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June 18th, 2014

Ten Graduate from Nora Cronin Academy

The Nora Cronin Presentation Academy Class of 2014 graduated on Friday, June 13, 2014.

NEWBURGH - The young ladies who graduated from Nora Cronin Presentation Academy, the private middle school for underserved girls in the Newburgh School District, presented a vision of achievement and potential.

They have a strong hope in changing their world and making our living it better, according to their Valedictorian Arianna Recinos. She characterized her class as a salad of ten deliciously different fruit, each with the potential to impact the world with their unique talents.

The Graduates are: General Excellence winner Arianna Recinos, who will be attending John S. Burke Catholic HS along with Ariadna Funes.

Nano Nagle Award for Character Winner, as well as for Mathematics and Physical Education, Graciela Bautista, who will go to NFA’s Excelsior Academy, along with Language Arts awardee, Aliandra Sanchez and NYS State Comptroller’s Leadership awardee Maylin Argenal.

Adrianna Huaqui (Art and Music), Ashley Martinez (NYS State Comptroller’s Leadership), Joana Martinez, Mayia Taylor and Megan Benitez will all be attending Newburgh Free Academy.

In her keynote address, Sr. Patricia Anastasio PBVM, President of the Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary offered the girls vivid images of women who have and continue to challenge the conditions of poverty and the lack of education and compassion.

She asked the graduates to focus on 14 year old Malala Yousafzai who was critical injured by Taliban gunmen because of her campaign for female education in Pakistan.

Malala recently said that the lost girls of Nigeria are her sisters too! Sister Patricia also reminded them of Venerable Nano Nagle, founder of the Presentation Sister, who held secret classes in the dark of night for poor Catholic children in Cork, Ireland when it was against English law for them to go to school.

Always a highlight at Nora Cronin Presentation Academy’s Graduation is the presentation of a glowing lantern to each graduate.

In the words of NCPA Principal Sr. Yliana Hernández: Let the lantern you receive be a beacon for our own world. Who will light the lantern and go one step beyond?

NCPA is an English language immersion school, totally funded by private contributions and community fundraising. The Academy receive’s no public tax assistance or donation from the Archdioease of New York. If you would like to help, visit the website

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