Cincinnati, December 12, 2016 – Saint Ursula Academy is proud to announce Allison Fallon ’17 of Hyde Park as the fall 2016 recipient of the “Respect the Game of Life” award for her amazing contributions to the Saint Ursula Academy community. The award recognizes individuals who display good sportsmanship, ethics and integrity in high school sports and/or co-curricular activities.
Allison Fallon was surprised with this award during an all-school assembly in December. She has shown great love and admiration for her school community through the many activities in which she participates and supports. She is not only a cheerleader for the school teams but she goes out of her way to cheer on her classmates in many walks of life. Allison is a member of the Model UN, Life Club, Students for Advancement, National Honor Society, and Gingers and Company. She volunteers as a Bulldog Buddy tutor and a Eucharistic Minister. She is also a 4-year member and leader of the SUA Field Hockey and Swimming teams. Allison’s dedication to Saint Ursula Academy inspires us each day to be the best we can be, committed to building a better world.
Allison has made quite an impression on Saint Ursula Academy swim coach Ann Gartner ’77. “Allison, or AllyFally as we fondly refer to her, is the embodiment of all the values that a young woman of Saint Ursula stands for. She has always been the “worker bee” in her support of such a varied array of co-curricular activities at SUA. She never fails to do whatever is necessary in order to get the job done. She has a contagious enthusiasm that permeates all she is involved with. AllyFally has always brought that enthusiasm to our swim team. Ally takes on the leadership of her lane each day and the lanes surrounding her. She makes it her mission to ensure that her teammates stay on task, all the while encouraging them to stay strong and work to the best of their ability. No matter what stressors she is dealing with, she brings her best to swimming each day and I have no doubt she inspires other SUA students by her efforts in all endeavors. I can say that AllyFally is an incredible teammate. She welcomes each and every member of the team not just as a teammate, but as a friend. She gives her all 100% of the time, and is still able to create a fun family atmosphere. No one has more Bulldog spirit than Allison. She is an amazing person, and will be greatly missed next year.
Field Hockey Coach Tori Vogelgesang said, “Allison is the only player from the 2016 SUA Field Hockey Team to be on the offensive AND defensive stat sheets. On defense, she led the team in defensive saves with a total of three for the season, including two in the regional semi-final game v. Ursuline when she threw herself across the goal twice! A few of my favorite memories of Allison: During our chapel time on Senior Night she shared how much being part of this team means to her and that she can be comfortable being herself. We were lucky enough to witness a couple of Allison’s hysterical laughing attacks this year. Every single time our team shared affirmations, she ended by thanking the coaches.”
The recipient of the Respect the Game award can be a coach, educator, parent, official, student, or even a person from outside our SUA community. They just need to embody the qualities of sportsmanship, ethics and integrity in their work in the school.
The criteria for a Respect the Game nomination is as follows:
- The recipient demonstrates a high level of sportsmanship every day.
- They understand the importance of high school co-curriculars as valuable and as such it is worthy of respect.
- The person acts with courtesy, dignity and pride.
- They demonstrate the importance of putting others ahead of themselves in an ongoing effort to practice the importance of teamwork.
- The recipient’s attitude is able to sway others to follow her and her methods of demonstrating good sportsmanship.
SUA is committed to ethics and integrity in athletics, clubs, student organizations and all co-curricular activities and rewards good sportsmanship. The school has a formal Sportsmanship, Ethics and Integrity Committee that sets the standards and selects the award recipients. This focus on sportsmanship has earned Saint Ursula Academy the prestigious Harold A. Meyer Sportsmanship Award by the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) for the past eleven consecutive years with Saint Ursula winning the highest honor in 2016, the Harold A. Meyer Commissioners Award.
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Photo Caption: The Sportsmanship, Ethics, and Integrity Committee presented Allison Fallon of Hyde Park the “Respect the Game Award” at a recent Pep Rally. Featured in the photograph are:
L-R Front: : Members of the committee junior Margaret Lyon of Anderson Township, senior Kate Perazzo of Anderson Township, senior Ellie Rueve of Hyde Park, junior Ashley Voelkerding of Cleves, and Asst. Swimming Coach Erin Gartner.
L-R Back Row: Mrs. Ann Fallon, award recipient Allison Fallon ’17, Varsity Swim Coach Ann Gartner ’77, Mr. Tim. Fallon, SUA President Lelia Keefe Kramer ’77, SUA Athletics Director Mike Sipes , Field Hockey Coach Ashley Rodd ’12, and SUA Theatre Director Allison Pemberton.
Saint Ursula Academy is a Catholic, college-preparatory, secondary school for young women known for academic excellence and rich tradition. Saint Ursula welcomes students from more than 90 grade schools in the Greater Cincinnati area. The Academy is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a Blue Ribbon School. The campus, located at 1339 E. McMillan Street in East Walnut Hills has been the home of St. Ursula Academy and Convent since 1910. 86% of the Class of 2016 earned college scholarships totaling more than $22-million.