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Faces of OP

Luigi Franzese '19

"OP's tight-knit community was exactly what I was looking for. Everyone knows each other in our class, and we're all friendly towards each other. We all push ourselves, but nobody wants to see each other fail. The support from both students and faculty makes OP feel like a home away from home." Hometown: Cedar Grove Favorite Subject: Sociology Activities: Co-Captain of Mock Trial Team, History and Politics Club, Student Council
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Mr. Steven Maybe, Physical Education

"The best thing about working at Oratory is the small community feel. My fellow teachers are passionate about what they do, take pride in their work, and are always willing to help you out. It is a fun environment in and out of the classroom. As a coach, it is great to have alumni come back to support their school at sporting events. It truly shows the impact our school has had on them as they truly care how we are doing year in and year out. For all of these aspects, I am proud to say that I am a teacher at OP."
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Gary Saitta '22

"My favorite event so far this year was class wars because the competition created team work and friendships among my classmates. I also got to know students from other classes, and made some new friends too. In addition, the different events were a blast and I can't wait to see what new events there are next year."

Hometown: East Hanover
Favorite Subject: Biology
Activities: Cross Country, Basketball, Fitness Club
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Joe Del Sol '20

"This year I am excited about getting to know all of the new teachers as best I can and maintaining relationships with last year's teachers. I'm also looking forward to staying close with all of my classmates. Lastly, I am just excited for another successful year at OP... having fun sporting events, assemblies, and prom coming up!"
Hometown: Summit
Favorite Subject: Ethics
Activities: Baseball
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Zachary Pavlounis '23

"My goal for the 2018-2019 school year is to be more organized and to focus on classwork and homework."

Hometown: East Hanover
Favorite Subject: History
Activities: Basketball, Soccer, Baseball
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Christopher Cowell '23

"My favorite moment so far this year was going to the Varsity basketball games and being part of the Rowdies because as a Middle School student, it made me feel a part of the school even more."
Hometown: Roselle Park
Favorite Subject: Math
Activities:Basketball and Student Council
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Mrs. Michelle Gribbin, English

"One of the best things about working on so many activities at OP is that it gives me the opportunity to interact with the students outside of the classroom. Between yearbook, Omega, and Student Council, I get to see our students work on activities that they enjoy. It's an awesome thing to have a job where your goal is to plan fun events... and who doesn't love a good doppelganger?"
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Kevin Merila '18

"Throughout my four years at Oratory, an especially memorable project I completed was my survey project in Sociology class. I conducted a questionnaire on my classmates investigating how operant conditioning (the learning process through which the strength of a behavior is modified by reward or punishment) in the form of digital loot boxes affected the psychology of students increasing their desire to spend money. The freedom to choose my topic and the real world application made it very informative and exciting."
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Sebastian Bravo '21

"I feel that my newfound home, Oratory, is already putting me on the right path to success. Challenging academics, a diverse and friendly atmosphere, fun extracurriculars, and a deeper understanding of faith are at the core of what makes it so unique. Guided by the strong support from the faculty and my fellow brothers, many opportunities have become easier to seize...
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