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February 2019

Student Spotlight: Meet Elizabeth “Liz” Myers, Class of 2020

By | OLMA Headlines

If there is one thing strong leaders know it’s that making the people around you feel needed and appreciated is so very important. OLMA junior, Elizabeth “Liz” Meyers does this every day. She’s inquisitive, smart, funny and genuinely cares about putting smiles on the faces of her friends and teachers every chance she gets. Liz is a natural born leader, as well as a scholar, athlete, volunteer, and friend to all. She represents her class on Student Council and was recently named by Widener University and NBC 10 to receive the High School Leadership Award.

As a recipient, Liz will receive a $20,000 scholarship to Widener University over four years and will be named an Apogee Scholar should she enroll at Widener. As an Apogee Scholar, Liz will participate in a leadership development program in the Oskin Leadership Institute, which will include earning a Widener Leadership Certificate and participating in a variety of on-campus leadership development activities.

“We are incredibly proud of Liz and grateful for the many contributions she makes on a daily basis to the life of our school,” said Brooke A. Coyle, OLMA Head of School. “Her energy, spirit and can-do attitude is contagious. She also has a way of making everyone around her feel special.”

This award program is designed to recognize high school students in the region, like Liz, who embody Widener University’s commitment to develop and inspire leaders to affect positive change. With this award, the Widener University High School Leadership Awards Committee recognizes Liz’s ability to demonstrate courage by standing up for what is right, finding a way to address a wrong, or making a difference in a significant way.

Congratulations Liz and thanks for making us proud!

OLMA Bravery Training Gains Notoriety at NCGS Symposium

By | OLMA Headlines

Newfield, NJ; February 19, 2019 — A course designed by Our Lady of Mercy Academy (OLMA) to empower girls and cultivate the courage and confidence necessary for them to realize their own leadership potential, is among the featured programming at the Educating Girls Symposium taking place this week in New York City.  Now in its second year, OLMA’s Bravery Training course was selected by event sponsor, the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools (NCGS), to be the subject of one of the breakout sessions offered to conference attendees.  The session is titled, Choosing Courage:  Bravery Training for Girls and will be presented by Brooke A. Coyle, Head of School and Jennifer Valore, Dean of Academics & Leadership.

The freshmen year course is part of a two-year L2T (leadership, life skills, and technology) program created to foster the competencies for girls that today’s world expects from its leaders. The conference session introduces Bravery Training and how it meets the demand for leadership programming for girls and provides key concepts and experiences that help support efforts to prepare them for the future.

“We are excited and proud to be part of this symposium,” said Coyle.  “While still relatively new, this course and the larger L2T program, is already making an impact on our students.  The transition from middle to high school is a big one, especially for girls who may not be comfortable speaking up for themselves.  Through Bravery Training, our students are taking charge of their studies, learning accountability and how to better manage their time.  Along the way, they are also gaining problem-solving skills, finding their voices and becoming leaders.”

Located on a 47-acre campus in Newfield, NJ, OLMA is dedicated to helping young women realize their dreams through challenging academics, diverse extracurriculars, and the spirit of sisterhood in an environment of achievement, empowerment, leadership, and service. For more information, visit our website at OLMANJ.ORG.

The NCGS is the leading advocate for girls’ schools, connecting and collaborating globally with individuals, schools, and organizations dedicated to educating and empowering girls. NCGS acts at the forefront of educational thought providing its member schools research on girls’ education and performance outcomes; professional development for educators to share best practices for teaching girls; networking opportunities to unite and build a community of thought leaders; and advocacy about the unique benefits of all-girls education.  To find out more visit NCGS.ORG.

Pictured in top photo are students and their shadows participating in a Bravery Training exercise.  The middle photo features two summer campers during Bravery Training camp last year.

Student Spotlight: Meet Mikaela Szamreta, Class of 2019

By | OLMA Headlines

It takes only a few minutes with OLMA senior, Mikaela Szamreta to realize that she is all about people and places. She loves Sociology and learning about the many issues that impact people — past, present and future. Mikaela was one of the first two students to participate in the Spain Exchange. “I was only a sophomore, so I was a little nervous, but had a great time,” said Mikaela. “I loved meeting so many new people and experiencing a culture that’s very different from mine.”

A year later, Mikaela traveled to Canada for her Minimester. “I loved that trip,” she said. “We saw so much and really got a good feel for what life is like there. It was beautiful and we tried new foods and visited many different places.”

As a senior, Mikaela has decided not to do a Mini-Mester this year as she sets her sights on college. While she’s not sure where she will be going just yet, she has already been accepted to St. Joe’s, South Eastern, Rutgers and Stockton. What she does know is that she wants to study Psychology. “The field interests me because I like the idea of helping many different people with their own, unique issues,” she said. “I expect it to be a constant challenge, which is a good thing and something I welcome.”

Mikaela certainly rose to the challenge of her academics. She is an excellent student and a member of the National Honor Society. She is also a member of Student Council and just finished up her fourth year as part of the OLMA Volleyball team. Mikaela is a member of OLMA Interact and Bake Clubs this year.

Looking back on her time at OLMA, Mikaela said that her friends and the sisterhood are what she will miss the most. She’ll also miss the relaxed and comfortable environment OLMA offers.

Mikaela went on to say that what she didn’t miss in her four years at OLMA was having boys in her classes. “No one should let the no-boys thing keep them from choosing OLMA. We don’t even notice that they’re not here.”

We couldn’t agree more. Enjoy the rest of your senior year!