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Gryphons Beat Sacred Heart 48-45

The Holy Child Varsity Swim Team had a great victory against our league rival Sacred Heart at the Sacred Heart pool on Friday, February 9. This is our first victory over Sacred Heart since January 2014 and was an amazing team victory. The win represents what is so amazing about high school team swimming!

Double event winners included Kate Hoesterey, Juliana Rivera and Maggie Scala. Outstanding individual performances by Willa Sarcone, Lizzy Ford, Hannah Cleary, and Tor Gaffney also fueled the win. Great relay performances were swum by Lily Hurley, Charlotte Hurley, Alex DeStaebler, and Franny Meluso as well.

The 400 Freestyle Relay quartet of Juliana Rivera, Lizzy Ford, Willa Sarcone and Kate Hoesterey set a new pool record of 3:54.19, bettering the previous record by over 2 seconds. Kate's performance in the 50 and 100 freestyle were 0.65 and 0.11 seconds off the Holy Child school records respectively. Willa Sarcone set the Holy Child record on the 100 Backstroke with 1:02:37.

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David Ryan Polgar to Speak at Holy Child

Holy Child is thrilled to welcome David Ryan Polgar on February 28, 2018 to speak to our students, faculty, and parents about topics related to digital ethics. He will address our students and faculty during the school day. Parents are invited to join us for an evening program at 7:00 p.m. in the Theatre.


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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