JUNE 2017
Jennifer Crusco
Communications Assistant

World Language Students Honored for Performance on National Exams

Demarest, NJ: This spring, America’s world language students sat for the national-level exams, and multiple scholars from the Academy of the Holy Angels demonstrated their expertise in French, Italian, Spanish, and Latin.

Clare Daughtrey of Leonia, Olivia Yun of Closter, Taliah Brisard of Englewood, Leah Sanchez of Upper Saddle River, and Marissa Dellapi of Franklin Lakes earned Silver Medals for their performance on the Level I French exam. Bronze Medal winners included Bridget Donohue of Hoboken, Kaitlyn Guintu of Englewood, Morgan Morrissey of Saddle River, Daniela Romana of Englewood Cliffs, Julienne Trent of Hoboken, Sophie Anderson of Mahwah, and Konstantina Pavlatos of Ridgefield.

Level I students who received Honorable Mention are Amelia Brunda of Paramus, Bella Gratale of Teaneck, Annabel Hazrati of Little Ferry, Eleanor Kasprzak of Ramey, Audry Lee of Demarest, Sihyun Lyu of Tenafly, and Kayla Pringle of Suffern (NY).

Olivia Hagopian of Oradell earned a Gold Medal on the level II French exam. Level II Silver Medal winners included Camila Correa of Edgewater, Ashley Hess of Cedar Grove, Julia Malnak of Montvale, Tatiana Mesrobian of Englewood Cliffs, Astrid Neblung of Spring Valley (NY), and Victoria Sanabria of West New York.

Bronze medalists were Mackenzie Hughes of Oradell, Sasha Leys of Tappan (NY), Kaylin Valqui of Paterson, and Maria Guyre of River Vale.

Level II students who received Honorable Mention certificates were Teagan Bellitto of Oradell, Caroline Bruder of Hoboken, Nicola Callegari of Upper Saddle River, Yasmine Carter-McTavish of Lodi, Hanora Chapman of Ramsey, Anna Fatovic of Oradell, Sophia Francis of Teaneck, Kaitlyn Lack of Oradell, Gabrielle Layne of Upper Saddle River, Sofia Lopez of Little Ferry, Magdalena Papenhausen of Maywood, and Anjiani Perez of Teaneck.

Level III winners included Ayse Seker of Park Ridge, who received the Silver Medal, and Gabrielle Dugan of Franklin Lakes, who earned the Bronze Medal.

Odette Castillo of Fair Lawn, Grace Diaz of North Bergen, Eleanor Kim of River Edge, Isabella Napolitano of Saddle River, and Laura Pesanello of Mahwah received certificates of Honorable Mention for their scores on the Level III exam.

Sara Rivoir, who resides in Englewood, earned an Honorable Mention for her performance on the Level IV exam.

Several AHA students earned Honorable Mentions for their marks on the Italian exam. Honorees include the following students from Level 1A: Olivia Leonard of Hoboken, 18th in the nation; Sophia Luongo of Upper Saddle River, 17th in the nation; and Joanna Scorese of Mahwah, 12th in the nation. Students from Level 1B who earned Honorable Mentions are Juliana Essoldi of Englewood Cliffs, 9th in the nation; Bridget O’Donnell of Blauvelt (NY), 10th in the nation; Darcy Ottomanelli of Harrington Park, 15th in the nation; and Ashley Toscano Vasquez of Fort Lee, 17th in the nation.

MaryElena Bafundo of River Vale earned an Honorable Mention for her work at Level 3A. Her score was 16th in the nation. Level 3B students who received Honorable Mentions are Milena Correa of Edgewater (12th in the nation) and Alis Tokatlioglu of Palisades Park (16th in the nation).

At Level 4A, Nicole Margiotta and Daniela Romana, both of Englewood Cliffs, earned a $100 prize for their fourth place scores. Honorable Mentions went to Ciara Mottley of River Vale, who placed 11th in the nation; and Olivia Luongo of Upper Saddle River, Stephanie Madonna of Ridgewood, and Julia Nuñez of New Milford, all of whom scored seventh.

The National Spanish Exam results for Level I included Gold Medals for Joanna Hablitschek of Fort Lee, Nina Valente of New Milford, and Kathryn McGraw of Blauvelt (NY). Silver medalists included Lauren Behrens of Moonachie, Myra Lekic of Englewood Cliffs, Grace McGraw of Blauvelt (NY), Corey McLaughlin of Demarest, Audrey Miller of Glen Rock, Ayanah Taneja of Guttenberg, and Paulina Yannitsadis of Paramus.

Bronze medalists were Maya Aguiling of Tappan (NY), Czarina Alfonso of Clifton, Nicole Barbaro  of Fort Lee, Caitlin Egan of Glen Rock, Samantha Hess of Nutley, Madelyn Holmes of Blauvelt (NY), Jennifer Marino of Oradell, Ivy Shin of Harrington Park, Erin Yang of Palisades Park, Lana Pontone of Rockleigh, and Julie Zierer of Upper Saddle River. The following students received Honorable Mentions: Christina Bagin of Glen Ridge, Kristen Chung of Wyckoff, Nora Pav of Westwood, Hannah Schultz of the Township of Washington, Kelly Unanue of Old Tappan, Grace Winiarski of Wyckoff, Sophie Jin of Cresskill, Esther Lim of Moonachie, and Angelique Corales of Fort Lee.

AHA’s Level II students earned recognition in multiple categories. Honorees in the Classroom Experience category include Gold Medalists Grace Flynn of Oradell, Gabriella Ligresti of Montebello (NY), Timea Papp of Hawthorne, Aimee Hannoush of Wyckoff, Samantha Romano of Old Tappan, Alyssa Fiume of Saddle River, Amanda Hawthorne of River Edge, and Ernestine Klecz of River Edge. Silver medalists include Sarah Folk of Old Tappan, Maya Sharma of River Vale, Sofia Nedelkoff of Ramsey, Emily Pintarelli of River Vale, Athena Cenname of Garnerville (NY), Holly Gibbard of Emerson, and Rianna Lehane of Pearl River (NY).

Bronze Medals went to Lauren Kim of Closter, Erin Maron of Oradell, Samantha Yoon of Nutley, Jennifer Cooperman of Tappan (NY), Stephanie Fasolas of Ridgefield, Emilie Thomas of Oradell, Abigail Lovatt of Wood-Ridge, Amy (Eun Yong) Yang of Cresskill, Brianna Gangl of Verona, and Maria Hannoush of Wyckoff.

Emily Stanzione of Maywood, Amanda Siemsen of Ramsey, Heidi Hannoush of Wyckoff, Georgia-Marie Aidoo of Englewood Cliffs, Samantha Danylchuck of Mahwah, Catherine Bagin of Glen Ridge, Jennifer Kim of Fort Lee, Sydney Loverich of Mahwah, Katherine Coster of Ramsey, and Lily Brown of the Township of Washington earned Honorable Mentions.

Medalists in the Outside Experience category included Ana Victoria Lithgow of Englewood Cliffs and Liliette Quintana of Midland Park, both of whom earned Silver Medals. Bronze medalists were Kate Montesdeoca of Paterson, Izabella King of Demarest, and Jillian Busetto of Pomona (NY). Emily McKiernan of Harrington Park earned an Honorable Mention in this category.

Gold medalists in the Bilingual category were Victoria Sanabria of West New York, Kailin Valqui of Paterson, and Shirley Made of Englewood. Camila Scherrer of Englewood Cliffs won the Bronze Medal, and Jeziah Rodriguez of North Bergen and Isabella Pineda of Palisades Park earned Honorable Mentions.

Level II honorees within the New Jersey Chapter include: Grace Flynn – Honorable Mention 1st place (Classroom Experience), Ana Victoria Lithgow – Honorable Mention 1st place (Outside experience), Liliette Quintana – Honorable mention 5Th place (Outside experience), Kate Montesdeoca - Honorable mention 6Th place (Outside experience), Kaylin Valqui – First Place overall (Bilingual category), Victoria Sanabria-  Second Place overall ( Bilingual category), Shirley Made – Honorable mention 1st place (Bilingual category), and Paris Palau – Honorable mention 6th place ( Bilingual category).

At Level III, Gold Medals for Classroom Experience went to Kirsten Garino of Oradell and Kathleen Miceli of River Edge. Silver Medals went to Elizabeth Abraham of West Nyack (NY), Kyra Cseh of Ramsey, Lily Djebiyan of Demarest, Mary Haws of River Vale, Karolina Lokaj of  Clifton, Mary Macri from Oradell, Lucy McAuliffe of Allendale, Bridget O’Donnell of Blauvelt (NY), and Rebecca Sicat of Congers (NY). Bronze medalists were Myriam Dubuisson of Nanuet (NY), Allyson Martin of Bergenfield, Jessica Ng of Fort Lee, Ashley (Hayoon) Park of Orangeburg (NY), Angela Romanos of Paramus, Willa Spaar of River Vale, Alis Tokatlioglu of Palisades Park, Caroline Tolin of River Edge, of Grace Velarde of Oakland.

Sofia Urquiola of Bergenfield earned a Bronze Medal in the Outside Experience category.

At Level IV, Joanne Li of Northvale and Kaeli McGowan of Harrington Park earned Silver Medals. Briana Iannuzzi of Cresskill, Camila Martinez of Paramus, and Julia Scheuring of Northvale earned Bronze Medals. Honors also went to Julia Canney of Fort Lee, Sara  Kim of Norwood, Tiffany Sucero of New Milford, and Kayla Weir of Orangeburg (NY).

Level V Spanish language students who earned recognition include Classroom Experience Silver Medal winner Aprile Bertomo of Bergenfield, and Outside Experience Bronze Medal winner Mikayla Valdes of Oradell. Students who earned Honorable Mentions are Alexis Driscoll of Oradell, Ruby Duffy of Englewood Cliffs, Christine Lim of Paramus, Christina McCarthy of Bogota, Stephanie McCarten of New Milford, Arianne Rowe of New City (NY), Jillian Valdes of Oradell, Dionicia Vilsaint of Chestnut Ridge (NY), Nichole Polanco of North Bergen, Geraldine Riveros of North Bergen, and Cecilia Zayas of Bergenfield.

Several AHA students have also demonstrated their mastery of Latin.

Level I winners included Silver Maxima Cum Laude student Julia Keem of Demarest; Magna Cum Laude students Elizabeth Kim of Fort Lee and Ciara Wacker of Emerson; and Cum Laude student Meredith Joseph of Suffern (NY).

The Level II winners are: Gold Summa Cum Laude, Julia Mohr of Maywood; Silver Maxima Cum Laude, Sydney Morris of Englewood; Magna Cum Laude, Maggie Kaczmarczyk of Elmwood Park, Grace Lafferty of Northvale, and Lauren Miszkiewicz of Waldwick; and Cum Laude, Megan Czvekus of River Edge.

Francesca Marsh of Weehawken earned Magna Cum Laude honors for her score on the Level V exam. 

Since 1879, thousands of women have passed through the portals of Academy of the Holy Angels high school, the oldest private girls’ school in New Jersey. 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. Our goal is to provide each girl 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 giving service to others.


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