October 2018



Holy Cross Golf Classic – Rescheduled!

There's still time to register! The annual golf tournament has been rescheduled to this Friday, October 5, 10:00 am shotgun start. It's time to see more alumnae and alumnae parents on the course, so grab your friends and join us at Argyle Country Club in Silver Spring! Keep your fingers crossed for dry, sunny weather!


Upton Street Reunion

Please join us for our annual Upton Street Reunion on Tuesday, October 30. Mass will begin at 10:00 am in the Theatre followed by a light lunch in the Theatre lobby. This is always a wonderful time to reconnect with each other and meet some of today's Holy Cross girls! This event is open to all Upton Street alumnae. Kindly RSVP to Kathleen Bula at (301) 929-6463 or


Tartanfest Inaugurates a New Holy Cross Tradition


On Saturday, September 15, over 200 parents/guardians, alumnae, and faculty/staff members gathered for our final150th anniversary celebration. All enjoyed live music by The Chance Club, great food from Urban BBQ, and the signature drinks by the six vendors. While we had to move the event indoors due to the wet weather, everyone had a great evening. It was so much fun we'll do it again next year—keep an eye out for details!


See more photos here.


Kamaria Coley '12, Christine Clark '12, Amber Jackson '15, Mary Glynn '12 and Lauren Jackson '12


Claire d'Epagnier-McMahon Shea '00, Ashley Stallsmith Veith '00 and Kathy Mooney '00

The Academy Celebrates Holy Cross Day

Four Sisters of the Holy Cross were welcomed at our Holy Cross Day Mass on Friday, September 14—the Church's Feast of the Exultation of the Cross. Sister Adria Connors is a former faculty member and current member of the Board of Trustees, Sister Mary Tiernan currently works at Holy Cross Hospital, Sister Kathy Johnson is a former faculty member and Campus Minister, and Sister Ruth Marie Nickerson '61 is a Holy Cross alumna and former member of the Board of Trustees. (Pictured below with President Katy Prebble.)


Our Holy Cross Day games took place on Friday, September 21. Following a pizza lunch, Ridgway Field was full of purple-and-white-clad LOTAs. Advisories competed against each other to earn points for the Purple team (Seniors/Sophomores) and the White team (Juniors/Freshmen). The day culminated in the traditional Sister Grace Race.

Lanay Montgomery '12 Named Kennesaw State Women's Basketball Assistant Coach


Lanay Montgomery '12 joins the Kennesaw State Owls' coaching staff as the new women's basketball assistant coach. She joins the staff following one year playing professional basketball with the Seattle Storm in the WNBA.


Read more here.

Tartans Led by Alumnae Athletic Coaches

Holy Cross has six alumnae coaches serving this year in our Athletics program: Casey Fletcher '09 (Varsity Field Hockey Head Coach), Melissa McMahon Eaton '88 (JV Field Hockey Head Coach), Christine Cunningham Przybysz '09 (JV Field Hockey Assistant Coach), Christine Clark '12 (JV Soccer Assistant Coach), Kristen Falcinelli '14 (Varsity Volleyball Assistant Coach), and Sofia Alfonso '11 (Head Crew Coach). Additionally, Kellie Looney '10 is the Assistant Athletics Director and JV Lacrosse Coach.


Read more here.


What It Means to be a Leader

Liz Hogan recently published a blog article titled "What It Means to be a Leader" about Bridget Looney '04, who was a fellow classmate and teammate of Liz's at Syracuse University. "Her influence not only pushed me to be a better player, but showed me what it meant to be a true leader. Be an example, never settle and put everything on the line…. Those lessons extended well beyond my playing days at Syracuse and, with the advent of social media and platforms like this, I've found ways to pass her influence on to others."


Read more here.


The Looney Sisters: Erin '05, Kellie '10, and Bridget '04

Time for Giving…


Be sure to check your mailboxes for this year's Holy Cross Fund request—we need your help!

If you are a yearly donor, thank you. We hope that you will continue to support the Academy as you are able. If you haven't made a gift recently, or if you have never made a gift, then please make a gift to Holy Cross this year. We have been blessed to be here for 150 years, and need your support to be here for the next 150! Your tax-deductible donation, large or small, directly benefits our girls.

You can make your gift by mailing a check or your credit card info; give online; or use VENMO (ahcdonations). A gift to Holy Cross is one that keeps on giving for generations.

Cookies With Santa


Although December seems far away, we are already planning our Annual Alumnae Cookies with Santa scheduled for Sunday, December 9 at 1:00 pm. Bring your children, grandchildren, or friends for a photo with the Big Guy, Christmas crafts, and of course, cookies!  We always welcome volunteers! Contact Kathleen Bula if you would enjoy lending a hand. In turn, we will lend you an elf hat!


Save the Date: 2019 Distinguished Alumnae Awards and Athletic Hall of Fame Induction

The Academy of the Holy Cross Distinguished Alumnae Awards and Athletic Hall of Fame Induction will be presented on Friday, May 3, 2019.


The Distinguished Alumnae Awards are presented to alumnae who have distinguished themselves by giving witness to the mission of The Academy of the Holy Cross and exhibiting the ideals of an alumna of the Academy in their daily lives.


Recipients of this award should:

1.     Demonstrate the characteristics of a graduate of the Academy by being women of courage, compassion, and scholarship;

2.     Demonstrate unusual professional or personal accomplishments that embrace the social, spiritual, and intellectual challenges of the world; and,

3.     Distinguish themselves as caring, Christian women.


Nominations have been extended to Friday, October 5, 2018.

The Academy of the Holy Cross Athletic Hall of Fame was established in 2012 to honor individuals and teams who have made a significant positive impact on Holy Cross athletics. Those inducted serve as the cornerstone of what the school believes is a truly representative group of the proud tradition of Holy Cross athletics. The Academy of the Holy Cross is proud to recognize and honor outstanding individuals and/or teams who have accomplished extraordinary athletic achievements. Nominees from all sports will be considered on an equal basis, as will posthumous candidates.


Nominations are due by Saturday, December 1, 2018.


Class Notes

Time for Class Notes! The next magazine is scheduled to be published in November and we want to hear from you! The deadline for submitting notes for the next magazine is Friday, October 5. Have you moved? Gotten married? Added a new family member? Gotten a new job? Connected with classmates and just happen to have some photos to share? Everyone likes Class Notes—share your news and your photos!  

Upcoming Reunion

Class of  1978 – 40th Reunion: Save the date for Saturday, November 10, 2018, from 6:00 to 11:00 pm. Please contact JoAnna Barnes at


Class of 1983 –  35th Reunion: Save the date for Saturday, November 3, 2018 at Patty Cousin's home. For further information, please contact Patty Gillis Cousins at or (301) 529-5681 or Annemarie Sarsfield Edwards at or (240) 678-9701.


Class of 1998 – 20th Reunion: Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 7:00 pm at The Avenue DC in Washington, D.C. Spouses, friends, and family of Holy Cross Class of '98, please join us. The more, the merrier!


Class of 2008 – 10th Reunion: Save the date for Saturday, November 24, 2018. Please contact Christina Benedetti at or (301) 742-0988 for more information.

Come back to Holy Cross!

Fall Musical: "Into the Woods"

Friday, October 26 at 7:00 pm

Saturday, October 27 at 7:00 pm

Sunday, October 28 at 2:00 pm


Upton Street Reunion

Tuesday, October 30 at 10:00 am


Open House

Sunday, November 4: 10:00 am-1:00 pm

Do you know someone who is interested in a great high school? Invite them to visit Holy Cross, meet our faculty, talk to parents, and see the great things that we do!


Cookies with Santa

Sunday, December 9: 1:00-3:00 pm 

Show Your Tartan Spirit


2019 Gonzaga Business Network Career Fair Seeking Help

The Gonzaga Business Network Career Fair is an annual event collaborated by the area Catholic high schools. Last year over 500 college and post college alumni attended the event seeking full-time and salaried internship opportunities. The event is Thursday, January 3, 2019 at Gonzaga College High School. The organizers are currently seeking career exhibitors, mock interviewers/resume reviewers, and volunteers for the event. They are especially seeking exhibitors from the following professions:

  • Engineering (All domains)
  • Medical Professions
  • Graduate school Programs
  • Public Relations/Communications
  • Schools looking for Teachers at all grade levels
  • Government Employers
  • Law Professionals
  • Industry Associations
  • Think Tanks and Public Policy firms
  • NGO's and Non-Profits

To volunteer, please contact Kathleen Bula at (301) 929-6463 or


Save the Date  

Friday, October 5, 8:30 am Registration, 10:00 am Shotgun Start

2018 Tartan Classic Golf Tournament

Argyle Country Club


Tuesday, October 30, 10:00 am

Upton Street Reunion at Kensington campus


Sunday, December 9, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Cookies with Santa



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