The Sabre Magazine Fall Issue Volume 1 - Page 7

PHOTO CREDIT: KRIZIA KETCHUM PHOTO CREDIT: KRIZIA KETCHUM Take a Walk Down Sabre Way REPORTER: Katherine Rojas St. Brendan High has received the honor of having a portion of 87th Avenue in Westchester named “Sabre Way” by the State of Florida and Miami-Dade County, thanks to Florida legislator and school alumnus, Jose Felix Diaz. This momentous occasion was celebrated on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 with an assembly in the school’s gym, hosting speakers such as Florida Senator Anitere Flores, Doral Vice-Mayor Christi Fraga (class of 2005), Miami-Dade County Commissioner Javier Souto, U.S. Federal Marshal Amos Rojas, and Florida State Representative Jose Felix Diaz (class of 1998). Diaz, an alumnus of St. Brendan High School, requested the renaming of the avenue about two years ago, and in June of 2014, it was approved. During his high school years, Diaz was Student Body President which inspired him to run for office later on. “I fell in love with the idea of coming up with ideas and seeing those ideas become realities,” said Diaz in his speech to the school on Wednesday. Diaz has been an active alumni member since he graduated in 1998, as he is ardent about his alma mater, and is proud to see it grow and change. In his speech, Diaz stated, “The first 40 years have been amazing — and I think the next 40 years will be even better.” Doral Vice-Mayor Christi Fraga, also an alumna of St. Brendan, recalled her time at the school, acknowledging the sacrifices her family made to send her there. “Being a graduate of St. Brendan was an experience all on its own — you have so much to learn here. It’s great to be a part of the Sabre family, and we have accomplished so much,” says Fraga. In between speeches, our Director of Counseling Mrs. Ivette Alvarez suggested that students spread the news of this great honor on social media, saying, “I expect at least one person to post a #sabreway today on Twitter or Instagram!” Laughter ensued throughout the crowd. Our school’s principal also commented on the street renaming. “Streets are only renamed after those people and institutions that have made a mark on their community, and on the eve of our 40th anniversary we are very proud to be recognized as an institution worthy of this honor,” says Dr. Rodelgo-Bueno. This event is not simply the opportunity to have the school’s mascot plastered on a sign or two in Westchester. It is a reminder of the teachers, students, and faculty that made St. Brendan High School a nurturing place to learn, and the opportunities it provides to allow for continued growth and improvement. Federal Marshal Amos Rojas said it best in his speech during the ceremony: “Sabre Way is an attitude. It means that you have the religious foundation, a solid education, and the ability and skills to be what you want to be.” PHOTO CREDIT: KRIZIA KETCHUM