Alumnae Spotlight of the Month

List of 5 news stories.

  • June Alumnae Spotlight, Karrington Knight, Merry Mac of 2018

    What does it mean to you to be in the 291st graduating class of Ursuline Academy of New Orleans?
     
    To be a part of the 291st graduating class of Ursuline Academy, I am full of pride. I am prideful of the grace and strength of the women who have had a hand in what Ursuline is today. The ability to successfully educate and equip young women for such a long time is something I hope to replicate in some form as I enter into my own journey. The educators and mentors, as well as the students who carry the Serviam shield on their hearts, have paved the way for me and my classmates as we leave the cozy halls of Ursuline. Like our predecessors, we will be able to look in the eyes of adversity well prepared to not only overcome it on our own but also turn to others who can help us along the way. Not only can we walk in the light of our other Ursuline sisters but also create and lead the way for those leaving after us. It is in being a part of the 291st graduating class that I will achieve greatness in my life.
    Read More
  • May Alumnae Spotlight, Erica Sage Pitts, Sioux of 2002

    In what ways did your Ursuline education prepare you for the work you’re doing now? 
    I remember my first year at Ursuline as an 8th grader and feeling very unsure of myself and my ability to keep up academically with the girls who had been attending Ursuline for years before me. I remember not having the experience in French and Latin, or the music knowledge that they had and I felt quite intimidated. My teachers and the principal at the time were extremely personable, approachable, and never made me feel like I was “less than” the others. They saw potential in me that I did not see in myself. This continued on through high school and I am ever so thankful for all of my teachers, coaches, and the administration who had high expectations for their students and athletes. I experienced challenges in the classroom and on the volleyball court, but ultimately, those struggles helped make me a stronger person. I left Ursuline feeling confident, firm in my faith, sure of where my identity lied, and ready to go to new and different places. 

    As God transitioned me into a new phase of life, marriage and now children, I’m able to pour the same encouragement into my four children as a homeschooling mom. Our days are not always pretty and someone is usually complaining about having to do chores, practice math facts, or write history sentences, but I’m able to see part of the big picture for their lives. I know my kids’ potential and capabilities - their strengths and weaknesses - and I’m able to see in them what they can’t see for themselves at the moment. I appreciated my teachers and coaches modeling what it looked like to lay down their lives on a daily basis and now I aim to not get caught up in the world of “me” while serving my family. I am able to expect much out of my children because much was expected out of me.
    Read More
  • April Alumnae Spotlight, Lisa Zaccaria Barnett, Sioux of 1981

    In what ways did your Ursuline education prepare you for the work you’re doing now?
     
    I remember visiting Ursuline Academy for the first time. I knew that it was the place for me for high school. Ursuline spoke to me, and, in some way, one could say it was a calling. As a student, I received a solid educational foundation and I learned the importance of Serviam. My faith was molded by the sisters, teachers and classmates. Ursuline gave me the direction and life skills needed for today’s world. As an alumna, I often reflect on memories at Ursuline that give me direction even today in my current personal or professional life. For that, I am forever grateful.
    Read More
  • March Alumnae Spotlight, Johanna Hochhalter Logan, Merry Mac of 2000

    In what ways did your Ursuline education prepare you for the work you’re doing now?
    Before I began school at Ursuline, I was a young student who was often afraid to take risks, speak up, or be in the spotlight. I didn’t know what it meant to be a leader. While I was in school at UA, I became heavily involved in as many activities as I could. As a student here, I was a very active member of Queen’s Players, Student Council, and the Retreat Team, just to name a few. Ursuline helped me see the value in coming out of my shell and getting involved; as a result, I had experiences that I’ll carry with me forever. Today, as a middle school teacher at Ursuline, I hope that I can help students see that potential within themselves. I try to create a space where they can be themselves and take a few risks. I want them to know that if they try something new, great things can happen. I also want them to know that if they fail, they are surrounded by others who will love and support them. With any luck, students can build on these experiences when they start high school.
    Read More
  • February Alumnae Spotlight, Jessica Baker, Skip of 2004

    In what ways did your Ursuline education prepare you for the work you’re doing now?
    Someone once asked me where I learned to be a leader. The answer was simple. I learned to be a leader at Ursuline. As a student, I was given many opportunities to work with others, lead events, and speak in front of groups. These experiences gave me confidence and skills that I still draw on today. At Ursuline, I learned to have the courage to take risks, the importance of collaboration, and the value of leading through service of others.
    Read More
Archive