Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan announced the five finalists for 2024’s Tulip Queen on Friday. The winner will be crowned at the Albany Tulip Festival on May 11 at noon by Mayor Sheehan and 2023 Tulip Queen Olivia Owens on the Lakehouse Stage. Read more here.

Academy of the Holy Names Board of Trustees Names Co-Chairs

Dr. Martin Kilbridge, President of Academy of the Holy Names, announced today the Board of Trustees has named new co-chairs of the Board – both Holy Names alumnae — Lissa McNaughton ’77 P ’22 and Maryann McCarthy ’88 P ’19. Both trustees have been life-long residents of the Capital Region and board members since 2017. The co-chairs will begin their service in July. They will succeed Chris Edwards P ’14 who has served as chair since 2019.

All the Right Moves: Claire Jacob-Zysman Joins AHN as Counselor, Dance Instructor

Claire Jacob-Zysman is a new addition to Academy of the Holy Names, and she arrives as a dual-threat: she’s AHN’s new School Counselor, and beginning in the fall, she’ll be teaching dance. 

“I have been dancing since I was seven years old. I studied dance in college and moved on to dance professionally after college. During that time, I fell in love with teaching dance and spreading the joy, creativity, and discipline of dance to students. My dance teaching philosophy is that everyone is a dancer, and that dance can be used as a tool to build self-confidence, create connections, and be an outlet for self-expression. I use dance to empower the students to feel confident in their moving bodies and to express their emotions through the art of dance.”