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February 2018

Jessica Riordan Signs with University of Lynchburg

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Surrounded by family, friends and teammates, OLMA senior, Jessica Riordan, officially signed with the University of Lynchburg to play soccer while attending school there. As part of OLMA’s Soccer Team, Jess was the captain of the defense, directing and positioning the players that earned them 11 shutouts on the season, tying a school record. This day has been a long time coming for Jess and she couldn’t be more excited.

Iyanla Kollock Wins States and Commits to Rutgers

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It’s hard to believe that a mere four years ago, Iyanla Kollock had never tried running before. She knew she was athletic and was a cheerleader, but it wasn’t until she came to OLMA that she decided to give track a try. This morning, Iyanla was surprised by Coach Lenguadoro and the entire student body with flowers and balloons in celebration of her second State Championship win in the 55m. “She works hard and is very focused,” said Coach Leng. “It’s a huge accomplishment to be State Champ even once, and she did it twice.” Iyanla will be running for Rutgers University in New Brunswick this fall — definitely close enough for us to continue to watch her fly. Congratulations!

Iyanla Kollock Wins States; Commits to Rutgers University

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It’s hard to believe that a mere four years ago, Iyanla Kollock had never tried running before. She knew she was athletic and was a cheerleader, but it wasn’t until she came to OLMA that she decided to give track a try. This morning, Iyanla was surprised by Coach Lenguadoro and the entire student body with flowers and balloons in celebration of her second State Championship win in the 55m. “She works hard and is very focused,” said Coach Leng. “It’s a huge accomplishment to be State Champ even once, and she did it twice.” Iyanla will be running for Rutgers University in New Brunswick this fall — definitely close enough for us to continue to watch her fly. Congratulations!

Student Spotlight: Meet Corinne Shields, Class of 2020

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As a graduate of Woodland Country Day School, OLMA sophomore, Corinne Shields, is no stranger to close-knit learning environments. It was one of the things she liked most about Woodland and part of what made OLMA the perfect fit for high school. “The difference was the all-girls part,” said Corinne. “At first, I wasn’t so sure if I was going to like being with just girls, but once I got here, it was no longer an issue. We are so comfortable and focused on what we’re doing that we don’t miss having boys around at all.”

Corinne is not alone. In fact, you’d be hard pressed to find an OLMA student who disagrees. Corinne is also a big fan of her teachers. “I love all of the teachers,” she said. “They are here for whatever we need.” While Corinne says she enjoys all of her classes, her favorite is U.S. History with Mrs. Blackshear. “Mrs. B takes a storytelling approach to teaching History, which really works for me,” she said. “It keeps the material interesting and brings it to life in a special way.”

When it comes to academics as a whole, Corinne is dedicated to doing her best. “The academics are challenging here and getting more challenging all the time as Mrs. Coyle continues to add new courses at higher levels,” she said. “We have to work hard, but I think it’s great.” Earlier this week, sophomores got their first look at the course catalog for next year and were pleasantly surprised by all of the choices. Corinne says she’s especially excited to take Advanced Placement courses as a junior.

In addition to academics, Corinne is grateful for OLMA’s athletics program. “There are 13 sports and everyone gets to play,” she said. “I’ll be playing softball again this year and can’t wait for it to start.” Right around the time that softball season draws to a close, Corinne with join 29 other OLMA students on the Mini-Mester to Canada.

Mini-Mesters are new this year and provide an additional experiential component to the school’s curriculum. “I’ve never traveled outside of the country, so I’m excited about experiencing another culture and seeing new and different things,” said Corinne, who selected this trip from a catalog of more than a dozen options.

Looking ahead, Corinne isn’t sure about career plans. “I haven’t found that one thing just yet, but I think it will be coming soon now that junior year is right around the corner,” she said. “Everything is moving so fast and I feel like I just got here. That’s why it’s so important to work hard and do your best from day one.” Good advice, Corinne. Congratulations on doing just that.

It’s Time to Register for SpeakUp!

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It’s time to register for SpeakUp! Please click here to find out more and sign up! All OLMA and PREP students and families are welcome to participate.  SpeakUp!  is a unique opportunity for students, teachers and parents to engage in a safe and non-judgmental setting on some of the biggest issues facing kids today!

OLMA Graduate Named to NSCS

By | Alumni, OLMA Headlines

Congratulations to 2012 OLMA graduate, Ashton Flora, on being named a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. She is currently attending Northern Virginia Community College where she is pursuing a degree in Radiography. Ashton is a recent recipient of a grant from the International Chapter P.E.O. Sisterhood, enabling her to continue her education after it was interrupted for a time. Congratulations, Ashton! We look forward to receiving additional updates.

Student Spotlight: Meet Angela D’Adamo, Class of 2018

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As an 8th grade student and the youngest of three girls, OLMA senior, Angela D’Adamo, was no stranger to the special bond of sisterhood. In fact, it was her older sister’s decision to transfer to OLMA that led Angela here. “We live near Hammonton and attended St. Joe’s Elementary School,” said Angela. “It was expected that we would all continue on to St. Joe’s High School.”

Her two oldest sisters went that route and did very well, but after one year there, her sister, Laura (OLMA Class of 2014), felt she needed a change. “My parents found out about OLMA from some friends and it ended up being a perfect fit,” said Angela. “When my time came, OLMA was my parents’ top choice. I wasn’t so sure at first, but that all changed on my first day when I met my best friend, Meaghan.” As it turned out, Meaghan was also the only one from her school to attend OLMA, so the match was one made in Heaven and remains as strong as ever today.

Angela says that her favorite part about OLMA is the fact that it is so comfortable. “You can really be yourself and it only gets better as the years progress,” she said. “After four years with the same girls, we are tighter than ever and really enjoy being together. We’re all looking forward to senior trip and to everything that comes with graduation.”

While it’s rare to add a new student in senior year, Angela’s class did just that in August as it welcomed Alessandra Daniele from Italy. Alessandra is part of Rotary International’s Youth Exchange Program and will be here until mid July. Angela’s family was the first to host Alessandra and have treasured the experience. “She became my fourth sister and fit in perfectly both at home and in school,” she said. “We are grateful for the chance to host her and know we will always remain close.”

Academically, Angela says that she learned quickly to take her studies seriously. “I never really had to work that hard to get good grades, but that all changed when I came here,” said Angela. “I’m glad for it, though, because it’s here that I found my love for science. I never really liked it in Middle School and struggled a little in my freshmen year, but now can’t get enough of it,”

Science will be front and center for Angela in college as she plans to follow in her sister’s footsteps once again and attend Rutgers University. “I want to major in Biology with a focus on Pre-Med,” she said. “I was fortunate to be accepted into both the College of Biology and Environmental Sciences and the College of Arts & Sciences. OLMA definitely played a role in making that possible. Now, I just can’t wait to get there.”

She’s not-so-secretly hoping that her best bud will join here there too, but knows their friendship will last for life no matter what. Until then, enjoy the rest of your senior year, Angela. Great things await you as a Scarlet Knight.

OLMA NAMES TWO NEW VARSITY COACHES

By | OLMA Headlines

February 22, 2018, Newfield, NJ – Our Lady of Mercy Academy announced today the selection of Doug Burhanna as its new Head Soccer Coach and Elise Krogman as Head Tennis Coach for the 2018-2019 season.

Burhanna will replace Shawn Swanger, who coached OLMA Soccer to the South Jersey State Championship game in 2016 and to the semifinals in 2017. Under his leadership, three athletes broke OLMA all-time scoring records, including University of Miami scholar-athlete, Tia DuPont. Admired by students and parents alike, Swanger resigned his coaching post due to a job relocation to northern NJ.

Burhanna transitions to OLMA Soccer from the Head Tennis Coach position he filled for the school during the 2017-2018 season. Burhanna has coached soccer for many years, most recently, as Assistant Coach for St. Augustine Prep’s highly ranked program. He also coached tennis at St. Augustine Prep.

Replacing Burhanna at the helm of the OLMA Tennis Team will be Elise Krogman, formerly Assistant Head Tennis Coach for OLMA and current Head Fencing Coach at St. Augustine Prep.

“Doug and Elise are both highly experienced and effective coaches with the passion necessary to inspire and motivate their players to give their all each and every day,” said Matt Lenguadoro, OLMA Athletic Director. “We are fortunate to have them as part of our coaching staff and look forward to their success as OLMA’s athletics program continues to grow.”

Our Lady of Mercy Academy was founded in 1962, and is South Jersey’s premier, Catholic High School for young women. Through a challenging academic curriculum, diverse extra-curricular program, hands-on leadership experience, and the spirit of sisterhood, OLMA students thrive and are forever bonded in faith and friendship. OLMA offers 13 varsity sports and competes as part of the Cape Atlantic League. For more information, visit the OLMA website at www.olmanj.org, or call (856) 697-2008.