Published : Wednesday, May 16, 2018 | 3:05 PM
Immaculate Heart High School and Middle School gathered on the quad to celebrate alum Meghan Markle, Class of 1999, with a festive toast in advance of her royal wedding.
Together, the students raised glasses of lemonade as high school and middle school student body presidents Mia Speier and Stella Lissak gave speeches honoring Markle not only for her upcoming nuptials to England’s Prince Harry, but also for her dedication to service.
“The idea that someone like her, who has had an upbringing so similar to ours, will now be able to voice her concerns on a global platform as an internationally recognized figure is a story that impacts so many young women, especially the young women at our school,” said Speier.
Lissak added that Markle’s humanitarian work showed that “we at Immaculate Heart truly are women of great heart.”
Senior Lily Roth, interviewed afterward by CBS’ local station, KCAL 9, concurred, saying, “Meghan was so great, supporting all women and doing so much work for women’s rights. She just inspires everyone at Immaculate Heart to do the same.”
In addition to the toasts, students celebrated by performing the Great Lawn Dance from this year’s Mary’s Day, which was set to “Take on the World” by Sabrina Carpenter and Rowan Blanchard. High schoolers and middle schoolers danced side by side, sharing their excitement with each other as they sang “I feel all right, I’m going to take on the world.”
Many members of the local, national and international media came to campus to cover the event, including ABC, CBS, NBC, Reuters, and the UK’s BBC and The Telegraph. More correspondents came from Canada, Japan, Italy, and Australia.
This toast will not be the last time Immaculate Heart celebrates Markle; in fact, the school will be holding a live viewing of the wedding on Saturday, May 19.
“I will be watching every moment of the royal wedding, in real time,” theology teacher Maria Pollia, who taught Markle, told the Telegraph. “At least this way, I have a sense that I can be with her and encourage her and pray for her in this wonderful step she is taking in her life. I am very happy for her—and for Prince Harry.”
About Immaculate Heart
Founded in 1906, Immaculate Heart High School & Middle School educates young women in grades sixth through 12th from its central location in the Los Feliz foothills near Griffith Park in Hollywood. The school has a long and distinguished history, with more than 10,000 graduates. Today’s student body of more than 700 young women is both geographically and ethnically diverse, drawing on students from throughout Los Angeles County. Last year, virtually 100 percent of Immaculate Heart graduates matriculated to colleges, including the most prestigious schools in the country. https://www.immaculateheart.org/