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Holy Angels Alumnae Recognized for Musical, Athletic Contributions

Demarest, NJ: During Alumnae Weekend 2017, the Academy of the Holy Angels paid tribute to cellist Ani Kalayjian (Class of 1999) and Caroline McCarthy Blatti (Class of 1992). Kalayjian was inducted into the AHA Arts Hall of Fame, and Blatti was welcomed into the AHA Athletic Hall of Fame.

After graduating from Holy Angels, Kalayjian earned a bachelor’s degree from the Mannes College of Music and a master’s degree with distinction from the Royal Northern College of Music in England. She is currently a sought-after performer and educator whose busy schedule has included stops in Japan, Australia, Canada, the Middle East, Europe, and the United States. She recently toured with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Dartmouth University, and the 92nd Street Y.

 

As principal cellist of the Lebanese Philharmonic, she performed multiple concerts at the American University of Beirut. In addition, she made time to perform in Lebanese hospitals, schools, orphanages, and refugee camps.

 

A seasoned competitor, Kalayjian won the Grand Prize at the International Chamber Music Competition of New England, first prize in the Anglo-Czechoslovak Trust competition in England, and a top prize at the J.C. Arriaga chamber music competition. She was one of two cellists selected to perform at the inaugural Music@Menlo chamber music festival, and was featured in a BBC documentary playing in a master class with Steven Isserlis.

 

Kalayjian teaches at the Elisabeth Morrow School and Dwight-Englewood School, and gives master classes across the country. She previously taught at the Horace Mann School.

 

She grew up in Englewood Cliffs, and now resides in Fort Lee.

 

Blatti, who was raised in Oradell, was voted “most athletic” by her peers at Holy Angels after demonstrating her love for multiple sports. She spent four years on the AHA Varsity Basketball Team, ultimately serving as captain. Her numerous accolades include being named Scholar Athlete of the Week by The Record. She was also First Team All-County in 1992 and First Team All-League from 1990-92. Blatti exceeded the 1,000 point mark, and her record of 650 assists still stands.

In 1989, Blatti was instrumental in helping her team win the North Sectional State Championships and reach the State Parochial Finals. She was named to the North Jersey All-Star Team, and participated in the National Pepsi Hot Shot Competition in Cleveland, Ohio.

This all-around athlete also played soccer for three years and softball for four. Her contributions to these sports earned her First Team All-League honors for both softball and soccer.

Just prior to her graduation from AHA, she received the prestigious Angel Award, the top honor awarded to a Holy Angels athlete. Angel Award recipients must be varsity athletes in a minimum of two sports and must demonstrate exceptional dedication, spirit, and leadership.

Blatti holds an AB in English from Princeton University and a master’s in English from University College London.  While pursuing her undergraduate degree, she joined the Princeton Women’s Basketball Team, and participated in track and field and cross country.

She began her career as an English teacher at Cary Academy in North Carolina. At that time, she started to train and race with an elite running club. Her experience led her to participate in various runs, including 5K and 10K events, and half marathons. She also finished first in the Saint Jude Marathon in Memphis.

While she was living in Tennessee, she taught English and coached basketball and track at the Hutchinson School. She ascended the ladder quickly, and eventually became Hutchinson’s upper school head.

She is now head of school at Baltimore’s Roland Park Country School. The school video features Blatti running through the neighborhood, stating that her goal is to help students “find their voices and embrace values, including hard work, tenacity, passion, and grit.”

Founded by the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1879, the Academy of the Holy Angels is the oldest private girls’ school in New Jersey. 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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