Each year, St. Ursula Academy presents three special awards to students in its graduating class. These awards speak to the essence of a St. Ursula student—caring, selfless, engaged, and supportive of her sisters and her community.
The Bishop’s Cross, first presented in 1873, is given to a senior who has shown outstanding participation in all religious expressions of the school, has maintained an “A” or “B” average in Theology, has exhibited an attitude of cooperation and enthusiastic support for the school’s effort to build a caring, honest community, and has participated outside the school in religious projects and groups. The Bishop’s Cross for the Class of 2021 is awarded to Sydney Heerdegen.
The St. Angela Award, named for SUA’s foundress, is bestowed upon a graduate who, like St. Angela Merici, believes in the importance of Christian living with attitudes, values, and actions based on charity. She also exhibits the qualities of service, friendship, care, compassion, and concern for others. This year’s recipient of the St. Angela Award is Maria Richard.
The Mary Ann Gugger Award is presented to a graduate who gave generous amounts of time to her school and embraced school spirit. A 1969 SUA graduate, Mary Ann died just one year after her graduation, and this award honors Mary Ann’s spirit and dedication to St. Ursula Academy. The Class of 2020 recipients of the Mary Ann Gugger Award are Kathryn Polizzi and Annie Bennett.