December 2018
Jennifer Crusco
Communications Assistant

Quintana Named AHA’s 2019 Governor’s School Candidate

Demarest, NJ: Liliette Quintana has been named the Academy of the Holy Angels’ candidate for the 2019 Governor’s School in the Sciences. Quintana was chosen from multiple AHA juniors who expressed interest in attending the prestigious GSS program. This Midland Park resident will now begin the detailed application process.

GSS candidates are evaluated on their academic performance, standardized test scores, extracurricular activities, a series of essays, and teacher recommendations. Programs are tuition-free, since funding is provided by private and corporate sponsors. Successful applicants are notified of their selection in the spring. The three-week 2019 GSS will be held at Drew University in Madison, and will feature college-level research projects.

Quintana plans to earn college degrees in biology and neuroscience before entering medical school.

In the spring of 2019, she will travel to the University of Oxford as part of the Oxbridge Study Abroad Program to participate in AHA’s tailor-made critical thinking and oral presentation courses at Pembroke College.

At Holy Angels, Quintana maintains a solid grade point average and is regularly named to the Principal’s List and Honor Roll. As a member of the Spanish Honor Society, she has helped raise funds for hurricane relief in Puerto Rico. She recently received a Bronze Award for her work on the National Spanish Exam. Since 2014, she has been taking weekly classes at the ALCE, an international school of Spanish language and culture. She is now taking Advanced Placement Spanish at Holy Angels, and volunteers as a peer tutor.

She is presently vice president of Angels in Anatomy and the AHA Model United Nations Team. Angels in Anatomy allows students who are drawn to careers in health care to participate in relevant activities, including include dissections. Club members also welcome guest speakers who work in health-related professions.

Model UN members conduct in-depth research into international policies and participate in student conferences, such as the Harvard Model UN and the Dalton Model UN. Quintana has linked her Model UN research to her personal interest in science by focusing on international policies that relate to science and technology.

As a participant in Columbia University’s Earth2Class Workshop, Quintana explores earth science at the Lamont-Doherty Observatory. She also has an interest in marine biology.

This Angel plays the piano and guitar, and is a clarinetist for the AHA Orchestra. She sings with the AHA Concert Choir and the Music Makers, a group that performs at school-based liturgies and events.

In her free time, this multi-faceted teen enjoys drawing, sailing, ice skating, and swimming. She is a member of the Ridgewood Art Institute, and works as a lifeguard and swimming teacher at the YWCA of Bergen County. Quintana’s volunteer activities include teaching swimming and ice skating to individuals with special needs. As a member of Blankets for Linus at AHA, she makes blankets for children who are experiencing difficult circumstances.

Maya Sharma of River Vale, a member of the AHA Class of 2019, attended the GSS held at Drew in 2018.

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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