Villa Victoria Academy is a small all-girls Catholic school that sits on the banks of the Delaware River.
The school prides itself on developing smart, strong, and faith-filled young women.
This year that pride got a little stronger as its math team recorded a National Championship in Catholic Math League (“CML”) Advanced Division.
The math team is known as the VIL²A BE²S.
The VIL²A BE²S Math Team has been coached by Mrs. Conway-Konzelman since 1991.
The team has quite a record of success.
During those years, the VIL²A BE²S have won 41 awards and placed in the top four schools nationally 12 times.
This year, the team reached the summit of mathematical excellence to be ranked number one in the country in the CML Advanced Math Division. The CML is a national math competition that serves hundreds of Catholic schools.
In addition, one Villa Victoria student, Jane Fan ’20, placed first among all competitors in the nation.
The team members have submitted 29 perfect scores.
Since 2009, the team has placed consistently among the top five schools in the Advanced Math Division of the Catholic Math League.
Like any successful team, the leader is instrumental in getting the most out of her “players.”
Mrs. Conway-Konzelman has an intellect and demeanor to instill a love of mathematics in her girls.
That devotion has been also nationally recognized as Mrs. Conway-Konzelman has received awards from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Chicago for her teaching skills.
The members of the Advanced Math Team at Villa are: Macey Bartels (’21), of Allentown, NJ; Cady de la Cruz (’20), of Millstone, NJ; Lenna de la Cruz (’23), of Millstone, NJ; Eleanor Enright (22), of Yardley; Jane Fan (’20), of Shanghai, China; Megan Hayhurst (’21) of Yardley; Brianna Ly (’21), of Bordentown, NJ; Leigh Machion (’21), of Newtown; Jamie Mersel (’22), of Bordentown, NJ; Kathleen Murray (’20), of Roosevelt, NJ; Crystal Ordonez (’23), of Hamilton, NJ; Emily Ordonez (’21), of Lawrenceville, NJ; Isabella Quinn (’22) of Holland; Juliet Quinn (’20), of Holland; Alyssa Romano (’20), of Burlington, NJ; Amiyah Singleton (’22), of Mount Holly, NJ; Elise Stankus (’21), of Ewing, NJ; Grace Yeretzian (’20), of Columbus, NJ; and Shu Zhu (’20), of Shanghai, China.
Other individual winners for the 2019-2020 school year competition included:
Junior Elise Stankus placed third on the Villa team and placed fourth nationally in Division 3.
Seniors Alyssa Romano and Cady de la Cruz tied for 11th place in the Advanced Division.
Senior Shu Zhu placed third in the Advanced Division and second place on the Villa team.
PHOTO CAP: The Villa Victoria Math Team