MARCH 2019
Jennifer Crusco
Communications Assistant

AHA’s Top Scientists & Mathematicians Earn Recognition

Demarest, NJ: Young women who excel in science and mathematics have been inducted into the Academy of the Holy Angels’ chapters of the Science National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta.

Three Angels were inducted into both honor societies. This trio includes Hyerin “Sally” Chung of Closter, Chaiyon “Chenny” Kim of Englewood Cliffs, and Ciara Wacker of Emerson.

Students who were recognized for their outstanding work in the sciences include Czarina Alfonso of Clifton; Christina Bagin of Glen Ridge; Nicole Barbaro of Fort Lee; Angelina Busetto of Pomona, New York; Isabella Cardamone of Glen Rock; Sophia Casali of Franklin Lakes; Hanora Chapman of Ramsey; Yasmine Carter-McTavish of Lodi; Shannon Dobres of Bergenfield; Grace Flynn of Oradell; Sarah Folk of Old Tappan; Shannon Garrity of Old Tappan; Kaitlyn Guintu of Englewood; Katarina Katzarov of Clifton; Myra Lekic of Englewood Cliffs; Erin Loftus of Pearl River, New York; Sydney Loverich of Mahwah; Sophia Luongo of Upper Saddle River; Mary Macri of Saugerties, New York; Lauren Miskiewicz of Waldwick; Nataleen Orangian of River Vale; Amanda Siemsen of Ramsey; Katelyn Spinks of Stony Point, New York; Emily Yang of Old Tappan; Ji Won “Grace” Yang of Edgewater; and Samantha Yoon of Nutley.

These young scientists took the society’s pledge, which states, “I promise to do my best to represent the academic goals of the Science National Honor Society, participate in community service, and encourage the pursuit of scientific knowledge that benefits all mankind.”


Co-vice presidents Julia Malnak and Timea Papp presented the inductees to AHA Science Department Chairperson Dr. Martha Weinstein.

In her address, Science National Honor Society President Samantha Romano said she was not fond of science before she came to Holy Angels and began to put more effort into her studies. Romano announced that she will be studying engineering in college.
“That’s something fourth grade me could never have imagined,” she added.

She encouraged the new members of the Science National Honor Society to actively contribute to science and urged them to use their membership well.

Mu Alpha Theta accepts students who demonstrate excellence in mathematics. Established at the University of Oklahoma in 1957, Mu Alpha Theta is a national organization for high school and junior college students. The organization hosts an annual, national convention and provides various scholarships, grants, and awards. Society members participate in the Study Buddy tutoring program, which pairs them with students who might not otherwise have access to a tutor.

AHA’s 2019 Mu Alpha Theta inductees include Amelia Brunda of Paramus; Amy Cami of Demarest; Astrid D’Souza of Elmwood Park; Julia Farah of Pearl River, New York; Meredith Joseph of Suffern, New York; Eunvee “Alexis” Kim of Norwood; Xinhui “Linda” Lin of Tenafly; Katherine Gazzini of Ridgewood; Ana Victoria Lithgow of Englewood Cliffs; Konstantina “Nina” Pavlatos of Cresskill; Anjianie Perez of Hackensack; and Gillian van der Have of West Nyack, New York.

AHA Math Department Chairperson Jovanka DePalma and Mu Alpha Theta Faculty Moderator Pamela Ruschak congratulated the inductees.

Mu Alpha Theta Contest Coordinator Jillian Busetto welcomed everyone to the ceremony and led the STEM Prayer, which begins, “Lord, teach me to number my days and graph them according to your ways trusting you to base me in your plan to complement your perfect diagram.”

Student Tutoring Coordinators Mackenzie Hughes and Aastha Patel presented the inductees, and Chapter President Olivia Mandella delivered a brief, humorous speech. Mandella said recognized her affinity for math when she was in middle school, and said she was encouraged by a math teacher who offered food as an incentive to her class.

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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