Jennifer Crusco
Communications Assistant

Kindness Award Winners Honored by School Community

Demarest, NJ: Kindness has no cost, but it has tremendous value at the Academy of the Holy Angels. Each quarter, selected AHA students receive the Sister Catherine Green Kindness Award in recognition of their inspirational attitudes.

Freshman Isabelle Egan, sophomore Kayla George, junior Gabriella Ligresti, and senior Tara Lyons are the honorees for the second quarter of the 2017-18 academic year.

Egan, a resident of Oradell, was described as a perfect fit for the Kindness Award.

“She is always there to help her friends and is exceedingly kind,” one student said. Another person wrote, “It’s the little things that matter, like talking to me on the bus every morning.”

Egan is known for greeting others with a smile and making everyone feel welcome.

“If I’m having a bad day, she cheers me up just by being herself,” a friend added.

George, who lives in River Vale, readily shares her friendly smile and exhibits positive energy that inspires others. Her friends describe her as a truly wonderful person.

“She has such a kind heart and is always there for people when they need an extra hand,” one classmate said. “She is very understanding and not judgmental.”

Ligresti was recognized for putting her own worries aside to make time for others. This Montebello, New York, resident is described as a kind and selfless person.

“She asks me how my day is going and offers to help me with my homework if she sees that I am having trouble,” one classmate said.

Another peer added, “No matter how much stress she is under, or if she is ever upset, she will put that aside to make other people feel better.”

Lyons is described as a wonderful role model who welcomes newcomers with open arms and helps younger girls when they are struggling. Friends of the Pearl River (NY) native said she is always happy.

“She never turns down the opportunity to help others, and never talks badly about people,” a peer wrote. “She is one of the nicest and most sincere girls you will ever meet. She is always encouraging her teammates to do the best they can.”

AHA students, faculty, and staff are permitted to nominate a student for the Kindness Award. AHA Dean of Students Andréa Beyer oversees the selection process.

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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