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Two Saint Ursula Academy Students Honored by National College Board

Hassel and Sutherlin

Saint Ursula Academy is proud to announce Ava Hassel ’23 of Colerain and Alyssa Sutherlin ’23 of Hartwell have been honored by the National College Board.  Both students were selected as part of the National African American Recognition Program based on their PSAT scores and high school GPA.
The National African American Recognition Program recognizes approximately 5,000 African American juniors each year from among the more than 400,000 juniors who take the PSAT. As with the National Merit Scholarship Program, NHRP uses the sophomore year PSAT/NMSQT as the qualifying test.
“We are incredibly proud of these talented students and are thrilled to see their hard work being nationally recognized,” said SUA Principal Dr. Mari Thomas. 
While these students are currently juniors, they are already looking ahead to their future and the next step on their academic journey. 
Ava Hassel shared she would love to study business in college, following in the footsteps of her parents, who studied finance, entrepreneurial studies, and marketing. She says Saint Ursula has been a great partner in helping her pursue her goals. 
“I have found support academically at Saint Ursula through my teachers and classmates,” said Ava Hassel ‘23. “My teachers assist me by giving me the resources I need to succeed, and my classmates help me by reminding me that we are working together towards our common goal of academic achievement and overall success in life.”
Hassel added “One aspect of Saint Ursula that has especially helped me grow as a learner is the variety of electives that I've taken. Two of my more recent ones, Architecture, and Accounting, have helped me hone my interests in order to take a step towards what I want to do in the future.
Alyssa Sutherlin plans to major in biology in college. She says she finds natural science very interesting and is considering pursuing biology or zoology. 
“Saint Ursula Academy has allowed me to explore my academic potential by providing classes that suit my interests, as well as support me with classes that challenge me and push me to do my best every day,” said Sutherlin. “SUA also academically supports me by providing AP classes that I feel would be valuable, especially in college.
She adds the SUA community and support have helped her grow. “SUA has helped me to become more confident in all of my abilities, especially academically. Supportive classmates and teachers provide me with the atmosphere I need to learn in the best way possible. I am always pushed to succeed and everyone is constantly there to help each other reach their goals.”
Principal Thomas added, “We are proud of the many ways Saint Ursula Academy supports all students to ensure they can reach their highest potential. We believe the holistic approach of helping each student develop in mind, body and spirit helps our students grow as learners by providing the opportunity to develop their unique gifts and talents.”