank you to Ms. Vicky Martinez, Activities Director; Mr. Khary Pestina, the Trivia Team’s Coach; and Ms. Dawn Reeves, Club Sponsor for their hard work in preparing the students for this competition.

Miami Heat Black History Brain Bowl

Coral Reef’s Winning Team

President’s Volunteer Service Award

February 22, 2016 – Washington, D.C. – Coral Reef Senior High School is proud to announce two students that received the President’s Volunteer Service Award. Both of these students are in the Visual and Performing Arts Academy in the Art Strand: Eva Bibas, a sophomore, and Camille Etchart, is a graduating senior. Presidential recognition sets students apart from their peers. It is a tremendous honor. Even though these students may not seek recognition, their example can deliver a powerful message that encourages others to take action.

Both Eva and Camille received a personalized certificate of achievement, a congratulatory letter from the President of the United States of America, and the President’s Volunteer Award pin, medallion or coin.

The President’s Volunteer Service Award recognizes United States citizens and lawfully admitted, permanent residents of the United States who have achieved the required number of hours of service over a 12-month time period or cumulative hours over the course of a lifetime. Hours are measured over a 12-month period and awards are designated based on cumulative hours. The awards are offered in multiple levels and are designed to recognize each milestone of your service achievement.

Service must be with an approved Certifying Organization that is legally established in the United States, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico or one of the U.S. territories. Hours are measured over a 12-month period and awards are designated based on cumulative hours.

Photo – left to right: Eva Bibas, Mr. Thomas Ennis, Principal, and Camille Etchart.

Eva and Camille

Evanston, Illinois – February 18, 2016– Nine 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 Finalists in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Competition. These academically talented high school seniors are: Kenneth DeMason, Deidre Edward, Raina Levin, Manuel Mesa, Manuel Montesino, Julia Rothfield, Muhammad Younis, and Geraldina Zhang from the International Baccalaureate Academy and Jordan Couceyro from the Visual and Performing Arts Academy.
Beginning in March and continuing to mid-June, NMSC notifies approximately 7,400 Finalists at their home addresses that they have been selected to receive a Merit Scholarship® award. Merit Scholarship awards are of three types:
• National Merit® $2500 Scholarships
Every Finalist competes for these single payment scholarships, which are awarded on a state-representational basis. Winners are selected without consideration of family financial circumstances, college choice, or major and career plans.
• Corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards
Corporate sponsors designate their awards for children of their employees or members, for residents of a community where a company has operations, or for Finalists with career plans the sponsor wishes to encourage. These scholarships may either be renewable for four years of undergraduate study or one-time awards.
• College-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards
Officials of each sponsor college select winners of their awards from Finalists who have been accepted for admission and have informed NMSC by the published deadlines that the sponsor college or university is their first choice. These awards are renewable for up to four years of undergraduate study. The published deadlines for reporting a sponsor college as first choice can be viewed on page 3 of the Requirements and Instructions for Semifinalists in the 2016 National Merit® Scholarship Program.
Merit Scholarship awards are supported by some 440 independent sponsors and by NMSC’s own funds. Sponsor organizations include corporations and businesses, company foundations, professional associations, and colleges and universities.

Photo attached left to right: Geraldina Zhang, Manuel Mesa, Deidre Edward, Jordan Couceyro, Manuel Montesino, Muhammad Younis, Raina Levin, Julia Rothfield, Mr. Thomas Ennis, Principal; and Kenneth DeMason.

Natl Merit Semi 2016 Final


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