Summer 2021

Dance Camp Jump-starts the Season for Holy Angels Teams

Demarest, NJ:  This summer, dancers from the Academy of the Holy Angels jump-started their season by participating in the Universal Dance Association Camp in Pennsylvania. This was the first event for the brand new AHA Middle School Dance Team, who attended with the varsity team, winners of five national championships; and the JV team, which earned its first national title this year. Read more»

Skill & Sportsmanship Spell Success at Harvard China Model UN

Demarest, NJ: Skill and sportsmanship fueled the Academy of the Holy Angels’ success at this summer’s virtual Harvard China Model United Nations Conference. The Academy’s delegates to this international event drew several honors and demonstrated leadership, mentorship, expertise, and diplomacy. Read more»

Bergen Teen Donates Handmade Hats to Valley Hospital’s NICU

Demarest, NJ: Moved by the loss of her infant sister, Erin Choi decided to use her knitting skills to craft hats for babies who require a stay in intensive care. This summer, the 2021 Academy of the Holy Angels graduate presented the Valley Hospital with 40 hats made by Choi and her club, Knitting for a Kause. Read more»

Holy Angels Students Attain Principal’s List & Honor Roll Recognition

Demarest, NJ: The Academy of the Holy Angels concluded the 2020-21 academic year by recognizing the students who maintained excellent averages through the fourth quarter. Angels with averages of 95 or higher are named to the Principal’s List. Those with averages of 90 through 94 are named to the Honor Roll. The following students were honored for their academic achievements. Read more»


The Essex County Chapter of the Links - Emerald and Ivory Cotillion

1.5.202020 | North Jersey Record

Over 650 distinguished guests filled the Marriott Whippany's grand ballroom for the 14th Biennial Emerald & Ivory Cotillion — the Essex County Chapter of The Links, Incorporated's eagerly awaited event of the year. Each year surpasses the last and this year's event did not disappoint, with tickets selling out well before the deadline date.

Holy Angels soccer to remember teacher and mom at charity game

10.3.2019 | North Jersey Record

Julianna Camporeale will bring her pink shoelaces and a lifetime of memories to the field on Friday. It's her way of making mom proud. Holy Angels will honor the late Karen Camporeale, a beloved teacher and a regular at her daughter's soccer games. Karen Camporeale inspired a generation of students in Demarest until passing away last year with breast cancer. She was 47.

Pearl River Student Receives SUEZ-NAWC Scholarship

6.18.2019 | Patch

UEZ and the New York Chapter of the National Association of Water Companies (NAWC) announced the recipients of $3,000 scholarships designed to assist high school seniors pursue degrees related to the water industry.

AHA Freshman Has Nonfiction Piece Published in ‘Scrawl’

5.21.2019 | Rockland County Times

Discovering silverfish in the shower may not be pleasant, but Academy of the Holy Angels freshman Natasha Dhanrajani managed to turn the encounter on its ear by seeing the scene as a piece of live art. The result was “Silverfish,” an evocative nonfiction piece that now appears in “Scrawl: Rockland Teens Write 2019.”

Metro Awards: Harrison, Sleepy Hollow, Panas and Northern Valley lead 2019 nominees

5.14.2019 | Rockland/Westchester Journal News

If it is an honor just to be nominated, there were plenty of honors to go around at Tuesday's announcement of nominees for the 21st annual Metropolitan High School Theatre Awards, including one for an actress who knows well what it is like to be nominated. The Metros, produced by Nyack's Helen Hayes Youth Theater, honor achievements in participating high-school musicals in Bergen, Rockland, Putnam and Westchester counties.

Two New Jersey youth honored for volunteerism at national award ceremony in Washington, D.C.

5.6.2019 | PRNewswire

New Jersey's top two youth volunteers of 2019, Czarina Alfonso, 17, of Clifton and Rylee Howerton, 13, of Vineland, were honored in the nation's capital last night for their outstanding volunteer service during the 24th annual presentation of The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Czarina and Rylee – along with 100 other top youth volunteers from across the country – received a $1,000 award and personal congratulations from award-winning actress Viola Davis at an award ceremony and gala dinner reception held at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History.

Paper Mill Playhouse Announces 2019 Rising Star Award Nominations

5.6.2019 |

As one of the nation's leading professional theaters and recipient of the Regional Theatre Tony Award, Paper Mill Playhouse has a well-earned reputation for launching both performers and shows to Broadway. Since their inception in 1996, the Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Awards for Excellence in High School Musical Theatre have ignited the careers of many notable performers, all of whom attended high school in New Jersey.

Fiesta4Hope of Tiempo

4.7.2019 | Eyewitness News

Maureen Murray shoulders load to lead Holy Angels to first BIT girls basketball title

2.22.2019 |

Maureen Murray makes a difference, and because of that, Holy Angels has a different girls basketball title to celebrate. Murray scored 16 of the Angels' first 18 points to send them on their way to a 50-21 win over Pascack Hills in the inaugural Bergen Invitational Tournament final Friday night. Holy Angels (11-12) has five county championships to its credit and can add the distinction of being the first BIT winner.

The Academy of the Holy Angels' Varsity Dancers Earn Fourth National Championship

2.13.2019 | NY Metro Parents

The varsity dancers from the Academy of the Holy Angels just earned their fourth national title. The girls handily won the trophy after their performance at the UDA National Dance Championship in Orlando, Florida. In addition to their three consecutive national crowns (2016-2018), the varsity team began 2019 by earning multiple first place finishes in local and regional events.

New Jersey's Top Youth Volunteers Of 2019 Selected By National Program

2.5.2019 |

Czarina Alfonso, 16, of Clifton and Rylee Howerton, 13, of Vineland today were named New Jersey's top two youth volunteers of 2019 by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism. As State Honorees, Czarina and Rylee each will receive $1,000, an engraved silver medallion and an all-expense-paid trip in early May to Washington, D.C., where they will join the top two honorees from each of the other states and the District of Columbia for four days of national recognition events. During the trip, 10 students will be named America's top youth volunteers of 2019.

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Students release fingerlings into Saddle River 

5.13.2018 |

Students at the Academy of Holy Angels recently wrapped up their Trout in the Classroom program by releasing 125 fingerlings they raised since October into the Saddle River. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Fish and Wildlife provided the trout eggs that volunteers from Trout Unlimited, a nonprofit organization, delivered to Holy Angels. The eggs were placed in a tank where the students observed their growth and cared for them until they reached the fingerling stage and were ready to be released.

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AHA Students Raise Awareness of Human Trafficking in New Video

5.8.2018 |

Every day, choices made in supermarkets and restaurants have a critical impact on the lives of people around the globe. With the help of a human rights expert and two students from the Academy of the Holy Angels, the School Sisters of Notre Dame have produced a video to increase awareness of slavery and human trafficking in the fishing industry supply chain.

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Girls high school golf continues to grow in North Jersey

4.25.2018 |

Kelly Sim, a two-time New Jersey Girls golf champion, surveys the North Jersey golf scene and sees the competition getting bigger and better. “There’s just more people trying out, more interest in it, more excitement in it, and it’s just amazing how everyone’s improving,” said the senior from Holy Angels.

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Best of the week in North Jersey golf, latest rankings, and a hole in one

4.17.2018 |

This could be the “Year of the Girl” in North Jersey golf. Holy Angels’ Kelly Sim, Fort Lee’s Sun Hwang, and Immaculate Heart’s Yoona Kim lead a stellar group that also includes promising freshman Gio Kim of Northern Highlands. Sim is at the head of the class. The senior is a two-time NJSIAA Girls champion. She averaged a 36 in a trio of matches last week, including a 2-under-par 34 at Rockleigh Golf Course.

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Scoops on Softball: Surprise! Look at the Angels fly

4.12.2018 |

One of the things I wrote at the start of softball season was how my favorite part about the pre-season was trying to identify The “Surprise” Team. I took a shot and pegged Pascack Valley as maybe my surprise team for 2018, and I still think the Indians will make some noise. But it’s official, we have our “Surprise” Team in North Jersey. A day after Bergen Tech beat No. 1 Ramsey, Holy Angels beat Bergen Tech Wednesday, 7-6, in a game that had a little bit of everything.

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Food Truck Festival in Demarest is April 22

4.8.2018 |

Demarest Food Truck Festival: Academy of the Holy Angels (AHA) will host its Fourth Annual Food Truck Festival on Sunday, April 22, 2018 from 1:00-5:00 pm. Presented by Angels in the Arts (AITA), this Demarest food truck festival takes place at the Academy of the Holy Angels, 315 Hillside Avenue in Demarest, New Jersey. Enjoy a variety of some of the hottest eats in the area including specialties from Cannoli Café, CheeZen, Empanada Mania, Little Bite of Paradise, Ms. Fu’s Yummy Food Truck, PhillyFry, Polka Dot Cupcakes, and Waffles De Lys. The festival will also feature art exhibits and live performances of music, theater, and dance.

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2.8.2018 |

Kindness has no cost, but it has tremendous value at the Academy of the Holy Angels. Each quarter, selected AHA students receive the Sister Catherine Green Kindness Award in recognition of their inspirational attitudes.

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Students debate global policy at Model UN

2.4.2018 |

Fourteen students from the Academy of Holy Angels strengthened their knowledge of international relations and put their negotiation skills to the test at the Harvard Model United Nations, a four-day international relations simulation for high school students held last month in Boston.

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Bergen girls bowling tourney yields new individual champ, repeat team winner

1.20.2018 |

In successfully defending its Bergen County girls bowling championship, Holy Angels defeated Ridgewood in five-game tournament at Bowler City in Hackensack on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018.

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Girls basketball: Holy Angels' Elena Pulanco speeds to success

12.28.2017 |

Elena Pulanco knew she would never be one of the taller players on the basketball court. So she had to find a different strength that she could use to her advantage. She found it.

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Gymnastics: Four North Jersey girls grab top-10 medals

11.11.2017 |

A week after winning the District 1 all-around crown, Holy Angels’ Furletti saved her best performance for last. Furletti added two new tumbling runs to her floor exercise routine and nailed them both to earn 10th place. “There’s a lot more people at this meet … lot of kids with advanced skills that I haven’t learned yet,” Furletti said.

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At Catholic Schools, a Turn Toward Science

11.03.2017 |

Decades ago, when Demarest’s Academy of the Holy Angels was home to a convent of 40 nuns, "self-driving" might have described an ambitious student. A server helped at the altar. Now those terms carry new, tech-oriented meanings. And today, the building where the nuns once lived has been modernized into a hub for science, technology and art classes, in fulfillment of the nuns' original mission: to transform the world through education.

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Female Athlete of the Week: Ashley Hess, Holy Angels

10.24.2017 |

In the state singles tournament as the No. 2 seed, she defeated the third seed in the semifinals before losing to No. 1 seed Tess Fisher of Vineland in the final to cap her individual record at 25-1 for the season.

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Girls Golfer of the Year: Kelly Sim, Holy Angels 

06.15.2017 |

Kelly Sim’s game plan for her senior year at Holy Angels is already set: more practice, better golf.

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Girls track: Hughes stars for Holy Angels

06.02.2017 |

EGG HARBOR – After an impressive third-place showing last weekend at the sectional championships, Holy Angels continued its momentum Friday in Day 1 of the Non-Public A group title meet behind star sophomore Mackenzie Hughes.

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Holy Angels' Sim and IHA must look to the future 

05.23.2017 |

WATCHUNG – Junior Kelly Sim of Holy Angels still has one more year to win a record-tying third state title. Sim, the two-time defending individual champion, finished fifth at the NJSIAA 17th annual Girls Golf Championship on Tuesday at Watchung Valley Golf Club.

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Holy Angels' 'Drood' tops Bergen musicals in Metro nominations 

05.16.2017 |

It’s no mystery which musical earned the most nominations of the Bergen County schools in the 2017 Metropolitan High School Theater Awards: The Academy of the Holy Angels’ “The Mystery of Edwin Drood.” 

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IHA, Holy Angels' Kelly Sim repeat as champs at Big North Championship 

05.03.2017 |

RIVER VALE – Immaculate Heart powerfully reaffirmed itself as North Jersey’s No. 1 girls golf team.

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Girls Division leader holds steady after second round 

04.21.2017 |

Kelly Sim carded a two-round total 4-over-par 144 to lead the Girls Division.

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Female Athlete of the Week: Elizabeth Garcia, Holy Angels 

02.27.2017 |

The seniors on the Holy Angels basketball team were honored Wednesday. Before the game, they were escorted onto the court by their parents and given flowers. After, they were treated to a special dinner and a slideshow. In between, it was the Liz Garcia show. Read more


Girls basketball: Garcia leads Holy Angels over Northern Highlands

02.24.2017 |

DEMAREST – Holding onto a one-point lead heading into the fourth quarter Friday, Holy Angels turned to senior forward Emily Garcia to guide it to a 50-47 win over Northern Highlands. 
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Demarest's Academy of the Holy Angels to get more classrooms 

02.20.2017 |

DEMAREST — The Academy of Holy Angels has celebrated the official launch of its renovation project that will help further the high school’s science and fine arts initiatives. “This is a project a long time in the making and planning, it’s very worthwhile to our students, so we’re very excited,” said Melinda Hanlon, president of the school, during the launch last week. Read more


Indoor track: Paramus Catholic's Bautista, Holy Angels' McGann winners 

02.18.2017 |

TOMS RIVER - It was an easy day Saturday for Tiffany Bautista at the state Non-Public A championships at the Bennett Center. The Paramus Catholic sophomore was entered in just one event at the meet instead of her usual three. Of course, that was because there is no long or triple jump in the indoor state meet. Read more


Holy Angels, Westwood bring bowling titles back North 

02.10.2017 |

NORTH BRUNSWICK – The North has risen again. Holy Angels and Westwood hoisted trophies in Friday’s state girls bowling team finals at Bowlero North Brunswick. Both advanced to the Tournament of Champions, where they fell to Warren Hills – which became the first North section school ever to win the TOC.
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North girls bowling champs get a case of the 'blues' 

02.05.2017 |

HACKENSACK – Though it was not her original intention, Samantha Conklin represented the color of the day in the North sectional girls bowling tournament Saturday at Bowler City.  Blue-uniformed teams secured three of the four group titles and five of the eight transfer spots to the state team finals. Warren Hills topped Teaneck, 2,794-2,665, to repeat as Group 3 champion, and Holy Angels defeated NV/Demarest, 2,607-2,445, to go back to back in Group 2.  Read More

Holy Angels students get a glimpse of college life 

01.25.2017 | The Catholic Adovcate 

DEMAREST— Columbia University’s Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science welcomed students from the Academy of the Holy Angels for a glimpse of university life. Three en-gineers and a panel of women currently attending Columbia shared their experiences with the Holy Angels Robotics Team, engineering class, and the Society of Women Engineers. Read more


Girls basketball: Holy Angels thriving with total team effort

01.16.2017 | 

The victories have piled up for Holy Angels. With junior point guard Elena Pulanco, one of North Jersey’s quickest players, providing the spark on the outside, and senior forward Liz Garcia dominating the paint, the Angels are 9-1 going into tonight’s game against DePaul. Read more

Kane sets records, Angels set pace in Bergen bowling 

01.14.2017 |

HACKENSACK — The one pin that stood between Kristen Kane and perfection was the one pin she didn’t knock down all morning. The Paramus Catholic senior shot a tournament-record 299 game to cap off her repeat performance as individual champion at Saturday’s Bergen County girls bowling tournament at Bowler City. Read more


Gymnastics: Stacey Shapiro, Coach of the Year 

12.05.2016 |

Bundles of joy filled Stacey Shapiro’s season. In her third year guiding Holy Angels gymnastics, the team went unbeaten in dual meets (7-0) for the first time. Read more



Gymnastics: The All-North Jersey Team

12.05.2016 |

Here’s a closer look at those who were named to The Record All-North Jersey gymnastics team: MAGGIE KACZMARCZYK, Holy Angels, sophomore. Read more


Local "angel" commissioned as eucharistic minister 

10.20.16 |
Demarest – 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.


Holy Angels' Sabrina Romano voted Bergen County's top performer, Oct. 3-9

10.18.16 |
There were plenty of star performances throughout Bergen County throughout the past week, but Sabrina Romano's was voted the best.
The Holy Angels volleyball player, who posted 53 digs, three assists and two kills, was the fans' pick for this week's top performance, receiving more than 58,000 votes to take the honors. Read more.


H.S. Female Athlete of the Week: Mackenzie Hughes, Holy Angels 

09.26.2016 |
Mackenzie Hughes made such great strides Saturday that her encounter with a couple of quizzical ostriches will be the second-most memorable thing when she thinks back to the Varsity B race at the Six Flags Wild Safari Invitational in Jackson.  Read More




H.S. girls tennis: Paramus Catholic Amanda Cerdan repeats as Bergen large-schools champion

09.26.2016 |

OLD TAPPAN – Tennis fans often refer to Andrea Cerdan as a machine because of her incredible power, precision and relentless play.
After winning her second straight Bergen County tournament large-schools first-singles crown, the Paramus Catholic ace wanted everyone to know that there’s actually blood running through her veins. Read more


Photos: Northern Valley Invitation volleyball tournament 

09.17.2016 |

Photos from the Northern Valley Invitation volleyball tournament. Click here


H.S. gynmastics notes: Holy Angels shock Ramapo

09.17.2016 |

Holy Angels scored unquestionably the biggest victory in its three-year program history Friday. The Angels upset The Record preseason No. 1 Ramapo, the five-time reigning Bergen County and North 1 champion, 104.75-102.95, to end the Green Raiders’ dual-meet win streak at 53. Read More


Holy Angels gymnastics preview, 2016 

08.19.2016 | 

LAST SEASON: 5-4 record, sophomore Shannon Furletti took home a 3rd place medal in the uneven bars at the county championships, while senior captain Alexis Driscoll was the county champion in the floor exercise event. Holy Angels qualified for the team state sectionals, with four girls in Driscoll, Furletti, Ava Borelli and senior captain Darcy Ottomanelli qualifying for a chance to compete at the individual state all-around. Driscoll also qualified for the state individual meet in floor exercise. Click here to read more


Holy Angels girls tennis preview, 2016 

08.19.2016 | 

LAST SEASON: 20-2 overall record, won the North Jersey, Non-Public A tournament after a 4-1 victory over Oak Knoll. Holy Angels lost in the first round in the Tournament of Champions to Montgomery, 3-2. Only other loss in team play came to Ridgewood. Holy Angels won the 2015 Bergen County Tournament (first time in school history), was named the Bergen County Team of the Year and Jessica Leto was named the Coach of the Year. Click here to read more.


Golf: Holy Angels' Kelly Sim eyes U.S. Girls' Junior Championship 

07.18.16 |

Kelly Sim arrives at the U.S. Girls' Junior Championship with greater experience and higher expectations.
New Jersey's two-time reigning high school girls champion has set a goal of reaching the semifinals, one year after her run in this United States Golf Association event ended in the Round of 32.

"This year I definitely want to get to at least the semifinals," said Sim, 16, who paused, laughed and added, "so I don't have to go through another qualifier to get in again." Click here to read more


Fair Lawn student, Demarest's Holy Angels and Passaic County Technical Institute among Rising Star Awards winners 

The Paper Mill Playhouse handed out its 2016 Rising Star Awards on Tuesday night and North Jersey schools took home five awards.
Fair Lawn High School’s Trevor Braun won Outstanding Actor in a Leading Role for his portrayal of Charlie Chaplin in the school’s production of “Chaplin the Musical.” Click here to read more.


Paper Mill Playhouse Announces the 2016 Rising Star Awards Winners 

As one of the nation's leading regional theaters and producing partners for Broadway, Paper Mill Playhouse (Mark S. Hoebee-Producing Artistic Director, Todd Schmidt-Managing Director) has a well-earned reputation for launching both performers and shows for the Great White Way.  Click here to read more.


Metro Awards: The 31 winners, video, 75 photos!

WHITE PLAINS —  Hastings High School's production of "Les Miserables" was named outstanding overall production at the 18th annual Metropolitan High School Theater Awards on Monday. Hastings, which was up for 14 Metros Awards — the high-school equivalent of the Tony Awards in the Lower Hudson Valley — also won honors for its chorus and costumes. Click here to read more.

Kelly Sim of Holy Angels is Girls Golfer of the Year, 2016 

Kelly Sim is well beyond her years -- on the golf course and off.
On the course, the sophomore at Holy Angels captured the 2016 Tournament of Champions for the second straight season. After double bogeying the 13th hole, she trailed the leader by four strokes with just five holes left, then birdied four times coming in to become the only player to shoot under par (70) at the Forsgate Country Club. Click here to read more. 

Rising Star Awards is Paper Mill Playhouse version of Tony Awards 

It may sound like a tired old line. But, insists Nick Berninger, 2016 Rising Star Awards contender for best lead actor, what all the greats say is true: "It really is an honor, just to be nominated." Click here to read more. 


Holy Angels Theater Nominated for 12 Metro Awards 


Archbishop Stepinac’s production of “Sister Act” and Hastings High School’s “Les Miserables” lead the nominees for the 18th Metropolitan High School Theater Awards, announced Monday. Each had 14 nominations, including for outstanding overall production. Click here to read more.

Girls Golf: Kelly Sim of Holy Angels, IHA win Bergen County Tournament titles 


TEANECK -- Sophomore Kelly Sim of Holy Angels, the reigning NJSIAA Tournament of Champions winner, captured the Bergen County Girls Golf Tournament title at the Overpeck Golf Course, held Wednesday. Click here to read more. 

High schools in Bergen, Passaic counties among Paper Mill's Rising Star award winners 


Bergen, Passaic and Hudson county high schools received more than a dozen nominations Monday in the Paper Mill Playhouse's 21st Annual Rising Star Awards, sort of like the Tony Awards of New Jersey high school musicals. The winners will be announced during a gala awards ceremony at Paper Mill June 7, featuring performances from nominated shows. Click here to read more.

H.S. girls golf: Different pairs help Holy Angels win Arcola Girls Invitational 


PARAMUS — Holy Angels changed its usual pairings and it worked well enough to win the Arcola Girls Invitational.

The Angels posted a nine-hole score of 149 on Tuesday at sunny Arcola County Club to finish three strokes ahead of Bergen Tech and 10 ahead of Ridgewood. Northern Highlands was fourth with 167 and Ramsey with 179. Read More

NJ high school students talk about their National Dance Team Championship win 

03.02.2016, PIX11 Morning News 

Some students at a New Jersey high school have a lot to be proud of — they're the first Northeast team to win the National Dance Team championship. They beat out more than 50 teams. Kirstin Cole joined them at the Tenafly Arts Center. Click here to watch the interview.

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Dance team from Holy Angels in Demarest wins national title 


The team made history by also securing fourth place in Small Varsity Pom, second place in JV Pom and fourth place in JV Hip Hop, collectively the highest placement ever achieved by a New Jersey dance team at NDTC. 

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H.S. indoor track: Healthy Holy Angels squad soars to relay gold at Lou Molino Invitational


HACKENSACK – Holy Angels’ distance runners have been hobbled by a variety of ailments this winter.

On Tuesday, the Angels were 100 percent and showed what they can do by winning the distance medley relay at the Lou Molino Invitational.

"Our whole team’s been kind of a mess since cross-country," Holy Angels senior Grace Jansson said. "It’s been frustrating because we know we have so much potential, but we could never really put it all together.

"Coming together and winning a race like this is really exciting. It shows what kind of potential we have."   Read More

The results of day one from the second round of the BCWCA Tournament games


The day began with 6th seeded Pascack Valley defeating 11th seeded Academy of the Holy Angels 57-41. Pascack Valley led at the end of the first quater 18-12, but their big lead came in the second quarter. They worked hard and out-scored Holy Angels 20-8. At te half they lead 38-20. Holy Angels played tighter defense in the second half, but it was not enough to earn the lead.    Read More

H.S girls indoor track: Final events pay off for Ridgewood, Ramsey


NEW YORK – Ridgewood and Ramsey won their final events of the Bergen County Indoor Relays on Wednesday, leading them to winning the large and small school divisions, respectively.

Ridgewood entered the final event, the pole vault, tied with River Dell with 67 points. Maxine Earl and Nicole Lester cleared 10-feet-6 and 10-0 to give the Maroons first place in the event and the large school division, 77-73 over River Dell.

"Maxine and Nicole are accomplished pole vaulters, so going into that final event we knew at their best performance, they will win," said coach Josh Saladino.   
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Girls tennis: Cedar Grove resident looks back on journey to stellar freshman season 


Cedar Grove resident Ashley Hess is coming off the best season of her tennis career. As a freshman, Hess garnered several individual accolades and awards and helped guide her high school tennis team to a state championship.

For Hess, the incredible season at the Academy of the Holy Angels in Demarest was a culmination of years of hard work that started as a young child.

"I started playing in clinics when I was 4 and I started playing competitively when I was 10," Hess said. "I knew I liked playing tennis recreationally right off the bat, and then the thought of playing competitively and taking what I love to the next level really excited me."   Read More

H.S girls basketball: Holy Angels' Sue Liddy collects win No. 700 


PARAMUS – Her players surrounded and hugged her, streamers flew out from the stands, and spectators gave her a standing ovation. Former players, opposing coaches, family; they all were here to see this and support a coach who’s long been part of the fabric of North Jersey basketball.

In her 41st season as the head basketball coach at Holy Angels, Sue Liddy earned her 700th victory when her Angels beat Bergen Tech, 53-31, Thursday.

Liddy never discussed the milestone with her players. To her, it belongs to them – both current and former– as much as it belongs to her.   Read More

H.S girls basketball: Northern Highlands gets past Holy Angels, 60-52


HILLSDALE- Using a variety of pressure defenses mixed with a poised and patient offense, the Northern Highlands girls' basketball team outlasted The Academy of the Holy Angels, 60-52 the afternoon of Dec. 26 at the Joe Poli Holiday Tournament.

Even though the final margin was eight, the Highlanders answered a series of runs by Holy Angels and proved to be the last team standing.   Read More

H.S. girls basketball countdown: Holy Angels coach Sue Liddy closing in on 700 wins 


DEMAREST – The world was a very different place when Sue Liddy graduated from Upper Iowa University and arrived at Holy Angels in 1974.

North Jersey high schools had far fewer girls teams. A small handful of sports. Fewer opportunities. Even fewer role models.

Title IX was in its infancy. The revolution was just getting started, and Liddy was in on the ground floor.

“When I started out, Title IX just came in,” said Liddy, who is two wins shy of 700 as the Angels girls basketball coach. “When I left college, we were told, ‘You women are the founding mothers of Title IX. You’re going to do things no one else has done.’

“That’s always stuck with me.”    Read More»

H.S. girls basketball countdown: No. 8 Holy Angels  


No. 8 Holy Angels

Last season’s record: 19-7

Final ranking: No. 13

Best assets: Coach Sue Liddy, six wins shy of 700 for her illustrious career, has a nice mix of talent that learned how to win last season. That experience will be a major plus in big games this time around. Sophomore bundle of energy Elena Pulanco is one of North Jersey’s premier point guards, and junior F Elizabeth Garcia is ready to blossom as a star. Senior F Zoe Cockinos adds an element of toughness, while senior G Lauren Dines is a solid contributor on a team that has good depth. There’s been a lot of preseason buzz about freshman G Caroline Staff.   Read More»

The Record girls tennis Team of the Year is Holy Angels  


Holy Angels tennis coach Jess Leto has seen plenty of talented players show up for the school’s open houses before going elsewhere.

So she didn’t give much thought to having highly-touted Ashley Hess on the team until the freshman attended tryouts. Then Hess won one challenge match after another, and finally beat senior standout Adrianne Alfonso for the first-singles job.   Read More»

Jessica O'Neill-Leto of Holy Angels is the girls tennis Coach of the Year for 2015  


Ever since Jessica O’Neill-Leto first picked up a tennis racket as a young girl, her father Dr. John O’Neill has been there to serve as coach and mentor.

Now, as the head coach at her alma mater, Holy Angels in Demarest, O’Neill-Leto preaches the lessons she learned from him. The messages of mental toughness, maintaining composure on the court, turning pressure into positive energy and out-working your opponent are now an everyday part of O’Neill-Leto’s teachings.   
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Changing with the times for Demarest private school 


DEMAREST - While much in the world has changed since the School Sisters of Notre Dame was founded in 1833, the mission that started in a small congregation in Neunburg vorm Wald, Bavaria has not. For nearly two centuries, the sisters have sought to educate young women, coming to the United States in 1847 to continue their calling by opening college preparatory schools.

"That was pretty visionary for that time," Academy of the Holy Angels Principal Jennifer Moran said. "They just knew, if you educate a woman, you change the world."   Read More»

 AHA Student Dancing in ESPN's Special Olympics

Debbie_AllenAcademy of the Holy Angels is proud to say that one of our Angels, Sadiya, will be dancing in ESPN's Special Olympics on Saturday July 25, 2015 at 8:00pm (Eastern Time). She will be performing with the Debbie Allen Dance Academy and the honorable Stevie Wonder. 


AHA Receives Nine METRO nominations

DrowsyAcademy of the Holy Angels is pleased to announce that its spring 2015 production of “The Drowsy Chaperone” has been nominated for nine Metropolitan High School Theater Awards. Established in 1998, the High School Theater Awards, also known as Metros, recognize talented actors, musicians, designers and directors of high school musical productions. 
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AHA Golfer Wins Tournament

GolfTeam-15The Academy of the Holy Angels Golf Team finished eighth in the state at The New Jersey State Golf Championship Tournament held on May 21st at Cherry Valley Country Club in Skillman, NJ. Freshman Kelly Sim, who is from Edgewater, won the individual state title shooting a two under par round of 70.
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 Silver Key in the National Scholastic Art & Writing Competition - Short Story

MargiottaAcademy of the Holy Angels is very pleased to announce that sophomore Nicole Margiotta, who is from Englewood, was awarded a Silver Key in the National Scholastic Art & Writing Competition for her short story entitled, “Creation.” 
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Silver Key in the National Scholastic Art & Writing Competition - Poetry

LimAcademy of the Holy Angels is very pleased to announce that sophomore Christine Lim, who is from Paramus, was awarded a Silver Key in the National Scholastic Art & Writing Competition for her poem entitled, “The Violet Phase.” 
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Holy Angels Students Serve on Youth Court

Youth-CourtFour Academy of the Holy Angels students recently graduated from the Orangetown Youth Court Program. Mairead Dillon, Kylie Gilbride, Charlotte McCabe and Samantha Ryan participated in the six month law-related education training program in which selected youth of Orangetown take on courtroom roles, such as judge, defense attorney and prosecutor, in real life cases regarding their fellow youth of the community who violate the law.
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Food Truck Festival

Food-Truck-Ben-and-JerriesThe sun was shining beautifully at the Academy of the Holy Angels’ first annual Food Truck & Arts Festival held on Sunday, April 26th.  Organized by AHA’s parent organization, Angels in the Arts, the event tapped into the growing popularity of gourmet food trucks and combined good food with great art, all for the benefit of AHA students. Over 1500 guests attended and were treated to performances by AHA’s nationally ranked Dance teams, its Vocal Ensemble and the cast of its spring musical, The Drowsy Chaperone.
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Ruby Kang Wins National Art Award

Kang-IllustrationAcademy of the Holy Angels is very pleased to announce that senior Ruby Kang, who is from Ridgewood, received major recognition in the 2015 National Scholastic Art & Writing Competition.  Her drawing "Nightmares" was awarded both a National Silver Medal and a National American Visions Award.
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International Night

International-NightOn Friday, April 17th Academy of the Holy Angels hosted its annual International Night. The program commenced with a spectacular fashion show highlighting the enormous array of cultures represented at Holy Angels. The entertainment then continued with students 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.
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Academy of the Holy Angels Open House
Open House Wednesday April 22DISCOVER WHY YOU BELONG AT THE ACADEMY OF THE HOLY ANGELS! OPEN HOUSE Wednesday, April 22nd AT 6:30pm. Prospective students and parents will have an opportunity to tour the school and campus, which feature a state of the art Learning Commons, Mac Lab classroom and a newly installed turf field.
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AHA Arts Group Hosts Food Truck Festival
Food Truck FestivalThe Academy of the Holy Angels is pleased to announce its parent organization known as “Angels in the Arts” will be sponsoring its first ever Food Truck and Arts Festival on April 26th from 12:00 to 5:00pm.
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AHA Welcomes Poet to School
Poet-Jasmine-BaileyAcademy of the Holy Angels AP English students recently welcomed Jasmine V. Bailey to class to share her insights on poetry and the writing process. Ms. Bailey is a published poet and the winner of the 2009 Longleaf Prize for her chapbook Sleep and What Precedes It. She read selections of poems from her recently published collection entitled Alexandria and answered questions from the students on a variety of subjects.
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AHA PowerBack Club Raises Awareness
Power Back ClubStudents raised awareness about the issue of teen dating violence during the week of February 10th, which was National Teen Dating Violence Prevention Week. Students from our PowerBack Club organized a campaign to educate peers on teen dating abuse, its warning signs and consequences, and ways to confront it effectively.
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AHA Presents "The Drowsy Chaperone"
Drowsy-Chaperone-CastThe Academy of the Holy Angels is pleased to present its production of The Drowsy Chaperone. Performances will take place at the school’s Demarest campus on Friday March 13th and Saturday March 14th at 7:30pm and on Sunday March 15th at 2:00pm. This Tony Award winning musical ran on Broadway from May 2006 until December 2007.
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Demarest's Frank Lucia Celebrates His 105th Birthday With AHA Angels»
Frank 105Students from the Academy of the Holy Angels’ JOY Club, (Joining Old and Young), visited the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades in Tenafly on February 10th to help Demarest native Mr. 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.
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AHA Dancers Achieve National Recognition»
Dance TeamThe Academy of the Holy Angels Varsity and Junior Varsity Dance Teams 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.
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Holy Angels Dance Team News»
Dance-TeamThe Academy of the Holy Angels Dance team has celebrated some very impressive victories and accomplishments 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 was 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.
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AHA Welcomes Pro Life Witness»
Cheryl-RileyStudents at the Academy of the Holy Angels in Demarest recently welcomed Mrs. Cheryl Riley, of the Newark Archdiocese’s Respect Life Office, who visited their Religious Studies classes on January 14th to discuss the topic of post abortion healing.
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AHA - Science and Religion Seminar»
Science TeachersFour teachers from the Academy of the Holy Angels in Demarest have been selected to attend the 2015 Science and Religion Seminar this June hosted by The Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame in collaboration with the Catholic Education Institute in New York. 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. 
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AHA Musicians Spread Holiday Cheer»
AHA-Music-Honor-Society-visited-Villa-Marie-ClaireStudent musicians from The Academy of the Holy Angels in Demarest did a lot to spread Christmas cheer in early December. On Friday, December 5th members of the Tri-M Music Honor Society visited Villa Marie Claire in Saddle River to share the story of Christmas through traditional carols, songs and instrumental compositions.  Villa Marie Claire is a residential hospice facility located in Saddle River, NJ. 
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Flutist Michelle Lu»
Michelle LuAcademy of the Holy Angels junior Michelle Lu, an accomplished flutist from Paramus,  was thrilled to perform with world renowned flutist Sir James Galway at Carnegie Hall on December 4th. 
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Perry Initiative»
Perry-InitiativeSix Academy of the Holy Angels students were selected to participate in The Perry Outreach Initiative hosted by New York University Center at Bellevue Hospital in New York City on December 13th. Named in honor of the late orthopedic surgeon Dr. Jacqueline Perry, The Perry Initiative is dedicated to inspiring young women to study orthopedic medicine and engineering. 
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AHA Students Build Greenhouse»
green-house STREAMOver this past weekend at the Academy of the Holy Angels in Demarest, over 100 students, staff and volunteers from Home Depot in North Bergen joined forces to construct an 8 X 16 foot greenhouse at the school’s campus. 
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AHA-Compared to-NJ Public-High-SchoolsAHA Comes Out On Top»
In August 2014, NJ Monthly magazine published its ranking of the top public high schools in the state. While the formulas used by the independent research company, Leflein Associates to calculate the ranking were not made available to us and were based on data from 2012-2013, Holy Angels calculated its own ratings based on the academic categories that apply to our school. 
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AHA Athletes Sign Letters of Intent»
Paige Vignone and Mary Watters Sign Letters of IntentNovember 12, 2014. Today at the Academy of the Holy Angels, seniors Paige Vignone and Mary Watters signed letters of intent today  to play for their future colleges. Paige signed to row Crew at Boston College and Mary will join the Quinnipiac College Cross Country and Track & Field teams. Read More»


Holy Angels Community Welcomed S. Cathy Arata, SSND»

S.Cathy-Arata-SSNDToday the Academy of the Holy Angels community welcomed S. Cathy Arata, SSND who shared her experiences working for six years with Solidarity With South Sudan, a consortium of more than 200 religious congregations dedicating themselves in South Sudan to training teachers, health care workers and pastoral personnel to improve the lives of the people there. Read More»


Carnegie-Hall-Small-LogoAHA's Vocal Ensemble performed at Carnegie Hall»
October 31, 2014: The Academy of the Holy Angels Vocal Ensemble performed with The Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland last night at Carnegie Hall in New York City. The AHA Vocal Ensemble is comprised of 23 students under the direction of Mrs. Lisa Oggioni Marciano. Read More»


FrancescaKlett Literary Scholarship»
AHA awards the Klett Literary Scholarship to senior Renata Francesca. 


Commended StudentsSix AHA Seniors Named Commended Students»
AHA was recently notified that six of its seniors achieved the status of Commended Scholar in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program. 



Students Lobby CongressHoly Angels Students Lobby Congress»

Holy Angels Students Reach Out in Service and Advocacy. Soon after school let out for the year, a group of Holy Angels students traveled to Baltimore, MD and Washington, DC to participate in Young Neighbors In Solidarity, a program sponsored by The Center for Ministry Development (CMS). Read more»


Open House Monday Nov 3Open House - Monday, November 3rd»
Open House on Monday, November 3rd, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. with a presentation at 6:45 p.m. Prospective students and parents will have an opportunity to tour the school and campus, which feature a state of the art Learning Commons, a Mac Lab classroom and a newly installed turf athletic field. Read more»


September 2014

AHA Students Demonstrate College-Level Achievement

$75,000 grant awarded from the NJ Office of Homeland Security & Preparedness

AHA Open House, Sunday, October 5th


August 2014

Mrs. Laura Kraytem Named Educator of the Year by Operation Smile


July 2014

AHA Students Demonstrate College Level Scholarship

June 2014

Art Restoration Project

AHA Begins Construction on New Turf Field

AHA Celebrates 134th Commencement

May 2014

AHA's Spring Musical Nominated for Eight Metropolitan Awards

AHA Creative Writing Class Holds Reading at Barnes & Noble

AHA Student Chosen to Receive Brian Piccolo Award

Archibishop Hebda Visits AHA

AHA Student Awarded National Merit Scholarship

March 2014

AHA Students Chosen to Speak at UN Conference

February 2014

AHA Students Win 45 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

AHA Soccer Player Signs with Sacred Heart University

January 2014

AHA Announces New President

AHA Musicians Named to Regional Orchestra and Band

AHA Art Club Hosts Fundraiser for Tomorrow's Children Foundation

AHA Dance Team Starts Season with Eight First Place Trophies

December 2013

AHA Students Participate in Rutgers Model UN Conference

Alumna Returns to AHA to Speak About Her Role as Media Lawyer

AHA Science Classes Welcome Pioneer in Fetal Physiology

AHA Student Awarded Best Delegate at Model UN Conference in Budapest

Rabbi and Author Visits AHA World Religion Classes

Carol Fay Honored as Woman of Faith, Woman of Action

November 2013

AHA Sponsors Turkey Drive

Speaker from NJSCPA's Pay It Forward Program Visits AHA

AHA Announces Sister Mary Nonna Dunphy Scholars

October 2013

AHA Teams Up With Rebuilding Together Bergen County

AHA Students Stand Up Against Poverty

AHA Dance Team Hosts Zumbathon

Alana Spendley Named Klett Scholar

AHA Students Commemorate World Smile Day

September 2013

2014 National Merit and Hispanic Scholars Named

AHA Announces 2013 AP Exam Results 

AHA Dance Team Members Named All-American

AHA Teacher Edits World Religion Book



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