Fine & Performing Arts

Art Multimedia Club

Mrs. Jan O’Neill Room 326-328
The Art Multimedia Club provides a unique opportunity for students to learn how to create multimedia presentations utilizing the latest in high tech computer programs and equipment. This organization was established to insure that the students of Ursuline High School would be prepared for the future of multimedia presentation that exists in today’s technologically advanced world. It is open to all interested students.

Band

Mr. John Peplowski, Room 105
The Ursuline High School Band provides numerous ways for students to perform and showcase their musical talents. The marching band performs at football games, pep assemblies, band nights, OMEA state sanctioned competitions, parades, and basketball games. During the second quarter, the marching band segues into concert band and performs for the annual Christmas Concert and late Advent Prayer Service. During the second semester, the band functions as a concert band. Their talents are showcased during the Fine and Performing Arts Assembly, the annual spring concert, awards day, and competitively during the annual spring trip. Past trip destinations in which the band has earned numeroud competitive awards and honors include: Virginia Beach, Myrtle Beach, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Chicago, Orlando, St. Louis, Hershey, Toronto, and Gaitlinburg.

Aside from performing in major music ensembles, students also have the opportunity to participate in numerous smaller ensembles that include: OMEA Solo & Ensemble competition, Stage Band, Percussion Ensemble, and Drummawockeez. Students also receive recognition at the annual awards banquet held each spring.

Benefits of Joining:

  • Academic Credit
  • General Scholarship of $250 for being a member all year
  • Private Lesson Scholarship Incentive
  • Eligibility for the Spring Trip if member all year
  • Develop leadership qualities
  • Enhance self confidence-self esteem
  • Enhance critical thinking skills
  • Increase self discipline and responsibility
  • Simultaneous use of left and right brain
  • Frequent activity in a controlled and positive environment
  • 65% of students on average are on the honor roll
  • Valedictorian/Salutatorian from the band 8 of the last 10 years
  • Foster long term quality friendships
  • Part of a long existing tradition

Visit the band’s website: http://www.ursulineband.com

Colorguard

Mr. John Peplowski, Room 105
The colorguard is an important visual segment of the marching band during the first quarter of the year. It is one unit comprised of flags, dance, and majorettes. The colorguard is open to students in grades 9-12 and members are selected after an extended audition process. Members have the opportunity to perform at football games, band nights, pep assemblies, OMEA state sanctioned competitions and parades.

Benefits of Joining:

  • Academic Credit (1/4)
  • Eligibility for the Spring Trip
  • Apply skills obtained from private training
  • Develop leadership qualities
  • Enhance self confidence-self esteem
  • Enhance critical thinking skills
  • Increase self discipline and responsibility
  • Simultaneous use of left and right brain
  • Frequent activity in a controlled and positive environment
  • Foster long term quality friendships
  • Part of a long existing tradition
International Thespian Society/Theatre

Mrs. Joan Williams, Room 307 Ursuline Theater
The International Thespian Society, the student division of the Educational Theatre Association is the world’s largest honor society for theatre arts students. Ursuline High School troupe 5185 encourages students to attain a better mastery of the theatre arts and reqards those who achieve standards of excellence.

Each year, Ursuline produces four theatrical productions: two musicals, a non-musical and the student-directed one acts which have become a favorite Ursuline tradition. Auditions for all productions are held for casting purposes. Students not wishing to appear on stage serve in backstage capacities (e.g. set building, running lights and sound, stage management).

Benefits of Joining:

  • Membership in an international honor society
  • Recognition of achievement in the theatre arts
  • Leadership opportunities
  • Participation in conferences and workshops
  • Advancement to Thespian ranks of Honor, National Honor or International Honor Thespian
  • Developing friendships with those who have similar interests
  • Developing poise, self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Developing the skills of concentration, focus and self-discipline
  • Developing creative problem solving abilities and the skill to work independantly
  • Developing oral communication and time management skills

Any Ursuline student can be a member of the Drama Club or Apprentice Thespians by attending meetings and participating in Ursuline Theatre productions. Those students who desire to be inducted into the International Thespian Society earn points based on their participation in Ursuline Theatre productions and activities.

Liturgical Choir (El Fuego)

Dr. Linda Miller, Room 222
The Liturgical Choir is open to all students who wish to share their musical talents thereby enhancing the quality of our liturgical worship. The group welcomes all whom wish to participate but particularly those who can play a musical instrument and those who enjoy singing. Choir practice will be held weekly.

Speech and Debate

Mrs. Joan Williams, Room 307
The Speech and Debate team participates in forensic competitions at the local, state, and national level. Categories include: Oratorical Interpretation, Original Oratory, Humerous Interpretation, Dramatic Interpretation, U.S. and International Extemporaneous Speaking, Prose-Poetry, Duo Interpretation, Impromptu Speaking, Lincoln-Douglas Public Forum, and Congressional Debates. Students receive coaching during the months of September and October and compete during the months of November through March. Competitions are usually scheduled on Saturdays. The team is affiliated with both the Ohio High School Speech League and the National Forensic League. Practices are held after school at least 2 nights a week during the Speech/Debate season.

Benefits of Joining:

  • Developing effective communication, critical thinking, interpretation and leadership skills
  • Developing poise, self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Involvement on a team with friends who have similar interests
  • Membership in a Speech and Debate Honor Society (National Forensic League)
  • National awards that can be attained by all members
  • Advancement to national ranks of Special, Outstanding and Premier Distinction
  • Opportunity for State and National competition and awards
  • Gaining an understanding of the Ethics of Good Sportsmanship

Any student may become a speech and debate team member providing he/she completes team responsibilities and follows team policies and regulations.

Visit the Speech and Theatre’s website: https://sites.google.com/site/ursulinejwc/