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NEWTON – Mount Alvernia High School in Newton announced Maria E. Cortez of Ashland was recognized as Class Salutatorian at Sunday’s 81st 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, Cortez was a member of choir, Certamen, art club and cilm Club.

She volunteered her time at the Pearl Street Cupboard and Cafe in Framingham, and Eliot House Riverside Community Care. She completed 117 hours of community service.

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Cortez received a Silver Medal and maxima cum laude Certificates of Recognition for the National Latin Exam and a Certificate of Honor for the National Spanish Exam. Maria received the Mount Alvernia High School A Posse Ad Esse Latin Award for the highest-scoring senior on this year’s National Latin Exam.

Additionally, she is the recipient of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Book Award and the Rensselaer Medalist Award.

Cortez is a graduate of Saint Bridget School in Framingham.

She will attend the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and major in Computer Science.

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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.

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