(Jun. 13, 2019) - Just days after graduating Second in Merit from the Academy of the Holy Angels, scholar athlete Ashley Hess of Cedar Grove received the Angel Award, the most prestigious honor an AHA varsity athlete can attain. Hess received her award at the Parents’ Athletic Association’s Spring Sports Dinner, where she was recognized for four years of success, exceptional dedication, leadership, and sportsmanship in the Academy’s tennis program.
(Jun. 12, 2019) - Rianna LeHane’s magnificent stage presence recently earned her a Metropolitan High School Theater (“Metro”) Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. LeHane, a recent graduate of the Academy of the Holy Angels in Demarest, New Jersey, was honored for her charming portrayal of Lady Larken in 'Once upon a Mattress.'
(Jun. 05, 2019) - A few weeks before their graduation from the Academy of the Holy Angels, four seniors became the first AHA students to visit the micro lab at Columbia University. This venue is one of the world’s premier microsurgery training labs.
(May. 13, 2019) - An adventurous group of students from the Academy of the Holy Angels recently spent a week at Oxford University’s Pembroke College and immersed themselves in a “bespoke” course— one tailor-made for them. This is the second spring the critical thinking course was offered. Both times, the curriculum was prepared by AHA English Department Chair Nancy Schneberger. Schneberger envisioned the course while attending a 2017 Gilder Lehrman seminar at Oxford. She met James Basker, founder of the Oxbridge Academic Programs. He helped her network with Dr. Richard Michaelis, the executive director. Schneberger developed the curriculum, working with Michaelis to include visits to sites that would enhance the overall experience. “I wanted the class to be cross-curricular, and to embrace a variety of subjects, so critical thinking seemed to be the most logical major course, with a minor in oral presentation skills,” Schneberger explained. “I wanted the girls to see themselves as global citizens and to become better and more careful consumers of information, along with growing in the ability to express themselves with authority.” Each day, the girls spent 7.5 hours in classes. Activities were held afterward. This year's scholars included Kristin Anderson of Cresskill, Natalie Andreoli of Wyckoff, Cielo Camacho of New Milford, Erin Choi of Cliffside Park, Kristina Gatto of the Township of Washington, Catherine Henry of Saddle River, Elizabeth Kim of Fort Lee, Sophia Luongo of Upper Saddle River, Judianne Meredith of River Vale, Audrey Miller of Glen Rock, Madison Oaten of Tenafly, Timea Papp of Hawthorne, Anjianie Perez of Hackensack, Kimberly Pienkawa of Demarest, Isabela Presti of Hasbrouck Heights, Jasmin Prophete of Holmdel, Areanna Pumayugra of West New York, Liliette Quintana of Midland Park, Kaya Simmons of West Orange, and Colleen Young of Secaucus. Students who attended the 2018 program returned for classes in medicine, psychology, and literature. They are Nina Valente of New Milford, Julia Farah of Pearl River, Madelyn Holmes of Blauvelt, Nataleen Orangian of River Vale, and Paulina Yannitsadis of Fair Lawn. “The campus itself was spread along the streets, and the architecture was like something out of my art history textbook," AHA senior Timea Papp says. "One night, we visited Christ Church for a musical presentation of J.S. Bach's ‘Saint John’s Passion,’ which was an incredible showcase of the acoustics of the church." The students also visited the Bodleian Library and enjoyed tea in Jane Austen's home in Bath. “One of the memorable parts of the trip was going punting on the Thames and almost getting stranded on the river!" Papp says. "We were rescued and now have a story to tell about how difficult it really is." On her return trip to Oxford, Julia Farah studied organ systems, several diseases (including cancer), and treatment options. "The classes I took both years engaged my mind in new ways," the AHA junior says. "The trip was unforgettable, the life experience due to my participation in the study abroad program was priceless, and the quality of knowledge I received was unparalleled.”
(May. 08, 2019) - Discovering silverfish in the shower may not be pleasant, but Academy of the Holy Angels freshman Natasha Dhanrajani managed to turn the encounter on its ear by seeing the scene as a piece of live art. The result was “Silverfish,” an evocative nonfiction piece that now appears in “Scrawl: Rockland Teens Write 2019.” Published through the Library Association of Rockland County, New York, “Scrawl” includes fiction and nonfiction by Rockland County writers in grades 6-12. “I wrote this piece as a way for me to see this memory as a happy one rather than an unpleasant one,” Dhanrajani explained. “I decided to try and get it published to show the world that something as simple as taking a shower is an art." “My piece was selected after review by a panel of authors (who were also the editors): Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, J.G. Faherty, Carolyn MacCullough, and Dan Waters," Dhanrajani says. "There were hundreds of submissions this year, and it was the toughest year to get published by far! There were many great pieces, but only around 100 were published.” This is the third time Dhanrajani’s work has been accepted for publication. Her pieces previously appeared in the 2017 and 2018 editions of “Scrawl.” “I became interested in writing when I was in seventh grade,” she added. “I had a diary and I always liked to make my memories have vivid images and sound almost ‘creative and dreamy.’ I also really love to watch movies, and I was so fascinated by the beautiful stories that can be brought to life by people, rather than just a page.” This creative writer has dabbled in several different genres, including fiction, science fiction, and screenwriting.
(Apr. 18, 2019) - Ninety-five trout that were raised in a biology classroom at the Academy of the Holy Angels in Demarest, New Jersey, are now swimming in the Saddle River. Environmental science teacher Erica Pritchard guided her class as they evaluated the river and released the fingerlings they cared for throughout this year’s Trout in the Classroom (TIC) program.
(Apr. 17, 2019) - An intensive, five-year Middle States self-study at the Academy of the Holy Angels recently culminated in the successful Sustaining Excellence Colloquium. This event was so notable that Middle States Association President Henry Cram and Associate Director Pat Impreveduto have asked AHA to mentor others who use this protocol.
(Apr. 10, 2019) - On Saturday, April 13th, the Chapin Sisters, known for their "enchanting harmonies and lyrics that are infused with as much hope as they are longing," according to amazon.com, will be playing at the Otto Specht School Farm Faire! Last year, the siblings, who carry on a musical family lineage that includes their grammy award-winning father, Tom Chapin, and legendary late uncle, Harry Chapin, released their most recent EP, Ferry Boat.
(Apr. 10, 2019) - On Friday, May 10 from 8am-3:30pm, The Breast Center at Montefiore Nyack Hospital will offer free breast exams, mammography, and, if needed, pelvic exams with PAP tests for women ages 40 and older who are either underinsured or have no insurance. Robbi Kempner, M.D., FACS, surgeon, and medical director of Breast and Women’s Health Services, along with other breast health professionals, will be performing the breast exams.
(Apr. 08, 2019) - Several of the finest vocalists and instrumental musicians from the Academy of the Holy Angels are now members of Tri-M, the Modern Music Masters Honor Society. In addition to their musical accomplishments, eligible Tri-M members must also demonstrate scholarship, character, leadership, and service to others.
(Mar. 27, 2019) - For the third consecutive year, Mahwah resident Sydney Loverich has been ranked as New Jersey’s No. 1 ski racer in the United States Ski and Snowboard Association/New Jersey Ski Racing Association’s U19 division.
(Mar. 19, 2019) - Mary Ann Hubschman, owner and director of Palisades Country Day School in Closter, NJ and Palisades Preschool in Fort Lee, NJ, has been selected as an honored member in the Trademark Women of Distinction 2019 Honors Edition for her exemplary contributions in the field of early childhood education. Hubschman, with more than 50 years experience, has served the thousands of Northern New Jersey-area children that have passed through the doors of both schools.
(Mar. 06, 2019) - While the Academy of the Holy Angels (AHA) in Demarest, NJ, was closed for the winter break, AHA Director of Campus Ministry Kathleen Sylvester accompanied three students to Nazareth Farm in rural West Virginia for a volunteer trip. Angel volunteers Janella Osbourne, Kayla Pringle, and Katarina Katzarov spent their days making home repairs and carrying out construction projects for local homeowners who have limited resources.
(Feb. 22, 2019) - Voted Best in Bergen, the non-profit Ramsey indoor winter Farmers' Market is open every Sunday through March 31, from 10am-2pm at the Eric Smith School in Ramsey. The market draws Rockland and Bergen families with over 30 local farmers and food purveyors. Each offers an extensive variety of fresh, local produce and products, including artisan breads and fine cheeses, fresh fish directly from the Hampton Bays. Also, purchase organic and responsibly grown vegetables and fruits, homemade pastas, chili, soups-including vegan and vegetarian, exotic mushrooms, homemade chili, pickles, gourmet olive oil and balsamic vinegar, honey, handmade soaps and body care products, gluten free baked items, spices and much more.
(Feb. 12, 2019) - The varsity dancers from the Academy of the Holy Angels just earned their fourth national title. The girls handily won the trophy after their performance at the UDA National Dance Championship in Orlando, Florida. In addition to their three consecutive national crowns (2016-2018), the varsity team began 2019 by earning multiple first place finishes in local and regional events.
(Jan. 15, 2019) - Financial constraints can make music lessons seem like an unattainable luxury for some children. In an effort to effect change, the Tri-M Music Honor Society at the Academy of the Holy Angels in Demarest, New Jersey, recently raised $1,300 for Hungry for Music, a non-profit organization that gives young musicians access to a variety of musical instruments.
(Jan. 08, 2019) - Frost Valley YMCA is now offering Meet and Greet Info Sessions for parents who wish to learn more about its Adventure Programs and Trips. The Montclair, New Jersey, program offers parents the unique opportunity to send their children on exciting real-world adventures during which children will develop wilderness skills, discover their resilience, and forge lifelong friendships.
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(Sep. 26, 2018) - Four events are currently scheduled throughout the county and along the Hudson River during September and October, with more to come, for Keep Rockland Beautiful's Fall Waterways Cleanup. The organization collaborates with community partners, including the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, the Sparkill Creek Watershed Alliance, and various other groups to make a difference in Rockland’s most heavily littered areas.
(Sep. 07, 2018) - Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth), joined a growing number of businesses in Rockland County to become a Breastfeeding Friendly Worksite as designated by the Rockland County Department of Health's Breastfeeding Promotion and Support Program.