Ursuline News

September Student News

Cecilia O’Brien '19 was the guest soloist in a concert by the Richardson Community Band (RCB) on August 18, at Richardson’s Civic Center Lawn. The performance was part of the RCB’s 33rd Summer Concert Series and Cecilia was featured in the violin solo from the movie Schindler's List. She has played violin for 12 years, nine of them with Daphne Volle of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. 

Cecilia is in the 1st violin section of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra and was the concertmaster of the Texas Private Schools Music Educators Association All-State Orchestra in 2019. Additionally, Cecilia is the concertmaster of the Ursuline, Jesuit, and Cistercian string orchestra and accompanied the Ursuline Academy choir during its performances at the Vatican and  in Rome and Florence, Italy in December 2018.

Lauren Asher '20 continues her global relationship with her Wimbledon host student, Lily Watson. Lily returned to Dallas in June for a 10 day visit with the Asher family, then the Watson Family met the Asher's in Rome on holiday in July. The families have remained close since both girls did the host exchange last year. 

Elizabeth Primose '20 volunteers with Refugee Resources, an organization that empowers through literacy. Recently, she was featured on their blog for her work with one of their students. 

"My favorite part about working with Miriam is getting to see her hard work pay off after she works on difficult topics for a long time," said Elizabeth. "I also like talking to her about her day and giving her advice when she has questions about school and friends."

In July, officers of the Ursuline Color Guard attended the Marching Auxiliaries Summer Camp held in Richardson for an intense three-day workshop in technique, choreography, and leadership and team building.

Captain Mariah Gamez '20 and Lt. Haylee Niehoff '20 were recognized throughout the camp for their outstanding work and earned these awards: Superior in Grand Champion Performance, All-Star Performers (top individual award), and Dean’s List plaques for dance technical and precision, equipment technique and knowledge, and leadership and initiative.

Courtney Kang '20 and Katie Gay '20 were featured on Sunday, September 22, during WFAA’s Sunday Sports Special at 10:30 pm. Watch the segment.

The Jesuit Ursuline Ranger Band and Color Guard took the field on August 30, in their 2019 halftime show “Legends of Song" – The Music of Billy Joel and Elton John.

Juliana Alvarez '21, sponsored by the Girl Scouts of North Texas, earned her Girl Scout Gold Award for creating a Reading Restaurant for the second graders at Nathan Adams Elementary. She also received The President's Volunteer Service Award Gold Level for completing the maximum number of service hours for her age group.

"I think that reading and writing is an important skill to have at a young age," said Juliana. "My project encouraged students to improve their writing skills over the year by creating books that went along with the lesson plan or a fun topic." 

Four math students have their work on exhibit at the Madi Museum:

  • Jamie Lim '22: "shattered fluorescence"
  • Anvita Wadhwa '22: "Diamond Clubs"
  • Olivia Lee '22: "Untitled"
  • Viviana Esquivel '22: "Home Depot's Paint Chips 2019" 

The art was created in the Geometry Honors class using transformations and will be on display through April 2020. Learn more about the museum. 

Elena Velasquez '22 was selected to be in the Plano Youth Leadership Class 25. This program trains students on leadership techniques as well as prepares them to make a positive impact on the quality of life in their community's future. It familiarizes students with current issues, community resources, opportunities, and other factors influencing the direction of their community. The group works with other local education and business leaders to develop individual leadership skills. 

Caroline Brandt '23 attended Catholic Pro-Life Community's Youth For Life Pro-Life Boot Camp over the summer. The five day camp was packed full of prayer, education, and service projects. She was particularly impacted by a visit the camp went on to "In My Shoes," an organization that assists pregnant mothers who are at risk of homelessness. After camp, Caroline continued to support the organization by earning money to purchase as many baby diapers and wipes as she could. She was able to donate $200 worth of baby supplies.  

Maya Stoudamire '23 co-authored Embracing STEM Smarts, Vol 2: An Encouraging guide for Young Students Who Have a Passion for STEM. The book, compiled by Alexis Scott and published by Ulmpact, hopes to enlighten, inspire, educate, influence, equip, and encourage young people to the infinite possibilities of a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) career. It is available on Amazon/Kindle.

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