Mount Alvernia High School, Newton, MA
All seniors at Mount Alvernia High School are required to complete a Senior Symposium project. This project is the culmination of their years of preparation in English and in history. It consists of a research paper for history, an analytical paper for English, reflective essays, and a formal oral presentation, all under the direction of Dr. Melissa Heim, senior history teacher, and Mrs. Denise Bowser, senior English teacher. The students' papers are bound and become part of the permanent collection in the school library. This Web site presents an overview of each student's Symposium papers. In addition, each senior art student completes a Senior Art Thesis, under the direction of Mrs. Joan Nelson, senior art teacher.
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Jillian  DeBaie
Dorothy  Parker
“The Rockefellers: Power, Control, and Wealth”


Jeana  DiBella
Julia  Peterkin
"African American Female Domestic Labor During the 1930s and the 1940s"


Rose  DiBella
Dashiell  Hammett
“The Pinkerton Detective Agency”


Mary Kate  Feeney
Earl  Hamner
“Nazi Spies in America During World War II”


KatieLou  Ferreira
Ernest  Gaines
"Civil Rights in Louisiana"


Courtney  Flynn
P.D.  James
"Fingerprints and Blood Analysis Help Investigators Solve Crime"


Briana  Foley
Theodore  Dreiser
“The Rise and Fall of Book Censorship 1870-1930”


Kathryn  Fulton
Elizabeth  Berg
“Child Abuse in America 1800s-1900s”


Adriana  Grasso
Gail Carson  Levine
"Migration of Jewish Immigrants to the United States"


Cristina  Grasso
Charlotte  Brontë
"The Relationship between Queen Victoria and Prince Albert"


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