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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: College Preparation in an all-girl Catholic Environment

By Kenneth Barilari

#HipNJ spoke with Renee Hyle Gitto, Director of Advancement at Immaculate Conception High School, and Nicole Mineo, Director of Enrollment, about the school’s college preparation in an all-girl Catholic Environment.

Gitto, a class of ’91 alumni,  has been working with Mineo for a year and a half to re-brand the school, welcome newcomers, and engage potential students. Their hard work is paying off, as an unprecedented amount of people attended a recent open house. “We planted the seeds and they are all starting to grow,” Gitto says.

“Students will leave ICHS confident and comfortable reflecting on ways to challenge and grow themselves,” Mineo states. “We strive to inspire their passions and teach students to become strong, meaningful, and caring world citizens.”



Felician Online Academy is a program that encourages students to enroll in an online course sometime throughout their high school career. “It’s a way for girls to get prepared for college because a lot of college classes are offered online,” Gitto says. These online courses are designed to teach time management and organizational skills, preparing students for college.

“We have the good fortune of being on the same campus as Felician University,” which enables the high school to give juniors and seniors the opportunity to take college classes on the college campus. This co-ministry sponsor project is known as Collegiate Academy. Immaculate Conception has been an academic leader in this, beginning in 1983.

To learn more, head over to Immaculate Conception’s website.