December 2019
Jennifer Crusco
Communications Assistant

AHA Varsity Dancers Sparkle in Pom Competition

Demarest, NJ: The future appears bright for the incomparable Academy of the Holy Angels Varsity Dance Team. The defending national champions, who earned an incredible four consecutive titles in small varsity hip hop (2016 through 2019), recently returned from the 2019 DC Championship with a first place division win in varsity pom and the Best Choreography Award.

The Academy’s dancers faced off against seven other accomplished teams from New Jersey, Maryland, and Virginia during the competition held in Washington D.C.

"We are so honored to be awarded the Best Choreography Award as this is our most challenging, most exciting, and fastest routine yet!" said AHA Varsity Dance Coach Jenny Sweet, who choreographed the winning dance. The team is now looking ahead to the regional event in January.

Members of the varsity team include Sophia Costa of Oradell, Ciara Wacker and Noelle Wacker of Emerson, Natasha Vafiadis of Englewood, Giselle Martin of Bergenfield, Olivia Martinez of Paramus, Carmela Alessio of Belleville, Bridget Ryan of Emerson, Tamara Kim of Demarest, Valeria Pernicone of New Milford, Ella Cho of Old Tappan, and Hannah Kim of Cresskill.

AHA’s JV dancers include Daniella Hernandez of Northvale, Gabriela Sandoval of Washington Township, Ani Gueyikian of Fort Lee, Kaitlyn Grifonetti of Old Tappan, Arwen Parmelee of Upper Saddle River, Lydia Schmidhauser of Pomona (New York), Jordyn Wynn of Englewood Isabella McMahon of West Orange, and Kathryn Fragola of Bergenfield.

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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