Message from the President
A walk through the cafeteria at lunch or after school just makes me smile. You can see girls cramming for a test, oblivious to the chatter going on around them. How do they do that? You can see girls having a great time with their friends or planning for class projects and extracurricular activities. I love the end-of-day announcement: “Soccer Team, Swim Team - head to the bus!” Usually, the announcement only has to be made once. It is a happy place to be.
I am thrilled to see the girls excelling in so many different areas. It really makes me stop and think of the important role that IWA plays in helping them to grow into the whole persons God wants them to be.
I am so proud of our students. First and foremost, they stand out as examples of kind and caring teenagers. Don’t just take my word for it. This is always an identified characteristic among those outside the IWA community who have any interaction with our students. This is a credit to their families and teachers who challenge them and are always willing to go the extra mile to help them succeed.
Our students are dedicated to their studies and are recognized academically by a number of national honor societies and even as finalists in the esteemed National Merit Scholarship Program. It is clear in this magazine’s alumnae section that our strong academic program prepares graduates to succeed at colleges and careers throughout the United States and abroad.
But what really inspires me is to see the many ways that our students put their academic gifts and talents to use for others. I was so impressed with the Young Leaders Program’s student-created business, Crawford Coffee Company. Not only did students feel empowered because of the business skills they learned but they also showed great consideration for others by donating the proceeds to a school for under-privileged students. That is the “Woman of the Word” spirit in action!
The annual Talent Show sponsored by the Teens for Unity club is another great example of service to others. All of the money raised through ticket sales went towards the group’s mission trip. Thirteen students will spend their spring break volunteering at Cafe Con Leche, an under-served school in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. How inspiring is that?
Lastly, our student-athletes and their parents were truly team players when they worked an incredibly long day at the Super Bowl. Their good deed allowed them to donate nearly $45,000 towards a new bus. You can read more about their exciting day later in this magazine.
I couldn’t close this letter without mention of our new building. We can all be proud of the completion of this beautiful addition to the school and for all that it will provide for the teachers and students. Thank you to everyone who made a contribution to the I AM IN campaign. Even if you saw the dedication on Facebook Live or “toured” the building on our website, I invite you to come and see the real thing at the Community Open House on Wednesday, March 29th from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. You will be amazed.
In this season of Lent, my prayer is that each of us take the Lenten advice of Father Ron Rolheiser, OMI, when he calls us to slow down, trust in God’s providence and open our hearts in such a way that we hear God clearly say, “I love you!” It will make all the difference. May God bless each of you.
Praised be the Incarnate Word,
Sister Lauren Beck, C.V.I.
Incarnate Word Academy President (2000-present)