December 2018
Jennifer Crusco
Communications Assistant

Amelia Brunda, Julia Mohr Are NJ Scholars Program Candidates

Demarest, NJ: Julia Mohr and Amelia Brunda, two juniors from the Academy of the Holy Angels, have been invited to apply for admission to the 2019 New Jersey Scholars Program. Both students will now submit NJSP applications that must include four short essays, a research paper, a resume, and recommendations from their teachers.

NJSP is a five-week, tuition-free summer program for New Jersey residents. This year’s theme is “Mind and Body: The Future of Being Human.” As they consider what it means to be human, students will listen to lectures, attend seminars led by faculty members from top colleges and universities, delve into extensive reading assignments, and produce an interdisciplinary research paper. Participants will also be encouraged to contribute to an arts festival that relates to the NJSP theme by engaging in art, music, writing, drama, or public speaking.

Mohr, who is a resident of Maywood, is an Advanced Placement Scholar and has been named to both the Principal’s List and Honor Roll at Holy Angels. She is currently serving as secretary of the National Latin Honor Society. She recently completed the National Latin Exam cum laude.

At AHA, Mohr is an Angel Ambassador, head editor for Angels on Air, and a violinist for the Academy Orchestra. She is a member of the AHA Junior Varsity Tennis Team, and is active with Blankets for Linus and Debate Club. Her peers also know her as a biology and Latin tutor.

Mohr has attended the Northeastern University Design Pre-College Program.

Within her community, Mohr serves as a counselor at EMS String Week and as a volunteer at her church.

Brunda, a resident of Paramus, is a member of the National French Honor Society, and is regularly listed on the AHA Honor Roll.

She is also a celebrated varsity bowler. Brunda is an MVP who was nominated for All-County honors, and twice won Team of the Year recognition with her fellow bowlers. She has earned the All-Star Award at the New Year Team Championships and won the girls’ high game at the North Jersey State Sectionals. Brunda qualified for the State Individual Girls High School Tournament and made AHA history by advancing to the next round. She also won second place for high game, and finished a solid 15th in the state. She is also an award-winning league bowler outside of AHA.

During her freshman year, she was active with the Girl Code Club and the Steampunk Art Activity Club. As a MEDS Club member, Brunda discovered research opportunities offered by local doctors, learned about different ecosystems, and dissected a baby spiny dogfish.

Brunda is currently a member of the Young Entrepreneur Activity Club, the French Club, and Operation Smile. She attended the fall drama to provide a report for the monthly Angels on Air video regarding AHA events.

In October 2018, she attended the Perry Outreach Program at Columbia University Medical Center, where she performed a mock surgical procedure and heard from women who are involved in orthopedics and engineering.

Brunda recently attended the New York Women in Communications’ Student Communications Career Conference. She learned about marketing tactics and participated in a networking workshop, where she created “elevator pitches.”

As a volunteer for the Paramus Children’s Soccer Team, Brunda teaches the basics of soccer to children between the ages of three and seven.

NJSP will provide application updates in February. In late March, semi-finalists will be invited to the Lawrenceville School, where they will participate in interviews. Thirty-nine NJSP finalists will be named in early April.

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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