2021

  • October

    Mercy Girl Effect Project: Women at the Well

    Michelle H. Daino
    Arianna Salerno '22, the Student Council Executive Board's Director of Communications, recently shared details about plans for the Mercy Girl Effect project. The board also made a special presentation about the project to members of the Mercy Guild on Tuesday evening.
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  • Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

    Michelle H. Daino
    Spanish teacher, Marion Senior, reported that her Spanish 3 CP students and Spanish 3 Honors students colored a block and collaborated to produce the banner representing some Hispanics who have contributed to society in different ways. These individuals included: engineer Ellen Ochoa, artist Frida Kahlo, singer Selena Quintanilla, and American labor leader and civil rights activist Cesar Chavez.
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  • Fathers Club Holds Annual Cavalcade of Golf

    Michelle H. Daino
    On October 6, the Fathers Club hosted its 46th annual Cavalcade of Golf at Watchung Valley Country Club. It was a beautiful day filled with friendly competition and magnificent autumn views of the mountain course for the 75 golfing participants.
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  • Freshmen Retreat Builds Community and Spirituality

    Michelle H. Daino
    Throughout the day, members of our freshmen class participated in an inspiring retreat which included prayer, special speeches, ice breaker games, small group discussions, prayer partnering, a pizza lunch, and presentations. The freshmen also created time capsules and cards for the Sisters of Mercy and residents of McAuley Hall Health Center.
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  • Madeline Newall '19 Receives Scholarship from Fordham

    Michelle H. Daino
    Fordham University and the Henry Luce Foundation awarded Madeline Newall '19 a Clare Boothe Luce (CBL) Scholarship for 2021-2022. Madeline is pursuing an applied mathematics major with a psychology minor at Fordham.
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  • Mercy Guild Hosts Pizza Party for Sisters of Mercy

    Michelle H. Daino
    The Mount Saint Mary Academy Mercy Guild hosted a pizza party for the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas to thank them for sharing their home and watching over our girls. Thank you to all donors, including Dimaio Cucina for the food! The Sisters enjoyed pizza, garlic knots, salad and dessert from Nothing Bundt Cakes.
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  • Milestones Gala Honors Four Members of Mount Community

    Michelle H. Daino
    On the evening of Thursday, September 16, the Stone House at Stirling Ridge in Warren was filled with members of the Mount community who were proud to honor and recognize the achievements and contributions of S. Lisa D. Gambacorto, RSM, Ed. S. (Directress); Lisa Fittipaldi Digirolamo ’75, Amelia ’63 and Robert McTamaney, and JoAnn Rojek Minnicino ’74.
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  • September

    AP Scholars Reported

    Michelle H. Daino
    On Friday, September 27, the names of the AP Scholars at Mount Saint Mary Academy in Watchung were announced by Mrs. Jacqueline Muratore, Assistant Directress for Faculty, Curriculum, and Planning.
    The College Board offers a number of Advanced Placement courses and exams for students, allowing them to engage in college level work and the possibility of earning college credit or course placement. In May and June of 2021, Mount Saint Mary Academy administered 402 AP Exams in 21 subjects to 156 students. Of the 2021 AP Exam administrations, over 80 percent of Mount Saint Mary Academy students achieved a score of 3 or higher (scores are out of 5).
    The College Board has recognized 69 Mount Saint Mary Academy students as AP Scholars.
    AP SCHOLARS – To qualify as an AP Scholar, a student must receive scores of 3 or higher on three or more exams. They are:
    Emily Benewiat, Reagan DeMarco, Caitlin Kearney, Avery Longstreet, Reilly Melvin, Alexandra Mueller, Langley Murray, Megan Sandstedt, Laurel Valente, and Honor Winter
    AP SCHOLARS WITH HONOR – To qualify as an AP Scholar with Honor, a student must receive an average score of at least 3.25 on all of their AP Exams, with scores of 3 or higher on 4 or more exams. They are:
    Sidra Al-Ktaish, Angelika Demetrick, Katherine Kenny, Bridget Mooney, Riley Newall, and Kaelyn Twaskas
    AP SCHOLARS WITH DISTINCTION – To qualify as an AP Scholar with Distinction, a student must earn an average score of 3.5 on all of their AP Exams and scores of 3 or higher on 5 or more of the exams.
    Margaret Ferris, Jerrine George, Mariella Hilyard, Claire King, Diana Neste, and Semrit Nijjar
    Additionally, 47 graduates from the Class of 2021 earned the titles of AP Scholars, AP Scholars with Honors and AP Scholars with Distinction.
    Congratulations, ladies!
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  • Four National Merit Commended Scholars Reported

    Michelle H. Daino
    Elizabeth Roper, Director of School & College Counseling, reported the names of National Merit Commended Scholars.
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  • Jordyn Collie '23 at the Six Flags Great Adventure Wild Safari Invitational. (screenshot from nj.milesplit.com)

    Jordyn Collie '23: JV C Winner of Invitational

    Michelle H. Daino
    Congratulations to Mount Saint Mary Academy junior, Jordyn Collie '23. She has been named the Junior Varsity C Winner of the Six Flags Wild Safari Invitational!
     
    "For me, winning isn’t getting ahead of others, it’s getting ahead of myself," said Jordyn. "Our greatest victories are not the days we cross the finish line first, but those days you show up and give it everything you have."
     
    To learn more about Jordyn's accomplishment, click here.
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  • New Members of Cum Laude Society Inducted

    Michelle H. Daino
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  • Diana Neste '22 Earns President's Gold Volunteer Service Award

    Michelle H. Daino
    Diana Neste '22 recently earned the President’s Gold Volunteer Service Award (PVSA).

    "Earning the President's Gold Volunteer Service Award was an amazing recognition of my dedication and commitment throughout the past few months, said Diana. “I volunteered at Whitehouse Preparatory School for over 135 hours from May to August, which enabled me to gain valuable knowledge and experience while improving the lives of others."
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  • 'Smooth Sailing' for Freshmen During Orientation

    Michelle H. Daino
    Members of the Mount's Class of 2025 enjoyed an exciting assortment of activities on the afternoon of September 8th during Freshmen Orientation.
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  • Melanie Valliciergo '20 Shares Italian Enrichment Experience

    Michelle H. Daino
    Melanie Valliciergo '20 traveled to study in Rome this summer for three weeks on the EduItalia Scholarship which she earned based on her work in Italian at the Academy.  She now attends Northeastern University.
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  • Mount Saint Mary Opens for 113th Year

    On Wednesday, September 8, Mount Saint Mary Academy ushered in its 113th academic year with a Clap In for freshmen and sophomores at the beginning of the day. Students also attended Convocation in Chapel as well as sessions on security and technology. 
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  • New Faculty & Staff Join the Mount Family

    Michelle H. Daino
    Please join us in extending a warm Mount Saint Mary Academy welcome to the following new teachers and staff members.
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  • Welcome Back to Faculty and Staff

    Michelle H. Daino
    The family atmosphere of Mount Saint Mary Academy was evident on the morning of September 1st as faculty and staff gathered for Opening Day meeting. After exchanging warm greetings and learning from administration about plans for the 2021-2022 school year, everyone enjoyed a delicious lunch and a special treat from S. Lisa D. Gambacorto, RSM, Ed.S. (Directress) -- a Kona Ice Truck serving sweet treats outside of the St. Joe's Building.
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  • July

    Mounties Participate in Justiceworx Down the Shore

    Michelle H. Daino
    Students from Mount Saint Mary Academy and St. Joseph High School in Metuchen participated this past week in the faith-based community service program called Justiceworx-DTS (Down The Shore).
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  • June

    American Sign Language Club Shares Update

    Michelle H. Daino
    Over the course of this school year, the ASL (American Sign Language) Club, started by Nicole Parisi ’24, has learned basic signs and the manual alphabet. Members learned how to sign a variety of children’s books, and recorded themselves reading and signing the books. These videos were sent out to several schools in the area who serve deaf children as a way of engaging in a virtual read-aloud. The ASL Club hopes to do on-site read alouds next school year, and its members will be working toward communicating conversationally in ASL. 
     
    Click here to view a short clip of Addie Hoeft '24 and Victoria Fekete '24 signing Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?  
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  • Baccalaureate Mass Messages Inspired Seniors

    Michelle H. Daino
    During the evening prior to the graduation of the Class of 2021, Baccalaureate Mass was held in Immaculate Conception Chapel. S. Deirdre Mullan, RSM, M.A., Ph.D. was our guest speaker.
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  • Diana Neste '22 Named RoboCupJunior Champion

    Michelle H. Daino
    Stephen Muratore, mathematics teacher, announced that Diana Neste '22 has been named a RoboCupJunior OnStage National Champion. She excelled as part of the Storming Robots team in Branchburg, NJ. She has been a member since the fourth grade.
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  • Mount Saint Mary Celebrates Graduation

    Michelle H. Daino
    On the morning of Saturday, June 5, members of the Mount Saint Mary Academy Class of 2021 received their diplomas in Immaculate Conception Chapel. Eighty-six young women, who received a combined total of over $21 million in academic scholarships and grants, will continue their successful journeys at some of the most prestigious colleges and universities in the fall. Their future plans are detailed in the Commencement Program (see link below). Visit our social media pages for photography coverage of Graduation.
     
    To download the Commencement program, click here.
    To download the Valedictorian Speech (Tara DSilva '21), click here.
    To download the Salutatorian Speech (Martha Byrne '21), click here.
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  • Quality of Life Team Wins Second Place

    Michelle H. Daino
    Kathleen Brennan, Department of Mathematics Chairperson, announced this week that the Quality of Life Innovations (QLI) Competition Team of Aryanna Perez '21 and Meghan Webber '21 earned 2nd Place designation after competing in the Finals.
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  • Alexandra Kot Graduates Polish Supplementary School

    Michelle H. Daino
    Prior to her graduation from Mount Saint Mary Academy on Saturday, Alexandra Kot '21 graduated from The Polish Supplementary School of the Polish Cultural Foundation in Clark. The school's mission is to teach the Polish language, literature, history, and geography and to convey the Polish culture and traditions.
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  • Mount Community Holds Closing Liturgy

    Michelle H. Daino
    On the morning of Thursday, June 3rd, members of the Mount Saint Mary Academy community gathered in Chapel to celebrate Closing Liturgy. To view the full Closing Liturgy program, click here.
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  • Tara DSilva '21 Named Academic All-Star

    Michelle H. Daino
    Mount Saint Mary Academy Valedictorian, Tara DSilva '21, has been chosen as one of the 10 MyCentralJersey.com Academic All Stars for 2021. On June 13, both The Courier News and The Home News Tribune newspapers will salute Tara's accomplishments with publication of her stories. Tara's recognition will also be shared on the digital platform, MyCentralJersey.com.
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  • May

    Academy Awards Honors Students, Community Members

    Michelle H. Daino
    The evening of Monday, May 17, was a very special one on the Mount campus as the first in-person celebration was held in the Immaculate Conception Chapel. Both students of distinction and adult volunteers were recognized for their hard work and dedication.
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  • Mount Valedictorian and Salutatorian Announced

    Michelle H. Daino
    During Academy Awards Night on Monday, May 17, it was announced that Tara DSilva '21 has been named the Mount Saint Mary Academy Class of 2021 Valedictorian. Martha Byrne '21 has been designated Salutatorian. Tara, a graduate of Saint Helena School in Edison, will continue her studies at Princeton University in the fall where she will major in anthropology. Martha, a graduate of Holy Trinity Interparochial School in Westfield, will attend the University of Notre Dame (Glynn Family Honors Program) where she will major in Economics and Classics.
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  • Mounties Earn UN Community Service Awards

    Gabriella Robinson '22 and Grace Glynn '23 are being recognized for community service as United Nations National Community Service Award winners. Gabriella is a Merit Awardee (20+ hours of service) and Grace is an Ambassador Awardee (100+ hours of service). 
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  • Students Learn More About Service from Local Groups

    Michelle H. Daino
    “Although our annual day of service took on a different look this year, we were still able, as a school community, to learn, grow in awareness, share time with one another, and provide for the needs of others,” said Ruth Anne Munroe, Associate Campus Minister. “With the help of our wonderful Theology teachers and four impressive guest speakers, each grade level theology class was able to connect with and learn about an organization and a specific life issue. Every other year, our guest speakers have come to the Mount and met with the students in person.  This year, the speakers were able to quickly adapt their presentations to meet with the students online via TEAMS and ZOOM." Click here to read a full description of the freshmen, sophomore, junior and senior activities.
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  • Three Students Advance to FINALS in QLI Competition

    Michelle H. Daino
    Kathleen Brennan, Mathematics Department Chairperson, reported that the team of Leanne Paolino '21, Aryanna Perez '21, and Meghan Webber '21 has earned finalist status in the W!SE (Working in Support of Education) 26th Annual Quality of Life (QLI) Competition. The QLI is a unique social entrepreneurship initiative where high school students identify and develop  feasible solutions to community-based problems.  
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  • National Italian Exam Award Winners Told

    Michelle H. Daino
    Congratulations to the following students of Italian who achieved recognition of their high scores on the National exam during this exceptional pandemic year. "Thank you to all students of Italian for participating and taking the Italian exam," said Teresa Sengel, Department of World Languages Chair and Italian teacher.
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  • National Latin Exam, Mythology Exam Winners Revealed

    Michelle H. Daino
    Jennifer Larson, Latin teacher, shared the names of National Latin Exam, Mythology Exam winners and awardees.
     
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  • National Spanish Exam Awardees Announced

    Michelle H. Daino
    Madeline Albrittain and Rosanelly Montalvo, Spanish teachers, announced the following National Spanish Exam Award winners. Congratulations!
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  • Faculty News: John Maldonado (English Teacher)

    Michelle H. Daino
    John Maldonado, English teacher, submitted his essay, "Think upon the wounds his body bears’: Imprints, Gender, and the Hegelian Dialectic in Shakespeare’s Coriolanus” for The Nancy Comley Prize, an award for the best graduate essays in Queens College’s graduate programs in English and was one of two winners, receiving the Honorable Mention prize.
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  • Francesca Salas '23 Competes at Gymnastics Events

    Francesca Salas '23 competed in four Varsity Gymnastics meets with the Scotch Plains team on March 29th against South Plainfield, on April 1st against Piscataway, on April 6th against Union, and on April 12th against Hunterdon Central.  On all four events, Francesca’s scores were: Vault 8.65, Bars 8.2, Beam 8.65, and Floor 8.35. The 2020 season was capped off with Scotch Plains winning the County Championship.
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  • Peer Ministry Meditates on Easter Season

    Michelle H. Daino
    The Peer Ministry Leadership Team organized some wonderful activities to mark the Easter Season, according to Isabel Gachko, Director of Theology and Campus Minister.
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  • Peer Ministry Team Aids Life Choices

    Michelle H. Daino
    The Peer Ministry Leadership Team were able to assemble 10 large gift bags for the Mom’s at Life Choices which include shampoo, conditioner, shower puffs, soap, lotions, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, body wraps…. Each gift bag includes a personal note of inspiration. These items were all donated by the students.
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  • April

    JSA - Spring State Convention

    Michelle H. Daino
    Spring State was a virtual event that took place this past weekend. This convention brings the JSA year to a close with the election of the Governor and Lieutenant Governor of each region. Delegates participated in activities like debate, thought talks, and activism workshops.
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  • Pictured are: Julia Pierce (Mount Dance Club Advisor and Admissions Associate), S. Lisa D. Gambacorto, RSM, Ed.S. (Directress), Marisa Mazzuca '21 and Ainsley Klein '21.

    Mount Dance Club Scores Big at Competition

    Michelle H. Daino
    On Saturday, April 24, the Mount Dance Club took part in the That’s Entertainment Performing Arts Competition in Whippany. Their two amazing performances earned them a huge trophy for the OVERALL HIGH SCORE.
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  • Mount Named One of 100 Best High Schools Teaching Personal Finance

    Kathleen Brennan, Department of Mathematics Chairperson, learned recently that Mount Saint Mary Academy was named one of the 100 Best High Schools Teaching Personal Finance by W!SE (Working in Support of Education).
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  • Cybersecurity Club Competes in Challenge

    Michelle H. Daino
    Over Easter break, four students in Cybersecurity Club – Tara Schilke '21, Lauren Kibalo '21, Sarah Murphy '22, and Melani Rodriguez '23 – competed in the National Cyber Scholarship Competition hosted by CyberStart America.
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  • Euro Challenge Team Advances to Semifinals

    Michelle H. Daino
    Ms. Brennan shared that the Mount Saint Mary Academy Euro Challenge team advanced to the semifinal round of this year’s competition which will be held in May.
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  • Fed Challenge Team Paper to Be Included in Journal of Future of Economists

    Michelle H. Daino
    Kathleen Brennan, Department of Mathematics Chairperson, revealed that the Academy’s Fed Challenge team had a paper entitled, “Leading Factors of Gender Inequality” accepted into the Journal of Future Economists.
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  • H.O.P.E. Club Donates Cereal to Local Pantry

    Michelle H. Daino
    The members of the H.O.P.E. Club thank all who participated in this year’s annual SUPER CEREAL BOWL! Our donation to fill the shelves of the Starfish Food Pantry in Plainfield total over 160 boxes, many of which were the large double boxes so an even greater supply to help their client families!
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  • Olivia Quiroga Earns Full Scholarship to Vanderbilt University

    Michelle H. Daino
    Olivia Quiroga '21 has received a full scholarship from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

    According to Dana Goad, Olivia’s school counselor, “The Cornelius Vanderbilt Scholarship is a prestigious scholarship, selecting applicants who can bring both intellectual and community leadership to the entire campus community. Approximately 1 percent of freshman applicants are offered the scholarship. Selected applicants have achieved stellar academic records as well as impressive extracurricular activities and essays.”
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  • March

    Melissa Ramirez '24

    Mount Forensics Excels at State Competition

    Michelle H. Daino
    Mount Forensics competed in the New Jersey State Speech and Debate League State Championship on March 20. John Maldonado, English teacher and Mount Forensics advisor, reported the following results.
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  • Spanish IV Students Focus on Frida Kahlo

    Michelle H. Daino
    Madeline Albrittain, Spanish teacher, shared, "In Spanish IV, we just finished our art unit, which primarily focused on the life and art of one of Mexico´s greatest artists, Frida Kahlo. Students explored her life and legacy by researching self-portraits and reading the story, "Frida Kahlo," by Kristy Placido. As a final project, students opted to demonstrate understanding in a multitude of ways." 
     
    Mary Rojack '22 said, "My favorite part about learning about Frida was learning about her culture and learning about the reasons why she portrayed herself as ugly. I think in today's society self-perception is so important to learn about and being able to learn from past experiences of a woman in a different time period and completely different culture is really important."
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  • Cassandra Cavuoto '22 Performs in Diversity on Ice Show

    Michelle H. Daino
    On Friday, March 12, Cassandra Cavuoto '22 performed in the Diversity on Ice Show with the American Ice Theater at Bryant Park in New York City.
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  • Echoes Literary Magazine Earns "Excellent" Distinction

    Dr. Joseph Bonk, English Department Chair, shared that the Academy's 2020 issue of the literary magazine, Echoes, earned the high distinction of "Excellent" in the annual National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) literary publication contest.
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  • Coach Ryan Shellhammer Named 2021 Courier News Girls Basketball Coach of the Year

    Ryan Shellhammer, Mount Saint Mary Academy Varsity Basketball Coach, has been named NJ.com Mid-Season Coach of the Year, Courier News All-Area Coach of the Year, and NJ.com Skyland Conference Coach of the Year.  Mount Saint Mary Academy is proud to congratulate Coach Shellhammer on this well-deserved achievement.  Mr. Shellhammer is also the Junior Varsity Tennis coach and Golf coach.
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  • Dr. Joseph Bonk Selected as Reader for the AP English Literature & Composition Exam

    Michelle H. Daino
    Congratulations to Dr. Joseph Bonk, English Department Chairperson, who will serve as a Reader for the AP English Literature & Composition Exam. The digital Reading will occur from June 11 to 17.
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