Ursuline News

Annabelle Tobin Receives Beth Rayfield Essay Award

The Class of 2025 gathered together on Wednesday, February 15, to receive special pins, pledging to live in the spirit of St. Angela Merici with a lifelong commitment to Serviam during a special Sophomore Serviam ceremony.

Also during the ceremony, the Beth Rayfield Memorial Challenge Award, or the Serviam Award, is awarded by the Ursuline Mothers Club to a sophomore student who embodies the principles of Serviam (Latin for 'I will serve'). The award is made based on a written student reflection and individual record of service.

Annabelle Tobin is the recipient of this year's award.

Meals on Wheels in Dallas-Fort Worth is run by the Visiting Nurses Association. It serves more than 4,600 seniors a day and describes itself as “more than a meal,” which hit home for Annabelle. It not only fights hunger, but just as important, it helps combat isolatio n.

"While serving, I understood I could be the only visitor the clients were going to see that day. This reality motivated me to not only deliver their meal, but also greet them with a smile and inquire about their day. I made sure to know their names before I knocked on the door. Additionally, we can check birthdays on the app and sing a birthday song if it is recent. It was rewarding when the clients would step outside their door for a conversation."

Read Ananbelle's Essay.