September 2018
Jennifer Crusco
Communications Assistant

Teen Leaders Gain Inspiration at HOBY Seminar

Demarest, NJ: Kayla Pringle and Angelina Busetto recently represented the Academy of the Holy Angels at the 2018 Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar. Although they were not members of the same teams during the convocation at Kean University, both young women have expressed a desire to return to HOBY as junior staff members in 2019.

“My HOBY experience was wonderful!” Pringle said, adding that she was greeted with a wave of kindness and excitement. “I loved the extremely positive attitude and felt nothing but encouraged to follow all of my dreams.”

As she was introduced to multiple non-profit organizations, Pringle was drawn to Project Linus, whose volunteers create no-sew blankets for children in need. After beginning her junior year at AHA, this Suffern, New York, resident launched Blankets for Linus, a club that contributes to the larger organization and reflects Pringle’s commitment to extend HOBY’s positive influence.

This summer, Pringle also attended the highly-selective Yale Young Global Scholars Program held at Yale. In addition, she is part of the Teen Leadership in Rockland program through Cornell University. At Holy Angels, she is involved with fencing, Animal Rights Committee, Society of Women Engineers, Angels Enable, JOY (Joining Old and Young), Black and Hispanic Cultural Society, Robotics Club, Dean's Council, and the new Diversity 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 young musicians. Pringle is a peer tutor, and has received the Sister Catherine Green Kindness Award for her exemplary, inspirational attitude.

Busetto, who resides in Pomona, New York, described HOBY as a life-changing experience.

“Through the conference I learned so much about myself, and was so impacted by the speakers who came to talk with us, as well as all the people who surrounded me throughout the weekend. The friendships that I created from this experience are ones that will last a lifetime,” Busetto said. “It was amazing to see the next generation of people who will be changing our world and all that they have in mind to impact others.” 

At Holy Angels, Busetto is president of the junior class. She plays alto saxophone for the school orchestra, and was recently accepted to Tri-M. She is co-captain of the AHA Debate Team, and participated in this year’s Harvard Model UN Conference. Busetto is a member of Mu Alpha Theta, a national honor society that recognizes students who excel in mathematics. In addition, she earned a bronze medal for her performance on the National Spanish Exam. She is affiliated with Project Greenhouse, Robotics Club, Forensics Club, and Powerback Club. 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 for PVA Volleyball and the AHA Varsity Volleyball Team. Her athletic endeavors at AHA earned her Big North Conference Second Team All-Division honors.

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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