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Serviam: the word means not only "I will serve" but also means "Let me serve."
Over February break, ten Ursuline students left their homes and their comfort zones far behind, and chose to spend their vacation break serving the poor as part of the Urban Challenge at Romero Center Ministries in Camden, New Jersey. While there, they learned that by working in service with those less fortunate, they received as much as they gave.
Each day, the ten students, accompanied by Campus Minister Katie McNally and Latin teacher Erin Cummins (who taught the students the other translation of "Serviam") would start with a prayer, and then break into two groups, each bound for a different destination in Camden or Philadelphia. One day it was a homeless shelter and soup kitchen; another day it was a home for the elderly. Other sites included a home for adults with multiple sclerosis and other paralyzing diseases or injuries, and a low-income Jumpstart school. Each night ended in prayer, journaling and education on poverty with the students from Xaverian Brothers High School and St. John's in Shrewsbury.
The experience proved life-changing for the students. Said senior Caroline Ahearn, "My favorite site was New Visions, a homeless shelter in Camden. This was the day I truly began to understand what poverty is, and that it can happen to anyone. The people we encountered are our equals in everything but opportunity, just because they happened to be born into a certain situation. This was the day I realized just how fortunate I am to have a home, food, a bed, my education, a family, everything."
Caroline summed up the impact of the trip on her by saying, "Although it's hard not to feel guilty once you see how fortunate you actually are, it's more important to use the opportunity you've been given to do something to help those who are not as fortunate as you."
On the Tuesday before February vacation, about twenty members of the senior class gathered during their free period and successfully registered to vote in preparation for the upcoming primaries. As we approach the Massachusetts primary election, Ursuline students will be preparing for a primary election of their own. The major Democratic and Republican party candidates will be represented by one or two members of Mrs. Curtis' Civics and Current Events class. These students will be given the opportunity to campaign and share their candidates' policies with the rest of the student body. After the campaigning period is over, students will be given the chance to choose a party and vote for the candidate of their choice to become the foremost presidential candidate of that party. The winners of UA's primary election will be announced at the end of the school day.
Every May, dozens of Ursuline students sit for Advanced Placement exams in a wide range of subject areas. In May of 2015, 106 seniors, juniors and sophomores took 166 exams. Of these students, 43 achieved Scholar Status (see descriptions below) for their cumulative performance on all the tests taken in their high school career, with an overall average score of 4.06 on a 5 point scale.
We extend our congratulations to all students who completed AP courses and sat for these rigorous exams.
Scholar status is granted to students who receive scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams.
At graduation and the related ceremonies of Baccalaureate Mass and Class Day, many members of Ursuline's Class of 2015 received scholarships or awards for their efforts in academics, athletics, or community service. Congratulations and best wishes go out to all of the deserving recipients.
The following seniors were honored at graduation:
Shannon Lawler, Serviam Award
The Serviam Award seeks to recognize outstanding traits of leadership in service, awareness of others and acceptance of responsibility, as well as academic achievements. The Serviam Award is the highest honor that Ursuline Academy bestows.
Elizabeth Vhay, Sister Mercedes Videira Medal
The recipient of the Sr Mercedes Videira award acts with integrity, humility, generosity and concern for others, and exhibits through her actions a deep love for Ursuline Academy.
Michaela Chipman, Principal's Award
Given in recognition of a student’s appreciation of the benefits of a Christian education, her leadership on behalf of her class and her willingness to serve others.
Mallory Whalen, Cross of Excellence Award
Presented every year to the senior who has attained the highest grade average over her complete course of studies.
Katherine Gioioso, Salutatory Award
Presented every year to the senior who has attained the second highest grade average over her complete course of studies.
The following seniors were honored at Baccalaureate Mass.
Abby Lake - The Cheryl Eakin Scholarship
To a senior who demonstrates a willingness to serve others and shows dedication to the “common good”.
Sydney Conti - The Pearce Book Award
To a senior who has a passion for excellence, an appreciation for learning and who also demonstrates a willingness to serve others and has demonstrated a dedication to the common good of the Academy.
Shannon Lawler- The Good Citizen Award
The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution presents this award to a student who demonstrates the qualities of Dependability, Service, Leadership and Patriotism.
The following seniors were honored at Baccalaureate Mass:
Bridget McAdams - English Prize Erin Harten - French Prize Casey Gallagher- Latin Prize Jackie Foley - Spanish Prize Katherine Gioioso - Mathematics Prize Hannah Garfield - History Prize Elizabeth Joseph - Religion Prize Mallory Whalen - Science Award Michaela Chipman - Performing Arts Award Elizabeth Vhay - Fine Arts Award Meaghan Schaefer - Communication Arts Award
The following girls were recognized for outstanding performance in the National Merit Scholarship Program: Alina Carroll, Michaela Chipman, Jackie Foley, Katherine Gioioso, Katherine E. Murphy, Cassandra Nedder, Niamh Sutherburg, Mary Roche, Minali Venkatesh, Mallory Whalen.
The following girls were recognized for their initiative, spirit of generous service and willingness to assume responsibility for the common interest of the Academy: Abigail Alden, Abigail Black, Alina Carroll, Katherine Cavanaugh, Ali Erk-Thompson, Ashton Fagan, Kathryn Fitzgerald, Hannah Garfield, Berleine Gedeon, Katherine Gioioso, Eleni Haberis, Elizabeth Joseph, Sarah Kahler, Katherine Kearins, Meghan Lawler, Christina Luniewicz, Katherine Lynch, Kristen MacNeil, Marykate Maguire, Bridget McAdams, Eileen McAleer, Anna McDonald, Morgan O’Donnell, Maeve O’Sullivan, Amy Piccolo, Michaela Ricard, Gabriela Ryan, Nicole Ryan, Meaghan Schaefer, Marissa Schneider, Nicole Webhe, Carly Whalen, Mallory Whalen
Michaela Ricard received a 3-year Active Duty Army ROTC Scholarship to attend the University of Massachusetts.
Alina Carroll received a full 4-year Cardinal Medeiros Scholarship to attend Boston University.
Kimberly Cronin was awarded the Needham Bank Scholarship.
on Monday June 15, 2015 at 07:10PM
Congratulations to Maeghan Driscoll '17, who competed on April 16 and 17 in Dayton, Ohio at the WGI (Winter Guard International) Colorguard World Championships. After three amazing performances, St. Ann's Independent A Colorguard from Neponset took home a first place gold medal. Maeghan and St. Ann's Guard finished with a score of 96.88, outperforming 71 other Independent A colorguards from all over the world!
Shown are Meg (third from right, front row) and the team.