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#HipNJ Welcomes Rocky

#HipNJ  is so excited to announce the newest furry addition to our family, Rocky!

Our very own Kenny Barilari welcomed him into his home this week,  thanks to Animal Rescue ‘R’ Us in Lodi.

Rocky is originally from Alabama, and is believed to be an Australian Shepherd and Pitbull mix. He is a very sleepy pup who loves to be held.

Be sure to follow us on Instagram as we document his growth.

Laurie Hernandez Vists Immaculate Conception High School

Gold medal-winning Olympic gymnast and Dancing with the Stars winner, Laurie Hernandez, spoke to a crowd of over 200 people at Immaculate Conception High School.

Laurie shared her story of growing up with the dream of becoming an Olympian and what it took to win gold. She talked about her loving family, her rigorous training, her intense sacrifices, and her amazing triumphs. “Through the Felician Core value of transformation, ICHS encourages and empowers girls to be leaders and share their gifts with others. Laurie is a shining example of the core value of transformation and we were honored to welcome Laurie to the ICHS family.” shared President/Principal, Joseph R. Azzolino.

Senior Maria Elisa Escobar presented Laurie with an ICHS sweatshirt: officially welcoming her as an honorary ICHS “Blue Wolf”. Laurie entertained the crowd and stayed well into the evening to take selfies and photos with the excited guests.

Gymnast Lauren “Laurie” Hernandez was born in New Jersey. She started her gymnastics career as a young child and steadily built a reputation for her skills and charisma on the floor and apparatus. She landed a spot on the 2016 U.S. Olympic Gymnastics team and is one of only a handful of Latinas to represent the U.S. since 1936. At the 2016 Summer Games in Rio, she won team gold as the youngest member of the U.S. women’s gymnastics team, nicknamed “The Final Five,” and a silver medal in the individual balance beam event.

Immaculate Conception High School educates and transforms students into young women of competence, compassion, and commitment in a Catholic Felician-Franciscan tradition of leadership and service. To learn more, click here.

Immaculate Conception High School Gala Dinner

The annual Immaculate Conception High School Gala Dinner took place at the Estate at Florentine Gardens to celebrate this year’s Hall of Fame and Women of Distinction honorees.

 The gala, which benefited academic excellence and student tuition support, honored and showcased outstanding individuals for their commitment to ICHS. “The award recipients are history makers, dreamers, and believers in the mission and core values of ICHS,” shared Joseph R. Azzolino, President/Principal. 

The evening also featured “Shooting Star” awards. The Shooting Star Award was created to spotlight current ICHS students for their amazing energy, creative spirit, and unwavering commitment to the Felician Core Values. The students who received the award were Seniors, Gabriella Cano, Maria Elisa Escobar, and Renee King; Juniors, Abigail Matejko-Lima and Meaghan Reck; and Sophomores, Danielle Sancilio and Alanna Wunsch.

As a special surprise, the night’s highest honor, The Centennial Award, was presented to Sister M. Virginia Tomasiak, CSSF, past ICHS principal and dear friend of the school. 

“So many people have put heart and soul into ICHS and to honor them as well as our Felician Sisters was just magical.  It is heartwarming to know that there are so many kind souls in the world.  ICHS is truly blessed and we are already looking forward to next year’s gala celebration,” Azzolino said.

Immaculate Conception High School educates and transforms students into young women of competence, compassion, and commitment in a Catholic Felician-Franciscan tradition of leadership and service. To learn more, click here.