By Stefanie Scotto '18
On Sunday, April 15th 2018, Fontbonne held its annual Sports Night at Saint Francis College. After preparing for several weeks, each of the four years competed with their skit, tumbling, dance, props, song, sports, and mural in hopes of reaching the overall victory.
The freshman year performed for their first time as the Fortune Teller Freshman, with a skit about being true to yourself and being kind to others. Their skit included many characters, including a group of friends who learned valuable lessons about friendship. The freshman dancers were dressed as fortune tellers and their tumblers were fortune telling cards. They also received second place in the volleyball category with 17 out of a possible 25 points. Put together, they came in fourth place overall this Sports Night.
This year’s sophomores were the Outer Space Sophomores, with a skit about working together as a team to solve problems. After winning a trip to space with their teachers and having their spaceship break down, a group of students learned how fighting doesn’t make things better, and that working together could solve any problem. Their dancers were aliens on planet Mars, and their tumblers were stars in space. The sophomores came in third place for volleyball with 6 out of 25 points and second place for relay with 3 points. They came third overall in Sports Night.
The Juniors Hit the Jackpot was the theme of this year’s juniors. Their skit featured characters on the Game Show Show, who later learn the value of not being greedy. The tumblers performed as Richard Simmons backup dancers doing a workout routine and the dancers were bankers at the Game Show Show. The juniors came fourth in volleyball with a score of 5 points, and won first place in Sports Night overall.
The seniors performed as the Cirque Du Seniors, with their skit teaching lessons about believing in yourself and trying your best. After getting rejected from Harvard, Gina gives up on her hopes and dreams, but later learns that she can still give herself a bright future if she works hard enough. The senior tumblers were acrobats in their circus, while their dancers were clowns. The seniors placed first in volleyball and relay, with 25 and 5 points respectively. The seniors came second place overall in Sports Night.
All four years did very well in the 2018 Sports Night, and everyone is looking forward to seeing what they will bring to next year’s competition.
By Sabrina Perrone '18
On Sunday, April 15, 2018, Fontbonne held Sports Night. It has occured for decades. This event held at St. Francis College. Ms. Pagan hosted it. Juniors Hit the Jackpot won first place overall.
At the start of this event, the Fontbonne community came together for a dress rehearsal. The freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors saw each other performances.
“This is my favorite part of Sports Night because I love seeing the different years perform” said senior, Rebecca Kaminski.
Sports Nights brings each level grade together as one and what teamwork they have put together.
After the dress rehearsal, all of the performances go into a gym and get ready until they perform.
The Cirque du Soleil Seniors came in second place, Outer Space Sophomores came in third place, and Fortune Teller Freshman came in Fourth place.
Sports Night is an event where the freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors compete with each other in different categories. Some of them are skit, dance, tumbling, mural, song, and sports.
By Maggie Arpaia '18
On April 15, 2017, history was made at Fontbonne Hall Academy when the Junior year was announced First Place Overall in the 2018 Sports Night. The student body sat in the St. Francis College Gym accompanied by parents, friends, and teachers.
Ms. Pagan read out the scores for the 2018 Sports Night. The Juniors hit the jackpot as the scores came in with them winning first place in every category except costumes, mural, and sports. This was the first time in 11 years that the juniors came in first place at sports night.
“I am so proud of my year and all we accomplished at Sports Night,” said junior Isabella Peitz. “We all worked together really well this year and were focused on coming out with a bang. Although the practices were long and hard, I feel like we did really well and will hopefully do even better next year. I think that all the other years did a great job as well and I could see how hard everyone worked.”
The themes for this years Sports Night were Fortune Teller Freshman, Outer Space Sophomores, Jackpot Juniors, and Cirque du Seniors.
Each year supported each other throughout the judging process and cheered each other on during performances.
By Alexandria DiNatale '18
On Thursday April 12, the senior entrepreneurship class went to St. Francis College to see students present their business ideas in a competition. The competition was held in their auditorium from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
There were nine competitors. Each came up with a business idea and pitched it. There were many different ideas that went into different branches such as fashion, health, and education.
“Seeing such motivated young people inspired me to get up and start working on my own dreams,” said senior Maria Bologna.
After each pitch, each of the three judges asked questions or made comments on the idea. Four awards were given to the best pitches. There was a fan favorite prize of $250, a third place prize of $750, a second place prize of $1,000, and a first place prize of $1,500.
The entrepreneurship class learned different pitch techniques like how to present properly, how to speak loud and clearly, and how to engage the audience. The class learned how to form a business idea including planning a business summary, value proposition, and profits.
At the end of the presentations and awards, pizza and water was given to guests.
By Nicolette Torani '19
On April 11, 2018, Fontbonne Hall Academy hosted an assembly with InterACT NY. From period 2 to period 3, 10th and 12th graders reported to the gym for the event. From period 4 to period 5, 9th and 11th graders took part in the assembly.
During the assembly, trained actors reenacted scenarios about current problems. They sparked discussion about topics, including tolerance, empathy, and acceptance.
At the end of each scene, the students asked a question to the actor or tried to help them resolve the problem. The two scenarios performed addressed prevalent issues, such as bullying, racism, and bystander responsibility.
Sophia Pedernera, a junior, said, “I really enjoyed the assembly. It made me more aware of how my actions will affect people.”
After the scenarios, all of the students participated in a kind chain. The students wrote one lesson they learned. They placed it into the bin labeled with their grade and proceeded to their class.
InterACT NY is an organization that addresses important issues that teens have to face today.
Many students chimed in to give their piece of advice to the actors and helped them resolve the problems.
By Grace Pappanicholaou '19
During junior year, our girls at Fontbonne Hall Academy are required to spend one Friday at CHIPS. CHIPS is a soup kitchen that serves as many as 350 meals a day and staffed by volunteers. Six students and Ms. Correira take the R train from 95th Street and arrive in Park Slope early to begin their service.
The students began their day in the chapel with a discussion of fears and hopes for the day ahead of them. At CHiPS, they transported pantry goods so people in need could take them home. This served as dinner for many of the homeless people visiting CHIPS.
Three students served food and prepared trays with silverware, napkins, a piece of fruit, a glass of juice, a dessert and usually some other snack. Two other students were waitresses and tended to any of the needs. Another student helped guests check in and sign their names.
Alexa Bertelle said, “I had a great experience at CHIPS. It was amazing to see all of the different people that came in and were so friendly. I would love to go back and help out more.”
CHIPS has a residency program that helps new mothers in need. They can stay in the rooms above the kitchen for up to 12 months while searching for permanent housing.
This CHIPS visit is required on top of the normal 15 hours of community service.
By Zana Frluckaj '19
On Sunday, April 15, Fontbonne Hall Academy students performed in Sports Night at St. Francis College. All years competed. The junior class won.
The Junior year, with the theme “Juniors hit the Jackpot,” won first place in everything, except from Sports, Mural, and Costumes.
Juniors were thrilled with their win. They practiced everyday for almost three months. They came in after school, weekends, and during Spring Break for hours.
One student expressed her joy. Catherine Santora, a member in skit, said “I wasn’t completely blown out of the water that we won; we worked really hard and put a lot of effort into it. But there was a little competition with the other years. They gave us a little bit of a scare but nothing phased us too much. Then when we found out we won, it felt amazing. All that hard work we put into Sports Night finally paid of. Honestly, we’re all just super thrilled.”
Sports Night is a Fontbonne Hall Academy tradition that has been a part of the school for 51 years. The last time a junior class won was in 2007.
The Class of 2019 won the Jackpot.
By Sophia Pedernera '19
Spirit week took place from Monday, April 9, through Friday, April 13, in anticipation of Sports Night on Sunday, April 15. Each grade level is given a day to decorate the school inspired by their Sports Night theme.
On Monday, The Cirque Du Seniors decorated the halls with black, red, gold, and white balloons and streamers to get the student body excited for their upcoming circus inspired performance.
On Tuesday, the juniors, following the theme of Juniors Hit the Jackpot, decorated the school. Their inspiration was the Hawaiian islands, an ‘80s workout tape, and a jackpot prize. Their jersey colors were green and gold.
Daniella DiCarlo, an overall captain for the juniors, stated, “Spirit week really shows the dedication of the students in a year and the excitement of the whole season. All of the girls in [the junior] year were really excited to come together and give the school a preview of what we had been working on for Sports Night.”
On Wednesday, students were greeted by black and green streamers and balloons to coincide with the sophomore jersey colors. Students created alien drawings to match their Outer Space Sophomores theme.
The freshmen ended the week with a bang. The cafeteria was decorated with purple and gold tablecloths, purple and gold streamers and balloons. It represented their theme Fortune Teller Freshmen.
On Friday, each year is permitted to wear their Sports Night jersey to show their school pride.
Traditionally, spirit week takes place the week leading up to Sports Night, one of the biggest events of the year.
Following the school day, students attended the volleyball championship and relay races..
By Emanuela Gallo '19
Last week was Spirit Week at Fontbonne! Students showed off their school pride by wearing their Sports Night jerseys and colored bead necklaces. They also decorated the school, using colorful streamers, balloons, and other types of decorations.
On Monday, April 9th, the school was adorned with red and white decorations by the seniors to show their theme, Circus Seniors. The next day, the juniors showed their school pride with green and yellow decorations. Hawaii-themed decorations were also put up as part of their theme, Juniors Hit the Jackpot. On Wednesday, April 11th, the “Outerspace Sophomores” decorated the school with green, black, and gold streamers and balloons with alien faces drawn on them. The following day, the freshmen put up purple and gold decorations, including colorful tablecloths on the cafeteria tables. On Friday, all years wore their jerseys.
Spirit Week was a great time not only to show off our school pride, but to celebrate the hard work put into all Sport Night routines. It was a way for students to get excited about their performances.
Sports Night took place on Sunday, April 15th.
By Grace Pappanicholaou '19
On March 13, Fontbonne Hall Academy inducted 25 juniors into the National Honor Society (NHS). The ceremony took place in the fab lab, filled with parents and family. The current NHS members in the senior class sat in front of the new members and spoke about the main ideas held by NHS. Each of the new members wore one yellow rose on their wrists and the current members wore two yellow roses.
To be considered, the girls must have and maintain an average GPA of 95. They must be active members of at least 3 clubs or teams, one must be service oriented. Evaluation forms must be submitted including an FA form, a community form, two club forms and one service club form. Ms. Correira and Ms. Deluca head the selection process.
When speaking about her experience, Alexa Bertelle said “Attending the ceremony was a great experience. It is nice to see all of our hard work finally pay off.”
During the ceremony, the students were presented with a certificate and an opportunity to sign their name in the book with previous NHS members.
Following the induction, the students must maintain an average of 95 and complete at least 35 hours of service. Students are expected to serve as a model for other aspiring NHS members.