November 2017

Cellist Excels

Sophomore Erin Yang, the cellist with AHA's Tri-M String Quartet, recently won first prize in the Third Manhattan International Music Competition.

Voice & Vision

Aprile Bertomo, a member of the Class of 2018, has won the local Voice of Democracy essay contest sponsored by the Bergenfield Veterans of Foreign Wars. Her essay was chosen from 175 entries, and has been forwarded to the district level of the VOD competition. The national winner will receive a $30,000 college scholarship. Bergenfield VFW Quartermaster John Smith visited AHA to present Aprile with a certificate and a monetary award. Looking on is AHA Principal Jean Mullooly.

Making History

On National Signing Day 2017, a record number of AHA athletes made the commitment to play Division 1 college sports. Pictured seated are Elena Pulanco, who earned a full scholarship to play basketball at Wofford College; Kelly Sim, who will play golf at Northwestern; and Caroline McGann and Tara Lyons, both of whom will participate in track and field at Bucknell. Standing are Coach Sue Liddy, Coach Patrick Dunne, and Coach Howard Schuman.

Inductees Named

Congratulations to the members of the Class of 2018 who have been inducted into the Alice Paul Chapter of the Rho Kappa Social Studies Honor Society. This year’s inductees include Jessica Boccassini, Elizabeth Braun, Jill Canavari, Haojing Chen, Isabella Cresci, Kyra Cseh, Teagan Cunningham, Grace Diaz, Molly Doyle, Tyara Estrada, Cassandra Keith Garcia, Julianna Gentile, Sophia Georgiou, Kristen Gil, Kaitlyn Gillies, Sakura Kagawa-Ferraro, Eleanor Kim, Iris Knowles, Hoi Lam, Jennifer McGann, Kathleen Miceli, Rhiannon Novelli, Danielle O’Connor, Hayoon (“Ashley”) Park, Laura Pesanello, Elena Pulanco, Rhiannon Reilly, Sara Rivoir, Angela Romanos, Danielle Sanchez, Ayse Seker, Samantha Sivulka, Anya Skae, Caroline Sommers, and Sofia Urquiola.

Celebrated Coach

Howard Schuman, the Academy’s track and cross country coach since 2007, has been inducted into the AHA Athletic Hall of Fame. Since he joined AHA, his student athletes have won 10 league titles, 16 county titles, and two state titles. Throughout his 51-year career, Schuman has coached at the high school and college levels, leading multiple athletes to over 70 championships. He has been Bergen County Coach of the Year five times, was named New Jersey and Northeast Coach of the Year in 2004, and was nominated for national-level Coach of the Year honors. In 2002, he was inducted into the New Jersey Athletic Hall of Fame.

Playing Like Pros

Five Tri-M Music Honor Society musicians performed at the School Sisters of Notre Dame’s Volunteer Recognition Luncheon in Wilton, Connecticut. Performers included pianist Jaya Sharma and the AHA String Quartet, which includes violinists Maya Sharma and Maria Guyre, violist Jiwon Yoon, and cellist Erin Yang. Selections ranged from "Moon River" to "The Estudiantina Waltz."

Inspirational Alumna

Holy Angels alumna Joan Marie Johnson, Ph.D., recently published “Finding Feminism,” a look at how female philanthropists fueled the women’s suffrage movement in the United States. During her recent visit to the Academy, Dr. Johnson discussed her findings with current students and faculty members.

Getting Dramatic

Agatha Christie’s classic tale, “And Then There Were None,” thrilled audiences who flocked to AHA for another outstanding production directed by Katie Collins. Cast members included Nora Jacobi, Valentina Zazzali, Julia Fernandez, Valeria Gonzalez, Anijanie Perez, Rianna LeHane, Gabi Layne, Jenna Cooperman, Jessica Boccassini, Jaden Urso, John Malcuit of Park Ridge High School, and Jack Piccirillo and Alexander Birchwale of Saint Joseph Regional High School.

Outstanding Alumnae

During Alumnae Weekend 2017, AHA recognized cellist Ani Kalayjian (Class of 1999) and Caroline McCarthy Blatti (Class of 1992). Kalayjian was inducted into the AHA Arts Hall of Fame, and Blatti was welcomed into the AHA Athletic Hall of Fame.



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