Ursuline News

March Student News
March Student News

We're always excited to hear what our students are up to!

Here are some accomplishments shared by our students.

Arianna Ramirez '19 and Christa Gorman '19 love STEM, and it shows!

The seniors were both awarded $5,000 scholarships through the ACE Mentorship Program. They were presented the scholarships at the ACE final presentation and awards ceremony.

The 20-week after-school program is sponsored and hosted by local architecture, construction, and engineering firms. It gives students an inside look into STEM careers. They also get practical, firsthand experience working alongside industry professionals.

The accolades keep coming for Athena Bruess '19.

She is one of just three seniors — and one of 24 students — to represent Texas at the Conference on National Affairs.

Athena will showcase her very strong debating skills with 600 of the best debaters in the country. The prestigious conference, which is at the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly in North Carolina, will present national and international issues. Athena will follow with solutions to these problems.

Caroline Zagielski '19 recently won the President's Volunteer Service Award. The award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities, was granted by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program.

Catherine Meenan '19 knows a thing or two about park preservation.

She recently completed her Girl Scout Gold Award by repairing a highly visible walkway at the Farmers Branch Historical Park. Fellow dance team members helped her on the project along with school friends, church friends, and her extended family.

"It's so rewarding to be able to give back to the community that has given so much to me," said Meenan, who also worked on the park's rose garden when completing her Girl Scout Silver Award. "This project now allows the whole community to enjoy the park with ease. As my troop leader always says, 'to those whom much is given, much is expected.'"

The Historical Park at Farmers Branch has 100,000 visitors annually, including many young children and elderly, who need paths to navigate the park safely.

Angelina Syler '19 also recently completed her Girl Scout Gold Award.

With the help of Women for Orphans Worldwide, she created a sensory room for babies and their mothers at the Hope & Future Home in Antigua, Guatemala. Angelina assembled swings, play houses, craft tables, and a trampoline with a team of passionate volunteers. They also painted murals on the walls to create a cheery, stimulating atmosphere.

"These young ladies have had to grow up too soon, and I wanted to help," Syler said. "This new, safe, and fun place for the babies will give the moms some time back into their schedule to learn new skills and take a few minutes for themselves. They deserve to have these resources."

Art historian Dr. Estelle Voisin Fonteneau recently talked to students in French 3, French 3 Honors, French 4, and AP French. She discussed Berthe Morisot and the Impressionist Movement in French art.

The presentation was well timed because students attended the Dallas Museum of Art's exhibition, Berthe Morisot, Woman Impressionist this week.

Dr. Fonteneau, a 1991 graduate of Ursuline Academy and graduate of the University of Dallas and the Sorbonne, is an adjunct professor at UD and UTA.