The Upper School welcomed US Navy veteran and Sacred Heart alumna Alexis Guzman Miller, Carrollton '96 as today's Veterans' Day Assembly speaker. Although Ms. Miller now works in finance, she vividly recalls her path to the US Naval Academy, and began with an entertaining description of her rocky first year.
She credited focusing on small victories, being part of cause that was bigger than herself, and making friends with helping her through. Thanks to her determination and grit, she not only graduated but became a US Navy Lieutenant and served for five years, four as part of Operation Enduring Freedom, the United States' response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
"Failure will find you," she told the students. "What matters is how you deal with it. My failures shaped me, but they didn't define me."
She also spoke about how service takes many forms, from fighting for one's country to being kind to a friend in need.
Students were inspired by Ms. Miller's story and honored that she shared it with them.