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ARNIC Class of 2019 Graduation

For the newest Andrew Romay New Immigrant Center (ARNIC) graduates, June 13 was an especially memorable occasion as they attended a graduation ceremony at the Harvard Club of New York. The ARNIC Class of 2019 was exceptionally diverse and included nearly 120 graduates from more than 40 countries.

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Immigrant Heritage Month

June is Immigrant Heritage Month. We stand with immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers and recognize their contributions to building strong, diverse and cohesive communities.

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Career Day/Networking Night

April was a busy month for ARNIC members, who had the opportunity to participate in two unique career-readiness events.

At our third annual Career Day, sponsored by Flushing Bank, members honed their interviewing skills as they took part in mock interviews with bank staff. Members also received personalized resume review and general interviewing tips from the Flushing Bank human resources team.

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The Literacy Review

We were thrilled in April to learn that a piece of writing by ARNIC member Maddalena Maltese had been selected for publication in Volume 17 of The Literacy Review. Published by the NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study, The Literacy Review is an annual journal of writing from adult literacy programs throughout New York City. Being featured is quite the honor. Although more than 350 students submitted work for consideration, only 77 pieces were selected to appear in this year's volume.

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2019 National Shakespeare Competition

April 30, 2019 — New York City: April 29th may have been a normal Monday for most high school students, but for Maria Guardino Schreiner from Hawken School it will be a day to remember forever. Maria, student of Julia A. Griffin, won the 36th Annual National Shakespeare Competition on William Shakespeare's birthday while competing against 50 students from around the US on stage at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center Theater. The event is the culmination of a year-long competition hosted by the English-Speaking Union (ESU).

Maria received a full scholarship to attend the Midsummer Conservatory Program at the British American Drama Academy (BADA) in Oxford, England as the first place award for performing as Rosalind from Shakespeare's As You Like It and reciting Sonnet 29 in the final round of competition.

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