Student Activities

In keeping with our mission of nurturing a student's soul, intellect, heart, and imagination, Ursuline offers a wide variety of co-curriculars. Our student-led clubs and organizations reflect Ursuline's commitment to a community that is shaped by our students' passions and interests.


ASL Club (American Sign Language)

The sign language club offers students a chance to learn signs and about Deaf culture. Club activities are designed to engage, enrich and educate the Ursuline community. Membership is open to all students. The club meets twice a month.

Moderator: Mr. Wiederhold, Music Faculty Member

Book Club

The Book club offers students the opportunity to come together once a month and discuss a piece of literature for the sheer pleasure of reading. Membership is open to all students. The club meets once a month.

Moderator: Ms. Schellhous, English Faculty Member

Chess Club

The chess club provides the community the opportunity to learn and practice the game of chess. A core group of students will organize and advertise the opportunities for the community to learn and participate throughout the school day during free mods as well as after school. This club is open to all students.

Earth Action Team

The objectives of this organization are to promote awareness of environmental issues, to protect the habitat surrounding us, and to recycle. Membership is open to all students. The club meets twice a month.

Moderators: Ms. Mericle, Science Faculty Member

The Film Club

This club watches and discusses movies, providing an opportunity to analyze films for story, acting, cinematography, directing, editing, genre, and more. Membership is open to all students. The club meets once a month.

Moderator: Ms. Brinkmann, Electronic & Digital Media Faculty Member

French Club

The French Club strives to promote an understanding of and appreciation for the French culture as well as increase awareness and support for a chosen “focus” francophone country or region. Membership is open to all students. The club meets once a month.

Moderators: Ms. Tardivon & Ms. Pritchard, French Faculty Members

German Club

The German Club strives to promote an understanding and an appreciation for German culture and language through fun and engaging activities. Membership is open to all students. The club meets once a month.

Moderator: Ms. Schiesler, World Languages Faculty Member

German Honor Society

Deutsch Ehrenverbindung recognizes high school scholastic achievement in the study of German and promotes interest in the study of the German language, literature, and civilization. Membership is considered for those students that have a minimum of a 3.6 in German and a 3.0 minimum overall average on a 4.0 scale.

Harmony (Ursuline's Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Student Iniative)

This student initiative is working to deepen the development and education of our diverse Ursuline community. They aim to focus on celebrating the cultural heritage and identities of underrepresented groups, while striving to further unify our school. Sophomores, juniors and seniors can apply to be leaders of this initiative.

Moderator: Ms. Hinkle, Merici Model Integration Coordinator

Hands Across Campus

Hands Across Campus is a national organization sponsored by the American Jewish Committee. The purpose of the organization is to promote an understanding and appreciation of all types of diversity; to teach methods for interrupting prejudice and understanding conflict resolution through workshops and other educational forums; to empower members to model individual leadership roles in all aspects of daily interaction with others; in particular, to encourage individual members, leaders, and faculty team to carry the philosophy and message of Hands Across campus throughout the Ursuline Academy community. Membership is open to all students. The club meets once a month.

Moderator: Ms. Sheldon, Fine Arts Faculty Member

Interfaith Club

The Interfaith Club promotes understanding of world religions and respect between people of different faiths. Club activities are designed to encourage acceptance of religious diversity, and the realization that we live and work with people of different belief systems. Membership is open to all students. The club meet once a month.

Moderator: Ms. Kristof, Religious Studies Faculty Member

Junior State of America (JSA)

The Ursuline Academy chapter of the national Junior State of America (JSA) organization was founded in 2012. In the student-run Junior State, participants learn statesmanship as they engage in political discourse. They cultivate democratic leadership skills, challenge one another to think critically, advocate their own opinions, develop respect for opposing views and learn to rise above self-interest to promote the public good. Students participate in school chapter meetings, regional conventions, and an annual national Winter Congress in Washington, DC. Membership is open to all students. The club meets twice a month.

Moderator: Mr. Gerhardt, Social Studies Faculty Member

Latin Club

The Ursuline Academy Dead Language Society’s purpose is to promote the ancient Roman culture, to incorporate academic Latin with activities, to serve the community and the school, and to send a successful delegation to the annual Ohio Junior Classical League Convention. Membership is open to all students. The club meets twice a month.

Moderator: Mr. Ligon, Latin Faculty Member

Lions CARE (Club for Animal Rights Education)

Lions CARE educates Ursuline students about the current state of endangerment and exploitation of animals in our local and international community. As a result of this education, we hope to not only raise awareness about the issues animals face, but also increase respect for their rights and provide a voice for these animals in need. Lions CARE will also work to support animal rights organizations in our community and will collaborate with Ursuline service projects. Membership is open to all students. The club meets once a month.

Moderator: Ms. Nuñez, Science Faculty Member

MedEx (Medical Exploration)

This club is designed to expose students to the medical field through student led discussions and guest speakers from the medical field. Club meetings and speakers will explore and share what is needed for students to be considered a candidate for medical programs and tips from experience. Membership is open to all students. The club meets once a month.

Moderator: Ms. Kemphaus, Science Faculty Member

Mind, Body, Spirit

This student initiative focuses on all aspects of teen health and wellness. Under the direction of our guidance department, Mind, Body, Spirit will discuss and explore healthy lifestyle choices to help students improve their physical, mental and spiritual lives, and learn the importance of life balance and the value of maintaining a positive mindset. Sophomores, juniors and seniors can apply to be leaders of this initiative. The student leadership plans and facilitates activities and events that are open to our entire community.

Moderators: Ms. Hausfeld & Ms. Deters, Guidance Counselors

Mock Trial

The Mock Trial club educates on law and learns courtroom procedures by participating in the Cincinnati Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Mock Trial Competition. Students will get a hands-on experience of the legal system utilizing a case which requires the students’ participation as prosecuting and defense attorneys and witnesses. Membership is open to all students. Students audition for attorney, witness, and bailiff roles. The club meets weekly until competition begins in late January.

Moderator: Ms. Walters, Social Studies Faculty Member

Model UN

The Model United Nations club of Ursuline Academy broadens knowledge of international affairs by having students assume the rolls of diplomats from various countries, dealing with issues that the United Nations face daily and participating in open discussions about world affairs. Membership is open to all students. The club meets twice a month.

Moderator: Ms. Randall, Social Studies Faculty Member

National Honor Society (NHS)

The NHS of Ursuline Academy creates enthusiasm for scholarship, stimulates a desire to render service, promotes leadership, and develops character. Juniors and seniors may apply for acceptance. Candidates are evaluated on basis of service, leadership, character and minimum GPA of 3.5.

Moderators: Ms. Breissinger, Math Faculty Member, & Ms. Hurley, Religious Studies Faculty Member

Newspaper (Lion's Roar)

Lion’s Roar produces a school newspaper that captures the interest of the student body; fosters student writers and provides constructive feedback on their writing; and documents the life and times of Ursuline Academy. Membership is open to all students. The club meets weekly.

Moderator: Ms. Geers, English Faculty Member

Peers as Leaders (PALS)

PALS is a service and leadership organization whose purpose is to provide trained student leaders to help meet the needs of the Ursuline student community. The mission of PALS is to serve the school and community by promoting healthy living and positive well-being as well as fostering a sense of community and belonging to Ursuline. PALS lead the freshman orientation, the freshman retreat, the sophomore retreats, and visit freshman guidance groups once a quarter. Juniors and seniors must apply to be a member of PALS. The organization meets once a month.

Moderator: Ms. Barhorst, Science Faculty Member

Spanish Club

El Club de Español celebrates and increases awareness of the Spanish speaking culture. Members engage in fun activities that increase participant’s knowledge of the Spanish Language. Membership is open to all students. The club meets once a month.

Moderator: Ms. Thiemann, Spanish Faculty Member

Spanish Honor Society

La Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica recognizes high achievement in Spanish, encourages competence in the Spanish Language, and fosters awareness of Spanish speaking peoples and cultures of the world including those in the United States. Membership is considered for those students that have a minimum cumulative average of A- after four semesters of Spanish.

Spectrum

The purpose of Spectrum is to educate, engage, and enrich its members, and the wider school community on the important topics related to gender and identity. Always respectful and supportive, a club meeting may consist of a guest speaker with topical expertise, small and/or large group student discussions/activities, or joint meetings with other clubs (Hands Across Campus, for example). Membership is open to all students. The club meets once a month.

Moderators: Dr. Hinkle, English Faculty Member, & Ms. Vorholt, Guidance Counselor

Spirit Club

The Ursuline spirit club is an organization that spreads pep and excitement for all things Ursuline - athletics, community service, performing arts, clubs, and more. The Spirit Club works to create promotions for upcoming events, recognize young women weekly for successes outside the classroom, and celebrate teams competing in tournaments and finishing their seasons. Membership is open to all students. The club meets once a month.

Moderator: Ms. Clark, Music Faculty Member

Student Council

The Ursuline Academy Student Council fosters Christian attitudes towards the community; provides a means of communication between faculty and the student body; initiates, organizes and executes activities which promote school spirit and unity; and promotes leadership and responsible decision making. All student council positions are elected positions. Student council meets two-three times a month.

Moderators: Ms. Hallahan, Assistant Principal, & Ms. Haglage, English Faculty Member

TechXplorations Club

The TechXploration Club encourages students to pursue both interests and careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (S.T.E.M.). Through hands-on activities, students explore technology in the modern world using robotics, animation, and beginning programming. As an official chapter of the INTERalliance of Greater Cincinnati, the club participates in the INTERalliance’s annual TechOlympics Expo held each February as well as in the INTERalliance’s IT camps held each summer for rising Juniors. Numerous club members serve on the INTERalliance's Leadership Board. Membership is open to all students.The club meets bi-monthly.

Moderators: Ms. Boutiere, Fine Arts Faculty Member, & Ms. Brinkmann, Electronic & Digital Media Faculty Member

Teens for Life

The Teens for Life club promotes the Catholic teaching that all human life is sacred from conception to natural death. The club encourages solving social problems by promoting life, love, compassion, acceptance, and forgiveness. Membership is open to all students. The club meets once a month.

Moderator: Ms. Kristof, Religious Studies Faculty Member

Theatre Arts Group (TAG)

TAG a student run theatre and performance group. TAG informs and educates members in all areas of drama including performance and technical theatre in a manner of equal importance, but correlating to the interests of the members. Opportunities are provided for instruction and implementation of skills in both monthly meetings and an annual performance. Ultimately, this club propagates knowledge of theatre and fosters a feeling of acceptance in theatre communities not limited to strictly those of this organization. Membership is open to all students. The club meets once a month.

Moderator: Ms. Julie Whalen, English Faculty Member

United for UNIFAT (U4U)

Unified for UNIFAT is an organization that raises money for children who attend school in Gulu, Uganda. We raise money through a sponsorship program and the proceeds go toward a child's tuition, uniforms, school supplies, and medical supplies. Membership is open to all students. The club meets once a month.

Moderator: Ms. Douthit, Religious Studies Faculty Member

Ursuline Academy United (UAU)

Ursuline Academy United (UAU) is an honor and service organization comprised of student ambassadors for prospective families and future Lions. UAU members represent Ursuline Academy, assisting with events throughout the year, such as 8th Grade Day, Showcase Nights, Open House, the Entrance Exam and phone-a-thons. Sophomore UAU members also have the special honor of hosting 8th grade shadows.

Moderator: Ms. McKenrick, Director of Admissions

Women Empowering Women

This student led initiative is to empower women through education and discussion on gender relations and issues in the modern world. Sophomores, juniors and seniors can apply to be leaders of this initiative. The student leadership plans and facilitates activities and events that are open to our entire community.

Moderator: Ms. Hinkle, Merici Model Integration Coordinator

Writing Center

Staffed by carefully selected and trained upperclasswomen and the English Department faculty, the Ursuline Writing Center is a service for all students seeking dialogue and assistance regarding their writing. Through one-on-one sessions of reading, response, conversation, and writing, peer tutors and faculty members assist students to become their own best composers and editors. Within this format, the center’s core mission is to support writing at all grade levels and in all subjects and offered languages.

Juniors and seniors are selected as Writing Center Peer Tutors by the Writing Center Moderator based on application, writing sample, interview and teacher recommendations. This organization meets monthly in addition to training meetings.

Moderator: Dr. Hinkle, English Faculty Member

Writing in Community

This club provides a space where words are celebrated and voices are heard. No matter what genre is preferred, all students are welcome to seek inspiration, write, and share this unique writing within a circle of peer writers. This is not a club designed for constructive criticism or critique: instead, it is a place where writing flows, inspiration abounds, and community forms centered around individuals who share their love of words. Membership is open to all students. The club meets once a month.

Moderator: Dr. Hinkle, English Faculty Member

Yearbook (Pawprints)

PawPrints is Ursuline's annual student-generated yearbook. This publication is part of a Journalism course that meets 4 mods per cycle throughout the school year. Students finish the publication around the middle of June, enabling the student body to receive its yearbooks at the start of each school year. Many students who excel in writing, photography, and graphic design serve on the yearbook for three years. The course is open for grades 10-12, but all students must submit an application.

Students working on Pawprints are introduced to the principles of journalism and provided with the fundamental writing and design skills that they need to create and produce the annual yearbook. Students learn how to create page layouts, manipulate digital pictures, write feature stories and headlines, and use a web-based design program to produce their page layouts.


Young Democrats

The Young Democrats of Ursuline Academy furthers the cause of the Democratic National Committee, spreads democracy, supports Democratic leadership, serves the student body of Ursuline, encourages political involvement in our community, fosters a healthy sense of liberalism, and spreads awareness of the Democratic Party and its ideals. Membership is open to all students. The club meets once a month.

Moderator: Ms. Johnson, Science Faculty Member

Young Entrepreneurs

This club explores what it takes to start up and run a business. Entrepreneurship is not just about having a great idea; it’s about staying persistent, being determined, and following through with what you started. Young Entrepreneurs researches good business practices and implementation strategies. Membership is open to all students. The club meets once a month.

Moderator: Ms. Bieber, Math Faculty Member

Young Republicans

The Young Republicans of Ursuline Academy educates students about the Republican Party, helps students understand the importance of politics in America and encourages students to talk about current events in relation to the Republican Party. Membership is open to all students. The club meets twice a month.

Moderator: Ms. Douthit, Religious Studies Faculty Member