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February 2020
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NJ Regiment Sends Signed 50-Star Field to Supporters at AHA

Demarest, NJ: A simple care package can mean the world to a soldier serving far from home. Members of the 114th Infantry of the New Jersey Army National Guard were so grateful for the support they received from the Academy of the Holy Angels that they responded by sending a 50-star field panel made by Annin Flagmakers. The field was signed by the regiment while they were serving in Qatar in 2019.

AHA’s Angels for Veterans group and the AHA Basketball Team helped raise funds for Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon, a volunteer-run non-profit based in Fair Lawn. AaSP (aasp.vet) uses donations to send healthy snacks, coffee, exercise kits, and other items to deployed troops.

AHA Registrar Angela Kunz is moderator of Angels for Veterans. Members include Jacqueline Hoffman of Leonia, sisters Jacqueline and Victoria Herera of Alpine, and Ariana Layne, who is also a varsity basketball player. 

AHA Basketball Coach Susan Liddy explained that the varsity basketball team promoted the cause by playing in the AaSP Tournament held at Cresskill High School.

“Mike McCourt, who is the head coach at Cresskill, was in charge of the whole thing. The JV players helped out,” Liddy explained. “We all worked together to make this happen -- the Angels for Veterans and the basketball team.”

In addition to Layne, varsity basketball players who participated in the AaSP Tournament include Co-captains Maureen Murray of Norwood and Corey McLaughlin of Demarest, Maura Bednarcik of New Milford, Allison Bart of Upper Saddle River, Ciara Donegan of Westwood, Emily Danahy and Anna Tenaglia of Oradell, Caelan McHugh of Sparkill (NY), Giovanna Corbisiero of Franklin Lakes, Suzanna Odusote of North Haledon, and Katherine Gallagher of Wyckoff.

JV players include Co-captains Catherine Geraghty of Allendale, Amanda Bonilla of Bergenfield, and Claire Cook of Palisades, New York; Grace Koustas of Fort Lee, Christina Stathatos and Catherine Tuohy of Cresskill, Camila Latinsky-Ortiz of Engelwood, Raffaela Manoy of New Milford, Jaqueline LaMastra of Tenafly, Caterina Cardamone of Glen Rock, Micayla McMahon of Norwood, Kyra Sapontzis of Park Ridge, and Cecilia Yun of Closter.

Working together, the Angels raised funds for AaSP by organizing a bake sale and a Jeans Pass. Jeans Pass events allow participants dress down on a designated day in exchange for a donation to a fundraiser.

The 50-star field will now be framed and proudly displayed at Holy Angels. 

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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