Rosé and Roses Hill Alumnae Event
St. Joseph Hill Academy High School held a special Alumnae of All Years event, Rosé and Roses, on Friday, May 6th on Hill’s campus. The inclement weather moved the event indoors to the Hill Auditorium, but did little to dampen the spirits of the over one hundred alumnae, many of whom were returning to Hill for the first time in many years.
With wine donated by The Vineyard at Windham, a Hill Alumna-Owned Business, light fare and refreshments, and lovely roses adorning the tables, alumnae were able to reminisce and reconnect with fellow classmates. They heard from SJHA Director of Development and Alumni Relations, Dr. Elizabeth Basile, who worked tirelessly to ensure the event was a beautiful, fun-filled evening after its original date was postponed from 2020 due to Covid-19. Sister Mary Coffelt, FDC, President of St. Joseph Hill Academy, welcomed our esteemed alumnae back and expressed her gratitude to them for choosing to receive a stellar education in a Catholic environment.
St. Joseph Hill Academy High School Principal, Mrs. Maria Molluzzo, reflected on how grateful she was to reunite with our alumnae, many of whom were her former students. She expressed her pride in how impressive they all are and how genuinely thrilled she was to see them return. As an Academy, the group also heard from our Elementary School Principal Mr. Lawrence Hansen, who welcomed back many “Hill Lifers” (graduates of the elementary school as well as the high school) and a number of parents of current SJHA Elementary School students. He reflected on the importance of a deep connection between SJHA Elementary School and High School.
Lastly, a current SJHA High School Senior, Sophia Cyrgalis, who was recently accepted into the 8-year medical program at Siena / Albany Medical College Science and Humanities Program addressed the alumnae. Sophia shared how Hill has shaped her and how she has grown academically, socially, and spiritually in her nearly four years as a Hilltopper.
Alumnae were able to enjoy small group tours of the school building thanks to our Student Ambassadors who volunteered at the event and are always enthusiastic about sharing what St. Joseph Hill Academy High School offers them as current students. Tours included our newly renovated Library, Chapel, and Performing Arts Studio generously supported by Hill’s outstanding donors.
“I came with five friends to Rosé and Roses and we had such a lovely time. It was so nice to go on the tour and exciting to see all the improvements Hill has made… The Hill TV Studio was so impressive! I was on the Dance Team and it was so great to see the new Performing Arts Studio and the newly renovated Library was gorgeous. We really had a blast,” said Christina Griffo Murphy, ‘02.
Alumnae received beautiful gift bags from our Development and Alumni Office with Hill-branded mementos and had the opportunity to participate in a number of raffles and a 50/50. Dr. Basile encouraged alumnae to continue to stay connected with their Alma Mater in a number of ways including giving back with financial support, volunteering to speak at one of our Career Conversations Alumnae Panel Series, and/or sharing their talents and resources with the school in any way possible.
For questions about St. Joseph Hill Academy’s Development and Alumni Relations, please contact Dr. Elizabeth Basile at EBasile@stjhill.org.