MAY 2019
Jennifer Crusco
Communications Assistant

JOY Blossoms as Students Sing at Senior Residences

Demarest, NJ: Teen vocalists from Joining Old and Young recently shared handmade paper flowers and songs from the 1930s through the 1960s at multiple residences for senior citizens. JOY, whose members attend the Academy of the Holy Angels in Demarest, performed one-hour concerts at Brookdale Paramus and the Sunrise residences in New City (NY), Old Tappan, and Woodcliff Lake.

The 2018-19 JOY Presidents are Yasmine Carter-McTavish of Lodi and Caroline Tolin of River Edge. Members include Natalie Andreoli of Wyckoff; Meredith Joseph and Kayla Pringle of Suffern, New York; Leah Sanchez, Julie Zierer, and Sophia Luongo of Upper Saddle River; Nina Valente of New Milford; Gabriella Borges and Josephine Noble of Demarest; Kaylin Valqui of Paterson; Victoria Sanabria of West New York; Arielle Maravilla of Leonia; Uijin Kang of Closter; Juliana Dominguez of North Bergen; Abrianna Gutierrez of Hamburg; Sara Folk of Old Tappan; Kaitlyn Guintu of Englewood; and Judianne Meredith of River Vale.

The joy continues to blossom at each concert series.

“Each May, we create flowers out of paper and pipe cleaners to give to the residents,” JOY member Kayla Pringle noted. “While doing our last concert, I actually noticed one of the residents who had kept the flower from last year. It was so heartwarming to see!”

JOY has been touching the lives of others since the early 2000s. At that time, a student from AHA noticed that her grandmother, who had Alzheimer’s disease, lit up when she played old music. That student wanted to bring the same joy to other senior citizens. Current JOY members have extended this musical outreach with the aid of pianist Suzanne Alenick.

This group’s outreach work also includes raising funds for Make-a-Wish, an organization that grants the wishes of seriously ill children. 

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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