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Palo Alto, California – December 6, 2016QuestBridge proudly announce that the results of the 2016 National College Match (“College Match”), a national program that pairs talented high school seniors with full scholarships to the nation’s top colleges. After receiving a record-high of 14,491 applications, from which QuestBridge chose 5,338 as Finalists, 767 exceptional students have been selected as this year’s College Match Scholarship Recipients. This represents an all-time high for QuestBridge, with a 17% increase in College Matches compared to last year’s high of 657.

QuestBridge is a non-profit program that links bright, motivated students with educational and scholarship opportunities at some of the nation’s best colleges. QuestBridge is the provider of the National College Match Program and the College Prep Scholarship. These under-represented students, who hail from every part of the United States, experience more barriers to obtaining a top-tier education than many of their peers, and are often first-generation college students. QuestBridge partners with premier colleges, who are committed to socio-economic diversity. “We are thrilled to share the news with our largest group of College Matches in QuestBridge’s history, and are so pleased that our partner colleges continue to offer such generous aid to our students”, said Ana McCullough, co-founder and CEO of QuestBridge.

Coral Reef Senior High School’s Sophia Aime, is a QuestBridge College Match recipient. Sophia is a senior in the International Baccalaureate Academy (IB) and will be attending Macalester College in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota.

Photo: Sophia Aime



December 1, 2016 – Miami, Florida  – Coral Reef Senior High School is hosting an event from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. that impacts young people in the community HIV/AIDS Assemblies for 400 high school and college students, featuring Survivor-Motivational Speaker Ms. Tijuana Kelly.  The purpose of the event is to empower young people to take steps to protect themselves, while simultaneously leading safe and wholesome life-styles that will minimize their risk to this disease.   The Observance of the World AIDS DAY CELEBRATION has the potential to be a life-changing, wake-up call to students holding on to a false sense of security.  The sponsoring organization wants to use this initiative to inform students that it can happen to them, but it does not have to.

In the United States 56,000 Americans are infected with HIV every year.  Fifty percent of the HIV infections occur in young people under the age of 25, with an estimated 20,000 or more young people infected annually.  (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2001).  AIDS is A GLOBAL HEALTH ISSUE that is known to be the most fatal sexually transmitted disease of our life time.  HIV/AIDS infections are on the rise young women.   The key to prevention is through knowledge and instilling precautious ideals among young people.

Ms. Tijuana M. Kelly is an HIV Advocate, Model, Inspirational Speaker, HIV Tester and counselor.  Ms. Kelly is also the woman behind Primexperience Support group for Women Infected and Affected by HIV.

Ms. Kelly did not volunteer to become an HIV Advocate, but because of her own ignorance about the disease and how one might become infected, she later found her own life being consumed by the Preventable Deadly disease.

Ms. Kelly unashamedly admits to thinking she did not have to worry about HIV/AIDS.  Like many, she did not educate herself on how HIV/AIDS was transmitted, and because of her lack of knowledge, lack of self-respect, insecurities and unhealthy self-esteem, she was involved in toxic relationships.

Now because of the choices she has made, Mrs. Kelly is one of the many statistics: Young Black American Female with HIV.

Ms. Kelly’s goal is to cultivate relationships not only within her community, but across the globe to educate and inspire other to make good choices.  She also wants to help those who have not made good choices, by equipping them with tools to cope while dealing with consequences of their actions.  Ms. Kelly currently works single handedly in communities where at-risk populations are prevalent.

Ms. Tijuana Kelly is making it her business to help show the number of statistics down by “Speaking out, educating others and dismissing the myths and ignorance, especially within the Black Communities.

Honor Guard

October 28, 2016 –  Miami, Florida – Sophomores in the Legal Academy at Coral Reef Senior High School, Logan Castellano, Sarah Borrero and Bryan Godoy raise the American, State, and School Flags. They are members of the Honor Guard Club, sponsored by Ms. Tina Cushnie. Mr. Thomas Ennis, Principal,  instituted this practice to have the students raise and lower the flags at the beginning and ending of the school day.

Photo attached: Honor Guard lowering flags.color-guard-2

October 28, 2016 – Miami, FloridaMr. Thomas Ennis, Principal, Coral Reef Senior High School, proudly announced the 2017 Silver Knight Nominees, their respective categories and academies: Natalia Avila, Art, International Baccalaureate; Rachael Osman, Athletics, International Baccalaureate; Chloe Pfanz, Business, Business and Finance; Rayen Arias, Digital and Interactive Media, Business and Finance; Anderson Leal, Drama, Visual and Performing Arts; Robert Feder, English and Literature, International Baccalaureate;  Gianni LaVecchia, General Scholarship, International Baccalaureate; Anna Patricios, Journalism,  Visual and Performing Arts; Cassandra Zuria, Mathematics, Visual and Performing Arts; Justin Veira, Music and Dance, Visual and Performing Arts; Brhea D’Mello, Science, International Baccalaureate;  Bruna Decerega, Social Science, International Baccalaureate;  Sara Sarmiento, Speech, International Baccalaureate;  Kristi Reno, Vocational Technical, Health Sciences; and Sophia Aime, World Languages, International Baccalaureate.

The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald celebrate the achievements and community service by presenting the Silver Knight Awards. These young men and women have completed extraordinary records of community service to the community and their school. This award is one of the nation’s most highly regarded student awards programs.  Students are recognized not only for maintaining excellent academics, but have also service to their communities.

Photo attached:2017-silver-knight

Front row: Sara Sarmiento, Brhea D’Mello, Natalia Avila, Cassandra Zuria, Rayen Arias, Kristi Reno, and Rachael Osman.

Back row: Sophia Aime, Anna Patricios, Justin Veira Justin Veira, Anderson Leal, Robert Feder, Gianni LaVecchia, Bruna Decerega, and Chloe Pfanz.

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:


Photo attached: David Castrillon, Executive Director, Greater Kendall Business Association; Ms. Anna Mirabal, and Dr. Eduardo Padron, President, Miami Dade College.

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.