Archive for June, 2017


Love Is the Answer©

Pinecrest, Florida – June 9, 2017 – Coral Reef Senior High School’s rising senior, Paloma Aisenberg, is the creator and producer of a music project, released today on iTunes,  the song titled Love Is the Answer© with all proceeds benefitting the Hancock French Woods Arts Alliance. “The Hancock-French Woods Arts Alliance is a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit corporation that was formed by the French Woods Festival family to provide encouragement for the arts through education and financial support for children and young adults from low income and culturally diverse areas.”

The digital download is priced at $.99 on iTunes (now available for purchase) and can also be downloaded on Spotify and Google Music. The benefit recording of “Love Is The Answer” was created and led by Paloma Aisenberg, along with a creative team composed of Victor Legra, Beth and Ron Schaefer (co-executive producers), Josh Freilich (composer), Matt Stern (music director), and Caleb Whitehorse (film production) and recorded at French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts in Hancock, New York. The accompanying video features over 45 French Woods campers from New York, California, Florida, and more.  In addition, a music video is available on YouTube.

Created to support children and young adults who are not able to study and pursue the performing arts due to a lack of financial support and to encourage the arts through education, 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the song will benefit the Hancock French Woods Arts Alliance program. This program has encouraged young performers of all cultural backgrounds to not be afraid to pursue their dreams and give them the opportunity to study these arts at the highest institutions. Additional donations will be welcome directly from the scholarship program’s website at hfwaa.org.  The funds raised will be used for college scholarships granted to needy and deserving young people committed to a career in the arts.

“When I heard everyone sing the song that I wrote for them for the first time, I felt the sort of oneness that I have felt just being there as a camper playing show tunes on the piano when I was 14, and I was reminded of how music, love, and good vibes can change the world. It’s really one of my favorite feelings in the world, knowing that we can bring people together with a lot of good friends and a song,” said Josh Freilich, the composer, in a statement.

“I am asking each and every single one of you to share this song with ten close family and friends and through whatever social media you may have, and we will all see how through our camp family this project will soar to new heights and positively impact and influence the new generation of artists. Money should not restrict true talent and passion,” said Paloma Aisenberg.

In addition to being an outstanding student, Paloma received The Princeton Service Award from the Princeton Club of Miami. The Princeton Service Award is given to an outstanding junior in recognition of their civic engagement, service and commitment to the community. Paloma Aisenberg is Coral Reef’s first recipient of this award. As a Drama student in the Visual and Performing Arts Academy at Coral Reef she strives to balance her performing arts passion, her academics and her community involvement with an emphasis on social justice projects, Paloma also serves in numerous clubs and honor societies, often in a leadership capacity.  She has been in over 20 productions with the Miami Children’s Theatre and French Woods Festival of the Arts Camp and has won 4 Critic’s Choice Awards at the Florida State and District Thespian competitions. Paloma has been named a Social Justice Fellow at her Temple Beth Am’s Fellowship, participating in community service projects every month and was recently chosen – and attended – as an American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) student ambassador in Washington, DC.

Paloma

Photo: Paloma Aisenberg

June 3, 2017 – Davie, Florida – Coral Reef Senior High School is proud to announce that Mrs. Lou Gilman, CAP/College Advisor has been selected as the recipient of 4th Annual Ross Roberts Mentor of the Year Award Salute to Education Scholarship Program.  All of the 112 Ford Salute to Education Scholarship winners were asked to nominate their college advisor for this award and the nomination form submitted by Anderson Leal from Coral Reef stood out among them all.

Ross Roberts, a founding member of the Salute to Education Scholarship Program and retired Vice President of Ford Motor Company passed away several years ago. As a way to honor his legacy and his dedication and leadership within the scholarship program and within Ford Motor Company, Salute to Education created the Ross Roberts Mentor of the Year Award in order to honor those local mentors who too have provided dedication and leadership within their school and with their students.

The Ross Roberts Mentor of the Year Award is awarded to two college advisors in Miami-Dade County and two college advisors in Broward County. Over the last 23 years, the program has been so successful due in part to the amazing college advisors who have partnered with the organization and have helped to spread the word to the deserving high school seniors who have won our scholarships. They wanted to honor the hard work the advisors do for their students day in and day out as they approach the daunting task of applying for college and searching for financial aid and scholarships. They also wanted to honor the support the advisors  have given this program over the years.

As a Ross Roberts Mentor of the Year award winner, they were honored at this year’s Salute to Education Scholarship Awards Luncheon on June 3, 2017, at the Signature Grand in Davie, Florida. At the banquet, they were awarded with a plaque acknowledging their leadership and dedication and will also receive a $1,000 Best Buy gift card to purchase anything needed for their office or for the school.

At the event Anderson Leal also received his $1,500 scholarship and laptop as one of the Ford Salute to Education recipients.

Anderson and Gilman

Photo: Anderson Leal and Mrs. Lou Gilman

Miami, Florida – May 24, 2017 – Coral Reef Senior High School is proud to announce that Ms. Gina Marmol, Language Arts Teacher, for being selected by Univision Miami in collaboration with Papa John’s Pizza and Nova Southeastern University, as an outstanding South Florida teacher at the 16th Annual “Un Maestro Especial” (A Special Teacher) awards luncheon. The event was hosted by WLTV-Univision 23 anchor Sandra Peebles at the Miami Lakes Educational Center on Thursday, May 25, 2017.  This award was created by Univision Miami 16 years ago, “Un Maestro Especial” recognizes and rewards teachers who go above and beyond the call of duty and have a distinct and profound impact on their students. Ms. Marmol was nominated by her students: Annemarie Blanco, Francesca Lausen, and Anderson Leal.

“We are proud to honor these exceptional teachers with the ‘Un Maestro Especial’ award,” said Claudia Puig, senior vice president and general manager of Univision Miami. “Our teachers in the community have the very special assignment to educate and empower our future leaders and together with our partners we want to ensure the champions of education are recognized for their indispensable commitment to academic excellence.”

“We are very proud sponsors of the ‘Un Maestro Especial’ campaign,” said Ricky Warman, president of Pizzerias, LLC and franchise owner of Papa John’s Pizza in South Florida.  “As a community, it is very important for us to recognize those educators who are making a difference, and make learning a memorable and meaningful experience for students.”

“To be a teacher is more than a profession, it is a vocation. Today we honor the brave teachers of our community,” said Dr. Armando Rodriguez, executive director, Education Programs in Latin America, FCE, Nova Southeastern University. “The Abraham S. Fischler College of Education at Nova Southeastern University is proud to offer our honorees a scholarship to continue their education because somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be learned and shared.”

June 2, 2017 – Tampa, Florida – Congratulations to Coral Reef Senior High School as the WINNER of the Florida College Access Network Florida CAN Challenge!  Specifically, the school has won the top award in the State for large high schools in the category of MVP—Highest FAFSA Completion Rate.

The Florida FAFSA Challenge is a statewide campaign that aims to increase the proportion of Florida high school seniors who complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by encouraging schools, districts and communities to set bold and attainable FAFSA completion goals for their students.

Through March 31, 54 school districts and 390 high schools have increased the number of seniors who completed the federal financial aid form by at least 5% over last year, contributing to a statewide gain of 9.1%.  This translates to over $37 million more in Pell grant dollars alone for graduating seniors to help pay the cost of college.

“The boost in Florida’s FAFSA completions this year is phenomenal and a credit to the schools, districts, and community partners who have worked passionately to ensure all of our students have the resources to attend college,” said Laurie Meggesin, Florida CAN’s executive director.  “This is a real game-changer for the thousands of students and families impacted by this collective effort.”

In addition to bragging rights, Coral Reef’s award included:

  • 2017 Florida College Access and Success Summit on May 10 – 11 in Orlando. The program agenda can be viewed at fcansummit.org.
  • A trophy for the school

The mission of the Florida College Access Network is to create and strengthen a statewide network that catalyzes and supports communities to improve college and career preparation, access, and completion for all students. Their Big Goal is to increase the percentage of Florida residents who hold a high-quality postsecondary degree or credential to 60% by the year 2025.  For more information, visit www.floridacollegeaccess.org.

Sincere thank you to Coral Reef’s Mrs. Lou Gilman, CAP/College Advisor.