Key Club Hosts Awareness Events

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By Frank Ponce

Key Club hosted an Epilepsy Awareness Seminar on Monday, November 23rd.
The seminar included facts about the illness, such as epilepsy affects about one percent of Americans. Also, about ten percent of Americans will have a seizure at one point in their lives. Coincidentally, Coach Juan Urbina, who attended the seminar, was able to help a student who suffered an attack later that week during class.
In addition to the efforts in raising awareness, the Key Club Chapter of Mater Lakes collected donations from the student body and staff.
Moreover, Key Club partnered with SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) in hosting an event where Natalie Bieule Rovirosa, a gold medalist in discus throw, told her story about drunk driving and decision making. She was a passenger in a car accident as a teenager and she shared the valuable lessons she learned after losing her leg in the traumatic event.

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Despite Rain, Full Moon is Successful

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By Priscilla Bermudez

MLA held its annual Full Moon party on November 6th, and despite the heavy rain, all together, clubs managed to raise $6,500.                                                                            

The party featured attractions such as  a bungee trampoline, a dunk tank, inflatable obstacles, a rock wall, a photo booth and various food stations.

The Key Club, class committees, French Club, National Honor Society and many more clubs set up booths to sell food and goodies. Everything from burgers, steak sandwiches, crepes, croissants, pizza, fries, and even s’mores were sold.

Junior and National Honor Society member Felipe Gomez said, “In my opinion, it is safe to say that Full Moon is the best Mater Lakes after-school event. Every year it never fails to bring joy and happiness to every student that attends. This year, NHS will be serving sweet Hawaiian drinks and I couldn’t be more excited to serve to the student body.”

Eight Grader Wins Peace Poster Contest

By Alexandra Suco

Co Editor-in-Chief

Veronica Ginzo, 8th grader at Mater Lakes, was awarded first prize for a Peace Poster Contest sponsored by the Lions Club on November 14 at Miami Dade College’s Doral Campus.

Ginzo received a cash prize of $500 at this district competition as well as the chance to advance to the state contest.

Xierra Itayem, Ginzo’s art teacher, shares a few words of pride about her. “Veronica has a very rare and special talent in the arts. Her natural instinct with painting and drawing combined with her unique inclusion of a dreamcatcher in her piece gave me peace of mind that she would have no problem in the competition.” She added, “This was her second time entering the competition, so she had a concept of what she had to do to win. I am extremely proud of her and her dedication to her craft, and couldn’t be happier for her!”

NHS Organizes Toy Drive

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By Dayana Mondejar

Staff Writer

Every year at the start of December, the Kiwanis Club of Littla Havana distributes more than 5,000 toys to children at daycare centers, elementary schools and migrant labor camps.

The service club began this tradition in 1976.

Since 2014, Mater Lakes Academy has supported the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana to make the Holiday season a special time for those in need. Additionally, this year National Social Studies Honor Society (NSSHS) and Science National Honor Society (SNHS) also participated.

Toys were collected from November 1st through December 4th . On Monday, December 7th, 35 members of the clubs participating wrapped and personally delivered the toys to the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana.

“This is a great way to touch the lives of those disadvantaged during the holiday season,” said  Noelle Iglesias, faculty sponsor of our school’s National Honor Society, who works with the Kiwanis Club in collecting toys for the annual drive.

NSSHS Hosts Third Annual Debate

By Carolyn Pardilla

Staff Writer

The National Social Studies Honor Society Club (NSSHS) hosted its third political debate on December 9 in the high school cafeteria.

The Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society chapter at Mater Lakes is sponsored by social studies teacher Ismael Gonzalez.

Winners were for the first topic included freshman Juliana Gallego and junior David Godinez. Additionally, second topic winners were junior Ana Otero and junior Samantha Hernandez. Senior Frank Garcia and sophomore Ashley Zuniga were the winners of the third topic, and the winners of the last topic were juniors Ana Otero and David Godinez.

The panel of judges was made up of Orlando Avellaneda (12th Grade Government and Economics teacher), Ayleen Charles (11th Grade United States History teacher) and Feleke Kassegn, a Florida State public defender.

Students participating in the debate argue current and often controversial political topics. Any student can join the debate, so long as they are interested in the topics being discussed. During the debate, students take sides on a topic and argue back and forth. Afterwards, the debates are decided by a panel of judges.

This year, the club debated the following topics: Should the minimum wage be raised? Should the U.S. invest in stronger border patrol? Should police officers be required to wear body cameras? Is the case of gay marriage a state or a federal issue?

Canned Food Drive Benefits Those in Need

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By Victoria Gayarre

Staff Writer

An estimated 2,000 cans were donated by Mater Lakes Academy to the Salvation Army in Hialeah this November.

Senior Elizabeth Ruiz organized the collection of cans and all of the school’s clubs participated.

Ruiz was the first to come up with this idea after noticing other schools in the area contributing to the less fortunate. Stating her motivations for the project, Ruiz told the Paw Print, “I thought it would make a big difference. Even though a lot of people always do it and it’s common to do canned food drives. I just thought that I would give back to the community with my school because the community is always giving back to us.”

Although Ruiz will be graduating this year, she hopes that the school will continue to donate again next year and for years to come.

She explained, “It was an Inter Club Council (ICC) event, and hopefully clubs will do it again next year.”

ICC meets monthly. A representative from each club attends and they discuss issues affecting all clubs and school wide events.

Homecoming Fit for Gods

By Roxanna Ayala

The 2015 Mater Lakes Homecoming Dance took place on November 20th at the Hilton Doubletree Hotel and this year’s theme was Greek Gods and Goddesses.  

Throughout the night, everyone had a great time as they talked and danced with their friends and dates. Seniors Alejandro Cabrera and Vanessa Acebal were proud to win the titles of homecoming king and queen as they both went up to receive their crowns with bright smiles and cheers from their friends and the rest of the crowd.

As the night progressed, more and more people continued to join the dance floor, dancing with enough energy to shake the floor! A pasta dinner was served, accompanied by a dessert table filled with cookies, brownies, and fruits. As the dance was coming to an end, people started to leave looking exhausted from the fun.

It was yet another resoundingly successful homecoming dance.