Lexie Schomaker ’17 Named National Merit Finalist

Lexie Schomaker ’17 has achieved National Merit Finalist status and has been awarded a $2000 one-time corporate scholarship from Eaton through the National Merit program.  Lexie is one of 15,000 finalists who represent less than 1% of high school seniors in the nation.  As a result of her status, the University of Alabama has awarded her five years tuition, one year of housing, an annual stipend, a technology allowance and an opportunity for undergraduate research or study abroad.  A field hockey and lacrosse player, Lexie was also named as UA’s 2017 St. Louis Post-Dispatch Scholar-Athlete.

Libby Trn ’19 Selected for Missouri Scholars Academy

Missouri Scholars AcademyCongratulations to Libby Trn ’19 who has been selected to attend the 2017 Missouri Scholars Academy to be held June 11-July 1 at the University of Missouri–Columbia.

Founded in 1985, the Missouri Scholars Academy was established to provide educational experiences and enrichment opportunities which differ significantly from those provided in more traditional high school settings.  Libby is one of 330 Missouri scholars who will participate in this three-week program.

Alumnae Return to UA for Career Day


Juniors and seniors participated in a Career Day on April 6 – the first in recent years.  Growing from the Alumnae-Student Networking Lunches, 36 alumnae participated in yesterday’s event lead by Mrs. Katie Kempf ’01 (advancement) and Mrs. Allyson Sedlak (counseling).  Dena Basler McCaffrey ’88, current parent and Dean of Career and Technical Education at Jefferson College, and Mrs. Deb Tallo, current parent and Senior Vice President of Human Resources for the Gateway Region YMCA, spoke to students before they broke out into smaller sessions led by one, two or three alumnae in related fields.

Thank you to the following for their participation:

  • Peggy Abeln ’83 – physical therapist at PEG Therapists, Inc.
  • Haley Baer ’12 – registered nurse at Children’s Mercy Hospital of Kansas City
  • Morgan Baer ’12 – scribe and EMT at Total Access Urgent Care
  • Anne Marie Beckerle ’09 – associate attorney at Boggs, Avellino, Lach & Boggs, L.L.C
  • Martha Leverenz Burkhardt ’03 – owner/attorney at Burkhardt Law
  • Mary Dohle ’08 – assistant account executive at GROUP360 Worldwide
  • Claire Flowers ’02 – owner/designer at Claire Flowers
  • Chelsea Del Rosso ’09 – medical student at Saint Louis University School of Medicine
  • Laura Ernst Foughty ’00 – actress at Stages St. Louis and event coordinator at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum
  • Peggy Springer Garcia ’84 – business development executive at Maritz
  • Dr. Stephanie Weber Gladbach ’96 – veterinarian at Concord Animal Hospital
  • Sarah Kueper Hoffman ’99 – manager of assortment and business planning at Famous Footwear at Caleres, Inc.
  • Erin Lenger Husband ’00 – senior VP of social media at FleishmanHillard
  • Dr. Kelly Balch Jobe ’01 – pediatric dentist at Sunset Hills Pediatric Dentistry
  • Kathleen Rafferty Kehoe ’85 – teacher at Special School District of St. Louis County
  • Leslie Kiesler-Shine ’93 – consulting services project manager at Ultimate Software
  • Kelly Pratt Kreidich ’02 – owner/photographer at Kelly Pratt Photography
  • Evelyn Krussel ’89 – project architect at Mitchell + Hugeback Architects
  • Kelly Larkin ’07 – counselor at Beyond Reason Consulting
  • Beth Laschober ’11 – occupational therapist at Mercy Hospital Jefferson County
  • Sharon Meyer Lenger ’98 – director of elementary school improvement for the Archdiocese of St. Louis
  • Emily Collins Lucey ’98 – pharmacist at Mercy Hospital
  • Maria Nichols Makowski ’85 – occupational therapist at Mercy Hospital
  • Tina Venker Marra ’02 – senior auditor/CPA/CFE at the Housing and Urban Development’s Office of the Inspector General
  • Veronica Fischer McDonnell ’86 – registered licenced dietitian
  • Haley Meyer ’04 – chemical engineer at Proctor & Gamble
  • Kim Mueckl ’10 – social worker and Generations program director at Stonecrest at Clayton View
  • Nicole Mueller ’12 – bone marrow transplant nurse at the Mayo Clinic of Minnesota
  • Michelle Murray ’90 – founder/managing partner at Segue Partners
  • Christa Pfile ’10 – owner at Simply Torn Art + Design and graphic designer at The Done Department
  • Lisa Manzo Preston ’89 – communications executive at Ameren Missouri
  • Leah Renaud ’11 – marketing coordinator at Cushman & Wakefield
  • Lisa Miceli Standage ’00 – fitness design consultant at Advanced Exercise
  • Captain Melissa Wahby Webb ’89 – commander of the St. Louis County Police Department Affton Southwest Precinct
  • Holly McGoff Wiesehan ’89 – acute care nurse practitioner at Washington University School of Medicine


Theology Teacher Earns National Recognition

Mrs. Kathleen Stinehart (theology) will receive the 2017 NCEA Lead. Learn. Proclaim. Award from the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) for dedication and commitment to excellence.

The annual award honors teachers who have demonstrated a strong Catholic educational philosophy as well as exceptional ability, dedication and results.  The 41 teachers, chosen from the more than 150,000 educators who teach in the nation’s Catholic elementary and secondary schools, will be recognized during the annual NCEA Convention & Expo that will take place April 18-20 in St. Louis.

“Teachers are the backbone of our Catholic educational system, providing day-to-day instruction in faith and academics for students at over 6,500 Catholic elementary and secondary schools across the nation,” said James Pavlacka, director of Leadership Development at NCEA.  “The excellence that these teachers display is an inspiration to all of us who work in Catholic education.”

As a teacher of theology, Mrs. Stinehart emphasizes the importance of service in daily life.  Integration of reading the Scriptures during the school day as well as participation in various service events form the basis for Kathleen’s approach for teaching her students about the beauty of theology.

“I believe that in all disciplines, our faith is essential in teaching and learning,” said Mrs. Stinehart.

Robotics Team Earns Rookie Award at Regional Competition

Ursuline Academy’s robotics team, UA Bearbotics, earned the Rookie All-Star Award during the recent St. Louis Regional FIRST Robotics Competition held at Chaifetz Arena.

This award celebrates the rookie team which exemplifies a young but strong partnership effort between its students and sponsors, as well as understands and promotes the mission of FIRST to inspire students to enjoy and learn more about science and technology.  The team was interviewed by the regional judges, designed and created a robot appropriate to the game’s challenges, and, based upon students’ leadership, vision and spirit, is considered a “Chairman’s Award team in the making.”

Ursuline was one of three rookie teams out of the 52 competing in the regional event, as well as one of only three all-girl teams.  Judges do have the option of not presenting this award if they feel that no rookie team meets the criteria, but UA easily earned this recognition.

With this award, the team has earned the right to compete during one of twoFIRST Championships to be held in St. Louis and Houston.  The St. Louis event will take place at The Dome at America’s Center April 26-29.  A competition schedule will be released when all participating teams have been finalized.

We thank the team’s main sponsors – Monsanto, Boeing and Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri – as well as their coaches, Mr. Shane Hanson (physics/engineering) and Mr. Scott Edmunds (Boeing), and congratulate the team members on a successful season thus far!

  • Madison Yakstis ’18 (Team Leader)
  • Claire Roberson ’17 (Assistant Team Leader)
  • Kelly Zipfel ’20 (Assistant Team Leader)
  • Emma Douthitt ’17 (Mechanical Leader)
  • Elizabeth Edmunds ’20 (Electrical Leader)
  • Anna Gonsalves ’19 (Media Leader)
  • Caeley Kates ’18 (Business Leader)
  • Amanda Kohne ’20 (Safety Leader)
  • Libby Trn ’19 (Drive and Programming Leader)
  • Mary Weissert ’20 (Spirit Leader)

Second Year for NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Award Recipients

For the second year in a row, UA students will be recognized as local recipients of the National Center for Women & Information Technology Aspirations in Computing Award.  They will be honored by the St. Louis & Southern Illinois Affiliate during a ceremony to be held at Saint Louis University on March 26.

Congratulations to our 2017 winners:

  • Reagan Becnel ’18 (also a 2016 local winner and 2017 national honorable mention)
  • Colleen Flynn ’18
  • Caeley Kates ’18 (also a 2016 local winner)
  • Jess Summers ’17

And to our 2017 honorable mention recipients:

  • Elizabeth Edmunds ’20
  • Mary Leritz ’17

Read more about Reagan and our local winners.

Students Earn $5000 Prize in Local STEM Competition

Ursuline Academy placed second out of 11 local teams competing in World Wide Technology’s STEM Student Forum, earning a $5000 team prize. Congratulations to Reagan Becnel ’18, Emerson Brazile ’18, Megan Catlett ’18, Olivia Goldkamp ’19, Anna Gonsalves ’19, Allison Kohne ’18, Mary Leritz ’17, Lexie Schomaker ’17, Jill Stinehart ’17 and Jessica Summers ’17.

The competition kicked-off in September and our students met weekly to select and create a project that would benefit the Ursuline community–an online virtual tour of campus. Following months of development, the team presented a seven-minute overview of the completed project to judges and World Wide Technology personnel as well as to teachers, administrators and student teams from the other ten participating schools, followed by an additional three minutes of questioning by the judges. Our Ursuline team, the only all-girls school to compete, delivered their innovative and thoughtfully-designed product with poise and confidence. The judges offered high praise for our students as representatives of women in technology and even discussed future internship opportunities with the company.  Watch the team in action here and learn more about their continued plans for the project.

The team was mentored by WWT employees Jeff Grieshaber and Matt Skipton, with Mrs. Valerie Elking (math) serving as a team ambassador and Ms. Jaime Gilligan (coding/theology) providing technical assistance.

Local STEM Competition

Student Earns National Recognition for Computing

Reagan Becnel ’18 has been named an honorable mention recipient of the 2017 National Center for Women & IT (NCWIT) Aspirations in Computing Award. Reagan is a member of Ursuline’s Girls Who Code Club, a participant in this year’s World Wide Technology STEM Student Forum and a student taking AP Computer Science. She is the only St. Louis-area student to be recognized at the national level and was a 2016 winner of the award at the local level. Read more about Reagan here.

2017 Martin Luther King, Jr. Model of Justice Award

Samantha Abel ’17 is Ursuline’s recipient of the 2017 Martin Luther King, Jr. Model of Justice Award for her service and commitment to the St. Louis Dream Center.  The award was presented by Archbishop Robert Carlson on Sunday, January 15, following the annual Mass of Peace and Justice at the Cathedral Basilica.  Read more about Sam’s activities here.