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Athletic Hall of Fame and Alumnae Awards  


The Academy of Notre Dame Alumnae Association presents three awards bi-annually to alumnae and inducts two athletes and one sports team into the Athletic Hall of Fame. These Alumnae are recognized at the Athletic Hall of Fame and Alumnae Awards Ceremony held every other Fall. The alumnae awards presented are The Saint Julie Award, The Notre Dame Award and The Distinguished Alumna Award. The nomination form link provided below provides criteria specific to each award. 

To view the photos from the 2017 Athletic Hall of Fame and Alumnae Awards Ceremony, please click here. 

Meet the 2017 Athletic Inductees and Alumnae Award Recipients 

Juanita Beall Edelmann ’65


In 1965, the only sports offered at Notre Dame were field hockey and basketball. Juanita excelled in both during her years at Notre Dame and even played on the high school teams as a middle school student. Juanita was a tireless offensive field hockey player and was the leading scorer each season. According to one of her basketball teammates, she dominated the basketball court with her dribbling skills and stealing techniques. Although there were no official accolades or awards given to female athletes in the 1960s, the Catholic schools in the area recognized Juanita as part of the “All Catholic Team” throughout her athletic career.

Kathy Walsh McCarey ’84

Kathy earned nine varsity letters as a stellar field hockey, basketball and lacrosse player at Notre Dame. She played floor general on the hardwood, attack in lacrosse, and defense link in field hockey. Her accolades included All-Main Line for field hockey, basketball and lacrosse and All Philadelphia All-Star Team for field hockey. Kathy continued her career at Villanova University playing Division 1 field hockey as a 4-year defensive starter where she captained her senior year to the 1988 Conference Semi-Finals. Kathy also played defensive wing for the Villanova lacrosse team. 

Kara MacDermott Ryan ’92

Kara earned nine varsity letters as an excellent soccer, basketball and lacrosse player at Notre Dame. Apart from being undefeated for the season, Kara played on the ND ’91 soccer team that won the InterAc title that year. She continued to play soccer and lacrosse for the College of the Holy Cross and was named All-Academic for the Patriot League in 1994, 1995, and 1996. Not only did she excel in athletics and academics, she realized her obligation to serve others as evidenced by her time with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps.  

1999-2000 Volleyball Team

The 1999-2000 InterAc Champion Volleyball Team, nicknamed “The New Sheriffs,” went undefeated with a match record of 12-0 overall and 10-0 in league play in the Team’s 4th season in existence. The Team kicked off its remarkable season by sweeping the pre-season InterAc tournament held annually at Germantown Academy.  Overall the team was 36-0 in games played, while allowing only 3.77 points per game. Coaches Bob McKeighan and Kelly Schank Prevost provided steady leadership from the Team’s inaugural ’96-’97 season through its championship year.

Class of 2000: Joanna Gardner Almond (Captain), Angela Guarino (Captain) and Bertina Hu (Captain)
Class of 2001: Franca Criniti, Angela Desmond, MaryGrace Bateman Glasgott, Kate Dilworth Ahern, Elise Lynch, Jill Lawless Richards, Amanda Wagner
Class of 2002: Katie Devine Bobek, Tori Devine, Allison Zimmerman Dudley, Maureen Malloy, Mary Mooney
Class of 2003: Catherine Leary Tomeszko

2017 Alumnae Award Recipients 

The Notre Dame Award
Carey Kulp Cheyney '96

The Notre Dame Award is presented annually to an alumna whose ongoing commitment to the Academy is exemplary in scope, enthusiasm, and diligence. Acknowledging the value of a Notre Dame education, she offers her time, energy, and resources to ensure the future of the Academy and expand its influence.

Carey's commitment to her legal profession, service in pro-bono work, and support of fellow alumnae exemplify dedication to life-long learning and compassionate leadership. Carey served two terms as the President of the Academy of Notre Dame's Alumnae Association from 2013-2015. During her tenure, Carey organized and coordinated the first Annual Alumnae Christmas Party at The Union League of Philadelphia. This event has become an annual tradition for alumnae. She organized alumnae volunteer opportunities, which helped the children in the Support Center for Child Advocates in Philadelphia, PA where she continues to serve as a volunteer. Her dedication to following the mission of the Academy is ever present in her devotion to her family, career and fellow alumnae.

The Saint Julie Award
Christine Doherty Kondra '96 and Erin Doherty Kreszl '99

The Saint Julie Award is presented each year to an alumna whose life contributes to the recognition of the goodness of God in all creation, and who commits herself to the service of others. This woman is chosen by her peers as a model of faith, optimism, integrity, and unselfish dedication. 

In May 2014, Christine Doherty Kondra '96 and Erin Doherty Kreszl '99 founded The Bee Foundation, inspired by their cousin, Jennifer Sedney, who died December 25, 2013 at the age of 27 from a ruptured brain aneurysm. Christine, a previous biopharmaceutical director, successful entrepreneur and private chef, and Erin, an institutional investment consultant and University of Michigan Ross School of Business graduate, are dedicated to creating a vibrant and dynamic organization that will achieve its vision by focusing on their mission and leveraging their network and previous experiences.

Since May 2014, Christine and Erin have been tireless in their mission to research and prevent death from brain aneurysms. Both women have high power careers, yet somehow find time to drive forward the progress of The Bee Foundation. They award research grants to the smartest minds in brain research. They create awareness. They connect people to physicians and in turn are saving lives. Their work was born from love - love of their family member who was taken too soon - yet it's changing the lives of so many other families and physicians.

Athletic Hall of Fame Nomination Form 

Alumnae Awards Nomination Form 

2015 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees
Deirdre McGlynn Kelly '84 
Danielle Dunn O'Connor '01
The 1999-2000 Basketball Team

2015 Alumnae Award Recipients 
Melissa Bemer '04- The Saint Julie Award
Cathy Chermol Schrijver '79- The Distinguished Alumna Award
Joan Sammartino Turner '77- The Notre Dame Award 

2013 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees
Maria DiDonato Ippolito '01
Kristen Sander Makatche '95
Stephany Wolfington Ziegler '86

Keynote Speaker: Rosemary Connors '01, Emmy-winning journalist with NBC10.

2011 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees
Kim Van Kirk Patel '00
Carol Ryan Livingood '89
Erin Cleary Cook '92

Keynote Speaker: Pioneering Women's Basketball Player and Coach Theresa Grentz, who was a part of the Immaculata Basketball team depicted in The Mighty Macs

2010 Inaugural Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees
Aimee Willard '92
Page Driscoll Syron '94
Jennifer Messner Holdren '99
Faith Bascome and Jo Trexler, ND Coaches

Keynote Speaker: Leslie Gudel of Comcast Sportsnet


The mission of the Academy of Notre Dame Athletic Hall of Fame is the following:

  • to honor former Academy of Notre Dame students-athletes, coaches, and associated persons who have brought distinction to our school through athletics.
  • to instill and continue the tradition of excellence rooted in Catholic faith that has been characteristic of Academy of Notre Dame athletes;
  • to link past and current generations of athletes; and
  • to encourage current student-athletes to embrace the many opportunities available through team work, determination, and dedication.

Criteria for Selection

  • Eligibility for alumnae induction begins 10 years after a nominee graduates
  • Alumnae athlete nominees' athletic accomplishments must represent the highest caliber of achievement
  • Posthumous nominees will be given equal consideration with living candidates.
  • Coaches, teams and other members of our school community and athletes with extraordinary cases may be nominated.

For more information, contact:
Marielle DuBovec Mazda '06
Associate Director of Alumnae Relations

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