Visitation welcomes new moms

On September 17, the Visitation Academy Mothers’ Club held its annual welcome dinner, a longstanding tradition in honor of the new moms at the school.  This year, the dinner took place at Mama Rao’s.

Christy DeCrescenzo, president of the Mothers’ Club, and her newly-appointed board members made everyone feel welcome. It was an evening filled with camaraderie, laughter and the kind of friendship that last a lifetime.

The next event hosted by the Mothers’ Club is “Ladies’ Night Out,” which will be held on Friday, November 21 at Gargiulo’s Restaurant.  For more information, check out the Visitation Facebook page or call the school’s Development Office at 718 680-0377.

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During the summer, five students from Fontbonne Hall Academy participated in the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering Introduction to Computer Science and Cyber Security Summer Program for High School Women. They were selected through a competitive application process.

The two-week, tuition-free program was sponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the National Security Agency and the School of Engineering.  The first session ran from July 7 through July 18; the second session ran from July 28 through August 8. Approximately 20 students participated in each session.

The program included lectures, hands-on projects and day trips to Google and Facebook to prepare the young women to participate in the nationwide CSAW High School Cyber Forensics Challenge, hosted annually by the School of Engineering. The students also had the opportunity to meet women working in the computer science and cyber security fields, and to consider those fields as possible career options.

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Mary Ann Spicijaric, principal of Fontbonne Hall Academy, recently announced that Andrea Arcadipane, Kristin Donaldson and Chloe Ladias have been named Commended Students in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program.  A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation, which conducts the program, was presented by the principal to these scholastically talented seniors.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise.  Although they will not continue in the 2015 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2015 competition by taking the 2013 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

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