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April 2017

Posted Monday, Apr 10, 2017 


On Thursday, April 6, Sister M. Veronique (Wiedower), CSC visited The Academy of the Holy Cross. Sister Veronique is the President of the Sisters of the Holy Cross Leadership Team and will give the commencement address at the 2017 graduation ceremony on Monday, June 5. Sister Veronique met with Class of 2017 Student Council members to hear about their experience at Holy Cross. A special reception after school for Sister Veronique was attended by faculty/staff and Board of Trustee members.

A native of San Diego, California, Sister Veronique has spent her religious life serving in the Western United States and at the Motherhouse of the Sisters in Notre Dame, IN. Her years of ministry have been as teacher and liturgical director at the secondary and college level, as well as serving on diocesan committees and as Director of Women Religious. Her love of young people moved her to the ministry of formation, where she served as spiritual director and mentor for college seminarians and for the newer members of her own congregation. She served two terms in administration for the Sisters of the Holy Cross which allowed her the privilege and joy to visit the sisters around the world and deepen her commitment to and love of the international dimensions of the Congregation. In 2014, she was elected to a five-year term as President for the Sisters of the Holy Cross. In this ministry of leadership, she and her team facilitate the oversight and administration of over 400 Sisters who serve in eight countries, on four continents.

Posted Friday, Apr 7, 2017 

The Academy of the Holy Cross is part of a global consortium of Holy Cross schools who are all connected by the vision of Blessed Basil Moreau. President Katy Prebble, Director of Student Activities Phyllis Ouellette, and College Counselors Rebecca Allen and Kelly Fitzpatrick participated in the Holy Cross Institute’s 2017 Convocation at St. Edward’s University on April 1 and 2. The theme of this year’s convocation was “The Work of Each and Everyone: Preserving and Promoting the Mission of Holy Cross Education.” The program brought together Holy Cross educators from around the globe.

A highlight of the program was the keynote presentation “Redeeming Administration” delivered by Dr. Ann Garrido, Associate Professor of Homiletics at the Aquinas Institute of Theology. The program included numerous breakouts relevant to educators and unique to the Holy Cross educational charism. During the weekend, alumnae from the Academy who are currently attending St. Edward’s joined the conference and connected with our attendees. Ms. Prebble and Ms. Ouellette also met three Holy Cross Sisters who were attending the conference: Sister Esther Entsiwah, CSC from Ghana, Sister Beatrice Driwaru, CSC from Uganda, and Sister Diane Cundiff, CSC Principal of Colegio Santa Maria in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The Holy Cross Institute is a national network of secondary schools, colleges and universities founded and sponsored by the Congregation of Holy Cross in the United States. The institute hosts educational, spiritual and service programs throughout the year for students and educators.

Rebecca Allen, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Phyllis Ouellette, and Katy Prebble with Alumnae who are
now attending St. Edward's

Phyllis Ouellette and Katy Prebble with Sisters Beatrice and Esther


Katy Prebble with Jennifer Dillon ’06 who also attended the Convocation

Posted Thursday, Apr 6, 2017 

Joelle Packard ’20 participated in the 2017 Winter Special Olympics World Games that took place in Austria in March. She and her dance team, JOY to the World, competed in the Dance category, which was new this year, and won a Silver Medal. The JOY to the World team are all members of Special Olympics Maryland Montgomery County. They danced a routine to the song “Let’s Twist Again” by Chubby Checker.

There were approximately 2,600 athletes from 105 countries competing at the 2017 Winter games. The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with and without intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics was founded in Maryland by Eunice Kennedy Shriver.

Joelle is in the Holy Cross Moreau Options Program and has been involved in Special Olympics for 12 years. In addition to dance, Joelle plays basketball and tennis, and she is a cheerleader. She has earned six medals as a Special Olympics athlete. In 2015, Joelle and fellow Holy Cross classmates Theresa Brogan ’18, Samantha Copeland ’18, and Breanna Vitak ’20 traveled to the Summer Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles, CA to participate with their JOY cheerleading team.

During an all-school assembly on Monday, April 3, Joelle was recognized for her accomplishment by the Holy Cross community. She also spoke about her experience in Special Olympics and at the recent World Games. 

Joelle (far right) and the JOY to the World team.

Joelle with her mother Darian, sisters Hathaway and Faith,
and Linda Potter (wife of Tim Shriver, Chairman of Special Olympics)

Posted Wednesday, Apr 5, 2017 

On Tuesday, April 4, the Academy recognized the 31 Class of 2017 students who completed the Madeleva Scholars Program during a special evening reception. The students have been working towards the achievement since their Freshman year.

The Madeleva Scholars Program provides a structure enabling students to achieve most fully those qualities articulated in the Mission Statement of The Academy of the Holy Cross: courage, compassion, and scholarship. The program is named in honor and recognition of Sister Mary Madeleva, CSC, a noted member of the Sisters of the Holy Cross, and is unique to the Academy. In addition to maintaining at least a 3.0 grade point average, students must follow criteria for academics, service, leadership, athletics or activities, and enrichment. These requirements include additional service hours performed; enrichment learning activities taken in the summer; and a 10-page research paper written on a topic of the student’s choosing.

During the reception, six of the seniors spoke about their experience in the program and discussed their papers—Deirdre Belson ’17: The Golden Ratio; Caroline Case: Impact of Concussions on Retired NFL Players; Megan Conley ’17: Walt Whitman: His Works and Legacy; Madison Kelly ’17: China’s One-child Policy; Mary Schech ’17: Sacred Texts: The Role of Women in Catholicism and Hinduism; Julia Urban ’17: Psychoanalytic and Feminist Film Theories on the Role of James Bond. All paper topics were as unique as the students themselves.

Following the presentations, the Madeleva Scholars received their certificate and a ribbon that they will wear with their caps and gowns at the commencement activities. 

Madeleva Scholars 2017

Cassidy Accardi
Bernadette Badamo
Sarah Banaszewski
Deirdre Belson
Elizabeth Bruno
Rosina Calandra
Keilah Callahan
Caroline Case
Jennifer Case
Isabelle Cassidy
Alessandra Checchia
Megan Conley
Sophia Crecca
Savannah Easton
Emma Falkenstein
Sophia Garcia-Zafis
Emily Halm
Madison Kelly
Jacqueline Kerlin
Brenna Kueter
Brittany Menjivar
Annabelle O'Reilly
Isabella Orgel
Madeline Ratnavale
Theresa Rogers
Mary Schech
Euthymia Stratakis
Hannah Strzelec
Grace Tarbrake
Julia Urban
Natalie Walsh



Posted Monday, Apr 3, 2017 

The annual Career Day program took place on Friday, March 31. Alumna Kat Goduco ’98 gave the keynote address. Kat is a professional photographer who shared her journey from Holy Cross Tartan to successful and sought-after career woman, including the challenges she encountered along the way. She provided several inspiring quotes for the girls to consider on their own career path. Kat surprised the assembly with an announced $1,000 gift to the AHC Transformers robotics team.

Following the keynote assembly, 17 alumnae shared their experiences about their career choices either in small group discussions with juniors and seniors or in a Q & A panel with freshmen and sophomores. The Counseling Office polled students prior to the event for their choices for the types of careers they were interested in hearing about. Professions included law, medicine, accounting, engineering, teaching, performing and visual arts, public relations, digital marketing, and event planning.

Career Day is an annual program organized by the School Counseling and Alumnae Affairs offices.

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