JUNE 2018
Jennifer Crusco
Communications Assistant

Writers Share Their Craft at 20th Annual Poetry & Prose Reading

Demarest, NJ: Faith, love, stress, and the glory of bread shared by children in their Mexican grandmother’s kitchen were a few of the topics highlighted at the Academy of the Holy Angels’ 20th Annual Poetry & Prose Reading. Multiple students generously shared their work, which demonstrated their distinct voices.

Nancy Schneberger, chair of the AHA English Department, introduced her students. She commented on the remarkable miracle of language, and the importance of good writing, which ultimately becomes a bridge.

This year’s readers included Czarina Alfonso, Karina Berberian, Camila Correa, Sam Gangi, Katie Gazzini, Abrianna Gutierrez, Samantha Herrera, Daniella Hernandez, Irene Kim, Grace McGraw, Katie Miceli, Angela Romanos, Kelly Unanue, Jaden Urso, and Grace Winiarski.

The writers experimented with various writing styles, including the cento, a poem that incorporates lines from other works to forge a piece with a new meaning. One student created a work that could be read top-down and bottom-up. Themes included memories of a former residence, family traditions, relationships, and the question of what might have happened if the writer had put her fear aside when she met a friend at the movie theater.

Each evocative piece was clearly written with thought and emotion, and all of the readers drew appreciative applause from the audience.

This summer, girls who will be entering grades six through nine will explore their creative potential through AHA’s Angels U program. Participants will select “majors” that range from the performing arts, fine arts, and dance to science and math, engineering and technology, and leadership skill building. Angels U will be held from July 9th through 20th on the AHA campus in Demarest. Visit for details.

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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