On Saturday, May 25, at 10:00 a.m. Montverde Academy hosted another successful Baccalaureate ceremony for the 2019 graduating class. Senior Head Prefect and SIMA student-athlete, Camilo Moreno Vasquez gave a speech about his transition to Montverde Academy from Nicaragua and what the community at MVA means to him.
Baccalaureate also brought the 2019 Cum Laude Induction ceremony where SIMA student-athlete Gabriel Sitler was inducted for his lofty grade point averages throughout his time at Montverde Academy and their work in the community through various projects and leadership positions including his role as a 2019 Senior Prefect. He was joined by fellow SIMA Senior Prefects Juan Pablo Echeverry, Mario Valdes, Kelvin Mulinya and Camilo Moreno.
At 1:00 p.m. the graduating seniors led by the faculty and staff, proceeded into the Nest gymnasium to receive their diplomas. Giving the Benediction in their native language, three SIMA student-athletes translated to the crowd; Alassane Ates Diouf in Wolof, Camilo Moreno Vasquez in Spanish, and Kelvin Mulinya in Swahili.
Three SIMA student-athletes were also inducted into the Old Guard, a group of Montverde Academy students that have been at the Academy for four and five years. Joao Freire received this recognition for four years among other students who were inducted into various guard groups for their time spent at MVA. Camilo Moreno and Adam Kiernan were inducted for five years at the Academy.
Camilo Moreno was also recognized with fellow classmate Varina Zhang and were both awarded the Trustee’s Leadership Award. Camilo was a 2019 Senior Head Prefect while participating in SIMA and being a constant role model to his peers. He also served as an Eagle Ambassador and in various community service projects throughout his time at MVA.
Below is a list of all the graduating SIMA student-athletes and their college decisions, if they have made one. On behalf of the SIMA staff, we are so proud of this accomplishment and we wish you the best of luck on your future endeavors. Once you have joined La Familia, you will always be welcome back.
|Douglas Oliveira Alves||King University||NCAA DII|
|Caio Brandao||Queens University of Charlotte||NCAA DII|
|Bleno Cruz||Marshall University||NCAA DI|
|Joao Curvo||Wingate University||NCAA DII|
|Bruno De Nez||Undecided|
|Jeremy Di Lallo||University of Central Florida||NCAA DI|
|Juan Pablo Echeverry||University of Indianapolis||NCAA DII|
|Joao Freire||Knox College||NCAA DIII|
|Bernardo Gracindo||Northeastern University||NCAA DI|
|Arthur Paes||Notre Dame College of Ohio||NCAA DII|
|Christopher Jensen||University of Indianapolis||NCAA DII|
|Adam Kiernan||Longwood University||NCAA DI|
|Weston King||University of Louisville||NCAA DI|
|Diogenes "Mayloa" Kinyua||Appalachian State University||NCAA DI|
|Kameron Lacey||UNC Charlotte||NCAA DI|
|Joao Gallo Lima||University of Charleston, WV||NCAA DII|
|Hugo Lopez Guillem||Undecided|
|Matheus Maccari||University of Indianapolis||NCAA DII|
|Arthur Moreira||University of Santa Clara||Academics|
|Bryan Moreira||University of Indianapolis||NCAA DII|
|Camilo Moreno Vasquez||Undecided|
|Kelvin Mulinya||Appalachian State University||NCAA DI|
|Philip Mayaka||Clemson University||NCAA DI|
|Luiz Oliveira||Wingate University||NCAA DII|
|Ricardo Paiva||Keiser University||NAIA|
|Brandon Picard||Florida Atlantic||Academics|
|Gustavo Ikhara||Keiser University||NAIA|
|Cesar Joseph Ugo Ripa||Post Grad at MVA|
|Giovanni Rock-Rodriguez||Rollins College||Academics|
|Giovanni Saavedra||Florida Southern|
|Luiz de Abreu Sodre||Luther College||NCAA DIII|
|Joao Pedro Souza||Marshall University||NCAA DI|
|Frederico Tramontina Da Silva||Undecided|
|Daniel Tregansin||Notre Dame College of Ohio||NCAA DII|
|Mario Valdes Hernandez||St. Thomas University||NAIA|