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April 30, 2024

An Alum Tea with a Tech Twist

Future Angels got a kick out of the “tech twist” at this year’s Academy of the Holy Angels’ Alumnae Tea Party.


“Our robotics team led an informational session and helped our future Angels construct their own little robots,” engineering teacher Jing Loo explained.


Current Angels Sharanya Agarwal, Julianna Dail, Amalia Ferolie, Gabrielle Petriello, Sofia Petriello, and Lauren Tong provided mentorship for their young guests. Girls learned to build a mini-robot – a fun introduction to AHA’s award-winning STREAM curriculum.

Lauren Tong helped young guests construct mini-robots.


AHA Advancement/Alumnae Relations Director Patricia Brussel and Assistant Director — Gifts Lori Sillari arranged the dynamic event. Approximately 40 guests, including alumnae and their daughters, met and mingled during the weekend gathering.


AHA President Melinda Hanlon welcomed everyone to the Learning Commons, which was decorated with pink table linens and flower arrangements.


Guests were treated to a light lunch, an assortment of tiny treats, and a round of Tea Party Bingo.

Guests enjoyed lunch, tea, and treats in the Learning Commons.

Elyse Deublein Harney (AHA ’48) of Harney & Sons Tea Co. donated a variety of teas and 50 jars of wildflower honey.


Founded by the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1879, the Academy of the Holy Angels is the oldest private girls’ school in Bergen County. While AHA is steeped in Catholic tradition, this prestigious school serves young women from many cultural and religious backgrounds.