Kimberly Peeler-Allen '94 and her co-founder Glynda C. Carr have been selected as Essence magazine's '2018 Woke 100 Women'. The list is comprised of women who "continuously fight the good fight by inspiring us and igniting movements." Kimberly and Glynda are the co-founders of Higher Heights, a national organization building the political power and leadership of black women from the voting booth to elected office. Kimberly was recently the recipient of a 2018 Roddenberry Fellowship.
Jillian Dunston '14, a senior at the University of Michigan, has been selected as a National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) 2018 All-American Athlete Award recipient.
"It is an honor to continue to recognize the consistent dedication to strength and conditioning that the student-athletes at the University of Michigan demonstrate year-in and year-out," said Mike Favre, the director of Olympic Sports Strength and Conditioning at the University of Michigan.
On Friday, April 20, three outstanding alumnae were recognized with the Distinguished Alumnae Award. Sylvia Cole Mackey '59, Nancy Morrison O'Connor '69, and Lisa Ridgway Slater '82 were honored for their amazing accomplishments.
Sylvia was introduced by her classmate and friend Margaret Morris Schacter '59, who shared about Sylvia's dedication to her husband who developed Frontotemporal Dementia after playing in the NFL. She shared about Sylvia's work to support other families of NFL players resulting in the 88 Plan, which provides retired players funds for medical and custodial care.
Nancy was introduced by her classmate and friend Nancy Noonan '69, who spoke about Nancy's days as a student at Holy Cross and her drive to success that continued up to present day. Nancy is the General Counsel at The Catholic University of America and an adjunct professor at the University of Notre Dame Law School.
Lisa was introduced by her sister Dana Ridgway Goldsmith '78, who spoke about the many ways her sister Lisa has supported Catholic education—as a volunteer, as a leader through board and committee membership, and through her philanthropic support. Lisa has been a committed part of the Shepherd Foundation, which has raised over $10 million for Catholic school tuition aid.
The sixth annual Hair Donation Drive, organized by the Social Justice office, took place on Tuesday, March 27 with 20 students and one faculty member donating eight or more inches of their hair. The donated hair will be given to Pantene Beautiful Lengths, which provides free real-hair wigs to the American Cancer Society's wig banks. Cash donations were also collected for those who wanted to support the drive. Stylists from Progressions salon in Rockville generously donated their time and talent to cut and style the donors' hair. The salon provided the donors with gift bags of sample products, coupons, and gift certificates to the salon. Melissa Manuel Leonard '89, a five-year cancer survivor, spoke about her experience with breast cancer, losing her hair and how receiving a real-hair wig made a big difference during her cancer battle.
On Saturday, March 24, groups of students, parents, faculty/staff, and alumnae participated in the March for Our Lives in Washington, DC and other cities. The march to promote safety in schools and move forward with more sensible gun laws was organized by students from Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, where a school shooting on Wednesday, February 14 killed 17 students. Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington organized an event for Catholic high school students at St. Patrick's church in Washington, DC, to begin the day. Students (including Holy Cross students) gave personal testimonies about their fears and hopes at the event which included a Mass.