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College News for the Class of 2018

Holy Child is proud to share the list of admission offers that members of the Class of 2018 have received from colleges and universities so far. The college process here at Holy Child is an extension of our educational philosophy. We value each individual girl, and this impressive list of college acceptances reflects the diverse interests and aspirations of our girls.

Though this list will continue to evolve in the coming weeks, we are confident that each one of our girls will be ready to take on their next adventure. We are so proud of their hard work and dedication.

Class of 2018
College Acceptances (As of 3/9/18)

Adelphi University

Auburn University

Binghamton University

Boston College

Boston University

College of Charleston

College of the Holy Cross

College of the Saint Rose

CUNY John Jay College

Curry College

Denison University

Dickinson College

Drexel University

Elon University

Fairfield University

Fordham University

Furman University

George Mason University

Georgetown University

High Point University

Hobart & William Smith Colleges

Indiana University, Bloomington

Iona College

Ithaca College

James Madison University

Lafayette College

LeMoyne College

Loyola Marymount University (CA)

Loyola University (MD)

Manhattanville College

Marist College

McGill University, Canada

Merrimack College

Miami University (OH)

Michigan State University

Mount Ida College

Northeastern University

Pennsylvania State University

Providence College

Purdue University

Quinnipiac University

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Roger Williams University

Russell Sage College

Sacred Heart University (CT)

Saint Joseph's University (PA)

Santa Clara University (CA)

Siena College

St. Bonaventure University

State University of New York, New Paltz

State University of New York, Oneonta

State University of New York, Oswego

State University of New York, Stony Brook

St. Bonaventure University

St. John's University (NY)

St Lawrence University

Stonehill College

Syracuse University

Trinity College

Tulane University

Union College

University of Alabama

University at Albany

University of Connecticut

University of Dayton

University of Maryland, College Park

University of Miami

University of Michigan

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

University of North Carolina, Wilmington

University of Pittsburgh

University of Rhode Island

University of Richmond

University of Rochester

University of San Diego

University of Scranton

University of South Carolina

University of Tennessee

University of Vermont

University of Virginia

University of Wisconsin, Madison

Villanova University

Wake Forest University

Yale University

For a list of last year's matriculations and college acceptances from 2013-2017, click here.

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Hannah Cleary '18 Named Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Student of the Year

Congratulations to Hannah Cleary '18, along with Brian Dervin '18 of Stepinac, for being named the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Students of the Year!

Hannah and Brian were a part of LLS's leadership development and philanthropy program in which high school students participate in a fundraising competition to benefit LLS. As part of the program, Hannah and Brian received professional guidance in goal planning and project planning from LLS staff.

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Holy Child Hosted Presentations on Digital Ethics with David Ryan Polgar

Holy Child welcomed David Ryan Polgar on February 28, 2018 to speak to our students, faculty, and parents about topics related to digital ethics.

David Ryan Polgar has carved out a unique career as a "Tech Ethicist," where he explores our evolving relationship with technology from an ethical, legal, and emotional perspective. With a background as an attorney and college professor, he transitioned in recent years to focus entirely on improving how children, teens, and adults utilize social media and tech.

David is a tech writer (Big Think, Quartz, and IBM thinkLeaders), speaker (3-time TEDx, The School of The New York Times), and frequent tech commentator (SiriusXM,, HuffPost, He has experience working with startups and social media companies (ASKfm), and co-founded the global Digital Citizenship Summit (held at Twitter HQ in 2016). Outside of writing and speaking, David currently serves as Trust & Safety for the teen virtual world Friendbase. He is also a board member for the non-profit #ICANHELP, which recently held the first annual #Digital 4Good event to promote student empowerment and positive tech use. David is also currently helping plan an event in San Francisco in January that will focus on social media's role in teen suicide prevention.

He is a recognized expert in the area of cyber ethics, digital citizenship, and tech balance. David's forward-thinking approach to online safety and digital citizenship has been recognized by various organizations and outlets across the globe, and was recently singled out online by the Obama Foundation. Some of his main goals are bridging the gaps between different stakeholder groups and utilizing technology in a manner that maximizes the human existence. In an effort to increase access to the thorny discussions around tech, David recently co-founded and co-hosts a monthly live show in NYC called Funny as Tech.

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Holy Child to Welcome Lynn Lyons for Talk on Adolescent Stress and Anxiety

On Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the Theatre, Holy Child is pleased to welcome Lynn Lyons, LCSW, a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist in Concord, New Hampshire. Ms. Lyons has been in private practice for 28 years, and specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders in adults and children. She will discuss with the faculty and then the parents how to best support and help students cope with the many stressors of being a child and adolescent in this day and age in a presentation that is open to the community.

Ms. Lyons travels globally as a speaker and trainer on the subject of anxiety, its role in families, and the need for a preventative approach at home and in schools. With a special interest in breaking the generational cycle of worry in families, she is the coauthor of two books on anxiety: Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents: 7 Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle and Raise Courageous & Independent Children, and the companion book for kids, Playing with Anxiety: Casey's Guide for Teens and Kids.

Ms. Lyons was recently cited extensively in a NY Times Article entitled "Why Are More American Teenagers Than Ever Suffering From Severe Anxiety?" The article highlights many of the themes she will address when she visits Holy Child.

Ms. Lyons' work and expertise supports our Wellness Program goals at Holy Child and will help further educate students, faculty and families on how to decrease stress and anxiety and promote better mental health.

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Holy Child Hosts Film Screening and Entrepreneur Panel

On December 8, 2017, Holy Child presented a screening of the documentary film Dream, Girl, which chronicles the lives of women entrepreneurs. The event was organized by Kristine Budill, the director of Holy Child's E.E. Ford Program in Architecture, Engineering & Design for the Common Good. The screening was followed by a panel of local entrepreneurs moderated by Heather Cabot, an angel investor, writer, and adjunct professor at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Heather is a former ABC News anchor/correspondent and Yahoo! Web Life Editor, reporting on digital trends for TODAY, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News and syndicated daytime talk shows. She is the co-author of Geek Girl Rising, which profiles powerful women in tech.

The evening's panelists included Hadley Pollet, fashion designer; Saskia Sorrosa, CEO of Fresh Bellies, which creates preservative-free baby foods; and Caroline Danehy, a Colgate University student who is the co-founder and creative director for Fair Harbor Clothing, which uses environmentally responsible materials like recycled plastic bottles and organic cotton.

Lillian Mahemedi '19 was inspired by how entrepreneurs can funnel their interests into producing products that fill a need or solve a problem. "Saskia's story was interesting to me," said Lillian, "because when she realized that picky eaters can develop from a young age, she set out to make a baby food line that would introduce babies to broader flavors sooner."

Martina Garate-Griot '19 said that Caroline Danehy's story resonated with her: "Caroline was just a senior in high school when she started Fair Harbor, and that really inspired me. It doesn't matter how young you are, if you have an idea, don't be afraid to take risks because you never know what could happen."

In Kristine's role as the Director of the E.E. Ford Program, she realized the film Dream, Girl could be a catalyst for getting young girls to think about problem-solving and their careers in a new light: "By bringing together Heather Cabot with the panel of women entrepreneurs, I wanted to show how pursuing your passion--even at an early age--is incredibly important, but it must be combined with hard work, a willingness to network, and a desire to seek out support from those who have traveled the path before you."

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Holy Child Celebrates the Mother, Daughter, and Grandmother Liturgy and Breakfast

Holy Child celebrated its annual Mother, Daughter, and Grandmother Liturgy and Breakfast for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on Friday, December 8. Father Joe Tierney, President of Cardinal Hayes High School, served as celebrant, and we welcomed close to 600 members of the community, including moms, grandmothers, and aunts to celebrate this beautiful liturgy with us. The Scala sisters--Maggie '19, Lizzie '21, and Molly '24--shared their reflections on being "intellectual," one of the characteristics that Holy Child values as part of our Portrait of the Graduate. The liturgy also included performances by our talented student singers and liturgical dancers.

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Holy Child Welcomes Judith Dupré to Library Luncheon and Boutique

Holy Child held its Annual Luncheon & Boutique for the Maureen Alison McGrath '78 Memorial Library on Thursday, November 30 at the Apawamis Club in Rye, NY. The School was thrilled to welcome author Judith Dupré as guest speaker.

Judith is an author, historian, and design consultant who lectures widely on architecture and creativity. She has presented to Holy Child's E.E. Ford students about her biography of One World Trade Center, and she brought the newly revised edition of her New York Times best-selling book Bridges: A History of the World's Most Famous and Important Spans.

The Library Luncheon and Boutique is one of Holy Child's signature fundraising events, which supports the Maureen Alison McGrath '78 Memorial Library by providing resources as well as a variety of enrichment opportunities. Holy Child welcomed over 225 people to the luncheon from across the community, including current and past parents, faculty, alumnae, trustees, and friends. The event was made possible by committees of dedicated parent and alumnae volunteers, especially event co-chairs Sue DeStaebler and Kelly Hodulik.

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