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Hallahan Footprints: Summer 2014

Letter from the Director of Advancement

Dear Alumnae and Friends, What a wonderful year at Hallahan! We have had quite a successful year and much of that is due to your continued support and faith in the mission of Hallahan. We are so grateful to you all! Our online Tuition Assistance Fundraiser was a success, and we were able to provide the necessary tuition assistance to allow the ten students to stay at Hallahan and receive the superior education they wanted but could not afford. We cannot thank you enough for participating! Our Welcome Center Revitalization was a huge success, as several major donors stepped up to make our dream a reality. Even though Hallahan is over a century old, the Welcome Center now has the updated technology that best meets the needs of the school. At its dedication, Bishop Fitzgerald presided over a Mass with the student body, benefactors, and invited guests. He blessed the Welcome Center, and attended the reception that followed. It was a truly memorable moment for the entire Hallahan community. Our Student Phone-A-Thon went well, as dozens of Hallahan students called former donors to remind them to make a pledge before the end of the fiscal year. Our wonderful alumnae and friends responded beautifully. We had an 86% return rate on the reminder post cards we sent after the calls were made. Thanks to all for your continued support and generosity!

Inside this issue: Guided by Faith

Welcome Center Blessing


Role Models through Dance


Community Service Corps


2014 Hall of Fame Inductees


The Marketplace of Ideas


Hallahan Cheerleaders


St. Patrick’s Day Parade


Women’s Leadership


Alumnae News


Legacy Society


Reunion News and Calendar


Our heartfelt appreciation goes out to all of you for a great year! We will have the Annual Report coming out in the Fall which lists all donors for the 2013-2014 school year, and more updates will be provided in that issue of Footprints. God Bless,

Reenie Ednie, Director of Advancement

Special Thanks to our EITC Supporters!

Bishop Fitzgerald and student council members at the blessing of the new Mary Mackey Cain Welcome Center.


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Bishop Fitzgerald Blesses the New Welcome Center at Hallahan By Jessica Hearn, Director of Admissions On Friday, March 21, 2014, the John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls’ High School community was honored to have Most Rev. Michael J. Fitzgerald, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, bless the new Welcome Center. Bishop Fitzgerald first presided over Mass with the entire Hallahan student body and then convened a smaller group in the Welcome Center. Mary Mackey Cain ’41, the alumna donor who made this project possible and for whom the Welcome Center is named, attended with her family. The architect and designer Philip Ryan, who has also been involved with Barnes Foundation and University of Pennsylvania, spoke of the joy in designing and creating the space. The blessing was also attended by Hallahan alumnae, members of the

Above: Bishop Fitzgerald poses with Sister Ida and Sister Marie. Right: Bishop Fitzgerald and Sandra Young with (l to r) Michael Napolitano, Welcome Center architect Philip Ryan, and Jack Garrett.


President’s Advisory Board, Alumnae Association President Jane Dougherty ’56, and Casey Carter, CEO of Faith in the Future. A highlight of the morning was when student musicians Justine Czop ’14 on harp and Gayeon Lee ’14 on clarinet played At the blessing: (l to r) Hallahan President Sandra Young, Bishop the Hallahan Alma Fitzgerald, and major donor Mary Mackey Cain ’41. Mater song and the John W. Hallahan offices was to alumnae, staff, and students present a modern, welcoming face immediately began to sing. The unison without losing sight of the religious in song matched the beauty of the institution’s values and rich history”. occasion. The Welcome Center is a beautiful Upon walking into the beautiful space with updated technology to best Welcome Center, one is immediately meet the needs of the school. Hallahan struck by the oversized white compass President Sandra Young remarks, “We traced on the blue walls. The are delighted with the Mary Mackey compass envisions the school’s Cain ’41 Welcome Center and invite motto “Center City is Our Campus, students, parents, alumnae and friends Jesus Christ is Our Compass.” Next to visit. Now that it is complete, we to the compass is a large wooden eagerly look forward to the Phase 2 of cross. The cross is made from 200 the renovations, our Chapel year old reclaimed hickory, which revitalization.” was in a hickory beam at the former For more information about the Mary farm and convent of the Mackey Cain ’41 Welcome Center, and Contemplative Sisters of the Good the Chapel Revitalization Campaign, Shepherd in North Philadelphia. As please contact Reenie Ednie, Director Philip Ryan stated, “One of the key of Advancement, at goals of the new renovation of the or 215-563-8930 x250.

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Role Models of True Beauty through Dance By Renée Kurz, dance teacher One question I have been striving to answer throughout these first two years of bringing dance education into Hallahan is “What’s the purpose of dance in the lives of young women? I mean, is there more than feel good self-expression going on here?” Though I know the answer, most of my students and our audience do not. So this is my mission: to assist in providing the answer to this question with a resounding “Yes!” On December 7, 2013, I along with nine of our young women had the opportunity to learn how to answer the questions we face as young women of faith and to demonstrate the depth of our beauty through dance. The True Beauty Revealed Young Women’s Conference was held at the PA Convention Center. This event was part of a larger Catholic Women’s Conference sponsored by Endow. Endow (Educating on the Nature and Dignity of Women) is a Catholic study program that engages the intellect of women and teenage girls to help them understand their God-given dignity and respond to our culture’s desperate need for an authentic feminine presence to transform every aspect of life and society. Two semesters ago I introduced the High School study program to Hallahan, leading two groups thus far; plus integrating the content of the curriculum into my dance courses. As a committee member helping to organize the conference, I was given the opportunity to invite selected dance students to create a dance to present to the sixty young women from around the archdiocese who gathered to hear this good message. Seven dancers were chosen and came together every week for two months to create a dance full of faith, purpose, and vision. The purpose: to bring light to the hearts of young women. The vision: to express the joy of our feminine genius and the hope found in the Father’s love. These dancers were genuine Hallahan role models of True Beauty as they took the mission of creating this dance seriously, performing with beauty and integrity. Dance has the power to communicate in a few movements what it can take a lot of

words to express. So after a full day of mass, speakers, small groups, and prayer, the young women participants were given the gift to receive the message in a new way, and perhaps even more understandable way. I was so proud of the dancers’ spirit of professionalism and desire to serve, truly hoping to lift the hearts of young women through demonstrating true friendship and Christian hope. As dancer Jade Myers says, “While we were dancing I felt lighter, I felt like I could do it. You can do anything if you set your mind to it.” Not only did this experience take the dancers on a journey to discover more about the mission of dance, but also about how the experience of making and performing a dance with faith and hope can change their lives as well. “The dance was about being lost children “It was she, our Blessed and coming Mother, who carried us together making sure that we knew through it all – the we were not alone. development of the dance, I feel as though that I can use this the visions behind it, and experience to grow the performance.” in my daily life.” – Katie Erin Greer says dancer Armani Thomas.

“Take it All” dancers. First row: Jade Myers and Armani Thomas ’14. Middle row: Danielle Smith ’14 and Katie Erin Greer. Top row: Kristy Magginas, Kiana Holmes and Diamond Graves. Also in attendance were seniors Carolann Ortiz and Tiyana Farmbry.

The dancers experienced a sense of sisterhood and cooperation that drew them out of themselves. Dancer Katie Erin Greer reflects, “I remember when we were first invited to perform the dance, and we were setting the plot for the choreography. We had been discussing our inspirations and almost instinctively it was Mary. It was she, our Blessed Mother, who carried us through it all – the development of the dance, the visions behind it, and the performance. The day in its entirety was blessedly beautiful, and I feel privileged to have been a part of it!” May there by many more opportunities for our young women to step beyond themselves and bear witness to the “Yes!” of Mary in radiating the light of our true beauty. 3

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A Life Full of Giving Is a Life Worth Living indescribable; no words could do it justice.

By Mary Dever, Class of 2014 As an active member and vice president of the Community Service Corps, better known as CSC, I am glad to say that this year has been one of the busiest, brightest years for our club. The incoming class of freshmen came ready to help, full of passion and an overwhelming desire to help develop the virtues of Hallahan as well as administer to the needs of the surrounding neighborhood. The upperclassmen came back stronger than ever to kick off the 2013-2014 school year right. Towards the beginning of the year, we collected peanut butter and jelly to make sandwiches that could be given out as a takeout meal at St. Francis Inn. As a volunteer there helping to serve the food to the people of Kensington, I really see the impact of the takeaways because this guaranteed the people something to eat later that night. As the holidays rolled around, Sister Ida and Sister Marie John began collecting canned goods and toiletries for both men and women to help make

Helping out at the Hand in Hand event at St. Joseph’s University.


The Hand in Hand event at St. Joseph’s University — a CSC tradition.

the holidays easier. It cannot go without saying how prosperous the Turkey drive was, collecting both money and turkeys to assure that the local families do not go without on Thanksgiving. The holiday spirit at Hallahan would not be the same without the unquestionable spirit of giving as well as the beautiful decorations around the school.

Last but not least, one of Hallahan and CSC’s brightest beams was recognized this Spring. Sister Ida was inducted into the Hallahan Hall of Fame for all of her contributions to the Catholic education and athletic systems in both Allentown and Philadelphia, and I was given the honor of presenting her at this prestigious ceremony. Our club would not be what it is today without both Sister Ida and Sister Marie John. As a graduating senior, I could not have asked for a better year or a better family to be a part of than Hallahan CSC. This club shows you the love available to you as you reach out to those in need, and it has inspired me to continue a lifelong commitment to serving the community. Sister Ida once said “A life full of giving is a life worth living,” and the Community Service Corps here at Hallahan could not exemplify this statement any better than it did this year; with such great leadership and a passionate student body, this will not be the last great news that you hear about CSC!

Along with spring comes more opportunities for CSC to thrive and spread joy. Two of CSC’s shining traditions include my two personal favorites, helping out at Hand in Hand at St. [The CSC] club shows you the Joseph’s University and giving out shirts at the Broad love available to you as you Street Run. My first Hand in reach out to those in need, and Hand experience during my sophomore year changed my has inspired me to continue a life in ways that I could have never guessed. The beauty of lifelong commitment to serving spending the day with a special needs buddy is the community.


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The 2014 Hallahan Hall of Fame By Reenie Ednie, Director of Advancement On April 30, 2014, Hallahan was proud to host the Hall of Fame Dinner at Swan Waterfall Caterers in South Philadelphia. Hallahan President, Sandra Young, and Director of Advancement, Reenie Ednie, were happy to induct four wonderful alumnae who have given of themselves to make the world a better place. Last year, Mrs. Young and Mrs. Ednie resurrected the Hallahan Hall of Fame to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of Hallahan alumnae and friends who have lived lives of service and faith. This year’s inductees are wonderful examples of Christian women who accomplished great things.

Sister Clare Carty (third from left) accepting her award. With (l to r) Reenie Ednie, Sandra Young and Dominique Nave ’14.

This year’s recipients are: Sister Ida Marie Nicklas, OSF ’45, Sister Clare Carty, OSF ’54, Barbara Murray Rilling ’59, and Hilda K. Carr ’61.

Sister Clare Carty graduated from Hallahan in 1954 and entered the Sisters of St. Francis in January of 1955. After professing vows in 1957, Sister Clare ministered in Sister Ida Marie Nicklas graduated from Hallahan in 1945 elementary and junior high schools in Maryland, and worked for one year in a brokerage firm in Philadelphia, Washington, DC and South Carolina. Sister Clare holds a and then in August of 1946, she entered into religious life, Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Mount St. Mary’s joining the Sisters of St. Francis. She continued her education College, a Master’s Degree in Guidance Counseling from at Villanova University, followed by Marywood University. Loyola College and a Master’s Degree in Hospital Sister Ida’s next 16 years were spent in elementary education Administration from George Washington University, and in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. At St. Francis in Lenni, PA, completed her residency at Carney Hospital, Dorchester, MA. Sister Ida and a number of students appeared on television in After completion of her residency, Sister Clare was assigned as a story-telling feature on Channel 6. In 1968, Sister Ida was Assistant Administrator of St. Mary Hospital in Langhorne, assigned to Allentown Central Catholic High School to teach PA. In 1980, she was promoted to CEO and President of St. business. After two years there, Sister was asked to coach the Mary’s and continued in that capacity until 1996. Under her girls’ basketball team (in addition to teaching a full roster) leadership, the hospital grew from 156 to 226 beds and and, being a fan of the sport, Sister agreed. Sister led the team advanced from a hospital to a medical center and trauma to the first ever PIAA State Wide Championship in 1973. Sister center. She expanded the Maternity Center into a multiwas honored with an Induction into the service center providing health care Allentown Central Catholic Hall of and social services for low income Fame and a scholarship was named in families. The Center has the her honor for a basketball student who provision for 26 apartments for excels in academics and as a team interim emergency housing for player. In 1978, Sister Ida was assigned families when needed. St. Mary’s to teach business at Hallahan so she now has as heliport to help with the returned home to her beloved alma transportation of critical care mater. In 1999, she retired from active patients by helicopter. Under Sister teaching and stayed on to work in the Clare’s leadership, St. Mary's has Advancement Office for two years. She blossomed into a true legacy of then moved onto manage the school Catholic Health Care, and remains store and run the Community Service the only Catholic Medical Center in Sister Ida (right) at the dinner with Hallahan President Sandra Young Corps for Hallahan. Lower Bucks County. 5

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Barbara Rilling (third from left) and family at the 2014 Hall of Fame Dinner.

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in 1967, then a Master’s of Education with a concentration in the Psychology of Reading from Temple University in 1971. She did extensive post graduate level work (42 credits) at the University of Pennsylvania, Notre Dame and Fordham Universities, and holds several teaching certificates. Hilda spent twenty years as Director of the RITE/MERIT Teacher Education Program for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. This project provided direct building-level staff development and leadership training activities for 96 elementary schools and nine secondary Catholic schools in the city of Philadelphia. Hilda also provided the leadership for the development of the first Teacher Computer Training Center for the Archdiocese. Hilda initiated the MERIT Make ’n Take Center, where teachers can make a variety of classroom instructional items at no cost. MERIT celebrated its 40th Anniversary last year. Hilda spent 14 years as an Adjunct Professor at Arcadia University’s Graduate School of Education and for 12 years, was the Director of the Arcadia Summer Reading Clinic. Hilda has been an active member of two parishes: At St. Athanasius Church, she served two terms on the Parish Council and was the CYO coordinator for fourteen years. Currently in St. Helena’s Parish in Blue Bell, Hilda volunteers with the Summer Bible Camp, and is beginning her new service with the Stephen Ministry Program.

Barbara Murray Rilling graduated from Hallahan in 1959 and heeded the call to education and service to others by beginning her career at La Salle College (now University) from 1960 to 1965. There she met and married her husband, Jack. As she started a family, Barbara volunteered at Christ the King School, serving on the Home and School Board. In 1983, she returned to La Salle University as secretary to the Director of Campus Ministry. In 1990, she joined the staff of Holy Ghost Preparatory School in Bensalem where she served as School Secretary and Admissions Secretary. Here, Barbara was constantly interacting with parents and faculty, and was responsible for organizing fund raisers and staging the graduation ceremony. Over the years, Barbara served on several reunion committees, thus staying connected to Hallahan. Her love and appreciation of the fine education Hallahan is proud to have the opportunity to recognize and she received at Hallahan motivated her to reach out and applaud the selfless encourage as many of her classmates as lives of these four possible to attend the reunions and stay women. Each is connected. It was shortly after Barbara remarkable and helmed the 50th Reunion for the Class of deserving of 1959, that the idea for the 50 Years and induction into the Beyond Annual Luncheon was born. The Hall of Fame. The luncheon enables this special group of ‘older’ hope is to inspire alumnae to maintain a connection to current Hallahan Hallahan on an annual basis, rather than students to aspire to waiting five years until the next class reunion. the heights of our Since its initiation in 2010, the annual distinguished September luncheon has gathered as many as alumnae. 500 alumnae and the proceeds have provided Hilda Carr (second from left) accepting her award. With (l to r) Reenie Ednie, Francesgladys Pulido ’15, and Please look for the Hall of significant financial support to Hallahan. Sandra Young. Fame 2015 Nomination Hilda K. Carr graduated from Hallahan in 1961 and Form in the Autumn Footprints and nominate someone you immediately began her career in education. She earned a think is deserving of this recognition. We hope to continue Bachelor’s Degree in Education from St. Joseph’s University the Hall of Fame tradition for years to come! 6

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The Marketplace of Ideas By Anthony F. Polselli This school year marked the third year of Hallahan’s Model United Nations Club. The club was proposed four years ago by then Sophomores Amani Crews ’13 and Victoria Frazier ’13. After receiving approval, the club began participating in competitions the following school year, starting with Salesianum School’s DELMUN XXV. At that competition, three students (Maryanne Kannampuzha ’13, Ana DeJesus ’14, and Haby Kane ’14) won an Honorable Mention award for representing Mexico in the Economic and Social Council, or ECOSOC for short. For Haby and Ana, this would be the first of a series of awards over the next several years. Model U.N. is a club where students are assigned a country, and then represent that country while debating a series of pre-determined topics with other area schools. The point of the competition is to pass a resolution, which proposes a solution to one of these real-world situations. Topics have ranged from the situation in Syria, to human trafficking, to the international drug trade, to nuclear proliferation. The more the students prepare, the more likely they are to win an award: Verbal Commendation (4th Place), Honorable Mention (3rd Place), Outstanding (2nd Place), or Golden Gavel (1st Place).

Besides writing a resolution, which must be written in a specific United Nations format, students can also ask to be put on the Speaker’s List, and give a short speech on the topic being debated and answer up to three follow-up questions on their speech. Asking questions after a speech also earns competitors points, and at least one of Hallahan’s Golden Gavels was the direct result of our team being able to stump a student on the Speaker’s List. At larger competitions, students may also be broken down into smaller groups, based on competition experience. Students newer to Model U.N. can be placed in the General Assembly, and more experienced students (or sometimes just those who are brave enough and want an extra challenge) can be placed in ECOSOC, or the Security Council. The competitions promote the market place of ideas. Beyond learning about the topics, students must also learn to follow the format and rules of the United Nations, the art of compromise, and how to think on their feet. As Grace Bridy ’16, commented, one of the goals is “becoming more aware of the present global issues and learning how to approach them in a diplomatic fashion.” After that first competition, Hallahan took part in two more that school year, one at Padua Academy, and the other at Father Judge High School. At Padua Academy’s Model U.N., Paige Trush ’13, Ami Irvin ’13, and Yasmin Brizan ’13 won a Verbal Commendation for representing North Korea, while Haby Kane and Ana DeJesus won Hallahan’s first ever Golden Gavel for representing Egypt. Hallahan Model U.N. Logo, created by Paige Trush ’13

Pictured at the Father Judge OMUN in November: Natasha Ellis ’16, Grace Bridy ’16, Juliette Palermo ’16, Haby Kane ’14, Bridget Cigler ’15, Ana DeJesus ’14, and Marissa Leahy ’14.

With one year of experience under their belt, the club picked up where it left off, with Symone Mazzotta ’13, MaryJo Lutz ’14, and Victoria Gleason ’15 winning an Honorable Mention at the Father Judge Model U.N., and with Ana DeJesus and Haby Kane winning two more Golden Gavels at Father Judge’s Model NATO and Model OSCE (Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe). That year also marked the 7

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departure of the original foundings of the club, Amani (who was also served as the club’s first president) and Victoria. This past year, Ana DeJesus took over as club president, and the roster was bolstered by an enthusiastic group of sophomores. Hallahan girls competed in five competitions this school year, winning a Verbal Commendation at DELMUN XXVII (Haby Kane and Ana DeJesus), and a Golden Gavel for Haby Kane and Grace Bridy representing the United States at Father Judge’s World Peace Conference. The highlight of the year, though, was this past November, when at the Father Judge Model U.N, six of the seven Hallahan students competing won an award. Along with another Golden Gavel for Ana and Haby (representing South Korea), Grace Bridy and Juliette Palermo ’16 were awarded the top Honorable Mention for representing Columbia, while Marissa Leahy ’14 and Bridget Cigler ’15 won outstanding for representing Portugal. In March, Haby won her sixth Golden Gavel, representing Argentina at Father Judge’s Model OAS (Organization of American States). This makes Haby the most decorated competitor in the club’s young history. Haby and Ana did a wonderful job of moving the club forward after the original founding members graduated last year. Now, this year they are graduating, along with fellow seniors MaryJo, Marissa, and Amanda Lee. The responsibility now falls on the current juniors and sophomores to continue the tradition of excellence set over the past three years, and to try to reach the personalbest bar set by Haby. So, while we are sad to see our seniors go, and will miss all of their contributions and leadership, we are excited for what next year will bring, and the leadership that

At Father Judge Model OAS in March: Haby Kane ’14, Juliette Palermo ’16, and Natasha Ellis ’16

Grace, next year’s club president, will bring. The new incoming club president, Grace, noted that “They [the seniors] will be missed, but our young team plans on living up the great legacy they’re leaving behind.” She also added, “Keep an eye out for our Model U.N. team next year, because we plan on showing up for our competitions in big ways.” The awards for the 2013-2014 school year are as follows: • Model Geneva World Peace Conference October 26 at Father Judge H.S. Haby Kane and Grace Bridy: Golden Gavel for representing the U.S.A. • Oblate Model United Nations (OMUN) November 30 atFather Judge H.S. Haby Kane and Ana DeJesus: Golden Gavel for representing South Korea Marissa Leahy and Bridget Cigler: Outstanding for representing Portugal Grace Bridy and Juliette Palermo: Top Honorable Mention for representing Columbia • Delaware Model United Nations XXVII (DELMUN XXVII) December 7 at Salesianum School Haby Kane and Ana DeJesus: Verbal Commendation for representing Guatemala in the Security Council • Model Organization of American States (Model OAS) March 8 at Father Judge H.S. Haby Kane: Golden Gavel for representing Argentina

Symone Mazzotta ’14 and Yasmin Brizan ’14 preparing for a competition.


Haby Kane will be graduating with the most awards since the Club’s inception: • 1 Verbal Commendation • 1 Honorable Mention • 6 Golden Gavels

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Hallahan Cheer Takes 3rd at Nationals By Jennifer Hannigan Cheerleading has changed. The days of standing on the sideline cheering for athletes are over. Today’s cheerleaders are athletes in their own right and devote countless hours to perfecting their routines all in the hopes of competing at Nationals. This March the varsity cheer squad along with their coaches, Mrs. Renee Giganti (Science Department) and Ms. Jennifer Hannigan (English Department), traveled to Virginia Beach for the Cheer and Dance Extreme National Championship. The competition took place over two days where hundreds of teams of varying ages and ability levels competed for the honor of placing at the top of their division. The team started strong on Saturday with a superb performance and were confident that they could continue the momentum. Tragedy struck on Sunday when one cheerleader suffered an injury during the middle of the performance and

was transported to the hospital. The team was given one hour to rework the routine, minus the injured girl, and perform again. The girls showed their true Hallahan spirit when they dedicated themselves to giving the best performance they could for their injured teammate, who was released from the hospital later that day. They pulled together and gave a fantastic modified performance which earned them the third place slot. The team was ecstatic to see all their perseverance pay off. In addition to competing, the team participated in team building exercises such as designing class color shirts for teammates, “family” dinners with no cell phones allowed (the horror!), and Mass with Bishop Shanahan cheer squad at Star of the Sea Parish. The team also made gifts for a buddy team assigned for them from Maryland and spent time getting to know the other

St. Patrick’s Day Parade By Jennifer Hannigan On March 16, 2014, thousands of people gathered in Center City Philadelphia for the 244th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. In freezing weather they watched the many participants, bands, dance groups and schools march past showing their Irish pride. Among those many groups was a new set of faces to the parade, The Hallahan Irish Society. Established last year by seniors Riley Nolan ’13 and Kate Murphy ’13 and moderated by English teacher Jennifer Hannigan, the Society aims to educate the young women of Hallahan about Irish culture, history and

team. The trip ended on a bittersweet note as the underclassmen presented the seniors with gifts and speeches during Sunday night “Family” time. With many laughs and a few tears, they said goodbye to the leaders of the team and wished them well on their life journey. The cheer team would like to thank the many friends, parents, teachers, and alumnae who made this trip possible. Through donations, time, ideas, sacrifice, and prayer this dream became a reality and it could not have happened without everyone’s support. This honor is for all Hallahan cheerleaders, past and present.

traditions while providing service to the school and community. This year the group participated in their first parade and, while the day was bitterly cold, the girls were kept warm by the love of the Hallahan sisterhood shown by the crowds. As they walked, they heard cheers from Hallahan grads and students along with many calls of “Hallahan! My mom went there!” At one point on the route, history teacher Paul Bryson jumped into the parade to walk with the girls and show his pride at teaching in the school. The girls who marched were excited to participate in something so long-lasting and cannot wait to do it again. They hope to see many more Hallahan sisters next year along the route.


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Womens’ Leaderhip Seminar By Francesca Bansbach Twenty Hallahan juniors were invited to participate in the third “Women in Leadership” seminar at Holy Family University on Friday, March 7, 2014. These students were chosen by administrators and faculty for their leadership roles in Student Council, clubs, sports, and in the classroom. I was proud and honored to accompany them. Their insights shone through their questions and contributions to the large and small group discussions. They initiated as well as followed up on diverse topics about careers, roles, history, and opportunities for women. They spoke with intelligence, candor, and poise.

“I loved that all the women are from our area and went to some of the same schools. It makes them easier to relate to.” — Udochi Ekwerike “It was exciting to see successful women in high positions at jobs usually dominated by men.” — Aziza Frank “I realized how we as women, young women, need to represent both past and future women so that we can stop the misrepresentation and receive the respect we deserve as leaders of the future.” — Francesgladys Pulido “If you have the ability to create life, then you can definitely deal with life.” — Theodora Dagkli Antonopolou “It taught me to ‘do what makes you happy.’” — Aneesa Peterkin

The presenters and facilitators were women of different ages, experiences, and walks of life. Many were graduates of Catholic high schools and colleges, including our own Hallahan alumna Irene Tori. Irene made us feel very welcome and guided the discussion skillfully. Her experience in teaching, and negotiating were evident. Presenters were leaders in the Arts and Media, Business, Higher Education, Unions, Park Conservancy, and nonprofit advocacy to name a few.

“It was a wonderful experience with true women leaders.” — Nicole Bishop Bridget Golden summed up the experience for the group: “It was an enriching experience, motivating me to take on a successful future, without any fear.”

The student participants were young women from Archdiocesan and private Catholic High Schools. Hallahan students consistently stood out for their excellent participation, interest, diversity, and pride in uniform. They were happy to meet with peers from other schools. I would like to share with you some of their own words on the experience: “The seminar was very eye opening. It portrayed the strength all women hold to be able to accomplish all they want to do in life.” — Rebecca Valentine


“It was an enriching experience, motivating me to take on a successful future, without any fear.” — Bridget Golden

“Being a leader is an option; being a woman leader is grace.” — Kristy Magginas

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Alumnae News

Alumnae News Dolores Bentzel Kleinfelder lives in Ocean City and has been married 56 years. She has three children, four grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. “Loved Hallahan H.S.”

further. I’m now approaching 90 in October; never thought this many years would accumulate! I have four children: three sons and a daughter, a Little Flower grad. Two are retired and on social security!”



Jeanne Callaghan Wisniewski enjoyed the holidays in Colton, CA, with her daughter and family.

Rosemary J. Bradley and classmate Rosemary Washlich Robertson, living in Palm Desert, CA, are weekly phone pals.


Martha MacGregor Jackson is enjoying Benjamin, the new grandson of daughter Marianne Jackson Smith ’68. He is Martha’s sixth. CLASS OF 1943

Sr. Corda Marie Bergbauer, OSF says “I have happy memories of my Hallahan experience.” Her deceased mother Catherine Kennedy graduated in 1915, and two sisters are graduates. Eileen Hayes Pierce writes “I loved my high school days. Wish I could have gone

Therese Iannuzzi still has her Mickey Mouse key ring which was an exclusive item given by Walt Disney. Anna E. Kivitz Niles still works as a clerk and keeps in touch with Regina Vache ’43. Anna’s sister, Elizabeth Sheedes, passed away last December at the age of 91. CLASS OF 1945

Jeannette M. Long Daniels and husband Jack will be married 65 years. She’ll be 88, and he will be 90.

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Idamae Stephenson Massey grew up on Carlton Street across from Hallahan School. She graduated from Cathedral School and when she went to Hallahan, most of her St. Joseph nuns lived at Cathedral Convent so they kept a close eye on her. CLASS OF 1949

Carolyn Coia Barone has a new great grandson – all smiles. “I have many happy memories of Hallahan teachers, students, and, of course, the orchestra and band.” CLASS OF 1950

Janet Gallagher Kipp informs us that her sister Ellen Gallagher Sincavage ’45 died in Allentown, PA, November, 2012. Helen C. McNichol Newly: “There is no finer education that you can have, than to say ‘I graduated from Hallahan.’” CLASS OF 1951

Annette Marie Pettineo Giglio and husband Joseph have recently traveled to the Amalfi coast and to Spain. They have been married for 59 years and have 12 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Annette is active in parish nursing and in the local community.

Margaret A. Palmieri Graul died in 2012. Her husband Bob talks of how proud they are of their grandson who will be a missionary for The Church of the Latter Day Saints and will serve two years in South Tokyo. Carmela Swipes asks for prayers for her son Steve who has been in rehab for his back and legs for over a year. Genevieve Todd asks for prayers for her son Dr. Michael A. Todd, OD. CLASS OF 1952

Catherine Ellis wishes her class a “Happy 80th Birthday!” Catherine M. O’Donnell Miller’s husband Al died last June. Catherine Somers Reardon and husband Tom (Roman ’51) celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. They have four daughters and nine grandchildren. Classmates/ bridesmaids Jennie Kozlowska Green, Anna Guinan Hipp and Dorothy O’Neill Miller still meet once a month, along with the rest of Octo Alpha Gamma Sorority. “The gift of love and friendship evolved thru all the years at Hallahan. What a group and still going strong.” Betty Wilhelm Wagner and husband just had their 5th great grandchild!


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Lisa Lupinacci Keane and husband Thomas celebrated 60 years of marriage with a Mass said by Msgr. Charles Vance.

Eileen Kelly Tonkinson died in February 2014. Her husband Art noted that she loved Hallahan and they attended the dances at the school in the middle 50s.

In 2013, Joan Higgins Hogan and husband Jack celebrated 57 years or marriage and welcomed their first great grandchild, Liam Wyatt.

Elizabeth B. Young enjoyed Florida weather away from the snow! She and her husband have three great grandchildren whom they visit in Indiana a few times a year.



Alice Gartner Aschenrenner now has 17 grandchildren.

Antoine Falcone Kaufman reports the death of Marie Massimino ’47, one of their Hallahan Club members at Maris Grove in Glen Mills, PA.


Catherine W. Hagaman retired after working for 25 years as Administration Manger in Security at Trump Marina in Atlantic City, NJ. Elizabeth Romanausky and husband Mike, in their retirement, are enjoying their grand/great grandchildren.


Marie Zygmunt Bilson and husband James are married 42 years and have three children and seven grandchildren, plus a chocolate

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Lab called Tootsie who fills their “empty nest.” They have traveled extensively; their favorite vacation: a cruise to Alaska. Mary Steckert Mulholland mourns the death of her mother. CLASS OF 1958

Catherine McGrath LeonColan is looking forward to seeing her fifth great grandchild. Loretta English Lees reminisces on two favorite Hallahan memories: “sitting in the auditorium watching Lady Macbeth, and discovering The Hound of Heaven, a poem I never forget.” She and her husband enjoy their dog shelter rescues: Dickens, Pip, and Little Nell.


Ethel Rudy Iannuzzi’s brother died. His mother is Ethel Kosman Rudy ’38 and his wife is Carol Danks Rudy ’60. Anne Whyte Radtke and husband Bill celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last May with a trip to Alaska. They have four children and nine grandchildren. CLASS OF 1960

Agnes Ammlung Harley retired last May. CLASS OF 1961

Loretta Kozak Brzozowski’s son Richard married Lynette Siple last June. Richard is an accountant; Lynette, an airline attendant and they live in Drexel Hill. Elizabeth Volsck Wdzieczkowski enjoys time with family, friends and five kitties. She visits her mother in Immaculate Mary Nursing Home in northeast Philadelphia. CLASS OF 1962

Mary Pavlo Caggiano’s husband Anthony died in 2012; a new grandchild was born a year later. Mary Ellen Duffy and Pat Devers have relocated to Venice, FL, to enjoy 365 days of golf.

Antoinette Falcone Kaufman ’56 reports the death of one of their Hallahan Club at Maris Grove, PA: Marie Massimisno ’47 first row, last on right. Although this picture is from 2011 and not everyone was present that day, Antoinette claims “we all look the same—not a day older!”


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Alumnae News

Linda F. Nuneviller Piotrowski is a Pastoral Care Coordinator and Chaplain for Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH. “I work in palliative care.” CLASS OF 1969

Christine Sekula Giordano’s six grandchildren (6 mos – 4 yrs) keep her “active and fit” in her semi-retirement.

Joan Gabrellas Asprakis ’67 says this trip to South Georgia Island, Antartica, was the “experience of a lifetime.” She is standing with the King penguins.


Sylvia Ann Littlejohn Carroll thanks everyone who had a part in preparing the ‘50 Years and Beyond’ Luncheon last September. “It was a pleasure to see and be with the many Golden Girls of our times. The ambience of the restaurant made the get-together special.” Patricia Flynn Dalton and husband Joseph celebrated fifty years of marriage in March. “Still very much in love with each other.” Patricia Walsh Wargocki and husband enjoy their retirement, especially having more time to visit grandchildren. “Thanks to Hallahan’s wonderful English classes and newspaper staff experience, I enjoy writing in retirement. I am working on

several books and write a monthly column for our local diocesan newspaper in Tucson, AZ.” CLASS OF 1964

Agnes Brown McLaughlin and husband Joe are proud grandparents of twin girls born last October. Mary Ellen Hillman McLaughlin is proud of her granddaughter Jessica’s academic accomplishments at Widener University: straight 4.0 average and participation in a graduate program. Joan Riviello Reilly’s twin grandchildren, Maura and Connor, almost 6, are the “light of their lives.” CLASS OF 1967

Jane C. Adams welcomed her ninth grandchild last December.

Elaine Brown Kradzinski is proud of her grandson who graduated from St. Peter School, Merchantville, and who will attend Camden Catholic H.S. on scholarship. Lorrie Smith and husband John are enjoying their forty years of marriage and his retirement, plus grandchildren Georgie, 7, and Aidan, 5, by only child, Chrissy and husband George, who was promoted to lieutenant with the Philadelphia Police Department.

BUSYEE families. They thank God for their many blessings! CLASS OF 1973

Elizabeth Rucker Sharpe and husband Julius have seven grandchildren; her Aunt Gladys, at 91, became a great grandmother. Betty has 35 years of service with FRB of Philadelphia. Maryann Faust Lauersdorf is recovering from a mastectomy she had in March; fortunately, the operation was successful, but she may face more. Prayers are welcome. CLASS OF 1974

Jeanette Lugrine Scally, BA.Ed, R.N. was awarded “Employee of the Year, 2013” from SarahCare Adult Care Center, Jenkintown, PA, where she has worked as a nurse since February 2013. She was selected from among 600 employees. CLASS OF 1988


Margaret Wolos Pritchard and husband Bob welcomed their first grandchild, Bryce Andrew, last November, then took a 40 day cruise around Australia and New Zealand. CLASS OF 1971

Susan Tichy and husband Harry have continued to work for the past 15 years at their 24-hour care home in Minnesota for six seniors. They enjoy their eight grandchildren (6 to 13 years) and

Jenine Reynolds-Brown “loved Hallahan so much that four years went by so fast.” She and her husband of 25 years have no children, but enjoy their nieces and nephews. They are a very happy and close family. Jenine’s sisters attended Hallahan: Jennifer Reynolds-Kitz ’90, and Deborah Reynolds ’96.


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Alumnae News



Jennifer Reynolds-Kitz’s daughter Sarah Kitz is a freshman at Hallahan and echoes her mother and aunts’ sentiments: “Love Hallahan!” Her son Michael (Roman 2012) works for Wells Fargo.

Kaylie Barnes is a freshman at Villanova University and a member of its elite Dance Team

Sharing my life… Carol Marie Doukas Cheadle ’59 worked in an office after graduation, then married and had a family. Not until years later did she discover her God-given talents. She is now a singer, songwriter, dancer, and playwright, known professionally as Summer Doukas Matthews. Last year she wrote the lyrics and music for “Truck Driver’s Lady,” which she performed for TuneCore. She is currently working on a dance video for it to be shown on YouTube.


Deborah Reynolds won a full scholarship to Holy Family College. She has two boys in second and sixth grades.

She acted in Community Theatre and is working with local producers to show a musical play she co-wrote. It will be performed during the 2014 holiday season.


Denise Steskal Juarez married Joseph Jr. last October. They honeymooned in Antiqua, West Indies and last April purchased their first home.

Carol went back to school in 2010, earning a paralegal degree from ITT Technical Institute, and also becoming a licensed notary public. She is contemplating writing a book about her travels and experiences.

Tell Us Your News! We would love to know what you are doing – a few sentences to keep us up-to-date (attach a separate piece of paper if needed). If you know of a graduate who is not receiving her copy of Footprints, please send her name and address to the address below or call 215-563-8930 ext. 250. PARENTS: If your daughter no longer lives at home, please forward her current mailing address. Name (First/Maiden/Last)


Address Phone


News & Notes to be published in Footprints (pictures welcome):

Return to: Reenie Ednie, Director of Advancement, John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls’ High School, 311 North 19th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103


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Guided by Faith

The McMichan Legacy The Hallahan Community takes pride in continuing the legacy of high ideals, academic excellence, and deep faith that was instilled in the alumnae of the school founded by Mary E. H. McMichan in 1901. Now in its second century, Hallahan High School remains an integral part of Philadelphia church and city. It has a prominent location among museums, historical sites, and the natural beauty of the Schuykill River and Fairmount Park. The school motto: Center City is our Campus; Jesus Christ is our Compass. The McMichan Grant of $500.00 is awarded to freshmen daughters and granddaughters of Hallahan Alumnae — our way of continuing the Legacy.

Class of 2014

Class of 2018 (continued)

C’aira Bradley (Deshall Hill ’86)

Kathryn Buckley(Christina Sulimay ’90)

Brandi Caldwell (April White ’87)

Alexa Carr (Vicky Katseftis ’91)

Andrea Campanella AnneMarieDiWilliams ’81)

Angelique Davila (Angie Lugo ’97)

Mary Dever (Geraldine Dever ’73)

Meghan Ferrell(Gertrude McCarvill ’37)

Morgan DiAntonio (Christine Rajauski’82)

Sabrina Ford (Cynthia Harris ’83)

Jillian Dudek (Susan Dudek ’79)

Ella-Mae Gallagher(Patricia Wynne ’62)

Courtney Gaines-Hughes (Rhea Gaines ‘87

Jaelynn Galmer (Valerie Hosendorf ’79)

Sandra Goodwater (Nilsa Cruz ’87)

Brooke Golden (Pamela Miller ’87)

Ayanah Johnson (Pamela Johnson ’79)

Natalia Lorusso(Gerlynn Primerano ’80)

Brianna Lopez (Jaqueline Lopez ’90)

Kaylin McNally (Tracy Greco ’90)

Ciara McCusker (Tara McLaughlin, Madeline McLaughlin’66)

MaryGrace Mooney(MariaKilpatrick’88)

Lauren Christine Nolan (Christine Sobiech ’77)

Haley Morris (Valerie Squares ’79)

Marletia Pressley (Kathres Davis ’88)

Madison Powell (Michele Bartelle ’97)

Deanna Prisco (Hope O’Conner ’79)

Lacey Powers (Christina Powers ’85)

Antonia Regalbuto (Dawn Baron ’95)

Samantha Reddin(Christine Schiazza’88)

Indi Savage (Pamela Govens ’86)

Caroline & Emma Richey(ClaireMcGee’83)

Class of 2018

Kayla Spiller (Ronda Spiller ’84)

Halle Anderson (B. McGinley ’72;

Alexandra Stoffere (Maureen Fitzpatrick ’81)

Jaclyn Synnamon ’97)

Emma Szybowski (Catherine Polakowski ’85)

Hayley Banks (Jenifer Banks ’00)

Jenna Turvey (Cheryl Menardi ’88)

Gia Bielecki (Kathleen Devlin ‘61

Maura White (Barbara Reed ’63; Jennifer Flynn ’88)

Sasha Brehouse (Anne Swiech ’63)


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Our Lady of Hallahan Legacy Society

The Our Lady of Hallahan Legacy Society membership includes our cherished alumnae and friends who have generously included Hallahan in their will or estate plan. Through their Planned Gift, they have demonstrated their commitment to the mission and legacy of Hallahan well into the future. † Mary Hallahan McMichan

† Agnes B. Walter ’37

Antoinette Falcone Kaufman ’56

† Beatrice A. Walsh ’18

† Helen C. Landy ’38

† Margaret A. Morrissey ’57

† Helen L. O’Connell ’23

† Mary Gaffigan Devinney ’39

Helen Morrissey ’57

† Margaret T. Cloonen ’24

† Mary Wiley Donn ’39

Dr. Theresa Letterie Carfagno ’59

† Margaret McDonough Tourish ’24

† Catherine Tomeo ’39

Patricia DiGiovanni O’Donnell ’59

† Genevieve E. Snyder ’25

† Jane Keenan Lerro ’40

Martha (Nancy) Burczewski Portland ’60

† Rosemary Godber ’27

† Josephine C. Moskal ’40

Jane Nace Hopkinson ’62

† Anna C. Madden ’27

Victoria Scarselletti McCabe ’41

Dolores E. Lukomski ’67

† Hilda K. Bradley ’28

† Marie D. Signs ’42

MaryAnne Holmes Mannal ’70

† Anna M. Filemyr Helverson ’29

Regina Joan Bradley ’43

Bernadette Simmons Moyer ’82

† Nancy Osborne McDonald ’31

† Mary McDonnell Colgan ’43

† Robert H. Agnew

† Mary Rose Dougherty ’32

† Mary Ellen C. Dougherty ’43

† James F. Barr

† Grace Gallagher McLaughlin ’32

† Marie Merschen Keating ’43

† Francis J. Conahan

† Virginia M. Barr ’33

† Gertrude A. Murphy ’43

† William F. Connolly, Jr.

† Alice M. Madden ’33

Kathleen Hanlon Chorlton ’45

† Joseph A. Connor

† Anne M. Shea ’34

† Margaret Donnelly ’47

† Joseph Peter Jesse

† Lucille M. Buerkle ’35

Theresa Rafferty Collins ’50

Susan Kimmins, Faculty

† Loretta A. Feist ’36

† Barbara Linaugh Orr ’50

† Helen M. Reichmann

† Loretta Snyder Mattis ’36

Patricia Hinphey Keller ’51

† Joseph M. Shea

† Mary C.T. Shea ’36

Rose Rowan Marinaro ’52

† Helen Jane Shields ’37

† Frances P. Mohoreanu ’53

If you have already included Hallahan in your estate plans, please let us know so that we can thank you and include you in the Our Lady of Hallahan Legacy Society. If you have any questions, please contact Reenie Ednie at 215-563-8930 ext. 250.

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Guided by Faith

50 Years and Beyond Luncheon Please join us September 17, 2014 from 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM at The Cannstatter Frankford Avenue and Academy Road, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19114. Due to limited parking please carpool if possible. For more information contact Barbara (Murray) Rilling, ’59 at or 215-355-4238. RSVP by September 3, 2014

50 Years and Beyond Luncheon ■ $25.00 per person

■ $30.00 at the door

■ $20.00 for Religious

Name (First, Maiden, Married) Graduation Year


Address City


Phone (Home) Menu Choice:


Phone (Cell)

■ Salmon

■ Stuffed Breast of Chicken

Please make checks payable to John W. Hallahan CGHS “50 Years and Beyond” and mail with this slip by September 3 to 311 North 19th Street Philadelphia, PA 19103.

More Reunion News!

Mark Your Calendar!

If you are interested in running a reunion for your classmates, please contact Reenie Ednie at 215-563-8930 ext. 250. or

Battle at the Beach

50 Years and Beyond

Hallahan Soccer Team vs. Central at Wildwood, NJ Saturday, August 30, 2014

President’s Reception

September 17, 2014 12pm – 4pm The Cannstatter, Frankford Avenue and Academy Road Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19114 Contact: Barbara E. Rilling ’59 at or 215-355-4238

Class of 1954 Reunion Sunday, October 5th, 2014 1pm – 5pm Maltese Room, 2049 Bristol Pike, Bensalem, PA 19020 Tickets: $40 per person – guests welcome. Includes buffet, sweet table, bar, gift, program and gratuity. Ample free parking; Handicapped accessible. Contact: Joan Higgins Hogan at

Class of 1964 Sunday, October 19, 2014 1pm Somerton Springs Country Club, Brookside Manor 50 Bustleton Pike, Feasterville Trevose, PA 19053 Contact: Marie McCarthy at or 215-342-9675

Class of 1974 Friday, November 7, 2014 at Hallahan

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Keep Hallahan Running 2nd Annual 5K Run, Saturday, October 11, 2014

Annual Mass of Remembrance Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Christmas Concert Thursday, December 18, 2014

3rd Annual Alumnae Career Day Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Don’t forget to send us your stories and photos to be included in the next issue of Footprints! Send to: Reenie Ednie | 215-563-8930 ext. 250 John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls’ High School 311 North 19th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103-1198


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