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9TH GRADERS ENTER ROBOTICS COMPETITION

Our incoming 9th graders attended the FIRST Tech Challenge robotics kick off event at The Dalton School.
As part of our new G.A.T.E.S. (General Applications of Technology, Engineering, and Science) course, our 9th graders will be designing, building, and programming robots according to the FIRST Tech Challenge's theme of the 2019 year which is sponsored by Star Wars. Students participated in a variety workshops that will help them prepare for this prestigious competition.
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PRESTIGIOUS OPPORTUNITY FOR STUDENTS

Sophia Crawford ‘20 and MariaRose Guardavaccaro ‘21, were both accepted into the highly competitive National Institute of American History and Democracy Summer pre-college program at William and Mary College, Virginia. This prestigious Insitute offers a 3wk course in American History that will include traveling to historic sites, Revolutionary battlefields, archeological digs and places where history lives. Both passionate members of our History Bowl Club, will receive 4 college credits upon successful completion of the program!
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10 VARSITY SOFTBALL PLAYERS NAMED to ALL-STAR TEAM!

When The Tablet released it's Girls' Diocesan High School All-Star Softball Team earlier this month, 10 players from Fontbonne's Varsity Softball team made the all-star team! Congratulations to infielders Kayla Rolon, Alexa Bertelle, and Nicolette Torani, outfielders Santina Arena, Madison Batiz, and Christina DeAngelis, catcher Sydney LaCognata, and pitchers Anna Acevedo, Anna Bolino, and Nicole Gannascoli! Terrific job, ladies! We're so proud of you!
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SPEECH & DEBATE NATIONALS A SUCCESS

This year was our most successful Speech and Debate National Championships yet!! Fontbonne had more than half of the team advance to the elimination rounds. Senior Alexa Vasquez advanced to the final round of Original Oratory where she performed in front of 2000+ people. Alexa placed 4th out of over 230 competitors. We are so proud of our team's success!
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STEM TEACHER AWARD

Fontbonne is proud to receive a Teacher Award from JSHS (Junior Science and Humanities Symposium), sponsored by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) for being active participants in mentoring and encouraging student participation in STEM research.
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FRESHWOMEN EXCEL IN CORNELL CHALLENGE

Congratulations to the freshwomen PEaAPS team of Victoria Ryan, Sophia Oliveri, Caroline Brennan, Claudia Mazzaferro, and Giuliana Marino who came in 2nd for the Cornell L.I.V.E.S. Competition!

The L.I.V.E.S. Challenge was hosted by the Cornell chapter of Engineers for a Sustainable World, and offered students a chance to make a difference in their communities. This year's challenge was Building a Better Future, which asked high school students to design and analyze solutions to improve the energy efficiency of a pre-existing building in their community.
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NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY

20 members of the Junior class were recently inducted into the Mother Saint John Fontbonne Chapter of the National Honor Society!!

Each student has exceeded the criteria of a 95% GPA and 35 hours of community service. Students are accepted after consideration by a Faculty Council.
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STEM STUDENT HEADS TO REGIONALS

Congratulations to Senior Renaldine Compere who represented Fontbonne Hall Academy at the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) at York College. She finished first in her category, and she placed fifth in the regional finals which qualifies her to represent New York City at the national competition, which will be held in April in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Read more by clicking link in title!
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JUNIOR ACCEPTED TO LEADERSHIP PROGRAMS

Isabella Chirico '20 has been accepted into two prestigious leadership programs; the highly competitive West Point Summer Leadership Experience and the American Legion Girls State program. West Point reviewed 6,000 applicants for just 1,000 slots. The course gives high school juniors a one-week immersive experience as a cadet to inform their college selection decision. Girls State provides participants with real life experience in the workings of government, and stresses civic responsibility.
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SAT/ACT Test Prep Courses at FHA

Fontbonne is offering an SAT/ACT after-school test prep course. Enrolled students will take a 4-week 12-hour course that meets once a week in order to familiarize students with the format of the test leading to the May SAT and ACT exams. The course will cover the entire SAT and ACT tests. Click on the headline above for more information - and for the permission slip/registration.
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BIOLOGY HONORS

Mrs. Ashkenazy's biology honors class successfully extracted and visualized their own DNA from their cheek cells. They then pipetted the DNA into vials that they proudly wore as pendants!
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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT- full bio

Stephanie Patella (‘20) is an 11th grade student who has embraced her new home at Fontbonne after transferring from St. John Villa in Staten Island this school year. While maintaining her honor roll status, Stephanie engages in a number of extra-curricular activities both within and beyond Fontbonne. Read more about Stephanie and her exclusive invite to represent Staten Island in Washington D.C.! (click "full bio" above)
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LIFESTREAM LEADS PET DRIVE

Fontbonne Dressed Down for Dogs and Cats! All money collected was donated to Pet Partners and The Good Dog Foundation who provide therapy dogs to people in need of positive and soothing energy at health care/educational organizations and disaster sites around the country. Lifestream also held a collection drive for dogs and cats of North Shore Animal League waiting to be placed in their forever homes. Thank you to Boogie and Luna for visiting our campus!
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JUNIOR SERVICE CONTINUES

Juniors kicked off 2019 in the spirit of service! We held the first Chips Service Retreat of the year to Chips Soup Kitchen in Park Slope. Chips serves as many as 350 healthy daily meals to hungry Brooklyn neighbors. All Juniors are required to spend a day in service before the end of the school year.
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STUDENTS EXPLORE FINANCE OPPORTUNITIES

Students participating in the Common Cents Program's financial workshop visited Wall Street and attended a luncheon with a Senior Portfolio Manager from a multi-billion dollar hedge fund. The group visited several Financial District landmarks including the Charging Bull and Fearless Girl statues, the gravesite of Alexander Hamilton, the NYSE and the steps of Federal Hall where George Washinton was sworn in as the nation's first President. The group then traveled to Midtown to join Jane Castle for lunch to discuss her role as a distressed debt portfolio manager. The girls are thankful for the valuable education and career advice they received from the Yale and Stanford Business School graduate.
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