Author Archives: Margaret Antonio

About Margaret Antonio

Margaret Antonio is valedictorian of the 2012 graduating class of Immaculate Conception Academy. She is a student at Boston College.

A precandidate’s experience

Margaret Antonio, senior portrait The other day, my dad rented a movie, Waiting for Superman, not knowing it was a documentary on America’s deplorable and nearly hopeless public school system. As it explored the lives of kids and their families … Continue reading

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The New Norm

The following is an excerpt from Margaret Antonio’s recent speech in the Rhode Island Right to Life Oratory Contest. Earlier this year, I went to the doctor’s office for my yearly physical. I was sitting on the examination table, waiting … Continue reading

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The Plague of Senioritis

In these past two weeks I have noticed a strange similarity amongst several of my peers: late homework assignments, lower grades, unfocused study halls, and even messier lockers. It’s all summed up in one word: senioritis. It’s an illness that … Continue reading

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Our little dreams and God’s big plans

Senior year. It seems to be the time when little dreams start to surface into reality. It’s when the toddler’s plastic stethoscope and white medical coat is replaced with hours of community service to increase one’s chances of getting into … Continue reading

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Vote for______!

“Vote for Pedro!” Sound familiar? For farther advanced generations it was the slogan to a worthless movie of a younger generation. To that younger generation, which happens to be mine, it was simply– a fad. In seventh grade, wearing a … Continue reading

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Looking back at commercial Christmas

Take a walk through Walmart. Remember the Black Friday sales? Look at Santa Claus posing with little children in the mall. Everywhere, Christmas seems to be centered on buying and selling. The “Christmas spirit” is beginning to turn into the … Continue reading

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The Christmas—Room

There’s no need to read a psychology book to realize that men and women are different—often very different, especially how they think. Our daily social encounters confirm it. On New Year’s Day, we (the students of Immaculate Conception Academy) went … Continue reading

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Mystery in Newport

Have you ever seen something or someone extremely out of place? A homeless person walking in on a wedding? A horse in a playground? A man in a black suit at a pool party? It’s a strange feeling when it … Continue reading

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Speaking in the Diocese

Considering I have a secondary personality and tend to be rather overly-pensive and indecisive, it has taken me until now to reach the conclusion that I should write a blog about my experience as a guest speaker at the Providence … Continue reading

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Sunday, August 28 — Home at Last

The sun is shining. There’s a breeze in the air. The closest person: two feet away. Personal space. Pollution-free air. I hear the shouts of people playing baseball in the field nearby. It’s good to be home. Has it really … Continue reading

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