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Awards and Recognition

More SkillsUSA Winners
February 12, 2015

  Post Secondary

Deborah Bridges 3rd Place Major Appliance
Jorge Hernandez 2nd Place Air Conditioning

 Both of these students will be advancing to the state competition in April.

Congratulations to these post-secondary students and to their teachers, Mr. Richard Zilka and Mr. Jean MacKinnon!


Culinary Arts Students Win Medals at SkillsUSA
February 5, 2015


Mr. Yurrian N Pierre-Boyer
Received Bronze Medal


Post Secondary

Ms. Beryl McClyde
Received Gold Medal, and will be going to State Skills USA

Congratulations also to their culinary teacher, Chef Gary Spitnale!


MLEC Student Place 1st and 2nd at SkillsUSA State Conference
April 29, 2014

Electronic Technology, Post-Secondary
William Aylor 1st
Tarek Abdell 2nd

Congratulations these students and also to Ms. Laura Gutierrez, their instructor!

HVAC, High School
Mario Campos 1st

Congratulations to Mario Campos and to his instructor, Mr. Jean MacKinnon!


MLEC Students Named Gates Millennium Scholars
April 21, 2014

Two of our students, Flavia Cuervo and Krisna Maddy, were named Gates Millennium Scholars. This year, there were over 52,000 applicants. The two of them were among the 1,000 awarded Gates Scholarships.  Although both are heading to the Ivies on full merit scholarships, Gates provides them money for books and expenses as well as covering the cost of their graduate and post graduate studies, including medical school and/or doctoral degrees. Congratulations Flavia and Krisna, and also to their Cambridge Academy leader and Journalism teacher, Ms. Neyda Borges!

Culinary Arts Student a Finalist at Carnaval Miami
February 14, 2014

Joshua Gibbs, a tenth grade Culinary Arts student, has been selected as a finalist in the Carnaval Miami Cooking Contest with his Barely Cooked Salmon with Leeks recipe.  The nominated recipes will be judged for first, second, and third place on Thursday, February 20, at 6:15 p.m., at Winn-Dixie Supermarket, 8855 Coral Way. Congratulations to Joshua and his culinary teacher, Chef Gary Spitnale!

Chess Club Places 2nd at Regional, Going to District
February 8, 2014

Kristian Aspi, Robert Walsh, Daniel Manfreidiz, Elkin Huertas, and Joseph Garcia who are members of the MLEC Chess Club competed in the North Regional K-12 Chess Tournament at North Miami Senior High and came in 2nd place. The team is now qualified for the district tournament.

MLEC Students Finish 1-2 at SkillsUSA
February 5, 2014

Electronics Technology:
First Place: Bill Aylor
Second Place: Tarek Abdell

Air Conditioning:
First Place: Justin LLuch
Second Place: Mario Campos

Congratulations to these students for their winning performance at SkillsUSA!

FBLA Students Win District Competition
January 27, 2014

Congratulates to the students who participated in FBLA District Competition at MDC and to their teacher Ms. Dionne Whitby. These students have the opportunity to attend the state conference in April as a result of their placement at the district level.

Elaine Altamura & Daireen Espinosa 1st Place E-Business
Erica Bodin 1st Place Business Communication
Alfredo Nunez,
Jerry Osario, &
Andrew Richards
1st Place Network Design
Omeiya Yousuf 2nd Place Job Interview

Ms. Hazel Pitts Voted Teacher of the Year
November 22, 2013

Congratulations go out to Ms. Hazel Pitts-Johnakin, Health Science Practical Nursing Instructor, for being selected by her fellow teachers as Teacher of the Year for the Adult Division.

Erica Riano Wins SECME Academic Scholar Scholarship
October 1, 2013

2013 National SECME ExxonMobil Scholarships were awarded to four high school seniors from a highly competitive pool of applicants from the class of 2012-2013, totaling $10,000. National SECME ExxonMobil Scholarship categories for consideration include "Academic Scholar" and "Merit Scholar" and are based on submitted applications that include GPA, essay, recommendations, and SECME involvement. From the top Academic Scholars, one "SECME ExxonMobil Overall Scholar" is named.
Academic Scholar
Erica Riano
Miami Lakes Educational Center
Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Florida
Plans to attend the University of Florida and major in Biomedical Engineering

Ms. Hazel Pitts Wins Beyond the Bell Award
September 19, 2013

Congratulations go out to Ms. Hazel Pitts-Johnakin, Health Science Practical Nursing Instructor, for being selected to receive the Beyond the Bell Award for 2013; representing Miami Lakes Educational Center.  

Ms. Judy Kline Contributes to New Textbook
August 26, 2013

Congratulations to Ms. Judy Kline, one of our Medical Assistant teachers located at our Parkway Middle School location.  She is one of the instructors credited for providing information, review, and insight on the latest publication of the Kinn's The Medical Assistant textbook.

Two Win Silver Knight Awards Honorable Mention
May 23, 2013

Last night was the 55th Annual Silver Knight Awards. This year we had 13 phenomenal nominees representing Miami Lakes Educational Center. They demonstrate everything that is special and great about our school and our academies. This year, MLEC was fortunate to have two honorable mentions, Sandy Rodriguez and Crystal Serrano. They will each receive $500, a plaque, and will be featured in The Miami Herald in the coming days. They, and all of the nominees, credit our school and all of the wonderful teachers, faculty and staff that have taught them, guided and molded them over the last four years. Congratulations also go to Ms. Neyda Borges, who works so diligently with our Silver Knight nominees.

FBLA Students Place at State Leadership Conference
March 4, 2013

Congratulates to the students who participated in FBLA the State Leadership Conference. The winners were:

Alfredo Nuñez 4th Place Computer Problem Solving
Jerry Osorio 4th Place Cyber Security
Andrew Richards 3rd Place Networking Concepts

5000 Roll Models Meet President Obama!
April 10, 2013

Michael Pittman Shakes President's Hand

President with Students


DECA Students Win State, Going to National Competition
March 4, 2013

Congratulates to the students who participated in DECA state competitions in Orlando last weekend. Special congratulations to Amanda Padron and Christian Delpino 4th place winners, who will go on to nationals in Anaheim, California.   

Culinary Arts Student Wins at Carnaval Miami Competition!
February 21, 2013

Ms. Barbara Calixte, a postsecondary Culinary Arts student entered the Carnaval Miami Cooking Contest held a local Winn Dixie Supermarket on Tuesday, February 19, 2013.  Her 3rd place winning entry was an Orzo cake topped with jumbo shrimp and a lemon butter sauce.  Ms. Calixte will now compete for the grand prize on Sunday, March 3, 2013 at Carnaval on the Mile.  She is featured (right) with her Culinary Arts Instructor, Chef Gary Spitnale. Congratulations to Ms. Calixte.

(Click photo for larger image.)

MLEC Students Win in FBLA District Competition, Going to State!
January 25, 2013

Congratulations to the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) MLEC Student Competitors and to Ms. Dionne Whitby, FBLA Advisor:

Student Name FBLA Competitive Events Topics Place
Alfredo Nuñez Computer Problem Solving 1st
Jerry Osorio Cyber Security 3rd
Andrew Williams Digital Design and Promotion 2nd
Daireen Espinosa eBusiness 1st
Gabriela Green eBusiness 1st
Daniel Morales eBusiness 1st
Michelle Wilson Health Care Administration 2nd
Nancy Troung Hospitality 2nd
Andrew Richards Networking and Concepts 1st

5000 Role Model Students Honored
January 18, 2013

Ten of our graduating seniors are pictured in today's Miami Herald for winning scholarships from the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project! They are:


Doming Colas, Rolin Damas, Chase Daniels, Brandon Fleureme, Stevenson Galumette, Harlan Jackson, Sonley Joseph, Michael Pittman, Deon Rodriguez, Jefferson Surprise, and Andrew Williams

Congratulations to our 5000 Role Model Scholarship Recipients and Mr. O'Brien, 5000 Role Model Sponsor.

Chef Moyel Honored
July 26, 2012

Chef Mark Moyel has been inducted into the Disciples Escoffier International USAThis is indeed an honor for him, our school district, and MLEC to have this prestigious honor on our team.

Disciples Escoffier International USA

USA Members

Journalism Student's Article Goes National
March 12, 2012

Congratulations to Amanda Delgado, whose article "Am I Ugly" Videos: A Cry for Help or Attention? was chosen for the national edition of My High School Journalism ( Congratulations are also in order for Ms. Neyda Borges, Amanda's journalism teacher.

Carnaval Miami Cooking Contest
March 7, 2012

Two of our students competed in the Carnaval Miami Cooking Contest--and both placed and won cash prizes. Please join us in congratulating Ms. Barbara Calixte (2nd place) and Mr. Herman Lopez (4th place), whose accomplishments are especially impressive as they have been in our program only six weeks! Plaudits also to their instructor, Chef Gary Spitnale.

SkillsUSA winners in Electronic Technology
March 1, 2012

We are happy to announce that our post-secondary division won 2nd and 3rd place for Electronic Technology at regionals.

SkillsUSA winners:  
2nd place: Giovanni Rodriguez
3rd place : Daryl Allen

IT Women NCWITT Aspirations Award
February 23, 2012

We at MLEC are proud to announce that we have two winners of the IT Women NCWITT Aspirations Award and one runner up. They are: Hiranya Mir, Hope Wilcox and Annakary Mancas (runner up). This is Hiranya's second award as she also won Nationals last year! Congratulations are also due their teacher, Mr. Marlon Vernon!

Cosmetology Students Win at SkillsUSA Competition
February 8, 2012

Congratulations to Ms. Leonor Henry, evening cosmetology instructor, and the following students who won at the Regional SkillsUSA competition:

Student Competition Result
Bettyna Beauchamp Sculptures Nails 1st place
Shena Moore Hair Weaving 2nd place
Adilene Terrones Cosmetology 3rd place

MLEC Wins Big in FBLA District Competition
February 1, 2012

Congratulations to the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) MLEC Student Competitors and to Ms. Martha Romero, FBLA Advisor:

Student Name FBLA Competitive Events Topics Place
Andrew Richards Computer Problem Solving 1st
Andrew Williams Digital Design 1st
Paige Pentzke Electronic Portfolio 1st
Gabriela Green FBLA Principles and Procedures 1st
Daniel Morales FBLA 1st
Manuel Estopinan Heath Care Administration 1st
Isaac Smith Introduction to Technology 1st
Silvia Ruiz Job Interview 1st
Bryan Rivera Network Design 1st
Carlos Hernandez Network Design 1st
Amanda Alvarez Health Care Administration 2nd
Comfort Olawale Health Care Administration 3rd
Michelle Wilson Business Communication 4th
Penelope Rodriguez Hospitality Management 4th


2012 SECME Olympiad
January 24, 2012

On behalf of MLEC and the Science Dept., we would like to congratulate all the SECME members for their participation in the 2012 SECME Olympiad held on Saturday, January 21 at Miami Dade College- North Campus. The following teams placed and received awards and trophies in the following categories:

The following teams placed and received awards and trophies in the following categories:
1st place    Robotic Hand Competition
    Hiranya Mir
    Avery Cohen
    Giancarlo Tejeda
    Tatiana Morales
1st place    Mousetrap Car  (they will be going to nationals – University of Alabama)
    Carlos Garcia
    Alfredo Gonzalez
    Diego Garcia
3rd place    Vex Robotics
    George Perez
    Alejandro Valle
    Alejandro Aguilar
We would also like to congratulate the following students for their participation in the 2012 Miami-Dade Regional Science Fair also  held on Saturday  Jan 21 at Miami Dade College- North Campus:
    Laura Gonzalez
    Jonathan Licona

Silver Knight Nominees
January 18, 2012

The following outstanding students are our nominees for 2012:

  1. Laura Montoya - General Scholarship
  2. Hope Wilcox - Social Science
  3. Grettel Alvarez - New Media
  4. Yarelix Estrada - Vocational
  5. Hiranya Mir - Business
  6. Jazmine Felix - Drama
  7. Brian Rivera - Speech
  8. Cosette Perez - Journalism
  9. Emmanuel Lopez-Gonzal - World Language
  10. Jasmine Fernandez - Art
  11. Carlos Hernandez - Math
  12. Josue Romero - Science
  13. Sarah Vastellanos - English 

Good luck at the County level!

The American Society of Newspaper Editors
January 17, 2012

Good news for Iqra Ahmed, a junior in the journalism strand. The American Society of Newspaper Editors selected her article on Charter Schools, which appeared on the front page of our print issue -- and is also found on our newspaper's website -- to be featured in this week's National Edition.  This is the fourth time that Iqra has received this honor.

North Regional Center Office Employee of the Year
January 11, 2012

Congratulations to Ms. Sharlene Cox, High School Secretary, for being named the Office Employee of the Year by our Regional Center!

Student Accepted to Carnegie Mellon
January 10, 2012

Mauricio Cano has been accepted to Carnegie Mellon University! He is in our Cambridge Academy Engineering strand and he will major in Mechanical Engineering and minor in Physics.

Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association Competition
January 9, 2012

MLEC scored in the top two schools in this competition. Congratulations to Mr. Scott Green and his two students, Alex Gufford and Nicholas Morales, who have earned the right to compete in the hands on competition, Friday January 27, 2012 at Broward College Automotive Training Center in Miramar. They will be competing against the top two teams from Broward County Public Schools.

Student Receives $200,000 Scholarship to Johns Hopkins University
January 4, 2012

Yarelix Estrada from our Fire Fighter/EMT strand has received a $200,000.00 scholarship to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.  She will enter into the Biomedical Engineering Program in the Fall. Congratulations Yarelix!

MLEC an "A" School Again!
January 4, 2012

The Florida Department of Education has designated our high school an "A" school again--for the 4th consecutive year and five years out of six. Congratulations and a hearty THANK YOU go out to our students and their parents. Plaudits also for our hard-working faculty and staff: Good Job!

MLEC Students Accepted to Top Universities
December 13, 2011

MLEC Adult Office Employee of the Year
December 12, 2011

Congratulations to Jeannette Smith who has been chosen Office Employee of the Year! Ms. Smith is indispensible as secretary to our Adult-Vocational Vice Principal, Dr. Beverly Carter-Remy.

Student Accepted to the University of Pennsylvania
December 11, 2011

Silvia Ruiz, from the Cambridge Academy, has been accepted to the University of Pennsylvania.  Congratulations, Silvia!

Student Accepted to Johnson & Wales University
December 9, 2011

Congratulations to Ms. Jessica Fonseca of the Entrepreneurship Academy, Finance Strand!  Jess has been awarded a scholarship to Johnson & Wales University and will be studying Business Management.

MLEC DECA Students Excel in District Competition 
December 8, 2011

DECA District  13 winners have been announced. 
Please see attachment indicating the exemplary showing by MLEC-DECA.  Could not be more proud of our students and when you take time to scan the numbers for all schools (page 2) that received awards - we did spectacularly! 
Each of the students mentioned is now eligible to compete at the DECA State Career Development Conference to be held this coming Spring.
Also, please be aware that this year's DECA roster includes students from ALL five Academies and each Academy is actually represented on the Placement List.

Journalism Student Wins 1st Place at FIU Journalism Day
October 24, 2011

Our journalism students participated in the FIU's 39th annual Journalism Day, Saturday, October 22.  Students from schools across the county are all invited to take part in conferences, workshops and competitions hosted by professional journalists, broadcasters and media and communication experts.

 This year one of our students, Iqra Ahmed, won first place in the On the Spot Writing contest.  She participated in a Q&A session with Gabriel Gabor, an International Communications Consultant for Major League Soccer / Soccer United Marketing, and then had 35 minutes to write a news story.

Iqra received the highest scores for her article.

Congratulation to Iqra and to her journalism teacher, Ms. Neyda Borges!

National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN)
April 23, 2010

Congratulations to our nursing students and their teachers -- Ms. Crider, Ms. Schray, and Ms. Schweers -- for a fantastic 100% (32 out of 32) pass rate on the NCLEX-PN. See linked document, page two. We are listed as "Dade County -- Miami Lakes Technical Center".

SkillsUSA State Winners: Computer Networking
April 22, 2010

Congratulations to our two seniors who just competed in SkillsUSA - Computer Networking Competition!  

Shirley Mesa - 1st place
Hanson Reyes - 2nd place  

Both of these students are students in the Academy of Information Technology - Cisco Networking Academy. Way to go kids!! Nationals, here we come!

Robotics Students Capture National Championship
April 19, 2010

This past weekend, the Miami Lakes Educational Center’s (MLEC) own Team Jag Robotics participated in the 2010 National Championship in Downtown Miami, FL. Five robot teams from MLEC’s Cambridge Engineering Academy entered this event with three spinning drums and two powered wedge robots. The event was a smashing success with the introduction of our new 9th grade team   named  Sting WMD. Our all girls team who drive and maintain the robot Sting’em  placed 2nd in the  National  Event  falling victim to  electronic problems in the event finally. Cheers of VICTORY to the Team of RATTLER 2 who won the national championship title. Congratulations to our amazing Robotics students and to their teacher, Mr. Paul Kynerd!

First Place: Rattler II

2nd Place Winners, Mastercam's Sting 'Em

The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE)
April 16, 2010

Congratulations to Alexander Arce, he received 1st place in the NFTE South Florida Business Plan Competition.   He will be competing on April 27 at the University of Miami, then to New York to compete at the National level.   Also, congratulations to Emmanuel Lopez-Gonzalez he is one of the finalist for NFTE Spring Break BizCamp.  Look for his story in the Miami Herald.   We are extremely proud of these students!!!

Department of the Treasury: Financial Capability Challenge
April 14, 2010

The following students scored in the top 20th percentile of students nationwide! Over 76,000 students representing every state completed the Challenge with an average score of 70% correct.

William Bravo
Deon C. Bullard
Carmelo E. De La Ossa
Javier J. Garcia
Allyson T. Gayle
Sandra Lainez
Jerson E. Montenegro
Monica C. Morales
Lissette M. Seiglie
Michelle Zarate

Congratulations to these Entrepreneurship Academy students!

SECME Olympiad
April 9, 2010

Thank you to all the participants in the SECME Olympiad competition that was held at Miami Dade College- North Campus this past Saturday.  A special congratulations goes out to Hiranya Mir (lead engineer), Brian Rivera , Carlos Hernandez, and Stefano Agrelo on their 2nd place finish in the Robotic Arm Competition.

Miami Lakes Chamber of Commerce:
Eighth Annual Education Day
April 7, 2010

Students Katherine Ruiz, Andy Artola, Gabriel Diaz, Frantron Green, and Vannesa Loaiza join Principal James V. Parker at the Miami Lakes Chamber of Commerce Education Day celebration. Please click thumbnails above for larger images.

DECA Students Qualify for International Competition
March 8, 2010

Thirteen or our students went  to Orlando for the DECA Career Development Conference.    We are most proud to tell you that we have three students who qualified for the DECA INTERNATIONAL Competition:  

Angel Rodriguez (2010) - Finance Strand - Business Services Marketing  
Jephery Francis (2010)  - Finance Strand - Financial Analysis Team Decision Making
Jerson Montenegro (2011) - Finance Strand - Financial Analysis Team Decision Making  

Also, ALL of the students who participated in  competition scored in the top 30% of their individual categories.  When you compete against nearly 1400 participants from throughout Florida - the top one-third is also an honor.

Entrepreneurship Seniors Gain College Acceptance
February 16, 2010

We are proud to announce that Ashnelly Rodriguez and Genesis Lara have been accepted at University of Florida. Both young ladies are part of our International Strand. Congratulations, Ashnelly and Genesis!

Entrepreneurship Senior Wins Scholarship
February 16, 2010

Rujaine Mena in the International Strand has just received an Acceptance Letter from Northwood University along with two extra letters announcing that the University awarded her a Freedom Scholarship totaling $38,000 over the 4 year period and a Residency Grant of $4800. Congratulations, Rujaine!

HOSA Students win District Competition
February 5, 2010

The following post-secondary HOSA students were winners at District competition:

Student Award Competitive Event
Martha Ferrera First Place Medical Assisting
Williams Funes-Gonzalez    First Place Medical Photography
Karlene Johnson First Place Interviewing skills
Cali Rolle First Place Medical Terminology
Farida Vildanova First Place Medical Math
Jahtara Savage First Place Extemporary Speaking

These students will go on to State competition in Orlando. Congratulations to these students and their teachers!

Entrepreneurship Senior Wins Scholarships
February 5, 2010

Daniela Mena has received scholarships and acceptance to Nova Southeastern University, Barry University, and Johnson & Wales. Congratulations to Daniela and her teachers!

5000 Role Models of Excellence Scholarship Recipients
January 4, 2010

Congratulations to the 5000 Role Models 2010 Scholarship Recipients: Carmela DeLaOssa, Jephery Francis, Frantron Green, Eric McCollum, Tyrek McCrae, Dwain Minto, McDaniel Olivier, and Angel Rodriguez.

Frantron Green Wins Posse Scholarship
December 23, 2009

Congratulations to senior Frantron Green who has been selected -- from nearly 800 nominations -- as a Posse Scholar for Hamilton College. He has earned a four-year, full-tuition, merit-leadership scholarship worth over $120,000.  According to the Posse Foundation Frantron "has made a very positive impression on the Posse Foundation and Hamilton College."

Entrepreneurship Academy Pride
December 17, 2009

Angel Rodriguez (Finance); Carmelo De la Ossa (Finance), Jephery Francis (Finance), and Frantron Green (International Business) - have received scholarships from 5000 Role Models to state university of their choice.
Also, Fredrick Stewart, Jean Marte, Jose Pena, and Emanual Gonzalez - have received their Professional Service Association - Graduate Certified Appliance Technician certification.

Mr. Eichelbaum Honored
December 17, 2009

The Holocaust Education and Documentation Center, Hollywood, Fl honored Mr. Neil Eichelbaum, social studies teacher, with their Educator of the Year Award 2009.

Senior Accepted to Columbia University
December 10, 2009

Congratulations to Alyssa Indart for her acceptance to Columbia University, the oldest institution of higher learning in the state of New York and one of the top academic and research institutions in the world!

Entrepreneurship Academy Student Wins Presidential Scholarship
November 23, 2009

Congratulations to Daniela Mena - Finance.    Daniela has been awarded a Presidential Academic Scholarship AND a DECA Scholarship to Johnson & Wales University. She will be studying Business Administration.

Cisco Students Take Top Three Places in State Competition
November 20, 2009

In October 2009, Cisco Systems Inc., launched a global networking competition for post-secondary enrolled in the Networking Academy Program. Students from Universities, Community Colleges and Adult Centers around the world competed within their own theatre. There were three rounds of competition and through a process of elimination, produced first, second and third place winners. 

Miami Lakes Educational Center's Cisco Networking Academy is pleased to announce that out of four teams that competed, three emerged as winners. We took first, second and third place in the State of Florida! Today, our first place winners will be competing with other state winners for the national title! It will be administered on our campus virtually as a combination of theory and hands-on exam. Please cheer on Romel Meier and Lik Wong as they represent our school and state today!  

First place winners will receive an all expense paid trip to Silicon Valley, California to visit Cisco and participate in various activities. They will be able to network with top Cisco leaders as well as engineers that can provide employment opportunities with exposure to new and advanced technologies! Other prizes include iPods, Flip cameras, routers and more. 

This contest will be extended to high school academies in the near future!

MLEC Wins Wyland Student Green Artist Challenge
November 16, 2009

Congratulations to the following students:
Marlon Perez, Maria Jose Toro, Andy Artola, Jennifer Martinez, Nancy Garcia, Reynaldo Rodriquez, Andres Barros, Gianni Casanova, Carlos Garcia, John Masa, Julio Rodriquez, Ryan Roque, Jason Tapia, and Mark Camero.
Their winning artwork can be seen at the Living Green website.

MLEC Students Win Public Library Design Contests
November 16, 2009

Our very own Graphic Design students are the winners of the following:

Animate Design Poster Contest

Jisselle Imagua (12th grade)
Paige Pentzke ( 10th grade)
Michael Gonzalez (11 grade)
Celina Obrer (10th grade)
Jasmine Fernandez (10th grade)

Digital Illustration

1st       Gisselle Perez

Fairchild Gardens

1st       Jose Perez

Congratulations to these students and to our Graphic Design teachers, Ms. Martha Romero and Ms. Odalis Soto!

Mr. Neil Eichelbaum documents Dachau
July 2, 2009

On a field trip to The South Florida Holocaust Documentation and Education Center's Student Awareness Day, Mr. Eichelbaum met two men, George Katzman, a liberator of Dachau Concentration Camp, and Julius Eisenstein, a survivor from the camp, who inspired Eichelbaum to not only put on a student assembly with their presentations at MLEC, but to film it and make a documentary, "Dachau: Two Perspectives," with students from his ninth grade World History and 12th grade Economics and American Government classes. [Read more.]

Mr. Chris Goslin Announces his resignation.
June 24, 2009

Our best wishes go with Mr. Goslin, who has labored faithfully here the last six years as drama teacher, Communications and Entertainment Academy Head, and valued co-worker, as he moves to New York to pursue a M.A. in Theatre Education at NYU. 

MLEC Receives an A for the 2008-2009 school year!
June 19, 2009

Congratulations to our students, their families, and our faculty and staff. Click here for the data.

Students Place in Future Game Designers Challenge!
May 26, 2009

Congratulations to students (all members of the class of 2010), Carlos Carus, Brandon Fernandez, Muhammad Koliwala, and Christopher Martinez, who placed 3rd in Nationals for the Future Game Designers Challenge.

Samuel Angarita awarded Photographer of the Year
May 25, 2009

Samuel Angarita, class of 2009, is a paid freelancer for Teen Link, a publication produced and distributed by the Sun-Sentinel.

Young karate star strikes fast while aiming for West Point
May 25, 2009

At 16, Taylor Masiello [class of 2009] had mastered karate and military boot camp. Now she aims for West Point and maybe a legislative career. [Read complete Miami Herald article here.]

FBLA District Competition Winners
February 2, 2009 (Ms. Gayla Williams, Academy of Information Technology Career and Technical Education Chairperson)

Congrats to our FBLA District Competition Winners:  
Javier Castillo,  Daniel Fuentes, & Ian Sequeira  - 1st Place Network Design
Frances Guzman - 1st Place Accounting II
Frontron Green - 2nd Place Accounting II
India Smith, Diana Almenderez,Melissa Marti - 2nd Place Web Development
Raevon Rolle - 1st Place Spreadsheet application
Hasmaik Estevez - 1st Place Intro Technology Concept
Javier Rodriguez - 1st Place Networking Concepts
Dwain Minto & McDaniel Oliver - 2nd Place Management Decision Making 

These students will be competing at the FBLA State Competition in Orlando, Florida.

Dental Table Winners
January 28, 2009 (Ms. Glenda Algaze, Dental Aide Teacher)

2009 Annual Scientific Table Clinic Session (Flyer)
Held January 22, 2009 at the Renaissance Ballroom in Miami

First Place: Teeth, Soda, Oh My!
Wen Ng
Barbara Martinez
Cynthia Carmona
Robert Mondestin

Second Place: Brace Yourself
Betty Hernandez
Joseph Ramos
Janeth Barradas
Silvana Davila

Third Place: Think Before You Put It In Your Mouth
Juleini Meneses
Yailin Perurena
Eveling Martinez
Laura Robiano 

Drama Students Receive Excellent Rating
January 22, 2009 (Mr. Chris Goslin, Drama Teacher)

At District Competitions for Thespians this past week the following received the rating of Excellent:

For Costume Design: Melany Knowles
For Scene Design: Karen Paklin and Adi Rodriguez
For Playwriting: Keila Diaz and Maria Frontela
For Ensemble Acting/ Perfomance: Maria Frontela, Melany Knowles, and Adi Rodriguez.

MLEC Alumna Graduates with Honors
January 4, 2009 (Mr. John Moffi, Social Studies Teacher)

Ms. Deneb Espinosa (see below), Class of 2004, has just graduated from Florida State University where she received a Masters in Economics with honors. 

From the 2004 MLEC Yearbook

The  2009 County-wide Automotive test
December 15, 2008

The 2009 County-wide Automotive test results have been calculated for 12th grade students.  Two or our students, Marcos Rodriguez and Randy Williams have scored high enough to qualify for the practical exam for Miami-Dade County Public Schools and will compete with two teams from Broward County.  The winning team of this practical exam will be eligible to compete at the Annual New York Auto Show competition.  All costs associated with the trip to New York are paid by the South Florida Auto-Truck Dealers Association, and the winning team of that event is eligible to receive many awards including two Pontiac Solstice.

College Acceptance
December 11, 2008

Robin Simpson has been accepted to Cornell University for the 2009 school year. 

AP Scholar Awards
October 17, 2008

College Board has recognized the achievements of some of our students on AP exams.  Three students obtained the AP Scholar with Distinction recognition and six obtained the AP Scholar  award.  The AP Scholar with Distinction award is granted to students who received an average grade of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken and grades of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.  The AP Scholar award is granted to students who received grades of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams.

The award winners are listed below. An asterisk (*) by the student's name indicates that he/she graduated in 2008.

AP Scholar with Distinction:
Mac Dinneen*
Cindy Guan*
Maria Redondo*
AP Scholar:
Lina Borda*
Arthur Hernandez*
Jimmy Hernandez
Kalindhi Larios*
Kelvin Rojas
Robin Simpson

Cambridge Scholar Award Winner
October 9, 2008

CIE is pleased to announce the winners of the Brilliance in USA awards.
These awards recognize the exceptional performance of US students in the Cambridge June 2008 examination session.

Victoria Melissa Morgan, a Miami Lakes Educational Center student, has won the Cambridge Scholar Award for her performance on three International AS level subject examinations.

Mural in E Building
August 8, 2008

Miami Lakes Educational Center would like to acknowledge
the hard work and dedication demonstrated by Ms. Odalis Soto and her students for completion of the mural located in the E building this summer.

The following students worked diligently, meticulously and collectively committed over 500 hours of their personal time to complete this project.

A million thanks goes out to the following students who have demonstrated their Jaguar Pride: 
Ms. Diana Vargas 
Ms. Jessica Lopez 
Ms. Susan Maldonado 
Mr. Caleb Diaz 
Mr. Joel Lopez