Welcome from Our Student Council President

One of my favorite aspects of Villa Duchesne is the small classes. It allows students to truly get to know their classmates, and brings a sense of unity to the school. I know every single person in my class, and not just their names. I am able to talk to any one of them about anything: how their day or week is going, how many hours of sleep they had, questions about what we are learning in class, or a simple ‘hi’ passing in the halls. The small class sizes also allow for wonderful student-teacher relationships. The biggest class I have had was twenty-two girls in my freshman year World Civilizations class, while most of the classes are between twelve and fifteen. This allows teachers to get to know each student. They understand when you might have a lot on your plate because of sports or theater and honors or AP classes. They want to work with you so you get the most out of your education and follow all of your interests. Students also feel more comfortable going to their teachers for help when they are struggling on a certain topic, and the teachers are always more than willing to help.

Villa Duchesne has allowed me to push myself in academics. Starting in seventh grade, I was moved ahead into the eighth grade math class. This continued all through high school to where I took AP Calculus as a junior. It was terrifying being in classes with all upperclassmen, although they are not as scary as they may seem. However, the teachers were there every step of the way supporting me.

Villa Duchesne offers countless extracurricular activities. Students can choose activities that apply to their interests, whether it be sports, theater, art, or from the variety of student-run clubs. I have been able to be a part of numerous extracurriculars including three sports, the math, breakfast, and robotics clubs, and of course student council. One thing that I am really looking forward to this year is a rotation of clubs built into the schedule, so there is an allotted time for each club to meet. Also, if there is not a club for your specific interests, you are given the opportunity to create your own. My friend started the breakfast club where we met in the morning, ate breakfast, and talked about various current events throughout the world. It was a great way to spend time with peers and stayed education on the issues around the globe.

As a Sacred Heart school, Villa has various traditions that are similar among other schools of the Sacred Heart. We have Christmas Basket Mass where each family brings in a basket of foods for the families in need at Christmas, junior rings with the Sacred Heart engraved upon it, as well as Congé, one of my personal favorites. Congé is a surprise day of fun and games that Student Council plans, and all classes are cancelled.

Villa Duchesne has always been a part of me, even before I walked the halls. My grandma and her sister went here, as did my mom, her sister, and cousins. Also, my sister and all of my cousins have gone or go to this school. It is a tradition in my family that I love and am proud to be a part of. I am excited to share this day, as well as many others, with my fellow Sacred Heart sisters. I am looking forward to making new memories with my class, and I am honored to lead the school as Student Council President.

Cecilia Besancenez ’18
Student Council President