STAR of the Week

STARS of the Week

 

Our STARS find new ways to shine each and every day. Each week we spotlight a STAR who has stood out among her peers by using her feminine genius in a unique way!

STARS of the Week are nominated by teachers and staff who exhibit the qualities of true STARS. If you see them around, be sure to say congratulations and thank you for setting such a great example!

May STARS

Piper Fraker

Piper Fraker

Her faculty says of her that, she is willing to go the extra mile in her work and desire for understanding. She is a bright STAR. Piper is gracious and humble. Simply put, she is fantastic!”

Gabriella Tregembo

Gabriella Tregembo

Her faculty says of her that, “she takes initiative and takes risks to improve her leadership skills in and out of the classroom. Gabby cares about others and is always looking to help where and whenever needed.”

April STARS

Margaret Newell

Margaret Newell

Her faculty says of Maggie, “she is always willing to help in any way, whether it be a student or a teacher. I am so impressed with Maggie’s initiative.”

Anne Marie Clinger

Anne Marie Clinger

Her faculty says of her that, “She always exudes positive energy.  Anne Marie is kind and courteous, quick with a smile, and works to make SCA a better place.”

Rachel Thornton

Rachel Thornton

Her faculty says of Rachel that, “she is an outstanding student who has involved herself in so many activities at SCA that they cannot be listed here. She sets high standards for herself and works hard to reach her goals. Rachel has always been willing to lend a helping hand to teachers and her classmates.” 

Colette Orlowski

Collete Orlowski

Her faculty says of Colette that, “she has an extreme eye for detail. Because of this, Colette’s classwork is thorough and thoughtful. She is supportive of her classmates and inclusive of others.”

March STARS

Jayne Burke

Jayne Burke

Freshman Jayne Burke is recognized as being ‘“super polite” and courteous to many people. She is someone who always leaves you with a smile on your face after talking with her.

Of her SCA experience, Jayne says, “St. Catherine of Siena Academy has truly become more than a school to me, but in fact a family. I have been introduced to opportunities and people that I would have never encountered if I had not forged my own path, and I have found that many people feel the same way. This school is filled with ambitious, bold young ladies and teachers to help us achieve our goals. Already, I have made memories and friends that have made me the person I am today, and lessons to help make me the person I want to be.” 

Mary Bianchi

Mary Bianchi

Senior Mary Bianchi is recognized for being constantly positive and uplifting to everyone around her.

 

Her supervisor from her internship at Providence says, “Mary is a joy to work with. Her enthusiasm is boundless. Several times she offered to stay late to help me with tasks. She is helpful without being told. She is mature, fun loving and a nice person. I know she will be successful in her future.”

Madison Karn

Madison Karn

Congratulations to junior Madison Karn for being recognized as STAR of the Week!

Her faculty says, “she is a leader on and off the court and consistently does her best work. She is positive in her interactions with others, she’s always respectful and hard-working, and helps others make good choices.”

Valerie Check

Valerie Check

Congratulations to sophomore Valerie Check for being recognized as STAR of the Week!

Her faculty says of Valerie, “she was an amazing worker during Winter Formal planning and preparation and for every event for the sophomore class. Valerie gets respect from her classmates. She is very reliable and amazing; enough can’t be said about her.

February STARS

Mia Morrone

Mia Morrone

 Freshman Mia Morrone is being recognized by the faculty for being a strong student who is committed to earning good grades and working well with others.

Of SCA, Mia says, “Being at SCA has made my freshman year a very positive experience. It was an adjustment, but I already feel I have changed as an individual. Spiritually, I feel more connected to Jesus. Academically, I am challenged in each of my subjects. Socially, I have not only made friends in my class, but also close bonds with upperclassmen and my teachers, as well. The sisterhood brings me closer to everyone. I enjoy coming to SCA every day!”

Rachel Weiss

Rachel Weiss

Senior Rachel Weiss is recognized by the faculty as being a wonderful young lady. She is theatrically gifted, dedicated, a hard-worker, a team-player, and kind.

Of SCA, Rachel says, “My experience at SCA over the past four years has been amazing! I love how encouraging all the teachers, students, and staff are. Everyone is so friendly, which gives SCA the amazing sisterhood that it has. The opportunities that I have been given here, the classes, music, and theater programs, are so incredible. Overall, SCA is a great place that I am blessed to be a part of.”

Gigi Korotney

Gigi Korotney

 Junior Gigi is recognized by the faculty as being consistently positive, working very hard in class and always having a smile for everyone around her. Gigi has taken advantage of many opportunities and has fully immersed herself in the SCA experience. She is always supportive of her classmates and is kind to others.

Of SCA, Mia says, “I started attending SCA my junior year and I love it. The faculty and staff are always so supportive and encourage me to do my best in everything. At SCA, my knowledge and passion for the medical field has grown and I’ve been provided with so many opportunities. I have made some of my closest friends at SCA. My faith has grown due to the people and experiences I have encountered. SCA has helped shape me into the person I am today.”

January STARS

Angie Gecosky

Angie Gecosky

Junior Angie is an immensely creative individual who thinks very deeply about ideas and seeks truth. She is also very humble, charitable, kind and thoughtful.

Of St. Catherine, Angie writes, “In coming to SCA, I was able to meet my best friends and have teachers who genuinely love what they teach. At a larger school, you can easily become another number and another student among so many others. At SCA it is different. You have a name and a place you belong. I came to SCA a different person than I am now because I realized that there are actually people who care what I have to say.”

Saran Nimmagadda

Saran Nimmagadda

Sophomore Saran was nominated for being a diligent student who excels in the classroom and is an example for her peers.

Saran says, “At St. Catherine it’s not just a school, it’s a family. Since the moment I walked in as a freshman, I have felt the sisterhood that we all share here. I have earned friends here who I know will always be with me. The teachers are also very helpful and are willing to help every student understand and enjoy what they are learning. Overall, I am so thankful to be able to learn and grow in such a loving and accepting community.”

December STARS

Elaina Starzacher

Elaina Starzacher

Freshman Elaina is being recognized for being consistently positive and being a fantastic tour guide at Open House. She has been very enthusiastic about learning and has shown both courage and initiative in the classroom.

Of SCA, Elaina says, “Coming to SCA has to be one of the best decisions I have ever made! From interesting classes, to amazing teachers and friends, I could not be more grateful for all the opportunities afforded me here. I absolutely love the clubs I am involved in as well as the sisterhood-oriented environment I am surrounded by. I constantly tell people that I love my school, and that couldn’t be more true!”

Gina Adragna

Gina Adragna

Senior Gina has stepped up as a leader in her class and in robotics. She has also been an amazing role model to the newest members of the robotics team.

Gina writes that, “In my years at SCA, it has meant so much that I have been able to make the friends I have and be given so many opportunities. The experiences I’ve had in my activities like robotics and drama, as well as in my classes, have had such an impact on me as a student and developing leader. I have made great connections with my teachers and feel confident I will be ready for college in the near future.”

November STARS

Eleanor Scarozza

Ellie Scarozza

Senior Ellie is recognized for her high energy and positivity.

Ellie reflects that, “I started at SCA when I was a sophomore as a transfer student, and boy was that hard. But SCA is such a welcoming and safe environment that the switch was easier than I ever could have imagined. The girls and faculty are some of the most amazing and kind people I have ever met (especially Mary Bianchi!). Without them and their guidance, I wouldn’t be the kind and driven student I am today.”

Lauren Godin

Lauren Godin

Junior Lauren was nominated by the faculty for her respectful demeanor, diligent work ethic and great rapport with her follow students.

Lauren says that, “My experiences at SCA have been really great. I transferred in my sophomore year and I was welcomed with open arms. To be able to go to a school that provides me with so many opportunities and makes sure I get what I need to succeed is amazing. I feel truly blessed to have teachers, staff, and classmates who help me and care about me. I can’t see myself anywhere else and I am happy I chose St. Catherine.” 

Veronica Klawender

Veronica Klawender

Faculty will tell you that sophomore Veronica has a great sense of humor, is consistently respectful to those around her, and is always looking on the bright side of any situation. Veronica is also very reliable (she will follow through with tasks to completion) and is a genuinely selfless person (putting the needs of others ahead of her own).

Of St. Catherine, Veronica writes, “My experience has been amazing. I have met great friends and have great teachers helping me, too. Everyone is so accepting and friendly. I love the school Masses, lunches, and small class sizes. The most important parts of SCA are the people. All of my friends and teachers have supported me and made me into the person I am today.”

October STARS

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Julie Kassabri

Senior, Julie was identified as being hardworking and committed to excellence, and she shows school spirit.

Julie wrote that her, “experiences these past years at SCA have been amazing. This school has been very welcoming and has such a positive environment. Since coming here, I have grown as an individual socially, academically, and especially spiritually. I would not be the person I am today had I not attended St. Catherine.” 

Sara Haupt

Sara Haupt

Junior Sara for being honored as this week’s STAR of the Week! Sara has been recognized by the faculty for, “her positive attitude, as a leader in athletics, for contributing to daily Mass, and challenging herself academically.”

Sara says, “Attending SCA has helped me grow in many ways. From the teachers who have helped me when I’ve struggled, to my friends who have encouraged me to be my best, to the ability to excel in music and sports, St. Catherine has been a great move because everyone has opportunities here.”

Alexis Kufta

Alexis Kufta

Sophomore Alexis is honored as this week’s STAR of the Week for her positive attitude, friendliness and helpfulness to her classmates,  her compassion, and her commitment to hard work.

Alexis says, “SCA is a great environment. Everyone is always willing to help you out or just be there for you if you ever need them. My faith has grown at SCA, because the school offers a sense of love and life. My favorite thing about St. Catherine is all the friendships I’ve formed. With all the sports and activities, you are able to do things you love with people you love.”

Alexis Pustinger

Alexis Pustinger

Freshman Alexis is honored as this week’s Star of the Week for being a responsible and hardworking student.

Alexis says, “The start of freshman year can be somewhat rough, but that was to be expected. What I find to be the most inviting about the school is the teachers. I love that I am able to express my beliefs in class. Not only do I get to voice my opinion, but teachers like JZ push me to be able to defend it as well. Now that I have transitioned into St. Catherine, I feel much more comfortable, and I am glad to be surrounded by such a beautiful sisterhood.”

September STARS

Brenna Cavanaugh

Brenna Cavanaugh

Ninth grader Brenna was nominated by multiples teachers for being extremely helpful to her peers and doing great academically. Teachers called her “simply amazing!”

Brenna’s own reflection on her SCA experience so far is that, “I have had an amazing experience at SCA. Everyone here has been incredibly welcoming. The teachers are willing to listen to you and there are so many activities you can participate in. It means a lot to be able to receive not only an amazing education, but to also come closer to God in my faith. I am very grateful for my experience here already.”

Emily Pfaff 19-20

Emily Pfaff

Sophomore Emily is being recognized for her great academic integrity!

She says that she has, “…grown spiritually and emotionally at SCA, been academically challenged by the teachers to grow as a student, and supported by my SCA sisters to grow as an individual. At SCA, my relationship with the Lord has grown stronger and I have learned more about my faith. SCA is  preparing me for the future ahead and  the challenges I will face.” Congratulations, Emily!

Mary Jankowski 19-20

Mary Jankowski

She was nominated by the faculty for her contributions in and out of the classroom!

Mary says that, “SCA has helped me to grow as a person, because of the trips I have been able to take. I’ve met some of the most wonderful people and experienced so many new things. Also, the teachers who are always willing to work with me have taught me it is okay to fail and ask for help. SCA has given me so many memories and lessons I will hold onto forever.”

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Namitha John

This senior was recognized for her hard work, academic accomplishments, dedication to the school, and positive attitude!

Namitha says of her  experience that, “St. Catherine has become more than a school for me. I am able to explore many of my passions, from drama to robotics [and] healthcare to service. SCA allowed me to encounter amazing people who taught me many skills and who have shaped me into the person I am today. St. Catherine has become my second family and my sisterhood in faith.”

“An excellent community for families that want to stay involved! Everyone has a different opinion and all students, staff, and faculty are respectful of it. I have never been in an environment that was so inviting and welcoming. It is easy to find a home in this school because the staff genuinely care about you and want you to succeed. It really is a beautiful place and a great experience. I am very lucky to have gone through high school there.”

Alumna

“Recently attended an event at this school – very beautiful!”

Kenneth

“SCA proves you can educate young women to both get into Heaven and Harvard!”

SCA Parent

“My first day of freshman year was something I never expected, Saint Catherine just felt like home. The atmosphere, staff, and the student body were all so amazing. I knew from the second I came to the school that it was where I was meant to be. I am currently a senior and my experience so far has been one too remember I have grown mentally, physically, spiritually and my journey has been one to remember. I love SCA and all the girls I have met are truly going to be my sisters throughout my life, its an amazing school and is a place I will call home forever.”

Alumna, Class of '18

“This high school experience is like none other you can get anywhere. There is joy and comradery and the girls are happy and excel. They are being supported and encouraged by staff. You can watch a girl come in who had a bad experience elsewhere, bloom here and become a different girl in a short time. Can’t say enough good about it. Thank God the founders had this vision and followed through with it. Well needed and we are very thankful!”

SCA Parent

“This place (SCA) is about the best Catholic high school you can go to, in my opinion. The whole school isn’t just a school, but a family where everybody knows everybody. It’s a small enough school for that to be possible-and it’s really awesome! What makes SCA different is the people that make up the SCA family. There are no bullies and no one is mean to you. Everybody looks out for you and your teachers become friends….This place is really close to my heart.”

Alumna, Class of '12

“This high school builds the whole young woman intellectually, spiritually, and teaches the feminine genius approach to life. Amen!”

Chrissy

“A crazy amount of extra curricular options-basically if you are passionate about it [SCA] will find a way to help you bring it to fruition!”

Leighanne

“Another thing I enjoyed about the school was the athletics. I played four different sports at this school and I had the same experience with all of them. The coaches really cared about me, not just how well I was performing and I was treated respectfully on and off the court. Further more, I felt that I was really being pushed physically and mentally during practice which I value in any activity.”

Alumna

“This school is not only college prep, it is life prep. I know that my daughter is being educated to go out and make a positive difference in the world. She will graduate with the confidence and courage to lead wherever she goes in life. I love the principal, the teachers, and the families. It is such a blessing to be a part of the SCA Family. I know the friends my daughter has made will be her sisters for life.”

SCA Parent