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Student Spotlight: Meet Emma Hess, Class of 2022

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When it came to choosing a high school, Emma Hess could have gone anywhere. She decided to follow in her sister’s footsteps and attend OLMA. “I actually chose OLMA because it was all girls,” she said. “I know that might sound strange to an 8th grader who is looking at high schools, but it’s true. Academics are important to me and I didn’t want any distractions. Plus, OLMA has a family atmosphere that you don’t see other places. We are all extremely close and care about each other.”

Emma said the family feel extends to OLMA’s sports teams. “I play midfield on the soccer team and we are all so open,” she said. ” We’ve all made goals this season, so our team has a great sense of equality. We are teammates and want to see each other do well.” OLMA Soccer is doing that and then some this season as they just clinched the CAL’s United Division Championship.

In addition to sports and her studies, Emma is also involved in service. “I was in Interact last year and will be joining the club again in January once Driver’s Ed is finished,” she said. “I really enjoy it.” As a freshman, Emma spent her Mini-Mester week at St. John of God working with disabled teenagers. “I was so afraid at first and worried that they wouldn’t like me,” said Emma. “I was worried for no reason because the kids were so sweet and caring and loved having us there. They never let their disabilities keep them from being happy.”

This year, Emma is excited to travel to New Orleans for her Mini-Mester. “I can’t wait to learn about the history and visit such an interesting place,” she said. “I’m also looking forward to the Powder Puff game next month, as well as everything else that’s coming up this year.”

Looking ahead, Emma’s love for all things sports is steering her toward a career in Physical Therapy. “I am really into sports, which has made me very attune to my body and the stress it’s under when I’m playing,” she said. “I want to help people with injuries, especially those related to sports, to get better and back to doing what they love.”
Sounds like a plan, Emma. In the meantime, enjoy sophomore year!

Student Spotlight: Meet Olivia Stefano, Class of 2021

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One of the best things about working at OLMA is witnessing the dramatic changes that take place in our students as they grow academically, spiritually and socially during their time here. While Olivia Stefano is only in her second year at OLMA, you can’t miss how this young woman has blossomed. The best part is that she recognizes it as well. When asked to describe what she was like when first joining OLMA Olivia responded with the words scared, small and different. Today, she describes herself much differently using words like brave, smart and myself.

Olivia credits these changes to the comfortable environment and opportunities offered at OLMA. “The small size of our school makes it easy to make friends and participate in many different things,” she said. “While my academics come first, I’m also a class officer, play two sports and manage another. It’s great to get involved, which is something I started doing in the summer before freshmen year started.” Olivia explained that she attended sports camps that summer that instantly translated into new friends. She also cited the Big-Little Sleepover as something that helped lower her anxiety level in a big way.

In addition to the activities already mentioned, Olivia serves as a Student Ambassador. She visits middle schools to share information about OLMA and provides tours during Open House and Shadow Days. She’s also participating in the Compassion Quest series of service projects. “Last week’s smile Boxes day was great and I’m excited for what we’ll be doing at the animal shelter this weekend,” she said. “I’m helping to organize a project around an upcoming MS Walk set for late next month. I enjoy being part of a school that helps us experience how great and important it is to give back.”

As sophomore year begins winding down, Olivia is excited for Mini-Mesters. I’m going to California this year and cannot wait. As she looks toward junior year one of her top goals is to be accepted into the National Honor Society. You are certainly off to a good start, Olivia. Keep it up!

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!

OLMA Supports the 9th Annual Mary Ann Coyle Memorial Golf Outing

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Please join OLMA in supporting the 9th Annual Mary Ann Coyle Memorial Golf Outing — Sunday, July 30, McCullough’s Emerald Golf Links. Proceeds go toward scholarships to graduating seniors from a number of high schools, including OLMA and St. Augustine Prep. Mrs. Coyle remains near and dear to many of us at OLMA. Please help us celebrate her with your support of this event.  Click here to download a copy of the event brochure:

Vote for 2017 Hall of Fame Inductee

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The Our Lady of Mercy Academy Salerno Society was created in 2012 and is named in honor of Sister Mary Dolores Salerno, D.M., Our Lady of Mercy Academy’s first principal. It was through her efforts that OLMA introduced sports as an integral part of the school’s curriculum.

The mission of The Salerno Society is twofold:  First, to honor Sister Dolores for her incredible commitment to OLMA as principal.  Secondly, to pay tribute to the many others who have contributed to the growth of our school as athletes, scholars, teachers, coaches, benefactors, and career professionals.

Each year, The Salerno Society recognizes former students, former faculty members, administrators, or special contributors to OLMA who have helped further the mission of the school.  Those selected are inducted into the OLMA Hall of Fame during a special dinner held in October.  Former inductees include Coach Tom McCarville; former OLMA athlete, Victoria Imbesi; long-time OLMA supporter and alumnae father and grandfather, Mr. Carmine Catalana, and more.

The Salerno Society is now accepting nominations for the 2017 award season.  If you know of someone who deserves this type of recognition, please click here to make your nomination.  Thank you!