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SIMA Student-Athletes Recognized During Baccalaureate and Graduation

By SIMA, 05/30/19, 1:00PM EDT


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.

Graduating SIMA Seniors

Name College Division
Douglas Oliveira Alves King University NCAA DII
Jordan Bender Professional-OCB
Caio Brandao Queens University of Charlotte NCAA DII
Joao Calvacanti Undecided
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
Pablo Diaz Undecided
Ates Diouf Professional-OCB
Jayden Downey Undecided
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
Raphael Lacour France
Mason Lamb Undecided
Joao Gallo Lima University of Charleston, WV NCAA DII
Hugo Lopez Guillem Undecided
Matheus Maccari University of Indianapolis NCAA DII
Luca Mancuso Professional-OCB
Pedro Melo Undecided
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
Gabriel Simoneau Undecided
Gabe Sitler Undecided
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
Justin Yarde Undecided
Victor Zollinger Undecided

Camilo Moreno receiving the Trustee's Leadership Award

Gabe Sitler being inducted into the Cum Laude Honor Society

Camilo Moreno speaking at the Baccalaureate Ceremony