Miami Beach Senior High PTSA ENewsletter 
August 19, 2016 - Volume 1

We are opening the new school year with a celebration of our latest successes and awards

Special Edition: the Award Issue

  • August 20, new students orientation, 9 am, Auditorium. You may tour the campus with your son/daughter immediately after the presentation.
  • August 22, first day of the 2016-17 school year.
  • August 23, PTSA Board meeting. 7:30 - 9 am, Media Center. Everybody is welcome!
  • August 23, Florida Senate District 38 Candidate Debate, hosted by the Unified Democracy PAC at Beach High,  5:45 - 8 pm. See article below.
  • August 30, no school, Teacher Planning Day

2016-2017 MDCPS Calendar


Student Schedules are available on the Parent Portal.
Students and parents, please remember to check your Portal on Sunday and have an updated screenshot or copy of your schedule for Monday morning!

MBSH is a uniform school and all students should be in compliance on the 1st day.
Please check Beach High uniform policy: miamibeachhigh.uniforms

On August, you will have the chance to hear from the seven contenders for the Florida Senate District 38 seat: Anis Blemur, Phillip J. Brutus, Kevin A. Burns, Daphne Campbell, Don Festge, Michael Gongora, and Jason Pizzo.  
The Unified Democracy Political Action Committee (PAC), formerly Teens for Teens, is hosting a candidate debate at Beach High  where state Senate candidates will discuss proposed changes to the South Florida education system, school choice initiatives, and new policies to earmark funding for your child's school. The debate will be moderated by Benjamin Burstein, a senior at Beach High and the President of the Unified Democracy PAC. In the past, the Unified Democracy PAC hosted debates for mayoral and city commission candidates in the city of Miami Beach.  

The Beach High PTSA Awards  
We are so proud to announce that the Beach High PTSA won the Miami-Dade County Council PTSA/PTA Legislative Advocacy Award for 2016.  And as an encore, our own VP of Advocacy 2015-2016 Kayla Rynor was recognized as a PTSA Grand Patron for her advocacy work. Congratulations!

Watch the Graduation Video
Congratulations to the Class of 2016!
The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater, June 7.

Please enjoy this gift to all graduates and their families from the MBSH TV/Film Production's program.

The Academy of Hospitality & Tourism Graduation
The Academy of Hospitality & Tourism graduation was held at St. Thomas University on Thursday, May 25. Hundreds of students and families attended the ceremony where NAF Academies from many schools in Miami-Dade County gathered to celebrate their graduating seniors. Beach High was very well represented and stood out with three students receiving awards and scholarships. Serena Beze earned the outstanding AOHT Student Award, as well as the Jeanne Westphal scholarship worth $1,500, the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce scholarship worth $2,000, and the Marriott Worldwide Business Councils scholarship worth $2,500. Marimar Alvarado-Arce was also awarded the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce scholarship worth $2,000, as well as the GMBHA scholarship worth $1,250. David Spiegel was also awarded a scholarship for his tremendous activities and experiences.
Earlier that morning, each of these students (Serena, Marimar, and David), as well as another AOHT student, Carla Bouza, also earned the Michael Aller $1,000 scholarship from the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce at the Senior Awards. Diana Escorcia, another AOHT student, earned the English Honor society scholarship.
The scholarships earned by these students will go towards their college careers. Congrats to them all, to all AOHT students for graduating from the Academy, and to Ms. Patricia Gregory, lead teacher of Beach High's AOHT, for leading another successful year!

Senior Awards
The Honor Societies Officer Installation and Awarding of Senior Honor Cords


Underclassmen and Book Awards
June 1, Beach High Auditorium

Photo above: the recipients of the Book Awards. Photo below: Thespian awarded students.

Scholars-IB Banquet
The traditional Scholars-IB Banquet for Senior students, their parents and teachers was held on June 5 at the Miami Shores Country Club. During the Banquet, our graduating Senior Scholars and IB students were honored, and Scholars and IB Chords were distributed.

Watch a slideshow of the event (courtesy of Africa Aycart)

MBSH TV/Film Awards
Ms. Pierce and her students were recognized for all the films entered into the Film Festival at Miami-Dade College - the most creative and fun loving group! We had so much great energy. See Ms. Pierce and her students in the photos below.

Best Drama: Lone, Bleu O'Brien
Best Comedy: Bad Blood,Elizabeth Acosta
Best Horror: Another Paranormal Activity, Bleu O'Brien
Best Experimental:Time Bomb, Julie Tritt
Best Short Short: Wicked, Milagros Cruz
Best Music Video: She Has No Time, Simona Shrayber
Best Commercial: U-Phone, Jordan Frank And Ian Krupkin
Best Psa: Racism, Carla Avalos
Best Director: Lone, Bleu Obrien
Best Cinematographer: Lone, Michelle Huguet
Best Scriptwriter: Wicked, Milagros Cruz
Best Editor: Wicked, Milagros Cruz
Best Actor in Female Role: 7-16, Stephany Arbelaez
Best Actor in Male Role: Lone, Bleu Obrien
Please congratulate
Matias Rodriguez
Nahuel Gallardo
Ivan Ravenski
and Jason Inirio
for receiving Best Cinematography at Miami-Dade College Film Festival for their film "I love Satan".     
It was a very successful year! We had a smashing award ceremony at the Coral Gables Theater. Our amazing students and their hard work were rewarded: this is something they love to do as they spent two days a week diligently working on films for hours upon hours. If you know them, give them a big congrats! This program, funded by the Children's Trust and Florida Film Institute, will continue next year after school in Ms. Pierce's classroom. Anybody that is interested can apply - we only want interested students! Stay tuned for more info.

Best Movie Poster:
Second Place - The Candidate (MBSHS) Michael Tissera

3rd place - The Candidate (MBSHS) Parvati Santos, Oscar Hernandez, Michelle Huguet

Best Cinematography:
1st place - The Candidate    (MBSHS) Oscar Hernandez

Best Editing:
1st place - The Candidate    (MBSHS) Oscar Hernandez

Best Sound Recording:
1st place - The Candidate   (MBSHS) Andy Romero

Best Lighting:
1st place - The Candidate (MBSHS)

Best Lead Female Actor:
The Candidate (MBSHS) Katherine Verblund

Best Director:
The Candidate (MBSHS)Parvati Santos

Best Film:
The Candidate (MBSHS) Michelle Huguet

Chichi Pierce
MBSH TV/Film Instructor

IB and AP Awards
Please congratulate the AP/IB award winners. This award is in recognition of outstanding scholarship, participation, and effort in the respective class during the 2015-2016 school year.

10th Grade AP United States Government: Melanie Haber
10th Grade AP Macroeconomics: Guido Dominguez
11th Grade AP United States History: Annabella Allocco
12th Grade IB History of the Americas HL: Maria Mejia

Stellar Scholarships

The recipients of the most spectacular scholarships.

Konrad Panzer is the recipient of the Questbridge scholarship worth over $360,000.  He will be attending UChicago in the Fall.

Diana Escorcia is a Posse Scholarship winner and will be attending Hamilton College in the fall.  Her scholarship is worth $200,000.

Lucas Krumpkin is the winner of the Posse Scholarship and will be attending Syracuse University in the fall.  His scholarship is worth $200,000.  He has also won many other scholarships and never stopped applying.  He is a real go getter!

Malana Grimes and Estrella Arauz were awarded the Miami Bayside Foundation/MDCPS Scholarship during the Miami Commission Meeting.  Mayor Regalado and Dr. Bendross-Mindigall, vice-chair of the School Board, presented these awards.

Maria Mejia is the recipient of the Kent Cook Scholarship that covers undergraduate and graduate studies in upward of $360,000.

Debate Final Dinner & Ceremony
On June 2, the Hi-Tide Speech and Debate Team celebrated a year of hard work and success. Thank you to all students, families and Coach Russ Rywell .

Beach High Speech and Debate finished the year strong with an 11th place finish out of the 285 top teams that competed at the 2016 National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA, formerly NFL) Nationals in Public Forum Debate. The team of Matthew Kauffman and Daniel Wax also had the distinction of being the only team to beat the 2-time national champions at the tournament held in Salt Lake City. Benjamin Burstein (Extemporaneous Debate) and Darlene Adirika (Poetry) made it to the last day of eliminations, while Cameron Gittler competed in US Extemporaneous Speaking and Jared Stein in the Student Senate. The NSDA named Miami Beach Senior High a School of Honor in Debate in recognition of its 2016 performance.

Photo above: the Nats 2016 Team. From left: Darlele Adirika, Jared Stein , Daniel Wax , Cameron Gittler , Benjamin Burstein , Matt Kauffman and Russell R. Rywell at t he Great Salt Lake.
Photo below: Coach Rywell between Matt Kauffman (left) and Danny Wax.


Signing for College
CAP Advisor Maria Sahwell held several events for Academic Signing Day.  These students are going to universities such as UF, FIU Honors, FSU, UChicago, NYU, Morehouse College, Northeastern, Cornell, Tuffts, Duke, New College of Florida, American, Miami-Dade Honors College, Beauty Schools of America, University of Southern California, and Berkeley.
In the photos Mrs. Sahwell, Mrs. Larkin, and Ms. Silveira are pictured as well.

The Athletic Awards

The Athletic Award ceremony was held on Friday, May 27, in the school Auditorium.
MVP - Nicole Goetz
Most Improved- Juliette Budin
Defensive MVP - Ornella Borsieri
Coach's Award - Gabrielle Perez
Boys Cross Country
Most Dedicated Runner- Joshua Garcia
Best Rookie Runner- Samuel Womble
Best Runner- Dylan Sedeno
Girls Cross Country
MVR - Melanie Hernandez
Most Improved - Amanda Araujo
Most Dedicated - Daniela Tria
Girls Golf
Co-MVP Jamila Gowdy & Jiana Blaha
Boys Golf
Co-MVP Richard Brandon Lozano &  Harrison Kopf
Coaches Award - Nathan Lerner
Girls Soccer
Best Offensive Player- Samantha Wald
MVP- Martina Moffatt
Coach's Award- Casandra Garay
Boys Soccer
MVP- Lucas Arellano
Best Defender- Angelo Rivera
Best offensive Player- Tomas Iglesias
Coach's Award- Marc Amores
MVP - Justin Bogorad
MVP - Samantha Hafferty
MVP - Andrea Gonzalez
Coach's Award- Magdalena Demetriades
Rookie of the year - Astrid Garcia
Boys Tennis
MVP: Omar Zarif
Most Improved: Luca McLeod
Top Newcomer: Quinn McLeod
Girls tennis
MVP - Ambre Schneider
Rookie of the Year - Helena Epstein
Best Pitcher- Samuel Weintraub
Best Pitcher- Aliozmany Alonzo
Best Hitter- Marcanthon Mendez
Best Hitter- Eduardo Rodriguez
Best Defense- Joan Baez
Best Defense- Panamanton Mendez
Boys Basketball
MVP - Kevin Melendez
Most improved POY- Johnny Yao
Rookie of the year- Saintfilso Vincent
Girls Basketball
Unique Dalphe- MVP
Miiya Stubbs- Outstanding Leader
Stevie Polhemus- Most Improved
Flag Football
Miiya Stubbs- MVP
Gabriella Capobianco - Offensive POY
Emily Garay- Defensive POY
Most Dedicated Wrestler: Najat Morgan
Most Valuable Wrestler: Yisrael Londono
Rookie Wrestler: Jackson Weinberg
Wrestling Captain Award: Martin Castillo   
Girls Track
MVR- Ashley Jellema
Outstanding Distance Runner -Amina Sublaban
Highest Academic Award- Dalisa Sims
Unsung Hero- Imani Stephens
Boys Track
Co-MVR- Hakeem Sanon
Co-MVR- Justin Hanna
Most improved- Joshua Garcia
MVP- Randle Jones
Best offensive Player- Jeffrey Jennings
Best defensive Player- Kama Jackson Jr.
Girls Water polo
Most Valuable Player- Beth Cohen
Offensive Player of the Year - Anna Friese
Defensive Player of the Year- Isabella Jaramillo

Boys Water Polo
Most Valuable Player - Baltazar  Albornoz
Offensive Player of the Year - David Matz
Defensive Player of the Year - Michele Rizzi
Girls Swimming
Most Valuable Swimmer - April Mullen
Most Improved - Liv Friedman
Rookie of the Year - Abigail Gualda

Boys Swimming
Most Valuable Swimmer - Julius Petzold
Most Improved - Bryan Quintero
Rookie of the Year - Andrew Garcia
Christie Barrabia - Best All Around Cheerleader
Vanessa Arrieta - Outstanding Dedication
Naomi Olmo - Outstanding Flyer
Eleanor Miller - Outstanding Leadership
Nicole Babani - MVP/ Cheerleader

Photo Gallery
Prom 2016
Congratulations to 2016 Prom King and Queen
Martin Castillo and Julia Eleanor Miller!  

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