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Fredericks and Leto Welcomed to AHA Athletic Hall of Fame

Demarest, NJ: Christie Fredericks of New York City and Jessica O’Neill Leto of North Haledon, New Jersey, have been inducted into the Academy of the Holy Angels Athletic Hall of Fame. The achievements of both alumnae were recounted during the annual Beefsteak Dinner and Hall of Fame Induction hosted by the Parents’ Athletic Association.

Leto grew up in River Edge and graduated from Holy Angels in 2002. During her high school years, she was a member of the AHA Varsity Tennis Team, where she played second singles and served as team captain. In 1999, Leto’s team won the Bergen County finals and the division championship. Leto earned All-County Honorable Mention in 2000 and 2001, and was named First Team All-League.

As a Manhattanville College student, Leto played first singles and first doubles. Her numerous honors include being named Skyline Conference Rookie of the Year and Player of the Year. She was also Manhattanville’s Player of the Year and Team MVP. Once again, she took on the role of team captain. She won a Skyline Conference first doubles championship, and was a finalist in first singles.
In the 10 seasons Leto has been AHA’s tennis coach, the Angels have won the triple crown of tennis. Her teams have captured the United Division League Title for nine seasons. In 2015, her team earned AHA’s first Bergen County Championship and became both Non-Public North A State Sectional Champions and Non-Public A State Group Champions. This year, Leto’s team played their way to another Bergen County title, and again became champions in the Non-Public North A State Sectional and Group categories.
Leto has been recognized as the United Division League Coach of the Year for six seasons, and was NJ.com’s Coach of the Year in 2015. She was inducted into the Bergen Coaches Century Club in 2014 and was honored with a Coach’s Achievement Award in 2016 by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association.

Fredericks, who was raised in Upper Saddle River, made AHA history as a member of the Academy’s inaugural lacrosse team. She served as captain in both her junior and senior years, and became Bergen County’s all-time leading scorer with 327 goals and 414 points. Fredericks is still the Academy’s all-time top scorer. She is a two-time North NJ Player of the Year and was named Under Armour All-American. In 2009, she led AHA’s team to its first league title. She received the New Jersey Women in Sports Award and had her jersey retired at AHA. In 2010, The Record named her Lacrosse Player of the Decade in Northern New Jersey.

During her four years at AHA, she was on the varsity basketball team and served as captain in her senior year. She and her teammates won the county championship and league title in her sophomore year.

Fredericks graduated from Holy Angels in 2009. She majored in hotel administration at Cornell, where she played lacrosse for one year. After she received her degree in 2013, she worked as a senior analyst in real estate for the Burger King Corporation and as an associate in equity research for Credit Suisse. She is currently an investment analyst for North Fourth Assessment Management.

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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