BG hosts Victory Academy to teach about leadership

Bishop Guertin students have the opportunity to learn about leadership at the school’s first-ever Victory Academy program, led by alumnus Brendan Keegan, of the Class of ’87.

Keegan is the founder of the company Velocity Performance, which has put on the Victory Academy program at a number of institutions in the United States.

Through the generosity of Keegan and Velocity Performance, more than 120 Guertin students will participate in the program throughout the school year and become certified leaders.

Keegan and Victory Academy Executive Director Kristen Marshall came to BG for the first session on Wednesday, Sept. 21. In total, there will be seven sessions of Victory Academy, each of which will be followed by a smaller Victory in Motion workshop run by BG teachers.

To start off the first session, Keegan introduced the program and gave an overview of what topics would be covered over the course of the seven presentations. Marshall took over to talk to the students about Leadership Readiness, the first subject. Future topics will include attributes of leaders and becoming a leader.

"Leadership skills are applicable to almost every situation," said junior Erica Mueller during the discussion of the importance of leadership.

Keegan agreed with that point of view when he shared a story about how his leadership helped him get into college. "That leadership opened up an opportunity that I wouldn’t have had otherwise."

Of his role teaching students about leadership, Keegan said, "It’s so rewarding, because you will have an impact on so many people."

He described his own experience at BG and explained that leadership had a major influence on it.

"I had a great experience because I was really engaged," he said. "I tried to be a student leader."

After the first session, BG students are looking forward to the rest of Victory Academy.

"It was interesting to hear from a former BG student and to hear how leadership has helped him," said sophomore Meera Kurup.

According to the Victory Academy website, the program’s mission is "to inspire leadership to empower the emerging generation to maximize their potential and lead others to victory."

By hosting the program, the school hopes to encourage all of its students to be leaders.

Holly Boivin is a junior at Bishop Guertin High School in Nashua.