Jennifer Crusco
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AHA Juniors Named Governor’s School Candidates

Demarest, NJ: Timea Papp of Hawthorne and Maya Sharma of River Vale have been named the Academy of the Holy Angels’ candidates for Governor’s School of Engineering & Technology and Governor’s School in Science, respectively.

“We wish both of them the best of luck during the next few months as the application process continues,” AHA College Counselor Jennifer Trubac said as she announced the news. Trubac noted that the New Jersey students who will be attending these prestigious programs will be notified this spring. Governor’s School programs are funded by private and corporate sponsors and are tuition-free for students.

Program participants are chosen based on their academic performance, a series of essays, standardized test scores, extracurricular activities, and teacher recommendations.

Sharma is an accomplished violinist who is co-concertmaster of the AHA Orchestra, and plays for the AHA String Quartet and the Sharma Sisters Duo, which she founded with her sister Jaya. Sharma is also a member of the Academy Choir and the Vocal Ensemble. She has performed at graduation, Music in Our Schools Month, and at the School Sisters of Notre Dame’s residence in Connecticut. She is a member of the Tri-M National Music Honor Society, through which she earned the Tri-M Outstanding Service Award. She is a volunteer for the Special Olympics and the Center for Pain Management.

This spring, she helped organize a concert for the residents of Spectrum for Living. Her ongoing work at Spectrum helped her earn an award for outstanding contributions as a volunteer.

Sharma is currently co-captain of the AHA Debate Team, an Angel Ambassador, a Project Greenhouse volunteer, a Robotics Club member, a chemistry lab tutor, and vice president of the MEDS group for students who are interested in medical careers.

She is a member of Mu Alpha Theta (the National Mathematics Honor Society) and received a Silver Medal for her performance on the National Spanish Exam. Sharma is regularly named to the AHA Principal’s List for maintaining an outstanding grade point average.

Papp plays the saxophone for the Academy Orchestra and AHA Jazz Ensemble, and sings with the Academy Choir and Vocal Ensemble. She is a coordinating team member for the AHA Big Sister-Little Sister program, an Angel Ambassador, and captain of the Debate Team. Working with Angels Enable, Papp has used the school’s 3D printer to produce and assemble prosthetic hands for children and adults. She is also founder and president of the AHA Sign Language Club, and is consistently named to the Principal’s List.

Her multiple scholarships include the Mother Caroline Scholarship, the Sister Mary Nonna Dunphy Scholarship, and the Summer Advanced Space Academy Scholarship. She received four Silver Keys in the Scholastic Art and Writing Competition, including three for poetry and one for a short story. She also received gold and silver medals for her work on the National Spanish Exam. Papp has been inducted into Mu Alpha Theta and the Tri-M Music Honor Society. She is also an award-winning swimmer. Her volunteer activities include work with Project Linus, the Special Olympics, Van Dyk Park Place Assisted Living, Eva’s Village, and Saint Philip the Apostle’s CCD program and carnival.

She finished at the top of her class at Saint Philip the Apostle Preparatory School in Clifton, where she was part of the Kaleidoscope Program for gifted and talented students.

The Governor’s School in the Sciences will be held at Drew University in July of 2018. This three-week residential program will include classes, laboratory projects, team projects, lectures, and a Career Day that will feature distinguished speakers.

GSS promotes a collaborative atmosphere and provides participants with a preview of college life. This year’s GSS will include courses in anthropology, biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics. Each student will have an opportunity to take three core courses and one lab. Working as members of small teams, GSS participants will conduct research and present their results.

A panel of professors, researchers, and educators will review all of the GSS nominees' applications. The committee's decision will be emailed to the student in early April. According to the application materials, the committee “chooses the nominees who will best take advantage of the opportunities presented by the Governor’s School.”

The month-long Governor's School of Engineering & Technology will be hosted by the Rutgers University School of Engineering. GSET will include team-based courses, collaborative research, and programs presented by guest speakers. Participants will also have an opportunity to build academic relationships with their peers, mentors, and engineering professionals. This year’s courses will include explorations of robotics and physics, and electives in topics that range from nanofabrication to building earthquake resistant structures. GSET will also include a small group research and design project and an investigation of a challenging issue. Every group will write a research paper that will be presented at the Governor’s School Research Symposium.

Participants will also be able to tour local corporations, where they will learn about future career opportunities.

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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