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Humans of Ursuline: Ms. Sarah Sedman
Day Thurber '23, Communications Intern

You may catch Ms. Sedman walking the halls of Ursuline wearing her colorful squid hats or overseeing the Anime and Crochet clubs, but what you may not know is that she is currently getting her Ph.D. in higher education leadership, which is aimed at refining the overall education process from the lens of administration, faculty, and students. However, Ms. Sedman did not always know that she desired to pursue teaching.

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Humans of Ursuline: Amanda Mingolelli '23
Olivia Ruggeri '24, Communications Intern

Amanda Mingolelli ’23 is a well-known face around Ursuline. However, some may not know that she loves computer science, and is very involved in our computer science program. She decided to dedicate some of her time outside of school to STEM, so she applied to be a Women in STEM ambassador through WiSTEM, an organization of young women in STEM who all come together to encourage other girls to get involved in  STEM.

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Humans of Ursuline: Liza Iolli
Paige Doherty ’23 and Charlotte Ramsay ’24, Communications Interns

Most kids want to be an astronaut when they grow up, or maybe a firefighter or a vet. However, Ms. Iolli had a different dream; she wanted to be a spy. With her immense knowledge in languages—Italian, English, French, Spanish, Latin, and Romanian—she planned to work for the CIA. However, Ms. Iolli returned home from college one summer and her father informed her that the local high school was looking for a Spanish and Italian teacher, thus setting her on the path to becoming a lifelong educator. Although she wasn’t sure teaching was her passion at first, she soon fell in love with it and went on to get her masters in education.

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Humans of Ursuline: Mr. Mayer
  • Humans of Ursuline
  • Student Voices
Isabel Hohenstein '24, Communications Intern

If you are lucky enough to have had Mr. Mayer as your English teacher, then I am sure you know of his love for The Beatles. (Yes, the band, not the insect.) As soon as you step into his classroom, your eyes are glued to the band images and collectibles he has on each wall of his room. You are greeted with large photographs of John, George, Paul, and Ringo as well as t-shirts, drawings, and the occasional lego-crafted portrait. Now, if you have not seen this sight first-hand, Mr. Mayer’s fascination may not make much sense to you. However, the story behind his love for this Liverpool Rockband is truly touching. 

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"Making Land Work for Good" with Molly Burhans: A Student Perspective
  • Student Voices
Charlotte Ramsay '24, Communications Intern

Molly Burhans, a climate change activist and November’s featured speaker for Ursuine’s 75th Anniversary Speaker Series, shared her journey of working with the Catholic Church on using its land for social and environmental good. As a member of Ursuline’s Green Club, I was so excited to learn that we would be hearing from such an influential figure in climate change. Attending Molly’s talk about a topic I am passionate about has inspired me to do more in my own community to combat climate change.

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Humans of Ursuline: Ms. Jayne Franchini
  • Humans of Ursuline
  • Student Voices
Olivia Wenzel '23, Communications Intern

Ms. Jayne Franchini lives out Ursuline’s motto of Serviam through her work in the Campus Ministry office at Ursuline, where one of her jobs is to plan service trips. Ms. Franchini impacts Ursuline by inspiring the community to serve those in need. She wants everyone at Ursuline to be the hands of God, and she instills this in Ursuline’s community. 

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Spoken Latin in the Classroom: More Than Just a “Dead Language”
  • Academics
Caroline Killilea '23, Communications Intern

When my classmates and I entered the Latin classroom on the first day of our junior year, we encountered a form of the language that was unknown to us: oral Latin. Latin is a dead language, meaning it is no longer in spoken use. However, the Latin classes at Ursuline have been given the opportunity to fully appreciate how ancient Romans communicated by using oral Latin in the classroom. We were excited about the opportunity to encounter the language in a completely different way. 

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