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April Student News

We’re always excited to hear what our students are up to!

Here are some accomplishments shared by our students.

Shreya Jain’s passion project continues to grow.

The sophomore is President of Soles to Souls, a student organization that collects and distributes donated shoes to needy individuals. Shreya has collected more than 500 pairs of shoes since she created the club her freshman year.

Her inspiration came after an “eye-opening trip” to India where she saw many children and adults without shoes.

“I have a renewed interest to make a difference,” Shreya said. “Even though some folks have generously donated new shoes, the primary goal is to reuse existing shoes. Any shoe in wearable condition may be donated. There is someone in need of each and every pair.”

With the help of Theology Teacher Kathy Sherman, Shreya has received shoes of many kinds, including dancing shoes, dress shoes, slippers, and mountain boots. To donate, please email Shreya Jain.

The Ursuline Biomedical Club recently toured Parkland Hospital. The Parkland Foundation made sure students saw the Emergency Department, Newborn Nursery, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), and Pharmacy.

Staff members explained their responsibilities and showed club members the equipment and medicine they use on a daily basis.

“The tour provided invaluable information for the club members about how such a large Level 1 Trauma Center, such as Parkland, operates with success,” Club President Gabrille Gard said. “It either sparked our interest in a future career in medicine or furthered our interest in healthcare.”

Club members:
  • Gabrielle Gard ’18
  • Celine Manalansan ’18
  • Taye Allred ’19
  • Clare Bacak ’20
  • Hannah Pujats ’18
  • Kaitlin Codd ’18
  • Bliss Hudson ’19
  • Audrey La ’19
  • Alexis DeWitt ’19
  • Silvia Vazquez ’20
  • Christina Thomas ’19
  • Joann Nguyen ’20
  • Ashlyn Gage ’20
Danielle Cruz ’17 excelled during this year’s Texas Math League Competition. Danielle was one of 22 students who earned a Perfect Score. Her cumulative score also ranked among High Scoring Students. She competed against students from 43 schools in Texas in six competitions throughout the year.

The Math League promotes the enjoyment of math. It allows students to participate in an academically-oriented activity and garner recognition for mathematical achievement.

Lily Sebastian ’17 was awarded the Chancellor Endowed Scholarship at Texas Woman’s University. Lily learned of her scholarship in a surprise ceremony in the Ursuline library on Monday.

“This scholarship was given to you based on your academics, service, and your leadership,” TWU Chancellor Carine Feyten said. “You have a lot of fans here. Everyone tells me you have a heart of gold. You’ll fit right in at TWU.”

Twenty three Ursuline French students participated in the annual North Texas Festival Francophone, competing with students from 15 high schools in visual arts and performance events. Congratulations to the following winners:
  • Sophia Arias ’19, Memorized Poetry Level 2, First Place
  • Ashton Arlen ’20, Dance, First Place
  • Natalia Brzezinski ’19, T-Shirt Design, Third Place
  • Alaina Devries ’19, Sight Reading Level 3 and Read Poetry Level 3, First Place; Read Prose Level 3, Second Place
  • Olivia Engro ’19, Haute Couture, Third Place
  • Julia Ferrara ’18, Craft, First Place
  • Marie Kfoury ’19, Read Poetry Level 3, Third Place
  • Emilea McCutchen ’20, Mardi Gras Mask, Third Place
  • Caroline Peng ’19, Computer Art, Second Place
  • Shelby VanHyfte ’20, Computer Art, First Place
  • Elise Welch ’19, Black & White Photography, First Place
  • Hope Whitcraft ’20, Poster, Second Place
Ursuline's Best Buddies Chapter participated in the recent 2017 Best Buddies Friendship Walk in Dallas. The event raises awareness and funds to support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Ursuline was one of the top fundraisers at the event. Congrats, Best Buddies! 

Congratulations to five members of the Color Guard who competed in the Marching Auxiliaries of America National Championships in Fort Worth.

The Team Flag performance earned the Fourth Place National Champion Award and the Color Guard duet of Olivia Engro ’19 and Mariah Gamez ’20 won the Second Place National Award. Other performers were Lauren DeVore ’18, Anel Negrete ’17, and Aidan Stuart ’19.

Athena Bruess ’19 continues to demonstrate her leadership. She was selected to represent Texas at the YMCA Youth Conference on National Affairs (CONA) in July. The selection committee selected the Top 25 delegates from across the state.

She also won the YMCA Youth Character Award, which embodies honesty, respect, responsibility, and an enduring commitment to good character.

Athena, a McKinney and Town North YMCA Youth & Government participant since sixth grade, continues to mentor delegates. She started youth and government programs for the Plano and Town North YMCAs, St. Marks Catholic School, Jesuit, and Ursuline.