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Passing of the Light

Passing of the Light, one of our most cherished Villa traditions was celebrated yesterday. During this ceremony, the eighth grade graduating class symbolically passes on the light of leadership of the school to the seventh grade class. Thank you for your dedicated service, girls. Thank you to Student Leadership Team President, Eleni K., for your inspiring speech about shining your light and to our VMALS alumnae guest speaker, and Eleni’s mom, Faithe ’94, for reminding us of of the value of a Villa Maria Academy education and for welcoming our graduates into the Alumnae Association.
Another annual tradition during Passing of the Light is the presentation of the Emily Koenig Award. Emily Koenig was a seventh grader at Villa when she passed away suddenly of bacterial meningitis. The selected student embodies Emily’s spirit of kindness and inclusion and is nominated by her seventh grade peers. Congratulations to Kateryna S. who was granted this award! We are grateful to the Koenig family for their continued support of our Villa girls.
Passing of the Light also included the presentation of two scholarships named in the honor of Margaret McAleer, grandmother of the Meriwether girls. The scholarships were merited to two deserving students based upon a written essay. Congratulations to Jack S. and Addison C. We are grateful to Margaret McAleer and the Meriwether family for their support.
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