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September 2016

Interviewer and student shaking hands

Seniors Sharpen Interview Skills

By OLMA Headlines

On Tuesday, September 27, we held two rounds of mock interviews. Seniors were interviewed by two of the five recruiting professionals who volunteered their time to be with us. Pictured are (Brittany Himes of National Freight Industries greeting OLMA senior, Olivia Marrone. The girls dressed to impress and all did a great job. They also came away with some very useful tips and feedback. Many thanks to Ms. Himes, Antoinette Finizio, Robert McCormick, Kevin Burke, and Margaret Durham for helping to prepare our students for college and job interviews.

Student Spotlight: Meet Mackenzie McNelia, Class of 2017

By OLMA Headlines
While she expected to follow in her parents’ footsteps and attend Gloucester Catholic High School, that all changed once she stepped foot into OLMA.  “I love it here and the teachers are always available to provide extra help when needed,” said Mackenzie.  “That’s something that’s not always possible in larger schools.”  Mackenzie also treasures the friendships she has made over the last three years.  “I can’t imagine finding better friends than the ones I have here,” she said.  “We support and depend on one another, just as sisters should.”
Mackenzie’s sister, Riley, joined OLMA last year as a freshman and is already off to a great sophomore year.  Next fall, a third McNelia daughter will join us.  “Delaney is coming to Shadow Day next week and is so excited,” said Mackenzie.  Tom and Lisa Mackenzie are also very active at OLMA with school fundraisers and activities.  Mr. McNelia serves as OLMA’s basketball coach.
With her height, you’d think Mackenzie would be joining her dad on the basketball court, but she prefers volleyball instead — and does it well.  Mackenzie is in the midst of submitting her college applications.  Her first choice is Immaculata University, where she’d like to study nursing.  Until then, she’s taking advantage of the many resources here at OLMA, like last week’s interviewing and resume training and this week’s mock interviews, to be sure she’s ready.  We have no doubt that she will continue to shine and stop at nothing to achieve success.
Bride and Groom by horse and carriage

OLMA Alumna Weds College Sweetheart

By Alumni

Colleen Mannion of OLMA’s Class of 2008, has some exciting news to share!  On September 24, 2016, Colleen  married her college sweetheart, Mike Piccininni, at Buena Vista Country Club.  They both attended Immaculata University. Colleen’s sister, Ashley, a senior at OLMA, was the maid of honor.  She touched her sister’s heart with a very special speech at the reception.  “I’m thankful for the experiences and growth that came from my education at OLMA and proud that my sister is experiencing the same sisterhood,” said Colleen.  We are proud of you both — and thank you for sharing your news!  Congratulations!

OLMA’s Activity Fair Rocks!

By OLMA Headlines

This morning, OLMA students perused displays for 15 different clubs at the school’s first formal Activity Fair.  Clubs included:  Spanish, French, Chorus Angelorum, Debate, OLMA Ambassadors, Bake Club, Prom/Semi-formal, Art, Creative Writing, Big Sisters, Intramurals, Student Council, Interact, Green Girls, and National Honor Society.  The enthusiasm is at an all-time high!

Student Spotlight: Meet Hope Viviani, Class of 2018

By OLMA Headlines
You certainly wouldn’t know it now, but OLMA was the last place that Hope Viviani expected to spend her high school years.  In fact, she remembers kicking and screaming the whole way here on the day she  shadowed.  “My mom insisted that I shadow, so I had no choice, but I told her there was no way I way I was going to an all-girls’ school,” said Hope.  “By the time I finished the day, I told my mom that we were done looking at high schools because OLMA was it for me.”
As hard as it was for her to admit, mom was right.  “Coming here reminds me of a giant sleepover,” said Hope.  “I don’t have to worry about looking perfect because there are no guys,  everyone accepts me for who I am, and I get to spend every day with my best friends.” She also likes the fact that every teacher knows her name — and the names of her friends and family members too.
Now a junior, Hope is especially excited about the upcoming Ring Mass — a right of passage for OLMA students.  She’s also excited about her new classes and having teachers like Mrs. C and Mrs. Fortis.  Hope is on the soccer team and will be rowing crew again for the third year.  Last year, Hope and her teammate, Christine “BB” Porcaro, rowed their way (in OLMA’s Varsity Double boat) to the National Rowing Regatta held in Ohio.  “It was a first for OLMA, a great experience and something I’ll remember for a lifetime,” she said.
In her spare time, Hope volunteers in her hometown as a micro-soccer referee for kids ages 4-6.  “I’ve been doing this every Saturday since the 6th grade and absolutely love it,” she said.  “We teach them the basics of the game and we all have fun.”    We sure are grateful for your mom, Hope, and so glad you are here.

OLMA’s Grace Bernard Does it Again!

By OLMA Headlines

On a cloudy, cool, breezy Saturday morning, Grace Bernard ran her best race of the season. Grace earned the SILVER medal (her first medal of the season) at the Holy Cross Academy Challenge Cup Invitational in a race that saw Grace and a young lady from Cherry Hill East break away from the pack and duel to the finish. Congrats to Grace for representing OLMA so well. — Coach Hickman

sisterhood bracelet

Welcome to the Sisterhood!

By OLMA Headlines

As part of our opening mass this morning, we held our first official Sisterhood Ceremony.  It began with remarks from Mrs. Cavagnaro on what it means to be part of the OLMA Sisterhood.  Next, Big and Little sisters approached the altar in pairs.  Our Senior “Bigs” put an infinity bracelet on the wrists of their “Littles” and were then presented with their own by Mrs. Coyle.  It was a very touching ceremony — one that our students will always remember.  This ceremony will take place each year as new classes of Freshmen join us.  Here are some photo highlights.