Welcome to Legal & Public Affairs

Dear Parents,


            On behalf of our teachers, Ms. Cushnie and Ms. Gonzalez and our counselor Ms. Martin, we would like to welcome you back to 2016-2017 school year where we are all Heroes in the Making. Our team has filled the year with new and exciting opportunities for our students.

            The 2015-2016 school year was filled with great accomplishments; highest ALP passing rate to date; variety of FPSA awards during National competition; numerous students elected in Student Government; initiated the CRESP (Coral Reef Environmental and Safety Patrol) program and students who continue to be involved with community events. We are extremely proud to be leading a family of such wonderful students.

This year we will continue to offer a plethora of clubs to join.  Our official Academy club is the Florida Public Service Association (FPSA) and our goal is to receive a 100% membership. The $10 fee will enable students to enter into competition in March and attend the leadership conference typically held in January. Each member will also receive a club shirt. FPSA reinforces the skills learned in our Criminal Justice program. Students further have opportunities to participate in We the People, Mock Trials and STAND. Ms. Cushnie will also lead the Honor Guard this year and Ms. Stuvel will lead the CRESP patrol program only accessible to Legal Academy students. Look for information to come home for these clubs soon. We strongly encourage all students to participate in any of the above mentioned clubs.

            In an effort to be able to better communicate with our entire Academy family, we have set up a Remind 101 account.  Attached you will find the flyer with instructions on how to join Remind101.

            To conclude, we encourage ALL of our Legal families to join the Legal Academy booster club.  This year we are looking to hold our first annual Legal and Public Affairs Banquet and our Legal Academy Night is September 22 from 6:30 until 8 PM. Please ensure that your child returns the forms to their Academy teacher by Friday, September 2, 2016. If you already volunteered for a position, please note that a mandatory meeting is taking place on Thursday, September 6, 2016 @ 7 pm in the auditorium.

            Again, we are excited to fly a new journey as super heroes of our era and please, if you have any thoughts or concerns, do not hesitate to contact us. On behalf of our entire team, I wish you a healthy and successful school year.

Marinka Stuvel
Academy of Legal and Public Affairs
Lead teacher

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Criminal justice is the system of practices and institutions of governments directed at upholding social control, deterring and mitigating crime, or sanctioning those who violate laws with criminal penalties and rehabilitation efforts. Those accused of crime have protections against abuse of investigatory and prosecution powers.

Current News

Legal Awards Night - May 22

9 -12th grade awards. 11 and 12th grade pinning ceremony.
Followed by ice cream social in the Cafeteria. Starts promptly at 6:30 PM.

Students of the Month

Congratulations to the following:

Maxton Tamayo, Sophia Polo, Mr. Ennis, Maia Taveras and Christine Mendez.

Not in the picture are: Susan Obregon, Logan Castellano, Sebastian Romero, Jose Caraballo, Janessa Casanas, Bryan Godoy, Angela Olave, Ryan Vidal, and Jayla Burton.


FPSA State Competition

Florida Public Service Association (FPSA) members of the Legal and Public Affairs at Coral Reef SH high school are showing their awards earned during the State Competition. The Honor Guard (Parmie Dean, Brandon Naranjo, Jordyn Turner, Jayla Burton, Sarah Borrero, Malka Trujillo, Danieska Lopez)and Parliamentary Procedures team (Hannah Llende, Jane Perez, Sebastian Ranut, Damon Veras, Emily Olson, Angelica Almanza, Bemjamin Caserta) took first place. Angelica Almanza received first place in CPR, Damon Veras took 1st place in Extemporaneous Speaking and Dina Thomas earned a $500.00 scholarship to Johnson and Wales for her 3rd place finish in Extemporaneous Opening Statement. Lionel Esperance earned first place in Obstacle Course and Annabelle Colon won 3rd place in Obstacle Course. William Garcia earned 3rd place in Prepared Speaking. Max tamayo, Megan Lichtman, Christian DeLao and Annabelle Colon earned 3rd place in Building Search. Thomas Hodgins, Joshua Defreitas and William Garcia earned first place for the Prison Project.  Other winners include  Danieska Lopez, Victoria Briz, Daniela Rodriquez, Andres Vargas, Karl Pridemore, Michael Guerra, Dylan Heimer, Annabelle Colon, Malka Trujillo, Angela Olave,, Nicole Ramirez, Natalie Boix, Vickie Avalo and Gaby Hernandez. The team is led by Ms. Cushnie, outstanding Academy teacher.