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Holy Cross major says academy groomed her for Vassar – Catholic Standard

Just before the coronavirus pandemic allowed students to have virtual home learning for the rest of the school year, Grace Miller, a senior at Holy Cross Academy in Kensington, Maryland, attended the Mass with some of his peers.

And despite it being her last memory in the school building as a student, Miller said the moment was “pleasant, peaceful and serene”, especially as she looks back and realizes that shortly after attending this Mass at school, public Masses were canceled in the Archdiocese of Washington for security measures.

Miller, the class of 2020 valedictorian at Holy Cross Academy, has led in class not only as a student, but also as a dancer, singer, and entertainer.

As she leaves to study physics and theater arts at Vassar College in New York in the fall, Miller said one of her favorite things about attending a Catholic school was the opportunity to add to the richness of his education.

“In addition to my academic education, there is a spiritual education,” she says. “Ethics, morals…I learn that through my religion classes, but you take a worldview and apply it to other things.”

When she started attending a Catholic school for middle school, Miller noticed something was different.

“There’s something so unique about it,” she said. “It was a transition for me. I started loving learning… there’s a small community and teachers who love what they do.

And beyond religion classes, Miller said she enjoyed the opportunity to “take a ton of different classes in a ton of different areas,” ranging from introductory to engineering and physics, in humanities and arts classes.

“I really like all of my classes,” she said.

Miller has participated in all honors societies and programs offered by the school, from the Spanish Honor Society and National Honor Society to the International Thespian Society; and she was also distinguished as a Santa Crux Scholar and Madeleva Scholar, in which she not only won numerous honors, advanced placement courses and International Baccalaureate, but maintained a high grade point average and was committed to more than 115 hours of service.

Outside of the classroom, Miller took to the stage dancing and singing. She also led the student ambassador program at Holy Cross, helping to introduce prospective and new students to the school community.

One of her favorite school traditions is to sing the alma mater with the whole school after masses and other occasions.

“Every time we sing the alma mater, we shout the last line,” Miller said. “It’s just a whiff of school spirit.”

And Miller said she would bring that school spirit with her to college, as well as the school’s motto “courage, compassion and scholarship” – the courage to overcome the difficulties of adapting to college, to find compassion for everyone and to learn in a new environment. .

“I’m sad to see it go,” Miller said, looking back on the past four years. “If I could stay here forever, I probably could.”

Despite the fact that the end of her senior year was not in class with her peers as she had planned, she said she was still “satisfied with the way things ended.”

“I’m really grateful to have had the opportunity to go to Holy Cross,” Miller said. “I’m really grateful to all the teachers I’ve had. My teachers love what they do, and they love teaching and helping us discover what we love. That’s been a really big factor in determining what interests me…it’s important to have had these teachers who are really supportive of me.