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NEWTON – Mount Alvernia High School in Newton, announced four members of the Class of 2020 were recognized at the school’s 81st Annual Commencement on Sunday, July 19.

  • Areeba Aziz of Sudbury: Areeba was a member of the Varsity Golf team, the National Honor Society, The Looking Glass, Certamen, Ambassador Club and Science Club. Areeba completed 116 hours of community service helping at the Wayland Public Library, Stanley Elementary School and the Carroll Center for the Blind. She is the recipient of the Wellesley College Book Award and the Bernard W. O’Rourke Memorial Scholarship.
  • Areeba will attend the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and major in Biology.
  • Maria E. Cortez of Ashland: Maria is the Class of 2020 Salutatorian. Maria was also a member of Choir, Certamen, Art Club and Film Club. Maria volunteered her time at the Pearl Street Cupboard and Cafe in Framingham, and Eliot House Riverside Community Care. Maria 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, Maria 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. Maria will attend the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and major in Computer Science.

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  • Aleen C. Karakouzian of Framingham: Aleen was the Treasurer of the Student Council Executive Board. She was the captain of the Speech Team. As a member of the Speech Team, Aleen has placed first in Radio Broadcasting in multiple state tournaments. Aleen is a member of the Swim & Diving Team, Ambassador Club, National Honor Society and Activists Among Us. She volunteered at the Step by Step Dance Studio, the Roxbury Center for the Performing Arts, the Armenian Church Youth Organization of America and the Boston Police Department. She completed 98 hours. Aleen has received Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals and Laureat National Certificates on the National French Exam. She is a recipient of the Sister Jeremiah O’Sullivan Math Award. Aleen will attend the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and major in English.
  • Kristine G. Simmons of Sudbury: Kristine was the Vice President of the National Honor Society and a Senior Scholar. Kristine was a two-season athlete, as captain of the Varsity Tennis team and co-captain of the Varsity Volleyball team. She was recognized as this season’s Most Valuable Player on the volleyball team. Kristine is the Senior Retreat Coordinator on the Campus Ministry Executive Board. She wrote for The Looking Glass for all 6 years at MAHS. Kristine’s community service was dedicated to her home of Sudbury. She volunteered in the Children’s Department at the Goodnow Library and as an instructor teaching disabled athletes in the Handi-Rackets Tennis Program. She completed 218 hours. Kristine is a recipient of the Saint Michael’s College Book Award and the MAHS Athletics Department’s Sister Celestine Award. Kristine will attend Boston College and major in Psychology with Human Development.

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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