Sophomore, junior and senior members of the 2015-16 Villa Maria Student Council were installed in a ceremony on Friday, September 18. After executive officers Sarahrose Jonik, Alianna Buck, Devi Donthineni, and Kaleigh Oates were installed, school president Sarahrose Jonik addressed the students, discussing the characteristics of leadership and pledging to work hard, along with the entire Student Council, for a successful school year. Jonik then administered the pkedge to the other members of the Council, who also received their pins.
Guest speaker Kathi Novelli Clapham ’89 inspired the audience with her reflection on how she has relied on her faith through her struggle with cystic fibrosis, a high risk pregnancy with her twins, and, nine years ago, a double lung transplant. Clapham has become a noted health care advocate, motivational speaker, and spokesperson for the Gift of Life Foundation, which promotes the life-saving gifts of organ and tissue transplants. She is also the creator and co-author of Mommy Can Play Again, a book that explains the process of transplantation to children and families.