Kathleen Zdanowicz, '14
Kathleen Zdanowicz graduated ICHS in 2014. During her years at IC, Kathleen was actively involved in Student Council, athletics and many extracurricular activities. Upon graduation she attended Marist College where she studied Fashion Merchandising and Public Relations. She graduated in 2018 Cum Laud and received the Silver Needle Runway Award for her program’s top marketing project. Currently, she is an Account Manager for an international e-commerce image processing company for luxury brands.
Kathleen attributes ICHS for guiding her towards her career. Kathleen graciously accepted an invitation to be the guest speaker at Immaculate Conception High School’s 2019-2020 Student Council Induction Ceremony where she spoke of her personal experience at IC to the students, faculty and staff. She shared, “I really can’t stress enough the confidence I gained learning in an all-girl environment, specifically one where I was so supported by faculty and staff who always encouraged my curiosity and need to think outside the box. This support, coupled with the knowledge and skills I gained in the classrooms and halls of IC, have been the foundation of success in my life. I learned to step up and be a leader and most importantly, to take on new challenges head on. I’m very grateful to be an alumni of what I believe is the best environment for young girls to grow!”
Samantha Marella, '13
When Samantha Marella `13, was a student at Immaculate Conception High School (ICHS), she served on the Student Council Executive Board, was a member of the National Honor Society, and participated in athletics, as well as, many
Upon graduating ICHS in 2013, she attended Monmouth University’s Leon Hess School of Business, where she received her Bachelors of Science in Business Administration, with a concentration in Marketing and a Minor in Public Relations. While at Monmouth, she studied abroad in Florence, Italy and participated in the Summer Transportation Internship Program for Diverse Groups in Washington D.C. She also joined the sorority Alpha Sigma Tau, where she served two terms on the Executive Board. Samantha believes that being a member of this sorority gave her the wonderful opportunity to volunteer with many charitable organizations, such as The Ronald McDonald House, Habitat for Humanity, Relay for Life, and The Ashley Lauren Foundation.
After graduating from Monmouth University in 2017, Samantha was accepted to the Internship Program at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. While working as a cast member in Disney Springs, she was taking courses and attending seminars with different leaders in Disney’s marketing departments. She returned to New Jersey in 2019, and accepted a position as a Marketing Associate at Sabre Real Estate. Currently, she is enrolled at Montclair State University in their MBA Program and most recently started attending real estate school. Samantha is an entrepreneur and enjoys yoga, traveling, and writing for her blog, The Authentic Amateur.
Samantha believes ICHS helped transform her to becoming the strong, determined woman she is today and taught her the value of supporting, and helping others. She is forever grateful for the connections she made, the daily practice of morals and ethics, and most importantly, the genuine feeling of support from friends that became family. ICHS was the foundation of Samantha understanding the value of supporting and helping others. Samantha shares “ICHS taught me to look for opportunities to help others be a part of something much bigger than myself. If I continue to live my life with conviction and purpose, I will succeed and achieve more than I ever dreamed of. Thank you ICHS for making me who I am today!”
Annemarie Emmert, '14
Annemarie Emmert graduated from ICHS in 2014. During her time at IC she was a varsity cheerleader and soccer player. Upon graduation from IC, she decided to continue her education at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte, NC. She graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2018 with two Bachelor of Art degrees in both Elementary and Special Education. She is currently the lead second grade teacher at a Title I elementary school just outside of Charlotte, NC.
IC laid the foundation for her career as an educator. "IC was the place I learned the true value of the impact a teacher can have. The relationships I had with my teachers helped me set the foundation for my own career as an educator. Because of the teachers I formed relationships with, like Ms. Mineo and Mrs. Cutrona, I realized I could have that same impact on the lives of my own students. The amazing teachers, coaches, administration, and staff members at IC truly makes it a remarkable place. I am so thankful for the memories and friends I have made because of IC!"
Kathy Rysz Enea, '65
The ICHS family would like to congratulate Kathy and Sal Enea on their 50th Wedding Anniversary!
Kathy Rysz Enea graduated from ICHS in 1965, where her and husband, Sal Enea, attended the prom together. They have been married since May 31, 1969. Kathy and Sal have three wonderful children. In honor of their wedding anniversary, their children hosted a party, were they renewed their vows.
God Bless Kathy and Sal, and cheers to another fifty extraordinary years together!
In Memory of Bettyanne Plummer, '68
In 1970, Bettyanne Plummer earned her Associate Degree from New York Foundling Hospital and was employed at the Holley Center, Hackensack where she was a counselor and parent substitute for children with emotional needs. Bettyanne said, “These children often built up walls around them, and my job involved providing a nurturing environment to break down those walls.”
Bettyanne left in 1980, and for 20 years, she worked as a Certified Social Worker Infant Technician at Conklyn Home, a residence for juveniles in short-term detention. Bettyanne also worked as the main receptionist for Bergen County Human Services in Hackensack until she retired. She devoted 32 years to social work that involved interaction with hundreds of children who needed emotional support.
Bettyanne was very grateful of the support she and her friends from the class of 1968 received, while they were students at ICHS. She said, “Looking back on my four years at ICHS, we were very lucky in the friendships we formed, the activities that nurtured us, and the relationships with the Felician Sisters who supported us.”