Mount Saint Dominic Academy




New Entrepreneurship Program Complements the Mount’s Continued Curriculum Innovations

March 18, 2019 (Caldwell, NJ) – The Leonidas Foundation, with a mission of providing relief to the poor and distressed while fostering mentorship and public service with honor, prowess, and integrity, has selected Caldwell’s Mount St. Dominic Academy for its “L.E.O. Program.”  The second-ever school to participate, the Mount is the only private high school for young women to offer the L.E.O. Program, an innovative and interactive business curriculum with the core tenants of “Leadership, Entrepreneurship, and Opportunity.” Intensive classroom instruction on a wide range of business topics is enhanced by interactive panel discussions with current business and government leaders. The participating students will have the opportunity to attend the L.E.O. Program’s Summer Leadership Conference at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., as well as other off-site learning experiences.

As part of the new curriculum at the Mount, interested students entering their junior year will take part in a comprehensive application process, complete with a professional resume and extensive interviewing, in hopes of securing one of the available seats in the course. The program is in its second year at Don Bosco Preparatory School in Ramsey, and has attained a strong footing since its inception in 2017.

The program was created in honor and memory of Leonidas “Leo” Vagias, who was tragically killed in car accident, alongside his friend Samuel Cali, in 2016. Leo was a Don Bosco alumnus, and brother of Alexandra Vagias, who graduated from Mount St. Dominic in 2018.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for young women to meet with successful entrepreneurs and executives to help them become future business leaders,” said Matthew Perricone, president of The Leonidas Foundation. “We are beyond excited to bring this program to Mount St. Dominic Academy and thank the administration of the school for being eager partners throughout the launch process.”

“The Mount is committed to preparing young women for a future where they will excel as culturally competent, social justice minded, empowered learners and leaders, and we are thrilled to be able to offer the L.E.O. Program to our students,” said Marissa Muoio, the Mount’s Dean of Academics and a 2008 graduate of the school. “This special program complements our evolving curriculum, including our Senior Capstone in Directed Research and the debut of our Innovation Center. We are delighted to be strengthening our relationship with the Vagias family, and admire their dedication to carrying on Leo’s legacy in such a meaningful and impactful way.”

Prospective students of Mount St. Dominic Academy can learn more about the L.E.O. Program and much more at an Open House on April 10, 2019, at 6:30 pm at 3 Ryerson Ave., Caldwell, NJ. Visit for more information about the Mount, and for more information about the L.E.O. Program.

About Mount St. Dominic Academy

Mount St. Dominic Academy, established by the Sisters of St. Dominic in Caldwell, New Jersey, is a Catholic, college preparatory school, dedicated to the education of young women from a variety of ethnic, religious and economic backgrounds. The Mount has been empowering young women in the Dominican tradition since 1892.

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