SCHOOL CLOSED: Incarnate Word Academy will be closed tomorrow, Tuesday, January 16 due to the forecast of winter weather conditions and the potential for dangerous road conditions. All athletic and after school activities are also cancelled.
Nine Incarnate Word Academy students had the privilege of attending the Huffington Award Luncheon hosted by the Asia Society of Texas at the Hilton Americas. The luncheon was hosted to present the Huffington Award for Contributions to the Honorable Kevin Brady, the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee in the United States Congress.
The IWA students in attendance were chosen because of their participation in the Junior States of America club on campus and were one of only four groups of high school students in attendance. After the main event, Congressman Kevin Brady graciously hosted a thirty-minute Q&A session privately for the high school students in attendance because as he stated, “all of the issues that we talk about today are much more about your future than mine.” IWA students engaged with the Congressman directly and asked questions about taxes, health care, and international trade.
Senior and volleyball co-captain, Kate Burnaman, has been named the Memorial Hermann Ironman Sports Medicine Athlete of the Week. After having a season filled with injuries and surgeries, she made an inspiring comeback that earned her this wonderful honor.
She has always loved competing and her passion for volleyball is fueled by her enjoyment of collaborating. As co-captain, she feels honored that her coach views her as a leader and uses the role to be a positive, motivating influence to her teammates. Despite having several concussions, shoulder surgery and knee surgery she emphasizes the importance of persevering. “If you get knocked down, whether it be in life or in sports like that, you have to always keep going and show that you’re strong enough.”
IWA’s Young Leaders Program kicked off the eighth season of its distinguished leader speaker series yesterday with a new brand and a distinguished guest: Mr. Chase Untermeyer, former ambassador to Qatar under President George W. Bush. Now in its eighth season, Leadership Live! is a student-run speaker series that invites distinguished leaders from the Houston community to IWA to share the stories of their lives and their leadership journeys with IWA students in an informal setting.
This season’s first speaker, Mr. Untermeyer recently published the book “How Important People Act: Behaving Yourself in Public.” He has previously held elected office in the Texas State Legislature, served as a United States diplomat, and is now a professor, a consultant, a businessman, and active in serving the Houston community.