Mater Academy High School and iMater High School were awarded scholarships to attend the Spirit of America Youth Leadership Program

Mater Academy High School and iMater High School were awarded scholarships to attend the Spirit of America Youth Leadership Program

The past four days, our selected juniors from Mater Academy High School and iMater High School were awarded scholarships to attend the Spirit of America Youth Leadership Program at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.

When the students arrived to the SOAYLP in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, they participated in the program that consisted of workshops and classroom activities with dynamic speakers from business, government, and academia, along with the lectures and workshops. They had the chance to attend tours of Valley Forge National Historical Park, Colonial Philadelphia and even dine with an Amish family in Lancaster.

It was a great experience for all and they did a great job representing their schools!

Five Mater Schools’ SGA Attend FASC

Five Mater Schools’ SGA Attend FASC

by Mrs. Melissa Gil

The Florida Association of Student Councils hosts a state level convention every year in which schools from different districts get the chance to build upon student leadership, school activities, networking, and project competitions. SGA goes beyond just organizing and running events, members also have to document and evaluate these events hosted at their schools. Miami Dade County Public Schools are a part of district 6 for FASC.

When it comes to the competition part of FASC, medallion council and project books are submitted at convention. Medallion books are judged by how many school events/meetings occur at your school in comparison of your school population. Schools as a result to their medallion council books can be ranked gold, silver, or bronze. As for the project books, it is one project that get documented by a specific category. There are ten categories in FASC such as faculty and staff relations, community service, and school spirit. Books are judged by a rubric that includes evaluation of the information on the project forms and the supporting documents provided. Books can only place first, second, or third per category out of at least 15 books minimum submitted from schools overall.

Mater Academy High, Mater Academy Middle, Mater Lakes Academy High, iMater Middle, and iMater High are all proud members of district 6 in FASC. These schools listed are the only Academica charter schools to be a part of FASC in Miami Dade County. The SGA in these schools are led by Mr. Nelson Cartaya and Mrs. Mary Pino (Mater High), Mrs. Nicole Valle (Mater Middle), Mrs. Melissa Gil and Ms. Ana Sanchez (Mater Lakes Academy), Ms. Elisa Aviles (iMater High), and Ms. Denise Garcia (iMater Middle). In addition, as a Mater Family, these schools participated in the FASC convention of March 1st -3rd in Boca Raton Community High School along with 94 other schools. It was three days filled with workshops, meetings, activities, and competition. The Mater schools are proud to list their weekend accomplishments at FASC:

We as advisors are proud of our students who work hard to manage events at their schools, but also compete at a state level and win in their prospective categories. This weekend at FASC was definitely a Mater Family Takeover and we couldn’t be more content in working together for the greater good of our students who strive to be better leaders. We are always leading by example. As Nelson Cartaya says, “We teach our kids to be the example, not the exception.”

Mater Academy High School: Nelson Cartaya FASC Advisor of the Year, Medallion Council Silver Rank, District 6 Treasurer School

Mater Academy High School: Nelson Cartaya FASC Advisor of the Year, Medallion Council Silver Rank, District 6 Treasurer School

iMater Middle School: 2nd Place Membership Motivation, 3rd Place School Spirit, 3rd Place School Service

iMater Middle School: 2nd Place Membership Motivation, 3rd Place School Spirit, 3rd Place School Service

All Five Mater Schools with their trophies.

All Five Mater Schools with their trophies.

Mater Academy Middle School: 2nd Place Faculty and Staff Relations, 2nd Place Health and Safety

Mater Academy Middle School: 2nd Place Faculty and Staff Relations, 2nd Place Health and Safety

Mater Lakes Academy High School: Medallion Council Gold Rank, 2nd Place Fundraising, 3rd Place Faculty and Staff Relations, 3rd Place Community Service, District 6 Secretary School

Mater Lakes Academy High School: Medallion Council Gold Rank, 2nd Place Fundraising, 3rd Place Faculty and Staff Relations, 3rd Place Community Service, District 6 Secretary School

iMater High School: Medallion Council Gold Rank

iMater High School: Medallion Council Gold Rank

SGA Advisors: (left to right) Bottom row: Ms. Elisa Aviles and Ms. Denise Garcia (iMater Academy High and Middle School) Top Row: Mrs. Nicole Valle (Mater Academy Middle), Mr. Nelson Cartaya (Mater Academy High), Ms. Ana Sanchez, and Mrs. Melissa Gil (Mater Lakes Academy High)

SGA Advisors: (left to right) Bottom row: Ms. Elisa Aviles and Ms. Denise Garcia (iMater Academy High and Middle School) Top Row: Mrs. Nicole Valle (Mater Academy Middle), Mr. Nelson Cartaya (Mater Academy High), Ms. Ana Sanchez, and Mrs. Melissa Gil (Mater Lakes Academy High)

 

Mater Lakes makes school history at John Lyzott

Mater Lakes makes school history at John Lyzott

Mater Lakes made school history on Saturday, winning the first-ever IBT title in school history, topping the John Lyzott Memorial IBT at McArthur.

The Bears, ranked sixth in the Orlando Sentinel’s latest Class 1A team rankings, finished with five individual champions, outscoring Coral Park and South Broward by 52 points.

Week 2 tournament results from across Florida »

“We are pumped,” Mater Lakes coach Brandon Neifeld said via email. “We started this program six years ago from scratch and the team is looking very good and coming into form.”

“We have six seniors in the lineup, all capable of reaching the podium at states.”

Winning titles on Saturday were Danny Martinez (106), Nick Luna (120), Omar Amengol (132), David Alvarez (220), and Ethan Vargas (285). Nestor Nunez (16) also reached the finals as the Bears won with a team effort with 10 wrestlers making the podium.

“It feels great to see the kids achieving success not only individually but as a team because we really developed a family type of bond together at Mater Lakes,” Neifeld said. ‘”We have very limited facilities at our school but it doesn’t stop us from training and competing with the best teams.”

limited facilities at our school but it doesn’t stop us from training and competing with the best teams.”

Check out the latest Class 3A individual rankings »

Coral Park and South Broward finished in a tie for second place. Steven Villalobos (152) won an individual title for Coral Park with Justin Maynard (160) taking home top honors for South Broward.

Michael Sarron (126) and Alex Chitty (138) both won titles for fourth-place Coral Springs Charter

Results — Rankings based on Orlando Sentinel rankings

Team scores: 1. Mater Lakes 230; 2. South Broward, Coral Park 178; 4. Coral Springs Charter 167.5; 5. Cypress Bay 156; 6. Goleman 143; 7. Taravella 118; 8. Ft. Lauderdale, Nova 92; 10. Deerfield Beach 64.5; 11. McArthur 53.5; 12. Everglades, Miramar 47; 14. Monarch 46.5; 15. Douglas, Western 45; 17. Calvary Christian 25.

Finals: 106: #4-1A Danny Martinez (Mater Lakes) p. Alex Couto (Coral Park) 3:57

113: #19-3A Justin Huertas (Taravella) p. #18-3A Nico Cava (Monarch) 5:23

120: #2-1A Nick Luna (Mater Lakes) maj. dec. #7-2A Anthony Montanez (South Broward) 15-5

126: #8-1A Michael Sarron (Coral Springs Charter) p. Frank Indiero (Goleman) 1:09

132: #5-1A Omar Armengol (Mater Lakes) maj. dec. #20-3A Eddie Punzalan (Cypress Bay) 18-4

138: #10-1A Alex Chitty (Coral Springs Charter) maj. dec. Marlo Garcia (South Broward) 9-0

145: #8-3A Steven Erched (Douglas) dec. #7-1A Terrell Taylor (Coral Springs Charter) 12-9

152: #3-3A Steven Villalobos (Coral Park) p. #12-2A Raul Chavarry (Goleman) 3:08

160: #3-2A Justin Maynard (South Broward) dec. #3-1A Nestor Nunez (Mater Lakes) 6-3

170: Emerson Derose (Miramar) dec. #10-1A Tyler Vargas (Coral Springs Charter) 10-8

182: #15-3A Christian Deluna (Cypress Bay) dec. Coby Newton (Taravella) 6-3

195: #12-3A Caio De Almeida (Cypress Bay) p. Jesus Rodriguez (McArthur) 5:22

220: #10-1A David Alvarez (Mater Lakes) dec. #12-3A Julian D’orazio (Fort Lauderdale) 7-0

285: #13-1A Ethan Vargas (Mater Lakes) dec. Kareem Crawford (South Broward) 5-4

Check out the latest Class 1A individual rankings »

Mater Lakes makes school history at John Lyzott

Mater Lakes makes school history at John Lyzott

Staff members from Mater Middle-High visited Nicklaus Children’s Hospital’s Telehealth Command Center

Staff members from Mater Middle-High visited Nicklaus Children’s Hospital’s Telehealth Command Center

Staff members from Mater Middle-High visited Nicklaus Children’s Hospital’s Telehealth Command Center this past week to receive training on the hospital’s telehealth program and the NCHS Anywhere BearCare® device, which connects medical providers from Nicklaus Children’s to our school to provide full physical exams remotely. The BearCare device gives medical providers the ability to see inside the ear, listen to the heart and lungs, and view high definition video and images. We are excited to collaborate with Nicklaus Children’s and offer this advanced medical service enhancement to our students

 

Mater Lakes Wrestling Brings Home Five All-Americans

Mater Lakes Wrestling Brings Home Five All-Americans

Mater Lakes Wrestling Brings Home Five All-Americans

Mater Lakes Academy wrestling team competed in the AAU National Disney Team Duals at the ESPN Wide World of Sports on June 25th through the 28th.

The MLA Golden Bears wrestling club team competed at their first National tournament as a team this past June at the ESPN Wide World of Sports in Disney. The tournament consisted of over 175 teams from all across the country, and it is considered one of the largest off season National team events. The Bears finished 3rd place with a 5-2 record in their pool and 6th place overall in their division with an overall record of 8-5.

Individually, there were wrestlers who achieved All-American status by losing no more than 1 match the entire tournament. Senior graduate Cole Schwartzberg led the team with an outstanding 12-0 record pinning every single opponent he faced. Incoming Senior Nicholas Luna finished 6-0 having his tournament cut short by an injury. Omar Armengol, Eric Temes, and Nestor Nunez all finished with an excellent 10-1 record achieving All American status. Senior graduate Haniel Suris finished with a Bronze level status finishing 4-2 with an injury cutting his tournament short. Incoming 8th grader Danny Martinez achieved a Copper level status finishing with a 9-3 record. Dylan Lanning finished with a 3-3 record also achieving a Copper status. Shane Cannon finished 4-1 also having his tournament end early. David Alvarez also performed well finishing with a 7-4 record. “There is no doubt that competing in this tournament has elevated our team to the next level. Traveling and competing together at a National tournament not only enhances our team comradery, but also forces our athletes to grow as individuals”, says head coach Brandon Neifeld.

The Bears will continue to train all summer as their program continues to grow and achieve success. “The addition of NCAA All American Coach JD Ramsey has had a huge impact on our team as well, we are all excited and have high expectations for next season” , says 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 13th year under the direction of Principal Rene F. Rovirosa, and is a high performing school for over 10 years. For more information, visit the school’s website at www.materlakes.org.

Tournament results:
106 Results Danny Martinez of 149. MLA Golden Bears went 8-3 (Copper)
113 Results Gonzalo Perez of 149. MLA Golden Bears went 5-6
120 Results Nicholas Luna of 149. MLA Golden Bears went 6-0 (All American)
126 Results Omar Armengol of 149. MLA Golden Bears went 10-1 (All American)
132 Results Rafael Alvarez of 149. MLA Golden Bears went 3-8
138 Results Favian Oliva of 149. MLA Golden Bears went 1-10
145 Results Eric Temes of 149. MLA Golden Bears went 10-1 (All American)
152 Results Haniel Suris of 149. MLA Golden Bears went 4-2 (Bronze)
Jorge Rodriguez of 149. MLA Golden Bears went 2-3
160 Results Nestor Nunez of 149. MLA Golden Bears went 10-1 (All American)
170 Results Shane Cannon of 149. MLA Golden Bears went 4-1
Dylan Lanning of 149. MLA Golden Bears went 3-3 (Copper)
182 Results Nicholas Munoz of 149. MLA Golden Bears went 4-7
195 Results David Alvarez of 149. MLA Golden Bears went 7-4
220 Results Cole Schwartzberg of 149. MLA Golden Bears went 12-0 (All American)
285 Results Ethan Vergara of 149. MLA Golden Bears went 1-8

Jazz Roots: Sound Check Brings Students from Mater Lakes Academy Behind The Scenes Of Chucho Valdés Show

Jazz Roots: Sound Check Brings Students from Mater Lakes Academy Behind The Scenes Of Chucho Valdés Show

Article by WLRN

Apr 23, 2018

Link: http://wlrn.org/post/jazz-roots-sound-check-brings-students-behind-scenes-chucho-vald-s-show

Hours before legendary Cuban jazz musician Chucho Valdés and Brazilian guitarist Diego Figueiredo performed at the Adrienne Arsht Center,  a group of Miami-Dade County high school musicians got to have an exclusive preview of the show.

Some 150 students filed into the Arsht Center’s Knight Concert Hall where Chucho Valdés and his band, the Afro-Cuban Messengers, were busy rehearsing for their show later in the evening. The young performers also got time to ask questions of all the musicians as part of the Jazz Roots program.

Jazz Roots is a jazz curation program at the Arsht center. It performed the last show of its 10th season on Friday, April 20 by spotlighting Latin jazz. Each season of Jazz Roots is a six-part series taking place from November to April and highlighting a different type of jazz music.

“When we formed this series, we wanted to create it in a way that it also spoke to the community and educated our young audiences,” said Jairo Ontiveros, Arsht Center’s assistant vice president for education and community engagement. “They work with the artist, have a Q&A with them. They have a lecture with the type of music they’re going to hear for the evening, and they get free tickets to the concert as well.”

Jose Valdez, a 10th grader from Mater Lakes Academy, plays the trumpet in his school band and is also a DJ. Though he had been unfamiliar with music by Chucho Valdés’s, he now wants to learn more.

“I love the Afro-Cuban style and everything it comes with. It brings culture back,” he said. “I’ve never listened to Chucho Valdés before, but after today I’m sure going to go home and download all of his music.”

In reaction to the concept of youth engagement with established jazz musicians, Chucho Valdés drew upon his memories of being inspired in his youth by meeting Nat King Cole, with whom his father was close friends.

“I was 16 years old and I played for him, too,” he said. “[Nat King Cole] said to my papa, ‘Oh, Chucho may become a great piano player,’ and I was very happy.”

Chucho Valdés now has six Grammy awards and three Latin Grammy awards under his belt. He said he will soon release new Afro-Cuban music with a symphony orchestra.

Images Credit: Danny Hwang

Mater Lakes Academy Qualify Eight Students for Nationals

Mater Lakes Academy Qualify Eight Students for Nationals

Miami, FL, Monday, April 23, 2018 – Mater Lakes Academy had fourty-two students that competed at the Future Business Leaders of America’s State Leadership Conference.  The FBLA SLC was held March 15th – 18th in Orlando.

“The students spent several weeks preparing for their state competition especially the students that had not competed before,” said Mr. Giovanni Lorenzo, FBLA Sponsor.

This is the first time that Mater Lakes Academy has had eight students qualify during the State Leadership Conference to attend the National Competition. Katheryn Kalouf, Isabella Milanes, and Rosa Aleman placed in first in the E-Business category.  Simon Kato, Derek Velez, and Natalie Lopez, placed in second place in Mobile Application Design.  Octavio Calvo placed 5th in Global Business category and Maria Reyes placed fifth in Insurance and Risk Management.

FBLA members will compete at the National Leadership Conference in Baltimore, Maryland from June 28th – July 1st.  This four-day conference is the highest level of competition for FBLA members. FBLA will have created partnerships with industry leaders to design and judge their competitive events.  Students achieving national ranking can earn scholarships through FBLA and their partners.

“It is amazing what our students have been able to accomplish over the years, it seems like each year we have more and more students qualify,” said Mr. Rene Rovirosa, Principal.

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 Principal is Named Top Principal by Florida TaxWatch

Mater Lakes Academy’s Principal is Named Top Principal by Florida TaxWatch

Miami, FL, Monday, April 23, 2018 – Principal, Rene F. Rovirosa of Mater Lakes Academy was named one of the top nine principals in the State of Florida, by Florida TaxWatch, and one of the top three in the high school division in August.  On Thursday, April 19th, Florida Tax Watch held their Principal Leadership Award dinner, and amongst the three nominees in the high school category he was awarded the top principal.

Florida TaxWatch is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit taxpayer research institute.  According to their website, “Its research recommends productivity enhancements and explains the statewide impact of fiscal and economic policies and practices on citizens and businesses.”

Florida TaxWatch established their Principal Leadership Awards Program in 2014.  The criteria used to name the top 3 principals per grade division (elementary, middle, and high school) is not done through a nomination basis, but it is data driven.  Florida TaxWatch basis their criteria on data received from the Florida Department of Education, using assessment scores, their learning gains, and the percentage of students that are ELL, SPED, and economically disadvantaged and their progress.  Mater Lakes Academy has 4% learning gain in English and Language Arts and a 14% learning gain in Mathematics.  Mater Lakes Academy exceeded both the state and district percentage of proficiency at 71%.

“I am honored, there are no other words to describe it, but just that I am honored,” said Principal Rene F. Rovirosa.  “I truly feel that they key to a better community is quality education, and that is what we are providing because this award is not just mine but all of Mater Lakes.”  Earlier in the school year, Mr. Rovirosa was also awarded the 2017 Charter School Champion Leader Award by the Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools.

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 ACADEMY ST. CLOUD COMING AUGUST 2018  – A HIGH QUALITY K-6 TUITION FREE PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL IN ST. CLOUD!

MATER ACADEMY ST. CLOUD COMING AUGUST 2018 – A HIGH QUALITY K-6 TUITION FREE PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL IN ST. CLOUD!

MATER ACADEMY ST. CLOUDPREPARING STUDENTS FOR AN EXCELLENT FUTURE

COMING AUGUST 2018 MATER ACADEMY ST. CLOUD WILL OFFER A HIGH QUALITY K-6 TUITION FREE PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL IN ST. CLOUD!

MATER ACADEMY ST. CLOUD, A TUITION-FREE PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL SERVING STUDENTS IN GRADES K-6TH  is the newest member of the national acclaimed Mater Academy, Inc. family of high performing charter schools.  The brand new facility will be located at 1925 Nora Tyson Rd. St. Cloud, FL 34771.

The vision of Mater Academy is to provide a nurturing and supportive educational environment, where the child is developed and a philosophy of respect and high expectations is encouraged for all students, parents, teachers, and staff. The school’s mission is to provide an innovative and challenging curriculum, prepare students to have a global edge, strive to create a thirst for knowledge in all disciplines of the curriculum, and enrich every student with a sense of purpose and commitment to the common good.

WHAT MAKES MATER ACADEMY ST. CLOUD DIFFERENT?  High Academic Standards that incorporates:

  • Excellent Core Curriculum
  • Innovative Teaching Methods
  • Strong Student Conduct Code
  • Character Education Program
  • Highly qualified, State certified educators
  • Uniform Requirement
  • PBIS  Positive Behavior Supports System
  • Partner in Education

Mater Academy, Inc. schools follow a state standards-based curriculum, while implementing innovative college preparatory programs. Mater Academy St. Cloud will offer academic programs with a proven track record of success, while also offering after-school enrichment programs and sports programs. Mater Academy is accredited by the Southern Association of Schools & Colleges and are accredited as a district by SACS/AdvancED.

Mater Academy St. Cloud will provide a tuition free education with a robust program including:

  • Project Lead the Way curriculum focusing on robotics and engineering
  • STEAM curriculum with an emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
  • Tutoring and Enrichment Programs
  • Sports programs beginning in the 3rd grade

Mater Academy, Inc. is looking forward to a successful school opening and is confident that the community will strongly benefit from the Mater school system with all that it has to offer.  School administrators and staff plan to bring enthusiasm and experience to Mater Academy St. Cloud in order to inspire students to prepare for a quality education and get them ready for high school, college and beyond

Mater Academy Inc.’s first charter school, Mater Academy Elementary, was established in 1998 in the City of Hialeah Gardens, and was one of the first charter schools to open in Miami-Dade County.  Today, Mater Academy schools serve approximately 15,000 students in grades K – 12 throughout Florida.

The quality of the educational programs and system effectiveness over the past two decades demonstrate Mater Academy’s commitment to ongoing improvement efforts and academic progress.

Charter Schools are…
Tuition-free public schools
Accountable for academic results
Required to employ highly qualified state-certified teachers
Required to participate in state standardized exam (FSA)
Required to meet Annual Yearly Progress, under the No Child Left Behind Act

Applications are currently being accepted for students entering Kindergarten through 6th grade on the website.  For more information visit http://www.materstcloud.com or email info@materstcloud.com.

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