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June 17, 2021

Kindness Award Winners Are Examples to Entire AHA Community

Academy of the Holy Angels students Jacqueline Arbogast, Grace Koustas, and Anissa Lena recently received the Sister Catherine Green Kindness Award.


This honor is presented to AHA students who continue the tradition of kindness for which Sister Catherine Green, SSND, was known. S. Catherine, who was a beloved member of the AHA Religious Studies Department from 1982 until 2014, was an attentive listener with a ready smile and warm words of encouragement. The latest award recipients are following in her footsteps.



Anissa Lena (AHA ’24), is known as an understanding and caring person. A friend wrote that Lena’s honesty, kindness, and selflessness are apparent. Another classmate said this Moonachie resident “demonstrates this award daily. She is genuine, compassionate, and trustworthy. She always makes me feel included and helps me out when I am having a bad day.”


Grace Koustas of Harrington Park (AHA ’23) was honored for being helpful and considerate to those she encounters. One friend wrote that she “carries a positive attitude 24/7 and this positivity has a ripple effect on others.”


Koustas makes everyone feel welcome, and is always there to brighten the day for others. A classmate wrote that Koustas’ “positive attitude is infectious and her desire to help others is inspiring.”


Jacqueline Arbogast (AHA ’22) is described as a selfless person who puts others’ needs before her own. Another friend said Arbogast “always takes the time out of her day to check on people, no matter how busy she is, because she genuinely cares.”


This Angel is also described as thoughtful, funny, and caring. She puts others at ease, and has a knack for listening and making others feel included.


Arbogast is a resident of Warwick, New York.


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 high school serves young women from a broad spectrum of cultural and religious backgrounds. Over time, thousands of women have passed through AHA’s portals. Many go on to study at some of the nation’s best universities, earning high-ranking positions in medicine, government, law, education, public service, business, arts, and athletics. The Academy’s current leaders continue to further the SSND mission to provide each student with the tools she needs to reach the fullness of her potential—spiritually, intellectually, socially, and physically, by offering a first-rate education in a nurturing environment where equal importance is placed on academic excellence, character development, moral integrity, and service to others.