APRIL 2017
Jennifer Crusco
Communications Assistant

Mu Alpha Theta Welcomes AHA Students Who Excel in Mathematics


Demarest, NJ: Forty-eight students from the Academy of the Holy Angels have been inducted into Mu Alpha Theta. This honor society recognizes students who excel in mathematics, one of the pillars of the STREAM curriculum that also highlights science, technology, religion, engineering, and art. 

The 2017 inductees include Elizabeth Abraham of West Nyack (NY), Catherine Bagin of Glen Ridge, Jillian Busetto of Pomona (NY), Nicola Callegari of Upper Saddle River, Yasmine Carter-McTavish of Lodi, Athena Cenname of Garnerville (NY), Hanora Chapman of Ramsey, Haojing Chen* of Paramus, Gabrielle Dugan of Franklin Lakes, Alyssa Fiume of Saddle River, Kirsten Garino* of Oradell, Olivia Hagopian* of Oradell, Aimee Hannoush of Wyckoff, Heidi Hannoush of Wyckoff, Maria Hannoush of Wyckoff, Amanda Hawthorne of River Edge, Palak Hazrati of Little Ferry, Ashley Hess of Cedar Grove, Mackenzie Hughes of Oradell, Maggie Kaczmarczyk of Elmwood Park, Jennifer Kim of Fort Lee, Lauren Kim of Closter, Hoi Lam of Englewood Cliffs, Gabrielle Layne of Upper Saddle River, Gabriella Ligresti of Montebello (NY), Mary Macri of Oradell, Julia Malnak of Montvale, Olivia Mandella of Montvale, Erin Maron of Oradell, Anika Maurer of Tuxedo Park (NY), Lucy McAuliffe of Allendale, Lauren Miszkiewicz of Waldwick, Sofia Nedelkoff of Ramsey, Timea Papp of Hawthorne, Soohyun Park of Tenafly, Aastha Patel of Pine Brook, Samantha Romano of Old Tappan, Maya Sharma of River Vale, Jiayu Shen of Fort Lee, Sophia Shin of Cresskill, Rebecca Sicat of Congers (NY), Amanda Siemsen of Ramsey, Do Yeon Sim of Edgewater, Melina Tidwell Torres of North Arlington, Monica Wittleder of Westwood, Eun Yong Yang* of Cresskill, Emily Yang* of Old Tappan, and Ji Won Yang of Edgewater. (*These students were unable to attend the induction ceremony in person.)

AHA math teacher Pamela Ruschak coordinated the ceremony, which included an official welcome from Mu Alpha Theta Chapter Vice President Mairead Dillon and an address by Chapter President Arianne Rowe. In her comments, Rowe pointed out that math is an integral part of human life. She noted that a girl’s education has a significant impact on society, and posited that those who take math seriously uplift all girls.

Chapter Treasurer Alexis Driscoll and AHA Math Department Chairperson Jovanka DePalma then recognized this year’s inductees.

Joanne Li, the Mu Alpha Theta chapter’s media coordinator, introduced guest speaker Elizabeth Bouvier. A member of the AHA Class of 2000, Bouvier is currently an environmental engineer and director of regulatory compliance at LAN Associates in Midland Park. Bouvier told the students how her love for math had developed into a career in engineering after she heard a civil engineer speak. Bouvier said that using the application of math and science to solve problems seemed like a perfect fit, and went on to obtain Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Stevens Institute of Technology.

“Without math, engineering would not be possible,” she noted. She added that her hope for the honor society’s members is the confidence to know they are smart and capable, and can succeed.

Mu Alpha Theta was established at the University of Oklahoma in 1957 as 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. Students who are part of this society participate in the Study Buddy tutoring program, which pairs them with students who might not otherwise have access to a tutor.

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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