Members of the Class of 2018 put together their own rendition of hit show, "The Office" to explain what everyday life is like @theheart! It was shown at the Senior Talent Show in April 2018.Uploaded Apr 20, 2018 by Tara Hopfenspirger
IHA Class of 2014 was honored to have Tracey Wigfield, a graduate of Immaculate Heart Academy’s Class of 2001, as its commencement speaker. Tracey is a writer and producer, best known for her work on the hit show, 30 Rock. In 2013, she and fellow writer/producer, Tina Fey, won an Emmy Award for writing the series finale of 30 Rock. This made her the fourth woman in Emmy history to win that award.
Tracey received six Writers Guild nominations, a Producers Guild nomination, and five Emmy nominations for her work on 30 Rock and was named one of Glamour magazine's “35 Under 35 Women in Hollywood.” A Wayne, NJ native, Tracey now lives in Los Angeles where she works as a writer and producer on the FOX sitcom, The Mindy Project.
IHA thanks Tracey for such a funny and inspiration speech for the Class of 2014!
We were honored to welcome back Elizabeth Higgins Clark, IHA Class of 2002, as our 2017 Commencement Speaker. Elizabeth’s association with Immaculate Heart Academy began well before she was a student here. Her mother, author, Mary Jane Behrends Clark, graduated in 1972, while her aunts, The Honorable Marilyn Clark’68, Carol Higgins Clark’74, Margaret Behrends’75, and Patricia Clark’76, were also IHA graduates. Elizabeth’s great aunt, the late June Clark, is a former IHA faculty member, and her grandmother is renowned author, Mary Higgins Clark, a longtime supporter of our school after whom our Writing Center is named. While a student at IHA, Elizabeth was a member of the Forensics Club, ITS, CARE, Communication Club, and Mock Trial. She was also a member of the Student Council and played on the IHA Softball team.
After graduating from IHA, Elizabeth attended Providence College where she received a B.A. degree in English literature and minored in women’s studies. She is an actor who has appeared on shows such as “The Mindy Project” and “Criminal Minds” and on stage at The Williamstown Theatre Festival and La MaMa E.T.C. Elizabeth has written for Maria Shriver’s website and The Huffington Post, with her article about the “R word” making the front page of the entire blog. At fundraisers and genetics counseling facilities, Elizabeth has spoken about her brother, David, who suffers from Fragile X Syndrome. She recently wrote her first play, FRACTURED, which led Rolling Stone critic Peter Travers to call her “lavishly talented.” But her message to the Class of 2017 was not about her success or the careers they may pursue after college. Instead, her focus was simply on the significance of kindness.
“Your greatest power lies in the one thing you are in total control of for the balance of your life,” Elizabeth proclaimed to the graduates, “and that is how you choose to treat the people you encounter as you live.” She reiterated that there is no greater legacy than treating people well. “Kindness may not make you rich or win you awards, but its ripples will reach others in ways you can’t even imagine. It’s what the people who actually know you will remember most.”
Elizabeth concluded by telling the Class of 2017 that she’s confident they will work hard and achieve. “I have no doubt you’re going to do well,” she said. “But because you’re IHA girls, I also have faith that you’ll take the time to do good.”
Gratitude isn’t canceled. The current COVID-19 pandemic has proven that not all heroes wear capes. Watch this special thank you video that a few of our students made for our frontline heroes. We are forever grateful for your sacrifices and are praying for you and your families every day.Uploaded Apr 28, 2020
IHA hosted noted speaker Leonard Sax, MD, author of The Collapse of Parenting, in the PAC on Thursday, January 19 at 6 p.m.Uploaded Jan 30, 2017
During Easter Break 2014, twelve students from Mrs. Stephanie Brodeur's documentary field production class were lucky enough to travel to Costa Rica! The goal of the trip was to teach students about field production by shooting a documentary on Costa Rica's plans to become the first carbon neutral nation in the world.
Before the trip, students did a large amount of research, wrote questions to ask, and studied the country, politics, and economy. While in Costa Rica, the students visited San Jose, Tortuguero, Monteverde, and Arenal. The group spoke to many people including conservationists, national park guards, recycling plant operators, tourists, business owners, and guides.
Although they worked hard, the students had time to enjoy the incredible wildlife and experience close encounters with monkeys, lizards, reptiles, sloths, birds, and really large insects.
Mrs. Stephanie Brodeur said that highlights of the trip included the “Sky Trek Zipline that took our group above the cloud forest canopy, and actually right into the clouds!” and “the fully sustainable organic farm tour led by former math teacher, Don Juan, who demonstrated the usefulness of geometry in organic farming.”
IHA students were able to challenge themselves and do things and go to places they never thought they could!
IHA we salute thee majestic and true
Fondly we greet thee your ideals pursue
You taught us in learning in wisdom in truth
Things we remember from days of our youth
When times will have passed and cares may o'ertake us
Then all that you stand for will never forsake us
There's none on this earth with you can compare
For you gave us a mem'ry faithful and fair.
So, lift up your voices so joyous and light
Let us all honor the blue and the white
We pledge thee allegiance until the end
And promise forever your name to defend
Let us go forward with courage to do
All that is noble and loyal and true
Long may your honor live on in our time
Alma Mater, O lead us to vict'ry sublime, to vict'ry sublime.
From August 15-17, 2019, IHA will sponsor its first-ever Catholic Women's conference, BELIEVE., which will be held at the Icona Beach Resort in Cape May, NJ.
Applications for BELIEVE. are open to all current freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and any graduating senior Christian Service Board members. The conference will feature a formal sisterhood dinner on the beach, keynotes by Katie Prejean McGrady (Author: Room 24 and Follow, Representative to the College of Cardinals for the Synod on Youth), and Lisa Cotter (Founder: Made to Magnify, Author: The Dating Detox), as well as other break-out sessions.
Participants will enjoy time at the beach and the pool, community gatherings, speakers, and discussions. BELIEVE. is a Gospel-centered personal growth conference, which aims to give IHA's young women space to reflect on who they are; challenge themselves to grow into who they are called to be; and consider what the community of IHA would look like when filled with women who believe in themselves, one another, and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Contact Mrs. Sarah Shutrop, Director of Campus Ministry, for more information.