This nursing major has been honored for representing the high ideals of a Catholic college education and the SSJs.

After graduation, nursing major Kayla Levreault ’17 hopes to work as a travel nurse and see the world. But before the Athol, Mass., native leaves town, she’s putting down deep roots here at Elms and living the ideals of the SSJs — and helping her fellow students do the same.

As a junior, at honors convocation, she received the St. Catherine medal from Kappa Gamma Pi, the National Catholic College Graduate Honor Society. The society offers the St. Catherine medal to undergraduate or graduate students who represent the high ideals of a Catholic college education; each recipient is selected by the faculty and/or classmates on the basis of leadership and service to the college.

With a 3.6 GPA, Kayla clearly strives for academic excellence. But she goes beyond her own studies.

In addition to school, and participation in the Student Nurses Association and the Student Activities Board, Kayla serves as a resident assistant (RA) in Rose William Hall. She wanted to become an RA “to help maintain the sense of community that is already established here and be a positive mentor,” she said.

“College is all what you make of it, and I want every resident to enjoy their time on campus,” Kayla added. “I want the upperclassmen to know that they can still get involved and make an impact on campus, too.

“I also want my residents to know they can always better themselves if that is what they choose, and that they can get back up and keep going even if they have a bad day or exam.”