View the Principal's November Newsletter
Wednesday, November 25, 2015

CCNN Named Best Daily Show in the Nation for 2nd Year by the NSPA
Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The Columbus Broadcast Journalism team, CCNN Live, competed against 6000 students from across the country in November at the National Scholastic Press Association’s 2015 Convention in Orlando.  The talented team brought home the Broadcast Pacemaker Award for a second consecutive year, solidifying CCNN Live as the best daily show in the nation.   CCNN Live is only the 3rd publication in NSPA history to win back to back Pacemakers.

CCNN Live 2015 NSPA Awards: 
-Broadcast Pacemaker Finalist & Winner, Best Daily Show (for 2nd year)
-JEA National Write-Off Videography, Superior (1st Place) - Antonio Castellanos
-JEA National Write-Off Video Package Editing, Superior (1st Place) - Victor Prieto
-JEA National Write-Off Broadcast Feature Story, Superior (1st Place) - Phillip Bootsma
-Broadcast Story of the Year Sports, 2nd place - David Perez, Danyel DeVilliers, Anthony Martinez
-Broadcast Story of the Year Sports, 5th place - David Perez
-Broadcast Story of the Year News, Honorable Mention - David Perez, Sebastian Planas

Congratulations CCNN Live!

Principal's October Newsletter
Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Columbus Hosts Halloween Party for underpriviledged Children
Friday, October 30, 2015

The Mas Scholar Program and members of the National Honor Society organized a Halloween Party for the underprivileged children of His House Children's Home - a Christian foster home whose mission is "Not to do good work, but rather, God's work."    They partnered with students from Lourdes Academy in this special service project.   They will be providing 65 inner-city children who have been displaced from their homes a "Trick-or-Treat" experience that they would not have otherwise. There will be numerous stations for the children ranging from art and crafts, face-painting, cookie & cupcake decorating, a DJ and pizza party along with a Halloween movie .  They also will be proving a costume for every child.

Happy Halloween!

CCNN Live Wins Top Awards at District Convention
Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Once again CCNN Live won top awards at the Florida Scholastic Press Association'S District Convention this year.  The event took place the weekend of Octobe 16th.   Below are the results.  Moderator Mr. Omar Delgado was named as the Teacher of the Year for District 6.  He will now compete for state teacher of the year in April.  

Danyel DeVilliers, Phillip Bootsma, Victor Prieto- 1st place feature package
Javier Rodriguez and Phillip Bootsma- 2nd place feature package
Anthony Martinez, Victor Prieto, Hans Rueckschnat, Phillip Bootsma- 1st place multimedia game coverage
David Perez, Victor Prieto, Anthony Martinez- 1st place sports play by play coverage
David Perez, Phillip Bootsma, Justin Jackson- 3rd place deadline package 
Javier Busto- 1st place anchor 
Victor Prieto- 1st place multimedia journalist
Anthony Martinez, David Perez, Phillip Bootsma, Sebastian Planas2nd place on the spot feature package



Yearbook & Senior Ads On Sale
Monday, October 19, 2015
Yearbook and Senior Ads are on sale now!  Buy your yearbook today to get the early bird price. This special offer ends November 23, 2015.   Your order number is 17297.   It's eay to place your order - CLICK HERE.

Junior Ring Sales
Friday, October 16, 2015
Junior Ring Sales will take place from October 21 - 23rd.  All rings must be purchased by October 23rd to be ready for the Ring Ceremony on February 25, 2016Design it on line at:

Students Serve at LaValla Experience, NY
Thursday, October 15, 2015


Working to recapture the spirit and excitement of the early days of the Marist Institute, the LaValla Weekend Experience was served by youth and adults from Marist schools in the United States.  The students experienced the early days of the brothers at LaValla: living in community, prayer, and service at the Marist Brothers Center at Esopus.  The program began four years ago; the the Chapel in the Woods and the Peace Plaza were built. This year, a labyrinth was constructed at MBCE, residents were served at Chiz’s Heart Street, as well as other projects were throughout MBCE.  Youth and adult Marists assist in bringing the spirit of the Hermitage in France alive; they exhibited faith, generosity of service, ability to reflect and share ideas, and strived to know and love Jesus.

Photo from left to right: Gerardo González, Justin Villa, Juan DiGiglio, Edson Milian, Matt Fallon, director of Marist Youth Ministry and former Columbus teacher, Cesar Santalo, Andrew Casanova, and Giuseppe DeFuria


Congratulations to the Winners of Our 37th Annual Scholastic Olympics
Thursday, October 15, 2015

On October 14, 2015 Columbus held its 37th Annual Scholastic Olympics for 8th graders with over 600 students competing from 21 Catholic Schools. The students competed in the following subject areas:  Art, English, History, Mathematics, Religion, Science, Spanish, Speech and General Skills.  Congratulations to all the winners!  

The overall school wininers were: St. John Neumann (Division 1); St. Brendan (Division 2); and St. Theresa (Division 3)



Thank you to our Alumni CEOs who Participated in Columbus Connects
Friday, October 09, 2015

Four alumni CEOs participated in the Columbus Connects Leadership Lecture Series on October 8th:  Carlos Rodriguez, President & CEO of ADP, Inc. (Fortune #251), Robert Sanchez, Chairman & CEO of Ryder System, Inc. (Fortune #407), Jose Mas, President and CEO of MasTec Inc. (Fortune #562) and Luis de la Aguilera, President & CEO of TotalBank (a subsidiary of Banco Popular Español, S.A. - the fourth largest banking group in Spain).  The panel discussion was modereated by alum Jorge Ortega,  executive vice-president and managing director of Burson-Marsteller, and was attended by approximately 250 people, made up of mostly alumni.  The CEOs spoke about leadership strategies, business trends, and shared many memories about Columbus.  

We recenlty learned some amazing facts.  If Columbus were a college, it would rank in the Top 20 in the 2015 Best “Most Fortune CEO Graduates” report, alongside universities such as Princeton and Purdue.  Columbus may be the only high school in America to have three Fortune CEOs among its alumni base.  “It is highly unlikely for a high school to have one Fortune 500 company CEO in its ranks, let alone three,” said Menachem Wecker, former education reporter for U.S. News & World Report.  

Learn More About the Event - View Video Package (produced by CCNN Live)

View Event Pictures


Debate Team Ranked 2nd in Nation, first in Florida
Thursday, October 08, 2015

Congratulations to debaters Noah Lopez and Joseph Arocha!.  

As of October 8, 2015, they are ranked second in the nation and first in Florida.  

View National Rankings Here

Most recently, this public forum debate team gained their second bid to the Tournament of Champions.




Principal's September Newsletter
Thursday, October 08, 2015

Pink Tie Drive Underway, Benefits La Liga Contra el Cancer
Thursday, October 01, 2015

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. The Columbus Cangrejos Club is selling pink ties with the Columbus C for $10.   You can purchase them before and after school at the front of the school and at Marist Circle or throughout the school day in Br. John's office.  Students will be permitted to wear the ties throughout the month. Last year, the Explorers Cangrejos raised more money than any other high school group and won an award from Telemundo. All proceeds this year will support Liga Contra el Cancer. Check out their website and mission at

Praying for Pope Francis
Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The entire student body participated in this morning's prayer service for Pope Francis on the football field. Parts of the campus were decorated in his honor and there was a great sense of unity and faith among the Columbus family.


Pope Francis Arrival to U.S. - Ana Cuervo Reports for CCNN Live
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
We thank Ana Cuervo, reporter for Telemundo 51, for acting as our reporter for CCNN Live as she covers Pope Francis'  visit to the U.S.  We will be posting her live reports throughout the next three days.     

Pope Francis Arrival to U.S. - Ana Cuervo Reports for CCNN Live

Eddie Pozo Honored at South Miami Commission for his Pozo Brother Book Club
Monday, September 21, 2015

Congratulations to Eddie Pozo ('16) who was awarded with a commendation at the City of South Miami commission meeting held on September 15, 2015 for his work with the Pozo Brother Book Club that he started as a freshman.  He is pictured above with Phillip Stoddard, the Mayor of the City of South Miami. 

Eddie started the club "to pass on a love of reading" to young students.  He applied for a grant every year  through the Dade Reading Council which covers the cost of the books.  His Book Club, made up of 2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders, meets every Wednesday from January to May at the South Miami Community Center. The children each take turns reading a couple of pages out loud. Eddie helps correct pronunciation and helps to define unfamiliar terms. After a few chapters the children enjoy a healthy snack brought in by Eddie and engage in book discussion. "The kids  are all clamoring to get a chance to read. We have strict rules for respecting whoever is reading. No one is allowed to interrupt or laugh at a mispronunciation. We want everyone to feel free to take a chance," said Eddie. 

Eddie also interns every summer for Ileana Rod-Lehtinen, works at Publix, and plays varisty football.  He lead Encounters through campus ministry and coaches his little borther's flag football team.  


Congratulations to our Five National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalists
Wednesday, September 09, 2015

We are proud to announce that five seniors from Christopher Columbus High School were named 2015 National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalists.   Nearly 1.5 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the program by taking the PSAT last year.  Semi-finalists represent the top 16,000 students in the Nation to receive this honor and they will continue in the National Merit Scholarship Competition. For more information on this program - click here.

Congratulations to the following academically talented young men!

National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalists:
Nestor Montejo
Michael Tonarely
William Reis
Brian Fenaughty
Tomas de la Casas  

 * They are pictured above (sitting left to right) with Dr. Vila (Academic Dean), Br. Angelo (College Counselor), Mr. Pugh (Principal), Mrs. Galvez-Cuesta (Mas Scholar Program Director), and Mr. Garcia-Casals (Curriculum Dean).  

*This is the second consecutive year that Columbus has had more National Merit Scholarship Semi-finalists than any other Catholic school in Miami-Dade County. 

Principal's August Newsletter
Wednesday, September 02, 2015

School Policy Regarding Closing Due to Hurricanes/Tropical Storms
Friday, August 28, 2015

Columbus will follow the lead of Miami-Dade County Public Schools with regard to the closing and re-opening of school due to weather emergencies.  We ask our families to stay tuned to their local news broadcasts. If Miami Dade County Public Schools closes its schools because of Tropical Storm Erika, Columbus will close as well. 


Intramural Sports Schedule
Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Intramural Sports at Columbus is a great opportunity for students not part of athletic teams to enjoy athletics with their fellow Explorers.  There is never a fee to participate and everyone is welcome!  This year's program will include:  

3 on 3 Basketball (Sep. - Oct.) - 1st Tournament is 9/1  - DOWNLOAD ROSTER FORM
Flag Football (Oct. - Dec.)
Dodgeball (Seniors only in Jan.)
Soccer (Feb. - Mar.)
Ultimate Frisbee (Mar. - April).  

For more information see Mr. Moritz in M02.

Picture Day is Aug. 26th - Download picture order form
Thursday, August 20, 2015
Picture Day is Wednesday, August 26th. Please print the order form below and send it with your son on Wednesday.

Summer Reading List
Thursday, June 04, 2015

View the May Principal's Newsletter
Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Congratulations to The Columbus Baseball Team for Winning the State Championship!
Friday, May 22, 2015

On May 21, 2015, the Columbus baseball team won its second state championship in school history defeating Orange City University in the class 8A state championship game at JetBlue Park in Ft. Meyers.  This hardworking and dedicated team will go down in school history as one of the best.  Congratulations to Coach Weber on his second state title and to all the players and coaches!  You have made the Columbus family very proud.  View video of the winning moments below.


Columbus wins Baseball State Championship 10-1!! Congratulations!! Go Explorers!!

Posted by Joe Fernandez on Thursday, May 21, 2015




Joseph Corderi Wins Silver Knight in Business; Tyler Anderson Receives Honorable Mention
Thursday, May 21, 2015

Columbus is proud to announce that Joseph Corderi (’15) has won a Miami Herald Silver Knight, one of our nation’s most highly regarded awards that recognizes the “record of service to school and community” of  our area’s academically high achieving students.  Joseph won in the Business category and was presented with the award on May 20, 2015 at a special ceremony.  Tyler Anderson ('15) was also recognized with an Honorable Mention in the Speech category.

As a Marist Brothers school that emphasizes a love for service to others, we are especially proud that this is the fourth Silver Knight awarded to a Columbus student in the last two years.  This also marks the second year in a row that Columbus is the only Miami-Dade Catholic school to bring one home.  Last year, Columbus won three Silver Knights (more than any other private or Catholic school in Miami-Dade County). 

Congratulations to Joseph, Tyler, and all the 2015 Columbus Silver Knight Award nominees.  We also congratulate Mrs. Sylvie Galvez-Cuesta who coordinates the Silver Knight nominees at Columbus on a wonderful job.

About Joseph Corderi:
Joseph  saw firsthand how hard it is to get back on your feet once you lose your home: When his best friend’s family was evicted, it took them more than three years to find stable housing. That’s why, besides donating his time building homes with Habitat for Humanity and raising money for the organization, he tapped his school’s alumni community and started Suit Up Miami. The program collects formal attire, has it washed and pressed, and donates the clothes to homeless shelters in hopes of getting employers to hire indigent applicants. If you would like to donate a suit to his organization, please contact Mrs. Sylvie Galvez-Cuesta at

A founding member of his school’s FBLA chapter, Joseph is also an AP Scholar with Honor; a UC Berkeley National Debate Tournament winner; a National Honor Society tutor; and a volunteer with Shake-a-Leg Miami, the Humane Society and the Angel Tree Project.


12 Seniors Sign Letters of Intent to Play their Sport in College
Thursday, May 07, 2015

Today Columbus recognized a 2nd group of student athletes (12 in total) who signed letters of intent to play their sport in college - Jackie Urbaez-Baseball (Miami-Dade), Nick Silva-Baseball (Univ. of Maine), Jorge Areces-Cross Country (FIU), David Pugh-Football (Thiel, PA), JP Wassman-Football (Case Western Reserve, OH), Joey Tolegyesi-Football (LIU Post, NY), EJ Donaldson-Football (Weber International, FL), JR Garrigo-Football (Capital Univ., OH), Anthony Rosenfeld-Football (St. John's Univ., MN) Jason Rodriguez-Football (St. John's Univ., MN)  Julio Betancourt-Golf (Johnson & Wales), Thomas McCoy-Tennis (Edinboro, PA), - Congratulations!

Junior Humberto Freire Wins State Title in Track Field, sets school record in 800 Meter
Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Congratulations to junior Humberto Freire for being this year's 4A 800 Meter State Champion in Track & Field!

He covered the 800 meters in 1:53 (a school record) and the win also makes him our school's first state champion at that distance.  

Congratulations to Coach Foyo, Cabrera, and Jumelius for their part in helping Humberto achieve this victory.


View the April Principal's Newsletter
Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Congratulations to our ISSF Star Award Recipients
Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Congratulations to our "Star Students" - Andres Fernandez, Alberto Rodriguez, and Gabriel Seiglie. They were honored today at the Independent Schools of South Florida (ISSF) Star Awards Luncheon which was held at the Miami Airport Convention Center.  They are exemplary students that were chosen for the award because they excel in one or more of the following areas: academics, community service, citizenship, fine art, athletics, student activities, perseverance, effort, dedication, commitment to positive goals, improvement in performance, and attitude. 

View Incoming Freshmen Parents Presentation from April 14 Meeting
Monday, April 20, 2015

Freedom Rider Visit to Columbus Makes archdiocesan news
Friday, April 17, 2015

Freedom rider, Rip Patton, re-lives civil rights experiences with Columbus students.  



Thank you to history teacher Ms. Mary McCullagh for arranging for his visit.  

Three Students Receive Sacraments of Initiation into the Roman Catholic Church
Friday, April 17, 2015

Congratulations to Alexi Suarez (Class of 2018), Edson Milian (Class of 2017), and Ricardo Somarriba (Class of 2018).  The Church of Saint Brendan and Christopher Columbus High School joyfully welcomes these young men into the Roman Catholic Church.

Fr. Fernando Hería, pastor of the Church of Saint Brendan, presided the celebration of the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist at the Easter Vigil on Saturday, April 4, 2015.  

Thanks to Mrs. Eyda Alegret, Mr. Carlos Bravo, and Mr. Joseph Croke for serving as their catechists, and to Br. Michael Brady for guiding them throughout the process. 

CCNN Live Wins Best High School Broadcast Journalism Program in Nation
Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Not only is Columbus' CCNN Live the "#1 Daily High School News Show in the U.S." as chosen by the National Scholastic Press Association, now they have won "Best High School Broadcast Journalism Program in the Nation" by the Student Television Network as well.  

On April 4, 2015, the team won the award at the STN Convention in San Diego, CA which counted on the participation of close to 200 schools and 3,000 students from all over the country.   Above is a picture of the team in San Diego right after their win was announced.  They were greeted with celebratory balloons and banners at the airport from family and friends upon their arrival.  

Several local South Florida TV stations covered the story on their newscasts.  VIEW CCNN INTERVIEW ON CBS-4

Congratulations to all the students who worked so hard and to moderators Omar Delgado, Christina Hidalgo, and Anneris Cedeno. 

14 Outstanding Seniors have been chosen as 2015 Silver Knight Award Nominees
Thursday, March 26, 2015



The Lemonis Challenge has been met, thank you to the columbus family
Wednesday, March 25, 2015

We are happy to announce that Columbus has met the "Lemonis Challenge" and received 1,000 alumni donations before the March 31st deadline.  This an amazing accomplishment!   Columbus has never had more than 700 alumni donate in one given year. We reached 1,000 in 3 months!  Receiving the $50,000 from Marcus is nice, but being able to proudly proclaim that our alumni came through is PRICELESS!

Below is a link  to Marcus Lemonis' video message. We will recognize all those who helped and announce the final standings on March 31st. If you have yet to donate, please do so by the deadline and be part of Columbus history.  To take the Lemonis Challenge CLICK HERE.  




Chemistry Students Place 2nd at Barry University Chemistry & Physics Competition
Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Congratulations to the chemistry team that placed 2nd at the Barry University Chemistry & Physics Competition this month.  The team also placed 2nd in Oral Competition.  The team members were:  Eddie Avila, Brian Fenaughty, Benjamin Evans, James O'Connor, Rami Hatem, and Michael Tonarely.  They are pictured above with chemistry teacher Mrs. Teresa Chomat.

Also, we congratulate James O'Connor who scored 6th out of 339 students who took the Chemistry Olympiad Regional Exam. He will now sit for the 8 hour National Exam on April 17th. There are only 11 students representing South Florida and James will be one of them.

Columbus Featured on NBC6's Brag About Your School Segment
Tuesday, March 24, 2015

On March 23rd NBC6 featured Columbus on their popular "Brag About Your School" segment on their 6:00pm evening news.  Columbus was the first private school to be featured in this program.  We thank NBC6 and specifically reporters Ari Odzer, Kelly Blanco, and Community Relations Director Ardis Gonzalez for giving Columbus this opportunity.



Debater Thomas Barrera Takes State Championship, 6 students place in Top 10 at Forensic League Contest
Friday, March 20, 2015

The Columbus Speech and Debate Program is happy announce its recent state championship wins from the 2015 Florida Forensic League Varsity State Championship.  It is an incredible achievement that Columbus placed six students in the top 10.  Sophomore Thomas Barrera is a state champion!  Congratulations to these outstanding students and Mr. Dario Camara, club moderator.  

Thomas Barrera:  State Champion in Dramatic Interpretation, 2nd in Oral Interpretation
John Little:  State Semi-finalist in Original Oratory
Tyler Anderson:  State Semi-finalist in International Extemporaneous Speaking
Joseph Chica:  Top 12 in Lincoln Douglas Debate
Noah Lopez:  Top 12 in Public Forum Debate
Joseph Arocha:  Top 12 in Public Forum Debate

CCNN Live Media Excellence Awards - Herald Recap/Pictures
Friday, March 20, 2015

The 2nd Annual CCNN Live Media Excellence Awards was an incredible night at Columbus where members of the local South Florida news media were honored by our students.  Twenty news reporters attended as did special guests Bob Orr (former CBS News Correspondent) and Andy Triay (CCHS alum and CBS News Producer who was honored with a lifetime achievement award).  It was a night where local journalists were able to socialize with each other and give advice to our Columbus students who aspire to get into the industry.  




The Log Newspaper Launches new website and twitter handle
Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The Log Newspaper has launched a new website and twitter handle.  Catch the latest school news at  or @logcchs on twitter.

STEM Club Advances to Finals of Conrad Challenge
Monday, March 09, 2015

STEM Club Advances to the Finals of the Conrad Challenge, Aerospace Division

The team will compete in April at the Kennedy Space Center. For more information on their “Project Explore” - click here. Congratulations to moderator Mr. Charles Frazier and the team members: Simon Tsaoussis, Hans Rueckschnat, Alex Cordero, Nikolas Tsaoussis, and Adrian Ruiz. 


Noah Lopez and Joseph Arocha - Top Speakers in Public Forum Debate
Monday, February 23, 2015

Noah Lopez and Joseph Arocha won 1st and 2nd place speakers in the Public Forum Debate competition at the University of California- Berkeley Invitational where 300 high schools from 40 states participated. This achievement solidifies these juniors as one of the top teams in the country. As top speakers, they were awarded full scholarships to the prestigious UC Berkeley summer debate camp. Congratulations to them and to moderator Mr. Dario Camara!

Social Media Presentation
Thursday, February 19, 2015
On January 22nd, we encountered an unfortunate social media situation at Christopher Columbus High School. After an intense investigation by the Metro Dade Police Department and Columbus High School, many questions have been answered, but many concerns have surfaced. In order to address the situation and to move forward, students were given a presentation which addressed the responsible use of social media. A link to the presentation materials may be found here.

All Five National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists Advance to Finalist Standing
Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Columbus is proud to announce that all five of our previously named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists  have qualified as FINALISTS in program and will continue in the competition for over 7,600 scholarships worth about $33 million.  These students are pictured left to right with our Assistant Principal Dr. Juan Vila (left) and Principal Mr. David Pugh (right): Luis Moas, Sebastian Polo, Christian Llop, Daniel Padron, and Gabriel Sieglie.

This is an outstanding honor and achievement for these young men as well as for Columbus.  Congratulations!


Marist Brothers Celebrate Jubilees, Columbus' Br. Eladio among honorees
Monday, February 09, 2015

On January 31st a special Mass took place at St. Mary's Cathedral marking the jubilees of several  religious members of our community.  Three of the jubilarians were Marist Brothers, including Columbus' own Br. Eladio (Sophomore Counselor) who is celebrating his 60th Anniversary of being a Marist Brother.  Br. Norbert Rodrigue and Br. Charles Filiatrault were also honored.  View Article from the Archdiocese's Website



Nominees Announced for CCNN's 2nd Annual Media Excellence Awards on March 14th
Sunday, February 08, 2015

Columbus' Emmy award-winning student run television station, CCNN Live, announced the nominees for the 2nd Annual Media Excellence Awards (MEA) which will take place on March 14, 2015 from 7:00 – 10:00pm at Columbus. The event was created to honor the local news journalists who inspire the CCNN Live Team, celebrate the CCNN Live's accomplishments, and raise funds for their travel expenses so they can continue to compete at the state and national level.    Also receiving an award at the event will be CCHS alumnus and Emmy award winning CBS News producer, Andres Triay.  Special Guest  Bob Orr (Justice and Homeland Security Correspondent for CBS News)  will be presenting Andres with the award.

The Columbus family and the local community are invited to attend the Awards which will be emceed by NBC6's Roxanne Vargas and will feature cocktails, dinner, and entertainment.  We hope that a large number of our Columbus family members will support this fundraiser for CCNN Live which this year was named "Best High School Daily News Show in the Nation" by the NSPA.  To learn more about the 2015 Media Excellence Awards and to purchase sponsorship or tables CLICK HERE.

View CCNN Live presenting the nominees.  - As last year, we expect many of the nominees will attend this event.

Best News Anchor: 
 Pamela Giganti-NBC6, Craig Stevens-WSVN7, Calvin Hughes-Local 10
Best Investigative Reporter:  John Turchin–Local 10, Ari Odzer-NBC6, Carmel Cafiero-WSVN7 
Best General Assignment Reporter:
  Kevin Ozebek-WSVN7, Lauren Pastrana-CBS4, Laura Rodriguez-NBC6
Best Sports Reporter:  Steve Shapiro-WSVN7, Jim Berry-CBS4, Will Manso-Local 10
Best Entertainment Reporter:  Lisa Petrillo-CBS4, Mariana Rodriguez-Telemundo51, Roger Borges-Univision23
Best Weather Personality: John Morales-NBC6, Betty Davis-Local 10, John Gerard-CBS-4
Best Use of Social Media: Adam Kuperstein-NBC6; Joy Taylor-FM 104.3 The Ticket, Liane Morejon-Local 10
Local News Station of the Year:  ABC-Local 10, NBC6, Telemundo51, Univision23; CBS4, WSVN7
Local Station of the Year (Spanish):  Telemundo51, Univision23, Mega TV, America TV
Best Print Writer:  JT Wilcox-S. Florida H.S. Sports; Luis Felipe Sanchez-El Nuevo Herald, Tim Elfrink-Miami New Times
Best On-Air Radio Personality:  Lucy Lopez-Power 96, John Weiner - FM 104.3 The Ticket, Kenny Walker-Kiss Country

Signing Day - Five Seniors Receive Full Scholarships
Wednesday, February 04, 2015

On February 3rd five seniors signed their letters of intent to play their sport in college. All of them received full scholarship (representing about $1 million in tuition, room, and board). Congratulations to them all and thank you to Univision23 for coming out to cover our presentation. 
Tucker Beirne (football) - Bryant University
Alejandro Levy (football) - Bryant University
Eduardo Diaz (soccer) - United States Air Force Academy
Austin Maloney (football) - Florida International University 
Peter Delatour (football) - Marist College
*Austin and Peter (pictured in their jerseys) signed in Texas as they are currently playing for the U.S. National Youth Football Team there)
JV Basketball Wins Jr. Orange Bowl Tournament, ends season undefeated
Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Congratulations to the JV Basketball Team for winning the Junior Orange Bowl Basketball Tournament 
on Janurary 31st (only the best JV teams were invited to participate). Our JV team finished the regular season undefeated. They have yet to lose a game!

Principal's January Newsletter
Friday, January 30, 2015
View the Principal's January 2015 Newsletter Here.

Soccer Team Wins 1st GMAC Title
Friday, January 16, 2015

Congratulations to the Columbus Soccer Team for winning the first GMAC Title in the school's history for soccer last night.  They won a hard fought game against American High School at Milander Park (1 - 0).  Columbus Soccer is  the reigning state championship team.    View Herald Article

21st Century Classroom is Completed in Mas Technology Complex
Monday, January 05, 2015

Columbus' 21 Century Classroom which is located on the 3rd floor of the Mas Technology Compelx was completed in December.   It is currently being used to teach English, Journalism, and Creative Writing by Mrs. Hidalgo who says the students love learning in this flexible environment which can be easily arranged for collaborative and lecture formats. "Now I can AirPlay my iPad onto one of the four screens across the classroom for instruction, this is truly 21st century learning at its finest," said Mrs. Hidalgo. VIEW VIDEO HERE

Principal's December Newsletter
Monday, January 05, 2015

Latest Explorer Talks Video Features JB Aleman ('84)
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Our latest Explorer Talks video features technology professional and managing partner of Meridian Partners, LLC - JB Aleman (CCHS Class of '84).  We thank JB for participating in the program and supporting Columbus.  To view all of our Explorer Talks videos - click here.  

Explorer Talks with JB Aleman Class of '84 from Explorer Talks on Vimeo.

Congratulations to the Football Team - The State Champion Runner-up
Monday, December 15, 2014

We congratulate the Columbus football team for becoming the State Champion Runner-up Team (8A) in 2014 and for having the best season in the school's history, winning 13 games.   This hard-working, determined, and united team has made the Columbus family very proud and brought the Columbus brotherhood together for a show of support.  View Herald Article

Dr. Dugard is Ordained to the Order of Deacons
Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Dr. James T. Dugard
, member of the Religious Studies faculty, was ordained to the Order of Deacons on Saturday, December 6, 2014 by Most Reverend Thomas G. Wenski, Archbishop of Miami, at the Cathedral of Saint Mary.  Permanent deacons preach and teach, baptize and assist priests and bishops in the celebration of the Eucharist, and oversee ministries of charity and justice.  Deacon Dugard is assigned to St. Louis Catholic Church in Pinecrest.  Congratulations Dr. Dugard!

The December Issue of The Log (school newspaper) has published
Thursday, December 04, 2014

View the Log December Issue

Principal's November Newsletter
Wednesday, December 03, 2014
View the Principal's November Newsletter Here

The Fall 2014 Adelante Alumni Magazine Has Published
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
The Fall 2014 Adelante Alumni Magazine has published.

Christian Martin Honored at the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Washington D.C.
Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Senior Christian Martin was recognized as a scholar representing Christopher Columbus High School at the highly selective Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Washington D.C. November 14 - 16.  Out of 5 million high school students, 3 thousand were chosen for this honors program and Christian was one of them. 

At the Congress, Christian met winners of the Nobel Prize, award-winning young inventors and scientists, prominent medical school deans, and other leaders in medicine.  He observed a surgery and some of the latest state-of-the-art diagnostic tools available today.  He was presented with the National Academy of Future Physicians Award of Excellence at the close of the program.  As an enrolled scholar, he is now eligible to compete for a full medical school scholarship.

Christian was chosen for this program because he is an academically superior high school student with leadership potential and determination to serve humanity in the field of medicine.  At Columbus, Christian participates in the Pre-Med, Key, and Scuba clubs.  He wants to become a neurosurgeon and hopes to attend New York University.  

Christian said this was a once in a life-time experience that he will never forget.  The program gave him great insight and strengthened his interest in field the field of medicine.   

Thank you for Donating to the Thanksgiving Drive - 500 Turkeys Collected
Monday, November 24, 2014

Thank you to all the students and their families who contributed to our 2014 Turkey Drive.  To date we collected over 500 turkeys and two baskets filled with canned goods, all for the less fortunate of our community.  The turkeys will be distributed by the Miami-Dade Police Department Outreach Program. We take this opportunity to extend to you and your loved ones a very happy, blessed and joyous Thanksgiving. Adelante!

Students Showcase their Science Fair Projects
Friday, November 21, 2014

Columbus students presented their science fair projects to teachers from the science, computer and psychology departments on November 19th.  

A total of 12 projects were selected to compete at the South Florida Regional Science and Engineering Fair which will take place on February 7, 2015 at Miami-Dade College's North Campus.  

The projects included the topics of biology, chemistry, physics, marine biology, environmental science, computers and psychology.

We wish them well as they get ready for the competition.

View Pictures Here

Baseball Players Sign Scholarships
Thursday, November 13, 2014

Congratulations to the following seniors who signed letters of intent on November 13th to play baseball in college. 

Matt Marini -  University of California - Irvine
Danny Casals -  University of Maine
Chris Coipel -  Florida Internationa University

CCNN Live Chosen Best Daily News Show in the Nation
Sunday, November 09, 2014

Congratulations to our student run television station - CCNN Live.  They were chosen as the "Best Daily News Show in the Nation" by the National Scholastic Press Association this past weekend.  CCNN Live is used to winning big awards.  It is an Emmy Award winning program that has been a district and state championship team for several years, but this is their most important award received to date.  They have the #1 show in the nation! They also were the recipient of an NSPA Pacemaker Award which recognizes the top five journalism programs in the country.  This is an amazing accomplishment for the team.  View NSPA Winners List 

Columbus Passes Asbestos Re-inspection
Monday, November 03, 2014
On June 18, 2014 our Asbestos Bi Annual Inspection took place.  ARS Environmental, INC was contracted to perform the EPA mandated asbestos re-inspection in accordance with Title 40 CFR Chaper 1, part 763.85.  The inspection was successful and Columbus is in full compliance of State laws.

CCNN Live Sweeps District Competition
Wednesday, October 29, 2014

On October 25th,  38 CCNN Live members attended FIU's Journalism Day for district competition. Once again the team took home awards in every category that they entered.

Daily Show - 1st Place, Staff
On the Spot Package - 1st place, Matthew Ley, Jose Companioni, Daniel Villanueva and David Perez
Anchoring - 2nd Place, Javier Busto (only anchor who placed as an underclassman)
Sports Photo - 2nd Place, Gabriel Gonzalez


Drama Troupe Rated Excellent in District's One Act Theater Competition
Wednesday, October 29, 2014

For the first time, our Drama Troupe participated in our district's One Act Theater Festival Competition, one of the most intense competitions in our district where less than half of schools participate.  Students perform a one act play in an unfamiliar theater within a 40 minute period to include set-up and take-down.  Once the time starts, it is completely student-run.

Out of the hundredes of students and the 23 schools that competed, Columbus scored an Excellent (the second highest award offered).  Columbus is now on the map as a competitive school for One Acts!

Roger Torres won the All Star Cast Award - one of the most prestigious individual awards in One Act competition.  It is given to the actors who the judges believe are the most talented on the stage.  

Sophomore Debaters Bring Home Championships from South Florida Catholic Forensic League Competition
Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Columbus Debate attended the first SFCFL competition of the season at Everglades High School on October 25th which was comprised of over 1,200 students from schools in Miami Dade, Broward and Palm Beach. Four 10th graders bring Columbus FOUR different championships!  It was the first time that these new members competed on our debate team. Congratulations to all of them.

Pictured left to right:
John Fleming - 1st Place in Novice Lincoln Douglas Debate
Javier Naverrete - 1st place in Varsity Lincoln Douglas Debate
Miguel Maspons - 1st place in Student Congressional Debate
Thomas Barrera - 1st Place in Dramatic Performance (not pictured)
Swimming Team Wins District 12 and GMAC Championships
Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Congratulations to the Columbus Swim Team!  
They won the 4A District 12 and the Greater Miami Athletic Conference Championships this month.  


Columbus hosts 1st Robotics Competition for local high schools
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Columbus hosted its 1st Robotics (Vex Skyrise) Competition on October 17th.  Thank you to all the high schools that participated (Gulliver, Mast Academy, Carrollton, Univ. School of Nova Southeastern University, Ransom Everglades, Archbishop Edward McCarthy, and Calvary Christian Academy).  Congratulations to Mast Academy and Nova for qualifying for the state competition and to Archbishop McCarthy for winning an excellence award.  

CCNN Live covered the event - view video here..........view pictures here


Castaways Against Cancer Become the top Relay team fundraiser in the state for the American Cancer Society
Friday, October 10, 2014

The Castaways Against Cancer, an organization founded by Columbus alumnus and long-time teacher Steve O'Brien after the loss his mother and grandmother to cancer in 1999, has become the number one fundraising relay team in the State of Florida for the Amercian Cancer Society, surpassing 8,914 other teams. The castaways are a crew of kayakers made up of serveral Columbus faculty members and alumni that paddle annually from Miami to Key West to raise money for the ACS.  Since their inaugural voyage in 2000, they have helped raise more than $612,000.  Their goal is to not only find a cure for cancer by raising money, but to honor those who have fought the good fight.  Their motto is  "we kayak, you donate and we all pray for a cure."

Congratulations to the Castaways!  The Columbus family is proud of you! 

The CCHS teachers and alumni that have kayaked for a cure are:  Steve O'Brien, Robert Linfors, Dave Isenberg, Adam Scholer, Eric Pino, Sandy Valdez, Patrick Linfors, and Lou de la Aguilera  who is a major sponsor of the Castaways through his company TotalBank.  View the Castaways Against Cancer Website 

Pink Tie Drive - Raised over $2000 in just 2 days for La Liga Contra el Cancer
Thursday, October 02, 2014

Columbus students, teachers, and administration wearing their pink ties to support Cancer Awareness Month (at top). The ties, on sale at Columbus, have sold out for the last two days.  Students can wear the ties throughout the month of October.

This fundraiser already brought in over $2,000 for La Liga Contra El Cancer, a non-profit organization that provides free cancer treatment to people who lack the financial means/and or insurance to pay for their medical costs.

The three students who came up with the idea for this drive and led the effort are:
Franco Luis, Carlos Luis, and Nicholas Gonzalez (pictured at right kneeling).   They are part of the 
Columbus Cangrejos Club Board which works throughout the year to help "La Liga Contra El Cancer."  

Other Cangrejos board members (pictured standing at right) are:  Oscar Sanz Diaz, Alejandro Varas, Gabriel Gonzalez, Matthew Diaz-Silveira, Alexander Santana, Sergio Velikopoljski, and Alejandro Noy.  Special thanks to Br. John Healy, Club Moderator and Mrs. Patty Luis for helping the students coordinate this important effort. 

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Columbus Featured in a Community Newspapers Article
Monday, September 29, 2014

Columbus was featured in several community newspapers for starting the school year with a new principal and a completed Fitness and Wellness Center.  View the article in the Kendall Gazette Here.  

Explorer Talks with Ryder CEO Robert Sanchez (CCHS class of '83)
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Our latest Explorer Talks Video features Robert Sanchez (CCHS Class of '83), the Chairman and CEO of Ryder System Inc.  Thank you Robert for participating in the program and supporting Columbus. 

Explorer Talks with Robert Sanchez Class of '83 from Explorer Talks on Vimeo.

Congratulations to our 14 national scholars recognized by the College Board
Wednesday, September 24, 2014

We are proud to congratulate fourteen students of the senior class who have been recognized as National Scholars by the College Board.   Thirteen students were identified as National Hispanic Recognition Scholars by the National Hispanic Scholarship Program, a program which each year honors about 5,000 of the highest-scoring students from over 250,000 Hispanic juniors who take the PSAT.  In addition, Brad Daes was identified as  a Semifinalist in the 2015 National Achievement Scholarship Program.  Brad is 1 of 1,600 semifinalists and also received an Honorable Mention from the National Hispanic Recognition Program. 

National Hispanic Scholars:  Andrew de la Osa, Matthew Fernandez, Andres Gomez, Alejandro Levy, Cristian Llop, Brandon Mantilla, Jackson Martinez, Luis Moas, Christopher Nickas, Daniel Padron, Sebastian Polo, Gabriel Seiglie (not pictured), and Stefan Zachar and Andrew Forero (not pictured).

Lyndon Simmons Gave Keynote Address at Event in Support of the Step Up Program
Monday, September 22, 2014

On September 19th, Columbus hosted a great event in support of the Step Up for Students Program which helps low-income students attend private schools. Jose Mas ('89, CEO of MasTec Inc.) and  Eric Fresen ('94, State Representative) were among the honorees, as was our own Br. Kevin. Columbus junior Lynden Simmons gave a heartfelt keynote address and presented the Mas family with an award.  Other honorees were Columbus parent and State Representative Manny Diaz Jr.,  State Representative Michael Bileca, and Bishop Victor Curry.

View Herald Article

Students help needy children in the Bahamas through GET SMART BIMINI
Friday, September 12, 2014

Over the summer, five Columbus students participated in “GET SMART BIMINI” and delivered 100 backpacks filled with school supplies to needy students in Bimini, Bahamas.  This organization was created three years ago by then Columbus student Robert Sanchez (’13).  The students raise the money, purchase the supplies, and distribute the backpacks to the children along with members of the Royal Bahamas Police Department.  "These students really have made many kids happy and have taken a burden from some of our parents who have several kids in school" said Corporal Dixon, Bimini Police. "We love this place and we want to show appreciation and so we formed GET SMART BIMINI to help the Bimini kids out in this way," said David Sanchez ‘17 who led the effort.  Following the distribution, the students received "International Friendship Awards" from Island officials.  The following students participated in GET SMART BIMINI.  We commend them for their service.  Michael Fernandez, Diego Gomez, Cesar Llano, Daniel Negrini, and David Sanchez.

Spring SAT Prep Course for Juniors
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Columbus will be offering the SAT Prep Course during the Spring Semester of 2015 to students of the Junior class.    
These classes will begin March 2nd thru April 30th and be held after school from 2:35 pm to 3:35 pm.  
SAT Course Information/Registration Form

15 Students Commissioned as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
Tuesday, September 09, 2014

This year Columbus has fifteen students who have been trained as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and have been commissioned to serve at the school by  Fr. Julian González, I.V. Dei, World Languages teacher.  They have been trained and certified by the Archdiocese of Miami.  We are vey proud of these students for their willingness to serve their school community in this important way, helping to make Jesus known and loved.

The Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are:   Joseph Alvarez, Javier Busto, Fabien Charles, Joseph Chica, Alejandro Gonzalez, Brandon Meireles, Andres Mendoza, Adell Monreal, Juan Ortega, Alberto Rodriguez, John Roque, Joseph Roque, Gabriel Seiglie, Jose Velasco (not pictured), and Alex Vizcarra.  Present are David Pugh, principal, and Br. Michael Brady and Gerardo I. González, campus ministers.

Reserve Your 2014/15 Yearbook
Wednesday, September 03, 2014
Reserve Your 2014/15 Yearbook Here

Students Serve on Mission Trip, help bring running water to village in D.R.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014

In July, 28 Columbus students travelled to the Dominican Republic with BLUE Missions ( to help bring running water to 89 families in the village of Los Pinos.  Together with students from Our Lady of Lourdes Academy and other area schools, our students h
elped build a gravity driven aqueduct, specifically a water holding tank from cinder block, re-bar, and cement which can hold 16,000 gallons of water.  The tank was filled for the first time this past Saturday.  

"Our mission as Marist educators and students reaches far beyond our borders and these young men truly responded to the call to serve", said Mr. Alex Ibarra, Columbus teacher who accompanied our students and coordinated the trip.  The following students participated:  Nick Quesada, Farid Marquez, Justin Barquet, Brendan Barquet, Daniel Cicarelli, Joseph Figueredo, Lucas LoMonaco, Antonio Martinez, Brian Maloney, Nicholas Cabarrocas, Matthew Diaz-Silveira, Robert Garcia, Michael Mata, Brandon Bowes, Brando Caveiro, Antonio Ortiz, Andres Medina, Sergio Velikopoljski, Derek Gonzalez, Gabriel Campo, Gabriel Freire, Robert Lewis, Juan Daniel Couto, Gustavo Enrique Figueras, Brandon Dulon, Connor Gonzalez, Angel Luis Vargas, Nicky Hidalgo


Principal's Welcome Letter
Monday, August 11, 2014


Principal's Welcome Letter
for the  2014/15 School Year
Click Here

Francisco de la Torre Selected to Play with Pro-Golfers on the Champions Tour
Thursday, August 07, 2014

Senior Francisco de la Torre has been selected to play with pro golfers on the Champions Tour in the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach during the weekend of September 26th.  The event will be televised internationally on the Golf Channel. 

Francisco was selected by a national panel of judges who evaluated playing ability and comprehension of the life skills and character education learned through their involvement with The First Tee.  More than 150 applications were submitted.

Champion Tour players committed to play include two-time Nature Valley First Tee Open winner and defending champion Kirk Triplett, Charles Schwab Cup contenders Jay Haas and Kenny Perry and a number of World Golf Hall of Fame members.

Congratulations Francisco!


National Honor Society Receives Top Award in Miami-Dade for Blood Donations
Thursday, August 07, 2014

pictured left to right:  Lourdes Cofresi, Jake Machado, Peter Cooper, and  Ana Lopera (OneBlood Rep)

The Columbus/Marist Chapter of the National Honor Society received the top award for the most blood donations (212 pints) to the OneBlood organization by any private school in Miami-Dade County.  In addition to a beautiful three-foot trophy, our contribution represents over $4,000 in scholarship money to be donated to the Marist Brothers.
Congratulations to the National Honor Society Officers who spearheaded this effort and helped attain the student participation in the blood drives - Jose Ortega (President), Jake Machado (Historiographer) Peter Cooper (Secretary), Joseph Cacioppo (Vice President) and Zachary Garcia (Treasurer).  Special thanks to Mrs. Lourdes Cofresi, National Honor Society Moderator who organized the drives. 

The Adelante Spring/Summer 2014 Edition has Published
Monday, August 04, 2014

View the latest "Adelante" Alumni Magazine.

New Wellness Center Featured in Athletic Business Magazine
Friday, June 27, 2014

Columbus' New All-Sports Fitness Complex and Bernhardt Wellness Center was Featured in Athletic Business Magazine. 
Read Article

AP European History Summer Reading Instructions
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Message from Ms. McCullagh for AP European History Students Regarding the Summer Reading Assignment: Please open/download/save the following documents: 

1.  Please read the Background to The Prince before you read the book – you will find the background will be extremely helpful as you read Machiavelli’s book. 

2.   As you read each section of the book, respond to the reflection questions in the Study Guide in complete thoughts and sentences.  Please read and follow the directions as written on the document.

3.   Review the Vocabulary Terms for the chapters that precede our study – you will find that these terms and concepts will be relevant as you read The Prince.

4.  Tune your European habits of mind and listen to The World on 91.3 at 3pm in the afternoon…you will hear many news items related to our upcoming studies.

5.       See you in August…if you have questions,

Golf and Fishing Tournaments Help Raise Funds for Columbus
Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Thank you the Sponsors of our Golf and Fishing Tournaments.
Golf Sponsors
Fishing Sponsors

View Golf Tournament Pictures                        View Fishing Tournament Pictures

Miami Herald Ad Congratulates Columbus on a Phenomenal Year
Monday, June 09, 2014

Check out the congratulatory ad that ran in the Miami Herald on June 8, 2014 below.  Thank you to all our students, faculty members and parents that helped 2013/14 be such a great year for Columbus.   Adelante!

Click Here to View Ad

Information for Opening of 2014/15 School Year
Friday, June 06, 2014
Information for Opening of the 2014/15 School Year

Summer Reading List
Friday, June 06, 2014
Summer Reading List

Meet the SAC Executive Board for 2014/15
Monday, June 02, 2014

On May 22nd the newly elected executive board for SAC (Student Activities Committee) presented themselves to Br. Brady (Principal Emeritus) and Mr. Pugh (Principal Elect). The passing of the gavel took place from outgoing Student Body President (Joseph Piscitelli) to the incoming President (Andres Fernandez).

Back Row:  Fabien Charles, Alberto Rodriguez (Senior Class Representatives), Lynden Simmon (Junior Class Representative), Mr. Pugh and Br. Brady, Andres Fernandez (Student Body President), Joshua Fonseca (Treasurer), Orlando Hidalgo and Michael Rodriguez (Sophomore Representatives), Front Row: Mr. Ibarra, SAC Moderator, Daniel Cicarelli (Treasurer), Adrian Garcia-Casals (Secretary), and Alexander Santana (Junior Class President).  Absent from the picture is Gabriel Delgado (Student Body Vice-President).  Congratulations to all the new members of the 2014-2015 SAC Executive Board - Adelante!


Castaways Against Cancer go on 15th annual voyage
Saturday, May 31, 2014

Learn about the Castaways Against Cancer, a group of kayakers that journey from Miami to Key West every year to raise money for the American Cancer Society.  The group is made of several Columbus teachers and alumni.  View Article..............View Website

Sophomore Simon Tsaoussis Wins Award at International Science Fair from the China Assoc. of Science
Friday, May 23, 2014

Sophomore Simon Tsaoussis presented his project - "Two Transistor Ternary Random Access Memory" last week at the International Science and Engineering Fair (The Olympics of Science) in Los Angeles.  He received a Special Area Award from the China Association of Science and Technology and $1200 for this breakthrough invention that has the potential to increase the speed of computers by 5,000% or more.  He is pictured above with CCHS Science Dept. Chairperson Mrs. Alina Sanchez.

Simon was one of seven Miami-Dade high school students that made it to ISEF.  They all had to win at the local and state levels to compete with the best from all over the world at the event. This year, 1,800 students from 70 nations participated. (view NBC footage from the ISEF)

Simon, we are very proud of you! 


Students Represent Columbus at Marist Youth Leadership Conference in New York
Friday, May 23, 2014
Several students will be representing Columbus at the Marist Youth Leadership Conference in New York from May 23 - 27.  This gathering, which brings together young people from our Marist schools in North America, aims to develop a wider sense of the Marist mission among its participants while building a family spirit across school lines. The activities offered at the conference will help transmit a sense of Marist heritage and will inspire, motivate, and build confidence in youth who want to take up leadership roles in their schools and in the local Church. Representing Columbus are Joseph Alvarez, Javier Busto, Brandon Carvajal, Joseph Chica, Daniel de la Rosa, Alejandro González, Jonathan González, Robert Gutierrez, Robert Lewis, Juan Ortega, Charles Polit, Nicholas Rubi, Cesar Santalo, Daniel Valcarcel, Alejandro Varas, Br. John, and Mr. González. 
The Columbus family is praying that you have a meaningful experience during the conference.
Three Explorers Win the Prestigious Silver Knight Award, an unprecedented accomplishment for Columbus
Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Three seniors won Silver Knight Awards at the ceremony held on May 20, 2014 at the James L. Knight Center.  These outstanding students have made the Columbus family very proud.  Congratulations!
The winners were: (pictured left to right):  
Michael Ortega (Drama)
Andrew Briz (Digital & Interactive Media)
Michael Joseph Sanchez (Athletics)

Read Herald Article

Coach Stewart and Marinelli are both Named "Coach of the Year" at the Miami Herald Athletic Awards; 22 Explorers Made 1st Team All-Dade
Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Columbus Soccer Coach Michael Stewart and Golf Coach Michael Marinelli were honored at the Miami Herald
Athletic Awards on May 21, 2014 for being chosen "Coaches of the Year."     The event also honored the 22 Columbus students that made this year's
1st Team All-Dade List:

Football Defense:  Nick McBeath & Nick Garcia
Swimming/ Diving:  Bradley Anan
Golf:  Julio Betancourt, Rafael Martinez, Juan Yumar
Soccer:  Eduardo Diaz, Daniel Del Rio, Joseph Tolgyesi
Wrestling:  Kier Rodriguez
Baseball:  Matt Marini, Nelson Mompierre
Track & Field:  Michael Amat, Humberto Freire
Waterpolo:  Jorge Rizo
Lacrosse:  Michael Bulnes, Cody Brais, Sebastian Cancio, Nicky Quintairos, Zachary Garcia, Matt Larrera, Jimmy Perry


Meet our 10 Silver Knight Award Nominees - Columbus is very proud of them all!
Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Columbus is very proud of our ten Silver Knight Award Nominees.  They have all shown great commitment to academics and service throughout their years at Columbus.  Congratulations and good luck!   *Click on image below to view larger file

Voice of Democracy Speech Contest Winners Honored by Veterans
Monday, May 19, 2014

On May 16th representatives from the Veterans of Foreign Wars visited Columbus to honor the achievements of the following students in their Voice of Democracy Speech Contest.  Congratulations to all the winners!  

Carlos Cabrales (1st Place, VFW Post 4127)
Alec McLeod (1st Place, VFW Post 10068)
Ryan Servedija (1st Place, VFW Post 471)
Michael Hernandez (2nd Place, VFW Post 4127)
Alexander Bornote (2nd Place, VFW Post 10068)
Michael Fletcher (2nd Place, VFW Post 471)
Brian Piedra (3rd Place, VFW Post 4127)
Fernando Oyarzun (3rd Place, VFW Post 471)
Oscar Guerra (3rd Place, VFW Post 10068)



The May Edition of the Log Has Published; includes senior last wills and testaments
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Nicholas Anderson is a Finalist for the Miami Herald Scholar Athlete of the Year
Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Senior Nicholas Anderson has been chosen as a finalist for the  Miami Herald 2013/14 Miami Dade Scholar-Athlete of the Year. He was pictured in the Miami Herald's Sports Section on May 14, 2014.

Nicholas also recently found out that he was chosen as the 2013 school winner in the Wendy's High School Heisman Award Program which honors outstanding achievements in athletics, academics, and leadership.

Congratulations to Nicholas!



View Latest Explorer Talks Video Featuring Dr. Greer ('74)
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Our latest Explorer Talks Video features Dr. Pedro Jose "Joe" Greer ('74), a nationally recognized Physician and Humanitarian who is currently the Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs and Chair of the Department of Humanities, Health, and Society at FIU.  He founded the Camillus Health Concern and the John Bosco Clinic and is a recipient many prestigious awards including the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the MacArthur  Foundation "Genius Grant" Fellow.  Thank you Dr. Joe for participating in the program and supporting Columbus.

Explorer Talks with Dr. Pedro Jose Greer Class of '74 from Explorer Talks on Vimeo.

Mas Scholars, Robotics, CCNN Live, all involved in eMerge of the Americas Tech Conference
Friday, May 09, 2014

The eMerge of the America’s Technology Conference, which promoted South Florida as an emerging technology hub, took place the week of May 5th at the Miami Beach Convention Center and CCHS Explorers were there in full force participating, competing, and covering the event.

Mas Scholar students networked and participated in several panel discussions with industry leaders on technology
in medicine, finance, education and health care.  The robotics team competed in the STEM Tech VEX Competition and won FIRST PLACE – Congratulations to Nick Alfonso and Alex Calderon!  CCNN Live covered the event – view their report here.  

Our students were happy to find many alumni participating at this event including Mayor Carlos Gimenez, Dr. Pedro Jose "Joe" Greer, State Representative Erik Fresen, Albert Santalo, Nelson Fonseca, J.B. Aleman and Rene Rodriguez, to name a few. The event's agenda was a concept of Manny Medina (alumni parent/CCHS supporter). 

Columbus Team Finished 2nd in State History Bowl Championship
Friday, May 09, 2014

The following students finished in 2nd place at the State History Bowl State Championship Competition in March. 

Nick Austin
Bryan Brito
Oscar Guerra
Daniel Gonzalez


Mattias Tomasino Invited to Tryout for National Youth Soccer Team
Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Sophomore Mattias Tomasino, a member of Kendall SC's U16
USSDA Soccer team, has been invited by the U.S. U17  Youth National Team for a trial to join the team's residency program.  
More Information

Congratulations Mattias!



Patrick Gatcliffe is Selected to Participate in the HOBY Leadership Conference
Monday, May 05, 2014

Sophomore Patrick Gatcliffe has been selected to attend the 2014 Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Conference which will take place at Lynn University in Boca Raton this Spring.   The program’s mission is to inspire and develop our global community of youth to a life dedicated to leadership, service and innovation.

Patrick was selected to represent Columbus at the seminar because he has demonstrated the potential to lead and to positively influence others.   

He is ranked number one in his class and is an active student who participates in the Squires, The Log – Newspaper, and the volleyball team. 

Congratulations Patrick!  

AP Exams Run From May 5 - 16
Monday, May 05, 2014

 Message Regarding AP Exams 
AP exams run from Monday, May 5, through Friday, May 16. All students enrolled in AP courses during the school year are required to take the AP exam. Students taking a morning exam may leave after that exam is dismissed.
Students taking an afternoon exam may arrive in time for that exam, and do not need to attend morning classes.

Starting on Tuesday, May 6th, senior students may be excused only from the first or last time slots once they have taken the AP exam. If a student also has an AP class either the 2nd or 5th time slot and has taken the AP exam, these individuals must get administrative approval to be excused for the 1/2, 2/5, 5/6 or 6/1 time slot  combinations. Please have them see Dr.Vila.  All other senior classes continue till Wednesday, May 16th. 

Congratulations to CCNN Once Again for Sweeping the State Competiion
Friday, May 02, 2014

CCNN Live has more news to boast about.  The crew competed  in the Florida Scholastic Press Association State Convention last week and once again swept the competition winning 32 awards, which included the coveted "All-Florida Show" title (held for the past 5 years by CCNN).  

1st Place Awards were won by CCNN in the following categories: Video Demo Reel, Twitter Coverage, Video Graphics Reel,  1 in 8 Million, Public Service Announcement, Broadcast Profile, Broadcast Show Opening, News Photography,  School Display (for their student-built robot Cbot which showcases CCNN's work).
Congratulations yet again to one of the best high school broadcast programs in the nation!
Teenage Republicans Club becomes largest group of its kind in South Florida
Thursday, May 01, 2014

The Christopher Columbus Teenage Republicans Club formed in the Fall of 2013 and already is the largest high school volunteer organization of it's kind in South Florida.  The group which is led by President Mauricio Pons (pictured above to the far left), recently attended the Grand Opening of the Re-elect Governor Scott for Florida Campaign where they had the opportunity to meet the Honorable Lieutenant Governor of Florida Carlos Lopez Cantera (pictured above at center with the students).  They also met with Co-Chairwoman of the Republican National Committee Sharon Day.

The group will be acknowledged at the Inauguration Ceremony of the Miami-Dade Latin American Republican Club on May 2nd where the guest speakers will be members of Congress Mario Diaz Balart and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.  In addition, Mauricio Pons has been asked to speak on behalf of the South Florida Region at the Teenage Republicans State Convention.  "People our age should be more involved in politics," said Mauricio.  "Politics will affect us greatly in the future, we should learn more about the process and understand that we have a say."  The Columbus group has helped get similar clubs started at several local high schools including Braddock, LaSalle, Ransom, and Miami Springs.  

Other members of the club pictured above are:  Eric Ramputh, Andre Madrid, Daniel Gonzalez, Hector Payares, and Luis Terrone.

Eddy Alvarez ('08) - Winter Olympics Silver Medalist Visits Columbus
Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Eddy Alvarez (Class of 2008)
and 2014 Winter Olympics Silver Medalist in Short Track Speed Skating visited Columbus on April 29, 2014 to speak to the freshman class.

Eddy discussed his journey to the Olympics and gave some very inspirational messages to our students. 

Thank you Eddy - We are proud of you.



CCNN Live's 1st Annual Media Excellence Awards Honored Local TV News Journalists
Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Congratulations to the winners of the 1st Annual CCNN Live Media Excellence Awards which were held at Columbus on April 12, 2014.  At the event our student-led CCNN Live honored the TV news journalists that inspire them to produce and air quality programming.  Ten of the nominees were present at the ceremony as was Mr. Sal Cannella, CCNN founder, who was honored with a special award. The event was covered on several TV stations.   
View Pictures from Event
The Winners:
On-Air Personality: Laurie Jennings-Local 10
Field Reporter:  Jenny Padura-Univision 23
Sports Reporter:  Kim Bokamper-CBS 4
Entertainment Reporter:  Roxanne Vargas- NBC 6
Weather Personality: Vivian Gonzalez-WSVN 7
Best Use of Social Media: Kevin Ozebek-WSVN 7
Local Station of the Year: NBC 6

Registration is Open for Columbus Basketball and Baseball Summer Camps
Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Columbus Summer Camp Information Here


Faculty and Staff Join Together to Serve the needy
Monday, April 14, 2014
During Lent members of the administration, faculty, and staff donated food items and volunteered their time to prepare sandwiches and lunch bags for persons seeking assistance.  Over 600 lunch bags were delivered by the faculty to the Missionaries of Charity and to the Cocunut Grove Outreach Center. George Guerra '91, the owner of the Sedanos in Westchester also donated the bread.  This project was part of the New Marists in Mission efforts that aim to motivate the Columbus school community to serve. 
The Marists in Mission Committee was formed at Columbus to identify the needs of the adults that serve at Columbus, and offer experiences for the administration, faculty, and staff.  The committee is represented by various departments, age brackets, and number of years in service at Columbus:  Eyda Alegret - Religious Studies, Anneris Cedeño - World Languages, Andrew Chacon – English, Teresa Chomat - Science, Ana Fernandez – Staff, Gerardo González - Campus Ministry, Kenia González - World Languages, Br. Peter Guadalupe – Guidance, Br. John Healy - Guidance, David Isenberg - Visual and Performing Arts/Athletics, Pedro Marti - Religious Studies/Athletics, Wenceslao Ortega - Mathematics, Eric Pino - Social Studies, Maria Rams-Foyo - Mathematics, and Br. Albert Rivera - World Languages.       
Class of 2018 Parents Welcome Meeting Presentation
Wednesday, April 09, 2014
Class of 2018 Parents Welcome Meeting Presentation

Adelante Magazine just Published
Tuesday, April 01, 2014
Check-out the latest Adelante Magazine Issue.
Drama Troupe Ranked Superior at State Thespian Festival
Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Bravo!  The Columbus Theater Troupe scored Superior (the highest score possible) in all 4 productions that they took to the Florida Thespian State Festival Competitions.  This an incredible achievement, especially because it is the first time Columbus Drama competed at the state level. Congratulations! to the students and to moderator Ms. Erin McGrath.

John Nordt- Superiors in ensemble, dialogue, and monologue
Victor Valdeon- Superiors in ensemble and monologue
Michael Ortega- Superior in ensemble
Brian Piedra- Superior in dialogue
Gabriell Salgado- Superior in ensemble
Justin Rodriguez- Superior in ensemble 

Debate Team Featured in Miami Herald for their recent success
Monday, March 10, 2014

The Columbus Debate Team was featured in a Miami Herald article for their recent success at the local, state and national level.   READ ARTICLE

Past Columbus Silver Knight Award Recipients Visit Columbus to Speak to the 2014 Nominees
Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Thank you to Columbus Silver Knight Award Recipients Ralph Penalver ('69) and Joey Insua ('07) for visiting Columbus today and speaking to some of our 2014 Silver Knight Nominees and underclassmen who are interested in the program.   Ralph is holding his Silver Knight trophy which he received 45 years ago.  These alumni gave the group some great advice regarding this program which has become Miami-Dade County's most prestigious awards program for high school students. 

State Champion Soccer Team Honored by the Miami-Dade County Commission
Tuesday, March 04, 2014

The Columbus 2014 State Champion (Class 5A) Soccer Team was honored at the Miami-Dade County Commission Meeting on March 4, 2014.  Mayor Carlos Gimenez ('72) and Commissioner Javier Souto presented the team with a Proclamation and the team presented them with a jersey signed by all the team members. In addition to Head Coach Michael Stewart and Assistant Coach Gerardo Lewis, in attendace were the families of the players, Principal Br. Michael Brady, Assistant Athletic Director Butch Staiano, Br. Steve and Br. Julio, who started the soccer program at Columbus in the 1970s.  Congratulations again to Columbus' newest state champions!

Thank you to the 35 alumni who participated in Career Day
Friday, February 28, 2014

Every year Columbus is able to host a successful Career Day due to the large number of alumni who are committed to the school and want to help our students.  This year 35 alumni participated on February 27th.  They spoke to our seniors about their career paths and gave some great advice.  Thank you to the following alumni:

Jose Abadin (’80) - Dentist; Adrian Alvarez (’03) – UM Program Manager; Jaime Bianchi (’84) - Attorney; Daniel  Brea (’95) - Vice President, Portfolio Manger; James Carballo (’78) - Construction Project Manager; John Cooper (’83) – Assistant Vice President, Oracle Solutions, Cognizant; Major Kenneth del Mazo (’96) - Commanding Officer, Marine Corps. Miami; Eddy del Rio (’95) - Vice President Regional Marketing; Alex Diaz (’99) - Attorney;  Michael Dominguez (’89) - Vice President, Antigal Winery & Estates; Jose "Joe" Fernandez (’81) - Circuit Court Judge;  Peter Flores (’03) - District Sales Engineer; Eric Gaunaurd (’90) - Owner/Executive Producer, Paradiso Pictures; Ignacio Gaunaurd (’95) – Research Associate/Physical Therapist; Manny Gaunaurd (’88) - President of IMUSA, USA; Carlos A. Gibert (’90) - Supervisory Special Agent, FBI; Patrick Gleber (’77) - Entrepreneur; Antonio Gomez (’97) - Special Agent, US Dept. of the Treasury, IRS Criminal Investigations; Tony Gonzalez (’86) – CEO, Tire Group International; Oscar Grau (’98) - Sr. Sales Territory Manager; Alain Guerra (’96) - Financial Advisor; Carlos Hernandez (’92) - CPA; Aldo Lastra, Jr. (’77) – CPA; Gus Machado, Jr. (’85) -  Director of Sales; Mario Martinez (’88) - Pediatric Dentist; William McCaughan  (’00) - Attorney; Daniel A. Perez (’05) - Attorney; Raul Sanchez de Varona (’81) – Managing Director, The Solution Group; Gregory M. Santin (’88) - Senior Vice President, Florida Community Bank; Giuliano Speziani (’90) - Sr. Network Architect, Information Technology; Frank Suarez (’96) - Sales Representative; Mario A. Sueiras (’91) – Geico Insurance Agent; Kevin Testa (’95) – Commercial Director, Diageo North America; Joseph Triana  (’90) - Medical Doctor; Orestes Triana  (’79) – Owner, Greens Garage & Mobil Quick Lube Center

Carlos Montalvan is chosen as a Finalist in the National Merit Scholarship Competition
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Senior Carlos Montalvan was named Finalist by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.  
Carlos is 1 of approximately 15,000 finalists that will continue in the 2014 competition for some 8,000 National Merit Scholarships worth about $35 million.   The nationwide pool of finalists, representing less than 1% of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants on the 2012 SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).   Congratulations Carlos!

The Columbus Family Congratulates Eddy Alvarez ('08) for Winning Silver in the Olympics
Friday, February 21, 2014

The Columbus family congratulates Eddy Alvarez (CCHS Class of 2008) for winning a silver medal at the Winter Olympics on Friday February 21st in the Mens Short Track Speedskating 5000M Relay - View Article.  Adelante!

Debate Team's College Tournament Victories Continue, placing 1st at the University of California
Friday, February 21, 2014

This has been a tremendous year for the Columbus Debate team, having had great succeess in several national university competitions.  After having placed in the top 10 at Princeton and taking the gold at Yale University tournaments earlier this year, CCHS debate brought home the championship in Public Forum Debate at the University of California Berkeley the weekend of February 14th.  

After 4 days of competitions, over 37 states and 6,000 entries to the tournament, Tyler Anderson and Joseph Corderi both juniors, placed first after going undefeated throughout the entire tournament and defeating Mountain View High School of Idaho in the final round. Tyler and Joseph are the first to win the Berkeley National Tournament in the history of the Columbus program. Among other Explorers to do well are Joseph Arocha and Noah Lopez, who went 6-1 and dropped in the double octo round, top 32 at the tournament. Congratulations to the team and the champions! 

Congratulations to the soccer team for winning the state championship
Saturday, February 15, 2014

2014 State Champion Soccer Team (Class 5A).  View Herald Article.

Science Fair Winners - Simon Tsaoussis Chosen for State/International Science Competitions for breakthrough project
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Sophomore Simon Tsaoussis (pictured sitting at center) has been selected to compete in the State & International Science Fairs with his breakthrough project - "Two Transistor Ternary Random Access Memory." His invention, which he has a patent out for, has  the potential to increase the speed of computers by 5,000% or more.  Simon competed at the S. Florida Regional Science & Engineering Fair on February 8th where he received a Superior rating and brought home the  1) Intel Excellence in Computer Science Award; 2) ASM 's Award for Most Outstanding Exhibit in Material Science and 3) US Naval Academy Award for Excellent project in Computer Science. 

The following five students also brought home awards from the S. Florida Regional & Engineering Fair:
1. Sebastian Planas:   Project: Linear Magnetic Gauss Rifle-Superior Rating
2) Patrick Gatcliffe:  Project: Effect of Colorant on Lake Water Transparency and Dissolved Oxygen Concentration- Excellent Rating.  He received the University of Miami Rosential School of Marine Sciences Award for an Excellent Project in Ocean Currents.
3) Christian Capper:  Project: What are the Benefits of Green Roofs Compared to Traditional Roofs-Excellent Rating.  He received the I-SWEEP Award for an Excellent Environmental Project.
4) Thomas de las Casas:  Project: Long-tailed Macaques and Their Ability to Judge Relative Quantities-Excellent Rating
5) Mathieu Gomez:  Project: Disinfecting Wipes vs. Saline Wipes-Excellent Rating

Congratulations to all these student for their exceptional work!  They are all pictured above with CCHS Science Department Chairperson Mrs. Alina Sanchez.
Wrestling Coach Jim Husk Featured in MIami Herald Article
Monday, February 10, 2014




Five Seniors Sign Football Scholarships
Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Congratulations to the five seniors who signed letters of intent on February 5th (National College Football Scholarship Signing Day).
Ricky Gallo:  NW Oklahoma State
Sasha Kelsey:  Lehigh
Nick McBeath:  Holy Cross
Jose Alvarado:  Colgate
Zack Marti:  Brown
Latest Explorer Talks Video Features Mayor Carlos Gimenez ('72)
Friday, January 31, 2014

Our latest Explorer Talks Video features Mayor Carlos Gimenez (CCHS Class of 1972).  Thank you to the Mayor for participating in the program and supporting Columbus.

View Explorer Talks with Mayor Carlos Gimenez Here

The Explorer Talks Video Series features alumni giving advice and speaking about their journeys to career success. The goal of the program is to instill in students the knowledge, confidence, and motivation to pursue their ambitions, while showcasing Columbus' alumni. *Produced by CCNN Live, the Christopher Columbus News Network, in collaboration with film-maker Marc Altieri ’07.

Band Peforms at Mother of our Redeemer School in Celebration of Catholic Schools Week
Thursday, January 30, 2014

As part of the celebrations taking place for Catholic Schools Week, the Columbus Jazz Band was asked to perform for the students of Mother of Our Redeemer Catholic School in Miami Gardens on January 29, 2014. 

Our students not only gave a great performance that the audience enjoyed but also spoke to the students about what it's like going to a Catholic High School.

Thank you to Band Director Keith Cooper and all the band members who participated.

The CCHS family wishes good luck to Eddy Alvarez (Class of '08) in the Winter Olympics
Sunday, January 26, 2014

Eddy Alvarez (CCHS Class of '08) is headed to Sochi to compete in the Winter Olympics in Short Track Speed Skating. 


The Columbus family is very proud of him and wishes him good luck.






Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Drama Troupe Competes at Districts for 1st Time & Places in all 9 Events
Friday, January 10, 2014

The Columbus Drama Club has joined the International Thespian Honor Society and is now a registered troupe in the state of Florida.  The team, comprised of 8 students, competed for the first time in district competition in December with 49 other schools and over 1200 students and phenomanely the Columbus Troupe placed in all of the 9 events that were held.  The troupe will be going to the state competition in March.

Congratulations to the following students for their incredible achievements:

1. John Nordt - Superior in a monologue

2. Victor Valdeo - Superior in a monologue

3. John Nordt and Brian Piedra - Superior in a dialogue

4. John Nordt, Gabriell Salgado, Michael Ortega, Justin Rodriguez, Victor Valdeon - Excellent in an ensemble

5. Brian Piedra - Excellent in a solo musical

6. Thomas Barrera - Excellent in a solo musical

7. Kevin Diaz - Excellent in a monologue

8. Justin Rodriguez and Victor Valdeon - Excellent in a dialogue

9. Michael Ortega and Gabriell Salgado - Excellent in a dialogue

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