TMLA is hosting a 5-day intensive experience in engineering this summer from July 16-20. TMLA’s Women in Engineering Week hopes to inspire young women to explore the many fields of engineering – Civil, Structural, Mechanical, Biomedical, Electrical, Chemical, Computer, Software, and Environmental. Young women entering 8th grade as of September 2018 and members of TMLA Class of 2022 and Class of 2021 may apply for the Engineering Week. From 9am – 3pm each day with hands-on team based projects apply your creativity in designing engineering solutions to real-life challenges. More information at
Summer Fest courses in Musical Theater, Art Studio, Italian Cooking and Culture, Baking, and many more topics plus a full program in TACHS Prep are offered to 7th, 8th and 9th grade students.  More information and Registration may be found here.

During the 82nd Year Commencement Exercises of The Mary Louis Academy celebrated on June 3, 2018 at Colden Auditorium of Queens College, graduates received diplomas and awards for the successful completion of 4 years of academic achievement and Kristen Brody, Student Council president, read a citation to honor S. Kathleen McKinney.  With the approval of S. Helen Kearney and the Board of Trustees, S. Kathleen was awarded a special diploma from Mary Louis – an honor in recognition of S. Kathleen’s 21 years of dedicated service as Principal.  In addition to her role as Principal, S. Kathleen had also served TMLA as Science teacher, Chair of the Science Department, and Dean of the Class of 1976.   

For more pictures from Graduation and Graduation Liturgy click here.  

Among the highlights of TMLA school year in May have always been the Spring Concert and Art Show.  This year’s accomplishments did not disappoint.

The Music department with Glee Club conducted by Mrs. Vanessa Gecewicz delighted with a wide variety of selections from composers Louis Prima, Rogers and Hammerstein, A. L. Webber, Beethoven and others.  The program also included a 3 part selection “Festival Sanctus,” as well as a song from Moana, and Kathy Perry’s “Rise” with its melody and message of peace and unity. The full Glee Club alternated its performance with the Select Chorus and the Senior Chorus directed by Seniors Sydne Jackson and Kristen Talty.  Mr. Tom Cordero assisted with piano accompaniment.

TMLA Orchestra began with music from their Chamber Ensemble directed by Senior Sydne Jackson. The complete orchestra conducted by Mr. Brian Siemers then offered selections like “City of Stars,” Symphonic Themes, music from “The Lion King,” and a medley of 3 songs from The Beatles: “Here Comes the Sun,” “In My Life,” and “Can’t Buy Me Love.”

The combined Glee Club and Orchestra ended the concert with a special performance dedicated to S. Kathleen McKinney for her years of leadership as Principal and her support of the Music Department.


An appreciative audience marveled at the wide range of creativity that produced all the art work on display at the TMLA Art Show in May.  Selections in drawing, painting, AP Studio and Graphic Design revealed a wealth of talent from students in the Art Department.  Earlier this school year,  TMLA art students won 19 awards for their excellent work from the prestigious 2018 Scholastic Art and Writing Competition. As part of this competition, the work of our 2 Gold Key winners was displayed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.




TMLA’s 4th Annual 5K Run was a big success with over 240 students, parents, alumnae and friends running or walking the hills of Jamaica Estates. This year the Run was named in memory of Colleen Fitz, a longtime staff member at TMLA who passed away in 2016 after a battle with endometrial cancer.  All of the proceeds from the 5k Run go towards the Colleen Fitz Memorial Scholarship Fund at TMLA. This scholarship will be awarded annually to a young woman who attains admission but who would not be able to attend TMLA due to her family’s financial situation.  

The week preceding the Run was dedicated to educating TMLA students on Women’s Health Awareness. Since women are too often victims of various preventable health issues, it is never too early for students to be aware of their bodies and their health. Each day focused on a different area of women’s health (Heart Health, Gynecologic Health, Breast Health, Emotional Health and Nutrition).  

Michael Massimino, a professor of Mechanical Engineering at Columbia University, a former NASA astronaut, and the senior advisor of space programs at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum was TMLA’s guest speaker on April 23.  

Massimino served as a NASA astronaut from 1996 to 2014. During his career he was on the crew of two spaceflights, the final two shuttle missions to repair the Hubble telescope.  In his talk Massimino described the feelings of being strapped to a giant rocket that’s about to go from zero to 17,500 miles per hour.  He also spoke about his awe of viewing the earth from outer space.  

One highlight of his talk was Massimino’s own story about pursuing a dream and never giving up. Although as a young boy he had dreamed of becoming an astronaut, it was not until he was in graduate school that he considered it seriously and so made an application when NASA looked for new recruits. Rejected then, he continued to send in applications during the next few years.  After 4 applications and 4 rejections, Massimino was finally accepted by NASA for the astronaut program.  With pictures and personal stories, he shared his experiences as an astronaut – of working on the Hubble, overcoming obstacles, and the exhilaration of being in space.  His words and pictures helped his audience get an  increased appreciation of our planet earth in a universe 13.7 billion years old.

As Neil deGrasse Tyson says, “Every generation of astronauts needs a storyteller — a person with wit, humor, and passion who has lived our collective dreams of space exploration and returned to tell us all about it. Mike Massimino is that person.”



At Brooklyn-Queens Sectional Championship. May 20th TMLA was presented with the Runner-Up Brooklyn-Queens Diocese Plaque.  
TMLA is home to these champions: Fiona Maloney – 2018 Brooklyn-Queens High Jump; Anaya Laurent  runner-up in the Brooklyn-Queens triple jump event.

At Intersectional City Championship on Saturday, May 26
Anaya Laurent- 2nd place- Triple Jumpers; Fiona Maloney-3rd place- High Jumpers.  Fiona was top Brooklyn-Queens jumper; Kaitlyn Kundmueller- 3rd place -Javelin.  Kaitlyn was top B-Q thrower; Fiona Maloney-5thplace- 400 meter dash.  TMLA 4×100 meter Relay team: Ella Hyde, Anaya Laurent, Hadiyah Edwards, and Kania Pollack advanced to finals out of 15 teams and finished 6th overall.  In 800 meter Karolina Niepokoj finished 6th out of 72 and was top Brooklyn-Queens runner.  Karolina was also top Brooklyn-Queens 1500 meter runner.

May 16th -Day 1 Brooklyn/Queens – New York City CHSAA Championship meet. 
TMLA is the home of the following champions:   
Kania Pollock: B-Q 2018 Javelin Champion with her best throw 87’09”.
TMLA won 4x800m relay for 3rd consecutive year: Karolina Niepokoj, Alyssa Ciniglio, Emma Tzimoratos, and Elizabeth Piccolo = 4x800m 2018 Champions.
Medals were awarded to:
Kaitlyn Kundmuller-Javelin-2nd place
Fiona Maloney-400m-2nd place
Catherine Lunny-2000m Steeplechase- 2nd place
Catherine Lunny-400m Hurdles-2nd place
4x100m team :Ella Hyde, Anaya Laurent, Hadiya Edwards,Kania Pollock-2nd Place
4x400m team: Fiona Maloney, Isabelle Henri, Sariah Grant, Keeley Hayes-2nd place
Anaya Laurent-Long Jump-4th place; Karolina Niepokoj-800m-4th place; Alyssa Ciniglio-1500m -5th place

At the CHSAA FreshWomen/Sophomore City Championship on April 29,  TMLA FreshWomen team finished first in Brooklyn/Queens and 4th overall in the CHSAA league out of fourteen teams.   
TMLA FreshWomen captured 2nd -4th Place in the high jump competition.  Fiona Maloney -2nd Tara McGonnell-3rd, Sariah Grant and Emma Tzimorotas tied for 4th Place.   FreshWomen 4x400m relay team of Fiona Maloney, Isabelle Henri, Emma Tzimorotas and Sariah Grant were the top Brooklyn/Queens team.
Medals were awarded to  Tara McGonnell –3rd Place-FreshWomen Triple Jump;  Jewel Jenkins-5th Place-FreshWomen Javelin; Erin Doyle 4th Place-FreshWomen Discus;  Keeley Hayes-3rd Place –Sophomore 400 meter hurdles;  Catherine Lunny-4th Place-Sophomore 400 meter hurdles;  Kelley Hayes-5th Place-Sophomore 800 meters race.  Ella Hyde was the top Brooklyn-Queens FreshWomen 100 and 200 meter runner finishing among the top ten runners in both races.

TMLA track team won several awards for their performance on April 13 at the Fordham Prep Meet and  April 14 at the NYC Mayor’s Cup Meet. 
FreshWoman Fiona Maloney had a stellar weekend. At the Fordham Prep Meet, she won the High Jump with her best jump of the season 4’8”.  At the NYC Mayor’s Cup. Fiona finished second out of 12 of the top jumpers in the city. She also finished 6th out of twenty 800m runners at the NYC Mayor’s Cup Meet.  In both events at the NYC Mayor’s Meet, Fiona was the top NYC CHSAA competitor.
Another top performer was Nia Ogunsanya who won 100m and 200m events at the Fordham Prep Meet.
At Fordham Prep Meet, TMLA javelin throwers captured top three medals: Kaitlyn Kundmueller won the event, Alyssa Ciniglio finished 2nd and Kania Pollock was 3rd.  Kaitlyn advanced to the javelin finals at the Mayor’s Cup.  She finished 4th out of 16th throwers. 
At the NYC Mayor’s Cup, Anaya Laurent advanced to the triple jump finals.  Anaya finished 4th out of 19 jumpers.  She was the top NYC CHSAA jumper.

At the Big Blue Invitational Meet held at St. Joseph by the Sea on  April 21  Kaitlyn Kundmueller continues her excellent javelin throwing.  Out of forty-two throwers Kaitlyn finished as runner-up in the finals.  Kaitlyn  was the top NYC CHSAA javelin thrower.  Also, she broke the school’s record set in 2013. 
Alyssa Ciniglio and Kania Pollock finished among the top 10 javelin throwers.  Anaya Laurent advanced to the finals of the triple jump event.  She finished 3rd out of twenty jumpers.   
TMLA sophomore 4x400m ‘A’ relay team of Catherine Lunny, Keeley Hayes, Elizabeth Piccolo and Niamh O’Dowd finished 4th out of nineteen teams.  They were the top NYC CHSAA team. 
TMLA Varsity 4x800m relay team of Fiona Maloney, Keeley Hayes, Alyssa Ciniglio and Karolina Niepokoj finished 4th out of fourteen teams. 
Catherine Lunny made her debut in the 2000m Steeplechase.  She finished 6th out of twelve competitors.
TMLA FreshWomen 4x200m ‘A’ relay team of Isabelle Henri, Christine Maguad, Sariah Grant, and Rachel Lande finished 6th out of 28 teams.  They were the top NYC CHSAA team.
TMLA FreshWomen Sprint Medley Relay team of Sariah Grant, Isabelle Henri, Christine Maguad and Emma Tzimorotas finished among the top 10 teams.  They were the top Brooklyn-Queens team.


At the Mass for the Solemnity of St. Joseph on March 19th, the 2018 TMLA Peacemaker Awards were presented to Larissa Opedal – 9th year, Sophomore Devon Nicholson, Junior Deanna Roberto, Senior Cincy Mutuku and faculty member Mrs. Michelle Ezzo. This highly prestigious award is in recognition of those students and faculty who have best represented the CSJ philosophy and mission of love, unity and reconciliation within the TMLA community during the year. One student from each class year is chosen for this award by her peers, along with a faculty member.

At this liturgy Sisters of St. Joseph also renewed their vows; faculty and students renewed their commitment to the TMLA mission of education in a context of spiritual values.

TMLA Spirit Week activities engaged all four years in friendly competition. Hallway decorations inspired by the year’s sports theme showed off the creativity and artistic skill of many students. Other activities like Hilltopper Pride Day, Team Picture Day,  Color Fest, Costume Day culminate in the Pep Rally on Friday night that features each year’s best cheer, dance, and step display and also the Faculty Dance.  

A gallery of photos of hallway decorations may be found in TMLA Photo Gallery at 2018 Spirit Week Hallways. 

TMLA’s Italian Skyping and E-Pal partners visited our school Thursday, March 8.  This year’s visitors included students from two Sicilian high schools who attended classes and had lunch with their TMLA Senior and Freshwomen partners.  TMLA hosted 24 students (23 young ladies and 1 gentleman) and 5 administrators from two high schools in Sicily.  Twelve students were from the Istituto Gaetano Curcio in Ispica, Sicily and 12 were from Istituto Giovanni Verga in Modica, Sicily.  Chaperone and Exchange Program Coordinator  Mary Puccia joined chaperones from Istituto G. Curico, Ispica and Istituto G. Verga, Modica. 
Mr. Maurantonio’s TMLA Italian classes have been videoconferencing with the school in Ispica for the last 8 years.  The Modica High school was added this year as we at TMLA increase our international relationships. Besides classroom videoconferencing sessions, TMLA and the Italian students were matched as E-PALs.   Students have developed bonds over the Internet and thanks to the visit were able to finally meet in person. All agreed it was an amazing and emotional day.
The group pictured in the left column of this story are from Instituto Giovanni Verga in Modica, Sicily.  Our videoconferencing friends of the past 8 years are pictured below.

from Istituto G. Curico, Ispica