Meghan Moody '19, Caroline Moody '20, and Miranda Wilkes '19 attended the Bank of America Women's Leadership Series this week as guests of Asia Society of Texas. The students listened to an all-female panel of energy executives talk about the importance of STEM education in the heart of the "Energy Capital of the World."
IWA welcomed Ms. Erica Raggett to speak at Leadership Live! Ms. Raggett inspired us with her story of merging two passions into social change in the fight against human trafficking. Most recently, her service journey led her to merge her passion for coffee shops and desire to raise awareness about human trafficking to create a social-justice centered coffee shop, "A 2nd Cup", in the Heights.
Congratulations to IWA's Impact Dance Team who performed beautifully at their first-ever team competition! Last Saturday, the team competed at the Crowd Pleasers Dance Competition and were awarded Best in Class, Outstanding Performance Quality, and Silver Sweepstakes! Kennadi Barker, Emily York, and Maggie York won first place in their trio. Elizabeth Drake, Nicole Fish, Allison Tirado, and Emily York also competed with their own solos. Though nerves are inevitable, Coach Lauren Lacanlale was confident that the girls would thrive in competition: "I know they will succeed because these girls are so determined. They want to succeed, they want to be better, they are constantly striving to be better than the day before. And, most importantly, they are willing to put in the work."
IWA was proud to honor senior Morgan Sword as she signed her letter of intent on the 2019 National Signing Day. Morgan put pen to paper and committed to play golf at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana. She is the first IWA graduate to play golf at the college level.
Congratulations to Elissa Akuchie ‘19, Natalie Birney ‘19, Debbie Dinh ‘20, Michela Durrette ‘19, Bella Kerfers ‘20, Suzanna Marbach ‘19, and Adrianah Rangel ‘19 who competed as a team in the Vase Competition. All of the team's submissions ranked at the top of their Division and medaled. A special congratulations to Natalie Birney who's sculptural bust, Face of Beauty, was selected to compete individually at the VASE State Competition.
Dominique Nanquil '20, Sofia Garza '21, and Elise Potier '22 were selected to perform with the TPSMEA All-State Choir at Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts led by Dr. Carolyn Cruse in Richardson, Texas.
Since 1974, National Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. The theme for National Catholic Schools Week 2019 is “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.”
Nine IWA seniors traveled to Washington, DC with the Close Up High School Program, a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization which aims to inform, inspire and empower young people to exercise the rights and accept the responsibilities of citizens in a democracy.
"I realized that the entire community cared about this situation, but it seemed like everyone was waiting for someone else to take the first step." Ms. Ginger Sprouse told her amazing story of taking the first step with Victor, a homeless man in her hometown during the first Leadership Live! of 2019.
Congratulations to two IWA seniors who received recognition for their submissions in the Scholastic Art & Writing Competition. Senior Elissa Akuchie was awarded a Silver Key for her sculpture titled Metropolitan and Senior Natalie Birney received three Honorable Mentions.