Accolades

Recognition at Sacred Heart Academy comes in many forms. Students are honored for academic achievement as well as for artistic or athletic performance. Faculty members garner awards for innovation in the classroom. Programs receive grant funding in acknowledgement of their superior merit and value. These accolades affirm the reputation of our academy for excellence in teaching and learning across the curriculum.

  • 2016 SHA-WH ice hockey program in SCC Championship in its inaugral year as SHA's 14th varsity sport
  • 2015 Grant recipient from The John G. Martin Foundation to support renovation of the Biological Sciences Laboratory
  • 2015 Sequences sent to Genbank, the U.S. Government's National Genetic Database, now a total of 26 sequences published by SHA students
  • 2015 Musical theater program recognized at the Connecticut High School Musical Awards and the Halo Awards for production of Singin' in the Rain, including Best Female Comic Performer, Best Stage Management Team, and the Community Service Award
  • 2015 SHA awarded security grant from the State of Connecticut School Security Competitive Grant Program
  • 2015 Student selected as one of twelve finalists in the national Chase the Race contest sponsored by Envision and traveled to Arlington, VA to report on Super Tuesday
  • 2015 Science faculty selected to present at Connecticut Science Teachers Professional Development Day
  • 2015 Soccer Team recognized by National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Gold Ethics and Sportsmanship Award and the Team Academic Award for the 2015 season
  • 2014 Dean of Academic Affairs selected as the Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS)High School Level Exemplary Educator of the Year and Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Connecticut and Western Massachusetts Local Hero Award
  • 2014 Student named National Hispanic Recognition Program award recipient by CollegeBoard
  • 2014 President Sr. Sheila O’Neill, ASCJ, Ph.D. received Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Saint Anselm College
  • 2014 Two students received Aspirations in Computing Award from the National Center for Women in Informational Technology (NCWIT)
  • 2014 Nine students receive awards at CT Science and Engineering Fair (CSEF)
  • 2014 Honors Biotechnology Research Project classes presented research in Boston at National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Convention
  • 2014 SHA Biotechnology students presented research at the “Systems Biology and Human Disease” Conference at Harvard Medical School
  • 2014 SHA softball team in State finals
  • 2014 SHA Science Dept. Chair named Teacher of the Year
  • 2013 SHA’s Hour of Code one of Top 10 largest all-school coding events in CT
  • 2013 SHA Science Dept. Chair published in American Biology Teacher
  • 2012-2013 Soccer Team recognized by National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) for exceptional academic performance — highest GPA in CT
  • 2013 SHA student signed for Division 1 Soccer
  • 2014 Five members of Class of 2014 named Summa Scholars by the Archdiocese of Hartford
  • 2013 Two students earned 1st place in the National History Day (NHD) Competition in State of CT and were national finalists
  • 2013 Partnership with WTNH WXedge Academy
  • 2012 CT AAAC (African-American Affairs Commission) Youth of the Year
  • 2012 Hood Sportsmanship Scholarship
  • 2012 Biotechnology students present at 3 scientific conferences
  • 2012 Honors Chamber Choir performances in Paris, France
  • “Fab Five for Trigonometry” —ebook series published on Amazon.com by SHA math instructor
  • National Merit finalists and semi-finalists
  • 2012 SHA basketball coach selected to coach CT State Senior All-Star Game
  • 2011 State Softball Champions, Class M
  • 2011 New Haven Register All-Area Basketball Coach of the Year
  • Yale University “Discovery to Cure” program— 6 week summer research with SHA student participants for past 9 years
  • Students accepted into research programs at Yale University each year for past four years
  • Students accepted into research programs at CT Agricultural Station for past three years
  • 2012 National Financial Capability Challenge: 12 SHA students score in the top 20%
  • U.S. Department of Education’s Presidential Blue Ribbon School of Excellence
  • 2010 State of Connecticut Outstanding Biology Teacher Award by National Association of Biology Teachers
  • 2010 Intel School of Distinction in Science (one of three high schools nationwide)
  • 3 Florence and Vernal Bates Foundation Grants, including Biotechnology Studies, Campus-wide Osteoporosis Research, and Outreach Programs
  • Dorr Foundation Grant for Biotechnology Research
  • Radioshack National Teacher Award
  • The Toshiba American Foundation Grant
  • O’Haus/NSTA National Award for Innovative Approaches to Science Education
  • Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame: “A New Century of Women in Science” for Innovators, Leaders, and Role Models: Honors
  • Alma Exeley Award for Minority Teachers
  • Doctor of Humane Letters from Albertus Magnus
  • The Woman’s Seamen’s Friends Society Grant
  • Six Governor’s Scholars in the last 7 years
  • 113 AP Scholars in the last four years
  • SHA student offered position in Washington National Opera Institute for Young Singers
  • SHA student won 25th Anniversary Classic Telly International Award for short film
  • Ensign-Darling Fellow by The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts
  • First place in The Yale University NAACP High School Annual Oratory Competition
  • Innovative Educator Award by Practical Money Skills for Life
  • CT selection for Presidential Academy for American History and Civics
  • National Spanish Exam awards: 11 Gold medals, 16 Silver medals, 29 Bronze medals
  • National French Exam awards: 9 students placed in top ten earning national recognition
  • National Latin Exam awards: 12 Gold, 28 Silver, 16 Bronze, 2 Summa, 4 Magna, and 9 Cum laude
  • CIAC Michael’s Cup Award for Excellence in Athletics and Academics
  • Annual Sportsmanship Award by Southern Connecticut Board of Volleyball Officials
  • Southern Regional Musical Festival—9 singers and 5 instrumentalists in last two years
  • Top-ranked female competitor at General Electric’s Connecticut High School Computer Science Contest
  • Since 1997 SHA science students have annually presented their research at prestigious scientific meetings sponsored by The Venter Institute, The American Society of Human Genetics, The International Symposium on Osteoporosis and The United Mitochondrial Disease Association, among others
  • A Summer Internship Program (SHASIP) for rising seniors organized by two SHA alumnae provides mentors who offer a variety of career experiences for the students. Most mentors are SHA alumnae who offer their time and expertise to enable students to experience their professions

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