Sister Nicole Marie Varnerin celebrated her first profession of vows as a Sister of Notre Dame on Feb. 24, in Chardon, Ohio.

A 2008 Ridgefield High School graduate, she is the daughter of Bruce and Debbie Varnerin of Ridgefield, and a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish. As an electrical engineer, Sister Nicole Marie did research with stroke and spinal cord injury patients at the Cleveland Clinic.

When in the National Novitiate in Covington, Ky., she took courses in theology at Xavier University and volunteered for the Greater Cincinnati Homeless Coalition, in the Health Care Center at the Covington Provincial Center, and tutored inner city students.