February 2019
Jennifer Crusco
Communications Assistant

Athletes Sign Letters of Intent with Dartmouth, Notre Dame

Demarest, NJ: Two Holy Angels athletes have formally pledged their talents to two of the country’s finest colleges. Erin Maron of Oradell signed with the University of Notre Dame’s crew team, and Ashley Hess of Cedar Grove has signed a letter of intent to play tennis at Dartmouth.

Hess was named a National High School Tennis All-American for excellence on the tennis court and within the classroom. In 2018, Hess won the large school first singles Bergen County Championship and was an individual finalist in the state tournament, where she was the #2 seed. In October 2017, she was named The Record’s Female Athlete of the Week.

Hess started taking tennis lessons at age four. Although she was involved in other activities, she gave up basketball, ballet, and piano lessons to concentrate on competitive tennis.

“While I always loved being active and participating in sports in general, I was always happiest when I was playing tennis, and I found that I was the most motivated to improve my tennis game.”

This year, Hess received the Edith Martin Girls 18’s Sportsmanship Award from the Eastern Section of the United States Tennis Association. This is the highest honor presented by the USTA. She was nominated by tournament directors from the entire Eastern Section.

Most recently, she represented AHA at the National Girls & Women in Sports Day event held at Seton Hall.

“I was offered a spot on the women’s tennis team (at Dartmouth) midway through my junior year,” Hess revealed. “When I got the offer, I was beyond excited. I had already visited the campus a couple of times before, and I knew that the school was the perfect place for me. When I got the official acceptance in December, I was so happy! I absolutely love the team and the campus and I can’t wait for next year!

“Throughout the year, I compete individually in tournaments, but my high school tennis experience has taught me how to play for a team. I absolutely loved the camaraderie of the tennis team and it is has been such an honor to play for and represent Holy Angels.

“Everyone here has been so supportive of my high school tennis career. Throughout my time at Holy Angels I have grown so close to all of my classmates, and I know that I have formed lifelong friendships.”

“Ashley Hess is probably the most complete tennis player that we have ever had at Holy Angels,” AHA Athletic Director Patti Gorsuch said. “Not only is she a magnificent player, but her poise, leadership, and exemplary dedication to her sport and to her team are outstanding. Dartmouth is getting a real gem!”

Maron, a resident of Oradell, is looking forward to becoming a Notre Dame athlete.

Asked about her interest in rowing, Maron explained that she began training for this sport during the spring of her sophomore year.

“I was looking for another sport to do in the off-season for basketball, and a family friend told me about crew,” Maron said.

She took an introductory class and soon began racing for the Bergen County Rowing Academy, which is based in Overpeck Park in Leonia.

“I practice every day after school in the spring (March through May) and fall (September and October),” she added. In July and July, Maron practices every morning.

“When it comes to the change from basketball to rowing, I picked it up as a sport to do in the off season and did not expect to enjoy it as much as I do. I decided I wanted to row in college as I am still relatively new to the sport and want to keep going with it,” she explained.

As a Notre Dame student, Maron plans to study environmental sciences.

“That may change,” she added, “but I definitely plan to pursue a career in the sciences.”
Gorsuch added, “Erin Maron has played basketball here at Holy Angels for four years, but she will be leaving the court behind and will embark on her rowing career at Notre Dame. I am sure she will excel, just as she has in basketball.”

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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