SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Union Catholic launched a new tradition this school year: the Union Catholic Blue Harts in honor of Sister Percylee Hart, RSM, Principal of Union Catholic since 1980.

From 1962 to 1980, Union Catholic was two separate and distinct schools – Union Catholic Boys High School led by the Marist Brothers and Union Catholic Girls High School led by the Dominican Sisters.

When the decision was made to merge the two schools into one, the Archdiocese of Newark sought a leader who could meld the strong traditions forged in the separate schools into one unified whole with the heart and vision to catapult Union Catholic to the forefront of Catholic education in New Jersey.

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Under Sister’s leadership, this heart and vision has led to the vibrant, strong and successful Union Catholic of today.

To symbolize the heart and vision that are the core of the UC Community, every student and staff member received a Blue Hart pin to be worn proudly each day. As graduating seniors, students will receive a second Blue Hart pin to give to another person who had the most influence on them during their four years at Union Catholic.

It can be passed on to a friend, teacher, coach or family member. The influence and spirit that guided that student to graduation day is recognized in passing on the Blue Hart.

“It’s a great opportunity, not just for our current students, but for our entire community to celebrate the spirit of Union Catholic,” said Union Catholic Assistant Principal Dr. Jim Reagan, Jr. “The Blue Harts symbolize so many things, including feelings, knowledge and our core values.”

The Blue Harts generated lots of excitement among the UC students.

“I really like the idea of the Blue Hart for Sister Percylee Hart since she’s the foundation for combining the boys and girls schools at Union Catholic,” said Janessa Mendoza, UC Student Council President. “Union Catholic is always coming up with innovative ideas and I think it’s great that our school started this new tradition that will be continued here for years to come.” is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily paper. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and twitter @SPF_TAP. Download the free TAPinto App for iPhone or Android.

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