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Hannah Davis Receives Beth Rayfield Essay Award

The Class of 2023 gathered together on Wednesday, February 3, 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.

Hannah Davis is the recipient of this year's award.

Hannah joined the North Texas Food Bank’s Young Advocates Council, which envisions a healthy America. Through this organization, she not only provided over 500 families with meals and organized a fundraiser to supply 35, 000 pounds of food to our metroplex, but also involved her school, city, and policymakers in supporting a cause she believes in.

In addition to her dream of eliminating American hunger, she also supported her belief in equal opportunity by volunteering on a congressional campaign that promises dissolution of the health crisis. The congressional campaign promoted mental health awareness and battled the gap between poverty and medical care. She advocated for her nominee by calling voters and discussing psychological exam funding with politicians across Texas.

"Using my voice at the food bank and campaign, I have realized that although I am young and of limited experience, I possess power to help unite communities and solve issues," she wrote in her essay. "By voicing equal rights to mental health care and nutrition every day, I have realized that Serviam is not limited to large-scale projects; instead, its core value, advocacy, can be displayed daily and be just as impactful."

Hannah particpates on the Ursuline JV Cross Country team, Varsity Lacrosse team, Ursuline Jazz Choir, Ursuline Ambassadors, National Science, English, and Math Honors Societies, Best Buddies Club, and is Founder/Captain of Ursuline’s first Rock-Club, U-Ascend. Outside of school, she plays the piano and is on two leadership teams: the North Texas Food Bank and THANKS Domestic Abuse Hotline councils. Finally, she looks forward to the spring because of her acceptance into the Congressional STEM Scholars program run by Representative Colin Allred.

Read Hannah's Essay.