JUNE 2018
Jennifer Crusco
Communications Assistant

Trio of Teens Recognized for Respectful and Kind Demeanors

Demarest, NJ: Three respectful, caring teens who enhance the atmosphere at the Academy of the Holy Angels have received the Sister Catherine Green Kindness Award. Olivia Martinez, a freshman from Paramus; Samantha Hess, a sophomore from Nutley; and Olivia Hagopian, a junior from Oradell, were recognized for their exceptional demeanors and their ability to inspire others.

Martinez is known as someone who can make others smile, even when they are not having the best day. One friend described Martinez as a person who is “genuinely kind and truly cares about everyone.”

Martinez makes other people’s well-being a priority, and encourages her friends to have faith in themselves.

Hess was recognized for being kind and respectful, and for scrupulously avoiding negative conversations.

“She treats all people with the same immense amount of compassion and friendliness, regardless of how close she is with them,” a classmate said of Hess.

Another friend wrote, “I have seen her actively stand up to people who are speaking poorly about others and excuse herself from conversations that turn into gossip. She is incredibly kind and most deserving of this award.”

Hagopian’s peers describe her as a sweet, considerate person who devotes her full attention to others. Her helpful, welcoming attitude led one student to write, “I know I can go to her with anything.”

Another classmate said, “She always makes me feel better when I am stressed. I have never heard her speak badly of anyone.”

The Sister Catherine Green Kindness Awards are presented quarterly. Recipients must demonstrate exceptional, inspirational attitudes. The Academy’s students, faculty, and staff submit nominations to AHA Dean of Students Andréa Beyer, who oversees the selection process.

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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