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Posted 05/18/2017 10:14AM

On Friday, May 12, The Academy of the Holy Cross hosted the 2017 Distinguished Alumnae Awards and Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Karen Schmelzer Jacobsen ’81 and Dominica Groom ’00 received the 2017 Distinguished Alumnae Award. The members of the 2004 and 2005 Tennis teams and their coaches, Suzy Ornstein-Fleming and Ali Yagci were inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame. The event was attended by friends, family and fellow classmates of the alumnae being recognized.

In 1985 Karen Schmelzer Jacobsen ’81 has dedicated her life to serving those in need. She first worked as a social worker for Covenant House serving runaway and homeless youth. Then she and her husband Kerry became live-in caregivers for 23 boys ages 6-21 at a residential school for children with intellectual disabilities in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. In 1995 Karen and Kerry began working for The Emmaus Community of Pittsburgh as direct support professionals. Emmaus is a faith-based non-profit that provides permanent residential homes and community-based services for adults with intellectual disabilities and autism. At Emmaus, people with and without disabilities break bread with one another, recognizing the beauty, the dignity and the gifts that each person has to share. Karen served in many capacities at Emmaus before becoming executive director in 2008. She is extremely active in the cause for people with developmental disabilities. Karen was nominated by classmate Kathleen Burgess Clark who spoke abou how Karen’s life has been a testimony to the Holy Cross mission. During her speech, Karen remarked about how proud she was that Holy Cross has grown the Moreau Options Program.

Dominica Groom ’00 is the senior director for Global Sustainability and Supplier Diversity at Marriott International. She has been instrumental in leading the company to elevated supplier diversity success and global recognition, including generating increased opportunities for diverse-owned businesses across Marriott’s global portfolio of 30 brands. She actively volunteers across various non-governmental organizations, including serving in various board and leadership capacities. Dominica also leads recycling and waste reduction efforts to support Marriott’s global sustainability platform. Dominica was recognized as one of the “Top 100 Women” in the state of Maryland by The Daily Record. She was named as one of the top “Leading Women,” under the age of 40, in the state of Maryland and was also named a “Top Influential Leader in Diversity” by the National Association for Minority Companies. Dominica was nominated by classmate Megan Hendon Harbold ’00 who shared from many of her fellow Class of 2000 Ladies of the Academy about the impact Dominica has had in their lives.

The Academy of the Holy Cross’ 2004 and 2005 Tennis teams exhibited a mark of superiority with the WCAC Finalist and Championship titles. In the 2004 season the Tartans compiled a 9-2 record under coach Suzy Ornstein-Fleming and captured the second-place spot in the WCAC. Angela Fuccillo ’06 was named First Team All-Gazette in 2004 and Courtney Radcliff ’06 received All-Gazette Honorable Mention. In 2005, the team completed their season with a 14-0 record, winning six of nine matches in the championship finals. Angela and Maria Fuccillo ’09 were named First Team All-Gazette in 2005 in both the Singles and Doubles category. Angela remarked on the closeness and supportiveness of the teams. She noted that tennis can appear to be an individual sport, but that the importance of the team is what certainly helped the Tartans achieve the title.

2004-2005 Tennis Teams:
Brittany Bigelow ’05
Melanie Concordia ’07
Kelsey Daniels Glading ’06
Grace Ellis ’06
Angela Fuccillo ’06
Maria Fuccillo ’09
Samantha Hopkins ’09
Bridget Kerner ’07
Colleen McNish ’06
Alicia Migliorini ’06
Lindsey Monroe ’06
Tina Pappas Cron ’05
Courtney Radcliff ’06
Mary-Kate Rasa ’05
Kathryn Sturm ’08
Carly Yoo ’08

Posted 05/04/2017 07:57AM

The Tartan Crew team took second place in the Women’s First Varsity 4+ at the Maryland State Championship in Chestertown, MD on Sunday, April 30. The boat included Catherine Kiyonaga ’19 (stroke), Erin Hicks ’17 (3 seat), Emma Falkenstein ’17 (2 seat), Elizabeth Girard ’17 (Bow), and Jessica Snowden ’17 (coxswain).

Posted 05/04/2017 07:56AM

The Holy Cross Track and Field team participated in the Penn Relays on Thursday-Friday, April 27-28 at the University of Pennsylvania. The event is the oldest and largest track and field competition in the United States, hosted annually since April 21, 1895.

Holy Cross had great results this year!

The 4x100m Relay Team (Jeasmine Ebessa ’18, Kierra Marshall ’20, Amy Mortensen ’17, Tori Kestel ’19) had a finish time of 50.96 finishing 80th of 350 teams. This is the first time the Tartans have placed in the top 100 and the top 25% of all the high school teams competing. This is the fastest time in Holy Cross history since 1988, missing the all-time school record by .06 seconds. An incredible accomplishment!

Posted 04/26/2017 06:45PM
West Virginia University center will play for the Seattle Storm.

Congratulations to Lanay Montgomery ’12, who has been selected to play for the WNBA Seattle Storm. As a center at West Virginia University, Lanay finished her college career with 937 rebounds (7.1 rpg), 855 points (6.5 ppg) and 330 blocks (2.5 bpg). She is a two-year member of the Big 12 All-Defensive Team. The West Virginia Mountaineers website quoted her, “It is truly an honor to have my name called at the WNBA Draft. I started playing basketball my freshman of year of high school; and now to be drafted is an amazing feeling.” Her coach, Mike Carey was also quoted, “There is no one more deserving of this moment than Lanay Montgomery. With her tremendous work ethic, Lanay has made great strides in her five years at West Virginia University. We are very proud of her accomplishments and I wish her the best of luck in Seattle.”

See full article here.

At Holy Cross, Lanay was a three-star prospect who was named to the WCAC All-Conference first team her sophomore and junior seasons. She was named second team All-Met, MVP of the holiday tournament and most improved player in her junior year. She averaged 14.5 points per game, 8.7 rebounds per game and 2.8 blocks per game totaling 463 points, 278 rebounds and 88 blocks her junior season.

Photo courtesy of West Virginia University.

Posted 04/26/2017 06:20PM

During a special assembly on Monday, April 24, seven Class of 2017 athletes were recognized for committing to play a sport next year in college. This is the second recognition of students in the Class of 2017 with a total of 11 athletes committing to play college-level sports.

Lizanne Passaro ’17 will be continuing her swimming career at Mount St. Mary’s University. Lizanne loves the water and loves swimming, especially when she gets to teach young children how to swim. She is a lifeguard during the summers and takes her job seriously. She has translated her love of swimming to her favorite day of the year, the Race for the Cure, a three-mile open water swim whose proceeds go to research at the Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Cancer Center. When she's not in the water, she's been a pivotal member of Campus Ministry.  

Dorothy “Dori” Mesmer ’17 will complete for Virginia Tech's DI tennis team. She has been a member of the varsity tennis team here at Holy Cross and has been the captain for the last two years, elected by her peers. Voted by her coach as the MVP over two different seasons, Dori is dominant on the court. Off the court, Dori is a member of the Young Conservatives club and she has also been a leader in the Tartan Spirit and Booster club, and she puts her tennis skills to good use as an instructor for the Special Olympics.

Next year, Amy Mortensen ’17 will be competing for the varsity soccer team at Rollins College. Amy has been a standout player on the Holy Cross soccer team, has played for several travel teams and has competed internationally. While soccer is her true love, she also participates as a student ambassador, coaches younger children, and is a beloved camp counselor. 

Jessica Falcinelli ’17 will be continuing her volleyball career at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University where she will be studying aeronautical science, (as well as possibly double majoring or minoring in astronomy, or minoring in meteorology)This 2016 recipient of “The Coach Sheahan Excellence Award” and All-WCAC Volleyball Honorable Mention recipient has earned accolades here for her leadership on the Volleyball and Ice Hockey teams, her involvement in a vast array of extracurricular activities, her deep dedication to her Catholic faith and her commitment to her family, and her strong academic record.

Gianna Carmona ’17 has been a standout on our varsity volleyball team here at Holy Cross and she will take her talents with her next year to Frostburg State University. For four years, Gianna has been part of our WCAC league championship volleyball team and as a senior, earned herself WCAC Honorable Mention recognition. She was named MVP by her coaches in Freshman year in both basketball and volleyball. When she's not competing on our court, Gianna can be found playing for her club team or as an integral member of the Onyx Club. 

Emma Falkenstein ’17 will continue her rowing career at the Hobart & William Smith Colleges where she will also major in International Relations. At Holy Cross, Emma has been a competitive rower and swimmer, and she leads and encourages her teammates as captain of both teams. Emma is also a prized student ambassador, an advisory rep for Student Council and an active member of our Girl Up! organization.

Amber Onyekwere ’17 will be playing basketball next year for the Salisbury University Seagulls. As senior Captain of the Holy Cross team, Amber has led her teammates on and off the court. She received the Tartan Award in both Junior and Senior year from her team coaches. Also a lector at her church, a Student Ambassador, and a member of many other student organizations here, she's excited to take her talents to the next level. 

Posted 03/20/2017 04:33PM

The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) selected Melanie McNamara ’19 to the Maryland All-State team for 2016. The All-State awards are given by the Maryland affiliate (Maryland Association of Coaches of Soccer - MACS) of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), the largest organization of soccer coaches in the country. Melanie is one of only six goalkeepers in the state chosen for the award.

Holy Cross recognized Melanie during the all-school assembly on Monday, March 20.

Posted 03/10/2017 12:03PM

On Thursday, March 9, Holy Cross recognized athletes who played on Winter Sports teams. Each coach presented Most Valuable Player, Most Improved Player, and Tartan awards during the main program and gave individuals recognition in breakout gatherings. The event is organized by the Athletic Director Lisa Schrader and the Holy Cross Athletics Office.

Varsity Basketball
MVP: Madison Boyd ’17
MIP: Julia Muzzatti ’18
Tartan: Amber Onyekwere ’17

Junior Varsity Basketball            
MVP: Elizabeth Walsh ’20
MIP: Ella Torp ’19
Tartan: Caroline Ionata ’20

Varsity Dive        
MVP: Haley Rupp ’17
MIP Sofia Leusch ’19 
Tartan: Emily Schlosser ’17

Varsity Swim     
MVP: Zoe Westrick ’17
MIP: Rafaela Gutierrez ’18
Tartan: Caroline Howley ’19

Varsity Indoor Track              
MVP: Tori Kestel ’19
MIP: Mary Kolbe ’19
Tartan: Jeasmine Ebessa ’18

Varsity Pom and Cheer         
MVP: Christine Egan ’20
MIP: Maria Vitoria Da Silva ’19
Tartan: Shauneen Miranda ’18
                   
Varsity Ice Hockey 
MVP Offense: Emma Vinal ’20
MVP Defense Katrina Hebert ’18
MIP: Megan Witt ’18
Tartan: Melina Skinner ’19

Junior Varsity Ice Hockey 
MVP Offense: Mary Schech ’17  
MVP Defense Emily Clark  ’19
MIP: Gabriella Sebastian ’18
Tartan: Isabella Fontana ’20

Posted 01/27/2017 04:22PM

  

Congratulations to the Holy Cross Indoor Track and Field team, who won second place at the Montgomery County Private Schools Championship on Tuesday, January 24 at Georgetown Prep High School. 

Posted 01/25/2017 01:24PM

The Holy Cross Swim and Dive team came in second place overall in the National Catholic Swimming and Diving Championships held Saturday-Sunday, January 21-22 at Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore. The team is currently undefeated in the WMPSSDL.

Holy Cross competed against 19 schools from Virginia, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. The Tartans took the top spots in the 1 Meter 6 Dives with Emily Schlosser ’17 in first place, Abigail Malone ’20 in second place, Helena Orrego ’18 in third place, and Kaila Burgess ’20 in fifth place. Additionally, Madison Kelly ’17 came in first place in the 200 Free Swim. Special recognition was given to Holy Cross coaches Kit Mathews and Beth Hagler, who were named top coaches of the meet.

Emily Schlosser ’17 and Madison Kelly ’17 took first place spots.

Posted 01/03/2017 01:06PM

The Tartan Varsity Basketball team were the champions of the 2016 Bobcat Classic that took place December 28-30, 2016, in Hilton Head, SC. The tournament was hosted by Bluffton High School and included 16 teams (eight boys, eight girls) from both private and public high schools. This is the first time Holy Cross has participated in this event. During the trip the Tartans also participated in team-building activities, including attending the University of Maryland vs. University of Connecticut basketball game.

The Tartans played against Eagle’s Landing High School (McDonough, GA) in the championship game and emerged victorious with a 42-40 final score. Margareth Tchoufa ’17 was named MVP of the championship game and Madison Boyd ’17 was named to the All-Tournament Team.

Holy Cross Coach John Witherspoon says that the team enjoyed their time together and formed a stronger bond that will help them with the remainder of their season. 

Read an article about the tournament here.



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