Divine Savior breaks ground for new classroom building


Divine Savior Academy recently broke ground for its new high school building at a special service in the school’s auditorium that led into an outdoor ceremony and reception. Mayor Luigi Boria of Doral, the school’s executive council, administration and families were in attendance.

The new building will house 23 classrooms, four science labs, an outdoor classroom, a gymnasium, media center, computer lab, dance and art studio, a chess room, an audio visual lab and music lab.

The building will open in August 2015 for the 2015-16 school year.


Select students of Miami Beach Senior High School were recognized by alumni and outreach offices of various universities for their academic achievements, community service and extracurricular involvement. Each student also had to submit an application that was scored by the committee.

The following are the students and which school recognized them for their achievements. Shannon Komisarchik was recognized by Harvard University, Leah Francis by Cornell University, Belen Mella by Dartmouth College, Lennie Adaza by Princeton University, Gemma Sahwell by Stanford University, Michelle Lasa by Florida International University, Samantha Arampatzis by George Washington University, Anahi Hurtado by Barry University, Aileen Suarez by Chatham University, Beth Cohen by Wellesley College, Ivan Robles by Emory College and Alec Goldberg by the University of South Florida.

Also, the following students were recognized by the committee as honorable mentions. These students are Lucia Golletti, Isaiah Duque, Rosseta Tourgeman, Gisell Garcia, Marielle Panizales, Alexandre Saymon, Natasha Kisiluk, Julie Cohen, Emilia Rojo, Elena Gualda.


Five students from Coral Reef Senior High School were recipients of the $2,500 National Merit Scholarship in the annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

These students are Oscar Aguirre and Danielle Coogan, who will attend the University of Miami; Kevin Clark- Cuadrado, who will attend Washington University in Missouri; William Edward plans to attend Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts and Barbara Santana will attend Vanderbilt University in Tennessee.

Also, Julian Lafaurie-Hamme, a junior in the Business and Finance Academy, was elected as student advisor to the School Board of Miami-Dade County for the 2014-15 school year.

Julian was elected by the Miami-Dade County Association of Student Government Presidents. He will attend board meetings as a liaison between the School Board and Miami-Dade County students.


The Future Business Leaders of America officers from G. Holmes Braddock Senior High School attended Florida International University’s Financial Literacy Lab to train for the Bloomberg Essentials Certification.

Students were trained by Danial Rodriguez, a student intern at the University, and learned about the complexity of the finance field. The students and their instructor each earned a Bloomberg Essentials Certification.

Participants include Susana Caballero, Dayana Solorzano, Jonathan Lopera, Marlene De Leon, Margarita Del Valle, Daniel Rodriguez, Naomi Caballero, Maria Almaguer, Maria Paneque, Brian Pintado and Instructor Mary Hough.


The Miami Dade College North Campus recently held the first Congressional STEM Competition for District 24. There were eight teams of Miami-Dade high schools who competed in the challenge that required participants to create and present a mobile application.

Davidson Delton, Natasha Dulcio, Scott Michel and Bianca Montilus from the Yvonne Learning Center were the winners. The team created an application called Yummy that helps you select healthier food choices.


Blue Lakes Elementary School, home to the Autism Intensive Communication Academy, hosted a career day panel with media professionals and health experts. These professionals spoke to students about their personal path to better health and nutrition.

The participating panelists were Cecilia Harris, health correspondent on Primer Impacto; Andrea Minski, a journalist, television personality and lawyer; and Lissette Cruz, she is a registered nurse at Miami Children’s Hospital.

Compiled by Adrianne Richardson

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