2021

  • May

    Faculty News: John Maldonado (English Teacher)

    Michelle H. Daino
    John Maldonado, English teacher, submitted his essay, "Think upon the wounds his body bears’: Imprints, Gender, and the Hegelian Dialectic in Shakespeare’s Coriolanus” for The Nancy Comley Prize, an award for the best graduate essays in Queens College’s graduate programs in English and was one of two winners, receiving the Honorable Mention prize.
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  • Francesca Salas '23 Competes at Gymnastics Events

    Francesca Salas '23 competed in four Varsity Gymnastics meets with the Scotch Plains team on March 29th against South Plainfield, on April 1st against Piscataway, on April 6th against Union, and on April 12th against Hunterdon Central.  On all four events, Francesca’s scores were: Vault 8.65, Bars 8.2, Beam 8.65, and Floor 8.35. The 2020 season was capped off with Scotch Plains winning the County Championship.
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  • Peer Ministry Meditates on Easter Season

    Michelle H. Daino
    The Peer Ministry Leadership Team organized some wonderful activities to mark the Easter Season, according to Isabel Gachko, Director of Theology and Campus Minister.
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  • Peer Ministry Team Aids Life Choices

    Michelle H. Daino
    The Peer Ministry Leadership Team were able to assemble 10 large gift bags for the Mom’s at Life Choices which include shampoo, conditioner, shower puffs, soap, lotions, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, body wraps…. Each gift bag includes a personal note of inspiration. These items were all donated by the students.
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  • April

    JSA - Spring State Convention

    Michelle H. Daino
    Spring State was a virtual event that took place this past weekend. This convention brings the JSA year to a close with the election of the Governor and Lieutenant Governor of each region. Delegates participated in activities like debate, thought talks, and activism workshops.
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  • Pictured are: Julia Pierce (Mount Dance Club Advisor and Admissions Associate), S. Lisa D. Gambacorto, RSM, Ed.S. (Directress), Marisa Mazzuca '21 and Ainsley Klein '21.

    Mount Dance Club Scores Big at Competition

    Michelle H. Daino
    On Saturday, April 24, the Mount Dance Club took part in the That’s Entertainment Performing Arts Competition in Whippany. Their two amazing performances earned them a huge trophy for the OVERALL HIGH SCORE.
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  • Mount Named One of 100 Best High Schools Teaching Personal Finance

    Kathleen Brennan, Department of Mathematics Chairperson, learned recently that Mount Saint Mary Academy was named one of the 100 Best High Schools Teaching Personal Finance by W!SE (Working in Support of Education).
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  • Cybersecurity Club Competes in Challenge

    Michelle H. Daino
    Over Easter break, four students in Cybersecurity Club – Tara Schilke '21, Lauren Kibalo '21, Sarah Murphy '22, and Melani Rodriguez '23 – competed in the National Cyber Scholarship Competition hosted by CyberStart America.
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  • Euro Challenge Team Advances to Semifinals

    Michelle H. Daino
    Ms. Brennan shared that the Mount Saint Mary Academy Euro Challenge team advanced to the semifinal round of this year’s competition which will be held in May.
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  • Fed Challenge Team Paper to Be Included in Journal of Future of Economists

    Michelle H. Daino
    Kathleen Brennan, Department of Mathematics Chairperson, revealed that the Academy’s Fed Challenge team had a paper entitled, “Leading Factors of Gender Inequality” accepted into the Journal of Future Economists.
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  • H.O.P.E. Club Donates Cereal to Local Pantry

    Michelle H. Daino
    The members of the H.O.P.E. Club thank all who participated in this year’s annual SUPER CEREAL BOWL! Our donation to fill the shelves of the Starfish Food Pantry in Plainfield total over 160 boxes, many of which were the large double boxes so an even greater supply to help their client families!
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  • Olivia Quiroga Earns Full Scholarship to Vanderbilt University

    Michelle H. Daino
    Olivia Quiroga '21 has received a full scholarship from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

    According to Dana Goad, Olivia’s school counselor, “The Cornelius Vanderbilt Scholarship is a prestigious scholarship, selecting applicants who can bring both intellectual and community leadership to the entire campus community. Approximately 1 percent of freshman applicants are offered the scholarship. Selected applicants have achieved stellar academic records as well as impressive extracurricular activities and essays.”
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  • March

    Melissa Ramirez '24

    Mount Forensics Excels at State Competition

    Michelle H. Daino
    Mount Forensics competed in the New Jersey State Speech and Debate League State Championship on March 20. John Maldonado, English teacher and Mount Forensics advisor, reported the following results.
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  • Spanish IV Students Focus on Frida Kahlo

    Michelle H. Daino
    Madeline Albrittain, Spanish teacher, shared, "In Spanish IV, we just finished our art unit, which primarily focused on the life and art of one of Mexico´s greatest artists, Frida Kahlo. Students explored her life and legacy by researching self-portraits and reading the story, "Frida Kahlo," by Kristy Placido. As a final project, students opted to demonstrate understanding in a multitude of ways." 
     
    Mary Rojack '22 said, "My favorite part about learning about Frida was learning about her culture and learning about the reasons why she portrayed herself as ugly. I think in today's society self-perception is so important to learn about and being able to learn from past experiences of a woman in a different time period and completely different culture is really important."
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  • Cassandra Cavuoto '22 Performs in Diversity on Ice Show

    Michelle H. Daino
    On Friday, March 12, Cassandra Cavuoto '22 performed in the Diversity on Ice Show with the American Ice Theater at Bryant Park in New York City.
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  • Echoes Literary Magazine Earns "Excellent" Distinction

    Dr. Joseph Bonk, English Department Chair, shared that the Academy's 2020 issue of the literary magazine, Echoes, earned the high distinction of "Excellent" in the annual National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) literary publication contest.
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  • Coach Ryan Shellhammer Named 2021 Courier News Girls Basketball Coach of the Year

    Ryan Shellhammer, Mount Saint Mary Academy Varsity Basketball Coach, has been named NJ.com Mid-Season Coach of the Year, Courier News All-Area Coach of the Year, and NJ.com Skyland Conference Coach of the Year.  Mount Saint Mary Academy is proud to congratulate Coach Shellhammer on this well-deserved achievement.  Mr. Shellhammer is also the Junior Varsity Tennis coach and Golf coach.
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  • Dr. Joseph Bonk Selected as Reader for the AP English Literature & Composition Exam

    Michelle H. Daino
    Congratulations to Dr. Joseph Bonk, English Department Chairperson, who will serve as a Reader for the AP English Literature & Composition Exam. The digital Reading will occur from June 11 to 17.
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