High Notes

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Ursuline alumnae are making an impact as accomplished professionals and as Serviam women, bringing strength and leadership to their families and communities, sharing time, talent and resources to help neighbors in need, embracing opportunity and challenge at home and around the world.

To follow are highlights of recent professional, volunteer, and personal accomplishments submitted by Ursuline alumnae.

Diane Martich Merrill ’73 is serving a two-year term as Vice Chair of Public Programs for the Holocaust Museum in Houston, TX.

She’s been an active docent since 2009 and at various times, has served as an exhibit sponsor and Advisory Board Member. Additionally, Diane has served as Board Chair for the Center for Medicine of the Vecino Health Centers of Houston.

Since she retired from teaching in 2007, her focus has been on education of the Holocaust and health services for Houston-area residents.

Amy Fraler Delgado ’98 was selected to be in the second cohort for the Witness Institute’s Fellowship for Emerging Leaders. Her research involves studying Holocaust rescuers to determine how their example, character, and formation can be integrated into religious education programs and curricula.

After appearing on Jeopardy! In 2021 and coming in second place, Molly Karol ’10 was invited to compete in Jeopardy!’s first-ever Second Chance Competition. She won her semi-final match and came in third place overall.

Marisa Adame Grady ’13 has published her second poetry book, “girl becomes collateral.” Additionally, Marisa is in production for a short film that she has written and will direct in November 2022.

She is placed in a Studio Writing Residency with Charlotte Street Foundation in Kansas City, MO.

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Mackenzie Morris ’20 raced into the record books in the Big 12 Conference volleyball opener against Kansas on Saturday, September 24, at Bramlage Coliseum when she recorded her 1,000th career dig, becoming the fastest in school history to reach the milestone.

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Jacqueline Gibson ’15 was selected by the Texas Exes Black Alumni Network for the Barbara Smith Conrad - Young Alumnus of the Year Award. The Young Alumnus award honors an alumnus who obtained their undergraduate degree within the last 10 years and has accomplished exceptional achievements within their profession and society.

Hallie Bezner ‘03, attorney at Bezner Law Office, received the 2022 Melissa Matuzak Award which recognizes deep professional commitment to liberation from prison and carceral punishment through legal work.

Shuntel Green ’97 received the Golden Trailbazer Award from the Alpha Phi Fraternity for her work in the community.

Nancy Bowen Brown ’70, children’s book author, recently finished her second book, “Shelby’s Spirit,” available on pre-order now. Learn more.

Catia Ojeda '97 was featured in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, “Who are Apple TV+’s ‘Surfside Girls’ Texas Connects?” for her role as Monica in Surfside Girls. Read more.

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