November 2019
Jennifer Crusco
Communications Assistant

Holy Angels Community Gives Thanks for Kind Students

Demarest, NJ: When you need a helping hand, Angels appear. A few days before Thanksgiving, the Academy of the Holy Angels presented the Sister Catherine Green Kindness Award to Micayla McMahon, Cara Chang, Catherine Callahan, and Jacqueline Rubino.

This award is presented quarterly to one student on each grade level who demonstrates inspirational kindness. AHA Dean of Students Andréa Beyer accepts nominations from members of the school community, and the administration selects the honorees.

McMahon was described as the perfect candidate for this award because she radiates positivity every day. Those who nominated this freshman from Norwood described her as a caring and inclusive person.

“When she notices someone sitting alone, she brings them into her conversation or lunch table, making them feel welcome, not like an outsider looking in,” a friend wrote.

Another person said McMahon “goes out of her way to make sure everyone is happy” and “inspires others to think positively and to always be kind to one another.”

Chang was recognized for being welcoming and genuine toward everyone she meets.

“She is always there whenever I need help or when I am stressed. She keeps me laughing every single day,” one friend said of this sophomore from Fort Lee.

Chang was praised for knowing just what to do to help someone who is having a bad day. A friend described her as a “great model for this award.”

Callahan, a junior from Tenafly, was honored for “going above and beyond in order to make someone feel better.” A friend wrote, “She puts others before herself and is always willing to help. She has such a genuine and kind soul and she does not look for recognition for all the great things that she does.” She is known for having the best intentions behind her actions.

“She may be very quiet, but her kindness is very loud,” a friend observed.
Rubino is described as a “ray of sunshine whenever I am having a bad day,” and someone who “genuinely represents the meaning of kindness.”

A friend said, “Her smile is contagious and positivity truly radiates off of her.” Another person wrote that this senior from Nutley “is most deserving of this award because she embodies and demonstrates the virtue of kindness by making people smile every day. She has made my year shine brighter each day.”

Rubino is always there for her classmates, never leaves anyone out, and always makes people feel welcome.

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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