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Volunteers get a kick out of helping Special Olympics


Brennen Pickens arrived at the Ursuline Academy softball field unsure about playing in the kickball game. He considered watching from the sidelines.

With the guidance of Ursuline alumnae Paige Salthouse and other volunteers, he soon was at the plate kicking the ball and running to first base to loud cheers. Later, after he ran to third, Salthouse praised the 7-year-old. "Good job. You're fast," she said.

Brennen's enthusiasm at the game Aug. 4 was encouraged by the volunteers with Special Olympics Missouri who organized the game.

Rookie all-girls robotics team put Frank Sobotra to the test

Frank Sabotra, the robot built by Ursuline Academy students (6391), competed under the remote direction of, from left, Libby Trn, Amanda Kohne and Elizabeth Edmunds. The Ursuline Academy Bearbotics team battled other robots in the competition venue and was recognized earlier as a “Chairman’s Award team in the making.”

The students and their coach yelled and leaped for joy when Frank Sabotra climbed a rope and turned on a light just before a buzzer sounded.

New hall at Ursuline Academy provides connections

Ursuline Academy student Abigail Miller practiced with her classmates in the new dance room in Hartnett Hall, which links to other buildings and provides an elevator for accessibility. The building is named after Thelma Hartnett, who has worked at Ursuline for more than 50 years. BELOW: Ursuline students Maura Ploesser, Kayla Milne, Emily Dunn and Olivia Sander worked on physics acceleration equations in one of the new science classrooms in Hartnett Hall.

East meets west. Science meets the arts. Inaccessibility meets a solution.

Hartnett Hall at Ursuline Academy formally opened with a blessing on Jan. 27, the Feast of St. Angela Merici. The new 16,996 square-foot, two-story building connected two buildings on the campus, Merici and Brescia Halls — east and west — and costs $5.7 million.

Abby Basler’s leadership, skill live on at Ursuline

Abby Basler is off to Illinois State after finishing her high school career at Ursuline with 58 goals, first team all state, region player of the year, MVP of the North-South all-star game and much more. She values most her time with her teammates, the Catholic school atmosphere and what she's learned from her coaches.

Ursuline's Abby Basler is looking ahead — already off to Illinois State to begin her college career — but the soccer dynamo's mark on her high school soccer team will be remembered for a long time.

Basler finished her high school career with 58 goals and 34 assists, leading the team in scoring and named the team MVP all four years. She was all-state, all-district, all-region and all-conference each year and named to the all-metro team three years.

Ursuline students ‘drive’ the bus as C-SPAN visits campus

Three Ursuline Academy seniors got an honorable mention in the annual C-SPAN StudentCam contest for a video on education reform they produced for an AP Government class. The C-SPAN Campaign 2016 bus visited the school where Casey Doherty, Katherine Cassani and Grace Freund explored it. Doherty used the touch screen to find their winning video while Freund took photos of the bus.

With a $1.25-million custom tour bus at their disposal, the three Ursuline Academy seniors seized the opportunity, doing what others might do in a similar circumstance.

Each took a turn behind the wheel, sliding into the driver's seat, posing for pictures and acting as though they were touring the countryside.

"These are probably the first girls who have done that in a while," driver Terence Bilal said, with a laugh. "Usually, I don't allow that because they start pushing buttons. But they're winners; I'll let them do it."

Character is the key for Ursuline athletes' success

Ursuline Academy tennis player Sarah Dreyer returned a shot in a match against Mehville High School during the Webster Groves Invitational Tournament, a section of which was played at Rockwood Summit High School in Fenton.

When they step on the court, members of Ursuline Academy's tennis team are dedicated to toughness, selflessness and being a good person -- traits that translate off the court as well.

The focus for the school's athletic teams is on character, though winning often is a consequence of the way players act. For the tennis team, things are clicking along, as shown by the way they conduct themselves and with an 8-1 start partway through the Webster Groves High School tournament. It's their best start to a season in at least 17 years.

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