Shane Williamson, the Year 12 Dean at Onehunga High School, has no reservations in recommending Urshula Ansell to the First Foundation: 'Urshula has impressed me with her outgoing personality and her willingness to help others. She makes the most of every opportunity. Urshula has a strong work ethic and is not afraid to ask for clarification when needed. These values will ensure that Urshula is well placed to achieve to her full potential.'
In 2009, Urshula achieved NCEA Level 1 endorsed with Merit and was awarded Academic Excellence in Drama. Urshula was an all-rounder. She has her Industry Level 1 Dance qualification and has successfully completed the Te Kaipakihi Ranga Wairua Programme and won the Leadership Award. She served her school through a number of extracurricular involvements such as the Stage Challenge, School Choir, The Cook Island Group for PolyFest, a mentor for the Peer Support Program, on the Students Against Drink Driving (SADD) Committee and in the Waka Ama group. Urshula is a keen footballer and played in the 1st XI Girls' Team as well as for the Onehunga Mangere United Soccer club.
"Bubbling over with enthusiasm, Urshula is totally charming - this one will certainly go far in life! Shes passionate about events and organising functions etc and obviously is well aware of the importance of leaving a lasting impression and creating unique experiences. Urshula is certainly a 'people person' through and through and I think she would get a lot out of our team in terms of understanding how creating great experiences contributes to an engaged workforce." (Rebecca Wigram, Manager - Internal Brand Experience)
Urshula graduated from AUT University in December 2014 with a Bachelor of Maori Development and is currently completing a Diploma in Business. She was elected to Vice President of AUSM and in October 2015 she became the President.