For the first time in Gulliver Prep’s history, a student has auditioned for and been accepted to a National Honors Ensemble. Pablo Ocampo '17 played double bass in the All-State Concert in Tampa, which made him a candidate to audition for the NAfME (National Association for Music Educators) All-National Honors Ensembles. Pablo was selected in Tampa as double bass first chair, and now will participate in the All-National Honors Ensemble in Nashville, Tennessee on October 25-28.
Please join us in congratulating Pablo and his family on such an incredible accomplishment! We look forward to hearing more about his talents in the future.
Gulliver Prep’s 2015 Raider yearbook and Reflections literary magazine both earned All-Florida honors from the Florida Scholastic Press Association. This is the highest ranking designated for student publications in Florida, and the first time in Gulliver's history that our yearbook has been recognized with this honor. This is the third year in a row that our literary magazine has achieved All-Florida status.
Our yearbook also was honored by Walsworth Publishing Company as part of its Gallery of Excellence, featured in its Possibilities publication. As such, Walsworth also will distribute the Raider yearbook throughout the country as a sample of excellent student journalism. The yearbook also has earned All-American at NSP, placing our yearbook in top place in the United States.
Please join us in congratulating the amazing Prep Journalism Faculty Monica Rodriguez and her exceptional journalism team for their creative talents, dedication and hard work! Thank you for making Gulliver's publications a success! Way to go, Raiders!
Alexandra Duffy ‘17 and her rowing team from the Miami Rowing Club became the first female team to medal for the Miami Rowing Club at the US Rowing Youth National Championships in more than 20 years. They placed third in the lightweight 4+ (LTWT4+) category at the competition, which was held in June at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota, FL. The medal ranked Alexandra and her boat as 1st in Florida and the SE Region before attending Nationals where they placed 3rd overall.
Before making it to the national competition, Alexandra and her team took first place in both sweep rowing and sculling at the state rowing competition in Sarasota, then continued their rowing dominance with a first-place finish at the Southeast regional competition in Gainesville, GA.
“I feel very lucky to have found a sport that I love almost more than anything, and I feel that this is what drives my success,” Alexandra said. “Whenever I am asked what drives me, I just respond by saying ‘I do not set limits for myself.’ I have an overall goal for my rowing career, and to get there I have to take steps and create small goals each day. I realize that no one ever woke up successful; they worked hard to get there, and I am willing to put in the effort!"
We congratulate Alexandra and all the members of the Miami Rowing Club team on their recent rowing accomplishments, and we wish them all great success in future rowing endeavors!
Fun Facts about Rowing:
Lightweight women’s rowing is for rowers 130 pounds and less
Open weight women’s rowing is for rowers who weigh more than 130 pounds
LTWT4+ means lightweight rowing with four rowers plus a coxswain
Sweep rowing and sculling are two rowing techniques. Sweep involves only using one oar, and sculling involves using two oars.
Just four short months after the Gulliver Academy Middle School Music Department competed at the OrlandoFest music festival, we are proud to announce that the Gulliver Academy Middle School Jazz Band was named the Grand National Champions for OrlandoFest 2015. The award recognizes the group as the festival’s top-performing middle school jazz band. This is a tremendous honor for our students, who competed in various competitions for more than 14 weeks.
The Grand National Champion award is given to the group with the highest-scoring ensemble only if three or more groups performed in that category and received Superior ratings. One of OrlandoFest’s distinguished judges listened to recordings of the performances of the top three middle school jazz bands and chose Gulliver as the Grand National Champion.
Bravo to all our Middle School jazz band students for their hard work and dedication this season!
This past month, the officer line of the Gulliver Sundancers – including Captain NataciaZunjic ‘16, Co-Captain Monique Martinez ‘16, Lieutenant Gabriela Telepman ‘16 and Officer Brooke Bailey ‘16 – attended the American Dance Alliance Officer/Leadership camp at Show Stopper Studio in Hialeah. The four girls participated in three long days of dancing, choreographing and team building, while they worked together to earn high scores and have fun. They received Superior blue ribbons for their jazz choreography on day one, learned a contemporary and two jazz funk routines on day two and were evaluated on those routines on day three. Although stress levels were high leading up to day three, the officer line proved themselves – receiving the highest overall score and earning the “Grand Sweepstakes” trophy and title. Additionally, both Natacia and Monique won “star performer” ribbons – unique ribbons inviting the two to participate in American Dance Alliance’s new dance troupe, lead by choreographers from New York, Los Angeles and Miami. Congratulations to all four girls on their accomplishments at the ADA officer/leadership camp and for dedicating the summer to their craft! Way to go, ladies!
Sarah Hernandez '16 and her rowing team from the Miami Rowing Club captured the gold medal in the girls V4 rowing competition at the 48th annual Florida Scholastic Rowing Association State Sweep Championship. This championship took place on April 26, at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota.
“I feel a complete sense of accomplishment,” Sarah said of the team’s first-place finish. “Winning the State Championship has made every morning practice, long erg piece and hard weight circuit worth it. All the dedication I put forth and all the sacrifices I have made all added up to this moment. I couldn't be any happier for my team. Now we have our minds set on winning the regional championship and moving on to the Youth National Championship”
In May, Sarah and the team won a silver medal at the regional US Rowing Southeast Youth Championships at Lake Rainer in Gainesville. This strong finish automatically qualified the team for the USRowing National Championships, which took place June in Sarasota.
Congratulations to Sarah and her team! We are so proud of your accomplishments! GO RAIDERS!
Left to right: Sara Fuenmayor ‘17, Marta Roesler - CRF, Michael Gonzalez ‘18 and Brent Bowen ‘17
With the help of faculty members, a group of Gulliver students dedicated a semester to selling bagels during break throughout the school in order to raise funds for the Coral Restoration Foundation. The Gulliver Prep SCUBA/Teens4Oceans club was able to give the foundation’s Marta Roesler a $1,000 donation. “The Oceans support and give life. It's important for us to help maintain our reefs, not just for the life it supports, but the livelihood of those who benefit from it,” says Michael Sylver, a faculty member of the Prep video production faculty.
A very special thank you to our always amazing faculty and students for being so earth-conscious and thinking of the greater good!
Congratulations to the fourth and fifth grade students who participated in the Florida American String Teachers Association (FLASTA) Play-A-Piece Day on Saturday, May 16, 2015, at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music. Students had the opportunity to perform and receive positive feedback and advice in a non-competitive environment. This was a great way for Gulliver’s young musicians to celebrate their accomplishments with their solo repertoire from throughout the year.
The judges were thoroughly impressed with the musicianship of our students. Participants from Gulliver Academy included Victoria Paesano ‘23, Oliver Lee ‘23, Isabella Bonifasi ‘23, Lucia De Fex ‘23, Victoria Serrano ‘23, Victoria Carrillo ‘23 and Josh Brown ‘22.
Please join us in congratulating them for their high standard of musicianship and excellence!
In early May, the Gulliver Preparatory Campus was host to the Sponsor an Athlete 5k, whichhas become one of Miami-Dade Special Olympics' leading fundraising events. The Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
This is the sixth year Gulliver has opened up its doors and invited the community in to support this great event. The morning started at 7:00 a.m. with registration and a group warmup, and then the athletes were off to the starting line. The gun fired and 425 runners hit the pavement in the beautiful roads of our own Pinecrest neighborhood. The final stretch ended on Gulliver’s Sean Taylor Memorial Field with runners sprinting down the field and spectators cheering loudly. After the runners finished, they ventured to the Olympic Village, an area in which included music, dancing, food and awards. The awards ceremony started with the crowd coming together to celebrate more than 30 Special Olympians as they medaled for participating in the event. Many of our own Gulliver Raiders stood proud as they also medaled in the top three of their age groups. Xachary Bloom placed first with time of 24:53 with Cort Snyder a close second. They were top two in the age 8-10 division. Both boys have run this race for multiple years! Gulliver faculty, families and students also were visible everywhere throughout the entire event!
All this happened because of the support of people like you. Thank you to our students, families, administrators, faculty and staff who are an integral part of the community – and what better place to “give back” than in our own backyard? See you next year! GO RAIDERS!
Earlier this month, the Gulliver Academy’s Girls in Engineering students were invited to eMerge Americas to present “How Girls Engineer in Middle School.” eMerge Americas is a global idea exchange focusing on how technology and innovation are disrupting industries. The five-day conference serves as a platform connecting revolutionary startups, cutting-edge ideas, industry leaders and investors from around the globe.
Our students were interviewed by the U.S. chief technology officer and assistant to the president, Megan J. Smith, and discussed the importance of S.T.E.M. (science, engineers, technology and math) programs for kids in grades K-8 along with the mayor of the City of Miami, Tomás P. Regalado.
Just this year, Gulliver’s Girls in Engineering class established a mentoring program to inspire Primary and Lower School children to take an interest in robotics, coding, designing and building.
The opportunity was inspiring and eye-opening for the girls.