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Why BA!

We would like to introduce to you, Victoria Gilliard who graduated from Benedictine in 2018 and is currently attending the University of South Carolina.  During her time as a student at Benedictine Academy, Victoria was involved in all aspects of our community life.  Tori, as is known to her sisters, was a member of the Benedictine Leadership Team, Retreat Team, Portuguese American Club and so many more.  Tori was also a competitive athlete, running track all four years and even making it to the Penn Relays. In her senior year she was awarded the Top Award Bestowed on a Benedictine Graduate, The Saint Scholastica Award, which represents the culmination of a well-rounded student, academically, athletically and spiritually.  Below is a personal statement about Tori's experience at The Hive.

"The countless memories I made at BA are something I cherish deeply. It was an environment where I was supported in being myself. We were taught to grow as young women in a world where women leadership is both important and imperative. I developed confidence in who I was and who I wanted to be, always being reminded that by maintaining strong faith and Benedictine values, I can take on any challenge. As an athlete, I learned the same resilience and determination on the track as I did in the classroom. We were challenged to think beyond the textbooks and to formulate our ideas and creativity. My classmates quickly became the leading ladies of my life. They are some of the greatest people I’ve ever met, and I will be forever thankful to BA for bringing us together.

Most importantly, BA  provided the foundation for my future success. While I wish I could go back and relive those days, the academic and social skills I acquired helped me maneuver the challenging college life. Being at a large university presents its obstacles, but my Benedictine education undoubtedly gives me the strength I need to persevere."