DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI Ursuline High presents 25th annual awards

Staff report


The Feast of Saint Ursula Liturgy was celebrated last month in the school gymnasium.

The 25th annual Distinguished Alumni Awards were presented at the liturgy. Each year, this awards are given to graduates of Ursuline High School who have distinguished themselves by dedicated service to the school and to the community at large. This year’s recipients are Aimee Amendolara Morrison (’79) and Thomas Murray (’72).

Aimee Amendolara Morrison (’79)

Morrison graduated from St. Christine School. She was a member of the Ursuline High School Class of 1979. She attended Bowling Green State University and earned a bachelor’s degree in education, majoring in American Studies. After graduation in 1983, she worked at Laurel High School in New Castle, Pa., in the social studies department.

In 1986, Morrison married Peter Morrison, a member of the Ursuline Class of 1978. They have two children, David, Ursuline Class of 2007, and Megan, Class of 2009. The Morrisons are members of St. Charles Parish where Aimee has taught CCD, worked on the festival committee and was a member of the St. Charles Home and School Board.

She owned and operated “Aim to Please,” a gift basket company until returning to teaching at her alma mater in 1997.

She is an active participant in many activities and committees at the school. She has long served the auction committee lending her expertise making gifts baskets. She is the faculty representative to the Youngstown Diocese Confederation of Teachers Executive Board, is the faculty liaison to the Ursuline Home and School Association and served as a mentor teacher in the Resident Educator program. Morrison also served as the Sophomore Class Adviser for 14 years and created the Pen Pal Project between third-graders at the elementary feeder schools and the 10th- graders at Ursuline.

In 1998, Morrison created the Students of Stewardship (S.O.S.) Club and had done most of her community service through S.O.S. Locally, S.O.S. participants have served dinner at the Rescue Mission and the Dorothy Day House, helped at the Casa Madre House and Habitat for Humanity as well as carried signs at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Morrison has planned, organized and traveled on nine mission trips: five to Matamoros, Mexico, to help the Ursuline Sisters build houses, two trips to Appalachia with “Young People Who Care” and two trips to El Salvador with Epilogos Charities building houses. She also traveled to Florida to help rebuild after a recent hurricane. Morrison is planning a third trip to El Salvador in 2014. She became an Ursuline Associate for the Ursuline Sisters this year. She was the recipient of the Golden Apple Teaching Award in 2003 and the Outstanding Educator Award by the Industrial Information Institute for Education in 2006.

Thomas Murray (’72)

Murray is a 1972 graduate of Ursuline High School. While a student, he was captain of the Ursuline Wrestling Team under Coach Paul Palumbo. Murray’s sisters are Ursuline alumnae as well: Karen ’71, Mary Ann ’74, Patricia ’78 and Carolyn ’80.

He went to Youngstown State University where he earned both a bachelor of arts degree and a master of business administration degree. While a student at YSU he also was captain of the Penguin Wrestling Team.

Murray has worked in commercial banking, holding senior positions with major regional banking institutions. He is the head of Fifth Third Bank’s commercial banking operations in the Mahoning Valley and Western Pennsylvania markets.

Murray is a member of the Ursuline board of directors and chairman of the fundraising and development committee. He is also the current finance chairman of the Sisters of Humility and past chairman. Murray is a member of the United Way Leadership Committee and was a leadership donor for 13 years. He is a member and sponsor of the Mahoning Valley Manufacturing Coalition and a member of both the Institute of MBA Executives and the Institute of Certified Financial Planners.

As president of the Ohio Youth Wrestling League in Austintown, he coordinates wrestling for 14 schools.

Murray and his wife, Gena, have been married for 35 years and are members of St. Christine Parish. They have four children: Kristina, Joseph, Theresa and Tori, a member of the Ursuline Class of 2014. They also have five grandchildren.

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