JUNE 2018
Jennifer Crusco
Communications Assistant

Angels from Class of 2018 Take Flight

Demarest, NJ: The first leg of a life-long journey came to a joyous culmination May 31, as 128 members of the Class of 2018 concluded their studies at the Academy of the Holy Angels. All of the graduates will now go on to share their considerable gifts at colleges and universities throughout the United States.

The Angels gathered as a class one last time at the Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood, the site of the Academy’s 138th graduation exercises.

Mary Haws was named Senior Commencement Speaker, the highest honor a Holy Angels graduate can earn from her alma mater. Haws was honored for maintaining the top cumulative average in her class over her four years at Holy Angels.

She is a member of the National Honor Society, and served as a member of that organization’s executive board. She is also co-president of the Tri-M National Music Honor Society. Her outstanding work in math, science, Spanish, and art gained her admission to Mu Alpha Theta, the Science National Honor Society, the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica, and the National Art Honor Society. She was also named an Advanced Placement Scholar for her outstanding scores on the AP history, physics, and English exams.

Haws has gained recognition for the artworks she submitted to the Scholastic Art & Writing Competition, and she has earned gold, silver, and bronze medals for her work on the National Spanish Exam.
At this year’s Baccalaureate celebration, Haws received the Studio Art Award, the Handbells Award, and the NJSIAA Scholar Athlete Award.

Haws plays harp and bass for the Academy Orchestra, and is part of the Handbell Choir and the Instrumental Ensemble. She is also captain of the AHA Fencing Team, and earned First Team All-League honors.

Her many activities include work with the AHA yearbook and newspaper. Haws is a Eucharistic Minister, an altar server, and a volunteer at Eva’s Village. She also played a key role in the Center for Hope and Safety Benefit Concert.

She has also received AHA’s four-year Mother Caroline Scholarship, and the Academy’s Sister Nonna Dunphy Scholarship. The River Vale resident’s mother, Geralyn Parent Haws, graduated from AHA in 1982. This fall, Haws will enter Rice University.

“I truly believe in the power of a Holy Angels education and its traditions because I’ve seen them in action. Our talents and wisdom have already been put toward each of our successes while at school and, as a daughter and sister of alumnae, I’ve seen the Holy Angels values and education endure in my own family,” Haws said in her commencement speech. She also paid special tribute to Karen Camporeale, an AHA teacher and alumna, who passed away in mid-May.

“Graduates, when we go forth from this commencement, we will face so many changes and make so many decisions for our futures, but will remember that we have the tools to accomplish great things for ourselves and others. When we go forth, we will not be saying goodbye to our time as Angels, but will remember that we forever embody the tradition and spirit of our alma mater.”

Rebecca Sicat of Congers, New York, was named Second in Merit. Sicat is a member of the National Honor Society, the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica, Mu Alpha Theta, and the Science National Honor Society. She recently earned AHA’s award for excellence in her studies of anatomy and physiology. In September, Sicat will be bound for the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Aprile Bertomo led this year’s invocation. This Bergenfield resident is a Mother Caroline Scholarship and Sister Nonna Dunphy Scholarship winner. She is a member of the National Honor Society, the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica, Tri-M, Mu Alpha Theta, and the Science National Honor Society. This gifted soprano has been sharing her vocal talents with the Concert Choir and Vocal Ensemble. At the Baccalaureate celebration, Bertomo received awards for her achievements in biology and for her work on the National Spanish Exam. She is also a local Voice of Democracy essay contest winner, and placed second in the Bergen County competition. This fall, Bertomo will continue her education at Cornell University.

Véronique Dhont delivered the scripture reading (Romans 12:9-16). Dhont is a member of the National Honor Society, the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica, and Mu Alpha Theta. She is president of the Student Council and earned the Senior School Service Award for her work in that capacity. This fall, this Englewood resident will attend Connecticut College.

At the request of her peers, Ashley Chang of Englewood Cliffs presented the senior response. Chang is a member of the National Art Honor Society and will study at The New School this fall.

This year’s guest speaker was Dr. Lisa Raacke Malley, M.D. Dr. Malley is a member of the AHA Class of 1974.

Haworth resident Julia Giampiccolo led the closing prayer. Giampiccolo is a member of the National Honor Society, and will enter Loyola University in Maryland later this year.

In keeping with AHA tradition, the class sang “Alma Mater, All Hail” before tossing their caps and winging their flight across the nation.

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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