Jennifer Crusco
Communications Assistant


Kindness Matters at the Academy of the Holy Angels

Demarest, NJ: A friendly, giving spirit will get you everywhere at the Academy of the Holy Angels, where four students just earned the Sister Catherine Green Kindness Award for encouraging, supporting, and inspiring others.

Kayla Pringle, Samantha Romano, Jaya Sharma, and Demitria “Demi” Poulos received this special honor during a recent assembly. As the winners stepped up to the stage, they were greeted by enthusiastic cheers and applause from the school community.

Kayla is a freshman from Suffern, New York who received multiple nominations for being thoughtful, supportive, and trustworthy. Her many acts of kindness include lending a hand to another student who was having issues with other friendships. Kayla’s peers find her positive attitude and sense of humor uplifting. 

“She truly cares about others,” one student said of Kayla. Another peer said Kayla “makes school fun and makes sure that her friends aren’t too overwhelmed.”

Samantha, a resident of Old Tappan, was recognized for her willingness to go out of her way for others. One classmate described this sophomore as someone who “cares for all of her friends and does anything for them.”

Samantha’s peers also appreciate her humor and her generous help clarifying the principles of geometry.

Jaya, a junior from River Vale, is known for her ready smile and willingness to help others. One of her peers acknowledged Jaya’s extensive work with the freshmen members of the AHA Debate Team. Another classmate remarked that Jaya “is always complimenting others and motivates me to be a better person.”

Demi, a senior from Englewood, is described as a sweet, genuine, and positive person. One student commented that Demi’s patience and commitment to helping others are particularly evident in group settings.

“She is always smiling and never fails to say hello to me,” another peer said.

The Sister Catherine Green Kindness Award is presented quarterly to one student from each grade. Any member of the AHA community, including students, faculty, and staff, may nominate a student who demonstrates an inspirational spirit of kindness. Dean of Students Andréa Beyer oversees the nomination process.

Since 1879, thousands of women have passed through the portals of Academy of the Holy Angels high school, the oldest private girls’ school in New Jersey. 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. Our goal is to provide each girl 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 giving service to others.

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