What is Rally?

Rally happens once a year, typically on or near the Feast of St. Ursula, Patroness of the Ursuline Order. Classes compete against each other with the hopes of winning in several categories: poster, mascot, exhibition cheer, volleyball games, relay races, and the most coveted prize, the spirit award. The students work hard in the months leading up to Rally. Their plans for posters, skits and mascot costumes are kept top secret. It is a special – and loud – tradition that dates back to 1948.

What’s the deal with class mascots?

Each class has a mascot: Merry Macs (Macs), Sioux, Skipperettes (Skips) and Leprechauns (Leps). Eighth graders are always Leps. Ninth graders will be a version of whatever the senior class is that year. (If the seniors are Macs, the freshmen are Scotties; if they are Sioux, the freshman are Red Feathers; and if they are Skips, the freshman are the First Mates.) Once a student enters her sophomore year, she officially becomes the mascot designated for her class.
Class mascots are a big deal at UA. Alumnae often come back for Rally Night and cheer for their mascot with pride. It’s not uncommon to see alumnae of various ages with Mac, Skip or Sioux symbols on their car. Mascot pride doesn’t end with graduation. Ursuline girls are Ursuline girls for life.

Origins of Rally

The feast of St. Ursula was traditionally celebrated at Ursuline with a Mass and a free day. Everything changed in 1948 when Sr. Marie McCloskey, who was the principal at the time, came up with the idea of a Rally Night. She explained her idea to high school P.E. Teacher Clayre Ahern Crook, who embraced it whole-heartedly and went on to plan and produce the event that we know and love today.
The focus of Rally Night was to encourage peer support and bonding among class members, while providing an alternative to high school sororities, popular at the time and believed by Sr. McCloskey to be unchristian. The new event would include categories to appeal to a variety of interests and skills: volleyball intramurals (athletics), a skit (drama), a poster (visual arts), songs and cheers (music). Classes were encouraged to choose their own name, colors, symbols, and class theme.
Subsequent Rally Nights were coordinated and conducted by the Academy’s Physical Education Department. Teacher and Coach Patricia Jane Taylor C’50 became an integral part of the planning in 1950 through 1955, and then again in 1967 into the 1990’s, working with the assistance of Teacher and Coach Marta Bott. Ms. Bott carried on this tradition until her untimely passing in 2008. Today, the Academy honors the legacy of these former leaders by remaining true to Rally Night’s objectives and practices.

Rally History

What Would You Be?

T-2 (2034)
T-3 (2033)
Pre-K (2032) Sioux
Kindergarten (2031) Skip
1st grade (2030) Mac
2nd grade (2029) Sioux
3rd grade (2028) Skip
4th grade (2027) Mac
5th grade (2026) Sioux
6th grade (2025) Skip
7th grade (2024) Mac
8th grade (2023) Sioux
Freshman (2022) Skip
Sophomore (2021) Mac
Junior (2020) Sioux
Senior (2019) Skip

Merry Macs

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  • Merry Macs

    Represented By: Scottie Dog
    Colors: Red, Green, Black, and Yellow
    All About: Plaid
    Patron Saint: St. Michael


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  • Sioux

    Represented By: Teepee
    Colors: Red and Black
    All About: The Tribe
    Patron Saint: St. Joseph


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  • Skipperettes

    Represented By: Anchor
    Colors: Navy Blue and White
    All About: Anything Nautical
    Patron Saint: Our Lady Star of the Sea


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  • Leprechauns

    All students in the 8th grade class are known as the Leprechauns for their first year of high school.
    Represented By: Shamrock
    Colors: Green and White
    All About: Anything Irish
    Patron Saint: St. Patrick

Scenes from Rally