“My name is Maya Maalouf, and I am a graduate of the Class of 2015. Coming into Louisville as a freshman I knew I had decided on a great high school because my older sister had just experienced the gift of Louisville, but I had no idea of the affect this beautiful school would have on me.
“From the moment I step onto campus each morning, the sense of love and community is constantly felt. As underclassmen, we walk the halls and get to receive the love on campus. As we grow and become juniors and seniors, we become more accustomed to spreading this love. Whether it be in a brief hello or a passing smile, I think everyone here at Louisville realizes how important even the simplest of actions are.
“I think it is fair to say that Louisville is blessed with the most inspiring teachers and staff. Each and every one of them serves as role models to all the students at Louisville. The connections made between teacher and student here at Louisville is, I believe, the most unique quality we cherish. Not only do they help us grow academically, but also as individuals. They truly want what is best for us and it is evident in their never-ending guidance and willingness to always help when needed. I am beyond grateful for the wisdom each of them holds.
“Freshmen year was a year of firsts for all of us. We found new friends, settled into our classes, met our teachers for the first time; we were just beginning to see the true beauty Louisville had to offer. Next, as sophomores, we finally understood the routine of Louisville. We all struggled together through our biology classes, finally making our way to our sophomore Unity Ring Ceremony where we received our class rings, symbolizing the unity of our class through this ring – a ring I have personally worn every single day since sophomore year. The next year, we became upperclassmen and one of the first junior classes to win first place during spirit week as the red Queen of Hearts. Our junior class council also planned an awesome Winter Formal for the whole school. Among these great accomplishments, we dove into all the academic challenges that came with junior year. We struggled together through the hated SAT and it was around this time last year that our counselors began to implant the idea of college.
“But then I blinked and we were already seniors -- a year filled with so many memories and so much joy – a year I will honestly never forget. It all began when we took over the senior lawn, participated in our Kairos retreats, our Mock Trial team competed, dealt with all things college, went to our prom, attended Grad Night and our Baccalaureate Mass and graduation. Our journey together as a class is indescribable and the true magic of it can be felt only by us. There is something so great and special about every one of my classmates that has made an everlasting print on our class. I have watched my class grow and flourish and seen each of us grow into beautiful, intelligent, and powerful individuals. I have no doubt that all of us will live successful lives wherever we end up, because we have Louisville in our roots.
“Although it is important that we academically succeed during our time in high school, our spiritual growth as a class has proved to be of equal importance. Our Campus Minister, Mrs. Zamora, has shown us girls that knowing yourself comes as you grow and that spirituality is a journey, not an end result. All the liturgies and retreats at Louisville and the warm welcome we find in campus ministry would not exist without her. She truly is an angel sent down to grace the students at Louisville. Before I finish here, I want to leave you all with a prayer Mrs. Zamora once told me:"
We ask ourselves
Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.
There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us;
It’s in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
We unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
Our presence automatically liberates others.