By J1 Reporter Ellie Smith
Countless hours of studying.
Late nights finishing assignments.
Early mornings coming into school for help.
All of this extra hard work, just to receive a good grade and move on to the next assignment.
Junior Ximena Perez Silva experiences the stress of school and puts in countless hours serving her community every weekend. She says, “I try to prioritize things that will not only help my future self, but something I genuinely enjoy doing. Although it gets stressful, the work I do is work I am passionate about and have a true interest in.”
Since the beginning of the school year, Silva has spent every Saturday morning at the Stephen Center. She greets familiar faces at the front desk, passes out food with a gracious smile, and lends a helping hand for friends of her community.
“I have always wanted to be a member of the National Honor Society (NHS). When I saw a letter for myself in the mail, and found out it was for the NHS, I was relieved that my hard work started to pay off,” Silva said.
Counselor Mrs. Kathy DeWispelare, moderator of NHS, explains that it’s important to “to publicly recognize those who achieve academic excellence paired with leadership, character and service to school and community.”
Silva met the requirements of NHS by earning a 3.8 cumulative GPA, holding a leadership position on Diversity Board, performing community service at the Stephen Center and participating in the Faith in Action Team, Speech and Debate team, Harvard Model Congress and more.
Silva’s motivation, concern for the community, and diligent work at school makes her a leader. She puts in hours of extra hard work and dedication to make a difference in her community. “My Grandpa has always displayed the definition of hard work and shares his stories of the cultural barriers in coming to America,” Silva said. “He reminds me constantly that pursuing an education not only opens up opportunities for myself, but for my future generations as well.”
On top of maintaining good grades, Silva puts in extra effort to be a role model for her peers at school and people in her community. “I try to be a positive light for everybody and remember to recognize and appreciate everyone’s differences by modeling compassion,” she said.
The National Honor Society rewards hard working students like Ximena Perez Silva with recognition that sets them apart from other students.
Congratulations to the newest members of Marian’s National Honor Society