For OLMA senior, Reagan Kennedy, helping people is her passion. She’s also up for a challenge. Those two character traits have led to her decision to study nursing in college next fall. “I’m the kind of person who tries to put the needs of others before my own,” said Reagan. “I don’t like to see people off by themselves or looking sad. When that happens I go over to talk or offer to listen. This is something that’s pretty easy to do at OLMA because we’re all sisters. There’s a comfort level here that you just don’t find in other places.”
Reagan has also paid close attention to her studies while in high school. My grades are good and I especially enjoy science. She plans to attend Rowan University as she is impressed with their nursing program.
Other plans are a bit up in the air — literally. Prompted by her dad, Reagan is working on getting her pilot’s license. My first time flying was a spur-of-the-moment thing and I loved it. I am excited to finish my training and be able to fly solo!
She did say that she liked a challenge.
When asked about words of wisdom for incoming freshmen Reagan’s advice was to be yourself. “Explore everything you can and don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. Ask questions of your friends and in class. Enjoy the ride.”
That sounds like pretty good advice. Good luck, Reagan! The sky is no limit for you!
In a school as close-knit as OLMA it would be hard not to know Julie Andaloro. That’s because this OLMA freshman exudes enthusiasm at every turn. She is also a regular on the piano — entertaining everyone in earshot before school, during break and while waiting for a ride home. Piano, by the way, is one of the four instruments she plays.
Julie joined us after graduating from Hammonton Middle School where there were more than 500 students in her class. “You might think that going from so many kids in a huge school to OLMA would be a big shock,” said Julie. “Well, it was, but in a good way. Suddenly, I went from knowing a few close friends in my old school to knowing everyone in every grade at OLMA. It was pretty crazy, especially the way the teachers treat us. They care and are always available to help or talk. They definitely push us hard when it comes to academics, but they are also as kind as can be.”
Julie has a twin brother over at St. Augustine Prep, which is how she first became interested in OLMA. “I was looking for a change and decided to check it out, she said. “When I shadowed I heard a lot about Bravery Training and empowerment. I liked the sound of that and knew this was the place for me.”
Julie is an honors student who maintains excellent grades. She said that time management was something she had to learn fast if she was going to do well in school and still have time for sports and music. In addition to being a four-instrument musician, Julie is a three-season athlete. She played soccer in the fall, swam all winter for OLMA and a club team, and is now playing lacrosse. “I love sports, but I know that I can’t play if I don’t keep my grades up. It took a little while for me to learn how to juggle it all, but I’ve got it now.” Indeed she does.
With only a few months left of her freshman year, Julie is looking forward to her Culinary Arts Mini-Mester and summer with her new OLMA friends. Looking ahead, Julie says that she and her brother are planning to do the Spain Exchange in junior year. She loves the fact that she has this adventure to look forward to and is glad that it is something she will do with her brother.
Until then, there this plenty of adventure to be had closer to home. Knowing Julie, she will have no trouble finding it. Keep smiling, Julie.
While this young woman can be a little quiet and shy on the outside, don’t let that fool you. OLMA freshman, Cassidy Garcia is fired up on the inside and determined to make a difference.
Cassidy attended Bishop Schad Elementary School and wanted a high school where she could continue to grow spiritually and academically. “From the minute I walked in the door I knew OLMA was where I wanted to be,” said Cassidy. “I loved the Catholic school environment and everyone was extremely welcoming and friendly. Plus my brother was already at the Prep, so OLMA was a natural choice.”
Cassidy immediately got involved in sports. She joined the Field Hockey Team in the fall and played basketball all winter. “Sports is my thing,” she said. “In addition to playing sports at OLMA, I play basketball as part of a club team all year around. Playing sports is my favorite thing to do.”
As busy as she is, Cassidy still finds time for service. As a member of the youth group at
Cassidy also likes being part of OLMA Interact and will be taking a leadership role in recruiting volunteers school-wide to participate in the Shirley Mae Run and Michael J. Walk in support of curing breast cancer. “While walking or running is part of it, the day directly involves many of the breast cancer survivors,” she said. “They are actually there and so thankful. I look forward to getting OLMA involved this year.”
While it’s too early to know for sure, Cassidy says that she is considering a career in law enforcement. Of course, she’s also intrigued by the possibility of a career in the sports world. She’s excited to get a taste of what that’s all about this spring as part of the Business of Sports and Entertainment Mini-Mester course. Cassidy will get an inside look at careers in this field during a week filled with behind-the-scenes tours and discussions with industry professionals. She will have the opportunity to explore sports marketing tactics, product and pricing strategies, as well as visit Philadelphia area venues. There may even be time to take in a game or two.
In the meantime, Cassidy plans to continue focusing on her studies and enjoying life at OLMA. We think that’s an excellent plan!
Scholarship, character, leadership, and service were front and center this morning as OLMA inducted 18 new members into The Mother Patricia Gaynor Chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS).
Led by senior NHS members, the candlelit induction ceremony highlighted the criteria necessary to gain admission to this chapter. This included proven leadership experience, strong character, dedication to academic excellence demonstrated a grade point average of at least 3.7, and more than 65 hours of community service.
Part of the ceremony included heartfelt thanks to OLMA teachers made by each student as she came forward to receive her cords, pin and certificate.
“What a great ceremony we had honoring these young women and the teachers who inspire them every single day,” said Melissa Szawlewicz, College Guidance Counselor. “The criteria we use to select NHS members is tougher than most, yet our students continue to rise to the challenge. I’m very proud of these young women. They have very bright futures ahead.”
Congratulations to the following inductees:
- Tianna Berkley, Buena
- Ava Casale, Sewell
- Alyssa D’Alessandro, Vineland
- Rachel Donahue, Wenonah
- Delaney Donzola, Milmay
- Lia D’Orio, Vineland
- Madeline Fawcett, Millville
- Maris Horner, Ocean View
- Kimberly Kinkade, Milmay
- Madisson Luciano, Franklinville
- Nicolette Merlino, Vineland
- Elizabeth Myers, Hammonton
- Caelah Palumbo, Sewell
- Mia Rudolph, Vineland
- Corinne Shields, Millville
- Isabella Testa, Voorhees
- Catherine Thomas, Vineland
- Emily Torrence, Marmora