“There was a group of us that got together and talked about seniors that we thought were outstanding in a variety of ways,” Marist Principal Father Joel Konzen said. “She certainly meets the academic qualifications and she really does embody the things that we talk about a lot here.”
Belden has been involved in many different activities during her time at Marist. But it might be her community service involvement that truly shows her giving nature. Perhaps most notable has been her involvement with Open Door Community.
As a volunteer there on Wednesday nights, Belden and others participate in the organization’s foot clinic and washes the feet of the homeless.
“It’s definitely the best service experience I’ve ever had and I love it so much because I get to know the people I’m serving so well,” she said. “I feel like to serve someone in the best way is to know them and know what they’re going through or you at least have a glimpse of it.”
Belden was humbled by being chosen as a stellar student by school faculty and said while she does work hard, she is not usually aware that it is noticed but appreciates the stamp of approval.
In the fall, she will attend St. Louis University and plans to major in psychology and Spanish in the pre-law program. Her future goals are to become a lawyer, focusing on child advocacy law — where she plans to work closely with foster children.
While at Marist, Belden said she has learned to make relationships and friendships important and said the family-like environment of the school has been a good place to grow.
“She definitely embodies what we would want our typical Marist student to be — we would welcome her back on the faculty in a heartbeat,” Konzen said.
*Editor's note: This is the first of a monthly series of Stellar Students that will commence in the fall.