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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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Celebrate Immigrant Heritage Week April 15-21, 2019

Immigrant Heritage week is an annual celebration of the unique contributions and diverse cultures of immigrant communities in New York City. It is a chance to recognize the many immigrants, past and present, who have contributed their talents, skills and hard work to our city and country. Immigrant Heritage Week also aims to build cross-cultural understanding between native New Yorkers and immigrant communities. It highlights what makes our city one of the most vibrant and inclusive cities in the world. Immigrant Heritage Week recognizes the day on April 17, 1907 when more immigrants entered the U.S. through Ellis Island than on any other day in history.

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Conversations Across the Country: English in Action in the Branches

Multicultural conversations are taking place in ESU branches across the country. Long-term English in Action programs continue in Seattle, Portland, Central Pennsylvania, Columbus and Lexington, and other branches are joining in. Kansas City's brand new English in Action program is growing in partnership with the Kansas City public library, and in Monmouth County, a similar program kicked off last fall.

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International Council Meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia

The English-Speaking Union of the Commonwealth has distributed initial details for the 2019 International Council Meeting, to be hosted by ESU Russia, in St Petersburg from Wednesday, September 25 to Sunday, September 29, 2019.

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The Andrew Romay New Immigrant Center (ARNIC) Community Lounge

The ESU Andrew Romay New Immigrant Center opened its doors in 2013 and has welcomed over 1,250 members to our home. Here participants can improve their English and access professional development opportunities, while meeting other new immigrants and native New Yorkers.  Highly accomplished in their countries of origin, many ARNIC members are unemployed or working survival jobs in New York City. They look to ARNIC to open up paths to success.

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2019 ESU National Shakespeare Competition Underway at Branches

The Research Triangle Branch's winners were: first place, Xiao-Ming Porter; second place, Morgan Swales; third place, Riley Simutami. Research Triangle President Bob Leak presented Miss Porter with a beautiful crystal award, generously sponsored by long-time ESU supporter Alice Irby.

Across the country, ESU Branches are holding their regional National Shakespeare Competitions. Approximately 2,500 teachers and 20,000 students in nearly 60 ESU Branch communities participate each year. Here is a selection of photos from some of their community-level competitions.

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