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.

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."

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.

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.

The Ursuline library will host author Bree Barton on March 26. Her debut novel, Heart of Thorns, is the first volume in a fantasy trilogy featuring strong female characters.

She will lead a presentation and multiple writing workshops during the day. The presentation is entitled Stupid Little Stories.

"When I was 13, the mean girls at my high school told me 'Go write your stupid little stories,'" Barton said. "Sadly, I did the opposite. I only wrote in secret and didn't show anyone my work. My presentation starts with my painful (but often amusing) journey through seven different high schools and follows my long path back to writing."