Alumna from Travis Manion Foundation Speaks on Character

Merion Mercy Academy’s Community Reset is a time to reconnect with our values and one another. Recently, those values were brought into sharp focus with the return of alumna Monica Luongo Miller '98 who is a volunteer with the Travis Manion Foundation. Miller says, “So many of the core values taught at Merion Mercy are the pillars that the organization stands on. Our purpose is to develop strong character traits in youth; traits Merion Mercy girls possess.” The ethos of the foundation is “If Not Me, Then Who…”, words spoken by TMF’s namesake, 1st Lt Travis Manion, before his last deployment. Miller explains, “These words do not have to inspire grand action but rather become a motto that students can use daily.”

In her presentation, Miller first challenged the audience of students, faculty and staff to consider “What is character?” and to call someone to mind who inspires you, whom you admire, and whom you respect. Then, “Why them?” 

Miller spoke of three of the most important character traits for Merion Mercy students at this time in their lives—bravery, leadership, and teamwork—and shared stories of those who have exemplified those traits. 

Ultimately, she said, the question to ask ourselves is “How can I step up?”

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