October 2019
Jennifer Crusco
Communications Assistant

Students from Holy Angels Attend International Day of the Girl

Demarest, NJ: Over 40 students from the Academy of the Holy Angels visited the United Nations on the Eighth Annual International Day of the Girl.

Sister Beatriz Martinez-Garcia, SSND, director of the School Sisters of Notre Dame’s United Nations Non-governmental Organization Office, arranged for AHA students to attend this special event in New York City. The SSNDs founded and sponsor Holy Angels, and are registered with the UN as an NGO, a connection that allows Angels to observe and participate in a variety of UN-based programs.

Performers and contributors shared stories about girls on nearly every continent. Contributors included representatives from Afghanistan, Australia, Brazil, Cameroon, Cote D’Ivoire, India, Kenya, Lebanon, Mexico, Mozambique, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Singapore, South Africa, Uganda, the United States of America, Uzbekistan, and the United Kingdom. Topics ranged from immigration, education, and leadership to violence, health, and sanitation.

This annual celebration was established through the UN General Assembly’s 2011 adoption of Resolution 66/170, which designated a day that showcases young female leaders and explores ways to better the lives of girls everywhere. The first International Day of the Girl was held in October of 2012.

AHA students who attended this event included Olivia Arrigoitia of Dumont; Madeline Barone and Sarah Norell of Tenafly; Zeida Ben-Fredj and Giselle Martin of Bergenfield; Taliah Brisard, Courtney Hairston, and Cameryn Lindsay of Englewood; Patricia Coleman of New City, New York; Camila Correa of Demarest; Cassandra Davila and Jeziah Rodriguez of North Bergen; Natasha Dhanrajani of Bardonia, New York; Claire Dodds of Cresskill; Colleen Driscoll, Isabelle Egan, and Victoria Thomas of Oradell; Diana Esoldi and Camilla Scherrer of Englewood Cliffs; Katherine Gazzini of Ridgewood; Abrianna Gutierrez of Hamburg; Daniella Hernandez of Northvale; Ria Jani of Haworth; Grace Labruno of Nutley; Carol Laux of Westwood; Ariana Layne of Upper Saddle River; Emily LeHane and Dylan Vonderhorst of Pearl River, New York; Donatella Leon and Victoria Rocker of Cliffside Park; Olivia Martinez of Paramus; Julia Mohr of Maywood; Maureen Murray of Norwood; Montserrat Nicasio of West New York; Alexandra Olives of Ridgefield Park; Janella Osbourne of Teaneck; Valeria Pernicone of New Milford; Kayla Pringle of Suffern, New York; Jasmin Prophete of Holmdel; Camille Rivas of Guttenberg; and Gabriela Sandoval of the Township of Washington.

Chaperones included AHA Social Studies Department Chair Gail Fair, social studies teacher Jennifer Cucchisi, Religious Studies Department Chair Carol Fay, and Director of Mission and Ministry Joan Connelly.

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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