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May 2017

Posted Thursday, May 18, 2017 

The Catholic Standard’s upcoming issue features Brittany “Britt” Menjivar ’17, who has made an impactful mark in the literary life at Holy Cross during her four years. The article notes that Britt’s love of telling stories began at age three and has bloomed into activities that have carried through her high school days. Britt demonstrates leadership in many areas of her life, both in an out of school and she’s always willing to take on a new challenge. Next year she will double major in English and film at Yale University.

Read the Catholic Standard article here.

Posted Thursday, May 18, 2017 

On Friday, May 12, The Academy of the Holy Cross hosted the 2017 Distinguished Alumnae Awards and Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Karen Schmelzer Jacobsen ’81 and Dominica Groom ’00 received the 2017 Distinguished Alumnae Award. The members of the 2004 and 2005 Tennis teams and their coaches, Suzy Ornstein-Fleming and Ali Yagci were inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame. The event was attended by friends, family and fellow classmates of the alumnae being recognized.

In 1985 Karen Schmelzer Jacobsen ’81 has dedicated her life to serving those in need. She first worked as a social worker for Covenant House serving runaway and homeless youth. Then she and her husband Kerry became live-in caregivers for 23 boys ages 6-21 at a residential school for children with intellectual disabilities in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. In 1995 Karen and Kerry began working for The Emmaus Community of Pittsburgh as direct support professionals. Emmaus is a faith-based non-profit that provides permanent residential homes and community-based services for adults with intellectual disabilities and autism. At Emmaus, people with and without disabilities break bread with one another, recognizing the beauty, the dignity and the gifts that each person has to share. Karen served in many capacities at Emmaus before becoming executive director in 2008. She is extremely active in the cause for people with developmental disabilities. Karen was nominated by classmate Kathleen Burgess Clark who spoke abou how Karen’s life has been a testimony to the Holy Cross mission. During her speech, Karen remarked about how proud she was that Holy Cross has grown the Moreau Options Program.

Dominica Groom ’00 is the senior director for Global Sustainability and Supplier Diversity at Marriott International. She has been instrumental in leading the company to elevated supplier diversity success and global recognition, including generating increased opportunities for diverse-owned businesses across Marriott’s global portfolio of 30 brands. She actively volunteers across various non-governmental organizations, including serving in various board and leadership capacities. Dominica also leads recycling and waste reduction efforts to support Marriott’s global sustainability platform. Dominica was recognized as one of the “Top 100 Women” in the state of Maryland by The Daily Record. She was named as one of the top “Leading Women,” under the age of 40, in the state of Maryland and was also named a “Top Influential Leader in Diversity” by the National Association for Minority Companies. Dominica was nominated by classmate Megan Hendon Harbold ’00 who shared from many of her fellow Class of 2000 Ladies of the Academy about the impact Dominica has had in their lives.

The Academy of the Holy Cross’ 2004 and 2005 Tennis teams exhibited a mark of superiority with the WCAC Finalist and Championship titles. In the 2004 season the Tartans compiled a 9-2 record under coach Suzy Ornstein-Fleming and captured the second-place spot in the WCAC. Angela Fuccillo ’06 was named First Team All-Gazette in 2004 and Courtney Radcliff ’06 received All-Gazette Honorable Mention. In 2005, the team completed their season with a 14-0 record, winning six of nine matches in the championship finals. Angela and Maria Fuccillo ’09 were named First Team All-Gazette in 2005 in both the Singles and Doubles category. Angela remarked on the closeness and supportiveness of the teams. She noted that tennis can appear to be an individual sport, but that the importance of the team is what certainly helped the Tartans achieve the title.

2004-2005 Tennis Teams:
Brittany Bigelow ’05
Melanie Concordia ’07
Kelsey Daniels Glading ’06
Grace Ellis ’06
Angela Fuccillo ’06
Maria Fuccillo ’09
Samantha Hopkins ’09
Bridget Kerner ’07
Colleen McNish ’06
Alicia Migliorini ’06
Lindsey Monroe ’06
Tina Pappas Cron ’05
Courtney Radcliff ’06
Mary-Kate Rasa ’05
Kathryn Sturm ’08
Carly Yoo ’08

Posted Wednesday, May 17, 2017 

The Academy of the Holy Cross has once again earned the Jostens’ National Yearbook Program of Excellence for 2017 Cross and Anchor yearbook. Jostens is the leading producer of yearbooks. This is the third year in a row Holy Cross has received the award. The National Yearbook Program of Excellence recognizes engaging yearbooks that reflect a broad representation of the student body while helping students develop 21st century skills such as communication, collaboration, and information and communication technologies literacy. 

The Academy of the Holy Cross’s award-winning yearbook was both an academic class in the Technology department and a co-curricular club led by Editor-in-Chief Isobel Hermans ’18, Managing Editor Jennifer Case ’17, and staff: Cassidy Accardi ’17, Haley Hogan ’18, Sophia Garcia-Zafis ’17, Samantha Copeland ’18, Carmen DiPippo ’17, Emily Dimond ’19, Gabriella Sebastain ’18, Emily Ryan ’17, Alexa Rios ’17, Mary Rowedder ’18, and Jessica Snowden ’17 under the direction of Lauren DeZinno, faculty yearbook adviser. The award was presented to the Academy for achieving the defined criteria in each of three following categories: creating an inclusive yearbook, generating school engagement, and successfully managing the yearbook creation process.

A representative from Jostens presented the award to the school community and a banner to display in the school during the assembly on Monday, May 15.

Posted Tuesday, May 16, 2017 

It was with sadness that The Academy of the Holy Cross received news of the death of P. Kelly Mikules, 71, on Tuesday, May 9, 2017. Kelly, whose wife Carol Ann Hook Mikules was an alumna from the class of 1963, was a generous Holy Cross donor. Following Carol’s death in 2009, Kelly funded a $300,000 endowment in Carol’s name for scholarship. Additionally, he supported events of the lacrosse teams during their spring trips to California. Most recently, Kelly was a major contributor to The Difference We Make Campaign which allowed for the air conditioning of the Carol Ann Hook Mikules ’63 Student Commons.

Kelly was a native Washingtonian and graduated from Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, MD with a degree in Biology. He and Carol met while she was a student at Holy Cross. It was Carol’s great love for the Academy, which inspired Kelly’s generosity. They were married for 43 years and have two children, Michele and Bryan and four grandchildren, Kelly, Carson, Kate and Chloe. He was a successful business man for 43 years. Throughout his life his priority was his family. He enjoyed traveling with his family and living a full and active life. He was known to write tributes and poems for his loved ones, and wrote a book for his children before they left home entitled “Pearls for My Children: 100 useful lessons about life.”

He will be missed by our community. God grant him eternal rest, O Lord.

Read Kelly’s obituary in The Washington Post here.

Posted Wednesday, May 10, 2017 

The Academy of the Holy Cross President Katy Prebble received the John Carroll Society Medal at the society’s annual awards dinner recognizing Catholic schools on Saturday, May 6. Katy was recognized for her more than 40 years of dedication to Catholic education. The heads of Stone Ridge, Visitation, and St. John’s were also recognized for their leadership. The society noted of the honorees, “Each one plays an integral role in sustaining the work of the Church, serving our Archbishop, strengthening our Catholic faith lived, and, in partnership with parents and extended families forming young men and women to make a difference in the world.”

The society sponsors the annual Margaret Mary Missar High School Essay Competition. Holy Cross students participated in the competition, in which they wrote essays on the theme “Service, the Pathway to Holiness,” that recognized the recent canonization of St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta and her inspirational life of service to the poor and infirm. Olivia Young ’20 was awarded First Place and a $2,000 tuition scholarship for her essay. She was recognized at the annual awards dinner for her achievement. Additionally, Emily Dimond ’19, Mary Muldoon ’18, Anna Owens ’20, Fiona Sheridan ’20 received Honorable Mention for their essays.

The John Carroll Society, founded in 1951, and named after the first Catholic Bishop in the United States, is dedicated of the service of the Archbishop of Washington. The society’s primary purpose is to promote the enhancement of spiritual, intellectual and social fellowship among its members and guests.

Posted Friday, May 5, 2017 

On Wednesday, May 3, Holy Cross celebrated Asian American Heritage Month with a special assembly coordinated by the Asian American Student Association.

The assembly began with guest speaker, Dr. Elia Femia, who is the Scientific Review Officer for the National Institute of Health Center for Scientific Review. Dr. Femia leads review meetings that conduct peer review of applications in Small Business Innovative Research. Her work has been published in well-known research journals and presented at national and international conferences. She is an entrepreneur and former adjunct assistant professor at Penn State. In her talk, Dr. Femia spoke about her journey as an Asian American.

The program included an educational slide show and presentation about popular tourist destinations in Asia, and a lighthearted video, created by the girls, about different types of Asian food. Then three musical numbers were performed: a dance performed by Sirigorn Valairuch ’18, Haley Kraus ’19, Mackenzie Blount-Rich ’20, Belane Ayelework ’19, and Janet Martins ’19 to a Korean pop or “K pop” piece; a lively solo dance performed by Ivy Peng ’19 to a second popular Korean song; and a Chinese folk song sung and played on guitar by Hugh Zhang ’17.

May was designated as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month by Congress in 1992 as a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese people to the United States in May 1843 and the completion of the transcontinental railroad in May 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants.

Posted Thursday, May 4, 2017 

The Tartan Crew team took second place in the Women’s First Varsity 4+ at the Maryland State Championship in Chestertown, MD on Sunday, April 30. The boat included Catherine Kiyonaga ’19 (stroke), Erin Hicks ’17 (3 seat), Emma Falkenstein ’17 (2 seat), Elizabeth Girard ’17 (Bow), and Jessica Snowden ’17 (coxswain).

Posted Thursday, May 4, 2017 

The Holy Cross Track and Field team participated in the Penn Relays on Thursday-Friday, April 27-28 at the University of Pennsylvania. The event is the oldest and largest track and field competition in the United States, hosted annually since April 21, 1895.

Holy Cross had great results this year!

The 4x100m Relay Team (Jeasmine Ebessa ’18, Kierra Marshall ’20, Amy Mortensen ’17, Tori Kestel ’19) had a finish time of 50.96 finishing 80th of 350 teams. This is the first time the Tartans have placed in the top 100 and the top 25% of all the high school teams competing. This is the fastest time in Holy Cross history since 1988, missing the all-time school record by .06 seconds. An incredible accomplishment!

Posted Thursday, May 4, 2017 

On Friday, April 28, grandparents and special friends of Holy Cross freshman students were welcomed for the annual Grandparents/Special Friends Day. The celebration included performances by the Madrigal Ensemble and the Adrenaline Dance Team. All enjoyed a special slideshow of photos sent in by the freshmen families of the students with their grandparents/special friends. The highlight of the event was “Are You Smarter than a Tartan?” a special Holy Cross-style quiz game that included prizes!

At the end of the event, grandparents/special friends posed for photos with their LOTA (Lady of the Academy). 

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