In eighth grade, Victoria Lieto had no clue what the following four years of her life at IHA would be like. She says she chose IHA “because my family strongly believed in a Catholic education and… told me how nice the girls and teachers are, what a great education I would get, and how much fun I would have.” At IHA, Victoria has achieved so much academically, spiritually, and personally, we are as lucky to have her as she was excited to attend.
Victoria Lieto has been an active member of the IHA community her past four years at IHA. She has participated in and is a member of numerous extracurricular activities, honor societies, and even got involved at Don Bosco. Academically, Victoria is an active member of National Honor Society and National Art Honor Society in addition to being a Science League member. She says that her favorite class at IHA was Western Civilizations sophomore year, but adds that “all of my teachers at IHA have had a positive role in my time here at IHA.” They have inspired her to demonstrate her leadership and service in STUCO and CARE and her creativity as a staff member of both Halcyon and Accents.
If you don’t know Victoria Lieto personally, you’ve certainly heard her beautiful voice leading us during liturgy, and she credits this to Sr. Carol Ann. Victoria says she “really brought the best out in me spiritually and helped me to grow as a person.” Talking with Sr. Carol Ann, she said she had Victoria for a semester in Morality and was glad that she was able to get Victoria involved in school liturgies. Sr. Carol Ann had only positive things to say about Victoria, including, “Victoria is a spiritually grounded young woman. She is willing and able to act on her beliefs in God. Through her music and being a cantor, she shared that faith with us through her gift of voice.” Victoria says although she enjoys her musical involvement in the Orchestra and Tri-M, she is most dedicated to Song and Spirit.
IHA has provided Victoria with many memories that she will cherish and friends that will last a lifetime. Victoria shared that some of her favorite memories of IHA were the times she has shared with her mom and sister and the meaningful connections she established with her classmates during retreats and Sophomore Spirit Day.
Next fall, Victoria will be attending Seton Hall and going into the Occupational Therapy Program. Victoria sums up her IHA experience saying, “I’m glad I listened to [my mom and sister] because I made so many friends and memories with them and met so many wonderful teachers that I could tell really cared for me. I have learned so much. I have grown academically and spiritually and I really feel ready for college.”
Good luck Victoria!