This month, the Academy of the Holy Angels celebrated 142 years of educating young women. Distinguished guest Bishop Michael Saporito celebrated the Feast Day Mass at the high school and bestowed a special blessing on the brand new AHA Middle School, which opened on September 10.
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Academy of the Holy Angels was established by the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1879 in New Jersey. The school was originally located in Fort Lee, New Jersey, but was moved to a 24-acre campus in Demarest, New Jersey, in 1965.
Holly Foothorap has a new appreciation for the value of a plastic bottle. During a 10-day service trip to the Dominican Republic, this Academy of the Holy Angels senior repurposed these ubiquitous recyclables to construct a durable home for a local family.
As AHA opened on September 10, AHA Middle School Dean Traci Koval personally greeted each student in Grades 6-8, calling all the girls by their first names. The opening of the middle school renews the Academy’s commitment to educating young girls.
Skill and sportsmanship fueled the Academy of the Holy Angels’ success at this summer’s virtual Harvard China Model United Nations Conference. The Academy’s delegates to this international event drew several honors and demonstrated leadership, mentorship, expertise, and diplomacy.
The Academy of the Holy Angels recognized Sister Mary Maher, SSND (AHA ’68), and the Luckow family at this year’s Angelic Evening Gala. S. Mary, who has served as School Sisters of Notre Dame General Superior, now serves on the AHA Board of Trustees, was recognized for her extraordinary loyalty, commitment, dedication, and service to the advancement of AHA.
Members of the Holy Angels community expressed the Academy’s 2020-21 theme by “Sharing Our Love, Faith, and Hope” on Service Day (May 19).
Natasha Dhanrajani leaped into action when she realized she could bring relief to COVID-19 patients in India. The Academy of the Holy Angels junior contacted three friends and established a GoFundMe page to raise money for the purchase of oxygen concentrators.
AHA students Hailey Filera, Hannah Kim, Gianna Rodriguez, and Kristina Migliaccio have received the Sister Catherine Green Kindness Award. This award provides recognition for each recipient and recalls S. Catherine, a School Sister of Notre Dame who taught religious studies at AHA from 1982 to 2014.
Awareness Day 2021 was particularly meaningful for members of the Academy of the Holy Angels community. Together, students, faculty, and staff recalled that the planet's finite resources belong to everyone, and discovered how each individual's actions impact others.
Several exemplary Academy of the Holy Angels students just received the Sister Catherine Green Kindness Award for their inspirational acts of compassion, inclusion, and care!