November 2018
Jennifer Crusco
Communications Assistant

Rho Kappa Welcomes AHA Students Who Excel in Social Studies

Demarest, NJ: Each year, the Academy of the Holy Angels’ Alice Paul Chapter of the Rho Kappa Social Studies Honor Society opens its ranks to students who excel in social studies and community service. On November 13th, 40 such scholars became members of this national organization.

Inductees include Isabel Asencio and Lucy McAuliffe of Allendale; Caroline Bruder of Hoboken; Cristiana and Nicola Callegari of Upper Saddle River; Eva Cami of Demarest; Megan Czvekus, Amanda Hawthorne, Ernestine Klecz, and Caroline Tolin of River Edge; Samantha Danylchuk of Mahwah; Kaitlin Genovese of Englewood; Aimee, Heidi, and Maria Hannoush of Wyckoff; Ashley Hess of Cedar Grove; Kirsten Garino, Mackenzie Hughes, and Caroline Staff of Oradell; Katarina Katzarov of Clifton; Lauren Kim of Closter; Victoria Lakowski, Rianna LeHane, and Erin Loftus of Pearl River, New York; Sasha Leys of Tappan, New York; Gabriella Ligresti of Montebello, New York; Anna Victoria Lithgow, Giulia Marinuzzi, and Tatiana Mesrobian of Englewood Cliffs; Sofia Lopez of Little Ferry; Abigail Lovatt of Wood-Ridge; Timea Papp of Hawthorne; Aastha Patel of Pine Brook; Emily Pintarelli of River Vale; Natalie Quinn of Dumont; Victoria Robinson of Emerson; Samantha Romano of Old Tappan; Amanda Siemsen of Ramsey; Gillian van der Have of West Nyack, New York; and Amy (Eun Yong) Yang of Cresskill.

AHA Social Studies Department Chairperson Gail Fair led the ceremony, which is filled with symbols. In fact, “Rho Kappa” refers to head and hand, a reminder that knowledge must be accompanied by service. Students who take the Rho Kappa oath promise to serve AHA and the greater community, stating that “true scholars of the social studies lead by example.”

The National Council for the Social Studies established Rho Kappa in 2011. When AHA established its chapter in 2012, the organization was named for Alice Paul, who fought for women’s suffrage. Since the Academy’s first inductees were honored in 2013, every Rho Kappa member from AHA has received a yellow rose pin, a remembrance of the flowers worn by those who supported Paul’s cause.

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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