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Class of 2022 Graduation: Awards and Honors

Commencement ceremonies for the 148th Graduating Class of Ursuline Academy were held on Sunday, May 22.

The Valedictorian Award, given to the student with the highest cumulative grade point average, was awarded to Jamie Lim. The Salutatorian Award, presented to the student with the second highest cumulative grade point average, was awarded to Sarah Grace Kerber. The Sister Emmanuel Shea Award was presented to Madeleine Grace Colbert, and Katherine Elizabeth Robb received the Sedes Sapientiae Award, the highest honor conferred by Ursuline Academy at graduation.

Valedictorian Award

Jamie Lim, daughter of Regina and Jason Lim, is the Valedictorian of Ursuline Academy of Dallas. She is a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Keller.

Jamie was President of the Spanish Honor Society, a Class Representative on the Community & Inclusion Student Leadership Team, Vice President of the You've Got Mail Club, and Copy Editor of the Esse Literary Magazine. She was recognized as a National Merit Commended Scholar, received the Ursuline Educational Network Service Award, and was a recipient of the Allyson Bohannon Goldman '07 Serviam Award.

Additionally, Jamie trained shelter dogs at the Keller Regional Adoption Center, worked as a Library Assistant and Activity Center Attendant with the Southlake Volunteer Program, and served as an usher at her parish for six years.

This fall, Jamie will be pursuing a degree in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering with a minor in Spanish from Johns Hopkins University.

Read an excerpt from Ms. Lim's Valedictory Address.

Salutatorian Award

Sarah Grace Kerber, daughter of Loretta and Tom Kerber, is the Salutatorian of Ursuline Academy of Dallas. She is a member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Plano.

Sarah played on the Ursuline Softball team and was on the Honor Council. She was also the Public Relations Officer for Esse Literary Magazine and the Secretary of the Crossword Club. She received the National Spanish Exam Gold Medal her freshman and sophomore years and the silver medal her junior year. Throughout her four years at Ursuline, Sarah received numerous Academic Awards. Most notably, as a senior, she received Academic Awards for AP Literature and Composition, AP Biology, AP Human Geography, and Church History. She additionally spent her Senior Service volunteering with McShan Elementary School tutoring students.

This fall, Sarah will be pursuing a degree in English from the University of Notre Dame.

Read an excerpt from Ms. Kerber's Salutatory Address.

Sister Emmanuel Shea Award

The Sister Emmanuel Shea Award was presented this year to Madeleine Grace Colbert. This award, sponsored by the Ursuline Alumnae Association, is given in honor of beloved Sister Emmanuel Shea for her years of service to the Alumnae Association. The graduates chosen to receive this award have served Ursuline willingly and generously. The most outstanding characteristic of their service has been the joy with which it has always been completed.

Madeleine is recognized by her classmates as "having a consistent smile on her face" and they acknowledge "that she is always the first to volunteer for the tasks no one else wants to do."

Faculty observes that she "is the steady, tranquil presence that sets the tone in any room. She has emerged into a strong leader through the years. As she has bloomed, given to others, tackled challenges, and deepened her faith, she has unconsciously motivated her peers to do the same. She is respected by her teachers and admired by her peers."

She demonstrated leadership and dedication to the UA Basket Bears, was a frequent attendee of Ursuline's weekly bible studies, and helped bring the Gospel Preview to Ursuline every Friday. "She is an exceptional young woman of deep faith with a beautiful heart."

Sedes Sapientiae Award

Katherine Elizabeth Robb received the Sedes Sapientiae Award for the Class of 2022. The highest award presented by the faculty, staff, and administration of The Academy, the Sedes Sapientiae Award takes its name from the Latin phrase meaning "Seat of Wisdom."

This award is presented by the faculty and administration to the graduate who exemplifies in an outstanding way the core values of Ursuline. The recipient contributes greatly to Ursuline through her optimism, compassion, and strength of character.

Katie "is an exemplary human being." She is "respectful, kind, charitable, and intelligent." Katie represents Ursuline's core values and always has a positive attitude. She "defines Serviam in her everyday life through charitable interactions with those around her. She is by nature a peacemaker."

Through service and athletics, she "connects with students in all grade levels." Her academic achievements are also tremendous and always accepts her recognitions with "humility, gratitude, and grace."

Katie shows "outstanding love for God and others, authentic appreciation for everything with voiced gratitude, spiritual leadership through the Rosaries for Hope Club, spiritual depth & kindness, and knowing people by name... Always radiating goodness and a welcome spirit of compassion and interest in others!"

Class of 2022: Additional Awards and Recognitions

National Merit Scholarship Program Finalists

  • Katherine Reynolds

National Merit Scholarship Program Commended

  • Margaret Griffiths
  • Jingyao Guo
  • Anabelle Hazzard 
  • Hattie Higginbotham
  • Callie LaValle
  • Olivia Lee
  • Jamie Lim
  • Ryan Luedtke
  • Olivia Mihalic
  • Beckett Morris
  • Frances Villar
  • Anvita Wadhwa

National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars

  • Alexia Garza
  • Amalia Arce
  • Ana Paulina Quiroz
  • Anneliese Mier
  • Aranza Garza
  • Arianne Tsioutsias
  • Callie LaValle
  • Ella Kobyluch
  • Esther De La Rosa
  • Leslie Santacruz
  • Olivia Lee
  • Ryan Luedtke
  • Viviana Esquivel
  • Rebecca Loera

National African American Recognition Program Scholars

  • Katherine Robb
  • Trennedy Wade