David Perritano
Seventh-grader Sophie Wilson marches to the beat of her own drum. The youngest of her siblings, Sophie is a leader. She is not a Holy Names legacy – her older sister attended a different school. Sophie wanted to carve out her own path. So, when a friend told her how much she loved AHN, Sophie decided to see for herself.

After taking a tour with her family, Sophie says she found everything she was looking for in a school. “When I first started at Holy Names, I found immediately I was exposed to new people, and many opportunities to get to know them.”

Sophie immediately immersed herself in school activities, including joining the Drama Club. Although she wasn’t an actor in the fall production of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, she says the friendships she formed as a member of the stage crew shaped the course for the rest of the year. By spring, she did get to test out those acting chops, playing the role of Bert Healy in Annie and solidifying those bonds with her club mates formed months earlier.

Sophie also seized the opportunity to run for office and was elected as class president giving her the opportunity to gain important leadership skills. She aims to use those leadership skills to promote more events for the Middle School.

“My favorite thing about Holy Names is that we are being taught how to be independent and self-sufficient,” Sophie says. “They are not only teaching us how to be capable young women but also not let anything limit us and to live up to our full potential.”

At this year’s Spring Gala, Sophie was among the student volunteers greeting guests, including many alumnae. “The Spring Gala was such an amazing experience,” Sophie says. “I was able to talk to so many amazing women that went to Holy Names just like me. It was so inspiring to see how Holy Names had helped so many women to be successful. It was also so lovely to see that so many people who didn’t know me were so willing to donate to the school and help Holy Names improve our education. I look forward to attending and helping at the Spring Gala in the years to come.”