A year ago, Grace Newsom made her entrance into the world of social justice at the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary Justice and Peace Youth Forum along with three other St. Mary's Academy students. It changed her entire perspective, opening her eyes to issues like human trafficking. Since then, Newsom, Sienna Li, Devon Thompson and Unique Robinson have worked as a team to bring that knowledge to St. Mary’s.

The girls led an immigration session last school year and this summer spent a day presenting to a group of Holy Names Sisters about what they learned.

Newsom plans to go on a service trip to Mississippi this school year.

“One of the hardest things about social justice is the struggle to put words into action – it’s easy to talk about the issues and what is wrong with our world, but it requires a lot of creativity to find ways to actually combat social justice problems because they are so huge,” she said.
Aside from social justice activities, Grace started her own business last year teaching ballet to younger girls. She teaches classes a couple of times each week as a motivational tool to keep herself involved in dance. She also takes piano lessons and runs for St. Mary’s cross country and track teams.