Milani Bethel ‘21 and Kayla Sullivan ‘21 awarded Female Athlete of the Year honor by Jim Hague Sports

Congratulations to Milani Bethel ‘21 and Kayla Sullivan ‘21 on receiving the Female Athlete of the Year honor awarded by Jim Hague Sports. Click the link to read all about it.

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.

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!

Avery Williams Featured in Upcoming Publication 2020: The Year That Changed America

Junior Avery Danae Williams’ essay titled “Faith from a Distance,” will be included in an upcoming book 2020: The Year That Changed America. It is an anthology consisting of blogs, posts, journal entries, essays, and prose relating to the coronavirus pandemic, the racial pandemic, and other striking events that happened this year. It will be released in January 2021 as both an eBook and a paperback. The author’s name is Kevin Powell; he is an award-winning poet, journalist, civil rights activist, and Rutgers University – New Brunswick alumnus. He also grew up in Jersey City but has been living in New York City for many years now.

Avery is president of the African American Appreciation Club as well as a member of Glee Club and Link Crew.  When asked about her accomplishment, she stated “What makes me even more excited is that I will be elevating the voices of Generation Z with my narrative. I can’t wait to be a primary source that future generations may be studying in their US History classes many, many years down the line, so that they understand how teenagers in 2020 dealt with this global health crisis.”  Her essay is linked below. Faith from a Distance

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