February 2019
Jennifer Crusco
Communications Assistant

Kindness Awards Are ‘Valentines’ from the Holy Angels Community

Demarest, NJ: Academy of the Holy Angels students Alana Pomponio, Kaitlyn Guintu, and Cristiana Callegari have received the Sister Catherine Green Kindness Award. Although these awards are presented each quarter, this round represented a special Valentine’s Day message for each recipient.

Pomponio, a sophomore from Nutley, is described as “the definition of a sweetheart.” She was nominated for helping to improve other people’s days by “doing the little things that matter to many of us.”

Guintu was recognized for her caring, compassionate, and positive attitude. This junior from Englewood tries to help others see the positive aspects of their situations. One person said Guintu’s actions constantly bring joy to others.
Callegari was nominated for being the embodiment of what being a Holy Angels student should be.

“She cares more for others than for herself, and her uplifting spirit fills the halls of AHA,” a friend said of this senior from Upper Saddle River. “I find myself working to be a better person just to match the kindness that comes so naturally to her.”

Kindness Awards are presented to Holy Angels students whose actions and attitudes inspire others. AHA Dean of Students Andréa Beyer accepts nominations from members of the school community, and the honorees are chosen by the administration.

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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