VWIL Awarded First Prize in Lexington Christmas Parade

December 9, 1999

For the second year in a row, Mary Baldwin University’s Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership (VWIL) Corps won first place in the Lexington Christmas Parade in the Marching Unit-Adult category.

This year they were invited to lead the December 3 parade, which meant that the corps’ colors (flags) were the parade’s grand marshal’s colors. The group also marched in the Staunton Christmas Parade on November 29.

VWIL’s marching band has been in existence for four years and is currently made up of 42 cadets. Approximately 60 other members of the corps also marched in the two parades.

VWIL, now in its fifth year, made history this spring when 22 young women graduated from its inaugural class. It is a comprehensive program for Mary Baldwin students who are interested in intensive leadership training. The program includes academic requirements in mathematics, sciences, statistics, computer science, foreign language, leadership studies, military training, and outdoor education programs focusing on the development of confidence and teamwork.