Come take a look at all that OLMA has to offer! All are welcome at Open House on Thursday, November 9, from 8:30 AM — 12:30 PM. We have an amazing morning planned. See you soon.
Congratulations are in order for Cristen Alysse Whittaker, OLMA Class of 2011. On May 24, 2017, she graduated cum laude with her Doctorate of Pharmacy from the University of the Sciences/Philadelphia College of Pharmacy. She is currently employed as a pharmacist at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center. Yet another OLMA Alumna makes us proud!
The Class of 2020 grew by five students this year. One of the newest members of our Sophomore class is Rachel Donahue who transferred to us from Paul VI High School. While the decision to make the switch wasn’t an easy one, Rachel couldn’t be happier now that she’s here.
“My middle school was very small, so I wanted to try something bigger, which is why I initially chose to attend Paul VI,” said Rachel. “After a few months there, I knew something wasn’t quite right. I had lots of friends, but missed the smaller environment. Academically I did okay, but wasn’t nearly as focused as I am now. Plus, everyone at OLMA is so genuine. I love it here.”
Rachel didn’t waste anytime getting involved in the life of our school. Already a club volleyball player, Rachel joined ours and is the libero for OLMA’s JV team. During the winter season, Rachel plans on joining the Cheerleading team. She’s a flyer and looks forward to cheering for both Prep and OLMA.
Academically, Rachel is doing well and says that she loves all of her classes. She’s also especially excited about Mini-Mesters. These 35-hour, intensive courses will take place from June 4-12. Rachel selected the Canada trip. “This will be my first time out of the country,” she said. “I can’t wait!”
We can’t either. Keep up the good work, Rachel. We are so glad you’re here.
There are just a few days left to reserve one of the hottest tickets in town as we get set to celebrate the 2017 OLMA Salerno Society Hall of Fame Inductees. It all happens in support of OLMA Athletics on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at Merighi’s Savoy Inn.
Doors open at 6 PM for cocktails. We hope to see you there. Our very own Mrs. Cavagnaro is one of this year’s honorees! Also being honored are: Bifulco Farms; OLMA 2009 Varsity Crew Team, Senior Quad Boat; and Dr. Alexis Harvey. We owe these individuals, families and alumnae athletes tremendous thanks.
Tickets are $60 each and may be purchased online or by calling the school office at (856) 697-2008. All proceeds will benefit OLMA Athletics .
To find out more about this year’s slate of inductees, please click here .
To purchase tickets, click here.
As any OLMA faculty or staff member will tell you, watching the girls discover who they are and what they’re passionate about is one of the greatest things about working in education. Case in point: Alyson Daley.
As a freshman and sophomore, Alyson was certain that a career in film was what she wanted. She was quite good with a video camera and had a family member in the business, so it made perfect sense — until it didn’t. While she will always have a love of film, Alyson discovered the field of speech pathology and has seen first hand the difference it can make in the lives of children who need it.
“I have three siblings who received speech therapy, which is how I first got interested in the field,” she said. “I enjoyed listening in on some of the sessions and saw the difference it made in how my siblings felt about themselves. I also started tutoring a student who needed help with phonetics. It gave me a small taste of the field and I found myself loving every minute of it.”
With just a little more than seven months of high school left, Alyson is exploring schools that offer strong programs in speech pathology. Topping her list are Towson University and the University of Iowa. She has been accepted by both and he has already visited Towson. A road trip to Iowa is in the cards for sometime soon.
Alyson says that she feels completely prepared for college and appreciates all of the support she has received from Mrs. Szawlewica in Guidance. “She has done a lot to help me research this field of study,” says Alyson. “She has also helped me make my applications the best they can be and will soon be working with me on trying to secure scholarships.”
In the meantime, Alyson is President of the Debate Club, plays Volleyball and will be Captain of the Swim Team when the season begins this winter. In terms of her advice to the many 7th and 8th graders who will be visiting OLMA over the next few months, she says not to worry. “The work is hard, but it’s also fun. Plus, OLMA teachers really care and will do anything they can to help us succeed.”
We have no doubt that you will do that and then some, Alyson. Enjoy the rest of your senior year!
This time last year, Marie Pinque was in the 8th Grade at Our Lady of Hope Regional School when OLMA came to visit. “I remember the day well and was really interested,” she said. “I especially liked that OLMA was small and that everyone seemed so close.”
Soon afterward, Marie came for a Shadow Day and knew that OLMA was for her. “I visited other high schools, but liked OLMA the best,” she said. “Everyone knows everyone and it feels like family.” That was certainly confirmed when she found out that her freshmen orientation would take the form of a sleepover. “It was awesome staying up all night and into the morning with the other freshmen and the seniors,” said Marie. “I also liked that we did activities that took us all over the school. It definitely helped me find my way around. I had a great time.”
Now officially part of the OLMA family, Marie is settling in beautifully. Algebra is her favorite class, she loves singing as part of Chorus and has found her way onto the volleyball court. “I never played volleyball before coming to OLMA, but I really like it,” said Marie. “Being part of the team has also helped me make a lot of new friends with girls in all four grades.” Marie is also part of the cast of Footloose — the musical that OLMA will perform with St. Augustine Prep in November.
Marie plans to run track this winter and again this spring, but is plenty busy for now. When asked if she had any advice to the many 8th graders who are considering OLMA, she said, “If you want to be part of a small, caring community of girls who get along well and support one another, come to OLMA. You’ll get a great education and make lots of friends.”
We couldn’t have said it any better. We’re glad you’re here, Marie. Have a great year.