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Whether it is lessons in the classroom, athletics, the arts, service or community events, there is always something exciting happening at Ursuline Academy. Read all about it in the Life on Lowder Street Blog!

Let Me Serve

 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."

Posted by efazekas in Service, Campus Ministry on Wednesday February 24 at 12:02PM
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Ursuline Students Go to the Polls

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. 

Posted by efazekas in Academics on Thursday February 18 at 10:31AM
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2015 AP Scholars

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.

AP Scholar

Scholar status is granted to students who receive scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams.

Caroline Ahearn '16
Abigail Alden '15
Kathryn Brady '16
Elizabeth Coughlin '16
Noella D'Souza '16
Ashton Fagan '15
Mary Glass '16
Erin Grela '16
Katherine Kearins '15
Christina Luniewicz '15
Gwendolyn Marquis '15
Bridget McAdams '15
Catherine Rockett '15
Delia Ryan '16
Alexandra Shute '16
Karina Sinha '15
Nicole Wehbe '15
Carly Whalen '15

AP Scholar with Honor

The scholar with honor designation is granted to students who receive an average of at least 3.25 on all  AP exams and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams.

Amanda Boyd '15
Alina Carroll '15
Katherine Cavanaugh '15
Sydney Conti '15
Jacqueline Foley '15
Casey Gallagher '15
Erin Harten '15
Alexa Held '15
Elizabeth Joseph '15
Abigail Lake '15
Marykate Maguire '15
Eileen McAleer '15
Amy Piccolo '15
Minali Venkatesh '15

AP Scholar with Distinction

Scholars with distinction have received an average score of at least a 3.5 on all AP exams and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.

Michaela Chipman '15
Kimberly Cronin '15
Hannah Garfield '15
Sarah Garrow '15
Katherine Gioioso '15
Camille Kelley '15
Katherine Lynch '15
Katherine Murphy '15
Cassandra Nedder '15
Niamh Sutherburg '15
Mallory Whalen '15

Posted by efazekas in Academics on Monday August 10, 2015 at 12:33PM
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Class of 2015 Scholarships and Awards

 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.


Posted by efazekas on Monday June 15, 2015 at 07:10PM
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Maeghan Driscoll and St. Ann's Colorguard Bring Home Gold

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.


Posted by efazekas in Athletics on Thursday April 30, 2015 at 05:03PM
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