April 2020
Jennifer Crusco
Communications Assistant

Students Celebrate International Week with AHA Spirit

Demarest, NJ: Student leaders from the Academy of the Holy Angels collaborated to ensure that everyone would enjoy International Week (March 30 through April 3) as distance learning continued. Each day, members of the Academy’s various cultural societies contributed to school-wide emails that contained cultural trivia questions, playlists, and recipes.

AHA Diversity Council members Annabel Hazrati and Kayla Pringle coordinated this year’s event. Contributors included members of the AHA Diversity Council, Asian Cultural Society, Gaelic Society, and Black & Hispanic Cultural Society.

“I am so very proud of all the students who came together to pull off our virtual International Week,” said AHA Director of Mission & Ministry Joan Connelly. “This yearly celebration is important to our school community and the students in ACS, BHCS, Gaelic Society, and Diversity Council made it happen. They are living out the theme for the year, ‘Love is the bond that unites us.’” Connelly, who is adviser to the Diversity Council, also distributed the daily emails.

Daily celebrations included Asian Heritage Day (Monday), Gaelic Heritage Day (Tuesday), Hispanic & Spanish Heritage Day (Wednesday), Black Heritage Day (Thursday), and Heritage Day (Friday). This final celebration recognizes all cultures present in the AHA community.

Members of the AHA Asian Cultural Society challenged everyone to recall that the toothbrush is an Asian innovation, and the fact that there are 7,641 islands in the Philippines. On Black Heritage Day, the school community remembered that Alexa Irene Canady was the first female African-American neurosurgeon.

Students also provided recipes so everyone can create treats including a Filipino dessert made with coconut milk, empanadas, and apple pie.

Students who contributed to this year’s virtual International Week include: Emma Stoecklein, Kelly Wu, and Lauren Chin -- Asian Cultural Society; Deirdre James and Maura Sheehan -- Gaelic Cultural Society; and Gabriela Sandoval and Taliah Brisard -- Black & Hispanic Cultural Society. Members of the AHA Diversity Council who specifically volunteered to help with this celebration include: Kayla Pringle, Jasmin Prophete, Annabel Hazrati, Natasha Dhanrajani, Brigid Miller, Adriana Santos, Amrita Raval, Lizelle Bacolod, Cameryn Lindsay, and Chaelin Park.

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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