H. Frank Carey junior Victoria Arnold received the schools’ character award for February.
Compassion and empathy are two traits that educators hope to find in all of their students. There are some however, who go further and couple them with drive and determination and that is when something truly special happens. Early into the school year, Victoria came to a guidance counselor because she recognized that there was a population at Carey that needed to be better served. A committed Girl Scout, this young woman designed her Gold Award project around creating a safer and more accepting environment within Carey for the LGBTQ+ community. She knew that the Gay/Straight Alliance Club was no longer active but wanted to do more than just reinstate it. Victoria’s desire was to update and revamp it to be even more inclusive. She came up with a new name, created a proposal, reached out to friends for help and with that, Sexuality and Gender Acceptance Association was born. SAGAA is so much more than a club, it is a place where all are welcome and all are accepted. Under Victoria's leadership, the club has brought education to its members ranging from presentations on the Stonewall Riots to Pride Nights in the NHL, to laying the groundwork to bring the Day of Silence back to Carey. Her passion is palpable and her energy is contagious. SAGAA exists because of her perseverance, compassion and her desire to make Carey a safe place for everyone. Guidance Counselor Julie Elena said, "I am consistently impressed with the large number of students who come to the meetings and who have found a family and a home in SAGAA. It is truly a place where everyone can be themselves without any fear of judgment. I am proud and honored to be a co-advisor."
It is for all of these reasons Victoria Arnold has been named the February Carey Character.