Providence students learn leadership in National Hispanic Institute

Providence Catholic School students Isabella Rodriguez, sophomore and Madison Wilbur, junior consider their involvement in the National Hispanic Institute (NHI) a significant step in their journey to becoming accomplished and successful women.  Both students agree they are gaining valuable leadership and communications experience by participating in the programs offered for exceptionally motivated youth at NHI.

In San Antonio, the NHI--a nonprofit, volunteer group with over 23 years of entrepreneurship and innovative leadership for youth--works as an affiliate of the San Antonio Community Leadership Council (SACLC). They work with 200 students from more than 60 area schools, in programs such as the Great and Ambassador Debates and Lorenzo De Zavala Youth Legislative Session (LDS).

Isabella already considers herself a future San Antonio leader. She followed her performance in the Great Debate as a team member in the Ambassador Debate. “It was exciting to work with team that brought home the trophy from the Ambassador Debate—the first time in 10 years,” said Isabella. After speaking before the City Council about her NHI experiences, Isabella was selected to serve on the District 3 Legacy Leadership Initiative.  “I feel that being a student at Providence and a member of the NHI allows me to achieve my goals in life.”

Madison, who participated in the Great Debate and LDS is eager to move to the next step in the NHI programs--the Collegiate World Series (CWS). “I know the CWS will be as great an experience as the other programs,” said Madison. “I am expecting a real “wow” factor during the final challenge before graduating from NHI.”

“Providence Catholic School faculty and staff encourage and support all of our students to excel," said Alicia Garcia, Providence Principal. “We congratulate Isabella and Madison on their successes in the NHI programs which expand their leadership skills and character.  Any student, who endeavors to develop their knowledge and experiences, enriches the entire Providence Community.”

If you are interested in learning more about how Providence Catholic School provides a program rich in academic excellence grounded in faith, contact Stephanie Takas-Mercer, Admissions Director, at 210.224.6651x210