Jenna Savino’22 of Glen Rock; Sarah Vella’22 of Highland Mills, NY; Sanaiya Villanueva’22 of Woodland Park; Lauren Plastina’22 of Glenrock; Madelyn Panebianco’22 of Wyckoff; Gabriella Fava’22 of North Haledon; Kayla Arone’22 of Highland Mills, NY; Riley McGovern’22 of Oradell; and Jessica Boyd’22 of Cresskill
Honors, Distinguished Honors, and Special Awards Distributed
On September 29, 2021, Immaculate Heart Academy held its Honors Convocation Ceremony to recognize students who achieved academic success in the 2020-21 school year. After an encouraging introduction by senior, Erin Burke of Westwood, National Honor Society president, Mr. Jason Schlereth, IHA president; Miss Kerry Carroll’04, principal; Mrs. Alice Rogers, assistant principal of students; and Mrs. Maureen Layng, assistant principal for academics, announced students who earned Honors and Distinguished Honors, in addition to those students who won a variety of special awards.
During the 2020-21 academic year, 55 IHA students made Distinguished Honors each semester by earning averages of 95% or better and 219 students made Honors each semester by earning averages of 90% or better. These outstanding students deserve recognition for their academic achievements, especially as they endured the hybrid model of learning all last year.
Pictured left: Junior, Emma Dillane’23 of Verona, is this year's recipient of IHA's Promising Young Scientist Award; Pictured right: Erin Burke'22 of Westwood, National Honor Society president, welcomes the IHA student body to the 2021 Honors Convocation Ceremony.
Additionally, congratulations are extended to the following students who were recognized with book awards distributed by various colleges and universities, in addition to IHA’s 2021 Promising Young Scientist Award:
The St. Michael’s College Book Award for Academic Achievement with a Social Conscience recognizes an outstanding student and member of the National Honor Society who demonstrates a strong commitment to volunteerism and leadership in her community: Madelyn Panebianco’22 of Wyckoff and Lauren Plastina’22 of Glenrock
The Saint Anselm College Book Award is presented to a student who demonstrates academic success and exceptional leadership qualities in the area of civic engagement. The recipient should also embody the values inherent in the college’s Benedictine tradition: Gabriella Fava’22 of North Haledon
The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Medalist Award recognizes a student who has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement in math and science. Medalists who apply and are accepted to Rensselaer will receive a minimum yearly scholarship of $25,000: Riley McGovern’22 of Oradell
The University of Rochester’s Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony Award is named in honor of two of Rochester’s most significant pioneers of social justice. This award, given in recognition of outstanding academic achievement and superior intellectual promise in the humanities and social sciences, honors a student committed to understanding and addressing difficult social issues. Recipients who apply and are accepted to Rochester, will receive a minimum scholarship totaling $40,000: Sanaiya Villanueva’22 of Woodland Park
The University of Rochester’s Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award is given each year in recognition of outstanding academic achievement and superior intellectual promise in the field of science. Recipients of the award must have achieved high PSAT or SAT Math scores and must make positive contributions to their school and their community. Recipients who apply and are accepted to Rochester, will receive a minimum scholarship totaling $40,000: Jenna Savino’22 of Glen Rock
The University of Rochester’s Xerox Award is given in recognition of outstanding achievement in the pursuit of innovation. Recipients of this award must demonstrate a flair for creativity and an appreciation for the possibilities of technology. Recipients who apply and are accepted to Rochester, will receive a minimum scholarship totaling $40,000: Sarah Vella’22 of Highland Mills, NY
The University of Rochester’s George Eastman Young Leaders Award is given in recognition of outstanding academic achievement and leadership both in and out of the classroom. Recipients of this award must additionally demonstrate extensive involvement in extracurricular activities. Recipients who apply and are accepted to Rochester, will receive a minimum scholarship totaling $40,000: Jessica Boyd’22 of Cresskill
The University of Vermont Citizen Scholar Book Award celebrates high school students around the US who demonstrate that spirit of citizenship and scholarship. These are students who have been nominated by their high schools and are then selected by the University. Students who have been chosen for this honor, are not just excellent students, they are dedicated leaders in their school community. This is the first year IHA has a student who was selected by UVM: Kayla Arone’22 of Highland Mills, NY
Additionally, IHA has one in-house award thanks to a generous donor that is presented annually to a member of the junior class. The Promising Young Scientist Award recognizes an outstanding student, who after her sophomore year had the highest cumulative GPA in science and has expressed a strong interest in the field of Science. This year’s award, a plaque, and a check for $500 was awarded to Emma Dillane’23 of Verona.
Sunday, October 24, 2021
11 a.m. through 2 p.m.
Thursday, October 28, 2021
6:30 through 8:30 p.m.
Founded in 1960, Immaculate Heart Academy is an all-girls Catholic regional high school of the Archdiocese of Newark presently celebrating its 61st year. A Blue Ribbon School, IHA enrolls approximately 700 girls in a competitive college preparatory program from more than 100 towns in Bergen, Passaic, Morris, Hudson and Essex counties in New Jersey and Rockland and Orange counties in New York. Its mission both at the time of foundation and today is to provide quality Catholic education to young women in an atmosphere characterized by respect for the individual, Christian community, and a high level of family involvement.
As IHA is a college preparatory high school for young women, a strong theme throughout the curriculum and extracurricular activities is the development of the special gifts that women can bring to society. The interests and needs of women in the areas of academics, spirituality, the arts, athletics, and social interaction drive the programs offered at IHA. As a single-sex school with a rich background of Christian beliefs and values, Immaculate Heart Academy meets the academic, social, and spiritual needs of today’s ambitious and high-achieving young women. Additionally, their emotional and psychological development is fostered by the positive, supportive, and affirming attitudes of the administration, faculty, and staff.
College Preparatory High School for Young Women
500 Van Emburgh Ave
Township of Washington, NJ 07676