Jennifer Crusco
Communications Assistant

Sophomores to Cultivate Leadership Talents at HOBY Seminar

Demarest, NJ: This June, an assembly of some the area’s finest student leaders will attend the 2018 Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar at Kean University. Among them will be Academy of the Holy Angels’ representatives Kayla Pringle of Suffern, New York, and Angelina Busetto of Pomona, New York. Morgan Morrissey of Saddle River is AHA’s alternate representative.

In addition to being named a HOBY representative, Pringle has been accepted into the Teen Leadership in Rockland program through Cornell University. She is involved in numerous activities at AHA, including fencing, Animal Rights Committee, Society of Women Engineers, Angels Enable, JOY (Joining Old and Young), Black and Hispanic Cultural Society, Robotics Club, and Dean's Council. She is a cellist for the AHA Orchestra, a member of both Festival Choir and Music Makers, and a member of the Tri-M Honor Society for musicians. Pringle is a peer tutor, and has received the Sister Catherine Green Kindness Award for her exemplary, inspirational attitude.

Busetto’s many activities include Debate Team, Model UN, Academy Orchestra, Project Greenhouse, Robotics Club, Forensics Club, and Powerback Club. She is also involved with Student Council, where she is currently president of the sophomore class. Within her community, Busetto is an altar server at Our Lady of Mercy, where she has also participated in Summer Vacation Bible School, Family Promise Homeless Shelter, and Covenant House Cardboard City Sleep Out. She studies tap dancing at Coupe Theatre Studio, and plays volleyball for PVA Volleyball and for the AHA Varsity Volleyball Team.

Morrissey is a member of Student Council, the Academy Orchestra, Operation Smile, Model UN, Middle States Planning Team, AHA Voice, and Debate Team. She volunteers as a peer tutor, and plays tennis during the fall. Morrissey is also a writer for Saddle River Magazine. She recently earned a ninth place finish on the National French Exam, and has been named to the Principal’s List for her outstanding grade point average.

“HOBY Leadership Seminars happen to be particularly fitting for our Angels as the seminars are based on a Social Change Model of Leadership,” said AHA Principal Jean Mullooly. “This type of leadership challenges individuals to effect change in areas of personal empowerment, collaboration, and social justice, which are all skills that we value and instill in our students through our own curriculum. HOBY enables students to deepen the skills they are learning here at Holy Angels every day.”

AHA College Counselor Jennifer Trubac reported that a record 20 Holy Angels sophomores submitted HOBY applications to the Academy’s College Counseling Office this year. Each applicant was required to submit a registration form, a resume, and a 100-word essay about the rewards and challenges of being a leader at school and within the community.

According to the HOBY website (, 10,000 high school sophomores who demonstrate leadership talents are invited to attend one of 70 state-level seminars each year. Participants are encouraged to develop and apply their skills so they can become more effective leaders in settings that range from their homes to society as a whole.

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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