Hearts of the Community

The Hearts of the Community is offered to individuals and organizations that have served Sacred Heart Academy and the greater community. Recipients exemplify the spirit of community, compassion, and commitment. Awards are presented during a Mass of Celebration and First Friday liturgy.

Hearts of the Community 2017

Sacred Heart Academy will recognize Barbara Tracchio Romano ’61 at the Hearts of the Community Mass of Celebration on Friday, February 3, 2017 in the Mount Sacred Heart Chapel.

“Barbara Romano is the quintessential Excelsior woman…her personal life as wife, mother, grandmother and professional life as special education teacher, as well as her relationship with Sacred Heart Academy, epitomize our Core Values—Catholic Community, Integrity, Excellence, Compassion, Social Justice—as well as our  profile of the Excelsior graduate. We feel privileged to recognize and honor her,” offered President Sr. Sheila O’Neill, ASCJ, Ph.D., ’71.

The tradition of legacy runs deep for Barbara’s family. Her daughter Christine Oxsalida ’87; stepdaughters Lisa Romano Sarris ’72, Denise Romano ’73, and Lori Romano Mastrobuoni ’74; and granddaughters Noelle Sarris Russell ’01, Stefanie Sarris Runlett ’02, and Alexa Mastrobuoni ’11 are all graduates. Granddaughter Taylor Sarojak will graduate this year and her sister, Annabelle, has been accepted as an incoming member of the Class of 2021. “I feel extremely privileged to be a graduate of the Academy and that my daughters and granddaughters share in that legacy…a true gift,” states Barbara. Read more about Barbara....


Hearts of the Community Honorees | View a listing of our past honorees since 1997.

Hearts of the Community Nomination Form | We are alway seeking nominations for the Hearts of the Community Award. Nominees may be alumnae, friends of the Academy, former or current parents and faculty.

Our most heartfelt congratulations to our recipients,
past and present, for their unending dedication!
Thank you for being the Heart of our Community!

ContacMaryanne Pisani


Andrea Nezat
Special Events Coordinator
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