After a grueling six-month process, which included multiple interviews and hours of training, Ana Gabriela Soraggi Matthews, the assistant aquatics director and swim school supervisor at Gulliver Schools, will soon be traveling to Rio to volunteer at the Olympic Swimming Park, where she will provide care to competing athletes, in addition to other tasks. A native of Brazil, she has been chosen out of 750,000 applicants to volunteer at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games. She is particularly excited to return to her home country for such an historic event and to meet athletes from around the world who are passionate about swimming. She plans on using her time in Rio to learn new swim techniques and skills, which she can then impart to her students, many of which qualified for the Olympic pre-trials. “I am overjoyed with happiness with the opportunity to return home and represent both the United States and Brazil.”
Congratulations to Mr. Roberto Carballo, a member of the Gulliver Prep Engineering faculty, on earning a spot in the Fifth Annual U.S. Air Force/FIRST Leadership Experience for FIRST Teachers and Mentors. This three-day leadership program, taught by Air Force personnel, is specifically for FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) mentors. The FIRST program engages students in science and technology activities that are designed to develop STEM (science, engineering, technology and math) skills and enthusiasm.
At the U.S. Air Force/FIRST Leadership Experience, Mr. Carballo will enjoy lectures, team-building exercises and tours of the Air Force Academy and a local Air Force base. He is one of 25 teachers and mentors the Air Force selected to attend the program; all of them are from FIRST Tech Challenge and FIRST Robotics Competition teams and are helping inspire today’s youth to become the technical leaders of tomorrow. The selected mentors and teachers attend the program at no cost. It will be held July 24-28, at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Please join us in congratulating Mr. Carballo on his accomplishment!
Sabrina Stewart ‘18 found a different way to spend the summer. She combined a vacation trip with donating cash and supplies to support local school kids and young women in Jamaica. Instead of simply packing her summer essentials, Sabrina packed much-needed supplies for local schools and pregnant teenagers in support of the Sandals Foundation, the non-profit arm of Sandals Resorts International. An advocate for “voluntourism,” Sabrina arranged the trip as a result of monies raised through her personal crowdfunding campaign. Young Stewart launched a GoFundMe campaign with the objective of raising funds for several educational projects she pinpointed in Jamaica, and has successfully raised a combined value of $7,500 in cash and in-kind donations.
Sabrina is not new to the world of philanthropy. Growing up visiting the Caribbean over the years, Stewart has demonstrated a commitment to volunteering while on vacation. Now serving as the Chief Teen Officer of TAP, Sabrina spearheads Beaches’ source for teen intelligence and helps create unique programming for the brand. It was from this demonstration of altruism that helped her realize that teenagers also have a desire to positively impact the lives of others. This passion paved the way for the initiation of a Beaches Resort volunteenism program, which falls under the volunteer umbrella of IslandImpact, a partnership between Island Routes Tour Company and the Sandals Foundation. Volunteenism encourages young students to give back on vacation while earning high school service hours. Opportunities include Pack for Purpose, in which volunteers pack a backpack full of school supplies to donate, or Reading Road Trip, a literacy program supporting locally adopted schools that teens can visit and read to local kids. These programs came to life on Friday, June 17, as Sabrina, her friends and the Sandals Foundation teamed up to present the donations that benefited two projects at the westernpoint of the island. The two institutional beneficiaries were Cove Primary All Age School and The Women’s Centre of Jamaica. The Cove Primary All Age School’s library received a facelift as the teens engaged in painting, building shelves and donating chairs, tables, filing cabinets and 500 books, amongst other things. The students of The Women’s Centre of Jamaica, which caters to pregnant teenagers, received care packages stocked with baby supplies and maternity apparel as well as makeup and feminine products. The Sandals Foundation proudly partners 100 percent on this initiative and hopes that this demonstration of selflessness from the teenagers will encourage other young people to be of similar purpose.
Beaches Resorts has three locations in Turks & Caicos and Jamaica and is part of family-owned Sandals Resorts International (SRI).
Gulliver Prep student Paola Rodriguez ‘17 has been selected to participate in a National Association for Music Education (NAfME) All-National Ensemble (the Mixed Choir) in November in Texas. To be eligible for an All-National Ensemble students must first be selected to the previous year’s All-State Festival in his/her state. Following that, a videotaped audition must be sent to NAfME of specified repertoire. “I am so proud of Paola! She had to sing the Alto 2 part of Handel’s ‘Messiah’ without accompaniment,” says Gulliver Prep Performing Arts Chair Mr. Ron Castonguay, who as her director will need to travel to this event as well. While students are in their rehearsals and sectionals, NAfME has workshops, clinics and exhibition booths for directors geared toward music education in the 21st century.
Please join us in congratulating Gulliver Prep’s Music Department and Paola for their dedication to excellence! We’re so proud of you!
USA Baseball selected Varsity Head Baseball Coach Manny Crespo and student-athlete Lucas Costello ‘20 for its 14U National Team Development Program (NTDP). Lucas was the only player selected from Miami-Dade.
The 14U NTDP traveled to Panama for a COPABE youth Pan American baseball tournament that took place July 3-10.
USA Baseball’s National Team Development Program offers identified athletes an opportunity to connect with USA Baseball staff to better prepare for a future national team experiences. The program includes skill development sessions, off-field education seminars and intrasquad Stars vs. Stripes games to help develop the athletes both on and off the field.
“Being able to provide part of our National Team Development Program an international opportunity is invaluable to their progression as candidates for the 15U National Team,” said Brooks Webb, senior director of baseball operations at USA Baseball, “We are excited to watch this talented group compete and grow in Panama as they continue down the path to earning the opportunity to play for Team USA at the 15U level.”
Mr. Crespo has served as coach for both the 14U and 17U National Development Program in the past. Please join us in congratulating our Raiders!
The Introduction to Business students worked on a project to implement pricing and marketing strategies learned in the classroom. To put it all in practice, the students organized a bake sale held in the Gulliver cafeteria. At the sale, they applied their negotiation skills while competing with other groups to sell their products and maximize their profits. After covering their costs, the students, who have been working on social responsibility, decided to donate their profits to G.O.A.L.S, a charity for children with autism spectrum disorders.
Congratulations to all the Introduction to Business students on a successful event!
On Friday, April 15, the boys’ tennis team won the 2016 South Florida Middle School Conference (SFMSC) Tennis Championship, going undefeated in singles 5-0 and doubles 2-0.
Eric Brook ‘21, Francesco DiMise ‘21, Joshua Lieberman ‘20, Sebastian Quintero ‘20, Armand Rabassa ‘20 and Karim Rahman ‘20 and all played perfectly to lead the Raiders to the 2016 boys’ SFMSC tennis title. The championship solidifies an outstanding season by the group, which went 56-1 for the season and finished undefeated at 9-0.
Team Members: Eric Brook ‘21, Diego Cedeno ‘22, Joshua Delgado ‘21, Francesco DiMise ‘21, Bailey Goldstein ‘21, Joshua Lieberman ‘20, Lucas Quintero ‘22, Sebastian Quintero ‘20, Armand Rabassa ‘20 and Karim Rahman ‘20
All-Tournament: Eric Brook ‘21, Francesco DiMise ‘21, Joshua Lieberman ‘20, Sebastian Quintero ‘20, Armand Rabassa ‘20 and Karim Rahman ‘20
This is the second consecutive SFMSC championship for boys’ tennis. Congratulations to the boys’ tennis team on an outstanding season!
Please join the Gulliver Prep International Business and Entrepreneurship program in congratulating Sunya Chandi ‘17, Donny Dinerman ‘18, Lauren Garbett ‘19 and Isaiah Manasara ‘18 for representing Gulliver extremely well at the DECA International Career Development Conference (ICDC) in Nashville.
Approximately 17,000 students from all around North America competed in various events related to marketing, finance, hospitality and tourism, and business management. For their impressive team performance, Donny and Sunya were honored as the first Gulliver students to ever qualify as finalists at ICDC!
A special thank you goes to the parents and faculty for their dedication in helping the students succeed!
Gulliver Prep student Aaron Finkel ‘16 has recently received the Leonard Bernstein Music Fellowship from Brandeis University. Only a very small number of accomplished instrumentalists are selected to take part in this highly competitive program. Leonard Bernstein Fellows receive several benefits, such as a $15,000 per year scholarship, private lessons and performing with elite ensembles at no cost, additional performance opportunities to showcase their creative work in the acoustically superb 200-seat Slosberg Recital Hall and in community outreach events, as well as music department offerings. The Brandeis Music Department offers a full range of courses in music history, music composition, and theory and performance, and it offers unique opportunities in electronic music composition, improvisation and world music. It also offers many opportunities for students to interact with extraordinary visiting musicians andscholars.
Please join us in congratulating Aaron on his achievement! We are so proud of you!
Congratulations to the Gulliver Prep architecture students who submitted entries to the Miami-Dade County Fair and Exhibitionin the following categories: Architectural Design, Urban Planning and Industrial Design.
The following awards were received:
“Best in Miami-Dade County Architecture Program Award” (for the 24th consecutive year)
56 first-place awards
Four Judges Awards
Special congratulations go to Taimaisu Ferrer Sin ‘16 for the “Best in Show” award.
Award recipients displayed their projects at Arnold Hall from March 17 to April 10.