Senior Accepted to Ivy League School

Kevin Vega

Sports Editor

Cornell University has accepted Catalina Ferreira-Dias, senior, to attend after her high school graduation in June.

Catalina is among a group of students at Mater Lakes who received acceptance to ivy league schools this year.

“My four years of high school have been building up to this point. It’s always been a dream of mine to get accepted to Cornell and now it has happened. It’s my prime, this is it” Catalina told The Paw Print.

Cornell was the senior’s number one choice school, but she did not expect to be accepted.

“The day before I was like, I’m not gonna get accepted but that’s okay because life is about more than that” she recalled.

However, when she got her acceptance letter is was a happy surprise. Catalina became teary eyed while recounting the story, but noted that it was not all happy thoughts.

“There was a long application process and I had to write two separate essays, but it was all worth it” she said.

Catalina is a hard working and dedicated student, with excellent grades and a long list of extra curricular achievements. The skills and knowledge attained during her time at Mater Lakes has certainly helped her secure a promising future.

“I’ve wanted to be a vet all my life, and Cornell has the number one vet program in the nation” she remarked.

In light of this outstanding achievement, The Paw Print would like to congratulate Catalina Ferreira-Dias and wish her the best of luck. YOU DID IT!




Farewell Mr. B!

Amanda Milian


Assistant principal Mr. Matthew Bieule has been at Mater Lakes for 11 years, teaching math courses such as Algebra 1 and Algebra 2, and has been an assistant principal for the past three years. At the end of this school year, Mr. Bieule will be bidding a bittersweet farewell to the Bears as he begins his journey as principal at SLAM! Boca Raton, a charter school in West Palm Beach. As the school year comes to a near end, Bieule reminisced on memories he has made, lessons he has learned, and hopes for the future.

As many of us have heard, you will be leaving Mater Lakes at the end of the year. I can imagine it was a tough decision to make, but what prompted you to leave?

“Adfecto. Change. Change in life is necessary in order to grow.”

 Reflecting on your years at Mater Lakes, what has been the most important lesson you have learned?

“There are so many lessons I have learned. Number one, students come first… That it takes a team to build something like Mater Lakes, not one person can do it alone, and the love that is generated here is reflected through all of us.”

 What has been your favorite memory throughout your time here at Mater Lakes?

“So many. I have too many great memories. From us getting the first A in the high school, to having the A’s in middle school, students graduating and teaching, students graduating and going all around the nation, attending these top schools, to working with Rovi, to laughing with Rovi, the office, district championships for boys and girl volleyball and basketball. There are just so many memories, I can’t define one.”

 What are you looking forward to most on your new journey?

“That maybe I can replicate a little little something of what we have done here at Mater Lakes and hopefully I can build something to that magnitude where I go and take a little piece of Bear country with me.”

Do you have anything special to say to the Bear community?

“Mater Lakes, always push for greatness, strive for excellence, and I wish you guys nothing but the very best in the future. I will always be part of Mater Lakes.”