September 2018
Jennifer Crusco
Communications Assistant

Local Teen Experiences Yale Young Global Scholars Program

Demarest, NJ: Gaining an Ivy League education is a dream come true, and one that Academy of the Holy Angels junior Kayla Pringle has realized well before her high school graduation. This summer, Pringle attended the pre-collegiate Yale Young Global Scholars program, where she participated in the two-week Frontiers in Science and Technology course.

The program included lectures by various professors, who covered topics from global warming to technological developments that mitigate humans’ impact on the environment.

“I also had to come up with a new and innovative idea on how 3-D printing could be used in a way that hasn't already been done, and came up with the idea of Carbomorph helmets with my fellow group members,” the Suffern, New York, resident said.

“Carbomorph is a newly invented material that can be 3-D printed and is electrically conductive, so it can be used to create motorcycle helmets with sensors to make them able to have functions such as impact sensors and location trackers in case of emergencies.”

She and her group then presented their concept to a small audience.

This was not Pringle’s first time working with 3-D technology. At Holy Angels, she is an officer of Angels Enable, a school-based group that 3-D prints functional prosthetic hands.

The highly-selective Yale Young Global Scholars program was established in 2005 as Ivy Scholars, a pre-college enrichment opportunity. In 2012, the name was updated to incorporate the program’s international ties. Pringle reported that she studied and worked with peers from India, Brazil, Canada, China, and many other nations. Yale offers multiple sessions, which cover international affairs, sustainable development, politics, and more.

“I had an amazing time, and felt like I learned an immense amount!” Pringle reported.

Over the summer, Pringle also represented Holy Angels at the 2018 Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Conference. As a HOBY participant, she became involved with Project Linus, an organization whose volunteers make blankets for children in difficult circumstances. Next summer, Pringle hopes to become a HOBY junior staff member.

At Holy Angels, Pringle is a member of the Society of Women Engineers, and assistant captain of AngelBots, the school’s robotics club. She is known for her inspirational attitude, which earned her the Sister Catherine Green Kindness Award. Her care and compassion are evident through her work with the Dean’s Council, Journey Toward Justice, the Diversity Council, the Black and Hispanic Cultural Society, and the Animal Rights Committee.

This multi-faceted young woman is also a varsity fencer, peer tutor, award-winning songwriter, and a talented vocalist and cellist. She is a member of the AHA Orchestra, and an officer of JOY, Joining Old and Young, a group that performs concerts at assisted living residences. She also contributes her vocal talents at school liturgies as part of the AHA Music Makers. She is a member of the Tri-M (music) Honor Society and the French Honor Society. She has been named to the Principal’s List for her outstanding grade point average.

Beyond AHA, Pringle is a Gifted Child Society ambassador and participant in the Teen Leadership in Rockland program. She regularly works with People to People to provide Thanksgiving meals for people in need.

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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