On January 29, 2020, ten dedicated and driven students were honored by Mr. Jason Schlereth, principal, with IHA Soaring Eagle Awards. These distinct awards are presented four times a year to teacher-nominated students who demonstrate excellence and determination and who work to the best of their ability in a particular subject area. The award winners were also recognized by other members of the administration including Ms. Patricia Molloy, president, and Mrs. Jo-Ellen DeSanta, assistant principal of academics and curriculum.
Congratulations to: standing, left to right, Anna Gehres’22 (Physical Education – Mrs. Terry Skjold P’11), Ryanne Kelleher’22 (Social Studies – Ms. Trish Carleton), Charlotte Helson’22 (Computer Programming – Mrs. Theresa Seymour Dolan’95), Caroline Wright’20 (Religious Studies – Ms. Lynn Gansley), Juliana Matina’23 (Biology – Ms. Genelle Diaz-Silveira), Natalia LoCurto’23 (Communications – Mr. Phil Bernardi), and Gracelee Fasanella’21 (World Language – Mrs. Tracy Hong Syz). Seated, left to right, are Daniella Smith’20 (English – Ms. Megan Moser), Alyssa Longo’21 (Music – Mrs. Barbara Donatacci P’19), and Katharine O’Connor’20 (Mathematics – Mrs. Liz Kearns P’05, ’08, ’11).
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The Memory Project is a charitable nonprofit organization that invites art teachers, art students, and solo artists to help cultivate global kindness by creating portraits for children around the world who have faced substantial challenges such as violence, war, extreme poverty, neglect, and loss of parents. IHA's Advanced Painting and Drawing students created portraits for girls in Afghanistan. Malala Yousafzai, the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner in history, is working tirelessly to improve the lives of girls. Our students created portraits for girls in programs supported by Malala's network.
On the evening of Dec. 9, 2019, twenty-six of our amazingly talented singers performed on stage at Radio City Music Hall. Under the direction of Mrs. Barbara Donatacci, choral music director and teacher, the IHA students performed a breathtaking rendition of "Mary, Did You Know?" on the Great Stage before the 8 p.m. showing of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.
Soloists included Jenna Clover’20, Allison Sandt’20, Alyssa Longo’21, Alexis Mason’22, and Laura Rickli’22. Close to one hundred people from Immaculate Heart traveled into New York City that evening to support our girls during the amazing experience and enjoy the rest of the popular Christmas show!
Video courtesy of Mrs. Lisa Encke P'20, director of the arts.
These awards are presented four times a year to nominated students who demonstrate excellence and work to the best of their ability in a particular subject area. Congratulations to our Fall 2019 Soaring Eagle Award recipients: Leonora Narkaj’21 (Science – Mrs. Helen DeMartini P’21, ’23), Christina-Ann Augustin’23 (Social Studies – Mr. Matthew Sartori), Jillian Pursiano’20 (Physical Education – Ms. Shemayne Williams), Emma Patton’20 (World Languages – Ms. Ana Echeverría P’05), Mary Farlese’20 (Drama/Communications – Ms. Maureen McNulty), Giana Homan’21 (Technology – Mrs. Theresa Seymour Dolan’95), Faith Dalessandro’23 (The Arts – Mrs. Lisa Encke P’20), Gianna Niece’21 (Religious Studies – Ms. Geri Braden), Ella Doda’21 (Mathematics/Business – Mrs. Christine Cabrera Capizzi’89), and Kylie Galiger’22 (English – Mrs. Kerri Kearney P’20).Uploaded Nov 20, 2019
Our fourth and final Soaring Eagle Breakfast of the year was held on Friday, May 31, 2019 in the Info Commons. Ten IHA students were recognized for demonstrating excellence and working to the best of their ability in a particular subject area. Jason Schlereth, principal, presented Soaring Eagle Awards to:
Standing, left to right, Margaret Bizub’21 (Science – Mrs. Susan Adamo), Emma Cooke’20 (Communications – Ms. Jessi Shaheen), Ryleigh White’20 (Social Studies – Mr. Matthew Sartori), Cailee LaFrance’21 (World Languages - Dr. Arta Boutcher), Anna Salewycz’21 (The Arts – Mrs. Barbara Donatacci), Natalie Ronen’22 (Technology – Mrs. Alice Nudelman), and Olivia Salkowsky’22 (Religious Studies – Mrs. Jacklyn Kruk). Seated, left to right, are Kathryn Stathakis’20 (Physical Education – Ms. Danielle Just’05), Katherine Young’22 (Mathematics – Mrs. Jeannine Woolley), and Riley Ypelaar’22 (English – Mrs. Emily Fernandez).
We welcomed Dr. Kasey Regan, IHA Class of 1997, back to her alma mater as our 2019 Commencement Speaker. During her time at IHA, Kasey was a member of STUCO, serving as class president during her sophomore and senior years, and was an active member of CARE. Additionally, she was a four-year varsity cheerleader, two of those years being at IHA and two of the years at St. Joseph Regional, where she was a captain her senior year.
After IHA, Kasey attended Fairfield University where she was a member of multiple honor societies, including Phi Beta Kappa and the Jesuit Honor Society, Alpha Sigma Nu. She graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. degree in biology and was the recipient of the College of Arts and Sciences Award. She continued her studies at Georgetown University's School of Medicine and earned her medical degree. Kasey became a postdoctoral residency fellow at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and trained as a resident in anesthesiology at New York Presbyterian Hospital.
Kasey is now board-certified in anesthesiology and working in private practice as the vice director of anesthesia at Vanguard Surgical Center in Maywood. The Regan's love for IHA runs deep, as Kasey is one of many alumnae in her family including her mother, Sharon Calvey Regan'69, and her sisters, Korey Regan'04 and Kaitlin Regan'06. She currently lives in Old Tappan with her husband, John BC'94 and Fairfield University'98, and their many four-legged children.