Fall Sports Highlights

Tennis: Nicole Reynoso, ’23 and Mia Mendoza, 23 as team captains were instrumental in leading the team in practice, coordinating information and making sure we have players for matches. After dropping the first 4 regular season matches, our SDA Girls tennis team didn’t give up. They stormed back, winning the next 4 regular season matches, with all of the players stepping up as we juggled our lineup throughout the season due to illness and injury. We look forward to playing in the Hudson County post season tournament. Of special note, Cosima Wilkens, ’23 from Germany and Beatrice Crespo, ’23 both won all of their matches. And Mia Mendoza, ’23 who gave us our first team win and first 3rd singles win, as well as our first 1st doubles win. In every team win we have had, she has won her match. And in a couple of her losses, she had close 3 set matches.


Cross Country: Cross Country began their competition schedule hosting the 27th Annual SDA Invitational. Twenty schools attended, some of which represent New Jersey’s best. St. Dominic Academy’s program, the four time defending County champions and 2020 State Sectional champions earned 13 medals. The Freshman finished 3rd with six medals. The participants were Emily Harrington, Janiyah Capers, Avery Grant, Ava DeJoy, Julianna Brandt and Victoria Brown. The JV team, with 8 medals, Emma Lee, Liv Lekovich, Natalia Roman, Lainey Nguyen , Carolina Quito, Keira Ang, Carmelle Sullivan and Kelly Hester finished 3rd.


Volleyball: The Saint Dominic Academy Blue Devils Varsity Volleyball team proudly holds the record of 4-4 in the Hudson County Interscholastic Athletic League (HCIAL) National Division. During the 2021-2022 season, the Varsity Volleyball team has achieved many major accomplishments. They ended their regular season with an 8-10 record. They have participated in the Harrison Tournament at Harrison High School against a variety of competitive high school girls volleyball teams. They concluded the tournament with a 3-5 record, bringing home second place in the Silver Bracket. The Varsity Volleyball team obtained their first win in the HCIAL County Tournament in program history defeating Snyder High School. The SDA Volleyball team’s success can only be credited to the hard work and dedication of all the members of the team.


Soccer: The SDA soccer team had a rough start to the season but under the leadership of the senior captains, Makenzie Kwiatkowski, Isabella Goncalves and junior captain Olivia Torres, the team practiced ball skills, plays, tactics and teamwork. To teammates, they were supportive, cheering each other on, consoling when there was a loss and encouraging each other to be the best they can be. The team has improved their skills and broadened their understanding of the game. Coach Jessica Ioria is sad to see this year’s season end but is looking forward to next year.

Senior, Carolina Rial Awarded The Kathryn Budinich Scholarship

On September 20, 2021, 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 a high school rising senior that have demonstrated a spirit of creativity, vision and entrepreneurship in their high school careers. The 2022 recipient of The Kathryn Budinich Scholarship is Carolina Rial ’22.

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.

Natalie Spiska ’23 Wins Two Junior Golf Tournaments

Junior Natalie Spiska has won the Invitational North East Championship and the The Kelley Brooke/Bethpage Open under Hurricane Junior Golf Tour. Natalie Spiska ’23 has been playing competitive golf since the age of 10, Her love of golf began as a family activity, tagging along to golf courses with her parents who now accompany her tournaments to cheer her on. When asked how she splits her time between school and competitive sports, She stated, “I try to practice everyday, and often end up practicing 5-6 times a week. Since school has started it’s been a bit more hectic, but I’ve managed to keep a balance between the two. My goal in golf is to play at a D1 school in college!”

The Invitational North East Championship was a 2-day tournament, and Spiska had best ever 2 day cumulative score, which also helped win her division. Natalie played 36 holes that weekend on a par 72 course, her combined score through two days was +8, her best tournament score yet. She is currently ranked 16th overall in Girls 14-18 in the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour, also she is ranking 709 Nationally in AJGA Rolex Rank (American Junior Golf Association) and 1912 Nationally in Junior Golf Scoreboard.

“I’m super proud of winning this tournament, because I was able to push past previous results that weren’t so great, and come back to shoot one of my best scores so far in competitive play. I’m super excited to keep working at my game so that I can be even better, and hopefully win even more tournaments in the future!”

Freshmen Emily Sullivan and Shaista Khatoon Awarded The Cento Amici Scholarship

Cento Amici (100 friends) is a community-based, member organization dedicated to providing scholarships to students in New Jersey. Their mission is to enhance the educational opportunities for those who need it most and who are most under-served by existing programs. Cento Amici currently supports scholarships at New Jersey high schools and colleges The 2021 recipients of The Cento Amici Scholarship are Emily Sullivan ’25, (left) and Shaista Khatoon, ’25, (right) Emily Sullivan is a freshman from Harrison NJ and has always wanted to attend SDA. She loves reading, writing and volunteering time at a North Jersey animal shelter.  Shaista Khatoon is a freshman from Jersey City, NJ who loves art. She is always up for a challenge, inquisitive and always willing to help others. She is looking forward to learning all about what SDA has to offer.

Junior Sinmi Ajao Hosts Exhibition and Charity Event for Hoboken Shelter

Sinmi Ajao pictured center with patrons at Tresorie Gallery and Framing


Sinmi Ajao ’23 of Hoboken ended summer vacation with a tremendous undertaking that not only showcased her artistic talents but also brought much needed relief to homeless people in Hoboken.  She created eleven original paintings in both acrylic and gouache and sold them through a charity exhibition hosted by Tresorie Gallery and Framing.  Proceeds from the sale of Sinmi’s paintings benefited the Hoboken Shelter. The Hoboken Shelter provides food, shelter, case management, counseling, skills-training workshops, and permanent supportive housing solutions to those in need. Sinmi’s art exhibit and sale was a huge success, with all of her 11 pieces being sold surpassing her goal of $1000.


Sinmi volunteered at the Hoboken Shelter with her mother and through Saint Dominic Academy. When asked about her motivation for this project she stated, “During the pandemic, I noticed more homeless people on the streets and worried about them. They didn’t seem to have anything and I wanted to help them. The one thing of value that I did have, that I could donate, would be my art.”


Sinmi approached Heba Elbanna, owner of the Trestorie Gallery, asking if she would be willing to host the event in her Hoboken Gallery. She graciously held the one night show and even offered to frame the artworks.  In collaboration, they decided on the eleven pieces, a few from Sinmi’s collection but most to be created in preparation for the event. Ms. Elbanna was quite impressed not just with Sinmi’s technical skill but also with her dedication, “Pulling together an exhibition is hard and while I appreciate her talent I am even more impressed by her effort and approach.  She really is invested in our community and I was happy to help her make this exhibition and charity event a reality.”


At Saint Dominic Academy young women participate in projects that utilizes their graces in a variety of positive ways. This project gave Sinmi a chance to showcase her talents through charitable giving and put a special emphasis on our faith and helping those in need.  Please consider volunteering your time or donating goods to the Hoboken Shelter. https://www.hobokenshelter.org

Carolina Rial ’22 Competes on NBC’s The Voice

Saint Dominic Academy congratulates junior Carolina Rial, who will truly “lift her voice” when she competes on NBC’s The Voice March 2! Tune in to watch her outstanding performance and cheer her on each week! SDA will post weekly updates as Carolina performs for judges Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Blake Shelton, and Nick Jonas. Look for our very own, Carolina Rial on The Voice on March 2st, 2021!

THE VOICE premieres Monday March 1 and Tuesday March 2. Those nights will be HOMEWORK FREE for all, so that students and staff can all watch Carolina compete! More information on Celebratory Watch Parties for SDA students and staff were sent this week!