Congratulations to the students chosen as FCS’s Independent Schools of South Florida Star Students: 12th grader Mark Simonitis, 8th grader Elizabeth Binef, and 5th grader Carolina Morales. These students represented FCS at the 23rd Annual ISSF Star Student Award Luncheon held April 22, 2015 at the Miami Mart Hotel.
The FCS Jazz Band, under the direction of Mr. Tim Miner, was invited to perform during the luncheon, providing lively entertainment for the many people in attendance.
The criteria to be nominated as an ISSF STAR STUDENT is as follows: The Nominee should be an exemplary student. He/she should be a student who sets an example for others to follow, whether in the home, school or community. The students should have excelled in one or more of these areas: academics, community service, citizenship, fine art, athletics, student activities, perseverance, effort, dedication, commitment to positive goals, improvement in performance, and attitude.
Mark Simonitis: Mark is an outstanding student who excels academically. He is active on the FCS yearbook staff. He has been a thespian participating actively in the drama department throughout high school. Mark is a regular volunteer at his church serving as the children’s church ministry worship leader as well as in other capacities. Mark has been selected as National Hispanic Scholar Finalist and a National Merit Scholarship Finalist. Mrs. Daisy Valdes, English teacher and FCS Yearbook Advisor, shared the following about Mark: “Mark displays strength of character, yet he is approachable and easy going. But watch out, he is witty and clever in his responses. He can juggle being an AP student, Yearbook editor-in-chief and an actor with ease and grace. He is an overachiever, but is humble. He works as unto the Lord, not to impress.”
Elizabeth Binef: This year’s ISSF Star Award goes to Elizabeth Binef. Mr. Fernando Mesa, 8th grade teacher, shared the following: Elizabeth Binef is an active member in the local church. She diligently participates in dance ministry, Bible studies, worship services. She exudes responsibility through her involvement in school, extracurricular activities and the local church, where she longs to join the choir. She is passionate about helping people, but her zeal for the Lord exceeds all else. Her actions are evidence of her desire to know, walk in truth and be used by the Lord. She has proven herself to be diligent in her studies, an honest, hard-working young lady who loves God and serves Him well. She is of exceptional character, seeks the Lord for guidance and submits to His authority.
Carolina Morales‘ teachers wrote the following: Carolina is an exemplary student. She plays the flute and attended the State Choir Competition. Carolina is also a morning announcement team member. She helps her community by feeding the homeless. She loves school and wants to become a pediatrician. She also says that her goal is to praise God for the rest of her life.
Congratulations to Mark, Elizabeth and Carolina!
Below, L to R: Mrs. Kerry Wicks – Middle School Principal, Elizabeth Binef, Carolina Morales, Mrs. Maria Lehnhard – Elementary School Principal, Mark Simonitis
The FCS Jazz Band, L to R: Andrew Echezabal, Joshua Rivero, Alex Alfonso, Julian Millan , Mr. Tim Miner – Director (on drums), David Ramos, Kelly Henao, Ricky Leal (behind Kelly), and Miakol Gonzalez.