SCA Online News
February 2019
Alma Matters
Alumnae sisters share how they discovered their history
SCA alumnae and sisters visited to tell all the classes how they searched for their family history. They came with four generations of their family. Alone Lilienthal, age 96; mother of Brenda Lilienthal Welburn '67 and Marsha Lilienthal Boddie '63, Cyndee Welburn Rafferty, daughter of Brenda, and Leo Henry Rafferty, 5 months (not shown -he was sleeping) grandson of Brenda and great grandson of Alone.

"Black History month is very personal to me," Brenda says. "Having the opportunity to return to St. Catharine's after so many years to present a little of my family's story and the history of our people was a stirring experience. To share that experience with my sister, while my mother and daughter watched from the audience made it all the more special."

"I was so touched by the warm welcome I received on my return to SCA," Marsha adds. "I was delighted that Brenda and I were asked to share the story of our family with the students, and honored by their response to our story. The education that we received from the Sisters of Mercy is a big part of why I am a woman of deep faith and boundless curiosity."
Around SCA

Ties and Tiaras
The first Ties and Tiaras, formerly known as the Father-Daughter Dance, had SCA students dancing the night away at Scavello's on the Island. The event was sponsored by the newly established SCA Family Association.

SCA Chess Club competes
 The SCA Chess Club has started their competition season. They recently held matches against the Cardinal Hayes High School team. The team is moderated by Ms. Nancy Gonzalez.

Robotics Team continues winning ways
The SCA Robotics Team continued its winning ways at the VEX Competition in mid-February with the Design and Judges Awards. Earlier this season, the team qualified for States and Nationals. The team is moderated by Ms. Sheree Petrignani.
Student Spotlight
Janell Alvarez '20 shares her music
at St. Helena's each week

Janell Alvarez '20, who leads St. Helena's parish in song at the 5 p.m. Mass each Sunday evening, has been playing piano since the age of five. A part of The Bronx Conservatory of Music since she was seven, Janell says, " I was taught by Dr. Bernice Hall until she passed away in her early 80s. When I was seven years old, I joined the Bronx Conservatory of Music to continue piano lessons as a classical player."

Janell, who can play everything from Bach to Clementi and is now studying voice, came to the rescue at St. Helena's when they needed someone to play the organ and lead in song because she could quickly learn to play the hymns.

At St. Catharine's, Janell is a member of the Robotics Team and the Art Club. Last summer she participated in the Ambassador Leaders program, which held its summit at John Hopkins University. Interested in biomedical engineering, Janell said the program gave her the opportunity to explore medicine with high school students from around the country, while gaining leadership skills.

She credits SCA with teaching her about the importance of community service and leadership. "During freshman year, I volunteered at the Pelham Parkway Nursing Home, helping the staff with activities with the senior residents...Now in junior year, time management and responsibility help me to be at my best in school and in my church, playing the organ every Sunday evening."
Sports Shorts

Cheer teams rank nationally
Once again, the St. Catharine Academy JV and Varsity Cheerleading teams excelled at the National High School Cheerleading Championship in Orlando, Florida, February 8-10. Sponsored by the Universal Cheerleading Association (UCA), this event is the most prestigious high school cheerleading championship in the country.

The JV team was rewarded with fifth place in the Junior Varsity Non-Tumbling Division. For the tenth year in a row, the Varsity qualified for Finals, this year placing 6th of 61 teams in the Small Varsity Division II, considered to be the biggest, toughest, and most competitive tumbling division in the entire country. Acing the first round of competition, the Varsity immediately qualified for Finals, skipping the semi-finals. "Teams change year after year, but for the Varsity team to consistently excel, to reach final competition for ten consecutive years is a feat very difficult to accomplish," said Varsity Coach Nicole Sallustio '00, who is also an SCA alumna. Coach Sallustio continued, "The hard work from our girls is what it is all about and we are so proud of them."
Circle the Calendar

Registration Day for the Class of 2023

Registration for accepted students is on Thursday, March 7, from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. Contact Kay Whalen with any questions.

March with SCA this St. Patrick's Day

Come march with SCA and our favorite Huskie at the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Throggs Neck on Sunday, March 10, 2019. Meet the SCA contingent by the Rite Aid on the corner of East Tremont Ave. and Lafayette Ave. at 11:15 a.m.

STEAM into SCA this summer

STEAM into SCA is open to rising 7th and 8th grade girls. The registration deadline is May 31, 2019. For more information and the form to register, click here. Contact Ms. Tracy Keelin, Assistant Principal of Student Services and director of the program.

Partners in Education

Please join us at our first Partners in Education reception catered by Posto22. For more information or to RSVP for the event, email Ms.  Jessica Ruiz, Director of Alumnae and Family Relations.
Multi-year Reunion 2019

Alumnae from 1949, 1954, 1959, 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004, 2009 & 2014

Join us on Sunday, April 7, 2019,  Noon to 4:00 p.m., at  St. Catharine Academy.

Come for an afternoon to reminisce and create new memories with your fellow classmates. To purchase your reunion ticket, click here.

If you have any questions about any of these events or would like to be your class representative please contact Ms. Jessica Ruiz, Director of Alumnae and Family Relations, at 718-882-2882, ext. 153 or email


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