JUNE 2019
Jennifer Crusco
Communications Assistant

Angelic Trio Wins AHA’s Kindness Awards

Demarest, NJ: Janella Osbourne, Emily Nam, and Marissa Dellapi have received the Sister Catherine Green Kindness Award, the Academy of the Holy Angels’ salute to students whose actions and attitudes inspire others. AHA Dean of Students Andréa Beyer accepts nominations from members of the school community, and the administration selects honorees each quarter.
Enthusiastic cheers emanated from the auditorium this spring’s winners were announced.

Osbourne, the freshman honoree, is known for demonstrating kindness just by being herself. This Teaneck resident’s friends say she takes time to see if other people are having difficulties, and always offers to help. Those who nominated Osbourne also noted her knack for making others smile.

“She always greets me when I walk in for the morning, and she always helps me when I am in need,” one of Osbourne’s classmates said.

Another friend wrote, “I know that she will be the person to brighten my day.”

Nam, a sophomore from Cresskill, was recognized for her positive attitude and her ability to make others feel included. This Angel “always has a smile on her face and is happy and willing to help her classmates,” one person wrote. Nam regularly reaches out to others who are having a bad day, even if they are not her close friends. This student has a gift for bringing cheer to others by sharing her positivity and enthusiasm.

“She constantly shows her appreciation for you, whether it is saying ‘hi’ in the hallways or asking about your day,” one friend wrote. “She is always there if you need any help and makes sure you feel included.”
Dellapi, the junior Kindness Award recipient is described as a kind, funny, and encouraging soul. Someone wrote that Dellapi’s easygoing nature always makes her feel calm.

“She never tries to be somebody that she isn’t,” a friend said of this Franklin Lakes resident. “She is humble, good natured, and thoughtful. She brightens my day with her sense of humor and her smile.”

Another person wrote, “She constantly works to make those around her smile, and I am grateful to be a fellow classmate of hers.”

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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