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Student Spotlight - 2017 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

 

Thao Nguyen
Valedictorian

Thao Nguyen has risen to the top of her class to be named the 2017 Valedictorian. She will address her class at their commencement ceremony on Friday, June 9. Thao had a choice between the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University, but in the end chose to be a Dragon. Her major will be Biological Sciences with a minor in Education. Thao grew up in Kensington where she attended Visitation B.V.M.

For extracurricular activities, Thao was both the National Honor Society and Model United Nations president. She was also a member of the Student Government Association, and LF Ambassadors. Thao served on Little Flower’s Middle States planning committee, and the planning  committees for school dances.

 
What is your favorite Little Flower tradition?

My favorite Little Flower tradition is International Café Day. I love the opportunity to celebrate the diversity of all cultures and hope to have other opportunities to celebrate our differences in the future.

Who inspires you?

My brother, Tieng Pham, inspires me the most with his hard work and dedication, not only in his career but also in helping other people. Growing up, we were not fortunate enough to have all that we needed and living in Kensington, we were always surrounded by violence. However, my brother was always very optimistic and was motivated to make a change within the community, offering countless hours of volunteer work to local grade schools.

What advice would you give younger students?

Advice that I always give younger students is to be involved. Doing one’s best in academics is indeed important. However, grades are only one aspect of school that will help lead to success. Students should participate in activities and gain experience outside the classroom. My favorite memories from my time at Little Flower are from the time I spent in clubs and committees. I highly encourage all students to be involved.

Julianna Vivino
Salutatorian

After four years of hard work and dedication, Julianna Vivino earned the honor of being named the Class of 2017 Salutatorian. She will be attending Drexel University in the fall in their Honors Program majoring in Animation and Visual Effects and minoring in Marketing. Julianna came to Little Flower from Northeast Philadelphia after attending Maternity BVM Grade School.

Julianna enjoyed being a part of the cheer squad her freshman year. She then became interested in singing and joined Concert Choir and Flowerettes. Julianna was inducted into the National Honor Society in junior  year and became Vice President in senior year. She also served as an LF Ambassador for the past 3 years.

What is your favorite Little Flower memory or tradition?

My favorite tradition is singing the Alma Mater after every assembly and dance because it always reminds me that I am a part of the amazing sisterhood Little Flower students experience.

Who inspires you?

My mom inspires me every second of everyday just by being herself. In February 2012, my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. Watching her go through the torture of surgeries, infections, and treatments with a courageous and determined smile on her face is something that I will always remember, especially when I am faced with my own difficult situations throughout my life. Now, through several organizations, she acts as a support system for others diagnosed with this disease. My mom has always been a very optimistic person and has a carefree spirit. If I am having a bad day, all I have to do is talk to her for a few minutes and she changes my perspective on things from glass half empty to glass half full. My mom has always been my biggest supporter. Ever since I was a little girl, she has told me that I can do anything I set my mind to and she will be there for me every step of the way. My mom always believes in me even when I do not believe in myself. She does everything for her family and always makes her family her first priority. She always puts others’ needs before her own and brings a smile to the face of everyone she meets just by being her fun and outgoing self. She is courageous, determined, loving, supportive, and so many other things.

What advice would you give younger students?

The advice I would give is to never be afraid to be yourself, put yourself out there, and try new things. High school is a new beginning. Take advantage of every opportunity to find your likes and dislikes, who you are, and what makes you happy. I was very shy in grade school and, coming to Little Flower, I stepped outside of my comfort zone, tried new things, and found what makes me happy. I want every future student to do the same.

 

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