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Academy lets girls take the helm

One of the advantages of a small all-girls school is the opportunity for experience in leadership. At the Academy of the Holy Names on Bayshore Boulevard, one of the stated objectives is "to educate young women for leadership."

At AHN, the Student Council is the showcase for carrying out this goal. "It's a lot of working with people and having to get organized," said Andrea Martino, Student Council president for the 1992-93 school year.

Andrea and her officers and class representatives will work closely with Student Council sponsor Virginia Van Pelt. "The planning for the various activities is entirely up to them," Mrs. Van Pelt said. "From inception to cleanup, the project is theirs."

Each senior on the council is appointed to chair a major event during the year. Senior Kelly Stocker, chairwoman of the Christmas Formal, began planning during the summer. "It's a lot of responsibility, but it's also a lot of fun," she said. "I called hotels for dates and prices and got ideas together last summer."

Other valuable leadership opportunities are afforded by the National Forensics League, an active group at the academy. The club "helps women to be articulate and to be able to compete on a fair playing field with men," said moderator Sister Mary Patricia Plumb. "They get a chance to try events that are traditionally masculine fields such as debate and Congress."

The teamwork aspect of leadership is developed by the staffs of the three high school publications. Senior Kelly Caballero, editor of Excursions, the literary magazine now in its third year, will work closely with other staff members and adviser Janet Heveran.

Echoes editors, seniors Jen Walsh and Denise Malone, will coordinate the various sections of the yearbook with the help of Sharon West, faculty adviser.

Pulling a staff together to publish the quarterly newspaper, ACHONA, is Editor-in-Chief Laura Doerr's responsibility. She spent a summer in the Indiana University journalism program to prepare for her job.

Opportunities to develop leadership skills at the Academy of the Holy Names are many and varied. The school hopes this experience will help these young women become effective leaders in the future, where they will find themselves.

Sister Suzanne Hixson teaches French and is the faculty adviser to the student newspaper, ACHONA, at Academy of the Holy Names High School.