By Lizie Mensah
At the Academy of Mt.St.Ursula, sisterhood has always been an element of the school’s foundation. It is not only a bond that keeps the girls together, but it is also the factor that serves as the essence of the unity among them. AMSU strives to keep this fellowship and sisterly sensation alive in their school
and environment. In doing so, a Junior-Freshman picnic is held annually.
This year’s Junior- Freshman picnic event took place on Friday, September 16th. The girls got together with their Junior and Freshman sisters and had lunch. As a part of the tradition, the Juniors brought their Freshman sisters food and gifts as well. With music and laughter in the midst and balloons and joy in the air, one could feel the true ecstasy of the event. Unlike any other picnic that had taken place before, the freshmen and juniors had their
picnic in the school’s auditorium. However, the fun and joyful atmosphere can not be compared to the picnics of earlier years.
The picnic was indeed a remarkable one. The freshmen and the juniors had a great and wonderful time together. The next set of consecutive events that will be taking place at the Academy of Mt. St. Ursula in the week right after are the Freshman Ice-Cream Social, College Day Workshop for Seniors and College Night for Juniors and Seniors.
By: Irene Agripino ’17
During the weekend of November 13th to the 15th, the junior class went on their annual junior retreat, a tradition that the Academy of Mount. St. Ursula has held for many years. The Class of 2017 visited Blair Lodge in Putman Valley, NY. Blair Lodge was surrounded by nature and the lack of cell service allowed the girls to disconnect with their devices and interact with one another and their surroundings. We took part in spiritual and emotional activities throughout the day. The main idea for the retreat was to have us leave the real world and find ourselves.
On the first day, we settled in and had our phone ceremony, in which we handed in our phones for the weekend. Then, we had our first prayer service and received journals that we were going to write in and express how we felt. After the prayer, we enjoyed a few hours of free time until the following day when the real activities began. On Saturday morning, we had breakfast together and then we had our second prayer service. After the second prayer service, we got into our groups. Getting into small groups was the best part of the retreat because it really allows us to open up. Even though some of us didn’t say much or showed much emotion, we were all touched. We all felt a stronger connection with each other after that weekend.
By: Gladys Vasquez ’16 and Amber Mejia ’16
Service Day at AMSU took place on November 24th, 2015. In this AMSU tradition, faculty and students join in groups to go out and perform acts of service. Some girls went to retirement homes, elementary schools, and food shelters. At the retirement homes, students of different clubs performed for the elderly. In the elementary schools, my peers and I assisted the teachers for a day. Other students prepared sandwiches and prepped food for the needy at food shelters. This year, I was assigned to make holiday cards for the elderly and convicted members of society. Although I had to stay in school this service day, I had a good time. While we made our cards, we listened to Christmas carols and sang our hearts out. This was a fun activity that allowed us to be creative and share our holiday spirit with others. Service day is a great activity that really helps us bond and express our holiday and serviam spirit.
By: Liliana Mendez ’16, Nia Javier ‘17, and Lillian Ureña ‘16
It is safe to say that the Halloween Dance was a complete success! It was astonishing to see so many young and enthusiastic people having such a great time. Ms. D has reported that we were able to raise an abundant amount, making this dance one of the most successful thus far. Not only was it a financial success, but the girls who attended explained that the dance was one of the best dances that they have attended. The haunted house was superb, and the overall dancing was entertaining. The dance proved to be a decent and amazing night for everyone who attended. Anyone who did, or did not attend, were reminded how amazing and fun Ursula can truly be. It is safe to say that everyone is excited about the next dances to come!
By: Liliana Mendez ’16
Ring Day is just like how it sounds; a day when the seniors get their high school rings. It is not, however, as simple as walking across the stage to get your ring and then leaving. At the Academy of Mount St. Ursula, the seniors have to survive skating from Poe Park to the school in order to get their rings; in AMSU things are not handed to you, they are earned. This ring links us eternally to AMSU and is a symbol of the completion of high school. This amazing day took place on Friday, October 23rd and was filled with many amazing experiences.
The seniors’ day began at 8:30 A.M., the time we had to arrive at Poe Park on 193rd Street. We started off by taking pictures and finally it was the moment we had been waiting for since freshman year; it was time to skate! We have the option to skate, scoot, or walk to the school. But, no matter what mode of transportation you choose, you are not safe. Trust me, I was walking and still fell. It is so amazing to see the spirit of sisterhood shine during this activity. Everyone was so supportive of one another and was there to lend a helping hand. After we had all gotten back to the school safely, it was time for the ceremony to begin. It was one of the most exciting days we have experienced so far at AMSU because of the anticipation for our rings. The first time we see the rings is on ring day, something that we have been waiting for since the end of junior year. The ring is of the most concrete pieces of evidence that you are a senior. Ring day is not only about the giving out of rings. There are also scholarships given out in memory of influential members of the AMSU community that have passed away. These awards start a legacy and never let us forget the amazing achievements of our sisters They are given to students that exhibit the qualities of the person who the award is named after. The underclassmen also shine on this special day. The juniors perform the infamous Junior Skit and the sophomore class performs a song dedicated to their senior sisters. This year’s skit was amazing. Not only was it hilarious but also very interactive. It was entertaining and very well put together. The sophomore class performed a very heartwarming song that made our bond even closer and the ceremony ended with the singing of the school song. Ring day was amazing and an experience that I will never forget for the rest of my life. Ring Day was the beginning of the journey called senior year.
By: Samantha Arias ’16
AMSU students of all grades gathered together to support the performers at the Open Mic. Students came up to sing, play instruments, recite spoken word; we even had our first comedy routine performed by some juniors. One of our very own teachers, Mr. Henry, also joined in by playing the guitar while one of our students sang. All that participated had the audience cheering and wanting more. Everyone really enjoyed themselves and were left anticipating the next one.
By: Lillian Urena ’16 and Skaila Pyatt ’16
It was a good weekend here at the Academy of Mount St. Ursula. On Friday, October 16th, we celebrated our 160th anniversary at the Botanical Gardens. Then, on Sunday, over 200 people visited our open house. Eighth graders from different parts of New York City saw our beautiful campus, our academic programs, along with our performing arts programs, and the many different clubs offered here. The tour began on the first floor, where the guests were greeted and led to the balcony to watch the AMSU Vocalists performance. They sang along with one of our wonderful violin players and the performance was followed by another performance by our school step team. After the entertainment portion of the tour was finished, the guests finished their tour by traveling back down to the cafeteria for our lively club fair. The excitement and cheerfulness was clearly visible on all of our guests’ faces, along with all who worked and planned our open house.
Pictures by: P.Dannenhoffer
Pictures by: P.Dannenhoffer.
By: Shaquera Tolbert ’16
The Ice Cream Social is an annual event at the Academy of Mount St. Ursula that takes place at the beginning of the year. Aside from feeding us ice cream, its purpose is to inform our freshman and transfer students about the different forms of service/volunteer work the school offers and the experiences of other students. Some girls came up to the podium and spoke about their experiences, such as volunteering at the Cardinal Hayes Special Needs Program where they expressed how humbling the atmosphere is. Other students shared their experience at POTS. At this service location, students work at a community soup kitchen and are able to give back to the homeless. Many girls also shared their experience with Sister Alice Marie’s UN events. They spoke about visiting the UN and speaking with other students about human trafficking.
By:Grace Arias ’17
There are a variety of different clubs and sports one can join at AMSU. These extra-curricular activities give you the chance to connect with students and faculty, learn new things and demonstrate a willingness to be a part of the school community. On Tuesday, I took the opportunity to audition as a dancer in Baila Latina for International Night. This is a part of the Spanish Club, and I was eager to sign up during the Club Fair. Despite my enthusiasm to join in this activity, I became very nervous when it came time to learn the steps to the routine for the audition. With the assistance and enthusiasm from the current members, I was able to perform the routine successfully. The determination I had in me led me to being chosen as a dancer. The inviting environment at AMSU can motivate one to want to join any extra-curricular activity. I strongly believe that my participation in these clubs has made my high school years at AMSU enjoyable. So if you’re thinking about joining a club, I suggest you do it.