Commencement ceremonies for the 143rd Graduating Class of Ursuline Academy were held on May 28.
The Valedictorian Award, given to the student with the highest cumulative grade point average, was awarded to Danielle Annette Cruz. The Salutatorian Award, presented to the student with the second highest cumulative grade point average, was awarded to Ann Frances Gehan. The Sister Emmanuel Shea Award was presented to Lauren Kelly Peebles. Danielle Annette Cruz also received the Sedes Sapientiae Award, the highest honor conferred by Ursuline Academy at graduation.
She was an Ursuline Ambassador, National Merit Finalist, and Mu Alpha Theta Honor Society President. She received the 2016 Presidential Volunteer Service Award for her service at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science and also started a science program for fourth graders at Preston Hollow Elementary.
Read excerpts from Ms.Cruz's Valedictory Address.
Ann won three state championships with the Ursuline cross country team and was part of Esse, Ursuline's award-winning literary magazine. She participated in Model United Nations and was a National Merit Finalist. She volunteers as a phonics tutor at Readers 2 Leaders, a West Dallas literacy organization, and as a classroom assistant at St. Philip's School.
Read excerpts from Ms. Gehan's Salutatory Address.
Sedes Sapientiae Award
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.
Sister Emmanuel Shea Award
The Sister Emmanuel Shea Award was presented this year to Lauren Kelly Peebles. 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.
Class of 2017: Additional Awards and Recognitions
National Merit Scholarship Program Finalists
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