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June 12th marked an auspicious day for the graduates of The Academy of Mount Saint Ursula's Class of 2009. All of the families, teachers, guidance counselors and friends in the Fordham Preparatory School auditorium were proud to watch Commencement for this impressive group of young women on a beautiful early summer afternoon. Among the alumnae of New York State's oldest Catholic school for girls, many have been supported over the years by Inner-City Scholarship Fund's Be A Student's Friend program, which has helped make the gift of a Catholic education a reality for underprivileged children. Ladylaura Bueno's example proves how significant the program's contributions can be in people's lives.
Ladylaura was elected treasurer of the Student Council, president of the Ambassador Club, and was the founder and co-captain of the Debate Club. At Mount Saint Ursula, she completed three Advanced Placement courses and remained on the Honor Roll from her freshman year onward.
Aside from academics, Ladylaura has enjoyed giving back. "She is generous of spirit and dedicates her time to helping others," noted Mount Saint Ursula's Assistant Principal, Lisa Harrison. Ladylaura tutored elementary school children at Saint Elizabeth, another ICSF-supported school in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan. To add to her credentials, she volunteered for the International Rescue Committee, which prepares refugees to attain the English skills necessary in the United States.
Ladylaura will be attending Barnard College - the first in her family to go to college - and aspires to become a prosecutor. She is very grateful to her Be A Student's Friend sponsors Mr. Christopher Brent and his late wife Liane Brent, who made her formative experience at Mount Saint Ursula possible.
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