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Nicole DeSario, 16, is a junior at Montgomery High School in Skillman, New Jersey. Beginning last fall, Nicole championed bipartisan bill, A2920, that successfully passed and was signed by Gov. Christie on May 5th. The law directs New Jersey middle and high schools to have “Safe Dating” in their health curriculum starting with this school year. Nicole is the President of her school’s MASK Theater, “Montgomery Advocates for Solidarity and Kindness”. MASK is an initiative Nicole developed herself in response to the new legislation’s mandate to combat relationship abuse in teenagers. Nicole arranged for students interested in being a member of MASK to first be educated and certified in relationship abuse, courtesy of a local sponsoring domestic abuse prevention agency. MASK members perform short theatrical presentations to small groups to demonstrate real life situations that teens face. Nicole, knowing from personal experience just how prominent the cycle of violence is, especially when one feels isolated, is doing what she can to ensure her community has a sustainable resource for students in need.