Incarnate Word Academy continued its partnership with the Urban Land Institute to offer two summer sessions of UrbanPlan, an exciting educational initiative designed to teach students about urban growth and development.
After taking a crash course in the workings of local government, land
development, and public-private partnerships, the 30 participating students tackled a request for proposal for the revitalization of a hypothetical community. Students formed into development teams and assumed one of five roles: finance director, marketing director, city liaison, neighborhood liaison, or site planner. By responding to the different constituent requests in the proposal and working together representing different aspects of the team, students gained an appreciation for the various forces that affect the land-development process.
Alyssa Caver '19 was one of two students chosen from the state of Texas to participate in the prestigious U.S. Senate Page Program in Washington, D.C. Appointed and sponsored by U.S. Senator John Cornyn, Alyssa performed summer page duties including delivering legislative materials within the Congressional complex and preparing the chamber for Senate sessions. We caught up with her before school started again to hear about this once-in-a-lifetime experience!
This summer, Grace Michael '20 earned the Girl Scout Gold Award–the highest honor in Girl Scouting! This award recognizes girls in freshman through senior year who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable Take Action projects. Grace's Gold Award journey began while taking the Leading with Service class at IWA. It was through this incredible class that her volunteer work with The Summerhouse began.