The Soaring Eagle Award is presented quarterly by Mr. Jason Schlereth, principal, to students who demonstrate excellence and work to the best of their ability in a particular subject. After being nominated by a teacher, the 2017-18 Quarter Three recipients were recognized on April 11, 2018.
Quarter Three Soaring Eagle Award recipients were, standing, left to right, Meagan Macalintal’18 (Physical Education – Ms. Shemayne Williams), Olivia Cantarella’18 (The Arts – Mrs. Patrizia Prosica), Olivia La Greca’20 (Mathematics – Mrs. Beda Barnes), Alexa Pallokat’20 (Religious Studies – Mrs. Jackie Kruk), Allessandra DelPrete’19 (English – Mrs. Donna Sandt), and Molly Fitzsimons’20 (Technology – Mrs. Theresa Dolan). Seated, left to right, are Bianca D’Costa’21 (World Languages – Mrs. Maria Daly-Vals), Athena Matthews’20 (Communications – Ms. Jessica Shaheen), and Dana Padilla’18 (Social Studies – Mrs. Diama Fischer). Not pictured is Madeline Erdman’19 (Science – Ms. Lauren Fitzgerald).
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.
On January 18, 2018, Immaculate Heart Academy hosted a presentation by nationally-recognized speaker, Dr. Leonard Sax, author of Girls on the Edge. Dr. Sax will present advice and insight into the issues facing young women today: how to deal with the four factors driving the new crises for girls -- sexual identity, the cyberbubble, obsessions, and environmental toxins.Uploaded Jan 29, 2018
The Soaring Eagle Award is presented quarterly by Mr. Jason Schlereth, principal, to students who demonstrate excellence and work to the best of their ability in a particular subject. After being nominated by a teacher, the 2017-18 Quarter Two Soaring Eagle Award recipients were recognized at a special reception on January 25, 2018.
Congratulations to: Caroline DePhillips’18 (Mathematics - Mrs. Liz Kearns), Anyssa Merlini’19 (The Arts - Mrs. Lisa Encke), Olivia Stopka’18 (Religious Studies - Ms. Geri Braden), Celine Kerik’18 (English - Ms. Maureen McNulty), Katherine Subliskey’20 (Physical Education - Mrs. Terry Skjold), Alexandra Zitelli’21 (Computers - Mrs. Alice Nudelman), Grace O’Neil’19 (World Languages - Dr. Arta Boutcher), Cristalee Garcia’21 (Science - Mrs. Kelly Duby Falcon’03), Angelina Kerik’20 (Social Studies – Ms. Julia Clinton’11), and Brooke Marotti’21 (Communications - Mr. Phil Bernardi).
The Soaring Eagle Award is presented quarterly by Mr. Jason Schlereth, principal, to students who demonstrate excellence and work to the best of their ability in a particular subject. After being nominated by a teacher, the 2017-18 Quarter One Soaring Eagle Award recipients were recognized at a special reception on November 28, 2017.
Congratulations to, standing, left to right, Sophia Scian’20 (The Arts – Mrs. Proscia), Katherine DeRosa’19 (Religious Studies – Ms. Oblen), Casie Burke’20 (English – Ms. Kearney), Elizabeth Becz’18 (Technology – Mr. Hotz), Jordan Gehrig’21 (Physical Education – Ms. Bednarek), Kristin Egan’18 (World Languages – Ms. Echeverria), and Alexandra Betsy’21 (Social Studies – Ms. McDonough). Seated, left to right, are Kathleen Sheridan’18 (Science – Mrs. Adamo), Caroline Frey’18 (Communications – Mr. Bernardi), and Kirstin McGeary’19 (Mathematics – Mrs. Cellini).
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.”