Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners Honors Miami Dade College Physician Assistant National Competition Winners and State Champion Baseball Team
Miami, July 1, 2014 -
The Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners declared July 1 Miami Dade College Physician Assistant Day and MDC Sharks Baseball Team Day. Both groups participated in the proclamation presentation Tuesday morning as a credit to their academic and athletic achievements.
The three-member team from the College’s physician assistant (PA) program took first place at the National AAPA Challenge Bowl, outsmarting the competition from other physician assistant programs across the country. The match, which took place in Boston, attracted some 74 teams including Duke, Yale, Stanford, Wake Forest, UF, and other renowned schools.
Team members Cecilio Padron, 21, was a car mechanic with no medical experience before enrolling in MDC’s PA school; Arian Pupo recently arrived from Cuba where he started medical school, and now dreams of practicing medicine; and Leopoldo Catala is an international student with a student visa.
Sharks Baseball went all the way to the college world series and also brought home the Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA) State Championship title, after defeating nationally-ranked #13 Polk State College 4-2, catapulting them to participate in the JUCO World Series in Grand Junction, Colorado, where they came in second in the nation.
The Sharks have claimed the state title 11 times. For head coach Danny Price, FCSAA was his first championship in his four-year tenure with the team. Price was also named Coach of the Year for the State of Florida and for the Southern Conference.
The men’s baseball team clinched its 29th Southern Conference Championship title with an overall record of 30 wins and 14 losses, and a conference record of 17-6.
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