2019

  • March

    Week of March 13 - March 19, 2019:

    Middle School Female Athlete of the Week
    Brooke Kovacs – Tennis
    Brooke won her singles matches in wins against Cushman and Ransom Everglades.
     
    Middle School Male Athlete of the Week
    Nico Dunn – Water Polo
    Nico combined for 9 goals, 3 assists, and 7 steals in matches against Riviera Prep and Ransom Everglades.
     
    Upper School Female Athlete of the Week
    Chloe Cartledge – Water Polo
    Chloe combined for 6 goals, 2 assists, and 7 steals in matches against Hialeah High, Miami High, and Miami Beach.
     
    Upper School Male Athlete of the Week
    Chaz Berkowitz - Lacrosse
    Chaz combined for 13 goals and 2 assists in games against Columbus, Coral Reef, St. Brendan, and Coral Springs Charter.
     
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  • The Class of 2019 College Matriculations

    The Class of 2019 current college matriculations are below. Please take a moment to look at the current list. Congratulations to all of our seniors as they embark on the next step of their academic career! Pictured from left to right are seniors Evi A., Remy C., Laureen J., David B., and Louis S.!
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  • Week of March 6 - March 12, 2019:

    Middle School Female Athlete of the Week
    Gabrielle Bassette – Tennis
    Gabrielle won all of her singles and doubles matches in wins against Ransom Everglades, Divine Savior, and Sagemont.
     
    Middle School Male Athlete of the Week
    Hanley Ramirez – Baseball
    Hanley went 6 for 8 with a homerun, triple, 2 doubles, 8RBI, and 5 runs scored in games against University School, Cushman, and Doctors Charter.
     
    Upper School Female Athlete of the Week
    Andrea Pantin – Lacrosse
    Andrea scored 3 goals in leading the Spartans’ to an 8-3 win against Killian High School.  This was the first win in girls lacrosse history.
     
    Upper School Male Athlete of the Week
    Jackson Halliwell – Tennis
    Jackson won all of his singles matches against Ransom Everglades, Sagemont, Belen, and Divine Savior.
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  • 4th Graders Navigate the World Peace Games

    During the week of March 11-15, 77 4th graders have navigated the world of international diplomacy during the World Peace Games with 5 facilitators including World Peace Game founder, John Hunter. They are resolving complex global topics like border disputes, prisoners of war, refugee crises, nuclear disarmament, and more.
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    Head Coach Ochiel Swaby Named National High School Girls' Coach of the Year

    Head Coach Ochiel Swaby has been named both the 2019 Jersey Mike's Naismith and USA Today High School Sports National High School Girls' Coach of the Year! Congrats to Coach Swaby, the entire coaching staff and team on their remarkable achievements this year.
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  • Senior Isabella Pedraza Pineros Selected as Coca-Cola Scholar

    Congratulations to Senior Isabella Pedraza Pineros who was recently named a Coca-Cola Scholar and was awarded a $20,000 college scholarship. Over 95,000 applicants and nearly 1,900 semifinalists participated in the program. Isabella is one of 150 students selected nationally and joins a family of 6,150+ alumni who are leading positive change in their communities and around the world. What a proud moment for the entire Miami Country Day community!
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  • Winter Sports Scholar Athletes Finish #1 in Academic Rankings

    Congratulations to our winter-sports student athletes who finished ranked #1 in the Class 4A state wide FHSAA team academic rankings:
    • Boys Basketball – 2nd in Class 4A – 3.63 GPA
    • Boys Soccer – 2nd in Class 1A – 3.66 GPA
    • Girls Soccer – 2nd in Class 1A – 3.822 GPA
    • Girls Basketball – 4th in Class 4A – 3.461 GPA
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  • Week of February 27 - March 5, 2019:

    Middle School Female Athlete of the Week
    Lucia Burton - Tennis
    Lucia won her singles match in a win against Doral Academy and her singles and doubles match in a win against Carrollton
     
    Middle School Male Athlete of the Week
    Edoardo Figari – Water Polo
    Edoardo had 5 goals, 2 steals, and 3 assists in a win against Riviera Prep.
     
    Upper School Female Athlete of the Week
    Koi Love – Basketball
    Koi combined for 36 points and 27 rebounds to lead the Spartans’ to their 6th consecutive State Championship and #1 overall ranking in the country.
     
    Upper School Male Athlete of the Week
    Lukas Peterson – Baseball
    Lukas has thrown ten consecutive “no-hit” innings, striking out 19 in wins against ATM and Somerset Homestead Academy.
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  • Miami Country Day Girls Varsity Basketball Wins Sixth Straight State Title

    The Miami Country Day Lady Spartans are officially the greatest dynasty in the history of Florida High School Girls Basketball. Earlier today, they won their sixth straight state championship with a 62-30 victory over the Carrollwood Day Patriots. With today's triumph, the Lady Spartans broke the Florida High School Athletic Association record for consecutive state titles. Congratulations to the girls and the entire coaching staff on another successful championship season; this is a proud day for everyone at Miami Country Day. 
     
    Click here to read more about the Lady Spartan dynasty in this Miami Herald article.
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  • Week of February 13 - February 26, 2019:

    Middle School Female Athlete of the Week
    Sophia Guarini – Water Polo
    Sophia made 35 saves and added 2 assists in matches against Coral Gables, Cooper City, ATM, and Miami Beach.
     
    Middle School Male Athlete of the Week
    Rainen O’Kurley – Lacrosse
    Rainen made 17 saves in games against Westminster Christian and Palmetto Middle School.
     
    Upper School Female Athlete of the Week
    Saarah Rassif – Softball
    Saarah threw a shutout in her 1st game as a starting pitcher, and added 2 hits, scored 2 runs, and drove in a run.
     
    Upper School Male Athlete of the Week
    Ricardo Di Giuseppe – Water Polo
    Ricardo made 66 saves and added 4 assists in games against Hialeah High, Coral Gables, Cooper City, and Suncoast.
     
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  • February

    Dana Vignale Appointed as New Upper School Director

    On behalf of the Upper School search committee and our Head of School - Elect, Mariandl Hufford, I am delighted to announce the appointment of Dana Vignale as the new Upper School Director, effective July 1, 2019. 
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  • Week of February 6 - February 12, 2019:

    Middle School Female Athlete of the Week
    Maya Leoni – Soccer
    Maya scored two goals in the Spartans’ 3-0 Regional Quarterfinal win against South Florida Heat.
     
    Upper School Female Athlete of the Week
    Aly Rodriguez – Soccer
    Aly scored 2 goals and had an assist in the Spartans’ 3-0 Regional Semifinal win against Westminster Academy.
     
    Upper School Male Athlete of the Week
    Evan Mendelson – Basketball
    Evan scored 20 points and had 5 steals in the Spartans’ 66-60 District Semifinal win against Scheck Hillel.
     
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  • Monday, February 11, 2019:

    In Friday’s Athletic Action……Congratulations to the Girls Varsity Soccer Team (13-5-3).  They beat Westminster Academy in the Regional Semifinals 3-0. Aly Rodriguez led the way with 2 goals and an assist, Mia Batista added a goal, Isabella Allen and Ebba Larnholt had assists, Maya Leoni and Sofia Nelcha each played well, and Sofia Benenson recorded the shutout. The girls travel to Palmer-Trinity in the Regional Finals on Tuesday at 3:30pm.
     
    Today….The Boys Varsity Soccer Team hosts Hillel in the Regional Semifinals at 8pm, the Girls and Boys Varsity Water Polo Teams hosts a pre-season tournament all day.  The girls play at 10:30am/12:30pm, and the boys play at 2:30pm/4:30pm. 
     
    On Monday….The Boys Varsity Basketball Team travels to Hillel in the District semifinals at 5pm.
     
    Road to the State Championship: 
    Girls Soccer
    1. Tuesday, February 12th- Regional Finals (Away) vs. Palmer-Trinity at 3:30pm
    2. Friday, February 15th- State Semifinals (Home) vs. TBA
    3. Wednesday, February 20th- State Championship (4pm) vs. TBA
    -Spec Martin Memorial Stadium, Deland
     
    Boys Soccer
    1. Saturday, February 9th- Regional Semifinals (Home) 8pm vs. Scheck Hillel
    2. Wednesday, February 13th- Regional Finals (TBA) vs. TBA
    3. Saturday, February 16th- State Semifinals (Home) vs. TBA
    4. Thursday, February 21st- State Championship (4pm) vs. TBA
    -Spec Martin Memorial Stadium, Deland
     
    Girls Basketball
    1. Thursday, February 14th- Regional Semifinals (Home) 7pm vs. TBA
    2. Tuesday, February 19th- Regional Finals (Home) 7pm vs. TBA
    3. February 27th-State Semifinals (10am or 12pm) vs. TBA - RP Funding Center, Lakeland
    4. February 28th-State Championship (2pm) vs. TBA - RP Funding Center, Lakeland
     
    Boys Basketball
    1. Monday, February 11th- District Semis (5pm) vs. Hillel at Hillel
    2. Wednesday, February 13th- District Championship (7pm) at Hillel
    3. Thursday, February 21st- Regional Semifinals (7pm, TBA) vs. TBA
    4. Tuesday, February 26th- Regional Finals (7pm, TBA) vs. TBA
    5. March 4th-March 9th- State Semifinals  and State Championships (TBA)
    -RP Funding Center, Lakeland
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  • The 2019 Miami Country Day Silver Knight Nominees

    Please congratulate our 6 Silver Knight Nominees for the 2019 Miami Herald Silver Knight Award. Interviews are in early April and the evening ceremony which announces the Silver Knight winner and the three honorable mentions will be announced in mid-May at the James L. Knight Center.

    The 2019 Miami Country Day School Silver Knight Nominees

    Isabella Allen - ATHLETICS
    Arushi Beohar - WORLD LANGUAGES
    Harrison Breslow - ART
    Jeremy Cross - SCIENCE
    Connor Goodman - BUSINESS
    Isabella Pedraza - MATHEMATICS

    More About The Silver Knight Awards
     
    The Miami Herald Silver Knight Awards is one of the nation’s most highly regarded student award programs. The purpose of this Awards program is to recognize outstanding seniors who have not only maintained good grades but have also unselfishly applied their special knowledge and talents to contribute significant service to their schools and communities.

    The Silver Knight Awards program was instituted at the Miami Herald in 1959 by John S. Knight, past publisher of the Miami Herald, founder and editor emeritus of Knight-Ridder Newspapers and 1968 Pulitzer Prize winner. The program is open to high school seniors in public, private, and parochial school. Over 75 high schools participate in Miami-Dade County.

    Each nominee is evaluated on their use of skills and talents for the betterment of the local, state, and even world community, creativity in problem solving, and the quality, consistency, and measurable impact of service. Nominees are expected to be school leaders and possess strong character. They are evaluated on their use of good judgment and their perseverance in overcoming obstacles. Academic achievements, honors, awards, and advanced study in the nominee’s category is also important.
     
    Miami Country Day Silver Knight Winners
     
    1995 Michael Schein - English
    1996 Risha Kopel - Science
    1998 Adrian Baschuk - Drama
    2007 Taylor Harlan - Athletics
    2009 Jane McDonough - Art
    2011 Columbia Clancy - Mathematics
    2012 Tiffany Kontoyiannis - Drama
    2015 Connor Space - Drama
    2018 Danielle Geathers - Athletics
    2018 Rachel Thomas - Science
     
    Miami Country Day Silver Knight Honorable Mentions
    (the top three seniors after the Silver Knight winner)
     
    1997 Alim Kanji, Amanda Pearl, and Mala Shaykher
    1998 Scarlett Ray
    1999 Monique Moyer
    2000 Anjali Shaykher
    2001 Paul Bonilla, Stephanie Dorvil, Adriana Rios
    2002 Sasha Siassipour, Lucia Kaminsky
    2004 Jacqueline Jove
    2006 Carol Toro
    2007 Paige Rivkind, Bruno Silva
    2008 Maria Zapetis
    2009 Michael Sale
    2011 Bradley Jean-Baptiste, Mallorie Thomas
    2013 David Butter, Alexa Havorssen
    2014 Matthew Cohen, Amanda Gavcovich
    2015 Ryan Amoils
    2017 Mary Elizabeth Allen
    2018 Danielle Amoils
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  • Week of January 30 - February 5, 2019:

    Middle School Female Athlete of the Week
    Karina Gordon – Basketball
    Karina had 11 points and 2 rebounds in the Spartans’ 81-60 win against IMG Academy.
     
    Middle School Male Athlete of the Week
    Jasai Miles – Basketball
    Jasai had 10 points and 4 rebounds in the Spartans’ 74-50 win against Somerset central Miramar Academy.
     
    Upper School Female Athlete of the Week
    Koi Love – Basketball
    Koi combined for 71 points and 33 rebounds in wins against American Heritage-Plantation, Oxbridge Academy, and IMG Academy. 
     
    Upper School Male Athletes of the Week
    Diego Oropeza Rodrigues - Soccer
    Diego scored 2 goals and added an assist to help the Spartans beat Hillel 3-1 and win the District 14-1A Championship. 
     
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  • January

    Week of January 23 -January 29, 2019:

    Middle School Female Athlete of the Week
    Jada Johnson – Basketball
    Jada combined for 21 points and 13 rebounds in games against Palmer-Trinity and Westminster Christian and was named to the South Florida Middle School Conference All-Tournament Team.
     
    Middle School Male Athlete of the Week
    Jasai Miles – Basketball
    Jasai scored 14 points in the Spartans’ 72-67 win against Florida Christian.
     
    Upper School Male Athlete of the Week
    Diego Oropeza Rodrigues – Soccer
    Diego combined for 9 goals and 3 assists in wins against University School and Pinecrest Prep Academy.
     
    Upper School Feale Athletes of the Week
    Emani Theodule – Basketball
    Emani scored 19 points in the Spartans’ 80-62 win against St. Thomas Aquinas.
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  • Mary Lavin Appointed as New Lower School Director

    On behalf of the Lower School search committee and our Head of School - Elect Mariandl Hufford, I am delighted to announce the appointment of Mary Lavin as the new Lower School Director, effective July 1, 2019. Mary will join us from the Windemere Early Childhood Education Center in Amherst, NY where she currently serves as Principal.
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  • Lady Spartan Basketball Now #1 in the Nation

    The Girls Varsity Basketball Lady Spartans now sit atop the current Maxpreps and USA Today High School Sports Super 25 Girls Basketball rankings!

    Click here to learn more about their latest triumph against St. Thomas Aquinas and here for the latest Super 25 Girls Basketball Rankings!

    The Lady Spartans will host American Heritage on Friday, February 1 at 4:30pm at the Coach O court in the J. Calvin Rose center. Make sure to wear red for this game honoring our seniors.

    See you there!
     


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  • Week of January 16 - January 22, 2019:

    Middle School Female Athlete of the Week
    Ella Gilderman - Basketball
    Ella combined for 19 points, 19 rebounds, and 18 steals in wins against Riviera Prep and Westminster Christian.
     
    Middle School Male Athlete of the Week
    Nicolas Margarit – Basketball
    Nicolas combined for 19 points in games against Riviera Prep and Westminster Christian.
     
    Upper School Male Athlete of the Week
    Dhillon Murphy – Basketball
    Dhillon scored 26 points in a game against Sagemont.
     
    Upper School Female Athlete of the Week
    Koi Love – Basketball
    Koi combined for 50 points, 32 rebounds, 6 steals, and 4 blocks in wins against Germantown Academy (Philadelphia) and Neumann Goretti (Philadelphia)
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  • Week of January 9 - January 15, 2019:

    Middle School Female Athlete of the Week
    Jada Johnson - Basketball
    Jada combined for 26 points, 9 rebounds, 15 steals, and 7 assists in wins against University School and Palmer-Trinity.
     
    Middle School Male Athlete of the Week
    Agustin Kohen - Soccer
    Agustin scored 2 goals in the Spartans’ 3-0 win against Riviera Prep.
     
    Upper School Female Athlete of the Week
    Sofia Nelcha – Soccer
    Sofia scored 4 goals in a win against Florida Christian.
     
    Upper School Male Athletes of the Week
    Erik Pantin – Soccer
    Erik score 2 goals and added an assist in the Spartan’s 4-0 win against Coral Springs Charter.
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  • Weeks of December 18 - January 8, 2019:

    Middle School Female Athlete of the Week
    Maya Leoni- Soccer
    Maya scored 3 goals in the Spartans’ 6-1 win against Miami Springs.
     
    Middle School Male Athlete of the Week
    Jasai Miles - Basketball
    Jasai scored 20 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in a win against Divine Savior Academy
     
    Upper School Female Athlete of the Week
    Maria Alvarez– Basketball
    Maria combined for 69 points, 16 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 steals, and 3 blocks in leading the #2 ranked Spartans’ to the Phoenix Tournament of Champions championship, and combined for 51 points, 8 rebounds, 15 assists, and 8 steals in leading the Spartans’ to the Naples Holiday Shootout Championship.
     
    Upper School Male Athletes of the Week
    Diego Oropeza Rodrigues– Soccer
    Diego scored both goals in the Spartans’ 2-1 win against SLAM Academy.
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  • Alumnus Manny Diaz '91 Named Miami Hurricanes Head Football Coach

    Congratulations to Manny Diaz (pictured with Athletic Director, Chuck Sennett), Miami Country Day School Class of 1991, on being named the Head Football Coach of the Miami Hurricanes. We wish you the best of luck and are so proud of you.

    Please click here to get a closer look at the new Miami Hurricanes head football coach in this Miami Herald article.
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