Ursuline News

November Student News
November Student News

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

Here are some accomplishments shared by our students.

Ursuline is making the most of the "Season of Creation."

Maluza Escamilla's Spanish V Class recently planted a tree in front of the school. The project was in response to Pope Francis' call to take care of Mother Earth and be environmental stewards.

Students reflected about the experience in essays they wrote in Spanish.

"This project will help to share the message of 'take care of the common home' because we are helping the school's environment," junior Ale Chapa said. "The tree symbolizes what people can do to help the environment."

The class also produced a video in Spanish. The tree's a Red Bud, so the leaves will turn pink in the spring.

"We said a peace prayer with Sr. Lois (Castillon)," senior Annmarie Melsheimer said. "We also named the tree Paquito in honor of Pope Francis."

The other students who participated in this project were:

  • Anya Agarwal '19
  • Sophia Fernandes '19
  • Monet Stover '19
  • Natalia Walls '20

Athena Bruess '19 continues to be quite the dynamic debater.

Athena participated in the District 5 Youth and Government Competition in Duncanville on Saturday, November 10. She presented her legislative bill on reforming the Sex Education curriculum for the state of Texas.

Her bill was passed and will be presented in Austin during the State Youth and Government Conference in January. Athena was also named Distinguished Delegate. She was awarded medals for her bill presentation and debating skills. Her next competition will be in January in Austin.

Victoria Barbero '20 has big goals for her new Ursuline student club.

Victoria is the president of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Club. Her recent 5K walk raised more than $6,000. More than 35 Ursuline students joined her at the event.

"I've been doing this walk for 10 years," Barbero said. "I used to get my previous school, St. Thomas Aquinas, involved."

Victoria, who was diagnosed with Type I diabetes at 5 years old, has been active with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Greater Dallas Chapter for a long time. She wants more and more people to understand diabetes and help the cause.

Her club will also make colorful paracord medical alert bracelets that will be added to starter kits for newly diagnosed children at Children's Hospital.

"I really want to raise more awareness at Ursuline and educate people about the common misconceptions," Barbero said. "I'm very proud of what my club has accomplished so far."

Marit Peterson '22 continues to make a big difference!

The pediatric melanoma survivor held her 12th annual golf fundraiser benefiting the Marit Peterson Fund for Melanoma Research at the MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Donors were not phased by rainy conditions. The event raised $116,000. Attendees also learned Dr. James Allison was awarded the Nobel Prize for his advancements in melanoma. Dr. Allison is one of the researchers supported by the Marit Peterson Fund.