NEWTON – Mount Alvernia High School in Newton, announced Florencia Paz Cortez of Ashland was recognized as class of 2019 Salutatorian at Saturday’s 80th Annual Commencement.
The graduating senior with the second highest grade point average is salutatorian of her class. During the graduation ceremony, the salutatorian gives the welcoming address.
During her time at Mount Alvernia, Florencia was the Captain of Certamen and the President of the Cultural Enrichment Club.
She participated in winter and spring track & field teams.
Cortez volunteered her time at the Pearl Street Cupboard and Cafe in Framingham, assisting those facing food insecurity at their food pantry. She completed 128 hours of community service.
She is the recipient of the Maureen O’Donnell Oxford Classical Dictionary Award for earning a Gold Medal on the National Latin Examination for four years.
She is the recipient of the A Posse Ad Esse Latin Award, Sister Stella Maris McNamara, OSF English Award, a Certificate of Honor in the National Spanish Exam and the Yale Book Award.
Cortez is a graduate of Saint Bridget School in Framingham.
Florencia will attend the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and major in Microbiology.
Mount Alvernia High School in Newton has educated young women of community since 1927. It serves students from 30 communities in Greater Boston from grades 7-12.