MARCH 2018
Jennifer Crusco
Communications Assistant

Math Honor Society Hosts ‘Pi Day’ Induction Event

Demarest, NJ: The savvy mathematicians at the Academy of the Holy Angels organized a Pi Day event to welcome this year’s Mu Alpha Theta (Math Honor Society) inductees. Thirty-four students were honored on March 14, when math aficionados around the world celebrate pi (3.14, etc.), the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. Although pi continues infinitely, without apparent pattern or repetition, this figure also represents the order of a circle.

During the orderly ceremony at AHA, Mu Alpha Theta Chapter Vice President Aprile Bertomo of Bergenfield welcomed those in attendance, and led the Mathematician Prayer. Treasurer Sydney Otis of Upper Saddle River presented the 2018 inductees, including Czarina Alfonso of Clifton, Sophie Anderson of Mahwah, Christina Bagin of Glen Ridge, Nicole Barbaro of Fort Lee, Angelina Busetto of Pomona (NY), Lilly Chacon of Chestnut Ridge (NY), Kristen Chung of Wyckoff, Bridget Clark of Old Tappan, Camila Correa of Demarest, Shannon Dobres of Bergenfield, Grace Flynn of Oradell, Sarah Folk of Old Tappan, Kaitlyn Guintu of Englewood, Madelyn Holmes of Blauvelt (NY), Irene Kim of River Vale, Audrey Lee of Demarest, Olivia Leonard of Hoboken, Hannah Li of Northvale, Sophia Luongo of Upper Saddle River, Grace McGraw of Blauvelt (NY), Kathryn McGraw of Blauvelt (NY), Corey McLaughlin of Demarest, Tatiana Mesrobian of Englewood Cliffs, Morgan Morrissey of Saddle River, Nataleen Orangian of River Vale, Emily Pintarelli of River Vale, Julianna Pomarico of Hasbrouck Heights, Lana Pontone of Rockleigh, Natalie Quinn of Dumont, Joanna Scorese of Mahwah, Ayanah Taneja of Guttenberg, Emily Taufield of Tenafly, Ava Tirri of Park Ridge, and Olivia Yun of Closter. Quinn and Taneja were not in attendance.

Mu Alpha Theta Media Coordinator Isabella Cho, a resident of Demarest, presented the inductees with their certificates and pins, which Monica Wittleder of Westwood, the honor society’s president, urged the inductees to treasure. Wittleder noted that the pins symbolize the hard work each honoree has invested in her math classes. She also urged her fellow Angels to consider future careers that hinge on their current interest in mathematics.

“No matter how hard you try, you cannot escape math,” Wittleder observed.

Mu Alpha Theta Faculty Moderator Pamela Ruschak also announced the top scorers on the AMC12 test, including Amy Hannoush of Wyckoff, Ruiqui “Cynthia” Zhang of Ridgefield, and Aprile Bertomo. Katherine Gazzini of Ridgewood earned the top score on the AMC10. Ruschak also thanked Jiwoon “Ashley” Yoon and Hoi Lam of Englewood Cliffs for coordinating the chapter’s tutoring outreach.

Mu Alpha Theta recognizes students who excel in mathematics, a key component of AHA’s STREAM curriculum, which also highlights science, technology, religion, engineering, and art. Established at the University of Oklahoma in 1957, Mu Alpha Theta is a national organization for high school and junior college students. The organization hosts a national convention each year and provides various scholarships, grants, and awards. Society members participate in the Study Buddy tutoring program, which pairs them with students who might not otherwise have access to a tutor.

The afternoon induction ceremony was attended by many supporters, including AHA Math Department Chairperson Jovanka DePalma, math teachers Jing Loo and Sheila Wroblewski, and a host of family members.

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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