December 2018
Jennifer Crusco
Communications Assistant

Teen Remains Committed to Empower, Lead, & Excel

Demarest, NJ:The 2018 Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar was life-changing for Kayla Pringle, who exemplifies the HOBY credo of “empower, lead, and excel” at the Academy of the Holy Angels. Recently, Pringle was invited to return to HOBY as a junior staff member in June 2019.

“Being on the junior staff for HOBY will require me not only to help with the facilitation of activities, but also with the behind the scenes setup, which means I may be required to help plan activities and set them up,” the AHA junior explained.

Pringle was eager to apply for the junior staff post. “I want to do all that I can to ensure that people have an amazing experience, just like I did,” she explained.

Pringle was so motivated by HOBY that she established Project Linus at AHA. This club makes blankets for children who are experiencing difficult circumstances. A few days ago, Pringle personally delivered three student-made blankets to the designated drop-off.

“It was wonderful seeing so many people come together to create blankets for children. I was truly happy,” Pringle said of the Project Linus volunteers who convened just after Thanksgiving.

Pringle’s busy summer also included a trip to Connecticut, where she attended the pre-collegiate Yale Young Global Scholars program. The Suffern, New York, teen spent two weeks participating in the Frontiers in Science and Technology course. The program included lectures by professors who spoke about global warming and technological developments that mitigate humans’ impact on the environment.

During the program at Yale, Pringle and her peers developed a concept for a Carbomorph helmet. She explained that Carbomorph is a newly invented material that can be 3-D printed and is electrically conductive. Pringle’s team determined that this substance could be used to create motorcycle helmets with impact sensors and location trackers.

Pringle is well-versed in 3-D printing. She is an officer of Angels Enable, an AHA-based group that uses the school’s 3-D printer to create functional prosthetic hands.

She is also involved with the AHA Society of Women Engineers and the AHA Robotics Club (AngelBots). She is a caring young woman, who has earned the Sister Catherine Green Kindness Award in recognition of her inspirational kindness. She works with the Dean’s Council, Journey Toward Justice, the Diversity Council, the Black and Hispanic Cultural Society, and the Animal Rights Committee.

In November, she attended an anti-gun violence conference sponsored by the School Sisters of Notre Dame, AHA’s founders and sponsors.

Pringle is also a varsity fencer, peer tutor, award-winning songwriter, and a talented vocalist and cellist. She is a member of the AHA Orchestra, and an officer of Joining Old and Young, a group that performs concerts at assisted living residences. She sings at school liturgies with the AHA Music Makers. Pringle is a member of the Tri-M (music) Honor Society and the French Honor Society. She has been named to the Principal’s List for her outstanding grade point average.

Within the greater community, Pringle is a Gifted Child Society ambassador and participant in the Teen Leadership in Rockland program. She regularly works with People to People to provide Thanksgiving meals for people in need.

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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