Ursuline News

September Student News
September Student News

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

Here are some accomplishments shared by our students.

Haley Hanson '19, Laine Hanson '21, Emily Parrish '19, and Kathryn Wilson '22 traveled to Zambia for a mission trip.

They taught Vacation Bible School to almost 200 at-risk children.

Hanson, who has been on the mission trip three times, quickly realized the children didn't have access to computers.

Haley worked with Laine, Emily, and Kathryn, and they delivered seven Ursuline computers this summer. Ursuline's recent graduates donated the computers.

"Special thanks to Ursuline's Technology Department for overhauling these computers before they were delivered to Zambia," Hanson said. "We hope to continue to send computers by Ursuline graduates and bless this organization and others in Africa."

Rachel Voirin '19 and Melody Ortega '19 participated in the competitive First Bytes Computer Camp at UT Austin.

First Bytes, a one-week residential camp program for high school girls, is designed to get young women excited about computing and problem-solving.

The pair worked with arduino boards and programmed lights to go along with different songs. Rachel particularly liked the discussion on robotics and artificial intelligence.

"UT showed me there are so many disciplines of computer science I wasn't aware of," said Voirin, who wants to be a software engineer. "I could work on mobile apps, but I also want more exposure in A.I. It's becoming more and more prominent."

Melody has always loved coding, and she wants to pursue computer science and medicine.

Brooke Norman '20 was the keynote speaker at a private fundraising dinner for the Gary Sinise Foundation. The dinner was held to support the foundation's newest program — Snowball Express.

Brooke is the daughter of CDR Michael T Norman, U.S. Naval Aviator and Fallen Hero. She met Mary Eisenhower, granddaughter of President Dwight Eisenhower, and Merrill Eisenhower Atwater, CEO of People to People International. Brooke, who is a Snowball Express Participant, also had the pleasure of meeting Tony Orlando, one of our nation's most iconic and beloved entertainers.

Emma Tanner '18 is still talking about the life-changing memories she made at Young Life's Trail West Camp in Colorado.

The senior worked as a server in the dining hall during the month-long camp. The camp's main goal was to bring families closer together through community and faith.

"I grew up going to camps, so it was fun to experience one from another side," Tanner said. "I bonded so well with the other volunteers, and I became more of a servant leader. I really got closer to God, and the stories I heard were life-changing."

Angelina Syler '19 showcases her Serviam spirit near and far.

Angelina returned to Guatemala to continue her work with Orphan Outreach. Syler, who first went to Guatemala in 2017, furnished a new room at the Hope and Future House located outside San Lucas.

Through proceeds she collected at a garage sale, she bought supplies needed to furnish a sensory and cognitive stimulation room for infants and young children who reside at the home with their teenage mothers. The young mothers are victims of poverty, homelessness, and abuse.

"After my first trip to Guatemala, I was definitely inspired to do more for the children I met," Syler said.

Her volunteer work helped her complete her Girl Scout Gold Award.

Angelina has been a member of the Women for Orphans Worldwide/Orphan Outreach Club at Ursuline since her freshman year and will serve as this year's President.