MARCH 2019
Jennifer Crusco
Communications Assistant

World Language Honor Societies Open Doors to New Members

Demarest, NJ: Students from the Academy of the Holy Angels who excel in their studies of world languages were welcomed into the French, Italian, Latin, and Spanish honor societies at a March 5th induction ceremony.

AHA Principal Jean Miller and the moderators of each of the Academy’s honor societies were on hand to congratulate the 2019 inductees.

Abigail Allport of Englewood, Cassandra Beckmann of Tuxedo (NY), Jacqueline Herera of Alpine, Areanna Pumayugra of West New York, and Alexa Watson of Montvale were invited to join Société Honoraire de Français. Dr. Samira Mady, French teacher and chair of the AHA World Language Department, welcomed these outstanding scholars.

The Società Onoraria Italica now includes Julianna Camporeale of Oradell, Sarah Chavez of Cresskill, Emily Diaz of Ridgefield, Ciara Donegan of Westwood, Isabelle Egan of Oradell, Caitlin Gallahue of Park Ridge, Catherine Henry of Saddle River, Margaret Imperiale of Westwood, Chelsie Lim of Cresskill, Julia Macaluso of Fair Lawn, Isabella Marino of Mahwah, and Valentina Zazzali of Saddle River. Italian teacher Laura Kraytem congratulated each of the inductees.

The newest members of the Societas Latina Honoris are Rachael Boardman of Saddle River, Shannon Garrity of Old Tappan, Meredith Joseph of Suffern (NY), Alexandra Terjanian of River Vale, Peyton Stewart of Harringon Park, Ciara Wacker of Emerson, and Kathryn Welch of Pearl River (NY). Honorees were recognized by Latin teacher Lilah Katz.

The Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica, headed by Spanish teacher Carmen Quiñones, welcomed 42 members. The 2019 inductees are Czarina Alfonso of Clifton, Catherine Bagin and Christina Bagin of Glen Ridge, Nicole Barbaro of Fort Lee, Analily Bozanian of Leonia, Lily Brown of the Township of Washington, Angelina Busetto of Pomona (NY), Catherine Callahan of Tenafly, Ami Cami of Demarest, Kristen Chung of Wyckoff, Jennifer Cooperman of Tappan (NY), Angelique Corales of Fairview, Cassandra Davila of North Bergen, Shannon Dobres of Bergenfield, Juliana Dominguez of North Bergen, Julia Farah of Pearl River (NY), Katherine Gazzini of Ridgewood, Joanna Hablitschek of Fort Lee, Courtney Hairston of Englewood, Samantha Hess of Nutley, Madelyn Holmes of Blauvelt (NY), Shannon Klein of Old Tappan, Julia Labita of Norwood, Myra Lekic of Englewood Cliffs, Xinhui “Linda” Lin of Tenafly, Jennifer Marino of Oradell, Olivia Martinez of Paramus, Genevieve McClean of Nutley, Corey McLaughlin of Demarest, Audrey Miller of Glen Rock, Nataleen Orangian of River Vale, Nora Pav of Westwood, Isabella Pineda of Palisade Park, Lana Pontone of Rockleigh, Victoria Rocker of Cliffside Park, Leah Sanchez of Upper Saddle River, Eungyo “Ivy” Shin of Harrington Park, Jordyn Solages of Chestnut Ridge (NY), Emily Stanzione of Maywood, Ayanah Taneja of Guttenberg, Emily Taufield of Tenafly, and Paulina Yannitsadis of Fair Lawn.

In accordance with AHA tradition, the presidents of all four honor societies were presented with the Jennifer Moran World Languages Excellence & Leadership Award. This year’s recipients include Société Honoraire de Français Co-presidents Camila Correa of Demarest and Olivia Hagopian of Oradell, Società Onoraria Italica President Ava Tirri of Park Ridge, Societas Latina Honoris Co-presidents Sophia Shin of Cresskill and Maggie Kaczmarczyk of Elmwood Park, and Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica President Kirsten Garino of Oradell.

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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