The Mater Lakes Thespians Fly Off to Neverland!

The Mater Lakes Thespians Fly Off to Neverland!

By Lucas Menvielle and Jaily Gomez

Miami, FL, Tuesday, April 3, 2018 – The Mater Lakes Academy Thespian Society will be presenting their final show of the school year, Peter Pan, this April, from the 26th through the 28th in the Lehman Theater at Miami-Dade College. This will be their fourth performance in partnership with MDC since Annie in May 2017.

This timeless tale will feature beautiful music and, hilarious comedy. For the first time in the MLA Thespian’s history, the actors will be raised on wires, flying above the stage.

The show will be directed by MLA art teacher, Ms.  Xierra Itayem, who has previously directed the plays Scenes from a Dance and I Hate Shakespeare which were performed at Mater Lakes. However, she believes this will be unlike any show the Thespian Society has put on before.

“I think with every show we do we try to top ourselves, and I think that’s important especially with the MDC partnership,” Itayem said. “They have given us so many resources to keep growing, so we have to make sure that with every show we’re pushing ourselves and challenging ourselves to do more and do better.”

Itayem also stated “I think our actors bring a special, unique kind of humor to these shows and I think Peter Pan is perfect for how they act together.,” We talked to her actors to see their perspective.

Sophomore Jaily Gomez, who will be playing the titular role of Peter Pan, and who has been a Thespian since late 2016, has expressed her excitement to perform do aerial acrobatics. She also mentioned her increased preparation for this role, including her experience with gymnastics and ballet.

Her statements paralleled Itayem’s, specifically regarding the worth of the cast, crew and direction. “Rehearsals have been running on the set schedule and it seems like Ms. Itayem has everything in order,” Gomez said. “I think all the cast is very talented. We’re on schedule to do great things and we have a lot of time to work on this show so we can really perfect anything that goes wrong in the early stages.”

Playing Wendy in the show is sophomore Veronica Ginzo, who has had a very recent streak of success after her leading role as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz., Humbly, she said she was surprised to see her name beside her role on the cast list.

“It was very unexpected because I did not expect the position of Wendy at all. I went in expecting to be an extra and not a lead, so I was very excited,” Ginzo said.

Lastly, for senior Robert Merkel, this show will mark his swansong for the Drama Club with a role of the play’s main antagonist Captain Hook. This comes after four years of impressive performances from Merkel. “I really want to knock it out of the park,” Merkel said. “I really want to make sure everyone wants to enjoy it and go out with a bang.”

Merkel also reminisced on some of his past experiences with the drama club. “I really love all the friends that I’ve been able to make and all the experiences I’ve been able to have with those friends,” Merkel said. It’s a sentiment all of the leads seemed to share. “We’re all very friendly with each other and we’re very close and we defend each other no matter what,” Gomez remarked.

Working on the play about the boy who never grew up makes everyone wonder, what is the hardest thing about growing up? For senior Robert Merkel, it’s a question he’s had to face head on as he prepares to graduate high school.

“In general it’s hard to accept that you have to have all these new responsibilities in life, and I’ve really been having a rough time accepting that, but you have to persevere,” Merkel said.

The Thespian Society has gained a reputation of never disappointing and it seems as if they’re on track to blow our minds yet again. Peter Pan will be playing in the Lehman Theater at Miami-Dade North Campus from April 26th to April 28th. Tickets are $10 at the door, come support Mater Lakes Academy and the Thespian Society and take a trip to Neverland with Peter Pan.

Mater Lakes Academy is a Miami-Dade County Public Charter School, with students enrolled in 6th – 12th grade.  Mater Lakes Academy has been open since the 2006-2007 academic school year, and is currently in its 12th year under the direction of Principal Rene F. Rovirosa, and is an A school for both the middle school and the high school.  For more information, visit the school’s website at www.materlakes.org

CONTACT:
Mrs. Alice Martinez
Mater Lakes Academy
Phone:  (305) 698-8000
Fax:  (305) 698-1800
amartinez@materlakes.org
www.materlakes.org

Mater Lakes Academy’s Wrestling Team Qualifies Five Wrestlers to State

Mater Lakes Academy’s Wrestling Team Qualifies Five Wrestlers to State

Miami, FL, Tuesday, February 27, 2018 – After an outstanding performance at Districts crowning five District champions, the Bears wrestling team continued their hot streak at the Regional tournament this past weekend at Cardinal Gibbons High School with five wrestlers qualifying for state.  Having five wrestlers qualifying for state marks the most state qualifiers the Bears have had since the program started five years ago.

Senior captain, Cole Schwartzberg led the Bears claiming his second consecutive Regional title with an exciting win over Somerset’s Daniel Miranda.  Junior, Daniel Miranda also made consecutive Regional finals matches claiming second place losing a double overtime match to #1 in Florida, Darian Estevez from Somerset Academy.  Senior, Haniel Suris had an outstanding tournament as well avenging losses to three different opponents throughout the District and Regional playoffs.  Haniel pinned all three opponents he had previously lost to claim third place in the Region. Junior, David Alvarez also qualified winning his third place match in an overtime thriller.  Junior, Rafael Alvarez placed fourth to secure his ticket to this year’s FHSAA State Wrestling Tournament at Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee, FL.  Seniors, Douglas Boutemy and Steven Altamirano came within one match of qualifying for States and finished off their careers leaving their mark on our school and program.

The Bears will look to continue their outstanding wrestling this weekend in Kissimmee and will be seeking to bring home some state medals. “Every single member of this team has worked extremely hard throughout the season.  That is something we take pride in as a program, hard work and conditioning.  I am blessed to have such dedicated individuals to work with and nothing makes me happier than seeing them reach some of their goals as student athletes.  This is the hardest sport on the planet and these young men deserve recognition for their extremely hard work day in and day out on and off the wrestling mat” said Coach Brandon Neifeld.

“We are so proud of what our Bears are doing and cannot wait for them to come back with some State Championships,” said Principal Rene F. Rovirosa.

Mater Lakes Academy is a Miami-Dade County Public Charter School, with students enrolled in 6th – 12th grade.  Mater Lakes Academy has been open since the 2006-2007 academic school year, and is currently in its 12th year under the direction of Principal Rene F. Rovirosa, and is an A school for both the middle school and the high school.  For more information, visit the school’s website at www.materlakes.org.

CONTACT:
Mrs. Alice Martinez
Mater Lakes Academy
Phone:  (305) 698-8000
Fax:  (305) 698-1800
amartinez@materlakes.org
www.materlakes.org

Mater Lakes Academy’s Wrestling Team Places in Districts and Individually

Mater Lakes Academy’s Wrestling Team Places in Districts and Individually

The Mater Lakes wrestling team recently competed in the FHSAA 1A-District 15 Tournament this past Friday, February 16, 2018 at Monsignor Edward Pace High School in Miami, FL.

Out of the eight teams in the District the Bears finished runner up as a team, and crowned a program best five individual District champions. The Bears also qualified all twelve of their wrestlers to the Regional tournament this weekend at Cardinal Gibbons High School. These results mark the best season thus far for the Bears wrestling team.

Cole Schwartzberg (three time district champion), Rafael Alvarez, Steven Altamirano, Haniel Suris, and David Alvarez all claimed individual district titles. Omar Armengol placed second losing an extremely tight bout with state contender Darian Estevez from Somerset Academy Chapel Trail. Armengol and Estevez will likely meet in a highly anticipated Regional final matchup this weekend.

Justin Zerbinati also placed second in his first ever District tournament. Douglas Boutemy and Gonzalo Perez finished third. Dylan Lanning, Jorge Rodriguez, and Ethan Vergara all placed fourth to advance to the Regional tournament.

“I cannot wait to see the result for the Regional tournament because I know we will have several of our wrestlers place for state. We have five seniors on the team, and they will be greatly missed next season, but they have set a foundation for years to come at Mater Lakes,” exclaimed Coach Brandon Neifeld.

Mater Lakes Academy is a Miami-Dade County Public Charter School, with students enrolled in 6th – 12th grade. Mater Lakes Academy has been open since the 2006-2007 academic school year, and is currently in its 12th year under the direction of Principal Rene F. Rovirosa, and is an A school for both the middle school and the high school. For more information, visit the school’s website at www.materlakes.org.

Mater Lakes Academy’s Boys Basketball Team Wins District 15-5A Championship Back-to-Back

Mater Lakes Academy’s Boys Basketball Team Wins District 15-5A Championship Back-to-Back

Miami, Florida, Friday, February 21, 2018 – Mater Lakes Academy’s Boys Varsity Basketball team has advanced to the regional playoffs against Calvary Christian.

The Bears defeated Monsignor Edward Pace High School on Friday, February 16th, 104-94, in the District Championships at Miami Edison Senior High, to bring a back-to-back championship in basketball to Mater Lakes.

The Bears finished their regular season with a record of 22-6 and with a second straight undefeated season in districts at 20-0. Our top scorers for the season are Cyrus Largie for 20 PPG, Dominic Rivera and Julian Garcia with 12 PPG, and Craig Starks Jr with 10 PPG and 8 rebounds a game.

“We are extremely excited where our program is headed, 75% of our season production and experience will come back for next season. Right in time for our grand opening of the new gym. As we continue working towards the opportunity of become state champions,” said Coach Juan Urbina.

On Thursday, February 22nd, Mater Lakes will play at Dade Christian’s gymnasium against Cavalry Christian. Tip-off is at 7:00 pm and the tickets are $7.00 at the door.

Mater Lakes Academy is a Miami-Dade County Public Charter School, with students enrolled in 6th – 12th grade. Mater Lakes Academy has been open since the 2006-2007 academic school year, and is currently in its 12th year under the direction of Principal Rene F. Rovirosa, and is an A school for both the middle school and the high school. For more information, visit the school’s website at www.materlakes.org.

CONTACT:
Mrs. Alice Martinez
Mater Lakes Academy
Phone: (305) 698-8000
Fax: (305) 698-1800
amartinez@materlakes.org
www.materlakes.org

Academica sponsored the Charter Schools Student Taste Testing and Food Expo for the Lunch Consortium on Tuesday, February 6, 2018.

Academica sponsored the Charter Schools Student Taste Testing and Food Expo for the Lunch Consortium on Tuesday, February 6, 2018.

Academica sponsored the Charter Schools Student Taste Testing and Food Expo for the Lunch Consortium on Tuesday, February 6, 2018.  The event was a huge success and took place at Mater Gardens Charter School, where the Mater Gardens Student Council and Lighthouse Team were on hand to facilitate information to all the schools that partook in this unique experience.

Approximately 475 “official tasters”, from 22 schools in grades 4th-10th came to Mater Gardens to participate in a tasting of a variety of 44 new food items to be sampled for inclusion in next year’s school lunch.  Cheney Bros., the food distributor, brought over 16 food service companies and offered students delicious samples of lasagna, cheese bread with marinara sauce, boneless chicken wings, stir fry vegetables, burgers (veggie, meat and turkey) as well as yummy treats like ice cream bars, cookies and donuts.

Students were invited to evaluate a variety of innovative menu concepts and sample new flavors.  After completing their tasting, students used a Quick Response Code (QR code) to answer a survey and provide feedback on what they liked and disliked. The QR code is a barcode that is scanned using a smartphone to access the survey.  The Lunch Consortium then collected the opinions of the students electronically, which made the experience even more exciting for the students.  There were also paper surveys available for the students that wanted to write their answers.  This exercise was extremely helpful to assist the Lunch Consortium in designing a menu for the schools that will offer more choices for these students as well as improve the quality of the meals served at their schools.

There were picnic tables and music for entertainment and the students had a great time! Students from the City of Hialeah Educational Academy also did double duty as photographers and videographers of the event.

There were many tasters from each of the following schools:

City of Hialeah Educational Academy
Doral Elementary
Gibson Charter School
Mater International Studies
Mater Middle/High
Mater Elementary
Mater Gardens
Mater Lakes Middle/High
iMater Middle/High
Mater Beach
Pinecrest Prep Middle/High
Somerset Dade
Somerset Silver Palms
Somerset City Arts
Somerset Oaks
Somerset South Homestead Elementary
Somerset South Homestead Middle/High
SLAM! Miami
Somerset Central Miramar
Somerset Chapel Trail
Somerset Prep North Lauderdale
Somerset Key

 

Gov. Jeb Bush visit to Mater Academy Elementary

Gov. Jeb Bush visit to Mater Academy Elementary

Gov. Jeb Bush Congratulates Choices in Education Video Competition Winner Christopher Collot and his son Jayden, from Mater Academy Elementary.

As part of National School Choice Week, Gov. Jeb Bush recognized Christopher Collot and his son, Jayden, as winners of the national Choices in Education video competition during a school tour of Mater Academy Elementary School in Hialeah Gardens, Florida. Jayden is a second-grade student at the school’s K-2 campus.