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September 2017

PHoto of olma junior, Madisson luciano

Student Spotlight: Meet Madisson Luciano, Class of 2019

By OLMA Headlines

For anyone who doesn’t think Cheerleading is an athletic sport, think again. Better yet, talk with OLMA’s Madison Luciano, Class of 2018. “We stepped up our training this year, which began in the summer at Blitz Cheerleading,” said Madison. “I was in good shape, but didn’t have much muscle at first. That has definitely changed.” Madison explained that the team is doing many more stunts this year and that she is a Back Spot which requires extremely strong and well-conditioned arms and legs.

Well conditioned she is — for cheerleading, as well as for every day life at OLMA. Madisson is rarely without a smile and is one of our school ambassadors. She is also a member of the Interact Club, which is solely focused on service. Madisson especially enjoys OLMA’s annual trip to Broadway, which is quickly approaching. She’s also excited about the possibility of participating in the “History of Broadway” Mini-mester in June.

Madison came to OLMA from Bishop Schad Regional School and was looking for a similar environment. “I loved that OLMA was all girls and wanted a small, close-knit environment,” she said. “This is the most comfortable place ever to go to school. We can be ourselves.”

As for which school is next, Madisson says that it’s too early to tell. She is quite sure, though, that science and math will be part of whatever career she chooses. “Ms. Hop’s enthusiasm is what made me love chemistry last year,” she said, “and I’ve always loved math.” She’s planning to attend the summer of 2018’s college tours to help narrow down her college choices.

For now, Madisson, we’re happy you’re here and look forward to a great year.

White Coats All Around

By Alumni, OLMA Headlines

In the last week, two OLMA Alumnae achieved an important milestone in their respective fields of study.  Gabriella Capriotti, PA-S (on left), graduated cum laude from Drexel University in three years with her Bachelor Health Science degree.  She finished her first year of graduate school with the traditional White Coat Ceremony.  The White Coat Ceremony marks the transition between the didactic year and clinical year.  She will be on rotations for one year before taking the PENCE test.

Just yesterday, Emma Durham (on right), received her White Coat as part of the “Lighting of the Lamp” ceremony at Notre Dame University of Maryland.  Emma is pursuing a career in nursing.

The world of medicine is better for having you both in it.  Congratulations to you and your families!  You’ve made your sisters proud!

Student Spotlight: Meet Katie Burrichter, Class of 2019

By OLMA Headlines

OLMA’s Katie Burrichter is well known for her performance on the Volleyball court — a place she feels completely at home. Katie began playing Club volleyball in the fourth grade. She also wanted to play for her school, but St. Michael the Archangel Regional School didn’t have a team. “That’s when I first met Coach Fred (Marcano),” said Katie. “He introduced volleyball at St. Michael’s and formed our first team.”

Little did she know that Coach Fred would re-enter her life in high school as OLMA’s head coach for volleyball — a position he started in this summer. “Our team is making a lot of progress so far this year,” said Katie. “Coach has introduced new techniques, plus we have a lot of new freshmen players.” The team also has some great leadership in co-captains, Katie and Morgan Hagerty.

Katie’s hard work and leadership were rewarded this past weekend as she was named MVP Libero for the whole tournament. When asked about that honor she said she was surprised. “I didn’t expect it, but my adrenaline and energy level were both pretty high that day. They were a tough team and I wanted to be every where and get every ball.” And that she did.

This is Katie’s third year playing varsity volleyball for OLMA, something she has in common in with her two sisters, Nicole, OLMA ’14 and Ashley, OLMA ’16. When it came time to choose a high school, Katie said she remembers having options. “My parents let me decide which high school felt best,” she said. “I had already spent so much time at OLMA with my sisters that it already felt like home. We’re all girls, we can totally be ourselves. I have a Spiderman notebook and no one cares. I’m not sure I’d be comfortable carrying it around anywhere else.”

Academically, Katie is a fan of Chemistry and History and is considering attending college to be a Chemical Engineer. She hasn’t made any decisions yet on schools, but after attending OLMA’s college tours, has put Loyola and Catholic University on the consideration list. In addition to great academic programs, both schools have women’s volleyball teams. Any school would be lucky to have you, Katie. Good luck on the rest of your season!