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On May 11, 2018, Sr. Eileen Gannon was honored by St. Helena/Monsignor Scanlan High School with the St. Helena Award at their 2018 Hall of Fame Awards Dinner. The St. Helena Award recognizes distinguished service to the high school and its Alumni Association. A 1957 graduate of St. Helena High School, Sr. Eileen entered the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill, received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, and then returned to the school to teach in 1965. Sister Eileen received this award for her impact on so many students during her 12-year teaching career at St. Helena/ Monsignor Scanlan High School, during which time she was also responsible for the annual school play and Christmas concert, as well as running retreats and student trips. While her ministry would take her to many places outside the classroom, including serving on her congregation’s Leadership Team, working with an NGO on human rights and environmental issues around the world, and serving as the NGO Representative at the United Nations for the worldwide Dominican Family, Sr. Eileen has always treasured her teaching days and her connection to her students. We congratulate Sr. Eileen Gannon on this wonderful recognition! 

Above: Sr. Eileen Gannon receiving her award. Below: the Dominican Sisters who were present for the ceremony.


Sr. Cecilia LaPietra received the 2018 Woman of Achievement Award from the Rockland County AAUW (American Association of University Women) on behalf of her work serving immigrants and non-native English speakers at One to One Learning. This was the 40th time this award was presented, and Sr. Cecilia received it at the Association’s annual dinner on May 15, 2018. Pictured below is Edwina Frances Martin, Esq., (left) Co-President of the Rockland County AAUW, presenting the award to Sr. Cecilia LaPietra. We congratulate Sr. Cecilia on this honor!  

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