April 2021
Alma Matters
Share your career with our students
Virtually meet with sophomores and juniors to share your career experience with them. Sign up as a presenter for May 26.
Autism Acceptance Month:
Meet special education teacher
Laura Miraglia-Crowley, Ed.D. '85
Laura Miraglia-Crowley, Ed.D., ’85, a special education teacher at White Plains High School, who has worked with students with autism, has made a career out of making sure all students have the ability to learn and succeed. One of the messages on her teacher’s webpage says, Your I CAN is more important than your I.Q.”

Laura credits St. Catharine’s with giving her confidence in her own education, saying that many teachers were supportive, especially Mr. Antinore for math, Mrs. Bender for English and Ms. Timeo Sheehan for Health and PE. A transfer to SCA after a tough first year at another Catholic high school in the Bronx, Laura says, “The next three years were the best years of my high school experience. It was a much smaller school and the teachers were very helpful and kind.”

Around SCA
Handbags, clutches, and purses, oh my
 Top row (L. to R.): Jasmin S. and Amisha S.
Bottom row (L. to R.): Hailey A. and samples of final purse designs
Students in art teacher Deborah Ross' class were tasked with taking an idea for a pocketbook from concept to finished product. "This year's Fashion Design class worked on a group project which involved the design and creation of an original handbag using only recycled materials," Ms. Ross says. "This was a multi-level project which involved creating a marketing strategy, logo for their company, the original handbag and presentation to an audience. The photos were from the presentation where student presenters were allowed to dress in a manner appropriate for their design."
Student Spotlight
Seniors have their choice of colleges
Top row (L. to R.): Thi T., and Angelina P.
Bottom row (L. to R.): Shima B. and Safiyah A.
SCA seniors continue to make their college selections. Meet more of our seniors.
 
Thi T.
Thi T. received the Dean’s Promise Scholarship to attend SUNY at Binghamton. She is considering a double major in mathematics and psychology at Binghamton’s Harpur College of Arts and Sciences. “Binghamton was one of my top choices,” she says. “I officially committed due to its rigorous academic program and excellence in the STEM field. As a Vietnamese minority, I also want to shine a light on how important it is to support minority women in the STEM field and I plan to make a difference through the notion of support, empowerment, and representation.”

Thi says many at SCA have been an influence on her and points to Mr. Yoon specifically. “He was one of the teachers that always showed support for my academic goals and has always given me great advice when it comes to my ambitions in the future,” she says. “He believed in me and encouraged me to be determined and hardworking towards what I want as a future Mathematics teacher.” She also credits her peers. “Being able to have that united motivation, with them by my side, has encouraged me to work even harder at SCA. The feeling of women empowerment and the sense of sisterhood that I experienced in SCA also influenced me as well and changed my mindset of what it truly means to be a strong and independent woman.”

Angelina P.
Angelina P. will be studying chemical engineering with a concentration in pharmaceuticals at Manhattan College. She was awarded the College’s Trustee Scholarship. “What caught my attention the most at Manhattan was the environment, both academic and the campus,” she says. “I really admired the way they shaped the engineering department where companies come to recruit students as early as sophomore year and prepare them for their careers. The professors seemed very passionate about their fields and preparing their students for the future…. The Lasalian Catholic values at Manhattan also reminded me of the Mercy tradition here at SCA and made me feel very at home."

She says the passion her teachers have for their fields have had an impact. “I definitely have to credit Mrs. Petrignani who constantly reassured me I was meant to be an engineer and to always challenge myself and take initiative. I also credit Mr. Yoon for encouraging me to strengthen my skills and helping me to stay determined to succeed both in my math classes and my academic career.”

Shima B.
Shima B. will be attending Fordham University in the fall to study computer science. She plans to focus on Cybersecurity and Video Game Design. With the Loyola Scholarship and the National Science Foundation ASPIRES Scholarship, she has earned $90,000 in scholarships over four years. “Fordham enables CS majors to earn experience in the field of IT by performing work-study in their IT Department. For those reasons, as well as their wide range of clubs, Fordham seemed like the perfect fit for me!”

Out of all my teachers, Ms. Ross has had the most influence on me,” Shima says. “She was my art teacher in freshman, sophomore, and junior year. When I took AP 2D Art & Design in my junior year, Ms. Ross motivated me to try new things and think outside the box. She has truly taught me the importance of being able to take risks and I am extremely grateful for that.”

Safiyah A.
Safiyah A. will be attending CUNY John Jay and plans to major in forensic science. “My math and science teacher, Mr. Vuong, has been a big influence on me at SCA because he helps me realize my full potential and pushes me to my very limit, even when I think I can't reach it,” Safiyah says. “He helped cultivate my interest in STEM.”

She also credits her peers. “We push each other to do the very best academically and help each other when we're struggling. SCA provided a space for us to find healthy and hopefully lifelong friendships.”
Sports Shorts
Circle the Date
Alumnae Event
Multiyear Reunions, Oct. 16 and 17
For those of you who have previously purchased tickets to date, we will apply your ticket purchase to attend the reunion in the Fall. If for any reason you cannot attend the reunion on the new dates, the money will be refunded to you in the original form of payment. Please email Ms. Jessica Ruiz, Director of Alumnae and Family Relations at jruiz@scahs.org if you have any questions or concerns.
Summer Program
STEAM into SCA this summer
STEAM into SCA is a three-week summer program that combines academic coursework in math and English while exploring the arts and sciences, such as robotics, art, and dance. Rising 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade girls are able to make new friends as they enjoy activities such as athletics and games. The program will run from July 12 - July 30 from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. The program fee is $500 which includes course materials and a T-Shirt.  

To register visit www.scahs.org/steam/
2250 Williamsbridge Road, Bronx, NY 10469
(718) 882-2882 www.scahs.org