Ursuline News

Summer Student News
Summer Student News

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

Here are some accomplishments shared by our students.

Angelina Syler '19, Emily Deary '19, and Kaitlyn Montemayor '19 traveled to Guatemala for a life-changing mission trip with Orphan Outreach, an auxiliary of Women for Orphans Worldwide.

They worked at the Community Care Center, which serves families who live in extreme poverty in the city of Chimaltenango. The juniors prayed with families at a ravine, assembled stoves, and provided food baskets, pots and pans, and toys.

They also visited Love the Child, a home which provides comprehensive care and developmental support for abandoned, orphaned, abused, and special needs children, and Hope and Future, a children's home located outside San Lucas, Guatemala. This home provides a loving environment for more than 22 teen moms and children rescued from abuse, neglect, and trafficking.

Chloe Almond '20 accomplished something less than two percent of divers accomplish: her PADI Master Diver certification.

The requirements are difficult. Chloe, who started diving at 12 and rescue diving at 14, logged at least 50 open water dives and was certified as an Advanced Open Water Diver and Rescue Diver. She also attained additional specialty certifications (wreck diving, underwater photography, equipment maintenance, and nitrox oxide usage).

Kristen Hyman '19 received her Girl Scout Gold Award by helping mothers in Nicaragua. She supplied care packages for new mothers and their infants, collected and packaged reusable baby supplies, and created religious bracelets and prayer cards to remind the mothers they are loved and supported by God.

Monica Wischmeyer '11 was Kristen's main advisor and mentor in Nicaragua. Monica spent the past year volunteering in Nicaragua as a prenatal nurse in various hospitals and clinics.

Joselyn Narvaez '18 won't forget SMU's Engineering Camp anytime soon. Joselyn's team created a prototype that can prevent a child's death in a hot car.

Her safety bracelet detects temperature and sends an alert to a parent's phone if it gets too hot. The bracelet also has a muscle contraction sensor for children with epilepsy. If the muscle contractions happen more than 50 percent of the time, it alerts a parent by phone.

Narvaez said Ursuline's Computer Science Class gave her an advantage at camp.

"I got to do the programming part of our project, using only 'Intro to Java' stuff," Narvaez said. "I would really recommend this camp to other girls. It gives you an opportunity to use the knowledge you have and put it into something real, something that could happen in the future."

Maggie Kurilecz '18 studied Arabic at the AMIDEAST Center in Amman, Jordan. The prestigious program is part of the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y), which provides scholarships to study critical languages for seven weeks in the summer. NSLI-Y accepts less than 13 percent of applicants.

Maggie studied Arabic five hours each day with 15 other students and visited the Dead Sea, the Red Sea, Mount Nebo, Jerash, Petra, and other cultural sites in Jordan.

Alex Alley Goetz '19 interned with two Collin County district judges. Alex was among a handful of high school students selected for an internship program with Honorable Cyndi Wheless. Alex's second internship was with Honorable Jill Willis, and she was Judge Willis' only high school intern.

Chloe Keggen '21 enjoyed 90 hours of service at the Heritage Farmstead Museum in Plano. Chloe was a Junior Counselor at the Children's Pioneer Camp and the Creek Camp. She loved working with children and all the animals.

Ruthie Keyes '21 made meals for residents at the Ronald McDonald House in Dallas. She also helped with Meals on Wheels. She delivered meals to elderly residents.

Athena Bruess '19 had a busy summer. She earned Most Persuasive Senator at the National Hispanic Institute's Lorenzo de Zavala Youth Legislative Session in Austin. Athena was also one of 25 delegates who represented Texas at the Conference on National Affairs in North Carolina.

Athena also gained unique real-world experiences during a National Youth Leadership Forum at Johns Hopkins University. The interactive curriculum helped her participate in medical simulations created by top medical training professionals and explore the expanding fields of medicine and health care.