SCOTCH PLAINS, N.J. -- Nora Gerlitz's senior year at Union Catholic has gotten off to a great start.

Gerlitz achieved a perfect score on the English portion of the ACT, made the honor roll in the first marking period, and she is excelling on Union Catholic's forensics team. Gerlitz was very excited when she found out about her ACT score 
"It was very exciting to get that score because I'm not the best test taker,'' said Gerlitz, who lives in Plainfield. "It's just really nice to see that the work I had done with tutoring, practice tests, and grammar training all paid off. It was definitely an exciting moment.''    

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Gerlitz is also flourishing on the forensics team where she serves as one of the captains.

At a Newark Catholic Forensics League Tournament earlier this month at Ridge High School, Gerlitz teamed up with Bridget McDermott to reach the quarterfinals in Public Forum Debate.

"I didn't think that I'd like forensics as much as I do,'' said Gerlitz, who is competing with the UC forensics team at George Mason University in the 15th annual Patriot Games Classic.  "I thought I'd try it out my freshman year and I wound up loving it.''

Gerlitz is enjoying her role as a captain on the team.

"As a captain you get to run practices and help the freshmen write speeches, and do mock debates,'' said Gerlitz. "I really enjoy all the responsibilities that come with it.''

Gerlitz said attending Union Catholic is one of the best decisions she's ever made.    

"I love the diversity and the opportunities that they have here at Union Catholic,'' said Gerlitz. "Whether it's athletics or forensics or PAC (Performing Arts Company) or Emerging Leaders, there is something for everybody here, and I love the strong sense of community here. When I came to UC for Freshman for a Day, I just knew this was the place for me. I'm so happy that I made the choice to come to Union Catholic.''