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.


Black Student Union

BSU is good, safe and welcoming place for all students to learn about black culture and African American experiences. BSU explores past and current issues involving the black community through dialogue in a relaxed atmosphere. Students learn tools for advocacy and works to benefit black communities. BSU helps students to grow in their openness to diversity and to become more comfortable with challenging but critical conversations that work towards a more equitable society. This club meets once a month, usually on Tuesdays.

Moderator: Ms. Hurley, Director of Diversity & Inclusion


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.

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.

Chomped

Chomped’s mission is to bring people together through cooking and sharing food. Through monthly student-led meetings, students will learn various culinary skills necessary for their future. This club meets Wednesdays (and one Thursday; no set formula). Dues are $5/semester or $2 drop-in.

Moderator: Ms. Boutiere, Fine Arts Faculty Member


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.

Moderator: Ms. Mericle, Science Faculty Member & Ms. Downs, World Languages Faculty Member

French Club

Le Club de Français celebrates and increases awareness of the Francophonie, the French-speaking countries of the world. Members engage in fun activities that increase participant’s knowledge of the French Language. Membership is open to all students. The club meets once a month.

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

French Honor Society

La Société Honoraire de Français recognizes high achievement in French, encourages competence in the French Language, and fosters awareness of French-speaking peoples and cultures of the world. Membership is considered for those students who have a mastery of the French language after five semesters of study, are committed to a fourth year of study of the language, and have consistently maintained an A (91.45%) or better in French and a B- (81.45%) or better in your other courses.

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.


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

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 purpose of Ursuline Academy's Latin Club (sometimes known as the Dead Language Society) is to promote 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. Club membership is open to all students; Convention eligibility is open to Club students enrolled in a Latin or Classics course. The club meets Friday once a month (twice a month in November, January, February and March).


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

Bring Change 2 Mind

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.

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.

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, Director of Diversity & Inclusion

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.

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.

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, with respect to the teachings of the Catholic Church. All are welcome to attend. The club meets once a month.

Moderators: Mr. Wiederhold, Fine Arts Faculty Member & Ms. Vorholt, Guidance Counselor

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. Katsetos, Assistant Principal, & Ms. Haglage, English 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 Uganda

Unified for Uganda 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.

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.

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.

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.


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, and supports Democratic leadership. The club serves the student body of Ursuline by encouraging political involvement in our community and spreading 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 once a month.

Moderator: Mrs. Turner, Religious Studies Faculty Member