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AHA Juniors Invited to Apply for Prestigious Summer Programs

Demarest, NJ: Academy of the Holy Angels juniors Suha Patel of Alpine and Sarah Onderdonk of Wyckoff have been invited to apply for the 2020 New Jersey Scholars Program, an educational enrichment opportunity for 39 students from the Garden State. Onderdonk was also invited to apply for the Governor’s School in Engineering and Technology.

Held at the Lawrenceville School, NJSP is a tuition-free, five-week summer event for rising seniors. Finalists will explore “The Future of Being Human” in an interdisciplinary atmosphere that encourages them to think in new ways. NJSP includes lectures and small-group seminars led by faculty from top colleges and universities from around the world, research projects, and a final interdisciplinary research paper. Students also share their talents in art, music, writing, drama, and public speaking through the NJSP Arts Festival. Participants fully enjoy the experience of learning since faculty members evaluate scholars’ work, but do not issue grades.

The Governor’s School in Engineering and Technology will be hosted by Rutgers University. Finalists will take two core courses. One will allow them to work in teams to build and program robots. The other course will cover groundbreaking discoveries in physics and a look toward the future. Students will also take electives, and work with a mentor to conduct a small group research and design project. Each group will present a research paper. Scholars will visit local corporations, hear from guest speakers, and enjoy activities that customize the experience.

Onderdonk is a Mother Caroline Scholarship recipient, and maintains an excellent average that has earned her a place on the Principal’s List and Honor Roll. She recently received a silver medal for her work on the National Spanish Exam. She is involved in a variety of activities at Holy Angels, and is a founder and board member of the Coding Club. She is an editor for AHA Voice (the school newspaper) and has been active with Angels Enable, a group that 3-D prints prosthetics for people in need. Onderdonk is also an Angel Ambassador, a debate team judge, and a member of the Middle States Planning Team, which promotes growth mindset at the Academy.

Her contributions to the AHA Varsity Lacrosse Team earned her Second Team All-League honors.

Before she began her junior year, Onderdonk attended the William Paterson University Summer Web Design Program. She is auditing courses in cybersecurity and web development, and completed an introduction to American law through the University of Pennsylvania.

She has logged over 100 hours serving meals to people in need in New York City. In addition, she volunteers as a counselor for Carl’s Kids Summer Camp for underprivileged children at Oasis in Paterson. She has worked as a babysitter and website developer.

Patel is regularly named to the Principal’s List and Honor Roll for maintaining an excellent grade point average. She recently received a bronze medal on the National Spanish Exam. As a sophomore, she represented AHA as a panelist at the Archdiocese of Newark’s STEM Expo. She was also a finalist in the Telluride Association Summer Program. TASP is a six-week summer program held at Cornell University and the University of Michigan. TASP offers educational enrichment opportunities to students from around the world. She has also participated in the Barnard STEM Seminar for Statistics.

While she was an eighth grader at the Academy of Saint Therese, Patel received the Rose Marie Kurtz Scholarship for Leadership and Service and the Award for Academic Excellence.

Patel is currently head of coding and co-captain of Angelbots, AHA’s varsity robotics club. As co-captain of the JV Anjoules team, Patel became a First Tech Challenge finalist. She is a founder and board member of the Academy’s Coding Club. She has been involved with Blueprint, the AHA literary magazine, since freshman year and is now writing submission editor. Patel’s numerous activities include involvement with Diversity Council, the STREAM Fair Committee, Society of Women Engineers, and Debate Team. She is a peer tutor, an Angel Ambassador, and a member of the AHA JV Golf Team.

She volunteers at her temple and at a local library’s technology lab. She recently completed an internship at a dental office, where she worked with software at the front desk.

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.

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AHA Freshman Is Concertmaster of Mannes Prep Symphony

Demarest, NJ: Music is an essential part of life for violinist Faith Youn of Closter, the new concertmaster of the Mannes Prep Symphony.

Although Youn performs around the world, this unassuming Academy of the Holy Angels freshman described her selection as concertmaster as “the best surprise.” She noted that this was the first year Mannes held a blind seating audition.

“I’ve been part of Mannes Prep for three years, this year being my fourth,” Youn explained. “In my past three years at Mannes Prep, I was a concertmaster twice for the Concert Orchestra, the younger ensemble mainly for middle school students. Being a concertmaster at Mannes Prep has been a rewarding experience. It has not only made me into a better musician, but also helped develop my leadership skills in music and at school. 

“Through some of my accomplishments at Mannes Prep, I was given the opportunity to teach at Love Violin, an organization that teaches violin to underprivileged children. Teaching at Love Violin not only further developed my leadership skills, but it also helped me share my passion for music with others.”

At Holy Angels, Youn studies with Instrumental Music Director Mariann Annecchino. Youn plays violin for the AHA Orchestra and is a member of the Academy’s Select Strings ensemble. She recently performed at the SSND Donor Recognition Luncheon in Wilton, Connecticut, as part of a trio of AHA freshmen.

During the summer of 2019, Youn participated in the Hawaii Youth Symphony’s Pacific Music Institute Summer Program. This two-week event allowed Youn to meet talented local students, and musicians from Asia and the U.S. Mainland.

“I was also surrounded by renowned professional musicians who came from phenomenal backgrounds,” Youn said.

“I also participated in the Narnia Festival, a summer music program in Italy,” she added. These programs not only challenged my playing skills, but also exposed me to a whole new set of diligent young musicians with different cultures, but brought together by our shared love for music.”

Youn is dedicated to her music and her academic courses at Holy Angels, where she was recently named to the Honor Roll.

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.

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