Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart Visits MLEC

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By Alexandra Reboredo

There is always something going on at Miami Lakes Educational Center. Everyday, the halls of the school are traveled by ambitious students, a group of them being those in Dr. Raffington’s finance class, who were recently visited by Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart.

Those Entrepreneurship students participated in the “Capitol Hill Challenge: Stock Market” game, an online simulation of the global capital markets where our students engaged in investments, as well as personal finance. Each group was given a starting budget and the goal of making the most profit.

One of the participating groups presented their firsthand experience, as well as their final portfolio. Migdielis Diaz recounted her group’s experience of investing in company stocks like Apple, AT&T, and CVS, and how those affected their personal balance.

Although her group placed in the 1,000s out of over 3,000 participating groups, they were eager to have learned the ins-and-outs of…

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Social Media Posts Warn Drivers of Tactics Used by Human Traffickers

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By Alexandra Reboredo

Parents send their children off to school, expecting them to return home with knowledge and new friendships. But, some don’t return at all. It’s the chilling reality that no parent expects.

Human trafficking is an issue in the United States with about 100,000 cases reported each year. Florida accounts for about 400 of those cases. Overall, only one percent of sexual trafficking victims are identified. Of these trafficking victims, most common cases are usually associated with women.

Related: Teenage Sex Trafficking Happens, And It Happens Often

“What people don’t know is that about half of sexually trafficked teenagers are boys,” said Nathan Earl, founder of Ark of Freedom, a nonprofit anti-trafficking organization.

In order to combat these numbers, organizations like Ark of Freedom, Project GOLD, and Refuge for Women, make efforts to raise awareness on signs of trafficking.

For example, Jorge Veitia, the executive director of Life…

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MDCPS Superintendent Carvalho Promises to Stand with Undocumented Students

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By Alexandra Reboredo

Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho promised safety to all students in the district, reassuring students who felt scared of immigration enforcement.

“On behalf of every single kid in this community, over my dead body will any federal entity enter our schools to take immigration actions against our kids,” he said to CBS Local News.

During his visit on March 17 to Miami Lakes Educational Center, he said: “Number one, I have your back. I, too, am an immigrant.”

Carvalho stands with the thousands of immigrants—documented and undocumented—throughout Miami-Dade.

“At one point in this community, I was not a documented immigrant. So, I know the journey. I know the peril. I know the threat. I know the challenge. I know the fear.”

After President Trump threatened to remove funding from “sanctuary” cities, Miami-Dade County took quick action, becoming the first county to derail their sanctuary status…

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MLEC Alumni Participate in College-Talk Panel | The Harbinger

By Alexandra Reboredo Miami Lakes Educational Center’s auditorium was full of alumni on Thursday— some had successfully completed their first semester of college, others were getting ready to gradu… Source: MLEC Alumni Participate in College-Talk Panel | The Harbinger

Art in Miami: Changing Relations

During Miami Art Week, thousands of people from all over the world come together for the culmination of different artists. Art is performed and conveyed in different mediums. The differences in art are parallel to race and ethnicities, which is a connection people fail to make. In the following video, I interviewed three high school… Continue reading Art in Miami: Changing Relations

MLEC Alumni Participate in College-Talk Panel

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By Alexandra Reboredo

Miami Lakes Educational Center’s auditorium was full of alumni on Thursday— some had successfully completed their first semester of college, others were getting ready to graduate, and a few were still battling finals. Taking to the stage, they all answered questions ranging from dealing with rigorous classes to living with strange roommates.

Ms. Castro and Ms. Chavez served as moderators to guide the presentation towards the college bound 11th and 12th graders by asking questions and taking some from the audience.

The first question dealt with distance— a particular aspect of colleges that scares away many applicants— and how to deal with parents reluctant to have their children go far away.

“Getting out of your room and doing things and meeting new people is how to cope with [homesickness],” says Flavia Cuervo, Class of 2014, who is currently attending Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

For Christopher Chamorro…

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Proposed Alternative to FSA Testing

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By Alexandra Reboredo

Florida lawmakers have been searching for ways to improve state testing after last year’s incident regarding servers and general dissatisfaction with the tests. Although they won’t eliminate end-of-course testing, they’ve considered an alternative:students choosing between different kinds of standardized tests instead.

The Florida Standards Assessment was implemented to replace the FCAT. A state-hired company constructed the test along with the national Common Core standardsmeant to prepare students for rigorous college education.

“It’s new standards, it’s a new test–it’s everything coming at them so quickly that it was concerning to teachers,” said Robert Runcie, Broward Superintendent, to the Sun Sentinel. “It’s still concerning. If they’re going to use high-stakes testing, they need to get it right. And we haven’t gotten it right.”

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Mrs. Erica Evans: Teacher of the Year

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By Diana Rodriguez

When students who have had Mrs. Erica Evans-DeSimone think back on their experience in her classroom, there are plenty of unpleasant words crossing their minds. In spite of her demanding tests and warm-ups, “MLEC’s Most Intimidating Teacher” is one instructor that everyone is bound to come back to visit- even more so after winning her latest moniker: Teacher of the Year.

Even after graduating from Hialeah Miami Lakes Sr. High, Mrs. Evans began to see herself at the head of the classroom near the end of her college career at the University of Florida. Always interested in the sciences and government, she wished for a job that entailed educating young students on history, specifically.

Although her competition for the award were all “awesome teachers”, she recalls her “unique way of teaching” that helped her win this esteemed award. “Education should be fun.” She believes it helps the…

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