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February 2017

Calling All Alumnae! Let’s Get Together!

By Alumni, OLMA Headlines
Good afternoon all! Linked here is a quick, 6-question survey that OLMA would like all alumnae to complete. We are hoping to plan an informal gathering this spring and want your thoughts. Please fill it out ASAP…takes less than five minutes. Thank you!

Student Spotlight: Meet Madeline Fawcett, Class of 2020

By OLMA Headlines
OLMA Freshmen, Madeline Fawcett is destined for greatness.  She’s an excellent student, a natural on stage, an athlete, and eager to try new things.  Best of all, she has known since the 6th Grade that OLMA was where she would spend her high school years.  “I shadowed when I was in 6th grade and immediately fell in love,” said Madeline.  “I never bothered looking anywhere else because of the way OLMA made me feel.  Teachers and students were so welcoming and really seemed to care about me, like a sister would.”
Now that she’s here, OLMA is all that she hoped for and more and enjoys being part of a small class.  “I love it,” said Madeline.  “We have a special bond and even when we’re not all getting along for some reason, we know it will be okay because we are family.” Madeline is Vice President of her class and especially excited about the upcoming Freshmen sleepover.  “I can’t wait and hope to be able to do more things that will help us to get even closer as a class,” she said.
One of Madeline’s favorite parts of her Freshmen year so far was having the opportunity to play Virginia in the OLMA/PREP musical.  “Theater is my way of expressing myself,” said Madeline.  “I’ve always loved acting and singing and this year’s show enabled me to do both.  It was so much fun and from day one, the entire cast became great friends.”  Madeline also performs with the Triple Threat Workshop for Kids in Vineland and at The Levoy Theatre in Millville, where she lives.
Madeline’s most recent challenge is rowing crew.  “I’ve never done it before, but it’s great so far,” she said.  “We started training indoors this winter and will be on the water for the first time this week.  It’s a huge commitment and a lot of work, but I know it will all pay off.”
With you in the boat, we have no doubt that it will.  We are so glad you’re here and can’t wait to see what you do next.
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OLMA Names Dean of Academics & Leadership

By OLMA Headlines

On Tuesday, February 21, 2017, Mrs. Coyle announced the addition of Jennifer A. Valore as Dean of Academics and Leadership, effective July 1, 2017.  Ms. Valore will also serve as Head Coach of OLMA’s lacrosse program, working with Coach Tom McCarville, effective immediately.

She is pursuing an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership & Management and brings with her more than 15 years of teaching, mentoring and coaching experience including the development of the first-ever Division I varsity women’s lacrosse program for University of Michigan.

“We could not be more thrilled to welcome Ms. Valore to OLMA’s leadership team,” said Mrs. Coyle.  Her commitment and passion for leadership, learning and empowering young women to achieve their absolute best both academically and athletically, will continue to power our school forward. Her experience in teaching and coaching at the collegiate level will bring a broader perspective to our academic and leadership programs, enabling us to create a richer array of opportunities for our students.”

Prior to her time at University of Michigan, Ms. Valore held the position of Program Administrator for Sport Management at Drexel University.  As an administrator at a co-operative institution, she was involved in the oversight, management, implementation and assessment of academic and career related programs, events, services and initiatives for undergraduate and graduate students.  Those efforts required continuous interaction and collaboration with students, faculty, university administrators, professional staff, community partners and employers.

Currently, and for more than 10 years, Valore serves as an adjunct instructor for the Drexel University Sport Management and Sport Coaching Leadership programs.  In this capacity, she helps students learn and develop the skills and knowledge necessary in their chosen field of study, mentors and guides them through their current academic endeavors, and prepares them for a future after graduation.

In addition, Valore serves as Director of Girls Lacrosse for SouthShore Lacrosse club and the Sports Leadership Development Coordinator for the Drexel Sports Leadership Academy.  In addition to pursuing an Ed.D in Educational Leadership & Management from Drexel University, Valore holds an M.S. in Communications from Drexel and a B.S. in Kinesiology from James Madison University.

Please join me in welcoming Ms. Valore to the OLMA family.  We look forward to her contributions both on and off the field.

School Dog Spotlight: Meet Bailey Cusick

By OLMA Headlines
If ever there was an award for the most lovable therapy dog, Bailey Cusick would be the winner…paws down.  One look at his sweet face and you can’t help but smile.  While he is most attached to mom, Mrs. Cusick, Bailey’s heart belongs to every student in the school.  Of course, he can’t always be here, so he counts on his pals, Rosco and Cooper — both equally lovable and loved — to fill in.
Bailey was born in Bensalem, PA on November 30, 2005, and was adopted by the Cusick family in February 2005 — on Superbowl Sunday.  He is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel — a type of dog originally bred to keep their owner’s feet warm.  Bailey is all about that and much more.  As a puppy, he cuddled in the laps of his parents and brothers every chance he got.  At night time, though, he had what his veterinarian called, “night crazies” — running around the house at high speeds insisting that his family play chase and hide and seek.
Now 12 years old, Bailey has slowed down a little bit, but still plays hide and seek.  The only difference is that instead of with people, he plays the game with bones.  “He is constantly hiding little bones all over the house,” said Mrs. Cusick.  “The best part is that he finds and then moves them around.  They never stay in the same place for long!”
On the days he spends at OLMA, he begins with a visit to Mrs. Duffy and then the girls in Room 108. He can be found standing in Mrs. Cusick’s doorway so as to get as much attention as possible from passers by.  While some of his favorite treats are carrots and apples, he simply can’t resist Mrs. Stanzione’s chicken and often makes a break for the kitchen when Mrs. Cusick isn’t looking.
As far as his extracurricular activities go, Bailey loves chasing leaves, the feel of the wind on his face, snow, and car rides.  The only thing he doesn’t like are dogs on leashes.  We can’t be sure, but we think that may have more to do with the leash than the dog.
Bailey gave us a bit of a scare recently as he all of a sudden was unable to walk.  All is well, though.  He just had a touch of vertigo –something his doctor said is typical at his age.  We were all greatly relieved to see him return good as new.
No bones about it, Bailey.  We all love you.  Woof!

OLMA Senior Wins Comcast Scholarship

By OLMA Headlines

OLMA’s Madison Hagerty has been selected as a recipient of the 2017-2018 Comcast Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Program. This program, funded through the Comcast Foundation, recognizes high school seniors from Comcast communities for their commitment to community service, academics, and demonstrated leadership. To acknowledge these accomplishments, recipients of the award will receive a one-time grant of $1,000.

Madison is senior class president, senior retreat leader, a member of the National Honor Society, Varsity Softball Team Captain, and a straight A student. She is also a member of the Green Girls, Interact and Spanish clubs and volunteers weekly as a Big Sister mentor. Madison — You are an OLMA Superstar! Congratulations!

OLMA Students Welcomes Speaker, Anthony Iaconelli

By Alumni, OLMA Headlines

OLMA was honored today to have Mr. Anthony Iaconelli on campus. As part of our speaker series, Mr. Iaconelli spoke to us about integrity and commitment. Mr. Iaconelli hails from St. Augustine Prep where he teaches history and coaches basketball. He’s somewhat of a legend at Prep and now we know why.

Mr. Iaconelli’s wife and daughter are OLMA alumnae, making our school near and dear to his heart. Thanks for taking the time to visit with us!