Ursuline Academy awarded diplomas to 79 young women during its 287th commencement exercise May 17, 2014, in the school’s auditorium. Janet Crumhorn Pesce, an Ursuline graduate of 1966 and a teacher, speaker and advocate for the blind, delivered the commencement address.

The valedictory address was delivered by Hanan I. Rimawi, the student who earned the highest cumulative averages during her high school career.

Rimawi, of Harvey, is the daughter of Issam and Amal Rimawi. She plans to attend Tulane University, where she will double major in public health and international relations.

Earning the second-highest cumulative averages were salutatorians Gabriella M. Bergeron and Iman Naeem.

Bergeron, of Gretna, is the daughter of Joseph and Emily Bergeron. She plans to attend LSU, where she will study chemical engineering.

Naeem, of Kenner, is the daughter of Mohammad and Laiq Naeem. She plans to attend Tulane University, where she will study biology. The following students also were ranked in the top 10 of the graduating class: Lina E. Alam, Lauren V. Barré, Tiffany Y. Nguyen, Isabel O. Walker, Elise H. Bourgeois, Gabriella C. Mouriz, Gabriella C. Leonovicz and Lauren P. Martin.

The two highest honors awarded by Ursuline Academy were bestowed on Rimawi and Lauren Barré. Rimawi received the Courtesy, Loyalty, Courage Medal, awarded by the high school faculty to the student who exemplifies those three virtues. Barré received the Sedes Sapientiae Medal, awarded by the high school faculty to the senior whose scholarship, achievement and loyalty have been outstanding and consistent.

Also graduating were:

Eve M. Anders, Emily C. Andrews, Ashleigh E. Banks, Ashley L. Barbier, Rachel C. Bommer, Emilie B. Boucvalt, Mary A. Bullock, Erin R. Caldarera, Cassidy G. Cali, Jarithza K. Carlson, Emma K. Christie, Joy M. Comboy, Holly M. Corvers, Baily E. Daberkow, Avery D. Davis, Giana C. Davis, Jenna S. Deemer, Sarah J. Delaney, Brandy M. DeMarco, Brooke N. Diehl, Shelby N. Duckworth, Brianna L. Duronslet, Jaylyn D. Edison, Sarah C. Gamard, Kayla L. Garnier, Kealani P. Gaspard, Amanda Giordano, Natalie P. Guinta, Emily C. Hartenstein, Marissa M. Hartman, Katherine M. Hickham, Cora A. Hicks, Meta R. Hight, Ashlyn T. Horne, Anam F. Ismail, Tristan R. Jones, Jenna D. Jurisich, Alice P. Kerl, Hannah L. Koster, Beth C. LaCour, Kristen C. Landry, Sydney M. Latour, Celina M. LeVasseur, Krista M. Liljeberg, Emily F. MacLaren, Khylee A. Melancon, Rachel E. Morris, Kayla B. Motin, Macy L. Mouton, Elizabeth R. Nourse, Kathleen E. O’Meara, D’Andrea E. Opara, Brittany A. Plaisance, Lauren H. Porche, Carley J. Pressley, Maycie M. Ransom, Erin E. Regouffre, Kelsey K. Remy, Alexis R. Robin, Hannah B. Rote, Madeline M. Roussel, Gabrielle A. Schuck, Jessica M. Signorelli, Sydni R. Sumas, Laura C. Taylor, Camille E. Tiemann, Sarah F. Vallon and Kristian L. Watts.