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Gulliver Competes in the Contest of Champions National Competition

The Gulliver Sundancers and Junior Sundancers have many reasons to celebrate! In February, they attended the Contest of Champions National School Dance & Drill Competition at Walt Disney World. Dance teams from all over the nation participated. We are delighted with our teams’ impressive results and would like to share them with you:

Gulliver Academy – Marian C. Krutulis Campus Recognitions:


  • Contemporary – “Addicted To You” – Superior Rating
  • Hip Hop – “Drum Line” – Superior Rating
  • Jazz – “Knock on Wood” – 2nd Place, Superior Rating
  • Solo Category – Lily Brown – Excellent Rating 

The Junior Sundancers ranked third in the Middle School Division! Congratulations to Carla Duval and all the amazing faculty, staff, parents and students for all their hard work! Team members include Lily Brown ‘19, Isabella Del Rio ‘19, Catherine Dishington ‘20, Gabrielle Hagenlocker ‘20, Rebecca Kaiser ‘19, Gabriela Machado ‘21, Paulina Munoz ‘20, Valeria Pieschacon ‘20, Fiorella Polit ‘20 and Daniella Tosca ‘20.


Gulliver Preparatory School Recognitions:

Senior Soloists – Superior Rating

  • Morgan Furnari ‘15 – 2nd Place overall, $500 Scholarship
  • Monique Martinez ‘16 – 6th Place overall
  • Nati Zunjic ‘16 – 11th Place overall

Junior Soloists – Superior Rating

  • Molly Bochner ‘16
  • Isa Rodriguez ‘17


  • Officer Ensemble – “Darling are you gonna leave me?,” performed by Morgan Furnari ‘15, Cristy Ruiz ‘15, Monique Martinez ‘16, Nati Zunjic ‘16 – 3rd Place, Superior Rating
  • Small Ensemble – “Us,” performed by Morgan Furnari ‘15, Cristy Ruiz ’15, Madeleine Harris ’15, Katie Zighelboim ’15 – 1st Place, Superior Rating
  • Large Ensemble – “Lost,” performed by Monique Martinez ‘16, Nati Zunjic ‘16, Molly Bochner ‘16, Madeleine Harris ‘15, Gio Ingletto ‘17, Isa Rodriguez ‘17, Christine Roque ‘16 – 1st place, Superior Rating
  • Extra-Large Ensemble, Jazz Funk – “Jammin,” performed by Morgan Furnari ‘15, Cristy Ruiz ‘15, Monique Martinez ‘16, Nati Zunjic ‘16, Brooke Bailey ‘16, Bianca Beattie ‘17, Sofia Beveridge ‘18, Molly Bochner ‘16, Carla Caputo ‘18, Madeleine Harris ‘15, Nikki Hurtado ‘19, Gio Ingletto ‘17, Layla Lowenstein ‘18, Amber Meyerson ‘18, Isa Rodriguez ‘17, Christine Roque ‘16, Gabi Telepman ‘16, Katie Zighelboim ‘15 – 1st Place, Superior Rating


  • Contemporary – “Someone We Used to Know” – 1st Place, Superior Rating
  • Hip Hop – “One World” – 3rd Place, Superior Rating
  • Jazz – “Cell Block Tango” – 4th Place, Superior Rating
  • Lyrical – “For the First Time” –  4th Place, Superior Rating


The Gulliver Prep Sundancers ranked fourth in the Medium Team category with over 44 schools represented! Congratulations to Gerri Barreras and the 2015 Sundancers Captain Morgan Furnari ‘15, Co-Captain Cristy Ruiz ‘15, Officer Monique Martinez ‘16, Officer Nati Zunjic ‘16, Brooke Bailey ‘16,  Bianca Beattie ‘17,  Sofia Beveridge ‘18, Molly Bochner ‘16, Carla Caputo ‘18, Madeleine Harris ‘15, Nikki Hurtado ‘19, Gio Ingletto ‘17, Layla Lowenstein ‘18, Amber Meyerson ‘18, Isa Rodriguez ‘17, Christine Roque ‘16, Gabi Telepman ‘16 and Katie Zighelboim ‘15.

Special thank you to the amazing parents, students, faculty, staff and administration for all their help and support! 

Gulliver Academy Advanced Orchestra Received Overall Superior Rating

Congratulations to the Gulliver Academy Advanced Orchestra, which received an overall Superior rating at Music Performance Assessments (MPA) District Evaluation on Wednesday, March 10. A Superior rating is the highest one an orchestra can receive. MPA District Evaluations are intended to give large string ensembles an opportunity to perform pre-rehearsed and unrehearsed (sight reading) music in front of a panel of four adjudicators while receiving constructive comments, both spoken and written. Students benefit from the experience of performing in a large group and receiving a critique from professionals other than their regular music teachers. At District MPA, each orchestra plays three pieces and is judged on tone quality, technical preparation and musical effect. The orchestra performed “Song of the Ocean Winds” (Adrian Gordon), “The Code” (Alan Lee Silva) and “Day Dreams” (Robert Sheldon).

We are extremely proud of our young musicians’ work. Please join us in congratulating them!


Gulliver Prep Engineering Hosts Young Men’s Preparatory Academy to Learn Robotics

In the beginning of March, Gulliver Prep Engineering faculty members and students hosted a weeklong after-school course for students at the Young Men’s Preparatory Academy (YMPA) to learn robotics and build a robot!

Claude Charron, biomedical science and engineering department chair at Gulliver Prep, heard through a friend, Starbot Technologies President Nola Garcia, that the boys at YMPA were eager to learn and apply robotics knowledge and build a robot. Gulliver provided the students with VEX kits to support and mentor their new-found passions and enable them to build their own custom robot. YMPA students also had the opportunity to get involved in competitions so that the group can begin competing locally. “The boys were wonderful,” Nola says. “Seeing them walk into the classroom was so touching, as they were tentative and shy. That did not last long as they became comfortable with their surroundings and the mentors. After the boys left, we had a short meeting with the mentors and they shared their experiences. It was truly wonderful to hear their insights and their delight in being a part of this great project!”

Meanwhile, Sara Fuenmayor ‘17, a Gulliver Prep engineering student who is a vital part of the team and has traveled to Africa with her family to deliver Gulliver’s water filtration system, recorded footage from the YMPA course. Sara enjoyed taking a step back and embracing her own new-found passion: TV production! “What I really want to capture is the moment these students are having. It’s emotional and I want to capture this moment for them,” Sara says.

A very special thank you to Gulliver Prep’s Engineering Department for sharing its passions with the local community! Go Raiders!

Gulliver Prep Students Attend Florida State Technology Student Competition

Gulliver Prep architecture students attended the Florida State Fair Technology Student Competition in Tampa with award-winning entries in the Architectural Design, Urban Planning and Industrial Design categories. Award recipients displayed their projects at the Florida State Fair in Tampa from February 5 to February 16.

Congratulations to the always-amazing architecture students and faculty member Christina Manrique for their excellent work!


Florida State Fair Technology Student Competition Awards 2015

  • Carla De Haro ‘16: First Place – Drafting 2D – Architectural – LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certified Single-Family Home
  • Alejandra Sanchez ‘15: Honorable Mention – CAD 2D – Architectural – Architectural Element
  • Sarangan Sinnarajah ‘15: Second Place – CAD 2D – Architectural – Architectural Element
  • Nora Walz ‘15: First Place – CAD 2D – Architectural – Architectural Element
  • Jowan Watson ‘15: Third Place – CAD 2D – Architectural – Architectural Element
  • Ricardo Du Pond ‘16: Honorable Mention – CAD 2D – Engineering – Mechanical with Creative Options
  • Yannick Schmied ‘16: Honorable Mention – CAD 2D – Engineering – Mechanical with Creative Options
  • Sarangan Sinnarajah ‘15: Second Place – CAD 2D – Engineering – Object Study of Hummer H2 Model
  • Samuel Steffens ‘16: Honorable Mention – CAD 2D – Engineering – Mechanical with Creative Options
  • Jowan Watson ‘15:   First Place – CAD 2D – Engineering – Object Study of Football Helmet
  • Taylor Wessel ‘15: Honorable Mention – CAD 2D – Engineering – Mechanical with Creative Options
  • Alejandra Sanchez ‘15: Third Place – CAD 3D – Engineering – 3D Model of Roof Truss
  • Sarangan Sinnarajah ‘15: First Place – CAD 3D – Engineering – 3D Model of Spiral Staircase /Coconut Grove Playhouse Element
  • Nora Walz ‘15: Third Place – CAD 3D – Engineering – 3D Model of Contemporary Fireplace /Coconut Grove Playhouse Element
  • Jowan Watson ‘15: Second Place – CAD 3D – Engineering – 3D Model of Stained Glass Window /Coconut Grove Playhouse Element

Gulliver Debate Wins Florida State Policy Debate Championship

On the weekend of February 28, Gulliver won the Florida State Policy Debate Championship. More than 50 schools – 350 students –participated in the championship, which was held at Timber Creek High School in Orlando. Gulliver entered the elimination rounds as the top seed after going undefeated in five preliminary debates. Gulliver debaters Sasha Henry ‘16 and Colin Cozad ‘16 won the semifinals, going 3-0 and advancing to the finals. Due to time constraints in the tournament, it was decided that Gulliver would be co-champions with Fort Lauderdale, a team that Gulliver had previously beaten in preliminary rounds. Sasha earned the First Place Speaker award at the tournament, Colin earned Second Place Speaker and Jake Soria ‘16 earned Fifth Place Speaker. The team of Julian Asilis ‘16 and Jake went a respectable 3-2. It was a true team effort  with even by those who could not attend making important contributions. We would also like to recognize team members who helped research for the tournament: Alex Marban ‘17, Morgan Greaton ‘17, Marlee Glassberg ‘16, Sofia Tormo ‘17, Lauren Pelletier ‘17, Luis Martinez ‘18, Anastasia Perez ‘18 and Lauren Nanes ‘18.

Congratulations, Raiders, on this wonderful achievement. We are proud of you!

Sony Latin America President Speaks to Gulliver Students

On February 5, Gulliver Prep’s Japanese AP class, engineering and business classes took advantage of a tremendous opportunity and met with Hiroshi Sakamoto, president of Sony Latin America. Hiroshi introduced the students to some of Sony’s latest products, all of which had just been released worldwide in January. He also talked about the importance of learning languages from a businessperson’s perspective, the company’s product planning and development process and its marketing methodology. 

This unique opportunity taught students the importance of understanding and learning about other cultures in order to thrive in the business field. Special thank you to our wonderful guest speaker and the students, faculty and staff for making it special!


Photo Credit: Alexandra Garcia '18

Dancers Serve the Community by Sharing Their Talents

The Gulliver Preparatory dancers have been spreading the joy of dance to our South Florida community!  During January, Dance Club members were greeted with enthusiastic applause when they performed a show for the senior citizen residents of The Palace in Kendall. They performed several dances, including lyrical, jazz and hip hop routines.  After the performance, the dancers socialized with residents. 

“We all loved watching the smiles grow on the faces of the residents as we performed for them,” said Morgan Furnari ‘15, president of the Dance Club. As a memento of the event, club members distributed flowers to each of the residents.

A special thank you to the Prep Sundancers, parents and faculty for giving back to our community!

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A Selection of Student Art Featured in the Coral Gables Museum


Gulliver, in collaboration with the Coral Gables Museum, coordinated a display of select student artwork from all grade levels for show in the museum from Friday, February 6, 2015, through Sunday, February 8, 2015. 

A private reception inaugurated this event, which corresponded with the Coral Gables Art Walk. The reception, which was to have run from 5:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m., began with excited guests arriving as early as 5:00 p.m. and concluded with guests remaining until well past 7:30 p.m. Those in attendance included parents whose children’s artwork was selected for the showing, Gulliver faculty members and administrators, local guests and international dignitaries such as H. Ricardo Treco, consul general of The Bahamas. 

While the art on display was the centerpiece of the event, our Preparatory strings section, coordinated by Ron Castonguay and directed by Gulliver music faculty member Samantha Tamayo, certainly lent an air of elegance and distinction to the evening. This eight piece violin and cello ensemble entertained attendees for the evening with beautiful classical music. Students finely performed several tasteful pieces for the appreciation of those in attendance.

The art show consisted of a selection of works from students of all the art teachers from the Lower Schools, Middle School and Prep: Cris Valdes, Kathe Dunberg, Kathe Brewer, Beth Harrison, Stacy Goldman ‘96, Maribel Toledo, Joseph Golinski, Mary H. Munn and Christina Manrique. Pieces spanned the genres of printmaking, collage, ceramics, watercolor, oils, acrylics, oil pastels, papier-mâché masks, relief sculptures, architectural drawings, digital photography, videos and mixed media.

Hank Langston, Gulliver's dean of faculty and director of university, corporation and community affairs, came up with the idea to showcase a selection of artwork from all 1st grade to 12th grade art students from both campuses. The art departments worked with Debi Van Stone ‘80, Mr.Langston’s administrative assistant, to prepare the show. 

With more than 300 enthusiastic attendees, the reception was an overwhelming success – a clear show of support for our arts program. Special thanks go to the Gulliver students, parents, administrators, faculty, staff and community members who helped support this wonderful event!



Gulliver Visual Arts Students Receive Multiple Awards


Gulliver Academy - Marian C. Krutulis Campus and Preparatory Campus have a lot to celebrate! The visual arts department has recently earned multiple awards for students’ artistic visions and hard work!

Scholastic winners from the Academy Middle School Art Department included the following:

Gabriela Da Rocha ‘19 won a Gold Key for her “Pinecones” painting and a Silver Key for her “Ribbon and Shoes.” Carlos Sanchez ‘20 won a Gold Key for his “Dinning Room Dream” drawing of apples. Elizabeth Vair ‘19 won a Gold Key for her “Apples” and an Honorable Mention for her “High Tops” drawing. Samuel Starke ‘19 won an Honorable Mention for his drawing, “Lobster Mix.” Victoria Paredero Quiros ‘19 won an Honorable Mention for her drawing of “Chant Melancolique.”

Elizabeth Vair '19 also took first place for graphics in the Beaux Arts Students Artist Showcase and four Gulliver students also were selected as finalists. The Student Artist Showcase aims to encourage young artists and support educational development in the community. These students had their artwork displayed in an exhibition held at the Lowe Art Museum on the University of Miami campus.


Adrianna Arguello ‘19

Artwork Title: “My Favorite Boots”

Category: Graphics


Samuel Starke ‘19

Artwork Title: “Lobster Mix”

Category: Graphics


Elizabeth Vair ‘19 won first place in the Graphics category

Artwork Title: “High Tops”

Category: Graphics


Victoria Paredero Quiros ‘19

Artwork Title: “The Eye of the Tiger”

Category: Mixed Media


Gulliver Prep students Gabriel Abascal Marin '16 and Paula Bontempo '16 placed art pieces that have been awarded Gold Keys in the regional Scholastic Art and Writing Awards (the highest possible award). Their work will now go on to complete at the national level. Their work was displayed on Sunday, January 25, at the Rubell Family Collection in Midtown, with a reception and awards Ceremony. In addition, two Gulliver students placed second in the 2015 Beaux Arts student showcase: Alejandra Sanchez '15 for painting and Ros Fiol '15 for drawing!

Congratulations to the amazing faculty, parents and students on their success. We cannot wait to see what you do next!

Gulliver Prep Robotics Students Prepare to Compete in FIRST Robotics Competition’s RECYCLE RUSH

The Gulliver Prep Robotics team, also known as BBR8ERS and Team #5557, is preparing to compete in the FIRST Robotics Competition’s RECYCLE RUSH. The competition includes strict rules, limited resources and time limits. Teams are challenged to raise funds, design a team “brand,” refine teamwork skills and build and program robots to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to each team. It’s as close to “real-world engineering” as a student can get.

RECYCLE RUSH will be a recycling-themed game played by two alliances of three robots each. Robots score points by stacking totes on scoring platforms, capping those stacks with recycling containers and properly disposing of pool noodles, which represent litter. Because the theme is recycling, all game pieces can be reused or recycled by teams in their home locations or by FIRST at the end of the season.

Around 20 Gulliver students are joining thousands of students around the globe in this year’s competition. Stephanie Peng ‘15 has been heavily involved in organizing and managing the project. “We have been having two weekly meetings: One on Thursday for the entire team to discuss general ideas and another on Saturday to discuss design, building, strategy and how to obtain the most amount of points within our time restriction,” she says. She intends to go a bit deeper into building and programming as the club continues its work.

Stephanie and Schuyler Renkin ‘15 also assembled the paperwork to obtain a grant to help support the team’s efforts. “They did the research, the writing…they spearheaded the proposal and they got the funds to execute,” says Gulliver faculty member Dean Morell. “It is because of them, really, that we are doing this and it is really an exciting adventure for us.”

For additional professional support, Gulliver Robotics called on Gulliver International Business and Entrepreneurship students to help manage and maximize a percentage of their newly obtained budget. Those students will also work on marketing proposals to help obtain sponsors for the team. “People think that this competition is just programming and engineering...no!” Mr. Morrell says. “It is engineering, it is social media, it is marketing, it is business, it is teamwork, finding ways to communicate with other schools and mentors. They use the term ‘cooper-tition,’ a hybrid between cooperation and competition. It’s okay to be competitive, but it is also okay to help other teams within and outside your alliance.”

The first regional competition will be held February 25–28, 2015, in Fort Lauderdale. Please join us in wishing the robotics and business students, parents and faculty the best of luck for this exciting journey. We are so proud of you!

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