October 2018
Jennifer Crusco
Communications Assistant

Sister Nonna Dunphy Scholarship Finalists and Semi-finalists Honored

Demarest, NJ: Six students from the Academy of the Holy Angels have earned 2018-19 Sister Nonna Dunphy Scholarships. This year’s finalists are seniors Kirsten Garino of Oradell and Olivia Mandella of Montvale, juniors Shannon Dobres of Bergenfield and Katherine Gazzini of Ridgewood, and sophomores Emma DeMarco of South Nyack (NY) and Brigid Miller of Pearl River (NY).

Semi-finalists include seniors Ashley Hess of Cedar Grove and Timea Papp of Hawthorne, juniors Sophia Luongo of Upper Saddle River and Joanna Scorese of Mahwah, and sophomores Colleen Driscoll of Oradell, Mary Quimbo of Woodcliff Lake, and Kimberly Pienkawa of Upper Nyack (NY).

All of the finalists and semi-finalists were recognized at AHA’s October 19th Foundation Day celebration. This annual event marks the anniversary of the establishment of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, AHA’s foundresses and sponsors.

Each year, two seniors, two juniors, and two sophomores receive $1,000 scholarship awards named for AHA’s foundress, Sister Nonna Dunphy. Finalists are selected based on academic achievement, leadership, character, service, and an interview conducted by the Scholarship Committee.

The S. Nonna Dunphy Scholarship was established by the AHA Board of Trustees during the 1990-91 academic year, when AHA was celebrating the 25th anniversary of the school’s move to Demarest.

On October 2, 1879, when she and Sister Cyrilla Geifel signed the contract for the Fort Lee, New Jersey, property that was AHA’s home until 1965, S. Nonna reportedly had just $20 in her pocket. Born in Ireland in 1840, S. Nonna died in Fort Lee in 1931.

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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