March 2018

A Sound Idea

Music in Our Schools Month (March) was a huge success at the Academy of the Holy Angels. Students from the AHA Handbell Choir rang the opening bell on March 1. Scheduled and “pop-up” performances by many students continued all month. Joanna, Sophia, Caitlyn, Baylee-Rose, and Catherine are pictured here singing and playing their guitars and ukulele.

In Search of Unity

Awareness Day 2018 highlighted "Seeking Unity in a Diverse World." Consolee Nishimwe instantly connected with the AHA community with her frank and powerful discussion of her firsthand experiences during the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Students and guests later provided insight into other global concerns. The day included 17 minutes of silence in memory of the 17 lives lost in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Florida. During this reflection, students wrote letters to their representatives or to the survivors.

Multicultural Experience

Angels who distinguish themselves in their studies of the French, Italian, Latin, and Spanish languages have gained entrée to the Société Honoraire de Français, Società Onoraria Italica, Societas Latina Honoris, and Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica. In addition, current honor society leaders Palak Hazrati, Laura Pesanello, Milena Correa, Molly Doyle, Geraldine Riveros, and Aprile Bertomo received the Jennifer Moran World Languages Excellence & Leadership Award.


Wonders of Science

Twenty-seven outstanding student scientists have been inducted into the Science National Honor Society. During the ceremony, senior Molly Doyle received the Rockland Electric Scientific Achievement Award from teacher Nancy Brizzolara. Molly was the driving force behind Angels Enable, a group that uses the Academy's 3-D printer to create functional prosthetic hands for people in need.


Silver and Gold

Three student artists became 2018 medalists in the national Scholastic Art and Writing competition. Margeaux Gould earned a Gold Medal for her sculpture, "Sunday Morning," and Julia Elisano brought home a Gold Medal for her photograph, "Up, Up, and Away.” Vanessa Tamarit's photo, "a new york attitude," garnered a Silver Medal.

Informative Interview

AHA Religious Studies Department Chair Carol Fay and student Melina Tidwell Torres were featured on the March 18 edition of WABC’s Tiempo. Host Joe Torres asked about AHA’s Mission Awareness Process trip to Douglas, Arizona, and the work the Academy’s seven-member team carried out with the School Sisters of Notre Dame who work in this border town. You can watch the segment here and here.

Able Assistant

Jaya Sharma generously provided expert tips to two Japanese students from Notre Dame Jogakuin who attended the 2018 United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. Jaya was a delegate to last year’s CSW, and shared “insider” information regarding everything from the length of the panel discussions to the weather in New York City. Notre Dame Jogakuin was founded by the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1952.

Long-distance Lessons

AHA students are helping girls from an SSND school in Kyoto, Japan, practice their English. The classes are using Google Slides to bridge the time difference.

Strictly Ballroom

Karolina Lokaj recently traveled to Provo, Utah, to compete in the United States National Amateur Dancesport Championships. She and her ballroom dance partner, who have only been training together since August, placed sixth in the Under 21 category.


Gaining Momentum

Sydney Loverich, New Jersey’s #1 ranked skier in the U19 division, just returned from the Eastern Regional Finals at New York’s Gore Mountain. Sydney posted the best results of her career, finishing fifth in the giant slalom and 10th in the slalom.


You Be the Judge

A team of student judges provided their informed input on the projects submitted to the winter STEM Fair at the Academy of Our Lady in Glen Rock. STEM encompasses science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.


Mastering Their Craft

Ivy Shin, Hannah Li, Gillian van der Have, Marina Lee, Irene Kim, Mariel Bacolod, Haram Kim, Angelina Busetto, Jillian Busetto, and Yasmine Carter-McTavish have been welcomed into the Tri-M Music Honor Society. This national organization, formally known as Modern Music Masters, opens its ranks to fine student musicians who also demonstrate scholarship, character, leadership, and service to others.

Pi Day Additions

A total of 34 Angels were inducted into AHA’s chapter of Mu Alpha Theta on March 14 (3.14), which math lovers around the world call "Pi Day." Mu Alpha Theta is a national honor society whose members are required to demonstrate excellence in mathematics.



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