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February 2019



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Alumnae News

Class of 2018 – Tartans Come Home


"I was so well-prepared for college!" This sentiment was noted by many of the Class of 2018 alumnae who spoke to junior and senior homeroom advisories on Thursday, January 10 at the annual Tartans Come Home program. More than 40 Ladies of the Academy (LOTAs) returned to share their observations about their first semester of college. These graduates are attending colleges all over the country and internationally.


The returning LOTAs spoke about their choices for college, selecting roommates, managing school work and free time, resolving issues on their own, and the college campus cultures. Many alumnae noted how the course load at Holy Cross prepared them exceptionally well, and most remarked that the strong writing skills they acquired at Holy Cross also served them very well in college. After visiting the junior and senior advisories, the alumnae reconnected with each other, current students and faculty members. Tartans Come Home occurs annually and is coordinated by the College Counseling and Alumnae Affairs Offices.

Tartans In Philadelphia


Holy Cross alumnae from the Philadelphia area gathered at The Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant sharing their Tartan pride on Saturday, January 26. President Katy Prebble, along with Holy Cross staff Charly Ryan, Allie Stacy '11 and Danielle Mahaney Ballantine '86 enjoyed connecting with the LOTAs. Even though it is far from Kensington, you can find a Holy Cross "home-away-from-home" up in Philadelphia and fellow LOTAs ready to share a Philly cheesesteak!


If you are interested in holding an alumnae-area event in your city, contact Kathleen Bula ( or (301) 929-6463).


(L-R) Rachel Rich '12, Hanna Quinn '12, President Katy Prebble, Annie McAuliffe '12


(L-R) Kristin Wolf '86, Danielle Mahaney Ballantine '86

Alumnae Memorial Mass

Sunday, March 10 • 10:00 am • Holy Cross Theatre


Join us to remember alumnae, former faculty/staff, and other Holy Cross community family members who have passed away this last year. If you need to make an addition to our deceased alumnae or deceased family and friends list, please let us know by Friday, February 22.  


If you would like to carry a rose in memory of an alumna please let us know.


Please RSVP by Friday, February 22, with the number of attendees joining you, to Kathleen Bula at or (301) 929-6463.


Career Day


Keep us up to date about your career or profession - we may be asking for your help on a future Career Day! Our keynote speaker for Career Day 2019 on Friday, March 22, 2019 will be Dominica Groom Williams '00, Vice President of Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement at Freddie Mac.

Save the Date!

Distinguished Alumnae Awards

and Athletic Hall of Fame Induction

Friday, May 3, 2019 • 7:00 pm at Holy Cross

2019 Distinguished Alumnae:  

  • Elizabeth Mahan Doyle '40 (Posthumous)
  • Sister Sharon Mihm, CSC, '63
  • Mary Joy Ellis Hurlburt '68
  • Monica Creamer Bradford '75


Athletic Hall of Fame inductees to be announced.


Holy Cross Fund


February is the time to show your love to Holy Cross and the mission of empowering women!


Please consider making a gift to the Holy Cross Fund. Whether it be to honor your reunion class or a special person, express your values to a particular department, or just to show your support of the Academy, all contributions are critical to the success and future of the school. Just as Holy Cross made an impact on you, now you can make an impact on Holy Cross to ensure many years of educating young women to influence this world.


The 2018–2019 Holy Cross Fund ends on Friday, May 31, 2019. If you have already given, thank you! Your participation and support fill our hearts. If you have not given this year—or previously—please consider joining other generous donors! Help our girls enjoy the many opportunities and experiences that you enjoyed at Holy Cross!

Campus News

Bria Fuller '19 Scores 1,000th Point


Congratulations to Bria Fuller '19 who scored her 1,000th point during the Tartan Varsity Basketball team's game against Elizabeth Seton on Tuesday, January 8. Bria scored 24 points during the game which the Tartans won 62-59. During the 2017-2018 season Bria was awarded the team's Most Valuable Player and was named All-WCAC Third Team.


Family, friends, teammates, President Katy Prebble, Athletic Director Dena Rapoport, and Coach Gray celebrated the accomplishment with Bria.


Holy Cross Observes National Migration Week


In observance of National Migration Week, the Holy Cross community gathered for a student-initiated assembly focusing on what it means to be a refugee, and what the Catholic church teaches about immigration. Eileen Dinn '19 worked with Director of Social Justice Emily Teter to organize the presentation with members of the Holy Cross Student Council and Pro-Life Club.


In addition to the information presented by the students, alumna Emily Muldoon '12 shared about her work with Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area, where she works to support refugees, asylum seekers, and victims of trafficking in reaching self-sufficiency upon their arrival in the United States. Emily introduced Tesfay Rezene who spoke about his harrowing journey, fleeing from his small village in Eritrea at age 14 due to what the United Nations describes as "blatant disrespect for human rights." He lived in a refugee camp for three years in Ethiopia until he gained refugee status to come to the United States as an unaccompanied minor. At just 17-years-old, speaking no English, he lived with a foster family in Silver Spring. He attended high school and college and graduated from Penn State University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Global Studies. He now works with Emily at Lutheran Social Services. Emily said, "He is the embodiment of resilience...He reminds [clients] that a better, safer life is possible, [and] he is a living example of this."


(L-R) Emily Teter, Eileen Dinn '19, Emily Muldoon '12, Tesfay Rezene, Katy Prebble

AHC for Life


The Academy of the Holy Cross participated in the annual Youth Rally, Mass and March for Life on Friday, January 18 with 55 girls and faculty/staff chaperones. Girls donned their "AHC For Life" knit hats as they gathered very early at Holy Cross to travel to CapitalOne Arena for the Rally and Mass. Several Holy Cross students assisted during the Mass. Afterwards the group continued the day by participating in the March for Life by walking from Constitution Avenue to the Supreme Court building and U.S. Capitol, peacefully demonstrating about the dignity of all life.




Holy Cross inaugurated #KindnessInActionAHC week on Tuesday, January 22. In conjunction with the IB Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) project, "No Place for Hate," several student groups, including Prism Club, Onyx Club, International Club, and Best Buddies joined together to sponsor activities throughout the week to encourage students to create a community that rejects bullying, name-calling, and exclusion. On Tuesday, January 22, Holy Cross welcomed Dr. Rodney Glasgow, a noted speaker, facilitator, trainer and activist in the areas of diversity, equity, and social justice. Dr. Glasgow gave a moving address on how a school community can be transformed by kindness. After his talk he joined students at lunch to continue the conversation.


Every day during the week, kindness quotes chosen by the students were read during morning and afternoon announcements and included on the monitors throughout the building. On Wednesday and Thursday, January 23 and 24, students from the "No Place for Hate" committee moderated discussions about bullying and how to move from being a bystander to an ally in bullying situations. On Thursday, January 24 students created Kindness Rocks and buttons to remember the week throughout the year.

Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Service


To celebrate the life and service of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. the Holy Cross community gathered for a special prayer service assembly on Monday, January 28. Students from the Holy Cross Onyx Club organized and led the service.


Class Notes


Time for Class Notes! Have you moved? Gotten married? Added a new family member? Landed 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!

Reunion News


The Class of 1959 is planning their 60th Reunion. Contact Kathleen Bula ( or (301) 929-6463) if you would like to help on the Class of '59 Reunion Planning Committee.


The Class of 1969 50th Reunion will be celebrated on graduation weekend. This is a very special time for both our alumnae and the 2019 graduating class! Please be sure that we have your current contact information. Contact Nancy Noonan ( or call (720) 304-3597 if you would like to help on their planning committee.

The Class of 1979 is planning their 40th Reunion. Contact Kathleen Bula at ( or (301) 929-6463). We'd like to get a planning committee together as soon as possible.

The Class of 1999 is also forming a planning committee for their 20th Reunion. Please contact DeAnna Hall Jefferson ( or (202) 904-7068) or Kaitlin Schaeffer Yardley ( or (925) 878-5476) with questions or if you'd like to be a part of their planning committee.

The Class of 2009 is also forming a planning committee for their 10th Reunion. Please contact Juliana Gilbride ( or (202) 905-5114) or Cori Sabate Russell ( or (301) 674-9472) with questions or if you'd like to be a part of their planning committee.

We're looking to add more reunions—this is the reunion year for all years ending in –4 or –9.



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