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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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Taking A Chance: My foray into theater
  • Student Voices
Mae O'Neill '21, Communications Intern

On September 19, 2018, I decided to take a chance on myself.   When I told my parents a week later that my last-minute audition had turned successful, and that I would be participating in the fall play as an actual actress, they were even more surprised. I jumped into this new world of theater with both feet. 

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Faculty Spotlight: Ms. Erin Cummins
  • Academics
  • Faculty
Elaine Fazekas

Never let it be said that Latin is a dead language.  In the classroom of Erin Cummins, it is very much alive.  Now in her fourth year as Ursuline Academy’s Latin teacher, “Magistra” (as she is known by her students) teaches all levels of Latin from 7th grade through AP and moderates the Junior Classical League (a club for lovers of antiquity) as well as the chess club.  

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Faculty Spotlight: Mr. Greg Mertz
  • Academics
  • Faculty
Adriana Cornell

Mr. Greg Mertz gets to work in one of the most exciting places on Ursuline's campus: the I.D.E.A. Hub. As the Director of Innovation & Design, Mr. Mertz helps students dream and create using our 3D printers, a room-scale virtual reality set-up, vinyl cutters, sewing machines, laser cutters, and much more.

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Dominican Sisters Visit UA Theology Classes
  • Academics
  • Campus Ministry
Bridgette Clarke, UA Campus Ministry

On September 22nd, two Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia came to visit Ursuline Academy from their home in Nashville, Tennesee. In their completely white habits (talk about some treacherous spaghetti dinners for the rest of your life!), the Sisters joyfully walked onto campus with their Dunkin’ (formerly Donuts) coffee in hand. 

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