SCA Online News
December 2018
Alma Matters
Pic: (L to R) Priscilla Assifuah '20, Valerie Irick Rainford '82, Alene Ortiz '19,
and Natalie Cantatore '19

Alumna Valerie Rainford '82 awards scholarships

In August 2018 Valerie Irick Rainford, a proud 1982 alumna of St. Catharine Academy, approached SCA President Sr. Patricia Wolf with an idea for a writing competition for juniors and seniors to offset tuition.  She envisioned the competition would be based on her memoir, global best-selling book, Until the Brighter Tomorrow, One Woman's Courageous Climb from the Projects to the Podium. Students were asked to submit a minimum 1,000 word essay describing their own experiences of resilience and courage. "I have a story to tell," said Rainford, "and I want to help others tell their story. At SCA I saw that there was life beyond the projects. I want to inspire people to get beyond their circumstances."

Around SCA

Paula Haxhari '19, Aymen Rafiq '19, Nicole Accomando-Donoghue '20, Angelina Persaud '21, Shania Burrus '19, Marilyn Ngo '19, Kristina Dega '19, Channon Lawrence '19,
Kayla Reyes '21 and Emra Redzematovic '20. 

Christmas Comes Early to CHAM
Members of SCA's Women's Empowerment club delivered gifts to the Children's Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM). More than 300 items were collected during the toy drive to benefit children in the hospital and help to make their holiday season a little brighter. Items collected included: arts and crafts, board games, gift cards, Fire Sticks, dolls, Legos, headphones, fuzzy socks, and blankets.The following students delivered the gifts to CHAM: Paula Haxhari (Club President), Aymen Rafiq (Vice President), Nicole Accomando-Donoghue (Secretary), Angelina Persaud (Treasurer), and members Shania Burrus, Marilyn Ngo, Kristina Dega, Channon Lawrence, Kayla Reyes, and Emra Redzematovic.

Celebrate Christmas with SCA
View the decked halls (above) and watch dancing and holiday songs from the assembly!
Student Spotlight
Elizbeth Diaz-Pilier '20 Paints Patriotic Mural

Elizbeth Diaz-Pilier '20 painted the patriotic eagle mural in her history classroom. When her teacher,  Kristen Muschio, approached the class with the idea Elizbeth jumped at the opportunity-- she had worked on a mural in elementary school and also participated in a Vans "Off the Wall" contest as a freshman.

Saying history is one of her favorite classes, Elizbeth said she is also involved in a cadet program, the Washington Greys Military Cadets, which made this project very personal.

 " When I finished the eagle I felt very jubilant because for me personally it's more than just an eagle. The eagle contains the American flag which represents the United States, a place of diversity and freedom," Elizbeth explained. "The eagle itself represents courage and honor and that's when I think of the military and my love for it. I enjoyed every moment in making the mural and the many smiles that came when I finished it."
Sports Shorts
Varsity Basketball Hands Aquinas First Loss in 3 Seasons
What a win it was for the varsity basketball team as they defeated Aquinas 61-58, giving Aquinas their first loss in over three years.  Donjeta Pruvelkaj '19 had 30 points, Cheyenne Gonzalez '20 had 20 rebounds and freshmen Giovanna Valeriano  had the game saving and ending block at the end of the game.  Thank you to the cheerleaders and fans who cheered the whole game, letting everybody know, we're SCA.

Donjeta Pruvelkaj '19 scores 1,000 points

Donjeta Pruvelkaj '19 marked the 1,000 point milestone and News12 was there. Watch the newsclip.
Circle the Calendar
Young Alum Gathering for the Classes '15-'18

Save the Date!
Multi-year Reunion 2019

Alumnae from 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. More information to follow.

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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