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 Middle and Upper School students competed in the National Chess K-12 Showdown which attracted more than 2,800 players from across the United States. Three Gulliver teams placed in the top five in their respective divisions, including our 11th grade team of Matteo Akl, Mark Liberman, Nicolas Puttre, and Eli Rich, which finished as co-champions.
For the fifth straight year, Gulliver Prep won the Congressional App Challenge (District
FL-27), becoming just the second school in the country to win the Challenge five years in a row. John Schappert ‘22 created this year’s winning app, Geometry Aid, which featured a simulation designed to help students understand three dimensional figures and their properties.
For the first time, the Upper School’s Ocean Science team took top honors in the Florida East Coast Regional National Ocean Science Manatee Bowl. Alex Cunill ‘21, Everest Maya-Tudor ‘21, Jacob Stein ‘21, Colin Lewis ‘22, and Julia Blas ‘23 then had the opportunity to compete at nationals.
Isabel Cuellar ‘21 was named the recipient of the 2021 American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) Outstanding Senior in French Award. A non-native speaker of French, Isabel has completed more than three years of French study, studied abroad, competed in the National French Contest, participated in National French Week, and was a member of the French Honor Society.
Gulliver Prep had a record showing at the 63rd annual Miami Herald/el Nuevo Herald Silver Knight Awards, as Ingrid Gruener ‘21 was named winner of the Speech category, and three students earned Honorable Mention honors. Ingrid, along with Craig Cosentino ‘21 (Drama), Jessica Medwin ‘21 (Art), and Sabrina Sharma ‘21 (Science) were recognized for their academic excellence and community service in a virtual ceremony. Gulliver boasted 14 Silver Knight nominees this year.
Students in the International Business and Entrepreneurship Signature Academic Program won the school’s fourth straight Florida Euro Challenge, as the team of Samuel Lichtenberger ‘23, Miguel Murciano ‘23, Paulino Mercenari ‘23, and Leonardo De Paoli ‘23 advanced to compete at nationals. Gulliver earned one of five runner-up recognitions in this year’s national competition, with each student receiving a special pin and letter of recommendation.
The Raider Voice earned five Distinguished Site badges through School Newspapers Online (SNO), and several student stories have been featured in the “Best of SNO” online publication. The student-run online news site also earned the Blue and Gold Multimedia Excellence Award from Quill and Scroll International Journalism Honor Society, as well as an All-Florida rating from the Florida Scholastic Press Association (FSPA).
The 2020 Reflections Literary & Arts Magazine, “Rise,” received a Silver Crown from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA), and The 2020 Raider Yearbook, “Truth,” earned CSPA Gold Medalist, National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) All American, and FSPA All-Florida recognition.
Biomedical science students competed in the HOSA Competitive Events Program, an expansive series of health care related competitive events. The team of Andrea Buitrago ‘22, Sam Cano ‘22, and Yvette Chamoun ‘22 came away victorious
in regional competition, and went on to win
the Florida state competition in the category
of creative problem solving of health-related problems of medical cases.
2020 - 21 Report of Appreciation

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