Last Saturday, librarian Liz Burke; teachers Christy Joria, Mayra Fanning, Elizabeth Wittschen, and Antoinette Angotti; and six students met Justice Sonia Sotomayor and heard her speak about her journey from the South Bronx to Supreme Court. Justice Sotomayor shared this story in her autobiography, My Beloved World, and a memoir for children, Turning Pages: The Beloved World of Sonia Sotomayor.
Justice Sotomayor's talk was geared to the many children and teenagers in the audience; she explored the challenges that adolescents faces as they chart their course in life: uncertainty, sadness, shyness, and friendship. Noted Ms. Burke, "She was so kind and so gentle when she spoke, and also had a wonderful sense of humor. It was obvious to me in how she spoke to the audience ... that she understood that part of being a civil servant and Supreme Court Justice is being a role model and giving back to the community."
As the crowd gathered around Justice Sotomayor following the event, books awaiting signing clutched in their hands, one Visitation student met her hero, and told her of her dream to attend Princeton just like her.
The outing was one of many opportunities Visitation offers for students to learn about our government up close; last spring, members of the Constitution Club had the chance to visit the White House to learn about economic policy development.