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March 2017

AHA Students to Attend UN Commission on the Status of Women 

A delegation from the School Sisters of Notre Dame, including students from SSND-sponsored high schools in New Jersey, Maryland and Missouri, as well as Notre Dame of Maryland University, will attend the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women meeting March 13-24 in New York as they address the issue of women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work.   

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AHA Students to Attend UN Commission on the Status of Women

Demarest, NJ: This month, two students from the Academy of the Holy Angels will represent the School Sisters of Notre Dame at the 61st United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. AHA delegates Arianne Rowe and Jaya Sharma will be accompanied by history and international studies teacher Jennifer Cucchisi.  

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AHA Continues Operation Rice Bowl Tradition

Demarest, NJ: Throughout the Lenten season, the Academy of the Holy Angels will raise funds to benefit Operation Rice Bowl. The effort began with lunchtime celebrations of Mardi Gras and Carnevale. The Italian Club sold generously stuffed heroes and invited diners to fill their own cannoli for another $1 more. Outreach covered dessert by organizing a bake sale that was conveniently located next to the Italian Club’s table. Together, these events netted close to $200.

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Music Resonates at the Academy of the Holy Angels 

Demarest, NJ: March is Music in Our Schools Month® and “Random Acts of Music” and “Mini Morning Musicales” have been occurring on cue at the Academy of the Holy Angels. The AHA Handbell Choir officially rang in this annual celebration, which was quickly followed by other pop-up performances.

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AHA Celebrates Students’ Diverse Cultures & Traditions 

Demarest, NJ: Cultures from around the globe were the focus of attention at International Night. This annual celebration at the Academy of the Holy Angels drew an enthusiastic crowd as students shared food, music, and fashion from their diverse backgrounds. 

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AHA Students Spend a Day in the Shoes of Notable Hispanic Figures 

Demarest, NJ: Carmen Quiñones recently challenged the students from her Spanish 3 High Honors classes at the Academy of the Holy Angels to spend a day walking in the shoes of prominent Hispanic figures from the past and present. 

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Enjoy ‘Drood,’ the Solve it Yourself Mystery Musical, at AHA 

Demarest, NJ: This April, audiences at the Academy of the Holy Angels will puzzle over “The Mystery of Edwin Drood.” The award-winning AHA Performing Arts Department headed by Director Katie McSherry will stage this “solve it yourself” comedic musical mystery Friday, April 7th and Saturday, April 8th at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 9th at 2:00 p.m. 

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Haiti Speakers Tour Comes to Holy Angels 

Demarest, NJ: Freda Catheus and Maureen Plaisimond from Beyond Borders recently paid a visit to the Academy of the Holy Angels 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. 

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February 2017

AHA Engineering Students Help Judge STREAM Fair 

Demarest, NJ: Four seniors from Jing Loo’s engineering classes at the Academy of the Holy Angels recently shared their time and talents as judges for a local STREAM Fair. 

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AHA Officials Launch Kelleher Hall Renovation Project 

Demarest, NJ: On February 16, the Academy of the Holy Angels officially launched the extensive renovation of the former convent on the school’s campus. The afternoon ceremony followed nearly two years of preparations for this project, which will enhance the educational opportunities available to AHA’s steadily increasing number of students. 

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Kindness Matters at the Academy of the Holy Angels 

Demarest, NJ: A friendly, giving spirit will get you everywhere at the Academy of the Holy Angels, where four students just earned the Sister Catherine Green Kindness Award for encouraging, supporting, and inspiring others.

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AHA Students Named to Principal’s List and Honor Roll 

Honor Roll & Principal's List

Demarest, NJ: Multiple students from the Academy of the Holy Angels have been named to the Principal’s List and Honor Roll for the excellent grade point averages they maintained through the second quarter. 

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AHA Community Unites to Provide Hope for Haiti 

Demarest, NJ: Immediately after Hurricane Matthew tore through Haiti in October 2016, the Academy of the Holy Angels mustered its forces to help the island nation rebuild. This month, the multi-event Hope for Haiti effort concluded with a Flapjack Fundraiser that netted $861, bringing the overall total to $5,776. 

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AHA Dance Team Captures Second Consecutive National Title  

Demarest, NJ: The powerhouse Academy of the Holy Angels Varsity Dance Team has earned its second consecutive National Dance Team Championship in small varsity hip hop, further solidifying its reputation. 

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Alumna Advises Students: Embrace & Enjoy the Gift of an AHA Education

Demarest, NJ: At the Academy of the Holy Angels, Catholic Schools Week concluded with a poignant message from an alumna who would relive her high school years in a heartbeat – not to amend the past, but to fully appreciate the enduring gift she received. 

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AHA Vocalist Performs with International Choir at Carnegie Hall 

Demarest, NJ: Performing at Carnegie Hall is a dream come true for countless vocalists and musicians throughout the world. This month, Academy of the Holy Angels sophomore Hanora Chapman realized this dream as a member of the 2017 High School Honors Performance Series, an elite group of vocalists from around the globe.

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Arizona Trip to Highlight Immigration Issues  

Demarest, NJ: This month, five students and two faculty members from the Academy of the Holy Angels will spend their Winter Break getting an up-close look at immigration issues in Douglas, an Arizona town near the border of the United States and Mexico.

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January 2017

AngelBots Test Their Robot at ‘FIRST® Tech Challenge’ Qualifier Meet 

Demarest, NJ: Six members of AngelBots, the robotics club from the Academy of the Holy Angels, just attended the club’s inaugural FIRST® Tech Challenge qualifier meet in Hightstown, NJ. The students who attended field tested the robot the club designed, built, and programmed against those made by teams from other schools. 

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AHA Seniors Gain Early Acceptance, Offers of $12.7 Million and Counting

Demarest, NJ: Eighty-two percent of the seniors at the Academy of the Holy Angels 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.

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Community Invited to ‘Circle the Cities with Love’ at AHA 

Demarest, NJ: On January 15, the Academy of the Holy Angels will host 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 cite the country’s need for a fresh start following the divisive election process; however, this community meditation is a non-partisan, no-issue event.

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Faculty & Staff Recognized for Length of Service

Demarest, NJ: Ten faculty and staff members recently received length of service awards for their contributions to the Academy of the Holy Angels. AHA Principal Jean Mullooly presented the certificates of recognition at this month’s staff meeting.

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Catholic Schools Week to Include Parental Visits, Alumna Speaker

Demarest, NJ: Opportunities will abound during Catholic Schools Week, which will be held January 30 through February 3 at the Academy of the Holy Angels.

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Holy Angels Students to Take on Global Issues at Harvard Model UN  

Demarest, NJ: This month, approximately 3,300 high school students, including 13 from the Academy of the Holy Angels, will proffer solutions to global issues at the Harvard Model United Nations. 

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Angels Roll Past the Competition, Earn County Bowling Title 

Demarest, NJ: The Angels Bowling Team earned the Bergen County Championship this month, handily rolling past the competition by 300 pins. Eighteen teams competed at Bowler City in Hackensack, and the athletes from the Academy of the Holy Angels quickly rose to the top.

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AHA Students Get a Glimpse of Life at Columbia 

Demarest, NJ: Columbia University’s Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science recently opened its doors to students from the Academy of the Holy Angels. Three engineers and a panel of women who currently attend Columbia shared their experiences with the Holy Angels Robotics Team, the AHA engineering class, and the AHA Society of Women Engineers.

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December 2016

AHA President Melinda Hanlon Honored by OLMC

Demarest, NJ: Melinda A. Hanlon, President of the Academy of the Holy Angels, has received the Mens, Corpus, Spiritus Award from the Academy of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Tenafly. This year marked the fourth time the award was presented to a leader in Catholic education who impacts the lives of students at the highest level and embodies a vision worthy of Catholic education.



AHA Artists 'Re-gift' with Unconventional Flair

Demarest, NJ: Kathryn Biskup from the Academy of the Holy Angels recently delivered multiple recyclable materials, including paper, cardboard, and ribbon, to the Franciscan Sisters in Tenafly. Their reaction to this act of “re-gifting” was one of sheer delight.  


Early Success of Haiti Campaign Leads to Updated Goal

Demarest, NJ: Change can be positive. Just ask the organizers of the Haiti Campaign at the Academy of the Holy Angels, where the call to aid a Haitian family impacted by Hurricane Matthew is being met with such enthusiasm that the fundraising goal has been extended to include support for three families! 


Angels Bring Christmas Cheer to Philadelphia 

Demarest, NJ: Students from the Academy of the Holy Angels recently traveled to Saint Peter the Apostle School in Philadelphia to mark Saint Nicholas Day. Read more  »




AHA Aumna Shares Career Information with Communications Class

Demarest, NJ: Miriam Tomaselli, a 1995 graduate of the Academy of the Holy Angels, recently returned to her alma mater to address Nancy Schneberger’s communications class. Read more  »



 AHA Students Named to Principal's List, Honor Roll

Demarest, NJ: Multiple students from the Academy of the Holy Angels have been named to the President’s List and the Honor Roll in recognition of the excellent averages they earned during the first quarter of the 2016-17 academic year. Students who are named to the Principal’s List must post averages of 95 or higher, while those named to the Honor Roll must post averages between 90 and 94. Read more  »

November 2016

Elizabeth Garcia Signs Letter of Intent to Play Basketball at University of Hartford 

Demarest, NJ: Elizabeth Garcia, a Bergenfield resident and senior at the Academy of the Holy Angels, has officially signed her letter of intent to play basketball at the University of Hartford. Read More »


AHA Community Unites to Assist Haiti 

Demarest, NJ: Early in October, Hurricane Matthew tore through Haiti leaving devastation in its wake – but not hopelessness. In an effort to continue the relief efforts in Haiti, the Academy of the Holy Angels has joined forces with the School Sisters of Notre Dame and Beyond Borders to assist as many Haitian families as possible. Read More » 


AHA Embraces 'Giving Tuesday' Movement

Demarest, NJ: The Academy of the Holy Angels has joined the growing global movement known as Giving Tuesday. Widely celebrated as the official start of the charitable season, Giving Tuesday falls on November 29 this year. Read More »


AHA Marks Foundation Day 

Demarest, NJ: The Academy of the Holy Angels recently marked Foundation Day with two celebrations. The school community, led by AHA President Melinda Hanlon and Principal Jean Mullooly, marked the 1833 foundation of the School Sisters of Notre Dame with a visit from several SSNDs, including Sister Limétèze Pierre-Gilles. At that first event, AHA recognized multiple students who were recognized for their excellent performance on the PSAT/NMSQT, and announced the winners of the Sister Nonna Dunphy Scholarships. Read More »


Noel Coward's 'Blithe Spirit' to Be Presented at AHA 

Demarest, NJ: Talented thespians from the Academy of the Holy Angels and Saint Joseph’s Regional High School have teamed up to bring Noël Coward’s full-length farce, “Blithe Spirit,” to the AHA stage. This AHA production will be presented on Friday, November 11th at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, November 12th at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, November 13 at 2 p.m. The Academy is located at 315 Hillside Avenue in Demarest.  Read More »


AHA Vocalist to Perform at Carnegie Hall 

Demarest, NJ: Hanora Chapman, a sophomore at the Academy of the Holy Angels, has been accepted to the 2017 High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall. This elite group of international vocalists will present a concert at the famed New York City venue on February 5. Hanora will be featured as first alto with the Honors Women’s Choir under the direction of Dr. Tim Seelig, conductor. Read More »


Alumnae Enshrined in AHA's Athletic Hall of Fame 

Demarest, NJ: An outstanding basketball player and a track star with an unbroken record have been inducted into the Academy of the Holy Angels’ Athletic Hall of Fame. Sister Virginia Brobowski, Class of 1961, and Julie Clifford Murray, Class of 1999, were recognized at a ceremony held earlier this month. AHA President Melinda Hanlon addressed the attendees, providing overviews of each athlete’s accomplishments. Read More »


AP Scholars

AHA Principal Jean Mullooly has announced that the College Board recently named 75 Holy Angels students Advanced Placement Scholars. The school administered 358 AP exams to 163 AP students, who posted an aggregate passing rate of 94 percent. Students who achieve passing scores through the AP program receive college credits in a variety of academic subjects. Read More »


October 2016

AHA ‘Club’ Highlights Inclusion and Unity

Demarest, NJ: Inclusion and unity may not be the first descriptors that come to mind when someone mentions the word “club,” but AHA has managed to draw the entire school community into one large Shalom Club. Read more »


Students Commissioned as Eucharistic Ministers at AHA Feast Day Celebration 

Demarest, NJ: Seventeen students from Academy of the Holy Angels were commissioned as Eucharistic Ministers during the recent Feast Day Mass and celebration. AHA President Melinda Hanlon opened the festivities with an address to the school community, including the full student body, administrators, faculty, staff, and parents. President Hanlon presented an enlightening history of the Academy, which was founded in Fort Lee on the Feast of the Guardian Angels in October of 1879. Read more »


Semi-finalists and Commended Students Named at AHA

Demarest, NJ: Eleven students from the Academy of the Holy Angels have been recognized for their performance on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit® Scholarship Qualifying Test. The four Semi-finalists will be reviewed further and may be named Finalists in the National Merit® Scholarship Program. The Commended students may now become candidates for corporate and business sponsored scholarships. Read more »


AHA Volunteer Leaves Her Heart in Kenya

Demarest, NJ: This July, AHA student Katherine Staff left the comfort of her Oradell home for a tent camp in Maasai Mara, Kenya, where she worked to improve the health of students from the Nkineji Primary School and the local community in general. Read more »


Angels Give Others a Firm Grasp of Their Own Capabilities

Demarest, NJ: What would you do with a 3D printer? The possibilities are limitless – and can be life altering, as some AHA students recently discovered. Students from Angels Enable, a relatively new club at the Academy of the Holy Angels, got serious about the opportunity. After Pearl River (NY) resident Molly Doyle discovered Enabling the Future, an organization that connects people who need prosthetics with individuals who are using 3D printers, she led the charge to view 3D printing as a vehicle to assist others through the worldwide network. Read more »


Sister Limétèze to Present Foundation Day Keynote as Alumnae Weekend Begins 

Demarest, NJ: On Friday, October 21, the Academy of the Holy Angels will mark the 1833 foundation of the School Sisters of Notre Dame with a keynote address by one of the newest members of this venerable organization. Sister Limétèze Pierre-Gilles will represent the SSNDs at AHA -- just four months after making her perpetual profession. This 2016 Foundation Day celebration also marks the start of Alumnae Weekend. Read more »

September 2016

Plans for Kelleher Hall Unfold at AHA 

Demarest, NJ: The upcoming renovation of the convent at Academy of the Holy Angels will provide the entire student body with additional opportunities as enrollment continues to increase.

“I think it’s very important to know that this project will enhance our STREAM (science, technology, religion, engineering, art, and math) initiatives on campus,” President Melinda Hanlon said. “The creation of a new STREAM Lab will allow us to enhance the engineering program, and the overall renovation project will benefit all members of the school community by adding expanded instructional and meeting space.” Read More »


AHA to Host October 2 Open House 

Demarest, NJ: Discover the exciting, life-enhancing educational opportunities Academy of the Holy Angels has to offer during the Sunday, October 2 Open House. This private, all-girls high school located at 315 Hillside Avenue in Demarest (NJ) will welcome prospective students and their families between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. A presentation is set for 11:30 a.m. Read More »


Professional Chef Brings Fresh, Healthy Choices to AHA 

Demarest, NJ: Delectable, visually appealing, healthy food prepared by a professional chef is now available at the Academy of the Holy Angels thanks to the school’s new partnership with Aladdin (an Elior Company), a forward-thinking food service provider. 

“We educate the whole person, and we want to support our students with good nutrition,” AHA President Melinda Hanlon explained. “We’re also responding to our students, who come to us with more aware palates. As part of the ‘food court culture,’ they want options. Aladdin is providing high quality, healthy, fresh food at very fair pricing.” Read More »

May 2016


Convent to be re-named Sister Genevieve Kelleher Hall

With deep gratitude for a significant leadership gift, the Academy of the Holy Angels (AHA) announces the
naming of the “Sister Genevieve Kelleher Hall” on its Demarest campus. Once utilized as the primary residence
and convent of the School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND), Sister Genevieve Kelleher Hall will undergo a complete
transformation and become a vital hub of interdisciplinary instructional space, artistic expression, and sacred
reflection and worship. Read More>>


February 2016


Holy Angels Dance Team Makes History


Demarest, NJ - The Academy of the Holy Angels Competitive Dance Team secured the National Championship Title in Small Varsity Hip Hop at the 2016 National Dance Team Championship(NDTC) which took place on January 29th through January 31st.

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Holy Angels Performing Children of Eden

DEMAREST, NJ -  The Academy of the Holy Angels invites you to their production of Children of Eden. Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz; Book by John Caird.  Schwartz’s better known productions such as Wicked, Godspell and Pippin received substantial critical acclaim but when asked which musical was he favorite, he responded, "I think the work of which I am most proud is Children of Eden.” 

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 Angels Enable Complete Prosthetic Hand

DEMAREST, NJ —  A group of Holy Angels students are participating with, an organization that matches people who have 3D printers with clients who need prosthetic hands. The project has been spearheaded by sophomore Molly Doyle (Pearl River, NY) who discovered Enabling the Future last spring and approached AHA Science teacher Mrs. Sharon Jureller and Ms. Jean Mullooly, Dean of Students about organizing a club.
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AHA Seniors Participate in Advanced Architectural Program in STREAM Program

DEMAREST, NJ — AHA seniors Risako Arcari and Amanda Nedelkoff recently participated in an advanced architectural project with real world applications as part of Holy Angels' prestigious 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.
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AHA Senior Named Finalist in National Merit Scholarship Program

DEMAREST, NJ — Academy of Holy Angels 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 just 15,000 students in the United States to achieve this recognition, out of over 1.5 million entrants! 
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October 2015

AHA Announces One Semi-Finalist, Three Commended Students in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program

DEMAREST, NJ — Jennifer Moran, Principal of Academy of the Holy Angelsannounced today that AHA senior Michelle Lu of Paramus, NJ 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.
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Archbishop Hebda Visits Academy of the Holy Angels to Kick Off Proclaim Jubilee Year 

DEMAREST, NJ — Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda, Co-adjudicator for the Archdiocese of Newark, visited Academy of the Holy Angels Friday, October 2nd, helping to kick off AHA’s Proclaim Jubilee celebratory year, marking its 50 years on the Demarest campus.  His visit also commemorated the anniversary of the founding of the all-girls, college-preparatory school on October 2, 1879 when its first Principal, Sister Nonna Dunphy, purchased the 11-acre Fort Lee estate of scientist and surgeon, Dr. Henry Anderson, for $10,500.  (The school opened to students in November 1879 and remained at its Fort Lee location for 86 years until its transition to Demarest a half a century ago.)
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Holy Angels Called to a Summer of Service on Appalachia's Nazareth Farm

DEMAREST, NJ — Academy of the Holy Angels students and faculty put the social values of their AHA education in motion during a week-long service trip to Salem, West Virginia, August 9th through August 15th. 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.
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A Higher Calling: Academy of the Holy Angels Appoints New Teacher for 2015 - 2016 School Year

DEMAREST, NJ —  AHA Principal Jennifer Moran has announced the appointment of five new faculty members, many of whom were recruited as a result of this year’s surge in school enrollment.  
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Two Holy Angels' Seniors Have Been Appointed Junior Commissioners to Bergen County's Commission of the Status of Women (COSW) to Help Local Women in Need

DEMAREST, NJ —  AHA seniors Patricia Krisan and Claudia Morgan have been appointed to serve on the Bergen County Commission on the Status of Women by Bergen County’s Board of Chosen Freeholders. The students will serve for a one-year term from September 2015 to June 2016.
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