Meet Joanna '20

Joanna is a take-charge person, whether she is teaching children to play the ukulele or directing a drama or musical. This Thespian Honor Society member has already been student director of three award-winning AHA productions. Her love for animals led her to coordinate a pet shelter benefit while she was working toward her Girl Scout Bronze Award.

At school, she is vice president of the Animal Rights Club. Joanna’s outstanding work in mathematics earned her membership in Mu Alpha Theta. The cascade of positive events that followed her induction included entree to the Mayor’s Diamond Club in her hometown and an invitation to tutor her peers. Joanna has also been welcomed into the National Honor Society and the Italian National Honor Society. She received the Coccia Award for achievement in the study of the Italian language and culture, the University of Pennsylvania Book Award for exemplary citizenship and community service, and AHA’s Sister Catherine Green Kindness Award. Joanna has been taking piano lessons for the past 10 years, and earned “outstanding” and “superior” designations at the Music Educators Association auditions. Joanna has played JV golf and been a member of the debate team and Operation Smile. She served as a homeroom representative and participated in Lean In, a group that explores challenges women face in the corporate world. With AP U.S. History in the books, Joanna now plans to take AP courses in Italian, literature, calculus, and macroeconomics. She has taught children as a volunteer and as a paid employee. She recently worked as a counselor and activities supervisor at a summer enrichment camp, and assisted faculty with coding, architecture, and physics classes at a program for gifted children.

More about Joanna:

What is your favorite book? Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

What is your favorite cafeteria food? Mac and cheese bites

What is your favorite show to binge watch? That ‘70s Show

What is your favorite app? Snapchat

Best club or sport to join at AHA? AHA musical/drama

What is your favorite Snapchat filter? No favorite filter- too many to choose from!

What language do you take? Italian but next year I’m planning on taking French as well

Favorite uniform: winter or summer? Summer

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