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Chierika Ukogu '10: From the Olympics to Medical School

Chierika Ukogu is gearing up for the Summer Olympics in Rio, where she'll make history as the first Olympic rower for Nigeria (she has dual citizenship with the U.S. and Nigeria).

When she returns from Rio, she will not give up rowing, but she will be pursuing a doctorate degree at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York. She begins on August 15--the day after she returns from Rio! Although she is unsure of her focus, she is interested in pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology, orthopedic surgery, and global health.

Chierika has wanted to be a doctor for as long as she can remember. Her motivation stems from wanting to ease the suffering of others, and going into science seemed like a natural progression. During her time at the Mount and Stanford University, she loved biology, chemistry, and the courses she needed to apply for medical school.

"I like learning things that will ultimately help me reach my goal and help others," Chierika says.

Cherika's goals include not just seeing patients, but also teaching students, being a mentor, conducting research, and being an advocate for members of society that are often neglected.

"Rowing definitely influenced my interest in orthopedic surgery," she says. "I think it would be cool to work with athletes, having been one myself." Another life lesson she learned on the water: don't be afraid to fail.

"When you're faced with failure at every practice, it loses its power over you."

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Maddy Sasso '07: Building a Beach-Inspired Fashion Brand


Move over, Bill Blass, Ralph Lauren, Yves St. Laurent, etc.; make way for Chestnut Hill fashion designer, Maddy Sasso, who just launched her own fashion and accessories brand for juniors. Pinkly Perfect, Inc. is a brand inspired by Maddy’s summers growing up at her family’s beach house in Avalon that aims to capture the feeling of summer vacation all year. The collection of beach-inspired products.

Maddy started Pinkly Perfect as a part-time project and then left her day job to pursue it on a full-time basis. She started with a blog (blog.pinklyperfect.com) and an Instagram account (@pinklyperfect_inc), where she aimed to build up an audience of her target customer — “high school girls with a love for summer and beach town pride.”

While Maddy was keeping those two platforms up, she was working on her clothing and accessory line, which launched April 1 of this year online at www.pinklyperfect.com.

Currently Maddy is focusing on selling Pinkly Perfect online. It will also be available this summer in Stone Harbor. She will be participating in a few summer festivals along the Jersey Shore, where Pinkly Perfect will have a booth.

Currently the majority of Maddy’s products are made in the USA. She works with a patternmaker and printer in the New York City area.

Adapted from Chestnut Hill Local >>

Lizanne Magarity-Pando '81: A Career Steeped in Catholic Tradition

Lizanne Magarity-Pando '81 was recently appointed president of St. Hubert Catholic High School for Girls in Northeast Philadelphia. 

She most recently was director of marketing and communications for the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia last year, managing events and programs for the gathering. Her efforts to manage the social media platforms of the World Meeting resulted in more than 1 billion impressions during the week of Sept. 22, 2015.

Previously Pando was communications director for the Miraculous Medal Shrine in the city’s Germantown section. She holds a degree in chemistry and business from the University of Delaware.

Pando is no stranger to Catholic education, graduating from Our Mother of Consolation School in Chestnut Hill and the Mount.

The recent appointments were announced by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Office for Catholic Education and Faith in the Future Foundation, which manages the 17 archdiocesan high schools.

Article adapted from CatholicPhilly.com >>

Young Women in Sports

Olivia Kylander '16 was asked to create a video for Young Women in Sport, a non-profit in Massachusetts, that promotes the positive impact of sports in the lives of girls. Jen Fasy '03 produced the video.

Lauren Duda '10 Combines Communications and Science at Lockheed Martin

By Callie Shinkle '17

Lauren Duda has joined her interest in science with her communications expertise as a contributing member of Lockheed Martin's Communications Leadership Development Program (LDP). Lockheed Martin, known for its American aerospace, defense, and security technologies, established LDP as a highly selective corporate development program which works to build communication and leadership skills.

First introduced to Lockheed Martin while a member of the Robotics Team at Mount, Duda developed an interest in communications and introduced herself to Lockheed's communications director while giving a presentation at one of their offices. After keeping in touch with the company through college, she was encouraged to apply for LDP. Her conscientiousness paid off: she was selected for the program and had the opportunity to work in aeronautics in Texas, then in Denver as part of LHM's media and digital social relations division. 

Duda's job involves meeting with reporters to discuss the space program, facilitating interviews, and handling media requests. 

"Telling the Lockheed Martin story through these outlets is especially fun," Duda explains, "because our 'products' include technological things like satellites and spacecraft to explore other planets." 

The dynamic pace combined with the opportunity of working with a variety of communications professionals, while telling stories globally in the space and technology market, is what Duda likes most about her work. She credits much of her success in the field to the strong sense of confidence that Mount instilled in her.

Caitlin Croke Fries '03: Yoga & Nutrition Expert

A certified yoga instructor with a degree in psychology, Caitlin Croke Fries ’03 has a passion for bringing spirituality and positive thinking to the forefront for young women.

While attending West Chester University, studying psychology with a focus on body image and eating disorders, Caitlin served as President of Sister to Sister, an organization of sorority women that dedicates themselves to promoting positive body image through a series of seminars. The classes often invited guest speakers who focused on nutrition.

Being the eldest of five children, Caitlin had always known that her belief in God and her passion for helping women cope with emotions would lead her to great things. While earning her Master’s in International Peace at Arcadia University, she interned at the Peace Center of Bucks County, training peer mentors in an anti-bullying program.

Her yoga principles and experience from teaching helped her develop a six-week yoga program called "Fearless She.” The program, which Caitlin hopes to develop in local high schools, consists of a 45-minute yoga practice with a theme that incorporates spirituality, body positivity, teambuilding, and open conversation in a support group setting. The program’s goal is engaging and encouraging young women and strengthening their self-confidence.

Caitlin currently works at Drexel University’s College of Medicine teaching yoga to medical students, and at the Breastfeeding Resource Center in Abington, teaching Mommy & Me yoga classes.

Francesca Diliberto '16 Attends Program in Design at Carnegie Mellon

By Maeve McCormick '18

Carnegie Mellon School of Design is one of the most prestigious industrial design programs in the country, accepting only forty of the nation's brightest students annually. Each summer, Carnegie Mellon runs a pre-college program for high school students interested in a career in design. This summer, senior Francesca Diliberto was among those selected to attend. After receiving the long-awaited acceptance letter, she left to begin the six week-long program. She studied different classes, including drawing, painting, digital photography, animation and sculpture.

During the first three weeks, she majored in Industrial Design, and in Communication Design in the last three weeks.

"Industrial Design was my favorite because that's what I'm going to go into as a career...It was like a combination of sciences and the arts because industrial design is innovating things that already exist to make a better design for better use," Diliberto said.

She added that knowing that she will major in Human Computer Interactions, she gained "a better understanding as to how their mission of innovating the future can actually be applied and how you see it as a student."

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Chierika Ukogu '10: From the Olympics to Medical School

Chierika Ukogu is gearing up for the Summer Olympics in Rio, where she'll make history as the first Olympic rower for Nigeria (she has dual citizenship with the U.S. and Nigeria).

When she returns from Rio, she will not give up rowing, but she will be pursuing a doctorate degree at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York. She begins on August 15--the day after she returns from Rio! Although she is unsure of her focus, she is interested in pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology, orthopedic surgery, and global health.

Chierika has wanted to be a doctor for as long as she can remember. Her motivation stems from wanting to ease the suffering of others, and going into science seemed like a natural progression. During her time at the Mount and Stanford University, she loved biology, chemistry, and the courses she needed to apply for medical school.

"I like learning things that will ultimately help me reach my goal and help others," Chierika says.

Cherika's goals include not just seeing patients, but also teaching students, being a mentor, conducting research, and being an advocate for members of society that are often neglected.

"Rowing definitely influenced my interest in orthopedic surgery," she says. "I think it would be cool to work with athletes, having been one myself." Another life lesson she learned on the water: don't be afraid to fail.

"When you're faced with failure at every practice, it loses its power over you."

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