Alumnae News

The annual Alumnae Memorial Mass took place on Sunday, March 8 with over 100 alumnae and family members attending to remember 29 alumnae and 43 family members of alumnae who have died in the past year. During the Mass, Celebrant Msgr. John Enzler spoke in his homily about Jesus’ change in the transfiguration and resurrection, and the opportunity for change we are all called to during Lent. Following the Prayers of the Faithful the names of the deceased alumnae were read as classmates and family members brought forward white roses in their memory. Family members names were also read following the Communion Meditation. Guests were welcomed to a reception following the Mass.

Our Black History Month assembly, coordinated by the Holy Cross Onyx Club, took place on Friday, February 7. The theme for this year's assembly, "Honoring Black Women Authors and Playwrights," highlighted the numerous contributions of influential Black women in the written word. The assembly included a recitation of Maya Angelou's poem "Equality" by Lexington Hart '21, an interpretive dance choreographed and performed by Faith Kelly '21, to Maya Angelou's poem "I Rise," and an a capella performance by Katiushka Howell '22 of "A Change is Gonna Come."  

Rhonda Richardson Deskins '03 gave the keynote presentation for the assembly. Rhonda co-founded "Write the Film" production company and has written and directed a web series and two short films. She also earned a Quarter Finalist mention in the Screencraft Horror Screenplay contest. Rhonda is also the Workforce Development Specialist for the DC Department of Employment Services. In her presentation, Rhonda spoke about her life as a marathon. She used the metaphor to describe her friends as her "cheerleaders" in the race; her career "checkpoints," "water breaks," and "second wind" along the way, and the other women she admires as "past winners" in the marathon journey of life. Two fellow alumnae, classmates of Rhonda and former Onyx members, Ursula Anamelechi '03 and Gina Ford '03, attended the assembly as well.

Back Row (L-R) Ursula Anamelechi '03, Faith Kelly '21, Izehinosen Okojie '20, Mackenzie Blount-Rich '20, Gina Ford '03;  Front Row (L-R) Principal John Sullivan, Rhonda Richardson Deskins '03, Katiushka Howell '22, Lexington Hart '21, Alexis Abdullah '20, Tsion Seife '20, Onyx Moderator Debbie Brown, President Katy Prebble


For the second time this season, Anna-Sophia Capizzi ’16, Haverford senior guard has been named the Centennial Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for January 21-24. Anna-Sophia earns the latest award after a dominant outing against Swarthmore setting a new career-best with 29 points in the contest.

Capizzi currently leads the conference in points per game (18.7), and is sixth in field goal percentage (47.7) and three-point percentage (38.5). Her 37 made three pointers is also tops in the Centennial Conference. 

The biology major previously took home the award on November 26, after keying a 2-0 week for the Fords with two impressive 20+ point performances against Ursinus and Eastern. Anna-Sophia was an All-Centennial Conference selection in 2018-19 after Haverford captured the Centennial Conference championship, earning a second consecutive NCAA tournament bid. 

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The Class of 2019 returned to Holy Cross on Thursday, January 9 for “Tartans Come Home.” More than 60 alumnae attended and shared their first-semester college experiences with the junior and senior classes. This is the first gathering of these newest alumnae since their graduation last June.

The graduates spoke about their choices for college, selecting roommates, managing schoolwork and free time, resolving issues on their own, and the college campus cultures. Many of them noted how their experience at Holy Cross prepared them for their college work. After visiting the homeroom 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.