Welcome from Our Student Council President

Why am I proud to be a Villa Saint? Family. Community. Education.Tradition.Opportunity. Those are just a few words to describe why I am ran for Student Council President.

It could have something to do with the small class sizes with teachers who genuinely care about us, not only as a student but as a person. It could be the attention to detail that I get when I need help or guidance from a teacher. Or, it could also be the variety and opportunities offered to enhance my in-class education like Honors, AP, and Independent Studies classes including Eco-Act through the Missouri Botanical Garden.

Outside the classroom, there are so many ways to become part of the Villa Duchesne Family. There are multiple student-run clubs and athletics to either become a member of or to go cheer and support. We have a wonderful Show Choir and strong theatre program, state champion and district champion sports teams and individuals, a fabulous Fine Arts Department that encourages you to explore your creative side, and strong Debate and Mock Trial teams. There is something for everyone, no matter what your interests are.

We are a community that encourages individual thinking while still valuing our Sacred Heart traditions. I love the fact that as a Villa Saint I am part of a global network of students and alumni who have grown up with Sacred Heart values. We give back to our communities through service learning every year. We have unique traditions, some of which we share with other Sacred Heart schools globally. There is Goûter (special snacks), Congé (which is a surprise day of fun and games) and Christmas Basket Mass where our school community collects baskets of food for local families in need. There are so many baskets brought in by current families, as well as alums, that an entire sidewalk is filled to almost impassable. We have May Crowning, Father/Daughter Dinner Dance, and Junior Ring Ceremony (our rings are identical to the ones worn by our sisters at Sacred Heart schools around the world), and we have the most beautiful Graduation and Maypole.

We develop friendships in these halls. We learn to be strong, independent young women who aren’t afraid of self-advocacy. We know every girl in our class, and not just by their face. We really know our classmates. We go on Kairos and gain a deeper sense of self-awareness. We learn to embrace the world outside of these walls. We can do global exchanges with other Sacred Heart schools around the world, we can do service trips like the one I did last year to Costa Rica or academic trips like the European trip my peers went on this past summer. We have fun. We decorate each other’s lockers. We have Family Groups and Class Lounges. We love our snacks. We love to celebrate birthdays. We support each other and learn from each other.

I am part of an amazing school family. I am looking forward to making new memories with my class this year and becoming a part of the global network of Sacred Heart alums at the end of the school year when we get our Sacred Heart passports upon graduation. These are all just a few reasons that I am honored to lead our school as Student Council President and to be a Villa Saint.

Emma St. John ’19                                                                            
Student Council President