A senior at Villa Maria Academy, Joey Gaglioti is a member of the School’s Board of Trustees for Mission and Ministry, President of the School’s Chapter of the Spanish National Honors Society, President of the Spanish Club, Co-Leader CEO of JustCompliments and President of Athletic and Spirit. She is also a member of SpeakUp, Peer Ministry, Student Advisory Council, Diversity and Inclusion, Military Club, and Business Club. Gaglioti received the school’s Math Excellence Award for Algebra 1, earned honors and first honors, and is captain of the Villa Maria varsity golf team. Her Capstone project is learning the crucial ways in which language and culture are an aspect of international business, as she hopes to study international business in the future and become bilingual.
Main Line Media News: What was the most popular topic of discussion in SpeakUp?
Joey Gaglioti: The most popular discussion on SpeakUp revolved around mental health this year. Everyone got to share their experience with COVID and how isolation has taken its toll on many. At our big meeting, we all collectively agreed on the topics for this year’s conference and mental health was a new topic that we thought was very important. I have enjoyed promoting the club the most to my peers, teachers and family because I believe it creates a safe space with each other and open conversation has great everlasting effects on so many people.
Main Line Media News: You mentioned that you would like to become bilingual and study international business. Tell us a bit about your goals as President of the Spanish National Honor Society.
Joey Gaglioti: I sincerely believe that speaking two languages is one of the most important things to know in any career path. Becoming bilingual would only allow me to meet more people and create good relationships internationally. Studying Spanish gave me the privilege of recognizing the importance of communicating with even more people. It would be hugely beneficial in my future career, even learning through my Capstone project, in that it opens more doors and creates more communication. This may be related to what we have done in the Spanish National Honor Society through the service projects in which we have participated. We recorded ourselves reading children’s books in Spanish for school children. I thought being able to record a children’s book was just a sweet activity.
Main Line Media News: What are your goals as president of the school’s Spanish club? Tell us a bit about some of his most interesting activities.
Joey Gaglioti: I want to promote inclusivity in the Spanish club and have more members so more students can engage with the culture and language. The club offers a great combination of educational and exciting activities for its members to participate in. We organized Day of the Dead activities and decorated cookies while listening to Christmas music in Spanish during our finals week. We also plan to make pulseras (bracelets) in the spring and discuss the impact of the Three Kings on Spanish-speaking countries in January.
Main Line Media News: Last summer, you participated in a nine-day service trip to Costa Rica as part of an environmental service project. What was your most memorable experience during the trip? What is the most interesting thing you learned during the trip?
Joey Gaglioti: The most memorable experience for me was catching a rare butterfly in a butterfly net in the Costa Rican jungle. We participated in butterfly research and used huge butterfly nets to catch as many butterflies as possible. In this research institution, there were thousands of species and whatever we could capture, we could go back to the research institution and match it to their butterflies. When our guide, Marco, saw my butterfly, he immediately knew it was something he had never seen before. They ended up keeping the butterfly I had caught in the net and continued to research it! I learned the importance of diversifying and trying new things and that I am capable of more than I ever thought possible. This experience was also an eye opener for me as it was my first time out of the country. After that moment, I realized that’s what I want to do for the rest of my life. Traveling the world to learn more about others and the world around me.
Main Line Media News: Tell us a bit about Mission and Ministry, its purpose, and your goals for the group as an executive board member.
Joey Gaglioti: Mission and Ministry is an organization I’ve been part of since freshman year. This club has always been a constant for me and when I was selected to be part of the board of directors, I was delighted! Mission and Ministry strives to promote various campaigns throughout the school year and is made up of representatives from the incumbents and the Board of Trustees. We do our famous Thanksgiving Walk, where each senior class prepares a Thanksgiving meal for a family in need. We also run our school-wide mission campaign and have continually had great success. My main goal for this organization has been to involve as many students in all the service projects that we have. Being able to contribute to others has been extremely humbling and important to me.
Main Line Media News: What is your favorite book and why?
Joey Gaglioti: My favorite book has to be The Nightingale, I was instantly drawn in and didn’t want to let go. My favorite genre is historical fiction and this book was engaging and created an amazing feminist as the main character. Isabelle is the main character and as soon as I read the novel I was amazed by her courage in standing up to the Nazis in France during World War II. She constantly had people underestimate her strength because she was a woman and she proved everyone wrong when she saved the pilots.
(To be selected as the Principal Student of the Week, a student must first be nominated by their school.)
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