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ALUMNI NEWSLETTER Conquering Heights TOGETHER 19,340 feet (5,895 meters) above sea level. Trekkers usually go through different climatic zones to reach the summit; for this group, their quest lasted six days experiencing the warmth of a hot embracing sun, strong winds, and icy temperatures.
From Left: Juan Batlle, William Meijer, José Brache, Jeremy Fernández and Nino Ieromazzo It is extremely rewarding to see our sharks join efforts to meet exceptional challenges they set for themselves. Knowing how their friendship transcends time and distance always bring warm feelings to our hearts. This is the story of Juan Batlle, José Brache,
Jeremy Fernández, William Meijer and Nino Ieromazzo, five CMS sharks, members of Class of 2002, who met in Tanzania to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. Their goal was to reach Uhuru Peak, which is Africa’s highest point and the world’s tallest free standing mountain rising to
This is how Nino lived the experience, in his own words: “Reaching the summit was a true mental and physical challenge. Your body struggles to get used to the reduction of oxygen, while sloping up this mountain, walking on slippery gravel soil, f eeling hungry, thirsty, sleepy and very cold. Extremely exhausted, we got to a point that with every stride we took our
minds and bodies asked us to go back, only our spirit and comradeship kept us going forward. Having accomplished our goal stands out a great will power and the mutual assistance we gave each other. It took an endless reserve of determination and most importantly, team work. We all agree that this trip and its great deed would not have been possible without the support of each one of us”. WAY TO GO SHARKS!
SAVE THE DATE FOR ALUMNI JUNTADERA 2013 OUR TRADITIONAL ALUMNI JUNTADERA IS ON… This year classes 2003 to 2013 are invited for our open bar on Monday, December 16, 2013 from 9:00 P.M. to 11:00 P.M. at THE BAR AT MIX. Please R.S.V.P. to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Alumni Relations Office at 809-947-1021. WE HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!
FOR DIGITAL / COLOR VERSION GO TO WWW.CMS.EDU.DO/ALUMNI * SENT BY EMAIL ON NOV 29, 2013 let us know if you did not get it!
VOLUME 4, ISSUE 3
Helping Others Smile!
When they asked me to write an article for the CMS Alumni Newsletter, I slowly scratched my head, cracked my knuckles and stretched out like a recently woken dog. It would either be “Tooth Fairy: fact or fiction?” or “If sugar makes me smile, why does it rot my teeth?” But alas, riveting as those topics would be, it occurred to me that it would be the perfect opportunity to write about an organization that not only I have been a part of for the last few years, but that a group of CMS students has been actively involved in, including very recently at a number of events. I’m talking about Operation Smile, OS or Op Smile for short, and of the CMS Op Smile Student Club. Operation Smile is a nonprofit medical service
By Dr. Giancarlos Brache ‘86
organization that has, for the last 30 years, been the largest volunteer based medical charity providing free surgeries to repair cleft lip and palate and other facial deformities for children around the globe. A typical mission includes plastic surgeons, anesthesiologists, pediatricians, intensive care physicians, nurses (pre-op, post-op and intensive care), child development specialists, speech pathologists, nutritionists, dentists and /or orthodontists. In addition, nonmedical volunteers like the CMS students that come to help are essential to the success of these missions. This year alone, in April and September, our volunteer surgeons have restored over 75 smiles to Dominican children. As a dentist, my role in these missions is mostly limited to screening the patients before surgery, being on hand for minor procedures and dental consultations during the surgeries and making appliances that help these patients speak and eat easier. Cool as that sounds, it nagged at me that if they were going to put the word
Smile in the title, we might as well work on their pearly whites too. As it turns out, I wasn’t the first to think this way. Over a year ago, I was contacted by Dr. Mike Gioffre, a fellow dentist volunteer in Delaware that wanted to know if it would be possible to set up an Operation Smile International Dental Mission in DR. This doctor, along with a group of others, were part of an almost clandestine group of dentists that had been sneaking off to Vietnam for the last 17 years, under the OS flag but unknown to most even inside the organization, even obtaining their own funding. They were now looking for a closer place to home to expand this International mission, an opportunity I was not about to let pass by. In summer 2013 we signed an agreement with UNIBE University, and I am happy to say, that with full support of their dental faculty (including both teachers and students) we were able to carry out said mission during October 2013 and provide free dental treatment for over 530 patients. Again, CMS students were instrumental in helping us organize this, even coming to work with us on a Saturday (I know, what a shocker!). We are already planning next year’s mission. In addition to helping out in one dental and two medical missions this year alone, and being
on call for all fundraising activities, the role of our high schoolers does not stop here. The first ever Op Smile student volunteer in our country was Frederick Poluhovich, whom I have known for years in my practice and is currently a senior at CMS. He and his friend Maggie Baird took it upon themselves to establish the Op Smile Student Club, which I understand has over thirty members. In July, Frederick and three others from CMS were among the student group that attended the OS International Student Leadership Conference in Norfolk, Virginia where they took our local Merengue rhythm to help celebrate the organization’s 30th anniversary. (I’m serious with the merengue, I saw photos). There’s more: CMS hosted a fundraiser zumbathon this past November 23 to benefit OSDR. In conclusion, I would like to thank first and foremost all the Sharks that have been a part of OS student group, as well as the folks at the Newsletter who let me write about this wonderful charity, and to all of you willing to jump up and down and look silly in neon colored spandex for a worthy cause. Take care… To contact Dr. Brache call: T: 809 683-5896 or email: email@example.com
Class Of 1993 Celebrates Twenty Years Members of Class of 1993 were reunited to celebrate their twentieth anniversary. Some of them traveled from abroad as they would not miss the chance to share with their classmates again after so many years. A highlight was to see how they remembered their days in the school band and played along with Jose Diez’s band .
VOLUME 4, ISSUE 3
My First Semester In College I honestly couldn’t have asked for a better first semester away from home. I go to school at DePaul University in the city of Chicago, an uncommon destination for CMS students, but that didn’t stop me. Being in a place that’s completely new to me has made learn a real lot, real quick. There are parts of the city that I keep discovering every week, each time making me fall in love with Chicago even more. DePaul is a very welcoming
by Rita Mella ‘13
school. It offers students an endless amount of opportunities to get involved. The campus always seems so alive because of all the events going on. Although I miss my friends and family, the new relationships I’ve made here fully make up for that loss. What I miss the most from CMS is the sense of family we had on campus. Everyone knew everyone, which made CMS a much more comforting environment to learn in.
“TERRIFIC” SHARKS At CMS Halloween Frolic Every year our entire alumni community is invited with their children, family and friends to the CMS Halloween Frolic hosted by the PTO at the school campus. This event has become a CMS tradition, where adults and children enhance the party with their colorful, sometimes scary costumes! Here are some images of our alumni parents enjoying with their children.
Georgia Reid ‘93 with daughters Lucía ‘25 and Catalina P.
Alexandra Barredo ‘92 with her son Juan B. ‘27
Jaak Rannik ‘93 and Coral Batlle ‘96 with their children
Laura Acra ‘92 with her kids
Rosa Chang ‘89 with daughter Halle May ‘21
Joelle Schad ‘91 with her daughter Joelle Alexandra ‘24
Elaine Sosa ‘91 with her children María ‘24 and Roberto ‘21
ANNOUNCEMENTS! YOU ARE INVITED
NEW BRICKS We want to thank all of you for the support you are giving us through our different fund raising programs.
December 2-6, 2013. CMS Bookfair (Great books at incredible prices)
Here are the new supporters that are leaving a mark…
December 16, 2013. Alumni Juntadera at The Bar—MIX
January 15, 2014. PK Open House at CMS.
March 22, 2014. CMS Golf Open
April 5, 2014. Spring Fest & Family Fun Day at CMS
Martí Ramos Family Pérez Berrido Family REMINISCIA ‘14 (11 bricks) THANK YOU!!!
Congratulations... Marcos Sánchez ‘13 was elected among other seven teenagers to represent the Dominican Republic on the Central American & Caribbean Swimming Championship. Gonzalo Frechilla ‘08 earned “All Conference Laurels” at the The All-Conference USA men’s soccer teams. “Frechilla played in all 17 games for FIU this season, serving as the team’s co-captain and has been one of the best midfielders in the conference. A great student and leader, Frechilla holds a 3.4 GPA in the classroom”. (www.fiusports.com)
Ways to support Carol Morgan School There are several ways to give to the Carol Morgan School. CMS depends upon the generosity of our community to sustain and advance the mission of the School:
Alumni Giving Annual Fund click here for more information
Leave a Mark...buy a Brick
Naming Project, sponsor a room under your name or a group of classmates
Make a Pledge
For more information about these programs and other ways to make a gift, please contact Vielka Morales at 809-947-1020 / 809-947-1021 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org Carol Morgan School is a 501 C3 organization, donations are tax deductible in the United States.
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