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Congratulations ARNIC Class of 2018

Class of 2018 ARNIC Graduates

Graduation is a memorable moment for all students, but for the 166 graduates from the Andrew Romay New Immigrant Center (ARNIC) on May 31, this achievement was especially significant. ARNIC graduates are unique in that they are all new immigrants who attended a free, yearlong scholarship program through English in Action. 

On May 31, 2018 ARNIC hosted a graduation ceremony for students, teachers, supporters and elected officials at Fourth Universalist Society in New York. Following the ceremony, a benefit dinner supporting ARNIC raised more than $76,000 through the generosity of a matching challenge grant from the Marietta and Andrew Romay Foundation.

Thanks to the ARNIC program, I have gained confidence and experience. Those keys I know will open doors to professional opportunities for me. As an immigrant, as a mother, as a woman in my 40s, as an asylum seeker—believe me, there are a lot of challenges I face, but that won't stop me from doing what I have to do today for me and my community. Niurka Melendez-Vasquez, ARNIC Graduate

Click to see photos from the ARNIC Graduation.

Click to watch the graduation ceremony, speeches and panel discussion.

Click to download a copy of the ARNIC Graduation program.

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Ali Cohen from Arizona competed in the IPSC Grand Final round in London

2018 IPSC Finalists in London

"The only difference between these two girls--in fact, the only difference between girls like myself and the 60 million uneducated girls around the world is chance."

These words were spoken today in London by Chandler Arizona high school junior Ali Cohen as part of her speech, Many Worlds Apart at the Grand Final of the ESU International Public Speaking Competition at Dartmouth House today.

Ali (third from right in the front row) used her platform to urge those who have power and influence to be a conduit for the story of uneducated girls around the world as they fight for education, opportunity and equality. 

Watch the IPSC Grand Finals on Facebook. 
(Ali Cohen's speech is at 1:21:00)

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279 middle school students from 6 states debated at the Championship Tournament

2017-2018 Middle School Debate Championship
Should reptiles be pets? Should the Olympics include video games? Should the US adopt a guaranteed minimum income level? These are just a few of the topics middle school students debated during the English in Action Middle School Debate Championship Tournament on May 5 in New York City. Debaters came from 33 schools in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Virginia, Maryland and Colorado to participate in the seventh annual tournament at the Nest +m public school.

Rachel Carson Middle School from Herndon, Virginia won the final debate against The Dalton School from New York, New York.

Jasmine Sanchez of West End Secondary School in New York, NY won the Top Speaker and coveted Golden Gavel awards.

Click here to see the tournament photos.

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2018 National Shakespeare Competition winner Jackson Dean

April 23 may have been a normal Monday for most students, but as the birthday of William Shakespeare and the date of the 35th Annual National Shakespeare Competition, April 23, 2018 will be a day that fifty-five high school students will never forget. Students from around the US competed on stage in the Mitzi Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center as the culmination of a year-long competition hosted by the English-Speaking Union (ESU).

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ARNIC Graduation Date Set

ARNIC Graduation Save the date: May 31, 2018

The 2018 Andrew Romay New Immigrant Center (ARNIC) Graduation will be held Thursday, May 31, 6 pm at The Fourth Universalist Society of New York.

The Marietta and Andrew Romay Foundation has announced a special challenge grant of $25,000 in support of ARNIC. For more information about the ARNIC 2018 Benefit and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Rossana Ivanova at, (212) 818-1200 ext. 220.

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