If you know Amanda Molloy’20, you know she is the face of service at IHA. She has made a lasting impact on the program and acts as a true role model for the entire school. Amanda embodies sincerity and sweetness, but also demonstrates leadership across her many activities.
Amanda has been a four-year member of the Art Club and served as an Eagle Ambassador for three years. She has also held significant executive positions, as she was the vice president of the National Art Honor Society and the social justice chair of the Campus Ministry board. Her extensive service led her to receive the President’s Volunteer Service Award each year at IHA, and she is also a recipient of the Molly Offer Memorial Scholarship.
In addition to her involvement in school, Amanda is also an active member of her parish youth group. She has worked closely with Newburgh Ministries, which is a year-round homeless shelter, where she shows her generosity by bringing food and engaging in conversations with clients every month. Amanda also frequently serves as a lector during mass, and has completed various service projects both in her parish and the outside community.
Amanda reflected back on her time at IHA, sharing that her favorite classes were those with Ms. McNulty and Mrs. Encke. In addition to being in class with Ms. McNulty, Amanda was also involved in the theater program for four years as a member of the stage crew. Ms. McNulty stated, “Amanda Molloy is one of the unsung heroes of IHA. Whenever there’s a big event going on, you can bet Amanda is there, working tirelessly behind the scenes. Amanda is the definition of a team player–she works tirelessly for the good of the community and never seeks the spotlight for herself. Whether she is helping facilitate an event as an Eagle Ambassador, running lights, or ensuring proper sound equipment is working for our various events, Amanda can always be counted on to show up and get the job done. She simply exudes a quiet dignity that establishes her as a young woman of virtue and character.” Mrs. Encke also had nothing but positive words to say about Amanda. “Amanda has brought enthusiasm and dedication to her role as vice president of the National Art Honor Society,” Mrs. Encke said. “It was Amanda’s responsibility to communicate ideas for members participating in art-related community service. She has participated in a number of service projects throughout her three years as a member and assisted in the organization of Art@theheart, an art show celebrating students’ work in grades five through eight. As a member of Art Club and NAHS, Amanda has taught art classes to the elderly at a local senior residence for the past four years. She has always been extremely personable with the seniors in her care and has truly enjoyed an active exchange with them. She is truly one of the most compassionate students I have ever had the honor of teaching.”
Amanda said she is understandably sad to be leaving IHA because of the lasting memories she made throughout her four years. The senior Disney trip was a highlight for her, but she also loved seeing everyone building each other up during hard times. Amanda’s next steps include attending Siena College in Loudonville, New York. She plans to study psychology with the hopes of making a positive impact on the world. We wish Amanda the best of luck in her future endeavors.
By: Brooke Marotti’21, Co-Junior Editor-in-Chief