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Out of the Box Thinking
  • Academics
  • Faculty
  • Student Voices
Annalee Petrella '22, Communications Intern

Never would I have thought that I would be building a crime scene out of a shoebox for a school project. Well ... not until I entered Mr. Andersen’s Forensics class for the first time. Then it didn’t come as much of a surprise. 

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Delivering Acceptance Boxes: Perspectives from Current Students
  • School Spirit
  • Student Voices
Jayne McGuire '21, Communications Intern

On Saturday, March 7th, a week prior to social distancing measures changing how we live, current Ursuline students from grades 7-12 volunteered to distribute acceptance boxes to applicants who had been recently admitted to the school. The current students gathered at Ursuline at noon, and were given the addresses of those who would be receiving an acceptance box. 

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A Circus Acrobat in the Making
  • Student Life
  • Student Voices
Maggie Folwell '20, Communications Intern

At first glance, Kelly Folwell might seem just like your typical new eighth-grade student at Ursuline. This year, she has been diving on the swimming and diving team, making new friends, drawing and painting everywhere she goes, and getting used to life at Ursuline, but Kelly is not your average eighth-grader. She is also an acrobat for Commonwealth Circus Center in Jamaica Plain.

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Madison Anderson: Finding a Passion in the Most Unlikely Places
  • Arts
  • Service
  • Student Voices
Jayne McGuire '21

Ursuline Academy fosters the motto Serviam, meaning “I will serve.” This motto is expressed daily as students often serve the UA community through numerous service projects. Detentions are one way that students can serve the community through discipline, as they help teachers complete various tasks while “serving time.”

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My Ursuline Experience: Connecting the Dots
  • Student Voices
Isabella Pieretti '21, Communications Intern

Ursuline Academy is a school with a challenging academic program, where students like me tend to sign up for many extracurricular activities. In my junior year, which is often known as the hardest year of high school, I see how  high standards, thoughts of college,  and looming deadlines can make you lose sight of the big picture. On November 3, 2019, the picture came into focus, big and bright.

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Student Performers Find New Audiences Online
  • Arts
  • Student Voices
Allee O'Neil '21, Communications Intern

Upon traveling through Ursuline on any given morning, one can hear the sounds of a multitude of performing arts groups warming up and rehearsing, whether it be the Bearitones, choral group, chamber ensemble, or Psalm 98. However, several Ursuline girls have taken their passion for the arts a step further by blending media and music through creating Instagram accounts to feature their art. 

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An Inspiring Message: Hank Phillippi Ryan's Book Tour
  • Student Voices
Brooke DeLucia '21, Communications Intern

In early October, the Ursuline community had the opportunity to hear Hank Phillippi Ryan speak as part of her book tour for her new mystery novel, The Murder List. I’ll admit I did not know much about Ryan before hearing her speak, but I was immediately interested once I read her biography in the advertisement for her talk.

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Taking A Chance: Making Connections, Gaining Confidence
  • Academics
  • Student Voices
Carly Carté '20, Communications Intern

I realized I had discovered an area of study totally unique to anything I had been exposed to before that deeply intrigued me, and this freedom of thought allowed me to become completely immersed in the thought in the real world.  This is what has made my junior year so special: I not only grew in my confidence to handle a heavy workload, but also in the belief in my external intellectual pursuits. 

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