MAY 2018
Jennifer Crusco
Communications Assistant

Bergen County Resident to Attend Governor’s School in Science

Demarest, NJ: July promises to be a busy and memorable time for River Vale resident Maya Sharma, who will spend most of the month at the Governor’s School in Science.

Sharma, a member of the Class of 2019 at the Academy of the Holy Angels, recently learned of her acceptance to this highly-competitive program. She was named AHA’s official applicant to the program in December 2017.

The selection panel evaluates Governor’s School candidates based on academic performance, multiple essays, standardized test scores, extracurricular activities, and teacher recommendations. According to the application materials, the panel also considers which nominees they believe will best take advantage of the opportunities presented by the Governor’s School.

"My acceptance to the Governor's School of the Sciences came as a great surprise!” Sharma said. “When I initially applied to the program, I prepared myself for rejection after hearing of the program's competitiveness. So, when I saw the email during class, it was so hard to contain my excitement! I quickly and eagerly forwarded the acceptance email to my parents and my sister. We couldn't believe it. 

“I have already begun scanning the website every so often for any updates on the itinerary, and am already getting excited for my time at the program. The month will be packed with not only science-related activities, but also general summer-related ones as well, like swimming and outdoor activities. I can't wait to meet all the incredible, like-minded individuals who are coming from across the state to attend the program. It is going to be an unforgettable experience.”

As a participant in the three-week residential program at Drew University, Sharma will have an opportunity to take three core courses and one lab. Course offerings are expected to include anthropology, biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics. Sharma will also work as a member of a small team that will conduct research and present the results.

Governor’s School programs are funded by private and corporate sponsors and are tuition-free for students.

At AHA, Sharma has made a name for herself as a violinist, vocalist, volunteer, and scholar.

She is co-concertmaster of the AHA Orchestra, and plays for the AHA String Quartet and the Sharma Sisters Duo, which she founded with her sister Jaya (AHA 2018). Sharma also sings with the Academy Choir and the Vocal Ensemble. She has performed at graduation, Music in Our Schools Month, and at the School Sisters of Notre Dame’s residence in Connecticut. She is a member of the Tri-M National Music Honor Society, and has received the Tri-M Outstanding Service Award.

Sharma also earned Spectrum for Living’s award for outstanding volunteer work. Her contributions include organizing outreach concerts for the residents of various Spectrum facilities.

Her volunteer activities also include work with the Special Olympics and the Center for Pain Management.
Sharma’s many contributions to the AHA community include work as co-captain of the AHA Debate Team, Angel Ambassador, Project Greenhouse volunteer, Robotics Club member, chemistry lab tutor, and vice president of the MEDS group for students who are interested in medical careers.

Sharma is regularly named to the Principal’s List for maintaining a grade point average of 95 or higher. Her many academic successes have led to her membership in the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta (the National Mathematics Honor Society), the National Science Honor Society, and the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica.

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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