Juniors and seniors had the fantastic opportunity to hear from Bridget van Kralingen, IBM Senior Vice President and one of Fortune's 50 Most Powerful Women in Business. Bridget shared a great deal about her career path, leadership qualities, and women in technology. Thank you to alumna, Ursuline trustee and IBM executive Liz Healy '94 for arranging this visit and joining Bridget to speak with students.
After the large assembly, Bridget and Liz answered questions from members of the Computer Science and NextGenVest clubs, in particular about college strategies, consulting as a career, the significance of travel, and the IBM nano-technological devices.
Science Research is a 3-year elective in which students learn to conduct authentic scientific research on a topic of their choosing. Our 9 science research seniors competed last month at the Westchester-Rockland Junior Science & Humanities Symposium. Four seniors were selected to speak at the symposium: Rebecca Mancusi, Hana Mahallati, Quinn Murphy, and Aileen Quinn.
Five seniors presented their poster boards: Alexa DiIorio, Nicole McIntyre, Claire O'Byrne,, Kelly Felicetta and Shannon McKeon. Our 5 juniors presented their research proposals: Daryn Chin, Alicia Bremnor, Sarah Cosmedy, Angela Ciacci, and Briana Ross. Rebecca Mancusi won 4th place in Cellular & Molecular Biology and will advance to compete in the poster session at the Upstate NY Junior Science & Humanities Symposium on Mar 12 and 13 in Albany, NY.
All of the seniors competed at the Westchester Science & Engineering Fair on Saturday, March 7th. 500 students competed and 4 of our students received awards.
Quinn Murphy won 3rd Place in the Behavioral Research Category. She was awarded a medal and a $50 prize, sponsored by Psychogenics Pharmaceuticals. Hana Mahallati won an Excellence in Medical Research Award, given by the Westchester Academy of Medicine in recognition of projects that help people in the biological and medicine and health categories. She was awarded a certificate and $25 prize.
Shannon McKeon won a Sustainable Development Award given by Ricoh America's Corporation in recognition of outstanding efforts in addressing issues of environmental responsibility and sustainable development. She was awarded a certificate. Alexa DiIorio won a Nutritional Science Award given by Cornell University Division of Nutritional Science in recognition of outstanding research in nutritional science. She was awarded a $50 prize.
You can see these student projects at our Science Research Symposium at Ursuline on May 19th!
On Mar 6th in NYC, 25 sophomores took part in a Global Youth Summit. The theme was Innovations in Global Health.The summit was organized by Global Concerns Classroom, an innovative global education program that seeks to raise awareness among U.S. youth about current international humanitarian issues and to empower young people to take meaningful action. Ursuline is piloting the Global Concerns Classroom curriculum this year.
The teams were judged on their presentations. Team Liberia Ursuline (pictured above) placed first and Team Ethiopia Ursuline placed third (photo below). Well done!
We congratulate English teacher Mrs. Mary Seiler on her acceptance into the Cullman Center Creative Writing Workshop on "Finding a Voice" in April. This is a very popular workshop to be held in The New York Public Library and the selection committee noted the outstanding qualities of the accepted teachers.
The workshop will explore the way voice is used in stories by Bolano, Diaz, Munro, Queneau, and Saunders. The teachers will also do some writing of their own. We know Mrs. Seiler’s students will be enriched by this new experience.
Thank you, Steven Crabbe, of NY Life Insurance, who was guest speaker in Mr. Lorden's Computer Science II Honors class. Mr Crabbe explained how coding created applications that enable him to manage his portfolio of clients effectively. His own background includes a degree in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern and experience as a computer scientist at Arthur Andersen. This was part of an on-going series of guest speakers who share with students the potential career paths for computer scientists.
Six students joined alums from ’64, the 80s, and '03 to bring Cupid’s cheeriness to residents of United Hebrew of New Rochelle on Valentine’s Day. They helped with bingo, afternoon prayers (Shabbat), and transporting residents. The TUS group also distributed candies, pink carnations and valentine wishes!
This service activity was organized by the Alumnae Association and the Ursuline Advancement Team. Serviam is an integral part of The Ursuline School mission.
A group of our students braved arctic temperatures in exchange for the heat of Bizet's Carmen at the Metropolitan Opera recently. Music Dept Chair, Mrs. Rosemary Rossi Kennedy '89, took all her students as part of the music curriculum in which she teaches the opera as a work of literature by Merimee, and referenced French history in the 1820s. The girls learned to appreciate the orchestra and magnificent voices even from the nose-bleed section! They are pictured below at Lincoln Center.
We are proud to announce that Shannon McKeon and Diyu Pearce-Fisher have both advanced to Finalist standing in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship competition, and Ngozi Okonkwo has qualified as Finalist in the 2015 National Achievement Scholarship Program! These three students are now eligible for merit scholarship awards.
Thank you to all our Facebook users who voted for Ursuline’s entry in the 13th “Festival of Lighthouses Contest” at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk. Our team won the “Facebook Favorite” vote. This was the first time that the aquarium held a social media vote. More than 1,000 online votes were tallied for our team of Quinn Murphy, Maeve Hughes, Emily Herrmann and Claire Dillon; they won in a landslide. The students are all in Mr. Monacelli’s Intro to Engineering class. The school received $500 at an awards ceremony on Jan 22nd. The award money will be re-invested in the engineering program.
The aquarium staff noted that our four Ursuline students demonstrated knowledge of marine life in creating “Gerald the Anglerfish.” Well done!
We are proud to report that Teresa Clancy, Anne Crumley, and Sabrina Greco each took part in the 9th annual StART exhibition, a showcase of art by talented high school students from approximately 30 schools in the region. The students are pictured below with Ursuline Art Dept Chair Mary Quartaro.
Congratulations to Anne Crumley who received an Award of Excellence for her digital drawing.
Each of our students was highlighted in The Journal News article. The link is here.
All are welcome to view this exhibit at Concordia College, OSilas Gallery, 171 White Plains Road, Bronxville. It runs Jan 16th through Feb 5th.
Congratulations to Clare Ryan ‘16 and Amanda Vasilakis ’16 who were selected out of hundreds of students globally to be NextGenVest Marketing & Business Development interns during the recent Christmas vacation. They collaborated with students from Harvard-Westlake School (Los Angeles), Hankuk Academy (South Korea), Hathaway Brown School (Ohio), KIPP Charter Schools (New York), Morris County Public School of Technology (NJ), Deerfield Academy (Massachusetts) and many more throughout a 1 week period in NextGenVest's Headquarters (the former Facebook offices in New York City).
The Marketing & Production Interns participated in a user experience and website design workshop, produced marketing videos, and worked with NGV College Fellows from Harvard, Princeton, Duke, and UPenn. The Business Development Interns led projects including the #NGV18Under18 Global Competition spotlighting the most accomplished and promising high school students from around the world and planned the NextGenVest Global Summit in LA and NYC.
Clare and Amanda are members of our NextGenVest Global Business Leader Club. The club’s goals are to help students learn to effectively manage their finances and prepare for college with life skills.
Photos courtesy of NextGenVest.
The first week of January 2015 is exceptional for 33 members of The Ursuline School Honors Choir. The girls are in Rome, Italy on an educational and spiritual pilgrimage. They are honored to lead singing at a Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica for his holiness, Pope Francis. The students will also sing at the St. Francis Basilica in Assisi.
The Ursuline Honors Choir is an auditioned select choir, under the direction of Dr. Jean Boehler. They are accompanied on this trip by President of the school, Mrs. Eileen Davidson, Assistant Principal Mrs. Denise Moore, and Sr. Pat Schifini.
The choir members are the first group of Ursuline School students to visit the Ursuline Generalate in Rome, where they were fortunate to be able to rehearse in a beautiful, inspiring space.
More photos may be seen here.