MARCH 2017
Jennifer Crusco
Communications Assistant

AHA Students Inducted into Science National Honor Society; Maron Receives Additional Recognition

Demarest, NJ: Members of the Academy of the Holy Angels Classes of 2017 and 2018 were inducted into the Science National Honor Society at a well-attended ceremony led by AHA Science Department Chair Nancy Brizzolara. Students who are invited to join this society must demonstrate academic excellence in their science classes and on the Advanced Placement science exams. 

During the ceremony, inductee Micaela Maron was also named the winner of the Orange & Rockland Scientific Achievement Award for Young Women. 

Those welcomed into the SNHS include: Elizabeth Abraham of West Nyack (NY), Aprile Bertomo of Bergenfield, Noelani Buonomo of Tenafly, Mairéad Dillon of Pearl River (NY), Molly Doyle of Pearl River (NY), Gabrielle Dugan of Franklin Lakes, Sophia Georgiou of Montclair, Mary Haws of River Vale, Amanda Hernandez of Northvale, Priscilla Huh of Palisades Park, Clara Jeon of Demarest, Julia Keem of Demarest, Victoria Lehman of River Edge, Joanne Li of Northvale, Micaela Maron of Oradell, Martha Merriam of Tenafly, Christina McCarthy of Bogota, Emily Mills of Oradell, Danielle O’Connor of the Township of Washington, Catherine Park of Ridgefield Park, Laura Pesanello of Mahwah, Angela Romanos of Paramus, Lindsey Rosas Togo of Weehawken, Meredith Shamamian of Tenafly, Jaya Sharma of River Vale, Rebecca Sicat of Congers (NY), Jiwon Yoon of Norwood, and Ruiqi Zhang of Ridgefield.

“You’ve built a greenhouse and are on your third year of planting a community garden that fights hunger, and found that ‘In unity is our strength,’” Brizzolara told the students, referring to AHA’s theme for the 2016-17 academic year.

“Future engineers have come together in our engineering class to design and 3D print models of buildings and monuments, and in Angels Enable, you’ve 3D printed functional hands for those who don’t have any. Eight of our courageous seniors have teamed up, graduating from dissection to live surgery in Holy Angels’ research partnership with Englewood Hospital.”

Brizzolara summarized the inductees’ accomplishments in various school science endeavors, including Trout in the Classroom, Go Green, and Robotics Club. She added, “In Space Angels, you’re predicting the atmospheres and likelihood of life on those seven new planets, and in forensics, you’ve researched profiling and how to spot illicit behavior through body language.”

Before concluding the ceremony, Brizzolara announced Maron’s award.“Her work ethic exceeds her own personal comfort level, and she reliably strives to gain new knowledge for the sake of gaining a deeper understanding rather than focusing on the grade,” the educator said of her student. “She takes risks, makes sacrifices, and perseveres. Besides being an excellent student, she is an inspirational role model for all. She has taken six advanced level science courses at Holy Angels and has been an instrumental and ever-present leader in Project Greenhouse from its onset. She will someday put all of these wonderful qualities to work when she becomes an oncologist!”


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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