October 2019
Jennifer Crusco
Communications Assistant

Holy Angels Recognizes Commended & National Hispanic Scholars

Demarest, NJ: The Academy of the Holy Angels recently recognized several members of the Class of 2020 who earned national recognition for their excellent performance on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit® Scholarship Qualifying Test.

“We are proud of our Commended Scholars and National Hispanic Recognition honorees for the well-deserved recognition which celebrates all of the hard work and effort they exhibit all school year long,” AHA Principal Jean Miller said.

Commended Scholars include Czarina Alfonso of Clifton, Nicole Barbaro of Fort Lee, Katherine Gazzini of Ridgewood, Kaitlyn Guinto of Englewood, Chaiyon (“Chennie”) Kim of Englewood Cliffs, Irene Kim of River Vale, Ciara Wacker of Emerson, and Olivia Yun of Closter. These students earned scores that were among the top three to four percent in the nation. Honorees receive letters of commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

National Hispanic Recognition Program honorees are Sarah Folk of Old Tappan and Paulina Yannitsadis of Fair Lawn. The NHRP is administered by the College Board and Scholarship America, and uses the PSAT/NMSQT as its yardstick. Honorees must maintain a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. Program winners do not receive direct financial awards, but do become eligible for scholarships offered by individual colleges and universities.

The National Merit® Scholarship Program was established in 1955. This annual competition is administered by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, an Illinois-based, privately-funded non-profit. Students sit for the PSAT/NMSQT as juniors. Honorees, including National Merit Scholarship Finalists and Semi-finalists, are named during their senior year in high school.

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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