Mary’s Day is a special tradition that truly reflects the faith and community that is the essence of Villa Maria Academy. 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 Paula Kirik ’22. She was joined by her court attendants Carissa Dunham ’22, Margaret Mary McGovern ’22, Willa Regal ’22 and Madison Smith ’22. 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 Paula Kirik crowned our Blessed Mother with a wreath of flowers. Several students were also selected to provide special performances to honor our Blessed Mother. Harmoni Morganfield ’22 and Gabriella Ottavio ’22 sang “Gentle Woman”, followed by the “Ave Maria” sang by Anna Skinner ’22. Each girl was accompanied by faculty member Mr. Andrew Alesso. Alexandria Kitchen ’22 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! After the day’s events were over, students joined alumni on the front lawn to sing the Alma Mater! 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! It is one of the many treasured traditions that will live on for years and years to come! 🕊