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Six Students Selected to Perform at the Florida Music Educators Association’s (FMEA) All-State Music Festival

Six Gulliver students traveled to Tampa this weekend for the Florida Music Educators Association’s (FMEA) All-State Music Festival. Once a student is chosen to be a participant at All-States, they become ranked as one of the top musicians in the state. Tobias Shoenwald '24 was one of 20 students - and only five trumpets - selected for the All-State Jazz Band, while Constanza Prato '24 and Kate Brewer '24 represented Gulliver in the All-State Middle School Treble and Mixed Chorus, respectively. In addition, Margaret Miao '22 was chosen to play violin in the All-State Concert Orchestra, Craig Cosentino '21 participated as a tenor in the All-State Men’s Choir, and Julia Izquierdo '20 was selected to the All-State Concert Choir as a soprano. The FMEA All-State Music Festival is the second largest All-State Music Festival in the United States.

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Upper School Students Win Fourth Consecutive Congressional App Challenge (FL-27)

U.S. Rep. Donna Shalala (FL-27) has announced Gulliver Prep's Jake Charron ‘21, Joshua Delgado ‘21, Kamal Kay-Ramos ‘21, and Jordan Schmidt ‘21 as winners of the 2019 Congressional App Challenge for her Congressional district. 

​The group's winning app, AED Locator, uses a person's geolocation to find the nearest automated external defibrillator in more than 10,000 locations in Miami-Dade County. A virtual reality component is being developed in order to help people learn the nuances between AED devices. To learn more about AED Locator, click here.

Under the direction of Dean Morell and Jesse de Vera, Prep Computer Science Faculty, Gulliver students have won the last four Challenges for District FL-27. Jake Seymour '20, Sebastian Quintero '20, Ishan Shah '20, Matthew Garcia '20, Ryan Costa '20, and Daniel Fleites-Cruz '20 won last year’s challenge with CR Coding (formerly known as Kickstart); Gaetan Almela '19 and Kristian Zedan '19 took first place with their ChromaTilt app in 2017; and Vicki Rios '17 won in 2016 with Simple Sign. 

The Congressional App Challenge is a yearly competition that encourages middle and high school students to learn to code and pursue careers in computer science and STEM fields. This year marks the fifth official Challenge, and most successful to-date, as 304 Members of Congress across 48 states hosted app challenges for their student constituents. A record 10,534 students participated, yielding 2,177 original student-created apps, both of which nearly double last year’s totals.

Challenge winners from across the country will be invited to present their apps to Members of Congress and the tech community at #HouseOfCode, a reception on Capitol Hill to be held in the Spring of 2020. The group will also have an opportunity to participate in workshops and network with STEM advocates who oversee mentor programs with companies such as Apple, Google, Verizon, Amazon Web Services, Capital One, and PayPal.

“This year we had an overwhelming amount of submissions from across South Florida. As a lifelong educator, the ingenuity and hard work of our students is truly inspiring,” said Rep. Shalala. “Thank you to all the dedicated students who entered this year’s competition. I look forward to seeing what great ideas our students have in the years to come.”

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Student Spotlight: Children's Book Author, Olivia Connor '20

Olivia Connor '20 recently traveled to South Bend, Indiana, where she gave an open lecture titled "Storytelling for Justice: Harnessing a Child's Mind Towards Enduring Change" to undergraduate students at the University of Notre Dame. Over the last two years, she has authored a series of children's books on equity, inclusion, diversity, and justice, and was invited to Notre Dame after a video of her talking about her books caught the eye of a university professor. Read on to learn more about Olivia's journey, why she chose to write children's books on these particular topics, and how Gulliver helped her along the way.

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Fall Music Accolades

Lower, Middle and Upper School music students have participated in various competitions this Fall, earning several awards and recognitions.

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International Diplomacy

Last week, in an effort spearheaded by Ms. Chiho Cotton, World Languages Faculty, four Gulliver Middle School students and their families hosted Japanese students as part of the "Wings of Youth" program. During the same week, Mr. Patrick Griffin, Prep Social Sciences Faculty, and the Upper School's Social Sciences Department hosted its annual US-Japan Diplomacy project, which simulates negotiations of a treaty between the United States and Japan. 

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