May/June 2021
Alma Matters
Alumnae and friends share
their career knowledge with students
Sophomores and juniors explored careers including health care, STEM, education, law and more, during the Virtual Career Fair on May 25. Over 25 alumnae and friends joined the students, encouraging them to make the most of their St. Catharine opportunities as they lay the groundwork for their own careers.

Grace Curbelo '76//'75, senior paralegal at XPO Logistics, Inc., told students as they go through their careers they should make sure that as women they are empowering other women.

Madelyn Garcia '04, a 4th year medical student at SUNY Upstate Medical University, encouraged students to go to college and be very open. "You don't need to decide right now," she said. "College is a place of discovery."

Many of the students expressed their gratitude to all the presenters for being open and informative. Demi B. '22, said, "She (Madelyn Garcia) was very passionate and explained her career in a way that I found to be very intriguing. I hope she enjoys her career as a doctor and that she continues to follow her heart."

Naomi W. '23 summed up the event, saying, "I loved how passionate the speakers were about their professions. They were very eager to answer our questions and make us feel heard."
Tell us your story!
SCA wants to hear from you, and share your news with other Catharinites! Have you recently gotten a promotion? Won an award? Retired? Finished graduate school? Published a book? Started a business? Got married? Gave birth or adopted a baby? Became a foster parent? If so, please submit a class note and a picture if possible, which will be printed in the next edition of Pathways.
Commencement 2021
Students graduate in outdoor ceremony
The Class of 2021 graduated on June 5 in an outdoor ceremony at Salesian High School. Graduates were seated with their families to maintain social distancing.

Angelina P. (middle picture above) gave the student address through poetry. She concluded her poem with these words: 
"May success be your lantern, and hope be your guide on the great climb ahead.
May pride fill your heart, and humility be your ship.
Dreams in our minds and passion in our heart.
Let us all take flight."

Student awards included The Alumnae Award, The In Her Footsteps Award, and The Catharinite Award. (See bottom picture)

The Alumnae Award, which recognizes school service, leadership and contributions to the spirit and growth of the community of St. Catharine Academy was presented to Jolene V. by her mother, Mercedes Munoz Vasquez,'96.

The In Her Footsteps Award recognizes a student whose selfless giving emulates the founder of the Sisters of Mercy, Catherine McAuley. The award was presented to Alexandra Z. who has held leadership positions throughout her four years and always volunteered time, whether asked or not.   

The highest award at St. Catharine Academy is known as the Catharinite. This award is presented to a young woman who embodies the mission of our school through her character, leadership, scholarship and service. The 2021 Catharinite Award was presented to Angelina P..
Around SCA
Students from the Classes of 2021 and 2022 inducted into the National Honor Society
Sixty-four students from both the Class of 2021 and Class of 2022 were inducted into six honor societies this May after last year's ceremony was postponed due to the pandemic. They were inducted into the National Honor Society, which honors students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Scholarship, Service, Leadership, and Character. Students were also inducted into the English, Social Studies, Spanish, Mathematics, and BETA honor societies.

Juniors celebrate Ring Day
Members of the Class of 2022 joined in the long tradition of receiving the SCA Ring in a ceremony held in the auditorium on May 27, 2021.

Prom 2021
Students were able to celebrate prom in person at the Davenport Club in New Rochelle on May 27.
Student Spotlight
Seniors (left to right): Rasha A., Sasha S. and Jolene V.
The Class of 2021 has now topped more than $18 million in college scholarships and grants. Learn about the plans of three members of the Class of 2021.
Rasha A.
Rasha A. will be attending Fordham University and plans to major in biochemistry. She earned the Loyola Scholarship and other merit scholarships totaling more than $240,000 over four years.
“Fordham University was one of my first choices,” says Rasha. “I will continue to sharpen my skills and talent to become a successful and empowered woman.”
Rasha says many at SCA have influenced her and points to Mr. Vu'o'ng as the most influential. “He has always pushed me to do my best and never gave up on me,” she says. “Mr. Vu'o'ng has demonstrated his support for my success and continues to motivate me. I would also like to give credit to my peers for continuing to show unity and sisterhood that will never be broken as we are all Catharinites. We have created a community where we uplift each other and motivate one another to do our best.”

Sasha S.
Sasha S. plans to attend Iona College and study biology. She has received the Catholic Heritage Award and a Presidential Scholarship totaling $108,000 over four years.

“Genuinely speaking all of my teachers have been an influence on me,” she says. “They have proven and shown to me what it takes to be a young independent woman in this world. Without all of the help they have provided me in these last four years, I would not have been able to come this far. I will always cherish all of the lessons, experiences, and opportunities they have given to me.”

Jolene V.
Jolene V. will attend St. John’s University and plans to major in government and politics. St. John’s has awarded $152,000 in scholarships over the next four years.
“One of my biggest influences in SCA has been Ms. Antico who I originally met in HAP in 2015,” she says. “Having her as a teacher for English 9H and AP English Language and Composition in sophomore year, helped me to strengthen my writing. Even when she was not my teacher she continued to help me grow as a writer and as a person.”
Sports Shorts
The softball team wrapped up their season with a record of 3 wins and 7 losses. Four seniors were honored for their years on the team. Pictured above (left to right) are Daisilys S., Mykenzie M., Dayana C., and Ciaran I.
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 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
2250 Williamsbridge Road, Bronx, NY 10469
(718) 882-2882