Mary’s Day is a special tradition that truly reflects the faith and community that is the essence of Villa Maria Academy. Today, Mary’s Day returned to being an in-person event after going virtual in 2020. During Mary’s Day, Villa honors the Blessed Mother, Mary, by recognizing students who exemplify her spirit of courage, inspiration, and service. The senior class and faculty members nominate their Mary’s Day Court based on individual character, moral integrity, and their commitment to their faith.
This year’s honor of May Queen was bestowed upon Lucille Pol ‘21. She was joined by her court attendants Moira Dieteman ’21, Grace Kirik ’21, Maddix Landahl ’21, Victoria Purchase ’21 and Ava Waid ’21. The May Queen and her attendants celebrated the day wearing white gowns and floral headpieces.
The entire student body prepared written letters to their classmates expressing gratitude for their friendship. As always, we would like to extend a huge thank you to the Mary’s Day Committee headed by Villa Campus Minister, Mrs. Emily Grenci. As with tradition, students indulged in cinnamon rolls and orange juice to kick off the day’s events.
During the service, hymns were sung, and May Queen Lucille Pol crowned our Blessed Mother with a wreath of flowers. Several students were also selected to provide special performances to honor our Blessed Mother. Abbey Fies ‘21 sang “Gentle Woman” followed by the “Ave Maria” sang by senior Mary Grace Kelly ‘21. Each girl was accompanied by faculty member Mr. Andrew Alesso. Ruth Chase ‘21 and Mallory Phillips ’21 also performed a Mary’s Day Dance.
The joy of Mary’s Day was felt by all today who were able to participate in this wonderful tradition in person this year! Mary’s Day is one of the highlights for not only our Seniors, as today was their last day, but our whole student body coming together as one again!