By Margaret Arpaia '18
The Culture Club's first meeting on September 21, 2017 was a huge success. Fontbonne’s most popular club had over 200 girls from the freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior classes that attended meeting.
The club’s moderator, Ms Pagan, and the president, Shannon Greene, were excited to plan the activities the club will offer this year.
“We already started planning events to places like a Haunted Hayride and a trip to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on Broadway,” stated Greene ‘18. “We are also bringing back our Lip Sync Battle which is very entertaining and really encourages faculty and students, outside of the club involvement.”
The Culture Club is a great way for students to interact with different cultures and each other.
Ms. Pagan stated, “What I love most about being the moderator is seeing the students' faces during an event. Their energy and excitement brings me joy and make me want to do even bigger and better things for them. This club allows them to not only have fun with their peers and meet new friends but to do things they normally wouldn't do.”
Many students in the club enjoy the activities and its sense of community.
“I love how diverse the club is,” stated Brianna Amato ‘18. “There are so many people of all ages that attend it and it’s a great way to make new friends. I also love all of the fun activities that the club offers.”
The Culture Club allows students to experience different cultural expressions in school and around New York City.
Last year, the club attended Aladdin on Broadway, had a cultural cooking class at Fontbonne, and walked through New York Cities scariest haunted house Blood Manor.
by Jillian Corozzo '16
Fontbonne Hall Academy’s 41st annual Sports Night took place on April 10, 2016. The senior class took mural by storm, impressing all who saw it.
The student body competes in a series of volleyball games and an intense relay race. On last Sunday morning of the season, all the years and faculty gathered together at St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights to display their dances, skits, tumbling, and murals.
The unveiling of each year’s mural is what kicks off the beginning of Sports Night. Everyone rushed to the gym floor to get a glimpse of their year's mural. Mr. Bellinger, Fontbonne’s beloved art teacher, helped each captain roll down their murals, beginning with the freshmen and ending with the seniors.
Senior mural captains Kaylin Massar ‘16 and Erica Federico ‘16 are no strangers to this excitement. Having worked on their year’s mural in the past and being in Mr. Bellinger’s Major Art III class, this is what they’ve been waiting four years for.
“After two weeks of hard work, we won mural our senior year” says Massar, “it turned out better than we ever envisioned!”
Complying with the theme “Senior Night Live,”, a take on the renowned Saturday Night Live, the dynamic duo of Federico and Massar constructed a four square paneled design, each corner of the square serving as puzzle pieces of a face. Two of these faces resembled presidential nominees Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, who were portrayed in the opening of the senior skit. Another face resembled the Mad Hatter, which represented the senior dance, which was about the Alice and Wonderland performance in a Fairytale Convention Skit on Senior Night Live. The final face resembled a cheerleader, which is what the tumblers were dressed up to be. The radiant colors and accurately and articulately drawn faces made this mural hard to beat.
As the seniors won mural, the juniors, sophomore and freshmen were following in their footsteps. In years past, the title of mural winner has jumped from juniors to seniors and back to juniors. Next year, the current underclassmen will have to step up to see who come out victorious.
By Joanna Colasanto '17
By Karen Chavez '17
When Sports Night season comes every year, students from each year work together in order to get that first place trophy.
On March 16, 2016, Fontbonne’s faculty, staff, students, and parents gathered in the school’s gymnasium to watch the induction of the new National Honor Society members. The National Honor Society is an organization that recognizes the academic achievements of those students who show outstanding scholarship, service, leadership, and character skills.
Ms. Deluca and Mrs. Correira, the advisors of the Mother St. John Fontbonne chapter of NHS, organized the well put together induction ceremony. The ceremony began with a speech from Fontbonne’s alumna Ali Hart, who graduated in 2000 and went on to become an investment bank program and recruitment manager for J.P. Morgan. Hart spoke about how Fontbonne and the National Honor Society prepared her for college and her future careers. Hart encouraged all students to become active members of the Fontbonne community through school clubs and activities and service projects.
After Hart concluded her speech, the senior members of NHS spoke about the acceptance criteria based on scholarship, service, leadership, and character. Scholarship describes the student’s dedication to excelling academically and maintaining a cumulative average of 93% and above. Service can be defined as doing an action that helps and benefits others. Each NHS member was required to have been in at least three service-oriented clubs in Fontbonne, and have completed 25 hours of community service each year. Leadership and character is based on the student’s performance with their peers in the classroom and is observed by the faculty members.
The students who were selected and met the criteria to become a member of the MSJF Chapter of the National Honor Society were: Sarah Berka, Erin Charles, Keara Donahue, Armani Edgar, Alyssa Federico, Samantha Fernandes, Sabrina Frasca, Isabella Grillo, Natalie LaCognata, Samantha Licata, Alexa Malerba, Emily Manti, Alyssa Owen, Kathryn Principato, Jenee Reynolds, Anne Russo, Lauren Safford, Elyssa Silverman, Lauren Silverman, and Dominica Tecza. Each of these students received an award of recognition from Fontbonne and the National Honor Society.
One newly inducted member, Alyssa Federico, stated that “being a part of National Honor Society and the induction ceremony made me feel recognized and accomplished for all the work I have done over the past three years.”
The National Honor Society believes it is important to recognize the outstanding achievements of students because it requires a lot of dedication and hard work. The organization offers many experiences, programs, and resources to better prepare individuals for college, careers, and lives.