United Nations Welcomes AHA Delegates
AHA senior Arianne Rowe, junior Jaya Sharma, and history/international studies teacher Jennifer Cucchisi attended the 61st United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. The 2017 priority theme was women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work. AHA’s delegation represented the School Sisters of Notre Dame during the first week of the conference. CSW 61 was held at the UN Headquarters in New York City from March 13-24, with a brief break for a major snowstorm.
Cultures from around the globe were the focus at International Night. This annual celebration drew an enthusiastic crowd as students shared food, music, and fashion from their diverse backgrounds. Students come to AHA from near and far. In recent years, students have traveled to Holy Angels from China, South Korea, Brazil, Trinidad, and Great Britain. International Night allows the greater school community to learn more about the students’ many cultures, and explore the world without leaving Demarest.
Operation Rice Bowl fundraisers are being held throughout the Lenten season. The effort began with lunchtime celebrations of Mardi Gras and Carnevale. The Italian Club sold generously stuffed heroes and cannoli. Outreach organized a bake sale that was conveniently located next to the Italian Club’s table. Together, these events netted close to $200. The campaign is still in progress in the school’s homerooms, in the Student Commons, and through Carol Fay’s sophomore religion class. Donations help to ameliorate hunger and poverty in local communities and across the globe.
Beyond Borders speakers Freda Catheus and Maureen Plaisimond visited AHA as part of their East Coast tour. AHA’s sponsors, the School Sisters of Notre Dame, partnered with Beyond Borders to support the organization’s efforts to improve lives throughout Haiti. The speakers discussed their work and accepted the balance of AHA’s donation to the Hurricane Matthew relief effort. AHA’s total donation of $5,785 is helping three families rebuild and move forward.
Music in Our Schools Month® (March) brought “Random Acts of Music” and “Mini Morning Musicales” to the halls of AHA, beginning with a performance by the AHA Handbell Choir. The National Association for Music Education launched this event in March of 1973 to promote high-quality music education in schools.
Students from the Spanish 3 High Honors classes taught by Carmen Quiñones spent a day walking in the shoes of prominent Hispanic figures from the past and present.
Kelleher Hall Under Renovations
The renovation of the former convent building has officially begun. The building was once used as a residence and convent for the School Sisters of Notre Dame. It is now being updated to further advance AHA’s STREAM program. The building is being renamed for S. Genevieve Kelleher, SSND, who served as librarian and taught multiple subjects at Holy Angels from 1948 to 2011.
AHA Dance Team Wins State & National Titles
The AHA Dance Team just became the National Champions in the Small Varsity Hip Hop Division at the National Dance Team Championship for the second year in a row! In addition to being named National Champions, our team’s hard work and dedication earned them the title of State Champions!
Multiple students were named to the Principal’s List and Honor Roll for maintaining high grade point averages through the second quarter. See the list here.
AHA Art Department Chair Jennifer Lee announced that Holy Angels students recently earned 7 Gold Keys, 8 Silver Keys, and 29 Honorable Mentions in the regional Scholastic Art and Writing Competition. AHA’s Gold Key winners will move on to the national competition. Na Young Lee earned three Gold Keys (one each in drawing, sculpture, and painting), a Silver Key for her mixed media piece, and two Honorable Mentions. Jillian Tracey took home the gold for her digital art and received a Silver Key for her photograph. Photographer Ruobing Yang won gold, silver, and an Honorable Mention. Milena Correa received her Gold Key for jewelry. Margeaux Gould brought home gold for her jewelry and an Honorable Mention for her drawing/illustration.Silver-level winners include Elizabeth Braun, Ashley Chang, Tyara Estrada, Elana Pulanco, and Joanne Li. Honorable Mentions went to Katarina Katzarov (three), Elana Pulanco, Sabrina Celis, Mary Haws, Haley Kuznetow (three), Bridget Hayden, Timea Papp, Samantha Ryan, Grace Velarde, Sophia Georgiou, Gabriella Licini, Isabella Pineda, Noelle DeConzo, Alexa Hernandez, Caroline McGann, Jessica Yale, Tyara Estrada, and Joanne Li.
Hanora Chapman performed at Carnegie Hall as a member of the 2017 High School Honors Performance Series, an elite group of vocalists from around the globe. She was featured as first alto with the Honors Women’s Choir, but also sings pieces written for a soprano or mezzo soprano. Chapman appreciated the information the conductor, Dr. Tim Seelig, shared with the choir, and she returned to AHA with knowledge of a different vocal technique. The select choir, which included performers from Canada, England, Hong Kong, and New Zealand, received a standing ovation. Lisa Marciano, the choral teacher at AHA, nominated Chapman for this honor.
Four engineering students who are now in their senior year at AHA recently helped judge the STREAM Fair held at Christ the Teacher School in Fort Lee. The AHA students included Katherine Kohler, Demitria Poulos, Samantha Ryan, and Antonia Thompson.
Rebuilding Homes & Lives
Thanks to the united effort of the AHA community, three Haitian families will be able to rebuild the homes they lost to Hurricane Matthew in October 2016. The multi-faceted Hope for Haiti effort concluded with a Flapjack Fundraiser that netted $861, bringing the overall total to $5,780. The funds will allow three families to gain access to clean water, improved sanitation, and health care. They will receive livestock and training so they can earn a living, and their children can go to school. AHA’s Hope for Haiti effort is a partnership with the School Sisters of Notre Dame, who sponsor the Academy, and Beyond Borders.
A small group from AHA spent Winter Break in Douglas, Arizona, where they learned the facts about immigration from Mexico to the United States. Students Grace MacNeill, Lucy McAuliffe, Lourdes Sydney Otis, Demitria “Demi” Poulos, and Ayse Seker took this Mission Awareness Process trip with Mission and Ministry/Religion Teacher Joan Connelly and Religious Studies Department Chair Carol Fay. The group from AHA visited with the School Sisters of Notre Dame who are working with immigrants and residents of the communities near the international border. The group learned about the migrants who risk their lives trying to get into the U.S., the court process, and the work of those who enforce immigration law. They also learned about the people who work with migrants who are returned to Mexico, and programs offered within that country.
A Matter of Kindness
Four AHA students recently received the Sister Catherine Green Kindness Award for encouraging, supporting, and inspiring others. The honorees for the second quarter are freshman Kayla Pringle, sophomore Samantha Romano, junior Jaya Sharma, and senior Demitria “Demi” Poulos. The Sister Catherine Green Kindness Award is presented quarterly to one student from each grade. AHA students, faculty, and staff, may nominate a student who demonstrates an inspirational spirit of kindness. Dean of Students Andréa Beyer oversees the nomination process.
Ginger Rogers, Georgia O’Keefe, and Gertrude Ederle recently spent some time chatting with Al Capone, Agatha Christie, and Albert Einstein. This star-studded event was one of two red carpet affairs hosted by Gail Fair, AHA’s Advanced Placement United States History teacher. Each student in Fair’s two AP classes selected a historical figure from the 1920s and 1930s, wrote a paper about that person, and then portrayed that person at one of two parties.
Arianne Rowe and Jaya Sharma will attend next month’s Commission on the Status of Women conference at the United Nations. Teacher Jennifer Cucchisi will accompany the students to this event.
The AHA Bowling Team won the Group 2 State Championship this month. The team finished second to Warren Hills in the Tournament of Champions. Patrick Dunne, who founded “The Angels” 19 years ago, continues to coach the team. Members include Alexa Hernandez, Amelia Brunda, Shiho Numakura, Ciara Mottley, Tiffany Rose Sucero, Nina Aversa, Megan Cawley, and Demitria Poulos.
Alexa Hernandez was the only AHA bowler who qualified for the state individual championships. She bowled 199, 162, and 178, but did not qualify for the next round. North Jersey.com named her their athlete of the week. See the interview: http://tiny.cc/NJSAOTW
The AngelBots, AHA's own robotics team, just returned from Hightstown, where six Angels participated in the club's inaugural FIRST® Tech Competition, using the robot they designed and built. The Angels who participated included Christina Colan, Victoria Colan, Milena Correa, Julia Nuñez, Nicole Dattolico, and Antonia Thompson. Adviser Jing Loo and Sharon Jureller accompanied the students. The AngelBots also include Veronica Andrade, Jillian Busetto, Haojing Chen, Victoria Lakowski, Kerry Limberg, Anika Maurer, Kym McGowan, and Jiayu Shen.
Congratulations to our amazing student artists, who recently brought home multiple Gold Key, Silver Key, and Honorable Mentions for their outstanding work. Na young Lee won three Gold Keys and a Silver Key. Ruobing Yang earned a Gold Key and a Silver Key, as did Jillian Tracey. Our Gold Key winners included Milena Correa and Margeaux Gould, and our Silver Key winners included Elizabeth Braun, Ashley Chang, Tyara Estrada, Joanne Li, and Elana Pulanco.
Thanks to everyone for participating in our Bake Sale. We were able to raise an additional $630 to help Haitian families who were impacted by Hurricane Matthew.
Circle the Cities
Several members of the Holy Angels community participated in a silent group meditation in conjunction with “Circle the Cities with Love,” a national outgrowth of a July 2016 effort held in Cleveland. Organizers of the national event cited the country’s need for a fresh start following the divisive election process; however, this community meditation was a non-partisan, no-issue event. Participants opted to “stand for love” and sent the power of love to the nation and beyond.
This month, our bowling team, “The Angels,” won the Bergen County Championship by over 300 pins. The AHA bowlers are led by Coach Patrick Dunne, who founded the team 19 years ago. The team members include Alexa Hernandez of Spring Valley (NY), Amelia Brunda of Paramus, Shiho Numakura of Teaneck, Ciara Mottley of River Vale, and Tiffany Rose Sucero of River Vale.
Multiple AHA staff and faculty members are currently celebrating career milestones. Honorees include: Sheila Wroblewski, Dorrie Voulgaris, Sister Carole Tabano, Nancy Schneberger, Dr. Samira Mady, Dr. Barbara Fallon, and Patrick Dunne, all of whom have contributed 25 years of service; Carol Fay, 30 years of service; and Robert Shanney and Susan Liddy, 40 years of service. In addition, Carmen Quinones recently received her master’s degree in history.
This month, 13 Angels represented Ethiopia at the 64th session of the Harvard Model United Nations. Over 3,000 high school students from around the world traveled to Boston to join in this four-day simulation in downtown Boston. AHA’s delegates included Arianne Rowe of New City (NY), Kerry Sammon of Pearl River (NY), Samantha Diaz of Union City, Samantha Ryan of Orangeburg (NY), Mairead Dillon of Pearl River (NY), Ayanah Taneja of Guttenberg, Liliette Quintana of Midland Park, Katherine Gazzini of Ridgewood, Taryn Barrett of Paramus, Gillian van der Have of West Nyack (NY), Jillian Valdes of Oradell, Ayse Seker of Park Ridge, and Camila Martinez of Paramus. HMUN delegates participate in simulated UN conferences, work with delegates from other countries, and write resolutions with the goal of having those initiatives passed. Typically, the students remain at work until midnight every day the conference is in session.
An amicus brief signed by the Atlantic Midwest Province of the School Sisters of Notre Dame has helped shut down an “adult services” page known as Backpage.com. This site had been used to facilitate the exploitation of women and children. Appropriately, this breakthrough was announced in January, which is Slavery & Human Trafficking Prevention Month.
Banishing the Bottles
AHA recently hosted a “bottle-less debate” to highlight the school’s Kick the Water Bottle Campaign. Holy Angels provided refreshments to the participating debate teams, but no bottles of water. Instead, the students were politely directed to the school’s multiple water fountains, which are also filling stations for refillable water containers.
Eighty-two percent of the seniors at AHA have gained early acceptance to their first-choice colleges and universities. In addition, these students have been awarded $12.7 million in scholarships to attend numerous prestigious institutions of higher education, and that figure is growing every day. Click here to read more.
AHA Traditions Last a Lifetime!
Members of the AHA Class of 2018 received their class rings in December. Congratulations!
Honor Roll for 1st Quarter
Congratulations to all the Angels who made the Honors/Principal's List for the 1st Quarter in the 2016-2017 academic year! Click here to view.
Toy Drive Benefits Center for Hope & Safety
Our Outreach Club’s Toy Drive for the Center for Hope and Safety, a safe haven for women and children, was a huge success. The club collected over 315 toys. Many thanks to the AHA Basketball Team for carrying all of the donated items.
Annual Christmas Gala Brought Holly Jolly Fun
We are proud of our Angels who performed at AHA’s Annual Christmas Gala in December. Their hard work and dedication were evident in their timeless instrumental and vocal performances!
Angels Bring Christmas Cheer to Philadelphia
In December, members of the Executive Board of the AHA Student Council traveled to St. Peter the Apostle School in Philadelphia to assist with the St. Nicholas Day festivities. The students were met by S. Rose Federicci, Principal of St. Peter's. Everyone decorated gingerbread cookies, and the AHA students visited each classroom to give students candy canes and cards explaining the "Legend of the Candy Cane." We are proud of our Angels for spreading Christmas cheer and carrying the values of Holy Angels beyond our immediate community!
AHA Dance Team Performs at NY Knicks Game
We are so proud of our AHA Dance Team for turning in a perfect halftime performance at the New York Knicks game! To top off this enjoyable evening, the Knicks beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 118-114.
Haiti Campaign Receives Overwhelming Response
After Hurricane Matthew wreaked havoc in Haiti, the AHA community organized multiple fundraisers with the goal of helping a Haitian family through the SSND’s association with Beyond Borders. The school community’s response has been so overwhelming that we are now looking at helping three families. Additional fundraisers are planned for January and February.
AHA Dance Team Scores High at Season Opener
Competing in Pom, both the Varsity and JV squads became Division Winners at the UDA Regional Championship In Fairfax, Virginia. AHA set the bar high for what promises to be another competitive season. The Angels will be performing for the NY Knicks at Madison Square Garden and at numerous competitions as they prepare to defend their First Place National title at the UDA National Dance Team Championship in January.
United Nations Essay for Model of Women Empowerment
On October 21 2016, the cartoon character Wonder Woman was designated as the Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls by the United Nations. The decision outraged many women’s rights advocates, including hundreds who’ve signed a petition against it, asking them to reconsider the decision to name a fictional character as the model for empowering girls. The English Department decided to hold a contest, and we are proud to say that Victoria Colon won the contest with her nomination of Emma Watson. All of the students who entered to asked to forward their entries to the UN.
AHA Angels Will Participate in All County Choir
Congratulations to our Angels Hanora and Leah, who have been selected to be part of the 2017 All County Choir. Auditions were in October and the concert will be in January 2017. Hundreds of students from all of Bergen County audition and acceptance into this choir is highly selective. We're so proud of you both!
AHA Angel Will Perform at Carnegie Hall
Hanora has also been selected to perform as first alto at the 2017 Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall. As part of this elite international group, Hanora will spend five days in New York City and perform on February 5.
Holy Angels Connects with Scotland
This past month, the AP Government & Politics class had the opportunity to Skype with a school in Scotland about the American presidential election. The AHA students made American politics come alive as they expertly answered the questions prepared by the Scottish students. Great job, Angels!
Sunny Afternoon in Wilton, CT
Our student musicians had a wonderful afternoon making music for the SSND Donor Recognition Luncheon in Wilton, Connecticut. Here's a short video of the Flute Choir playing as the guests were dining!
Liz Garcia Signs with University of Hartford
Congratulations to AHA Basketball player Liz for signing her National Letter of Intent to play basketball at the University of Hartford! We are so proud of you!
Outreach's Annual Turkey Drive
In the spirit of giving, AHA's Outreach Club held the Annual Turkey Drive for The Community Food Bank of New Jersey. Our students, joined by AHA alumna Sue Yurasits from the food bank, donated a total of 111 turkeys! Thank you to everyone who donated to help families in need for this Thanksgiving!
Holy Angels President Honored
Congrats to AHA President Melinda Hanlon! She was honored by the Academy of Our Lady of Mount Carmel for her dedication to Catholic education!
AHA Theater's Smashing Fall Production
We are so proud of the cast & crew of AHA’s fall production of Blithe Spirit! It was an incredible show - that highlighted the creative vision and direction of the cast & crew!
XC Angel Gets Fastest Time
Congratulations to XC Angel Mackenzie Hughes for winning the Group E County Cross Country Race with the fastest time of all races in the Meet!
Dunphy Scholars Named
We are proud to announce that six Angels recently received the 2016 Sister Nonna Dunphy Scholarships. This year’s recipients include Olivia Luongo, Grace MacNeil, Aprile Bertomo. Angela Romanos, Aimee Hannoush, and Ashley Hess. This year’s semi-finalists include Samatha Kim, Christine Lim, Mary Haws, Laura Pesanello, Olivia Mandella, and Timea Papp. Standing (L-R): Academic Dean Francesca Tambone-Puzio, Olivia Mandella, Timea Papp, Laura Pesanello, Principal Jean Mullooly, Mary Haws, Christine Lim, Samantha Kim, and AHA President Melinda Hanlon. Seated (L-R): Aimee Hannoush, Aprile Bertomo, Angela Romanos, Olivia Luongo, and Grace MacNeill. Not pictured: Ashley Hess.
Scholars Recognized for Top Scores
Multiple Angels were recognized for their performance on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit® Scholarship Qualifying Test. Semi-finalists include Clara Jeon, Nahee Kim, Samantha Kim, and Joanne Li. The Commended students are Olivia Luongo, Grace MacNeill, Meredith Shamamian, Julia Keem, Sabrina Celis, Emily Mills, and Alyssa Romanos. This year’s National Hispanic Recognition Program honorees include Megan Cawley, Stephanie McCarten, Mikayla Valdes, and Cecilia Zayas. Standing (L-R): Stephanie McCarten, Megan Cawley, AHA President Melinda Hanlon, Principal Jean Mullooly, Academic Dean Francesca Tambone-Puzio, Nahee Kim, Joanne Li, and Samantha Kim. Seated (L-R): Mikayla Valdes, Alyssa Romanos, Meredith Shamamian, Sabrina Celis, Emily Mills, Olivia Luongo, Grace MacNeill, and Julia Keem. Not pictured: Clara Jeon and Cecilia Zayas.
We’re Proud of Our Principal
AHA Principal Jean Mullooly spent a recent Sunday morning participating in a cycling benefit for Multiple Sclerosis. She biked 30 miles!
Angels Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness
In October our Angels Maya and Jaya joined their mother in the Breast Cancer Walk held in Newport, NJ! They were so happy to represent Holy Angels for such an incredible cause!
Congrats to our New Eucharistic Ministers
Congratulations to our 17 newly commissioned Eucharistic Ministers who were mandated during our Feast Day Liturgy!
Angel Sabrina Named Top Performer
Sabrina is a volleyball superstar with 53 digs, three assists, and two kills. She received over 58,000 votes on NJ.com to earn the honor of the Top Performer of the Week of Oct 3 - Oct 9.
Angels Give Back
We are so proud of our Angels for collecting 2,776 diapers during our Diaper Drive! The diapers were donated to the Center for Food Action in Englewood, NJ!
AHA Gymnastics Places 3rd in County Championship
Our Angels gymnastic team finished third in the County Championships with a school-record 108.4. Sophomore Maggie finished 4th overall in individual competition and finished 1st on the uneven bars. We had a great showing on the floor exercise with Shannon finishing in 3rd place and Alexis in 4th. Congratulations, Angels, on an amazing season!
Sophia’s Special Story - UN Day of the Girl
It was an amazing summit that focused on the issue of women's rights around the world and how people like me can contribute to the cause. Many girls of different backgrounds and ethnicities shared extremely powerful stories about the struggles they have faced just by being a girl in the United States today. After this event, and hearing so many of these heartbreaking stories, I want to further get involved.
I am Vice President of the Girls Rising Club, a club dedicated to raising awareness of girls education in third world countries. After attending the International Day of the Girl Child Summit, my fellow executive board members (pictured above- Katherine Staff, me, and Amanda Hernandez) are hoping to work with Ms. Connelly and the rest of the Religious Studies office to center this year's Awareness Day around Girls Rising and highlighting the the importance of educating girls around the globe.
I have felt especially passionate about women's rights issues since Girls Rising was created my sophomore year, and this summit further helped me learn about the horrors that continue to affect young girls in our country today and empowers me find ways to help bring awareness to this issue. I also think it is especially important as Holy Angels is an all girls school that we should bring light to this issue on a larger scale so we all may work to help girls receive the same education we are fortunate enough to have.
AHA Gymnastics Makes History!
A special shout out to our AHA Gymnastics team! They set the highest score in the history of the program - 1 07.875 to win the meet with Ridgewood & Pascack Regional High School!
Tri M Welcomes New Parents/Guardians
Our very own members of the Tri M Music Honors Society, Maya and Jaya, played a beautiful performance for our parents at the New Parent/Guardian Reception! We are so proud of our talented students for coming out and welcoming our New Parents and Guardians! Watch their LIVE performance here.
Angels at Holy Name Hospital
This summer, Angels Elana Babich, Christina McCarthy, Kyra Gensinger, and Ivelisse Mandato (Class of 2016) participated in Holy Name Hospital’s week-long Advanced Healthcare Discover Program. The students shadowed doctors and observed multiple surgeries. They learned how to insert IVs and catheters and earned their CPR certifications.
Angel Recieves Leadership Award at Diva Dance Nationals
Gabriella Licini received a Leadership Award at the Diva Dance Nationals in Plymouth, Pennsylvania this summer. While competing with her team, Ambition Dance Academy, Gabriella participated in Young Choreographers Experience. The girls in each group received tips and training from a professional choreographer. At the end of the week, the girls performed their group dances. After the performances, each mentor gave one person in each group a leadership award. Gabriella (pictured with her group mentor, Jaime) took home her group’s award for demonstrating leadership qualities as she took charge of the group and gave instructions to her peers. ”I was very honored to win this award and can't wait to return to nationals next year,” Gabriella commented.
Angel Ashley Wins Girl's Division
Sophomore tennis player Ashley Hess won the Girls 16’s Division in the L1 Port Washington July Tennis Championships. In her drive to win the title, Ashley won four consecutive matches without dropping a set.
Angel Shannon Wins Platinum Award
Angel Shannon Dobres and her studio dance team recently earned a Platinum Award, the highest possible designation, at nationals. “As a team, we struggle to get this award at any competition all year long. When we received it at nationals, it was a great feeling,” Shannon said of the experience.
Angel Nicole Earns Second Degree Blackbelt
On September 10, Nicole “Nikki” Margiotta, earned her second degree black belt ("Ni Dan" in Japanese) at the Shukokai Karate Do Jo in Fords, New Jersey.
AHA Studies Abroad
AHA offers a unique summer experience – Humanities classes held in Austria! The Angels took a break from their studies and visited Munich, Germany where the SSND motherhouse is located. Also there, is the tomb of Blessed Theresa Gerhardinger, the foundress of the School Sisters of Notre Dame. Our Angels prayed at Mother Theresa's tomb, enjoyed a tour of the school, and presented S. Justina with an AHA tote bag!
Angels Out in San Diego
This summer our Angels in Operation Smile traveled to sunny San Diego for the Operation Smile Leadership Conference!
Angels in the city of Brotherly Love
Angels spread their wings to the city of brotherly love. AHA students have been helping to prepare St. Peter the Apostle school in Philadelphia, PA for the upcoming academic year. They’ve been stamping books, folding gym uniforms, preparing bulletin boards and cleaning labs. Here they are in front of the beautiful stained glass window with the School Sisters of Notre Dame. The SSNDs founded St. Peter’s in 1848 and continue to serve the students of Philadelphia today. Great job Angels!!
Project Greenhouse Donates 40 Pounds of Produce
Project Greenhouse continues to grow in abundance - literally! This summer approximately 40 pounds of fresh fruits and veggies were donated to the Center for Food Action in Englewood, NJ! We are so proud of everyone from Project Greenhouse, we can't wait to see what's harvested next!
Nazareth Farm Service Trip
Our angels spent last week at Nazareth Farm - It was a week of prayer, simplicity, community and service! One of our students, Angela, wrote a beautiful reflection on her time at Nazareth. Read her story here
Honor Roll for 4th Quarter
Congratulations to all the Angels who made it on the Honors/Principal's List for the 3rd Quarter in the 2015-2016 academic year! Click here to view.
Angel Travels with Operation Smile
Senior Niamh McGowan traveled to David, Panama and participated in her first Mission Trip. Niamh interacted with the children before and after surgery. She was also fortunate to observe the life-changing surgery performed by the wonderful Doctors. Niamh would love to continue her work with Operation Smile in the future, her memories were everlasting. We are so proud of Niamh for impacting others not just in our community, but also impacting others across the globe!
Golfer Kelly Sim Defends State Championship
Congratulations to Angel Golfer Kelly Sim for winning first place and defending her State Championship title! With an amazing comeback, she finished 2 under par! Congrats Kelly!
Angel Places in the Top 10%
Junior Clara Jeon placed in the top 10% of the 2016 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest. This nationwide contest had over 2,070 entries – congrats to Clara for this amazing accomplishment!
American Association of Teachers of Italian Award
The following students received recognition from the American Association of Teachers of Italian. Two of our Angels came in third place, Anna Laura Bombarda and Nicole Margiotta. Nine Angels received honorable mention: Grace MacNeill, Daniela Romana, Julia Nunez, CiaraMottley, Stephanie Madonna, CaitlynConwell, Julia Battaglia and Milena Corre.
National Spanish Exam 2016
The following students have attained the following honors on the National Spanish Exam 2016 –
Level One: Award winners: Shirley Made (Perfect Score, received medal from National Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese), Gabriella Ligresti (99th percentile). Gold winners: Brianna Gangl, Lauren Kim, Sofia Nedelkoff, and Emily Pintarelli. Silver winners: Jillian Busetto, Athena Cenname, Alyssa Fiume, Aimee Hannoush, Hedi Hannoush, Amanda Hawthorne, Ernestine Klecz, Anika Maurer, Timea Papp, Mary Petito, Samantha Romano, and Maya Sharma. Bronze winners: Allison Asselbergs, Katherine Bagin, Katherine Coster, Stephanie Coster, Kaitlin Genovese, Holly Gibbard, Maria HAnnoush, Alexa Kim, Rianna Lehane, Ana Victoria Lithgow, Olivia Lopez, Abigail Lovatt, Erin Maron, Olivia Rettew, Victoria Robinson, Amanda Siemsen, Katelyn Spinks, and Samantha Yoon. Honorable mentions: Analily Bozanian, Michaela Broussard, Lily Brown, Christi Callegari, Jenna Cooperman, Astrid D'Souza, Samantha Danylchuk, Montana Evans, Justine Garcia, Jennifer Kim, Kerry Limberg, Amy Yang, Emilie Thomas, and Hannah Velarde.
Level Two: Gold Winners: Elizabeth Abraham,Kirsten Garino, and Mary Macri. Silver winners: Kvra Cseh, Lilv Diebivan, Mirvam Dubuisson, Juliana Esoldi, Mary Haws, Karolina Lokaj, Lucy McAuliffe, Katie Micelli, Rhiannon Novelli, Ashley Park, Angela Romanos, Jaya Sharma, Rebecca Sicat, Willa Spaar, CarlyTolin, and Ashley Ysan. Bronze winners: Caterina Bombarda, Cassandra Garcia, Sophia Georgiou , Alysson Martin, Danielle O'Connor, Sidney Otis, Elena Pulanco, Danielle Sanchez, and Alis Tokatlioglu. Honorable mentions: Elizabeth Braun, Eunice Cho, Jenny Delpino, Julíanna Gentile, Juli Huh, Hoiyun Lam, Catherine Park, Tamika Simeon, Samantha Sivulka, Anva Skae, and Monica Wittleder.
Level Two - Outside Experience Category: Bronze: Grace Velarde. Honorable mention: Sofia Urquoila.
Level Two - Billigual Category: Silver: Melinda Tidwell-Torres. Bronze: Bethzabeth Concepcion and Samantha Herrera.
Level Two - New Jersey Chapter Placement: 1st Place Honorable Mention Billingual Category: Melinda Tidwell-Torres. 3rd Place Honorable Mention Billingual Category: Samantha Herrera. 4th Place Honorable Mention Billingual Category: Bethzabeth Concepcion.
Children of Eden Nominated for 12 Awards for the Metropolitan High School Theatre
Outstanding Lobby Display, Outstanding Graphic Design, Outstanding Duet, Outstanding Performance by a Chorus, Outstanding Music Direction, Outstanding Choreography, Outstanding Direction, Outstanding Dance Performance, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Leading Actor, Best Leading Actress.
AHA of Children of Eden Nominated for 6 Papermill Rising Star Awards
Choreography, Music Direction, Outstanding Chorus, Leading Actor, Outstanding Direction, and Outstanding Performance of a Musical.
Environmental Science Class Releases Trout
Environmental Science release 117 Rainbow Trout on April 28th into the Saddle River in Saddle River NJ. The students raised the trout from eggs which arrived on October 7th from the Pequest Trout Hatchery. Trout In the Classroom (TIC) is program run by the NJ Department of Fish and Wildlife to raise awareness about fresh water conservation, ecology, chemistry of water, freshwater habitats and much more. The video was created by Kayla to document the day the trout were released. Click here to watch the video!
Freshmen Violinist Plays with Joshua Bell, Acclaimed Violinist
On Monday, May 2, freshman violinist, Maria performed with JCC Thurnauer Symphony Orchestra at the Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood, NJ which featured soloist and acclaimed violinist, Joshua Bell.
AHA Dancer Melina Completes NYU Tisch Program
Angel Melina, a member of the AHA Dance team, has completed a highly selective 14 - week Future Dancers Program at NYU - Tisch School of the Arts. Melina was one of approximately 25 high school students from various states, selected through an audition process in December 2015 to become a part of this prestigious program!
Honors/Principal's List for 3rd Quarter
Congratulations to all the Angels who made it on the Honors/Principal's List for the 3rd Quarter in the 2015-2016 academic year! Click here to view.
AHA's LAX Player Devin is a Selfless Angel
We are so proud of Angel Devin; not only her lacrosse prowess, but also for her impact off the field - improving the lives of children with the Mickey's Kids Charitable Foundation. This is such an inspirational article and is a true example of how our Angels are making a difference every day in our community! Click here to read the article!
Awareness Day Video "Get Hooked"
This video featuring Angels Sabrina, Mary, Jamie, Kayla, Bridget, and Bianca was used to introduce the Awareness Day presentation, Get Hooked! The presentation was about the school's involvement in the TIC Program, raising trout in the biology room over the course of the school year and they were able to release them into the Saddle River on April 28th! We are so proud of the strides our STREAM program is making and assisting environmental initiatives across the community! These students partnered with the children of St. Therese elementary school on the trout release. This was St. Therese’s first year with the TIC program (Trout in our Classrooms). Erica Pritchard has done great work for two years now, changing the water in a 75 gallon tank and training the students to care for the trout. Click here to view the video!
AHA Golf wins Arcola Girls Invitation
We are so proud of our Golf Angels! Holy Angels changed its usual pairings and it worked well enough to win the Arcola Girls Invitational. They were featured on NorthJersey.com! Click here to read the article.
International Night at AHA
This past month, AHA celebrated International Night! Hosted by the Asian Cultural Society and the Black and Hispanic Cultural Society, featuring the Gaelic Society, the event featured food from all around the world, a world cultural fashion show, and performances by our very own Angels!
National Art Honor Society Inductions
Congratulations to the National Art Honor Society for inducting 18 girls this past month!
Martha Competes in World Fencing Championship
Angel Martha was interviewed by NJ 12 for being selected for the cadet and junior national teams to compete in the World Championship in France! We are so proud of Martha and all her accomplishments
AHA Orchestra Performs for SSNDs in Wilton
The AHA Orchestra traveled to Villa Notre Dame in Wilton, CT to perform for the School Sisters of Notre Dame. AHA Orchestra Adviser Mariann Annecchino would love to thank everyone for the support of our student musicians and all their efforts that made it possible for them to reach out and share the joy of music.
Carol Fay Honored for Women's History Month
The Bergen County Department of Human Services, the Commission on the Status of Women celebrated Women’s’ History Month in a very special way by, “Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government.” Carol Fay, Religious Studies Chairperson, was chosen as an honoree this year. The ceremony that took place on Monday, March 21. Congratulations, Carol!
Art for the Community
Art For The Community an afterschool activity at AHA has once again shared their art work with the Franciscan Sisters of Tenafly NJ. Easter art work was delivered to the convent and Sister Pat, the head of the Franciscan Sisters at Our Lady of the Angels Convent, expressed how much the sisters enjoy receiving this gift and hopes that our students will visit again soon.
Science National Honor Society Induction
The Science National Honor Society induction took place on March 17, 2016. The following students were inducted this year: Rasa Anvari, Emma Ascolese, Sabrina Celis, Aine Doyle, Alexis Driscoll, Alison Kim, Nahee Kim, Samantha Kim, Donnie Lee, Christine Lim, Olivia Luongo, Grace MacNeill, Stephanie Madonna, Nicole Margiotta, Stephanie McCarten, Shiho Numakura, Phoebe Ozuah, Alyssa Romanos, and Holly Slepian. Grace MacNeill was awarded the Rockland Electric Scientific Achievement Award for Women in Science. Angel Alumnae Megan Emmich '06 was the guest speaker. The Science National Honor Society is a prominent science organization that engenders a new group of young thinkers who will be the future of the industry, research, and scientific exploration for America.
Angel to Fence in Pan American Championships
Sophomore Martha Merriam is a member of the USA National Fencing Team and participated at the Pan American Zonal Championships in Mexico. She also earned a spot to represent the USA at the 2016 Cadet-Junior World Championships in Bourges, France in the first week of April. Her hard work and dedication paid off, we are so proud of all of Martha's accomplishments and look forward to hearing how well she does in the championships!
Angels Awarded Medals in the National Scholastic Art Awards
Two AHA students received national medals for their work entered in the National Scholastic Art Awards. Senior Risako Arcari won a Gold Medal for her "Cut and Fold Typography" in the design category, and Junior Kyra Gensinger won a Silver Medal for her "Fork in the Road" necklace in the jewelry category. Only the top 1% were recognized at the national level. Risako, a Gold Medalist, is invited to attend the National Ceremony in NYC on June 2, 2016 at Carnegie Hall. Both students will receive certificates and medals in recognition for this rare achievement.
Holy Angels Dance Team Wins National Title
Competing against more than 50 teams nationwide, the AHA Varsity Dance won the national championship! The AHA JV Dance also made history by winning 2nd place in Pom and 4th in Hip Hop. The AHA Dance Team was interviewed by FiOs 1 New Jersey’s reporter Raven Santana about their win. Click here to watch the interview.
AHA Senior Named Finalists in National Merit Scholarship
AHA Senior Michelle Lu has been named a Finalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program by demonstrating, through distinguished performance, high potential for future academic accomplishment. Michelle is one of 15,000 students in the United States to achieve this recognition, out of over 1.5 million entrants!
Future Angel Architects Create 3-D Rendering
AHA Seniors Riskao and Amanda recently participated in an advanced architectural project with real world applications as a part of Holy Angels’ STREAM program. The two students interpreted architectural blueprints for the Village School renovations into their own 3-D rendering using industry-standard Google SketchUp and then printed their original rendering on one of the school’s 3-D printers. Architect Joe Bisnco reviewed the 3-D model of the Closter Village School and was stunned by the student’s rendering.
Angels Enable Create Prosthetic Hand
AHA group of Holy Angels students are participating with Enablingthefuture.org, an organization that matches people who have 3D printers with clients who need prosthetic hands. The project has been spearheaded by sophomore Molly Doyle, who discovered Enabling the Future last spring, and approached AHA Science Mrs. Sharon Jureller and Ms. Jean Mullolly Dean of Students about organizing a club. Now completed, the Angels Enable group awaits approval to begin to formally print and assemble a hand for a client.
A Big Day for Holy Angels Athletics at Seton Hall University
AHA Coach Sue Liddy, who famously just reached her 700th win, was also recently named a National Girls and Women in Sports Day Honor Award Recipient. This recognition was announced by Jenn Noon, President of the NJAIAW and chair of the New Jersey National Girls and Women in Sports Day. Sue attended the awards ceremony on February 7th at Seton Hall University and was introduced that night by AHA Principal Jennifer Moran. Each year, Holy Angels sends one senior athlete to be honored as well, and this year that recognition went to tennis player Adrianne Alfonso. Congratulations to all!
Angel Clara Donates 10% of Mother Caroline Scholarship back to AHA
Junior Clara Jeon wished to donate 10% of her Mother Caroline scholarship back to Holy Angels. We are so appreciative and proud of Clara's generous spirit!
AHA Debate Team Wins Medals at Dwight Englewood High School
AHA's January debate was held at Dwight Englewood High School, and the following teams won medals for winning both rounds: Theresa Paulillo & Briar Connors and Clara Jeon & Julia Keem. Winning one round were teams of Alison Kim & Priscilla Huh, Molly Doyle & Kristen Gil, Maya Sharma & Timea Papp, Ashley Hess & Julia Malnak and Christina Gallo & Michelle Lu.
Angels Join NJSMA Region 1 Orchestra, Band, and Chorus
In January, three Angel musicians joined hundreds of high school student musicians from northern New Jersey (NJSMA Region 1) as they auditioned for seats in the NJSMA Region 1 Orchestra, Band, and Chorus. All three Angels scored in the highest ranges and earned positions. Congratulations to violinist June Chung who will be principal of the 2nd violin section in the Honors Orchestra; oboist, Priscilla Huh, one of only two oboes in the Honors Symphonic Band; and Hanora Chapman, who earned a position as 2nd Soprano in the SSA Honors Chorus.
Angel Ashley Won Second Place in New York International Music Competition
Ashley Yoon placed second on Viola in the 6th New York International Music Competition and will perform at Lincoln Center on February 6th. She will be playing Concerto in C minor for Viola by J.C. Bach.
Angel Catherine Wins First Place at New York International Music Competition
Catherine Park competed on piano in the 6th New York International Music Competition and won first place! For this accomplishment she was invited to play at Carnegie Hall at the end of January. She performed Schumann Allegro in B Minor Opus 8.
AHA Freshman Accepted into All North Jersey Regional Women's Chorus
9th grader Hanora Chapman auditioned and was accepted into the All North Jersey Regional Women's Chorus in January. She is a soprano in the AHA Chorus and Vocal Ensemble.
The Holy Angels Vocal Ensemble Performed at CityPlace in Edgewater
The Holy Angels Vocal Ensemble braved the cold and bitter Hudson River winds on Christmas week to carol and perform at CityPlace in Edgewater. They sang to the delight of shoppers and store workers all throughout the complex.They truly made the afternoon festive and beautiful for everyone.
Principal’s List and Honor Roll
AHA congratulates the following students for making the Principal’s List and Honor Roll for the 1st Quarter of the 2015-16 academic year. Click here to view »
Creative Writing Shares Original Poetry in Ridgewood, NJ
Mrs. Schneberger's Creative Writing Class held a reading of original poetry and prose at Ridgewood Coffee Company in Ridgewood NJ on the evening of December 17, 2015.
AHA Hosted JV Debate and Received Medals
Holy Angels was the host school for the December JV Debate. The following teams won both rounds and received medals: Christine Gallo & Michelle Lu, Rim El Kaddioui & Nahee Kim, Maya Sharma & Timea Papp, and Clara Jeon & Julia Keem. Winning one round were the teams of: Stephanie Albert & Patricia Krisan, Alison Kim & Priscilla Huh, Gabrielle Dugan & Charlotte McCabe, Julia Malnak & Ashley Hess, and Analily Bozanian & Alieza Malik. Go Angels!
Annual Christmas Gala
The Annual Christmas Gala, held on Friday December 11th, was beautiful as always. The photo at right shows one of the gorgeous highlights of the evening: the Vocal Ensemble performing while freshman dancer Timea Papp graces the stage in time to the music.
Hour of Code in Honor of Computer Science Education Week
Senior Samantha Bott, who takes one of AHA's online Engineering courses, recently mentioned to her teacher, Ms. Frabizio, that hourofcode.com was organizing a special event in honor of Computer Science Education Week. From there, Mrs. Frabizio researched the organization, which seeks to introduce millions of students to programming and raise their interest in computer science. Holy Angels soon became an official "Hour of Code" event location, and despite the short notice, 43 girls attended! Girls from all 4 grades - 10 freshman, 24 sophomores, 1 junior, and 8 seniors - participated and had great feedback following the event. Many have inquired about AHA's Computer Science course as a result, and one freshman even commented that she had never coded before the event, but since then she has continued to find activities online to keep learning more. The day was a huge success and we hope to do it again!
Holy Angels Dance Team Places 1st at Fairfax Dance Championship
The Holy Angels Dance Team took 1st place in both Varsity and JV Pom at the Fairfax Dance Championship this past weekend! Congratulations Angels! Keep up with the AHA Dance team by following them on Twitter, @HolyAngelsDance!
Studio I Honors Designs Up-Cycled Original Necklaces
Students in Studio I Honors recently designed original necklaces and other accessories using recycled everyday items. By re-envisioning found objects, including corks, cotton swabs, magazines, paper cups, coffee filters and more, students created 3-dimensional wearable works of art that are both beautiful and sustainable.
Angels Debate Team Receives Medals at Leonia High School
Several Angel teams came out as winners at a recent debate at Leonia high school. Receiving medals for winning both rounds were teams of Julia Keem & Clara Jeon and Kristen Gil & Molly Doyle. Winning one round each were the teams of: Lindsay Rosas Togo & Tyara Estrada, Drew Mount & Samantha Pereira, Helen Park & Emily Yankovich, Analily Bozanian & Alieza Malik, and Timea Papp & Maya Sharma.
Computer Science Classes Connect with New Century Software in Colorado
Ms. Fabrizzio's Computer Science classes recently connected through Skype with a professional software development manager for New Century Software in Colorado. Students were able to ask many questions about various topics like programming languages and career planning, as well as working on actual code. The girls had very positive feedback about the experience and felt they learned a lot of valuable information.
Coach Leto Named Girls Tennis Coach of the Year of 2015
Tennis coach Jess Leto has been named NJ.com's Girls Tennis Coach of the Year for 2015. This year Coach Leto led the AHA tennis team to win the Bergen County Tournament Championship for the first time in school history. Holy Angels also captured its first ever NJSIAA Non-Public A title. Go Angels!
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Angel Alumna Kayla Gentile Presents Current Research to AHA Students
AHA's AP Chemistry, AP Biology and Organic Chemistry classes recently benefited from a presentation by alumna Kayla Gentile '12, who spoke to the classes about her current research at TCNJ.
Five Student Musicians Provided Music for Annual SSND Donor Recognition Luncheon
Five of our student musicians traveled to Wilton, CT earlier this month to provide music for the annual SSND Donor Recognition Luncheon. Violinists June Chung and Maya Sharma, violist Jiwon Yoon, cellist Sarah Kim, and pianist Jaya Sharma shared their time and talent for the event. As always, it was well received and many AHA alumnae stopped by to speak with the girls and to share some stories and praise.
Angels Accepted into the Perry Outreach Program
The following Angels were accepted into the Perry Outreach Program: Juniors Elana Babich, Alyssa Romanos, Melanie Welch, KC Killip, Alison Kim, Nicole Margiotta, Amanda Hernandez, Christine Lim, Da Young Lee, Meredith Shamamian and sophomore Gina Buonauro. Students interested in Orthopedic Surgery and Engineering applied directly to the program. It took place at Johns Hopkins University at the end of October. The Perry Initiative partners with medical centers, universities, and high schools to host Perry Outreach Programs for young women in high school, college, and medical school. These day-long programs are held at different locations nationwide throughout the year. Participants perform mock orthopedic surgeries and conduct biomechanical engineering experiments, while also hearing from prominent women engineers and surgeons in the field.
Angel Lauren Kim Dances at the Korean-American Friendship Night in Washington DC
Freshman Lauren Kim recently performed Traditional Korean fan dance with her team at the Korean-American Friendship Night in Washington DC. South Korea's president Lady Park hosted this event with sincere gratitude towards US for their friendship. Lauren is enrolled in the Woorigarak Korean Cultural Art Center dance program in Englewood Cliffs. She leads a team of 9 performers as team captain.
AHA Announces One Semi-Finalist, Three Commended Students in 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program
Senior Michelle Lu has been named a semi-finalist in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship program. She will continue in the competition to be considered for a National Merit Scholarship. Three other seniors, Stephanie Albert, Aine Doyle, and Phoebe J. Ozuah, have been named Commended Students. Commended students place in the top 5% of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2016 competition by taking the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). Sabrina Maciariello was selected as a National Hispanic Scholar. This recognition is given to Hispanic and Latino students who score among the top 2.5% of test takers in their region.
Two AHA Seniors to Help Bergen County's Women in Need as Newly Appointed Junior Commissioners on the Status of Women (COSW)
Seniors Patricia Krisan and Claudia Morgan have been appointed to serve on the Bergen County Commission on the Status of Women (COSW) by Bergen County’s Board of Chosen Freeholders. The students will serve for a one-year term from September 2015 to June 2016. The girls were selected from dozens of students nominated by the county’s public, private and parochial schools based upon their academic excellence and leadership qualities. The COSW was founded in 1975 and serves as a bridge between government and community, studying the needs of women and promoting the experience of women’s rights in such areas as domestic violence, childcare, and elder care. The Junior Commission was established in 2000 to offer young women the opportunity to become involved with in these areas and with other issues concerning women’s social welfare.
Holy Angels Offer Home-Building Help to Appalachia's Poor at Nazareth Farm
A group of AHA students and faculty took a week-long service trip to Salem, West Virginia in August. On-site at Nazareth Farms, an electronically-free environment in economically depressed Appalachia, managed by college students and recent college graduates, AHA students were charged with helping to address some of the pressing issues of the region, namely sub-standard housing. During their stay, students visited various locations in the area, offering hands-on home-building help to the poor and vulnerable. From harvesting crops on the farm to helping to replace siding and painting homes in disrepair, participants shared a deep sense of community, simplicity, prayer and service, partnering with other SSND (School Sisters of Notre Dame) ministries.
AHA Goalie Wins Top Goalie in the Big North Conference
AHA Soccer Goalie Kerry won the title of the Top Goalie in the Big North Conference. Beating out teams like Northern Highlands, Immaculate Heart, and Ramapo in the conference. Kerry came in first with over 20,000 votes! Thank you to everyone who showed her your support!
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Academy of the Holy Angels Welcomes Class of 2019, Its Largest in Recent History
While many private and parochial schools throughout the nation have seen student enrollment dramatically decline in the past decade, Academy of the Holy Angels has enjoyed a surge in freshmen enrollment…close to a 26% spike over the previous freshman class. While the Class of 2019 numbers 176, total school enrollment has soared, too, to more than 600 Angels, the largest student body in AHA’s recent history. AHA has added additional multi-media classrooms and new faculty to accommodate the expanding study body.
Helping to End Hunger
Healthy harvest from our solar-powered greenhouse direct to Englewood’s Center for Food Action. Shown here, Erin McNamara, Michelle Lu, Samantha Kim, and Alison Kim donating AHA-grown, nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables, as part of the school’s ongoing effort to help stop hunger in our community.
Meet AHA's Newest Faculty Members
Join us in welcoming the return of Lisa Betti, Italian teacher, to AHA. Her tips for students a little fearful of tackling a new language: “To borrow the words of Stephen Colbert, ‘I like the thrill of discomfort.’ My goal is to prepare my students with the tools they will need to take that leap. Once they start communicating, they will feel the rewards of hard work.”
Kaitlyn Pedicano also has returned to AHA after living in Austin, Texas. She is teaching freshman health, computer applications, and sports medicine. While at AHA in 2007 to 2010, she was the school’s athletic trainer and health educator.
Teaching was the higher calling for two new faculty members, Chris Petrozzo and Kelley McGraw. Before joining AHA as a social studies teacher, Chris taught history at Berkeley Heights’ Governor Livingston High School. Prior to pursuing his passion for teaching, he practiced law in New York City.
Kelley McGraw is the newly appointed Algebra and Geometry teacher. Prior to pursuing education, Kelley earned a law degree and was employed as a scientist at Wyeth Laboratories. She holds a BS in Chemistry, too, and completed her MS in Adolescent Education to prepare for her newest role as AHA educator. She is a parent to AHA freshman Maura.
Diana Rankin has joined AHA to teach freshman and sophomore college-preparatory English. Prior to relocating to Englewood, NJ to be closer to the AHA community, she taught English literature, journalism and public speaking at a high school in Southern New Jersey, where she coached girls’ cross-country track and was the school’s yearbook advisor. She’s spending summers in bucolic Bread Loaf, Vermont, pursuing her Master’s in English at Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English.
Congratulations to AHA's 2015 Advanced Placement Scholars
A total of seventy-one Academy of Holy Angels students have been named 2015 Advanced Placement (AP) Scholars, demonstrating college-level mastery and outstanding performance on the National College Boards’ AP exams administered in Spring 2015. Within this group, 21 students were named AP Scholars with Distinction, with an additional 13 Holy Angels’ named AP Scholars with Honor. A record 37 AHA students were recognized as AP Scholars. Academy of the Holy Angels administered 332 AP exams in 17 different subject areas ranging from Macroeconomics to Physics. All of the 144 students enrolled in AP classes took the examinations, and achieved an overall passing rate of 92%, demonstrating college-level mastery in a cross-section of subjects. Visit www.holyangels.org for a complete list of scholars and qualifying requirements.
AHA Operation Smile Ambassadors Energize the New Era of Smiles
Operation Smile founders Bill Magee and Kathy Soracco Magee, AHA alum, welcomed eleven AHA students to the Operation Smile International Conference at California’s Chapman University this summer. The AHA attendees were among 150 students active in the school’s Operation Smile club. Its’ mission is to raise awareness and funds for children needing reconstructive surgery for severe facial deformities; it credits youth leadership for fueling its growth.
AHA Tennis Wins County Tennis Championship
The Holy Angels Tennis Team for won the County Tennis Championship for the very first time! Congratulations to Angels Ashley, Adrianne, Alison, Caroline, Micaela, Brooke, and Abigail, and of course, Coach Leto! Also congrats to Angel Adrianne for winning the individual championship at second singles!
AHA Soccer Team Unites with IHA Soccer Team to Raise Money
On Tuesday, September 22, 2015 AHA and IHA soccer teams united together and participated in a soccer game fundraiser to promote awareness of childhood cancer and raised $2,672 for Charlie Meyers, a three year old diagnosed with cancer, is the son of former AHA employee Tom Meyers. We thank everyone who was able to come out to the game to show their support for such an amazing cause!
Angel Martha Takes 3rd Place in Fencing Tournament
A big congratulations to our Angel Martha Merriam for winning 3rd place in the Cadet World Cup in Poland. The fencing tournament involved 177 women from all over Europe and the United States, and our Angel Martha came in 3rd. We're so proud of you!
April + May 2015
Space Angels Club
On Friday, April 17th four members of AHA’s Space Angels Club presented their research findings to NASA in a teleconference from our Learning Commons. Holy Angels was one of only 10 schools nationwide to be selected to participate in ExMASS, the Exploration of the Moon and Asteroids by Secondary Students. Only four of the ten schools participating were selected to move on this stage of the competition. And although the team will not be advancing any further in this year’s competition they plan to continue this project next year. A great deal of research and preparation went into this effort. Congratulations to all. Pictured left to right are Jaime Rizzo, Sam Pereira, Francesca Boccia and Saddhi Patel.
Congratulations to all who participated in the annual International Night on April 17th. The program commenced with a spectacular fashion show highlighting the enormous array of cultures represented here at Holy Angels. The entertainment then continued with student performances. Members of the Asian Cultural Society, Black and Hispanic Cultural Society and Gaelic Society, who had spent months rehearsing their dance, vocal and instrumental performances, were proud to showcase their talents. And of course, there was an abundant array of international cuisines available to the delight of the 300 guests.
On Saturday March 28th many of our students came to work on the first planting in our new Greenhouse. The girls planted seeds that will yield everything from arugula to zucchini. The food grown will be donated to area food pantries and the Food Bank of NJ! Thanks to all who participated and to Campus Ministry who organized a drive to collect the seeds that were planted. Pictured are Emily De Rubertis and Alex Hottenrott who have been very active in the Greenhouse Project.
Ten AHA students, along with Business and Technology teacher Mrs. Karen Camporeale, spent the day at Microsoft’s New York City offices on March 4th and participated in a program called DigiGirlz. The day long event featured demonstrations and presentations aimed at helping young women interested in careers in business and technology. The program also allowed the students to get an inside look at what it’s like to work at Microsoft. The following AHA students, representing all grade levels, attended: Lucy Worden, Victoria Cabales, Monica Moser, Jamie Rizzo, Kelly Farrell, Julia Canney, Jillian Valdez, Jessica Danylchuk, Molly Doyle, and Eleanor Kim.
Ruby Kang - National Scholastic Art Competition
Congratulations to AHA senior Ruby Kang has received major recognition in the 2015 National Scholastic Art Competition! Ruby's Drawing "Nightmares" was awarded both a National Silver Medal and a National American Visions Award. The American Visions Award, which recognizes outstanding achievement in the visual arts, is given to only one student from each region in the National Competition. Ruby, who has been an AHA Art Track student, will be continuing her professional design studies at Cornell University’s School of Architecture next year.
2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
Congratulations to AHA’s winners of the Region-at-Large program of the 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Victoria Cabales ’15 won an incredible five awards, including two Gold Key Awards in Journalism for her articles “How 9/11 Changed Ava King’s Life” and “Not a Bsian, Not a Csian, but an Asian.” She also won two Silver Keys, one in the Writing Portfolio category for “Life Stresses” and a second in the Flash Fiction category for “Ivy League Baby.” Victoria was awarded an Honorable Mention in the Poetry category for her poem, “On the Joys of Everyday Life.” Nikki Margiotta ’17 (pictured top right) was awarded a Gold Key in the Short Story category for “Creation.” And Christine Lim earned a Gold Key in the Poetry category for her poem entitled, “The Violet Phase.” Caitlyn Smith ’16 received a Silver Key in the Poetry category for her point entitled, “Peppering Defeat.” This year’s winners were chosen from among more than 300,000 submissions to the Scholastic Art & Writing competition for consideration.
Winners of the Regional Competitions of the Scholastic Arts & Writing competition advanced to the National level at which Nikki Margiotta ’17 was awarded a Silver Medal for her Short Story “Creation” and Christine Lim ’16 (pictured bottom right) earned a Silver Medal for her poem, “The Violet Phase.” Congratulations to both of them on this amazing recognition.
Girls Rising Screening
Students from Holy Angels were recently invited to attend a screening of the documentary Girls Rising at the Times Center in New York City. Girls Rising tells the story of nine girls in the developing world who courageously struggle for access to an education. The film highlights the transformative effect that girls’ education can have on society by stemming the cycles of poverty and violence that prevent girls from reaching their full potential. Upon arrival, our students attended a reception which included interactive learning stations about each of the nine girls featured in the documentary, after which there was a question and answer session and an opportunity for “our girls” to meet Mrs. Kayce Jennings, the Senior Producer of the film. Special thanks to Anna L. Brown, mother of Alexandra McCartha ’17, for extending this invitation to AHA. Ms. Brown serves as Special Attorney/Director of Global Diversity & Inclusion at Shearman & Sterling LLP, which arranged the screening. Pictured left to right are some of the members from AHA’s Girls Rising Club who attended, along with Mrs. Kaycee Jennings (third from left): Katherine Staff, Amanda Hernandez, Britney Burns, Odette Castillo, Sophio Castillo, Sophia Ortiz and Isabella Cho.
Winner International Junior Golf Tournament
Congratulations to Kelly Sim ’18 who won the International Junior Golf Tournament which was played at Forsgate Country Club in Monroe Township, NJ on March 28-29th. Kelly shot a 78 and a 76 on two rounds to take the first place prize. Kelly was also named Athlete of the Week by The Bergen Record. Click here to read the amazing coverage of her success.»
AHA’s amazing Dance teams finished off another winning season at the New Jersey State Dance Championship competition. The Varsity dancers took first place trophies in both the Pom and Hip Hop categories and the Junior Varsity won the championship title in the Hip Hop category. These accomplishments finished out an incredible season with both teams achieving top five standings at the National competitions in Florida. Congratulations to all the dancers and to Varsity Coach, Jenny Sweet and JV Coach, Kristen Cebulski.
Holy Angels hosted the JV Championship Debate competition on March 11th. AHA was represented by the teams of Christina Gallo & Michelle Lu and Katherine Koh & Carolina Zuluago. Katherine and Carolina made it to the final round and were honored with a second place win. In addition, Katherine Koh won the second place Speaker Award; Michelle Lu won the third place Speaker Award and Carolina Zuluaga won the fourth place Speaker Award. The following students served as judges: Francesca Marsh, Grace Belthoff, Valyntina Francois, Anjelika Catral, June Chung and Selin Berberoglu. Congratulations to all.
AHA is very proud of the many talented musicians who contributed to Music in Our Schools month and to Mrs. Mariann Annecchino who worked tirelessly to make it so special. Pictured are two of the many talented musicians who performed at various locations throughout the school building in celebration of music. Kathryn O’Connor entertained on the piano and Sara Den Bleyker sang a solo for her classmates during their lunch period. Also pictured below is Dr. Carol Shansky, Professor of Music at Iona College, who graciously came to present a flute master class workshop on March 17th. The girls benefitted immensely from her demonstrations and instruction.
In other music news, members of AHA’s Tri-M Music Society hosted a coffee house at the AHA Student Commons for the benefit of the Union City Music Project on March 22nd. There were delightful performances by many musicians, including a group of children who are currently participating in the program. Pictured are Tri-M members: Siyhun Lyu, Clara Jeon and Chinchu Jacob setting up for the event.
Members of AHA’s SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) Club organized Ghost Day on March 19th to raise awareness about the about the dangers of drugs, alcohol and other potentially lethal choices. SADD members organized an assembly and invited their classmates to take an “anti-drug” pledge.
Michelle Lu ’16 who was selected to participate in the highly selective Governor's School of Engineering & Technology Program at the Rutgers University School of Engineering. Michelle will be taking five academic classes, completing an intensive research and/or design project in a group and will go on site visits to local corporations and institutions where she will have the opportunity to meet talented peers and professionals from across the state.
Congratulations to June Chung ’17 who auditioned for the NJ All-State High School Orchestra and earned a position in the violin section.
The AHA Bowling Team enjoyed another successful season under the masterful coaching of Mr. Patrick Dunne. Congratulations to the following bowlers who received All League and All County recognition this season: First Team All League: Tiffany Sucero, Alexa Hernandez and Kayla Cristofoletti. Ciaria Mottley earned Second Team All League honors. An Honorable Mention All League went to Shiho Numakura. And a Second Team All County Honorable Mention went to Kayla Cristofoletti. Unite and Strike!!
Good luck to juniors Patricia Krisan, Claudia Morgan and Francesca Sotomayor who were nominated by AHA to serve on the Bergen County Commission on the Status of Women. Each year all schools (public, private, and parochial) are invited to nominate young women from their junior class for consideration for appointment.
Congratulations to Annie King ’15 who was inducted into the Manhattan College Saint La Salle Honor Society on March 31, 2015. Each year, Manhattan College offers admission to its prestigious Saint La Salle Honor Society to a select group of highly accomplished high school seniors. Annie plans to pursue studies in Elementary and Special Education.
Congratulations following students who were inducted into the Mu Alph Theta Honor Society on March 17, 2015: Stephanie Albert, Rasa Anvari, Emma Ascolese, Thea Bliss, Sabrina Celis, June Chung, Briar Connors, Jessica Danylchuk, Mairead Dillon, Alexis Driscoll, Ruby Duffy, Amanda Grisanti, Eva Gurian, Amanda Hernandez, Clara Jeon, Kristen Kahrer, Julia Keem, KC Killip, Alison Kim, Nahee Kim, Samantha Kim, Victoria Labita, Da Young Lee, Joanne Li, Christine Lim, Emily Loftus, Olivia Luongo, Sihyun Lyu, Grace MacNeill, Stephanie Madonna, Nicole Margiotta, Micaela Maron, Stephanie McCarten, Kaeli McGowan, Emily Mills, Amanda Nedelkoff, Shiho Numakura, Alyssa Romanos, Arianne Rowe, Julia Scheuring, Meredith Shamamian, Krystina Vafiadis, Kelly Ann Wacker and Melanie Welch.
Congratulations to the following students who were inducted into the World Languages Honor Society on March 24, 2015: Société Honoraire de Français: Veronica Andrade, Danielle Cahill, June Chung, Sarah Daniello, Nicole Dattolico, Nicole DeConzo, Rim El Kaddioui, Marie-Nicole Herman, Amanda Hernandez, Sandra Lavin, Landzie Lindor, Emily Mills, Shiho Numakura, Nichole Polanco, Sara Rivoir, Sabrina Romano, Emily Ventimiglia, Cecilia Zayas and Xuanyi Zhuang. Società Onoraria Italica: Thea Bliss, Annalaura Bombarda, Colleen Cotter, Jenna Ferolie, Emily Halloran, Elyse Howell, Olivia Luongo, Stephanie Madonna, Nicole Margiotta, Ciara Mottley, Julia Nunez, Graciela Paredes, Samantha Ryan, Kerry Sammon and Katerin Simancas. Societas Latina Honoris: Victoria Creagh, Emily Loftus, Kelly Mandella, Allyson McConchie, Catherine Watters and Kelsey Westerman. Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica: Gabrielle DiVerita, Jennifer Faiz, Zulay Figueroa, Christina Gallo, Citlalli Godinez, Julia Keem, Alison Kim, Patricia Krisan, DaYoung Lee, Gabrielle Longobardi, Ivelisse Mandato, Samantha Martinez, Michele McDevitt, Annalisse Miqueli, Juliet Nichani, Sophia Ortiz, Darcy Ottomanelli, Samantha Pereira, Angelene Perez-Vento, Alyssa Romanos, Sheena Santos, Meredith Shamamian, Lauren Snyder, Brittany Taupier and Alexa Vecchione.
On March 26th, the following students were inducted into Academy of the Holy Angels National Science Honor Society: Minju Cho, Jennifer Faiz, Cassidy Feerick, Kiera Feldner, Kailyn Gillick, Olivia Guido, Eva Gurian, Clare Hayes, Yoon Sun Hong, Alexandra Hottenrott, Emily Loftus, Michelle Lu, Kelly Mandella,Caroline McLaughlin, Erin McNamara, Samantha Pereira, Rhea Shah, Francesca Sotomayor and Xuanyi Zhuang. Special congratulations to Jennifer Faiz who was awarded the Rockland Electric Achievement Award for Women in Science. Jennifer was selected to receive his honor because of her exceptional academic standing in science and her growth-mindset spirit and leadership in the science classroom.
Congratulations to the following students who were inducted into the National Art Honor Society on March 31st: Risako Arcari, Aleksandra Atanasoska, Jae Eun Cho, Briar Connors, Colleen Cotter, Kayla Cristofoletti, Jacquelyn DeRocher, Meghan Englert, Amanda Grisanti, Olivia Guido, Suwon Joo, Su Hyun Kim, Sarah Kraus, Jessica Kwon, Margaret McCarthy, Margaret Menapace, Amanda Nedelkoff, Angelica Pasquali, Jenna Piccinich and Sadiya Ramos.
Principal’s List and Honor Roll
AHA congratulates the following students for making the Principal’s List and Honor Roll for the 2nd Quarter of the 2014-15 academic year. Click here to view »
Coach of the Year
Congratulations to Mr. Patrick Dunne who has been named National Federation of High Schools Coaches Association Coach of the Year for the sport of Girls Bowling. Mr. Dunne was chosen from among nominees from the entire state of New Jersey. He will be honored at an award ceremony on March 29th at The Pines Manor in Edison, NJ. Unite and Strike and Support your AHA Bowling Team!
Congratulations to the winners of the Kindness Award for the second quarter: In the 10th grade-Sarah Daniello, 9th-Radhika Shukla, 12th-Chinchu Jacob and 11th-Caitlyn Smith.
2015 National Dance Team Championship
Congratulations to our Varsity and Junior Varsity Dance Teams who achieved national rankings at the 2015 National Dance Team Championship competition held from January 30-February 1st at the Walt Disney World Resort® in Orlando, Florida. Competing against 54 teams from all over the country, the Varsity Angels achieved a second place ranking while the Junior Varsity Team came in fifth place.
We are very proud of the members of our JOY Club, Joining Old and Young, who visited the JCC on the Palisades to help Demarest native Frank Lucia celebrate his 105th birthday. The girls entertained the seniors with some vocal selections, danced with them and even joined them in a session of chair yoga. Lauren Glubo, Supervisor of the ARC Program at the JCC thanked AHA in a warm and appreciative letter following their visit: “These girls were a true delight. The school, teachers and their parents have done an amazing job in developing their character. I would be honored to have them visit anytime. You should be so proud of them. I have been here 23 years but never have seen such sweet girls. Whatever you are doing just keep it up."
US Junior Olympic Championship Competition
Olympia Peters ’17 is living up to her name with some amazing accomplishments to add to her fencing resume. She traveled to Paris in early February to fence at Marathon Fleuret 2015 where she made the top 32 (29th place) out of 260 girls! And then four days later she and her junior foil team of four girls received gold medals in the Junior 14-18 age level category at the US Fencing Junior Olympics in Richmond, Virginia! Congratulations Olympia!!
US Junior Olympic Championship Competition
Martha Merriam ’18 also competed at the US Junior Olympic Championship Competition in Richmond, Virginia. Martha competes in the Junior (U20) and Senior categories even though her age would place her in a younger category. For the second time, Martha placed third in the Junior division. Her recent successes have raised her to number 15 in the Junior Division in the country and she has been selected to represent The United States at the Junior World Cup Competition in Italy on March 6th. Congratulations to Martha best of luck at the World Cup Championship competition!
AHA’s Power Back Club
Members of AHA’s Power Back Club helped to raise awareness during the week of February 10th which was National Teen Dating Violence Prevention Week. The girls made announcements in the morning and distributed orange lanyards in all of the homerooms to bring attention to this serious topic. Pictured left to right are juniors: Christina Careri ‘16, Jenna Piccinich ’16 and Samantha Bott ’16 who helped to organize this campaign.
AP US History Class
Students in Mrs. Fair’s AP US History class were encouraged to come to class “out of uniform” recently as they impersonated historical figures from the early part of the 20th century, both the famous and the infamous. In attendance were the likes of Babe Didrickson, Billie Holiday, Thomas Edison, Lillian Gish, Coco Chanel, Zelda Fitzergald, Lillian Gish, Elliott Ness, Al Capone, Amelia Earheart, Nellie Tayloe Ross, and Babe Ruth.
Scholastics Art & Writing Awards
AHA is very proud to report the results of the regional portion of the Scholastics Art & Writing Awards. Nikki Margiotta ’17 was awarded a Gold Key in the Writing competition for her short story entitled “Creation.” In the arts categories AHA received four Gold Key Awards (with a special secondary award for Ruby Kang ’15 who was given an American Visions Nominee Award), 13 Silver Key Awards and 20 Honorable Mentions. The students who received Gold Key awards will move onto the national portion of the competition. In addition, they were invited to display their pieces at The Montclair Art Museum or Berkshire Hathaway Home Services of NJ. This is the third year in a row in which AHA is the only all girls Catholic school from Bergen County to achieve recognition in this highly prestigious competition.
Receiving Gold Key Awards were: Tyara Estrada, for her photograph entitled “Black White Color,” Angelica Pasquali, who is pictured above posing with her certificate, for her photograph entitled “Old Fashion,” Ruby Kang in the Drawing and Illustration category for her piece entitled “Nightmares” and Molly Menapace for her Jewelry piece entitled, “Swirls of Color.” Silver Keys were awarded in the Photography category to Colleen Cotter for “Artificial,” Samantha Kim for “Metamorphosis,” Angelica Pasquali for “Likely Sleeping, Darling” and “Trip”, and to Danielle Saxenian for “Autumn Landscape.” Silver Keys were awarded in the Jewelry Category to: Jae Eun Cho for “Queen Sun Flower” and Jillian McEvoy for “Branch Out.” AHA received three Silver Keys in the Drawing and Illustration category: Suwon Joo for “Journey Through Life”, Ruby Kang for “Utensils” and Vanessa Sakong for “September Bicycles.” Additional Silver Keys were awarded to Ruby Kang for her Art Portfolio “1207,” to Ashley Misciagna in the Printmaking category for “Gothic Ephemeral” and to Suwon Joo for her painting, “Looking Inward.” There were eight Honorable Mentions in the Photography category: Sophia Cotter for “She Needs Her Beauty Sleep”, Kayla Cristofoletti for “Warry Traveler,” Lisa Harootunian for “The Last Night,” Clara Jeon for “I’m One of a Kind,” Ivelisse Mandato for “Florence,” Angelica Pasquali for “Grace Identity” and “Fall Life,” and Danielle Saxenian for “Night.” The following artists received Honorable Mentions in the Drawing and Illustration category: Risako Arcari for “Bike Crop,” Jae Eun Cho for “Mother Nature,” Renata Francesco for “Niagara: Rise and Fall,” Ashley Misciagna for “The City of Lights,” and Jiin Suh for “Just Like an Ordinary Day” and “Temptation." Honorable Mentions were awarded in the Jewelry category to Risako Arcari for “Corky” and to Briar Connors for “Green Silver.” Ruby Kang received an Honorable Mention for her untitled painting in that category; Maggie McCarthy received an Honorable Mention in the Mixed Media category for her work entitled, “Patwork Trip” and Elaine Ruiz received an Honorable Mention in the Architecture category for her piece “Sustainable Theater Architecture.” Congratulations to these fine and accomplished artists. View a slideshow of some of the winning artwork here»
Congratulations to Emily DeRubertis ’15 who was honored for her exemplary volunteer service with a President’s Volunteers Service Award given by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.
Congratulations to Kiera Feldner ’16, who was accepted into Brown University’s “Summer at Brown” program. She will be taking a two-week course entitled “Psychology in Medicine” that will focus on how physical illness can correspond with mental illness. Kiera intends to pursue a career in psychology and nursing and is excited about the opportunity to extend her knowledge in this course.
AHA was recently notified by Barbara Fullerton, Director of Resource Development of The Epilepsy Foundation of New Jersey that Briar Connors ’16 was responsible for a significant donation to their organization. Rather than accept gifts for her sweet sixteen birthday celebration, Briar requested that her guests donate to the foundation in support of their programs and services for people suffering from epilepsy. Briar truly lived out the AHA philosophy of sharing her gifts with others through this act of selfless kindness.
Congratulations to the members of AHA’s Debate Team who competed on February 2, 2015 at Cresskill High School. The teams of Christina Gallo ’16 & Michelle Lu ’16 and Helen Park ’16 & Emily Yankovich ’16 both medaled. Winning one round each were the teams of: Julia Keem ’17 & Clara Jeon ’17 and Jaya Sharma ’18 & Julianna Gentile ‘18.
AHA is very proud of all of the performers in last December’s Christmas Gala and very grateful in particular to Mr. Christian Jeong, who sang Danny Boy accompanied by the AHA Vocal Ensemble. The Vocal Ensemble had performed this piece in October when they accompanied The Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland in at Carnegie Hall. Mr. Jeong is a member of The Metropolitan Opera and father to Yerin Jeong ’18. Click here to enjoy a video clip of their performance»
Students in Operation Smile recently welcomed Dr. Marie Madonna DDS to their January 28th club meeting. Dr. Madonna, who is a practicing dentist the mother of Stephanie Madonna ’17, donated 100 toothbrushes and tubes of toothpaste to OpSmile as a part of her involvement in America’s ToothFairy Smile Drive. This campaign, launched by the National Children's Oral Health Foundation, organized the collection of thousands of dental supplies for donation to children in need. The donated oral care products were then provided to non-profit organizations, such as Operation Smile. February was National Children’s Dental Health month and participants in the ToothFairy Smile Drive, which included both corporate and individual sponsors from all over the country, made a real difference in the health of many deserving children. AHA is sent its allotment of dental supplies along with Ruby Kang ‘15 and Juliet Vicari ’15 who served on mission trips for OpSmile in February.
Response for Edgewater Fire Victims
Thank you to all who answered our call to help the victims of the Edgewater fire. Only one email blast to the AHA community yielded an overwhelming response. Over 500 bags of clothing, bedding, canned goods and toiletries in all were donated. Our Angels then sorted the donations and loaded up five cars full for transport to Edgewater.
AHA’s amazing Handbell Choir helped to make the season bright for the retired sisters of St. Joseph of Peace in Englewood Cliffs. On December 16th they visited the sisters and entertained them with a variety of Christmas favorites. The sisters joined them in song and even tried their hand at ringing the bells.
Creative Writing Class
Congratulations to the members of Mrs. Nancy Schneberger’s Creative Writing Class who delighted audience members with their original works of poetry and prose at a reading held on January 6th in the AHA Learning Commons. The class, which is a semester elective for juniors and seniors, invites students to explore a wide variety of poetical genres and techniques using select models and writing prompts.
Ninth grader Martha Merriam continues to advance in her fencing career. On January 12th she competed at the North American Cup tournament in Salt Lake City, Utah in the Junior (Under 20) Category. Fencing against primarily college students, Martha came in third place and received an “A” which is the highest possible ranking. She is pictured with her coach, Aleksander Ochocki.
2015 Science and Religion Seminar
Congratulations to Mrs. Brizzolara, Ms. Fay, Dr. Weinstein and Mrs. Ferrara who were selected to attend the 2015 Science and Religion Seminar this June hosted by The Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame. The five day program, entitled “Science and Religion: Strangers, Rivals, or Partners in the Search for Truth?” is designed for Catholic school teachers of biology, physics, chemistry and religion who wish to explore the intersection between science and religion more deeply. A very limited number of teachers from a nationwide pool of candidates was selected to attend this prestigious seminar.
Congratulations to our Dance teams for scoring some very impressive victories in recent weeks. At the UDA Battle of the Northeast Championship held on January 4, 2015 in South Brunswick, NJ the Junior Varsity dancers took first place in Hip Hop and third place in Pom while the Varsity team earned second place in Pom and were named the UDA Northeast Champions of Hip Hop for their dynamic routine. The Varsity Angels also earned a special Crowd Favorite Award for their Hip Hop number. The teams then went on to compete at Ramapo College’s Dance Team Invitational on January 10, 2015 where the Varsity dancers took home first place trophies in the Pom and Hip Hop categories while the Junior Varsity dancers placed first in Hip Hop and second place in Pom.
Special congratulations to Varsity team members Caroline Fernandez, Amanda Hagan, and Amanda Hernandez who were accepted into New York University’s prestigious Future Dancers Program which is a 14-week highly selective advanced training regimen designed to support and enhance their current training. They were among the 15 selected participants from the five boroughs of New York City, as well as from Westchester County, Long Island, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Philadelphia.
Congratulations to the members of the Debate Team who competed at Leonia High School just before heading out for Christmas break. The team of Jaya Sharma & Julianne Gentile medaled and the following teams won one round each: Christina Gallo & Michelle Lu, Carolina Zuluaga & Katherine Koh, Rhea Shaw & Chinchu Jacob, Drew Mount & Samantha Pereira, Julia Keem & Clara Jeon, Rim El Kaddioui & Nahee Kim, Lindsay Rosas Togo & Megan Cawley, Caroline Fernandez & Samantha Kim and Charlotte McCabe & Gabrielle Dugan.
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Applause Applause to Mrs. Annecchino, Mrs. Marciano and the many talented performers at this year’s spectacular Christmas Gala. The Handbell Choir, Orchestra, Vocal Ensemble and Academy Chorus delighted the audience with their amazing performances. Pictured left to right are sophomores: Oh Ryun Shin, Vivian Wang, Christine Lim, Megan Cawley, Francesca Marsh and Sih Yun Lyu enjoying the reception following their performances.
Congratulations to the winners of the Kindness Award for the first quarter. They are pictured left to right: Isabelle Shea ’18, Kerry Sammon ’17, Gianna Scardigno ’16 and Daniella Nammour ’15.
Perry Outreach Initiative
AHA is very proud of the six students who participated in the Perry Outreach Initiative at Bellevue NYU Medical Center in New York City on December 13th. Named in honor of the late orthopedic surgeon Dr. Jacqueline Perry, The Perry Initiative is dedicated to encouraging young women to enter the fields orthopedic medicine and engineering. Although women are well represented at the nation’s medical schools, they are less likely to focus on orthopedics and engineering. The Perry Initiative aims to reverse this trend by encouraging young women to consider these fields as a specialty. It hosts one day hands-on programs at medical centers across the county for high school and college students at which participants perform mock orthopedic surgeries and conduct engineering experiments. They also hear from top women physicians and scientists in these fields. Admission is highly selective and is based upon an essay and the student’s interest in pursuing a career in medicine. For Samantha Martinez, the day was extremely helpful: “Many women orthopedic surgeons, engineers and pediatricians also spoke to the girls about their experiences in their field as women. Their speeches were empowering and reassured me of my dream to become a doctor as well as the work that is needed to be successful in any field.” Kelly Mandella echoed these sentiments: “These women relayed their experience and struggle in entering these fields as a woman, but more importantly their overall success because of their persistence. Pictured left to right are four of the juniors who participated in the program: Kiera Feldner, Samantha Martinez, Allyson MacConchie and Adrianne Alfonso. Kelly Mandella ’16 and Kiana Yee ’15 also participated but are not pictured.
AHA Varsity and Junior Varsity Dance Teams
Congratulations to the AHA Varsity and Junior Varsity Dance teams who competed at the UDA Northeast Competition at George Mason University on December 6th. The Varsity team took first place in Pom and JV took second, also in Pom. And both teams were recognized for exhibiting exceptional sportsmanship towards their peers throughout the competition.
Clara Jeon ’17
Clara Jeon ’17 truly lived out the AHA philosophy of sharing her gifts with others when she made a generous monetary gift to Holy Angels. She cited her belief in tithing as the motivation to donate back to AHA a percentage of the scholarship monies she had been awarded as a Mother Caroline Scholarship recipient as well as a portion of another scholarship she recently received from Noah Bank. She is pictured presenting her check to Miss Moran.
Art for the Community
To spread some Christmas cheer, Ms. Biskup’s activity club "Art for the Community" created Christmas cards for the Franciscan Sisters in Tenafly, NJ. Cards will be presented to the sisters who don't have nearby family members to visit them with presents and cards.
AHA flutist Michelle Lu ’ 16 was thrilled perform with world renowned flutist Sir James Galway at Carnegie Hall on December 4th. She joined 74 other talented flutists on stage with him and his wife Lady Jane Galway as a part of Tim Janis’s The American Christmas Carol which has paid tribute to Sir James Galway for the past nine years. Many notable artists contributed their talents to the event, the proceeds of which benefitted Kate Winslet’s Golden Hat Foundation. Michelle studies violin at the Manhattan School of Music in their Pre-College Division.
Z100 Jingle Ball Store Hop
The cold and rainy weather didn’t hamper the voices of AHA’s talented Vocal Ensemble members when they performed on December 6th at the Z100 Jingle Ball Store Hop at City Place in Edgewater, NJ. The weather was awful with consistent pouring rain, but the show went on beautifully nonetheless. The girls went into many stores and sang to the delight of the customers. The event benefitted The Center For Food Action.
NJ All-State Concert
Congratulations to violinist June Chung ’17 who performed in the NJ All-State Concert on November 16th at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, NJ. She was one of 140 members in this highly selective orchestra who performed with 350 chorus members from the state of New Jersey.
Tri-M Music Honor Society
TWO Members of the Tri-M Music Honor Society were very busy spreading Christmas cheer in early December. On Friday, December 5, they visited Villa Marie Claire to share the story of Christmas through traditional carols, songs and instrumental compositions. June Chung, Molly Doyle, Aine Doyle, Anne Haws, Mary Haws, Camilla Castillo, Ingrid Noriega, Michelle Lu, Kathryn O'Connor and Vivian Wang delighted the residents with their performance. Villa Marie Claire is a residential hospice facility located in Saddle River, NJ. Then on Monday, December 8, ten Tri-M members delighted audience members at the Family Promise Christmas Party in Ridgewood. Family Promise assists families with children who are temporarily homeless. Victoria Cabales, who organized this outreach, was joined by Breanne Mastromarino, Michelle Lu, Anne Haws, Katherine Koh, Kathryn O'Connor, Salina Lyu, Sara Den Bleyker and Alison Kim.
Congratulations to Alexandra Alfonso ’15 won the Position Paper Award in her committee at the Rutgers Model UN Conference, which took place from December 4-7th in New Brunswick, NJ. This year’s focus was on the role and development of civil society. Alexandra represented Afghanistan and her committee was the United Nations Human Settlements Programme.
Sophomore and national fencing champion Olympia Peters was the focus of a glowing article in the Bergen Record in which she attributed her success to hard work and time management. Click here to read the article»
AHA’s JOY club recently garnered some well deserved accolades in an article that appeared in NorthJersey.com’s Community Life page. Click here to read the review»
Congratulations to Heather Mueger ’15 who landed the title role in the Bergen County Players production of Freckleface Strawberry the Musical. Click here to read their press release»
Principal’s List and Honor Roll
AHA congratulates the following students for making the Principal’s List and Honor Roll for the 1st Quarter of the 2014-15 academic year. Click here to view »
AHA is extremely grateful to the nearly 100 student, parent, and faculty volunteers who braved the cold on Saturday, November 22nd to compete the construction of an 8x16 greenhouse. It is now a reality thanks to the hard work and teamwork of many dedicated supporters and it is located just outside the science lab classrooms near the tennis courts.
AHA Science Chairperson Nancy Brizzolara organized this ambitious project. We are especially grateful for the financial support from the AHA community and to the North Bergen Home Depot, which not only donated many of the supplies necessary for the construction but sent a team of employees to assist in the build. The process of building the Greenhouse took all day and challenges came up along the way but the ANGELS persevered and were able to complete the job by just before sundown. ANGELS TRY HARDER!!!
The purpose of Project Greenhouse is to build a functional greenhouse, power it with solar panels and harvest the crops for donation to food banks. Students planned and designed the greenhouse, complete with solar panels for power, storage areas, a self-watering system, and a fence. Miss Moran applauded everyone's efforts noting that by next Thanksgiving, the Greenhouse harvest will be made available to local food banks. “Our crops will not be only rooted in dirt, but in faith as well.”
AHA Vocal Ensemble - Carnegie Hall
Congratulations to the members of the AHA Vocal Ensemble who performed with The Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland at Carnegie Hall in New York City on October 30th. They one of only six youth vocal groups from the New York area to be invited to sing with the CBOI. AHA junior Ciara Rhodes, who is a three time World Qualifier in Irish step dance, also performed at the event. Miss Moran congratulated the performers: “I am so glad that you had the opportunity to contribute your talents and hard, hard work, to the cause of peace though cultural understanding. I could tell that you were all floating on air at the conclusion of the concert! As well you should be. Congratulations to all of you and to Mrs. Maricano for an outstanding performance.”
S. Cathy Arata Visit
A very special thank you to S. Carole Tabano who set in motion the plans that culminated in the visit of S. Cathy Arata to Holy Angels on November 4th to talk about her work with Solidarity With South Sudan. S. Cathy is pictured in the middle enjoying some time with fellows SSND’s: S. Kathleen Dunham, S. Patricia Murphy, S. Carole Tabano and S. Mary Foley.
AHA’s Outreach Club organized two drives in late October in support of the Office of Concern in Englewood. Over 3,000 diapers and 800 food items were collected from the AHA community.
Pictured are Bridget Quinn ’16 on the left and Aprile Bertomo ’18 on the right, helping to organize contributions.
Rho Kappa - History Honor Society
The following seniors were welcomed into the Rho Kappa chapter of the History Honor Society in an induction ceremony held on November 18th in the Learning Commons: Victoria Calabes, Giulia Califano, Annie Chung, Samantha Doka, Cassidy Feerick, Kristen Gibney, Kailyn Gillick, Amanda Grisanti, Anne Haws, Yoon Sun Hong, Irene Havlusch, Alexandra Hottenrott, Uma Jalloh, Elly Rose Jayson, Kirsten Judge, Jessica Kwon, Katerina Lallos, Kensley Lipka, Kianna Luscher, Caroline McLaughlin, Ingrid Noriega, Jennifer Nugent, Catherine Piersa, Paige Sunden, Juliet Vicari, Paige Vignone, Tiffani Youngblood and Carolina Zuluaga.
Congratulations to AHA’s representatives to the TEDYouth Conference which took place on Saturday, November 15th at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. They are posing proudly wearing their TED shirts after their return. Pictured from left to right with Miss Moran are seniors: Kiana Luscher, Alexandra Meyers, Ruby Kang, Renata Francesca and Sophia Cotter.
Holy Angels’ “Space Angels” have been busy researching their assignments as a part of their work for NASA’s Center for Lunar Science and Exploration. They presented a preliminary research project entitled “Moon 101” on October 23rd via Adobe Connect, working in pairs to offer an analysis of three photos of the moon’s surface. They completed their presentation in approximately ten minutes and fielded questions from Mr. Andrew Shaner of the Center for Lunar Science and Exploration who commended them on their work. The girls are now trying to formulate a question which they will spend the rest of the program researching from primary source data. They are being aided in this work by Dr. Jeffrey Plescia who is on a SSERVI (Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute) team with the Applied Physics Lab at Johns Hopkins University. At the end of the year, the girls will compete with other high school teams for a chance to present their research at the Exploration Science Forum at the NASA Ames Research Center in July 2015. Pictured left to right are Siddhi Patel ’16, Samantha Ryan ’17, Jami Rizzo ’16, Vivian Wang ’17, Samantha Pereira ’16 and Francesca Boccia’16.
Holy Angels Debate Club
The Holy Angels Debate Club hosted 125 students from five schools on October 29th and enjoyed great success. Congratulations to medal winners: Drew Mount & Samantha Periera, Stephanie Albert & Patricia Krisan and Helen Park & Emily Yankovich. Winning one round each were the teams of Christina Gallo & Michelle Lu, Nahee Kim & Rim El Kaddioui and Francesca Boccia & Arianne Rowe. They again competed on November 10th at Dumont High School where the following teams medaled: Christina Gallo & Michelle Lu, Carolina Zuluaga & Catherine Koh and Nahee Kim & Rim El Kaddioui. Winning one round each were the teams of Julianna Gentile & Jaya Sharma, Clara Jeon & Julia Keem, Caroline Fernandez & Samantha Kim and Emily Yankovich & Helen Park. Never argue with an Angel!!!
All State Opera Festival
Congratulations to sopranos Selen Nehrozoglu ’15 and Sara Den Bleyker ’16 who performed in the All State Opera Festival on November 15th at Paramus High School. This all day event drew aspiring opera singers from the entire state of NJ.
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Conference
Margeaux Gould ’18 traveled to Richmond, Virginia in mid-November with teachers from the Mustard Seed School to participate in the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) conference. She is pictured at the conference presenting a portion of their presentation entitled “Building a Persistent, Creative Mathematics Learning Community” in which she demonstrated solving a complex mathmatical problem. The math teachers who attended her session offered very favorable comments about her presentation, using words like "brilliant" and "dazzling" in their reviews. There were some audience questions that she handled beautifully. Congratulations on a job well done!
Jessie Banks Foundation
On Friday, November 14, 2014, the Jessie Banks Foundation recognized Samantha Martinez ’16 for her strong academic performance, leadership qualities and commitment to community service. The Jessie Banks Foundation was established in 2002 by Sharon Banks-Williams as a living tribute to the life of her mother, Jessie Banks who had dedicated herself to empowering others in many ways. The awards ceremony took place at the Teaneck Marriott at Glenpointe.
Special thanks to AHA Musicians Katherine Koh ’15 (piano), Annie Haws ’15 (Cello), Mary Haws ’18 (Harp), Carolina Zuluaga ’15 (Violin), June Chung ’17 (Violin), and Ashley Yoon ’18 (Viola) who traveled to Wilton, Connecticut with Mrs. Mariann Annecchino in early November to entertain at the SSND Donor Appreciation Luncheon. While there, they socialized with many of the sisters, some of whom promised to come to AHA for our Christmas Concert in December.
Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival’s "Student Day"
The following aspiring writers had the privilege of attending the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival’s "Student Day" at the Newark Performing Arts Center on October 24th with Mrs. Nancy Schneberger: Aleksandra Atanasoska, Danielle Gazda , Caroline Hyer, Emily Imbarrato, Katherine Koh, Erin Martin, Bridget Owens, Phoebe Ozuah, Elizabeth Saccoliti, Holly Slepian, Monique Smallman and Kelly Ann Wacker. They attended large group and small group sessions with poet laureates and famous contemporary poets from around the world. Mrs. Schneberger reported that the highlight of their day was attending a reading in the Victoria Theater by the National Poets Program winners and the NJCTE winners, which included our own alumna, Alana Spendley ’14, who read her work "Cartography." Alana was honored as a gold award winner by the NJCTE and also as a Gold award winner of the regional Scholastic Art awards and with a Silver national award by Scholastic as well. Her work was recently published in a collection by Scholastic. Juniors Holly Slepian and Bridget Owens are pictured waiting to meet inaugural poet Richard Blanco and poet laureate Robert Pinsky who were signing copies of their books.
French Honor Society 2014 Creative Writing Contest
Congratulations to the winners of the French Honor Society 2014 Creative Writing contest: Caroline McLaughlin ’15 in Catégorie A Level 3 and Brigid Hayes ’14 in Catégorie B level 5. They were selected from among 51 entries from both categories.
Francophones at AHA
Francophones at AHA celebrated French culture during the week of November 17th with a variety of activities. Students entertained their lunch mates with French songs and dances and a fun hat contest as well. The French Club also sponsored a fundraiser to benefit The Association of St Basile which provides financial and educational support to underprivileged children in Lebanon. This support is more crucial than ever due to the worsening economic situation in Lebanon, the increase in the cost of living, the rise in the percentage of unemployment, and the influx of about two million Syrian refugees into Lebanon. AHA’s French Club has been supporting this cause since 2002 and was acknowledged in the St. Basil Scholarship Program Annual Report. French Club members Courtney Dodds ’18 and Tyara Estrada ’18 are pictured alongside a poster the Club made to encourage participation in the fundraiser.
We are also proud of....
Senior Jenny Quispe recently received news of her acceptance to the Perry Outreach Program at Johns Hopkins University. The Perry Outreach Program encourages young woman to engage in health-related fields, specifically orthopedics. Participants engage in mock orthopedic surgeries, conduct biomechanical engineering, and have opportunities to network with women leaders in the medical field.
Congratulations to sophomores Alexis Driscoll and Angelica Piegari who were selected as Holy Angels’ representatives for the 2015 HOBY seminar, and to Amanda Hernandez as our alternate representative! This year we received a record number of applications and the selection process was extremely competitive.
We are also proud of sophomores Clara Jeon and June Chung who were each awarded a $1,000 scholarship by Noah Bank. They were among 50 students from the New York/New Jersey area to receive this recognition.
AHA is extremely proud of its future engineers, seniors Clarissa Sandev, Amanda Grisanti, Jenny Quispe and Preeksha Lal, for their hard work and achievement in the first quarter of the online course, Engineering for Sustainability.
Holy Angels recently received word that Lydon Kersting ’14 was awarded a 2014 Senior Scholarship in the National Spanish Examinations in 2014. Lydon is currently enrolled at Princeton University where her $1,000 will be applied. Congratulations to her and to AHA’s Spanish teachers as well.
Imagine the excitement at AHA when seniors Sophia Cotter, Renata Francesco, Ruby Kang, Kiana Luscher, and Alexandra Meyers learned that they were among the 400 students selected to participate in this year’s TEDYouth Day 2014 at the Brooklyn Museum of Art on November 15th. Applicants were required to submit a video essay on the topic of “Worlds Imagined.” Not only were Sophia. Renata, Ruby and Kiana invited to attend, but their video was also selected to be featured on the TEDYouth blog post as an example of the type of creative thinkers this conference will be attracting. The NY event is one of many taking place around the world at which young people will come together to engage with speakers from a variety of fields including science, technology and art. According to the TEDYouth.com website, the girls can look forward to a day of “mind-shifting stories and big ideas in a broad array of topics that impact the world today. They'll envision new scenarios for our future, and think through how they can contribute to its creation.” Check out the video here»
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