October 2019
Jennifer Crusco
Communications Assistant

Open House Draws Over 650 Visitors to Holy Angels

Demarest, NJ: More than 650 visitors toured the Academy of the Holy Angels during the October Open House. This was one of the Academy’s largest events in recent years, and included a well-attended reception for legacy families.

Angel Ambassadors discussed various aspects of student life, including the new schedule and stress-busting Wellness Wednesday activities, as they presented guided tours of the campus.

President Melinda Hanlon and Principal Jean Miller addressed the visiting families at the formal presentation. Attendees filled the auditorium’s main seating area and the balcony.

Miller provided an overview of the many programs available to Holy Angels students, including international travel for cultural exploration and education. She highlighted the Academy’s morals-laden education and STREAM curriculum, which integrates science, technology, religion, engineering, art, and mathematics.

“Our school is special, but it’s not exclusive; it’s inclusive,” Miller said. “We accept students who want to be here and want to learn.” She added, “Our young women give their all to the community. They give us hope.”

The presentation also included brief speeches by freshman Caroline Dupas of Pearl River, New York, and senior Katherine Gazzini of Ridgewood.

Dupas noted that she had not been considering a Catholic high school, but decided to visit Holy Angels. She enjoyed the experience, and decided to become an Angel for a Day. After attending this student shadow program, Dupas said she felt a sense of belonging and knew she wanted to be an Angel. She decided to challenge herself in AHA’s supportive environment, and has already become involved with Model UN, Middle Ground, AHA Orchestra, and MEDS (a group of students who are interested in medical careers). Dupas said she recently met her Big Sister, a member of the junior class, and looks forward to spending time with her.

Gazzini also said she never planned to attend AHA, but decided to take a risk.

“I would consider it the greatest decision I’ve ever made,” Gazzini said of coming to Holy Angels.

She spoke about the academic and personal growth she has enjoyed, commenting on the Academy’s excellent educational opportunities, including Advanced Placement courses, and the school’s unrivaled extracurricular activities. Gazzini is a member of the AHA Debate Team, which is ranked #2 in the league. She is also active with Model UN and the AHA Concert Choir and Vocal Ensemble. In the spring, she and her peers from the choir will perform at Lincoln Center with other invited choral groups from across the nation.

Throughout the Open House, students generously demonstrated their talents in instrumental and vocal music, dance, theater, robotics, engineering, and more. Faculty members discussed displays and demos, and answered questions about their various programs.

“We already received several emails from families and a nice amount of paper surveys with RAVE reviews,” AHA Admissions Director Michèle McGovern reported the day after the event.

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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