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January 2018

Student Spotlight: Meet Jordan Ruberti, Class of 2018

By OLMA Headlines

OLMA senior, Jordan Ruberti, firmly believes that everything happens for a reason. That was exactly the case when Jordan was in 8th Grade at Bishop Schad Elementary School. “I had planned to move on with all my friends to Sacred Heart High School,” said Jordan. “At least that was until the school closed. I was upset about it at the time, but it’s what brought me to OLMA.”

Four years later, Jordan is grateful to have found the school she now considers her second home. It’s also the place where she found her best friend, Kaitlyn Levari. You rarely see one without the other — both in and out of school. “She is my best friend for life,” said Jordan. “If my original plans had worked out, I would never have met her and I can’t imagine that.”

During her time at OLMA, Jordan has played sports almost every season. This year, she played soccer in the fall, is swimming now and will row crew in the spring as part of the Varsity Four boat. When it comes to academics, Jordan works hard and says that her two favorite classes are Probability and Statistics and Literature. “Prob and Stats is a whole different world of math,” she said. “Mrs. DeValerio makes it fun and I really like the challenge.”

Also fun for Jordan is Chorus and the Vocal Performance Course she is taking this year. “I’ve always loved to sing, but saved it mostly for the car and the shower,” said Jordan. “In sophomore year, my mom encouraged me to join Chorus. She said that she wouldn’t let me sing in the car and shower anymore if I didn’t join.” While chances are pretty good that Mrs. Ruberti would have relented, that little nudge did the trick as Jordan will soon perform with Kaitlyn and the rest of Chorus at the Diocese of Camden’s Jubiliee Mass. “We are really excited,” she said. “It’s something that our school has never done before, so we’re all looking forward to it.”

Looking ahead, Jordan is hoping to pursue a career in the medical field. While she’s still exploring the many options available, she knows she wants a career that involves helping people. “Medicine is a great career path and will allow me to help people every day,” said Jordan. “That’s important to me.”

For girls in middle school who may be considering OLMA, Jordan says to take the leap. “OLMA is getting greater and greater every day, with new sports, new classes and leadership opportunities,” she said. “It’s small, close knit and you’ll meet people who will be your friends for life. OLMA should be at the top of your list.”

We think so too! Thank you, Jordan, and sing your heart out this weekend!

OLMA Provides Comfort with PB&Js

By OLMA Headlines
On the morning of January 25, members of Our Lady of Mercy Academy’s Student Council launched this year’s Peanut Butter & Jelly making operation in support of Code Blue. Every Thursday morning from now through spring, OLMA students will start their day by preparing sandwiches for delivery to warming centers in Bridgeton, NJ. This is the third year in a row that OLMA has participated in this service activity. By winter’s end, more than $5,000 sandwiches will have found their way into the hands of those who need them.
Take a look at the operation in action below.
P.S. — Operation PB&J was featured on SNJ Today!  Click here to view.

Student Spotlight: Meet Kendall Silva, Class of 2019

By OLMA Headlines

Small classes, caring teachers and the classmates she calls her sisters are what Kendall Silva says she likes best about OLMA. Now in her junior year, Kendall still remembers shadowing Kate Olsen, Class of 2016, when she was in 7th grade. “I really liked it a lot and went home and told my mom that this is where I wanted to be,” said Kendall. If given the chance, Kendall said she’d do it all over again. “OLMA is a perfect fit for me,” she said.

An OLMA Tennis player and OLMA Crew coxswain, Kendall says that she loves competing. “I love tennis and as a coxswain it’s my job to to hype up the girls on race day,” she said. “I take that job very seriously as they count on me to keep them going during the race.”

While she’s just beginning her college search, Kendall is hoping to pursue a career as a speech pathologist or a pediatrician. She volunteers at the Inspira Medial Center every week and has a part-time job caring for young children while their parents work out at the Fitness Connection, also operated by Inspira.

Kendall says that her favorite class so far this year is Anatomy. She’s looking forward to the Job Shadow Program coming in March. “I’m hoping to have the opportunity to shadow a Speech Pathologist, or another professional in the medical field,” said Kendall. “It’s a great way to learn.”

Speaking of hands-on learning, Kendall is also excited about Mini-Mesters. “I love to cook, especially bake, so I’ve decided to take the Culinary Arts course,” she said. “I can’t wait to get started.”

When asked if there was something about her that people may not know, Kendall replied that she was adopted from South Korea when she was three months old by her parents, Jeanette and Jose. “My older brother, Julian was also adopted, so I think that’s pretty special.” She hopes to visit South Korea again one day, but knows that she’s already very much at home.

OLMA Senior Receives Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Award

By OLMA Headlines

Our Lady of Mercy Academy (OLMA) senior, Morgan Hagerty, was selected as a recipient of Comcast Leaders and Achievers ®  Scholarship Program award.  Funded through the Comcast Foundation, this one-time award in the amount of $1,000 recognizes high school seniors from Comcast communities for their commitment to community service, academics and demonstrated leadership.  Morgan is well-versed in all three.

Morgan serves as President of the OLMA Student Council, Co-Captain of the OLMA Softball team, Co-Caption of the OLMA Volleyball team, and was recently named the Cape Atlantic League’s first-ever Unsung Hero.  As a junior, she earned a $25,000 High School Leadership Award from Widener University.  

When not in school, Morgan holds a part-time job working with preschool children and plans to pursue a career in Early Education upon graduation from OLMA this spring.  Morgan lives in Vineland with her parents, Leo and Gina.  Her sister, Madison, is a 2017 graduate of OLMA and attends Rosemont College.

OLMA, located in Newfield, NJ. is South Jersey’s premier Catholic High School for young women.  Through a challenging academic curriculum, diverse extra-curricular program and spirit of sisterhood, students thrive and are forever bonded in faith and friendship.  To learn more visit www.olmanj.org or call (856) 697-2008

Student Spotlight: Meet Tori Smith, Class of 2018

By OLMA Headlines

OLMA senior, Tori Smith is nearly always smiling, plays a mean tambourine, looks out for her friends, and is as fun loving as they come. She’s also at the top of her game both academically and athletically.

While softball is her first love, Tori is tearing up the basketball court this season averaging 15.2 points per game! She’s one of the area’s top scorers and she’s just getting started. OLMA Athletics is part of the Cape Atlantic League and Tori says that her goal is to make First Team in basketball and softball this year. “I’ve been named to Second Team and received Honorable Mention before, but I’m going for First Team this time around,” said Tori. “I want to finish strong.”

She is certainly on the right track and loving every minute of it. In true Tori style, she is giving her all and is proud of her entire team. “We have a lot of new players and are competing against a lot of larger schools, but we’re holding our own,” she said. “We don’t always win, but we get better, reflect, re-group and get back out there.”

Tori’s can-do attitude has served her well academically, as well as athletically. She is an excellent student and plans to pursue a career in Engineering. Already accepted by six schools, she’s waiting to hear from the rest before making a final decision on where she will spend her college years.

Tori said that she found her way to OLMA by shadowing Brittni Giosa, Class of 2016. “I also knew a few other girls and Amanda Willis and I were friends and decided to check it out,” she said. “I’d do it all over again because I can’t see myself anywhere else.” The same is true when she talks about her love for OLMA Softball.

“I love softball and play third base,” said Tori. I had hoped to have my 100th hit by now, but I broke my wrist and tore some ligaments in sophomore year.” She’s ready now and determined to reach that milestone this spring along with making First Team.

In the meantime, Tori is enjoying senior year with her classmates. “We all get along great,” she said. “We’re really excited for everything that’s coming next like our Disney Trip, Prom, Mary Day and Graduation.” Don’t blink, Tori, as it will be here before you know it. Enjoy.

Student Spotlight: Meet Maris Horner, Class of 2020

By OLMA Headlines

Maris Horner loves to learn and couldn’t wait to start high school. It wasn’t long, though, before she realized that she was in the wrong place and wanted to make a change. “I was excited about going to my local high school, but just didn’t fit in,” said Maris. “I’m not sure why, but I never felt comfortable. I started to dread going, which was when I knew I had to go somewhere else.”

Determined to make the right choice this time, Maris finished up her freshmen year started researching and visiting other schools. Just when she thought she’d made her decision, Maris heard about OLMA and decided to check it out.

“We didn’t have an appointment, but we were in the area so we stopped in expecting to get some basic information and pick up an application. Instead, we got the warmest welcome ever from Mrs. Cusick and then a tour from Mrs. Coyle. Almost instantly, I felt at home. I was excited about everything I saw and heard and knew that OLMA was where I wanted to be.”

Six months later, we almost can’t remember the Class of 2020 without her. “My favorite part about OLMA is my class,” said Maris. “I get to go to school with my best friends and see and interact with them every day. That didn’t happen in my old school. I saw my friends here and there, but not every day like we do here.”

It turns out that Maris found out about OLMA from her lacrosse coach, our very own Ms. Valore. “I play on Ms. Valore’s club team and heard that she was going to be working at OLMA,” said Maris. “She is my role model so if it was a place where she wanted to work, I knew I had to visit, and I’m so glad I did.”

While lacrosse is her favorite sport, Maris joined the tennis team even before school started this fall. “I was so nervous to meet everyone, but by the end of the first day of practice I had 10 new friends,” she said. That was just the beginning. She continued adding friends at the Sophomore Class Meeting and the Big-Little Sleepover, making the first official day of school a cinch.

On the academic front, Maris is taking all honors courses and doing well. She’s also part of the Yearbook and Football clubs and can’t wait for lacrosse to start this spring. We can’t wait to see what she can do!