Seniors Jennifer Parra and Miya Morrison Awarded The Kathryn Budinich Scholarship

On September 21, 2020, 15 Fox Place hosted a Golf Outing at Skyway Golf Course in memory of Kathryn La Prete Budinich ’65. Monies raised at this event were used to fund scholarships in Kathryn’s name for two high school rising seniors that have demonstrated a spirit of creativity, vision and entrepreneurship in their high school careers. The 2021 recipients of The Kathryn Budinich Scholarship are Miya Morrison, (left) and Jennifer Parra (right). Kathryn Budinich was a scholarship student herself, proudly attending SDA. With her many accomplishments in business, she was the embodiment of SDA’s mission of empowering young women for leadership in a global society. She used her creative vision and love of life to spread joy through her businesses. Both Word of Mouth Catering and 15 Fox Place nurtured an appreciation for family, food and friendship in all who had the pleasure of enjoying her hospitality. 

Jennifer Parra

Miya Morrison

SDA to Host Virtual Fall Open House

     Saint Dominic Academy will host a Virtual Fall Open House for those interested in grades 7-12 on Sunday, October 18 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. and on Wednesday, October 21 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. The event will feature club and athletic demonstrations, presentations by academic departments and the administration, a virtual tour of the school along with complete information about the application for admission process for all grades, including transfers.  Space is limited, anyone interested in attending should register for the event by clicking on the link and selecting their preferred date.

SDA Welcomes Soccer Coach Jessica Iorio and Assistant Coach Anne O’Brien

     St. Dominic Academy is proud to welcome Jessica Iorio as Head Soccer Coach for the 2020 season. Jessica is the eighth coach in team history which began in 1987. She is the fourth alumnae to direct the team. Iorio, a 2002 SDA graduate, was a four-year standout who made an impact on the team from her first days at the Academy. As a player she was described as determined, talented and proactive. She was a key member of St. Dominic Academy’s three-year HCIAA championship teams, who defeated Holy Family in 1999-2000 and Bayonne in 2001. She scored the winning goal in 2000.

     Following her time at SDA she was a four-year player at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut where she earned a degree in Finance and a soccer scholarship her junior and senior year. Jessica began her coaching career in 2006 working with and organizing a host of youth girl soccer clubs. The Bayonne native and current Jersey City resident coached Holy Family for 5 years prior to their closing in 2013. Her record with the Falcons was 52-49.

     The assistant coach for the Blue Devils will be Anne Dalton O’Brien a name familiar to Hudson County soccer followers for her fine work at SDA Ms. O’Brien, a 1965 graduate of the Academy, was asked to pitch in for the team’s second year and forged quite a resume at SDA. After humble
beginnings, the team at Anne’s direction greatly improved. She is the SDA leader in years served (18), wins, games coached, and most every other SDA soccer school record. O’Brien guided the Blue Devils to the three consecutive HCIAA titles from 1999-2001. Anne had a record of 169-139 with five ties. She has stayed active at her alma mater serving on numerous committees and alumnae boards since she left the program in 2005.

     The Blue Devils will be in good hands with the staff of Head Coach Jessica Iorio and Assistant Coach, Anne O’Brien.

Summer Building Hours

School Offices will remain closed until June 30, 2020. Staggered appointments can be made upon request and necessity.  Please contact the office you wish to meet with via their email address in the directory.

Sophomore Nicole Fitzgerald Earns NYIT Grant Award

 We are pleased announce that Nicole Fitzgerald have been selected for the Third Annual New York Institute of Technology Mini-Research Grant Award for her research proposal “Antibiotic Producers in Our Soil” with her mentor Cristina Manuel. Nicole’s proposal states, “Antibiotic resistance is a growing worldwide problem, as researchers are striving to find new anti-microbial agents. One common source is in soil, which contains microbes that fight other microbes. The aim of my science experiment was to collect and test soil samples from three major parks in Jersey City and identify potential antibiotic producers within the bacterial content.” The Grant Review committee determined her submission to have scientific merit and potential impact in the STEM fields, including health. We look forward to the conclusion of her grant research and submission. 


AP Art History Students Experience NYC Art and Culture

Ms. Lewis’ AP Art History and Studio Classes were treated to a day at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan to study a number of the museum’s collections. The group spent time at the Fifth Avenue locale studying art from the Classical World, Africa, Asia and South America. Once at the museum, the students were tasked with finding and examining several pieces of art, architecture and artifacts and determining how and why they were made, how they relate to each other and other works within AP Art History. As part of the assignment, they had to answer questions such as: What do you see that helps you know what the object is made of? How the object was formed? What do you see that is a clue to inform you when it was made? The trip was an opportunity for students to connect the art they discovered at The Met with the art they have been learning about in class.

SDA Swim Team Takes 3rd at the HCIL Swimming Championship.

Congratulations to the swim team on their 3rd place win at the HCIL Swimming Championship. Marcella Figueroa ’22 won both the 50 free and 100 free and breaking her own county record in the 50. Mia Martinko ‘23 took 2nd place in both the 200 M and the 500 Freestyle. Our 400 Free Relay took first place! That relay consisted of Mia Martinko ‘23, Gianna Artusa’21, Ella Scarsi ‘23, and Marcella Figueroa ‘22.

“Souper” Bowl Success Helps Fill Jersey City Food Pantry

Students at SDA were issued a challenge for this years “Souper Bowl” and were asked to collect 2020 cans to stock Our Lady of Sorrows Church’s food pantry in Jersey City.  With the help of faculty, students and friends SDA collected 3289 cans of soup and other non-perishables goods to help those in need.  





SDA Wins at Jersey City Cross Country Championship

St. Dominic Academy came away with yet another first place finish at the Jersey City Cross Country Championships at Lincoln Park.  The Blue Devils finished with 21 points and eight of the top ten runners in the race.  Kayla Sullivan 21’ who finished first had a 19:54.1 time and her teammate Suhayla Johnson 20’ came in second place with a 20:06.9 finish.  Avery Sullivan 21’ rounded out the top five with a 20:44.8 finish.  Congratulations to all of our runners on a successful season.

Students Participate in the IBM Academy of Technology STEM Live Simulcast

The 7th, 8th and 10th grade STEM classes joined the IBM Academy of Technology STEM Live Simulcast on Thursday, September 19th.  IBM’s STEM events focus on innovation, creativity, and motivating young minds to explore new problem-solving opportunities.

     This September, IBM’s Academy of Technology will host its annual public live stream STEM Event, led by IBM Fellow Rhonda Childress.  It will be the biggest event yet, with a live high school audience of 500 and over 20,000 connections expected over the public live stream!  It will be held again in Austin, Texas at one of IBM’s P-TECH high school partners, Juan Navarro High School.

     The theme this year is “THINK and Create the Extraordinary”.  The event is filled with passionate speakers, engaging demos, and lively calls to action that cover motivational technical topics including: Watson, IoT, Artificial Intelligence, circuits, cyber security, and more!

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