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Welcoming Women

The 124 young women who serve as Falcon Ambassadors are vital to Incarnate Word Academy. They serve as tour guides for prospective students, they assist in events such as Open House and New Student Orientation, and help contribute to the school's social media accounts.

"You are a messenger," Director of Admissions Melody Torno told them at Falcon Ambassador training, held July 30 and Aug. 2. "You are someone who is selected to positively represent our school."

The Falcon Ambassadors are sophomores, juniors and seniors who have applied to be part of the program, and selected for their talents and enthusiasm for IWA. Over the course of the school year, the Ambassadors will lead more than three dozen eighth-grade tours, telling prospective students about IWA's unique offerings and sharing their own stories of why they chose the Academy. They'll also help the Admissions office prepare for our annual Open House and take part in other events geared toward student recruitment, and they'll work with IWA's office of marketing and communications to share stories on social media, the website, the weekly e-newsletter and more.

It's a big job.

"I really wanted to be part of something larger than myself," Miranda Rinaldi '24 said about why she wanted to be part of the group. "This community is so welcoming and I can't wait to share that with my middle school, St. Martha's, when they come to tour." 

"I was scared when I came here," said Ginelle Guerrero '24. "I didn't know anyone, and I wasn't close to the other girl who came from my middle school, St. Francis de Sales. But I made friends like that!" She snaps her fingers. "I want to show the eighth graders that you're never alone here."

Falcon Ambassadors serve in teams. There's one that heads up tours. Another coordinates events. A third is the digital communications team. All of them help to tell the story of why IWA is such a special place. And every Ambassador we spoke to for this story mentioned her love for the sisterhood.

"All of the girls are so welcoming here!" said Jazmin Garza '24.

"It's really a family," said Alessa Elkerah '22, a member of the Falcon Ambassadors Executive Team. "Everyone is open and friendly."

So when you see our Falcon Ambassadors in action, leading their tours or taking photos for our Instagram, know that this group of young women is helping showcase our school. We're truly grateful for their energy, ideas and enthusiasm. 

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