"Humans of Sacred Heart" – Kristen Walsh ’19

How many Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Services have you attended at your time at Sacred Heart? What is your favorite part about the prayer service?
“I have attended seven Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Services during my time at Sacred Heart, and they never disappoint.  I love the energy that fills the gym at the services: everyone bopping along to the Gospel Knights, cheering for the Vision Steppers, and applauding at the end of the moving speeches we hear.  The liturgy is such a special way to honor Martin Luther King Jr.. It really is a lot of fun, and it is a Sacred Heart tradition that I will certainly miss next year.”
How did your dance background influence your decision to take part in the Vision Steppers’ performance?
“I was so excited to participate in the Vision Steppers’ performance, partly due to my dance background.  I have always loved trying different styles of dance, and I had never done step dancing before. It was a great opportunity to go beyond my comfort zone as a dancer and explore a new genre, so I jumped at the chance to take part.  Also, I just have so much fun dancing in general, regardless of the style or context. It is something that consistently brightens my day and puts a smile on my face, so I was excited to do it with my classmates. We had so much fun in rehearsals, trying our best while also being able to laugh at ourselves.”
What was it like performing with the Vision Steppers? What part of that experience did you most enjoy, and why?
“Performing with the Vision Steppers was really special.  Before starting the routine, my classmates and I followed the Vision Steppers into the hall, where we all joined hands and bowed our heads in a prayer circle as part of the pre-performance ritual.  Then we walked into the gym with our hands crossed behind our back, and we were ready to go. It was so exciting. As we were doing our routine, I heard everyone cheering and clapping along. After having been someone watching and cheering for the Vision Steppers for the last six years, I could not believe I was finally standing beside them.”
The King Street Chronicle thanks senior Kristen Walsh ’19  for her contributions to “Humans of Sacred Heart.”
Photo by Christine Guido, News Editor
– Compiled by Christine Guido, News Editor