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Spotlight [2017]

December 2017

  • Principal's Honor Roll

    Congratulations to the students that received Principal's Honor Roll for the 1st nine week Grading Period in the 2017-2018 school year. We are extremely proud of your efforts and hard work. Once again, congratulations to you and your families for your outstanding academic success!

    Kyanna Alvarez
    Gabriela Garcia
    Jack Garcia
    Elizabeth Iglesias
    Ginette Peraza
    Aly Valdesuso
    Nicole Cordovi
    Fabiana Echenique
    Edwin Luu
    Matthew Pineiro
    Sophia Balarin
    Alahnis Berrios
    Yuliana Cardenas
    Rachel Farinas
    Daniela Fernandez
    Alexander Gonzalez
    Helen Ho
    Jessica Liu
    Jaylin Mendez
    Alice Moreno
    Olivia Motha
    Bianca Recendiz
    Lesly Recendiz
    Angel Rodriguez
    Lorena Rodriguez
    Citlali Salas
    Lenys Torres
    Federico Zapata
    Joanna Alfonso
    Fernando Brito
    Valentina Consuegra
    Luisa Correa
    Anthony Davila
    Melanie Fernandez
    Nataly Florez
    Kevin Garcia
    Maxwell Garcia
    Aaliyah Gonzalez
    Rebeca Gonzalez
    Madison Londono
    Emily Matilla
    Gianni Tipan
    Leo Zhang
    Rosa Aleman
    Isabella Arias
    Angie Bernal
    Sasha- Gaye Brown
    Melanie Cue
    Camila Delsolpina
    Sofia Diaz
    Emily Duenas
    Adriana Elizalde
    Sophia Franco
    Elaria Ghobrial
    Jahiris Jauregui
    Anny Licor
    Anne Menendez
    Isabella Milanes
    Kaylee Perez
    Katheryn Plata
    Vanessa Ramos
    Felix Rios
    Daniela Torres
    Peter Workman
    Carolina Acanda
    Lexie Alfonso
    Flavia Argamasilla
    Priscilla Avila
    Noralbis Barrientos
    Stephanie Barrios
    Carolina Calderon- Rueda
    Genesis Fernandez
    Michael Fernandez
    Melanie Forero
    Mercy Hernandez
    Christina Irias
    Ashley Mejia
    Jessica Mesa
    Kaityln Oliva
    Austin Palacios
    Maileny Perez
    Karina Quiroga
    Ashley Rivera
    Danny Rodriguez
    Julie Sandoval
    Isabella Simon
    Miguel Sotolongo
    Andres Triana
    Katherine Woolley
    Melanie Acebal
    Karina Ascunce
    Eimy Cedeno
    Samuel Deleon
    Gabriela Diaz
    Ruddy Gomez
    Amanda Labiste
    Jorge Lopez
    Juliette Martin
    Adriana Mejia
    Alyssa Molina-Castro
    Delany Reales
    Lisette Rivera
    Francisco Sampedro
    Stephanie Sanchez

November 2017

  • Dream Big, Go Big.

    Mater Lakes Academy alumni have been accepted to and have attended nationally recognized universities in our country.  Reach your full potential and dream big!

October 2017

  • PLTW Engineering and Robotics

    Mater Lakes Academy is in its second year of using the Project Lead the Way curriculum to enhance our STEM-related course offerings.

    The students pictured in this spotlight are from Ms. Garcia's Advance Robotics group with the robots they made for competitions this school year.

    "Project Lead the Way (PLTW) is an industry leader in providing transformative learning experiences for K-12 students and teachers in more than 8,000 schools nationwide.  Their cutting edge curriculum empowers students to solve real-world challenges through engaging and hands-on learning projects (VEX Robotics)."

    Mater Lakes Academy is offering courses in Computer Science, Engineering and Robotics, and Biomedical Science.  

    Look for more posts on our PLTW teachers and students as they complete projects and hands on learning and submit projects for competitions this school year.

  • Kevin Perez, Class of 2016

    Kevin Perez,
    Class of 2016 Graduate
    University Attending: Georgetown University

    Being a first generation student at Georgetown University, one of the world's most prestigious universities, has been a blessing, but a blessing with its own unique challenges. I experienced cultural shocks, home sickness, and personal challenges. Despite graduating in the top ten percent of my class, each and every single course and extra-curricular activity at Georgetown has presented a unique set of obstacles for me.

    Although the journey has just begun and though I am already encountering many challenges, I have been able to thrive and preserve forward in particular because of the strong support system that my high school, Mater Lakes Academy, constructed for me from the beginning of my freshman year.

    Not only do I have life long bonds with most of my classmates, but I also know that I can rely on each and every teacher and administrator for guidance and support. The faculty at Mater Lakes not only pushed me to apply to Georgetown, but they also aided me in finding the proper resources to continue to succeed here. Not only am I at Georgetown University on a full ride scholarship, but I also am a member of Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America and the Community Scholars Program. These organizations have continuously supported my academic career.

    I know that Mater Lakes will continue to produce high achieving students, but more importantly I am certain that Mater Lakes Academy will continue to support each and every single graduate and student to excel forward!

September 2017

  • Mrs. Lauren Badal

    Mrs. Lauren Badal - 2016-2017 Middle School Teacher of the Year

    Department:  Mathematics

    How many years have you been teaching?  10 years

    How many years have you been teaching at Mater Lakes?  4 years

    University you graduated from?  Florida International University

    Degree and Major:  Bachelors in Elementary Education

    Describe your teaching style: I honestly feel that my teaching style always depends on the students I'm teaching. I've always told my kids that I can only do as much as they allow me to, so they all know I mean business. However, I wouldn't be able to get through my days teaching without smiling and cracking jokes. Math can be rough sometimes, so why not have fun while teaching it? The most influential teachers I remember are the ones that would make me laugh, and the ones I thought were a bit nutty.

    Describe your teaching philosophy: I will try to challenge every student, regardless of their level of knowledge. I am a firm believer of allowing a student's individual strengths to shine through different types of activities.

    How do you engage students, particularly students who may not excel in the subject you teach?  If at first you don't succeed, try and try again! I'm not that easy to give up, so if I know there is a particular question that most of my students struggled with, I know I need to go back and try a different approach.

    What advice do you have for students in your classroom?  Always try. You cannot grow without experiencing mistakes.

    Name someone you admire the most and why?  My grandmother set the standards extremely high by coming to a different country in her early twenties, with two small children. If it wasn't for the hustle and drive my grandmother had from the moment she came to this country, I wouldn't be where I am today. I owe everything to her. She overcame every obstacle that came her way, and she always had a smile on her face. Regardless of what was going on, her family came first. I always made myself a promise that no matter what happens, giving up will never be an option. That's the least I can do to pay back all the sacrifices she made for me.

    What is a quote or phrase you live by and why?  "Live today as if there was no tomorrow." I think if you didn't have a tomorrow, you would want to be your best self today.

August 2017

  • Abel DeAndreis

    Abel DeAndreis,

    Class of 2011

    University:  Harvard College

    Major:  Economics

    Graduation Year:  2016

    Job Title:  Data Analyst

    Company:  Cisco - Versa Shore

     

    What does your job entail?

    I help translate numbers into English. Usually, using graphs and charts, a data analyst helps the company make better business decisions. Eventually, I will identify trends and create models to predict what might happen in the future.

    How did Mater Lakes prepare you for your professional career?

    At Mater Lakes, through the extra-curricular clubs and embracing community throughout the school, I was able to exercise my leadership skills which ultimately helped me become the type of professional I am, today.

    What were some of the organizations you were a part of at Mater Lakes?  Did you hold any leadership positions?  If so, which?

    I was the President of the Student Government Association and Mu Alpha Theta.  I was the Vice President as well of the Sciencen National Honor Society.

    Why did you enjoy the most about being at Mater Lakes?

    The relationships I got to cultivate with my peers and my teachers.

    What was your favorite course at Mater Lakes Academy and why?

    Economics - I see it as a philosophy, or a method by which to breakdown complex problems. I even studied Economics in college.

    What was your favorite experience/moment at Mater Lakes Academy?

    Office Aid was one of my favorite classes because I got to know a large part (faculty & students) of the school that way.

    What advice do you have for current students who want to make the most of their time at Mater Lakes Academy?

    Make the most out of everyone around you: socialize with your teachers, your close friends, your not-so-close friends and your friends' teachers. Freshmen, learn from the older students; Seniors, learn from the younger students.


May 2017

  • Laura Ospina

    Laura Ospina
    Class of 2017 Graduate
    Birthplace: Hialeah, FL

    When did you enroll in Mater Lakes: I started Mater Lakes in the 2012-2013 school year as an 8th grader.

    AA Graduate: Yes, both from Miami-Dade College North Campus and Doral College

    Which schools have you been accepted to: Johns Hopkins University, University of Pennsylvania, Washington University in St. Louis, Wellesley College, Mount Holyoke College, Florida International University, and University of Florida

    Which school will you be attending: John Hopkins University

    Major: Biology

    Future Career Goal:  Pathologist        

    How has Mater Lakes prepared you for the university you are attending?
    The selection of honor and AP classes offered at Mater Lakes gave me the freedom to explore my different interests at an advanced level. I have been able to find the subjects that I enjoy the most, and I am ready to study them further in college.

    What have you learned at Mater Lakes that's made a difference to you?
    I learned that it's important to appreciate what I have, and to not dwell on what I don't. For example, I am appreciative of our principal. He outshines the average principal, especially for helping us feel like he is more than just a principal to us. Once you begin to appreciate and feel content with what you have, it's easier for you to focus and work towards a goal.

    What organizations are you currently involved or have been involved in at Mater Lakes?
    I am the current Vice-President of Key Club, and I was editor during my sophomore and junior years. I was Vice-President of the National Social Studies Honor Society my junior year, and I am a current active member. I am current historian for NHS and FBLA. I have also been a part of Mu Alpha Theta since my sophomore year. I was treasurer of the Spanish Honor Society my junior year and was a member for two years.

    Which class has been your favorite at Mater Lakes and why?
    AP Biology was my favorite class because I learned my favorite subject in depth. I was always eager to read more and excited do more labs in class.

    Which teacher or staff member has made an impact in your life and why?
    My AP Biology and AP Physics teacher, Mr. Lima, taught me how to set priorities and maximize my time to be most efficient. Because of this skill, I have been able to reach many goals I have set.

    What advice do you have for incoming Mater Lakes students? 
    Enjoy every moment, and always try to be better than you have been.

    What advice do you have for next year's seniors at Mater Lakes?
    Take your SAT or ACT as early as possible, and try to apply early to college. If you are accepted early, then you have more time to spend searching for scholarships.

April 2017

  • Felipe Gomez

    Felipe Gomez

    Class of 2017 Graduate

    Birthplace:  Medellin, Colombia

     

    When did you enroll in Mater Lakes:  I started Mater Lakes in the 2010-2011 school year as a 6th grader.

     

    AA Graduate:  Yes, both from Miami-Dade College North Campus and Doral College

     

    Which schools have you been accepted to:  University of Pennsylvania and University of Florida

     

    Which school will you be attending:  University of Pennsylvania              

     

    Major:

    Mathematical Economics

     

    Future Career Goal: 

    Managing a nonprofit organization         

     

    How has Mater Lakes prepared you for the university you are attending?

    Mater Lakes has prepared me for my pursuit of a collegiate education by instilling a strong work ethic and an ambitious mindset on me. At Mater Lakes, my teachers have inspired me to aim for the stars, and that will definitely prepare me for the obstacles college will have.

     

    What have you learned at Mater Lakes that's made a difference to you?

    At Mater Lakes I have learned to follow my dreams, even if people say you will never achieve them.     

     

    What organizations are you currently involved or have been involved in at Mater Lakes?

    I am the President of the National Honor Society.  I have also been Vice President of Mu Alpha Theta, Fundraising Chait for the Key Club, Secretary of the Science National Honors Society, Treasurer for Model UN, and I was a member of the Varsity Cheerleading team.

     

    Which class has been your favorite at Mater Lakes and why?    

    My favorite class at Mater Lakes has been AP Calculus AB with Mr. Lorenzo. This class was extremely important to me because it was in this class that I realized if I set my mind to something I can achieve it.          

     

    Which teacher or staff member has made an impact in your life and why?  

    Mater Lakes Academy's Principal, Mr. Rene "Rovi" Rovirosa, has made an impact in my life because of how compassionate and caring he is.

     

    What advice do you have for incoming Mater Lakes students? 

    Take your courses seriously and be nice.

     

    What advice do you have for next year's seniors at Mater Lakes? 

    Work hard and do not slack. Hard work will definitely pay off.

March 2017

  • Priscilla Morales, Class of 2010

    Priscilla Morales, Class of 2010
    University: Florida International University
    Major: Journalism & Mass Communications
    Graduation Year: 2013
    Job Title: TV Network Producer
    Company: Univision Communications Inc.

    What does your job entail?
    Working for Univision means no day is the same as the next. It's a 24/7, always on-call type of profession where creativity and industry know-how is primordial. As an Entertainment and Content producer, I am in charge of our 8PM and 9PM primetime novelas("Despertar Contigo" & "Vino El Amor), our children's block every Saturday (comprised of 6 shows), our Sunday 11:00AM talk-show ("Netas Divinas") and all the special events projects that go on throughout the year, including our New Years show LIVE from Time Square and various competition reality shows. All of this means I have to travel repeatedly to cities like New York, Los Angeles, San Antonio, Chicago, Las Vegas, Mexico City and more. It also means I have to meet & work with different musical artists and actors from both American and Hispanic markets. It's a high intensity, always altering, never constant type of job, but it fills my soul in more ways than one.

    Greatest Professional Accomplishment:
    My greatest professional accomplishment is seeing the fruits of my labor on television. Knowing that millions of people all over the nation are watching what I created, what I produced, what I poured my soul into... that is quite magical. I get to read their reactions to my work on social media and that's both heart warming and terrifying all at the same time.
    On 1/1/16 at 12:00AM, I stood in the middle of Time Square as the ball dropped with a LIVE show on the air. That moment, with its mixture of fireworks and confetti and adrenaline is an emotion like no other and that is why I do my job, why I continue learning and why I can't imagine doing anything else in this world.

    How did Mater Lakes prepare you for your professional career?
    Mater Lakes prepared me for my career by simply letting me be. MLA fostered my creativity, my growth, my sense of awareness and responsibility. My teachers and mentors gave me more than a text book education, they gave me life advice and believed in... always.

    What were some of the organizations you were a part of at Mater Lakes? Did you hold any leadership positions? If so, which?
    I was able to partake in so many leadership positions that today help me lead numerous projects in my workplace. While at MLA I was President of the District's Student Government Associations, President and Public Relations Officer of our school SGA, Vice-President of the National Honor Society and active member of the Class of 2010.

    Why did you enjoy the most about being at Mater Lakes?
    At Mater Lakes, I enjoyed our small school atmosphere most of all. I enjoyed knowing my Principal and Assistant Principal, I enjoyed knowing the office staff, I enjoyed knowing the names of each and everyone of the persons I graduated with. I enjoyed feeling like an integral part the foundation of MLA.

    What was your favorite course at Mater Lakes Academy and why?
    My favorite courses at MLA were Drama, AP Government and AP Literature. I think they helped lay fundamental bricks in my thinking process today.

    What was your favorite experience/moment at Mater Lakes Academy?
    My favorite moments in Mater Lakes all center around planning and hosting award ceremonies, shows and events.

    What advice do you have for current students who want to make the most of their time at Mater Lakes Academy?
    To the students currently at Mater Lakes, I have this to say: it pays to dream out loud, to dream big and to dream in the most exaggerated of ways because when you least expect it magical things can and do happen.


    Priscilla Morales Class of 2010