DAY ONE Speaker


Sacred Heart School is pleased to announce the that 2016 Olympian and 2016 Dancing with the Stars winner, Laurie Hernandez, will be the school’s featured DAY ONE speaker.

Sacred Heart parents, parishioners, alumni, and local media are invited to attend the event.

Since bringing home the Gold and Silver medals at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, 17-year-old Hernandez has gone on to win the coveted Mirror ball trophy on “Dancing with the Stars” Season 23 and her first book titled “I Got This: To Gold and Beyond” chronicling her journey thus far was published in January 2017, hitting the New York Times Best Sellers list. Laurie is known for her dazzling floor exercise routine where she has been nicknamed the “human emoji” for her outgoing facial expressions and for her grace and artistry on the balance beam. Laurie is a second generation American, as her grandparents are from Puerto Rico, making her the first U.S. born Latina to make the U.S. team since 1984. Laurie credits her hard work, leadership skills, and her never give up attitude to her Mom, who was in the Army Reserves while Laurie was growing up.

Hernandez will speak to SHS students as part of a moderated Q & A on the first day of the 2017-18 school year on Tuesday, September 5th at 2:00pm in the Merth Gymnasium. All Sacred Heart parents, parishioners, alumni, and local media are invited to attend the event.

Sacred Heart School is still accepting applications for K-12 students and offers a willingness to try to make the school a financial possibility for all families. The school has made the pledge that no family will be denied a Catholic education based on finances. If you are interested in Sacred Heart School for your Preschool, Elementary or High School student, visit or call 218-773-0877.

 Hernandez is the third guest speaker brought to Sacred Heart for the school’s DAY ONE activities. 

2016 Day One Speaker – Herman Boone. In 1971, as the city of Alexandria Virginia was consolidating their schools, Boone was appointed head coach at T.C. Williams High School. Remarkably, Boone was able to solidify a diverse coaching staff and unite a group of players into one of the most powerful football teams in the nation. Boone will share an inspiring message about the importance of treating others with respect and kindness. His story was portrayed in the film, Remember the Titans.

2015 Day One Speaker – Matt Birk, a former Minnesota Viking, Super Bowl Champion with the Baltimore Ravens and current Director of Player Development for the National Football.