The Cathedral High School

Excelsior Award

The word Excelsior comes from the Latin meaning “Ever Upward.” Excelsior is the motto of the State of New York.

Cathedral High School’s Excelsior Awards are given to individuals and institutions who have provided exceptional and devoted service in helping Cathedral students to aspire Ever Upward.


Moses & Singer LLP

In 2007, Moses & Singer began its long-time association with Cathedral High School which includes providing internships, mentoring, and serving as advisors for the award-winning Cathedral Mock Trial team.

Moses & Singer attorneys Alexandra P. Kolod and Kelly A. Zerillo lead the firm’s commitment to offering Cathedral students impactful educational experiences that will make a difference in college and in their professional lives.

Moses & Singer

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Alexandra P. Kolod, Esq. is an associate in the firm’s Litigation practice group. Alex holds an A.B. and J.D. from the University of Chicago.

Kelly A. Zerillo, Esq.Kelly A. Zerillo, Esq.

Kelly A. Zerillo, Esq. is an associate in the firm’s Trusts and Estates practice group. Kelly has a B.A. from Wake Forest and received her J.D. from Hofstra.


Anita L. Jaffe & Florence V. Ressegue

More than thirty years ago—before any 30 Under 30 Honoree was born—Cathedral High School Business Program Chair Peg Kiely responded to a flyer sent to Manhattan high schools by the law firm Simpson Thacher seeking paid interns. Peg immediately responded, making Cathedral the only high school that did, and Cathedral’s first formal internship program was born. Anita L. Jaffe was the firm’s director of secretarial services and Florence V. Ressegue ’73, who just happened to be a Cathedral grad, was the firm’s manager at the time.

Kindred spirits Anita, Florence and Peg forged an alliance that for many years provided internships, as well as jobs, for more than a hundred Cathedral students at the firm. Many students continued working at the firm in the summer and during their college years, or were later employed full time after college in a variety of administrative jobs. The partnership became a model for future Cathedral professional-track career gateway initiatives in fields like Business, Law, Health and STEM.

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