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Tamara Broderick '99 Named Associate Professor at MIT

Tamara Broderick is a Ph.D. candidate in Statistics at the University of California, Berkeley and will start as an assistant professor in EECS at MIT in January 2015. She received an AB in Mathematics from Princeton University (2007), a Master of Advanced Study for completion of Part III of the Mathematical Tripos from the University of Cambridge (2008), an MPhil by research in Physics from the University of Cambridge (2009), and an MS in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley (2011). Her recent research has focused on developing and analyzing models for scalable, unsupervised machine learning using Bayesian nonparametrics. She has been awarded the Evelyn Fix Memorial Medal and Citation (for the Ph.D. student on the Berkeley campus showing the greatest promise in statistical research), the Berkeley Fellowship, an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, a Marshall Scholarship, and the Phi Beta Kappa Prize (for the graduating Princeton senior with the highest academic average).


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  • Our STEM expansion is complete!

  • Robert Pafford '16 Recognized by OOGEEP for Science Fair Project

    Congratulations to IWA’s Robert Pafford who was recognized by The Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program (OOGEEP) for his exemplary work at the Ohio Academy of Science’s annual State Science Day held at The Ohio State University in Columbus.


  • State Science Fair Results

    On May 16, 2015, seven middle school students represented IWA at the 67th annual state science day at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. IWA was well represented by the following students who received a rating of Excellent in their areas of research:

    • John Criscione

    • Robert Pafford

    • Richard Pignatiello

    • Varun Ravichandran

    • David Ryan


    The following students earned a rating of Superior in their field of research:

    • Bojan Andrich

    • Katie Arendt


    In addition, David Ryan received second place in the Junior Division for the Osteopathic Medical Award.


  • Power of the Pen Competition

    On Friday, May 22nd three seventh and eighth grade students competed in the Power of the Pen State Competition at The College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio.  Our 7th and 8th grade Power of the Pen team included 7th grader, Paige Ray and 8th graders, Terrin Akstens and Liliana Di Teodoro.


    Lilliana DiTeodoro  and Paige Ray made it into the fourth “power round” of writing at the competition. Lilliana came in ninth place for all eighth graders and received a medal at the awards ceremony!


  • Family Mass Honoring Retiring Teachers

    On Sunday, May 31, 2015, IWA held a beautiful family Family Mass filled with celebrating as we honored our retiring teachers who gave so much to our school and our students! Congrats to all four teachers. We are sad for us but so happy for you!

  • Room 106 Dedicated to the Sisters of the Incarnate Word

    Mr. & Mrs. David Catanzarite were asked to name an IWA classroom in recognition for their generous lead gift of $25,000 towards our Smart is Cool/Cool is Smart air conditioning campaign. On Friday, May 8, 2015, Room 106 was dedicated to the Sisters of the Incarnate Word. Scott and Lindsay Catanzarite and two of their sons, Josh and Aidan, joined us for the blessing and dedication ceremony. Their eldest son, Noah, graduated from IWA in 2014.

  • IWA Wins Classroom of Champions for 3rd Year in a Row!

    On Wednesday, April 22nd , our 8th grade IWA academic team of  Julia Hontanuk-Levko,  Kevin Leneghan and Michael Gyekenyesi competed against St. Angela Merici  and Garfield Middle School of  Lakewood at the St. Edward Classroom of Champions finals.  Our team took an early 70 point lead in the first round, and never lost the lead through the next two rounds.  When the buzzer finally sounded, the final scores were St. Angela  310 points,  Garfield Middle School, 415, and  IWA,  530 points.   This is the third year in a row that our Classroom of Champions has won the final competition.  The St. Ed’s trophy will be displayed in the school office until next year’s spring finals.

  • IWA Students Earn Accolades at OMEA

    Congratulations to our 7th and 8th grade musicians who participated in the Ohio Music Education Association Jr. High Solo and Ensemble Contest at Cuyahoga Community College West on Saturday, April 18. Our 14 musicians played 14 solos and in 5 small groups at the event that involved students from 31 area schools. They received 13 Superior, 5 Excellent and 1 Good ratings


    Congratulations to 8th graders:

    Terrin Akstens -Superior rating for violin solo, Superior rating for violin quartet, Superior rating for violin/bass duet.

    Lilliana DiTeodoro - Superior rating for piano solo, Excellent rating for violin solo, Superior rating for violin quartet

    Emmet Galla - Superior rating for violin solo, Superior rating for violin duet.

    Julia Hontaruk-Levko - Superior rating for violin solo, Superior rating for piano solo, Superior rating for violin quartet, Superior rating for violin duet.

    Marlena Noeth - Superior rating for string bass solo, Superior rating for violin/bass duet

    Abigail Norris - Superior rating for violin quartet

    Olenka Tymosch - Excellent rating for flute solo.

    and 7th graders:

    Thomas Deucher - Superior rating for piano solo, Good rating for alto saxophone solo.

    Gabriel Fini - Excellent rating for cello solo, Superior rating for cello duet.

    Varun Ravichandran - Excellent rating for piano solo.

    Gabriel Stephens - Superior rating for cello solo, Superior rating for cello duet.

    Rishvita Vedartham - Superior rating for cello duet.

    Hanna Zelis - Superior rating for cello duet.

    Alison Jie Zhong - Superior rating for violin solo.



  • GS Troop 70520 Establishes Anti-Bullying Project: Sidekick Seat

    In pursuit of their silver award, Girls Scout Troop 70520 established a "Sidekick Seat" anti-bullying program at Incarnate Word Academy.  The troop donated a beautiful bench which was dedicated on April 15, 2015.  The bench - covered in positive stickers -  is a place for anyone to sit who feels left out or bullied.  Other students are encouraged to sit next to them and talk to them.  According to the troop's informational pamphlet, the purpose is, "to promote self-confidence in children who may feel oppressed by the powers of bullying," and, "to make sure everyone has someone to confide in." The program motto puts succinctly, "Everyone's a superhero with the right sidekick."  See more pictures...

  • Seven IWA Students Advance to State Science Fair

    On Saturday, March 21, nine IWA students competed at the 67th Annual District Science Day at Akron University. Competition was stiff with five counties participating. Earning the distinction of “Superior” and advancing to the State Science Fair in Columbus are Bojan Andrich, Katie Arendt, John Criscione, Robert Pafford, Richard Pignatiello, Varun Ravichandran and David Ryan. Earning the distinction of “Excellent” are Alexander Griffiths and Reese Rybak.


    Additionally, Richard Pignatiello received second place overall in Botany and Katie Arendt won a Sponsored Award from the Akron Council of Engineering and Scientific Societies. Congratulations to all our participants!


  • IWA Spelling Bee

    On Saturday, March 21, 2015 super spellers in grades four through eight participated in an IWA spelling competition in St. Joseph Hall. Congratulations to all of our students who participated...

  • Katie Arendt Wins First in Innovation Olympiad

    Congratulations to IWA's Katie Arendt for winning first place in the Cleveland Young Women’s Internet of Things (IoT) Innovation Olympiad which is a skill contest dedicated to women in STEM.  Katie and her partner from Revere MS placed first out of 14 teams with their “Marketplace Shopping App” presentation and won the top cash prize of $1,000.

  • IWA 7th & 8th Grade GCCTM Teams Place First

    Both 7th grade teams and 8th grade teams took the first place medals in the GCCTM Contest this Saturday, March 7 at Holy Name High School. Congrats to Katie Arendt, Robert Pafford, Alison Zhong, Thomas Deucher, Heather Patacca, and Leah Smith for 7th grade. Congrats to Alexander Griffiths, Marlena Noeth, Halle Rogers, Vince DiFilippo, Nimisha Joshi, and Michelle Rings for 8th grade.

  • IWA at MathCounts State Competition

    At the State MathCounts Competition, Vince DiFilippo took 42nd place out of 200! Thomas Deucher, Abby Norris, David Ryan, and Joel Varghese also participated. Great job, students!

  • IWA Musicians Play at Ohio Music Education Association District 4 Middle School Honors Festival Orchestra

    Congratulations to our 8th grade musicians Julia Hontaruk-Levko, Abby Norris, Terrin Akstens and Lilliana Di Teodoro. These string players were selected to perform in the Ohio Music Education Association District 4 Middle School Honors Festival Orchestra on Saturday, March 7. They rehearsed all day with top string players from all over northeast Ohio under the direction of clinician Robin Bloomberg and then performed in a concert at the Avon Lake High School Performing Arts Center.

  • IWA at Power of the Pen Regional Competition

    On Saturday, March 14th, five seventh and eighth grade students competed in the Power of the Pen Regional Competition at St. Joseph Academy in Cleveland.  Our 7th and 8th grade Power of the Pen teams included:  7th graders … Thomas Malloy and Paige Ray and 8th graders …Terrin Akstens, Lilliana DiTeodoro, and Emmett Galla.


    Seventh grader Paige Ray came in eleventh place and received a medal. Eighth grader Lilliana DiTeodoro came in first place for all eighth graders and received a trophy.  Paige Ray also won a best of round for her round three piece of writing at the competition.

  • IWA Girls Scouts Take 75 Percent of Design Awards at Powder Puff Derby

    At the Girl Scout Powder Puff Derby this past Saturday, IWA's 4th grade Junior troop 287 won several awards. Ainsley Witte took 2nd place for speed in our division! Madeline Roback won 1st place for design, Catie Springer won 3rd place for design and Maeve Galla won 4th place for design. Hope Heinle also participated. This is the 2nd year in a row that our troop took 3/4 of the design awards!

  • IWA Men's Spelling Team Takes First Place


    The IWA Men's Spelling Team's 29 overall points won the First Place Team plaque from the St. Edward High School 42nd annual "Win with Words" Spelling Tournament which took place on Sat, Feb 28, 2015.  All of the participating team members passed the written rounds and took ribbons to advance to one of three oral divisions:


    Championship Division

    Masario Atkins

    Michael Chopra

    Andy Milla

    Tom Malloy

    Alex Ortiz

    Varun Ravichandran

    Shay Tanna, 3rd place trophy overall


    Excellence Division

    Daniel Kimnach, 2nd place trophy  overall

    Alex Norris

    Dev Patel

    Ferenc Somogyi


    Merit Division

    Nick Pavicic

    Ashauni Suhak

    Nathan TIrey



  • GCCTM Excels

    On Saturday, February 21st, sixteen students from IWA’s 5th and 6th grades participated in the Greater Cleveland Council of Teachers of Mathematics’ Annual Problem Solving Tournament. The tournament consists of four rounds which include mental computation, mixed-application problems, and a construction activity. The tournament aims to promote enthusiasm for mathematics and celebrate the achievements of these young mathematicians.


    At the 6th grade level, the team of Nick Diteodoro, Genevieve Zalar, Ashauni Suhak, and Shay Tanna earned a trophy award. A blue ribbon was awarded to the team of Ferenc Somogyi, Olivia Gutowski, and Nathan Tirey.


    Two 5th grade teams also competed in the tournament. Isaiah Skowronski, Irene Jayapandian, Jillian Wilde, and Aashna Lakkaraju made up one fifth grade team and Sohan Shah, Paul Ryder, Yaryna Kurdoba, and Anika Singh composed the other team. Both 5th grade teams were awarded a blue ribbon in their grade level division.



  • IWA Wins Classroom of Champions

    IWA wins St. Edward High School's Classroom of Champions with 560 points! Falling behind to St. Christopher by the score of 120 to 100 after the first round, our team of Julia Hontaruk-Levko, Kevin Leneghan, and Michael Gyekenyesi rallied and scored 170 points in the second round to take the lead. Scoring 560 points overall our team defeated St. Christopher and Sts. Joseph and John to bring home the monthly winner’s plaque! Our high score right now qualifies us for the Classroom of Champion finals to be held on April 22nd. A special thank you to the 8th team members and parents who drove out to St. Ed’s during the snowstorm to cheer our team on to victory!!

  • IWA MathCounts Team To Compete in State Tournament

    IWA's 4 person MathCounts team finished in 2nd place this weekend and will be heading to Columbus to compete in the State tournament: Vince DiFilippo, Abby Norris, David Ryan, and Joel Jacob Varghese


    IWA had 3 individuals finish in the top 9: Abby Norris was 7th, Thomas Deucher was 5th, and Vince DiFilippo had the top score and was 1st.


    Because of his score Thomas Deucher will also be going to the State tournament and will compete in Columbus as an individual.







  • IWA Alumni on Honor Roll at Padua Franciscan

    Congratulations to our IWA alumni who achieved the distinction of being placed on the HONOR ROLL for the 2nd quarter at Padua Franciscan HS: Jamie Adams ’11, Gabrielle Casaliccho ’11, Carolyn Cheich ’14, Kaitlin Compernolle ’12, Hannah Coyne ’12, Brianna Cuddy ’13, Rachel Hill ’11,  Anusha Joshi ’14, Hannah Jurcisin ’11, Emily King ’12, Julia Ludwick ’14, Alexander Ludwick ’13, Nicholai Moysaenko ’11, Katherine Pafford ’13, Julianna Pavicic ’11, Nedas Semaska ’14, Caroline Sua ’14, Emily Szabo ’11, Gina Talerico ’13 and Michaela Thomas ’12.

  • IWA Excels at Walsh Science Fair

    Congratulations to the IWA students who participated in the Walsh Science Fair!  IWA students earned 10 Superior rankings, 14 Excellent rankings, 5 Good rankings and 10 additional awards.  See results...

  • IWA Writers at Power of the Pen


    On Saturday, January 10th, 11 seventh and eighth grade students braved the cold and competed in the Power of the Pen District Competition at Monticello Middle School in Cleveland Heights.


    8th Grade Team

    Overall - 3rd Place

    Terrin Akstens - Honorable Mention (Round 3)

    Lilliana DiTeodoro - 7th Place

    Emmett Galla - 6th Place, Best of Round (Round 3)

    Maddy Mostoller

    Halle Rogers - 4th Place

    Snehi Shah


    7th Grade Team

    Maggie Antolovic

    Rochelle Fabregas

    Thomas Malloy

    Hayley Muhvic

    Paige Ray  - 7th Place


  • IWA Alum, Daniel Zhang '12, Earns Perfect SAT Score

    Congrats to IWA alum, Daniel Zhang '12, for earning a perfect score of 2400 on the SAT – 800 on critical reading, 800 on math and 800 on writing – on the SAT test he took in November! The College Board reported that of the 1.7 million students last year who took the test, a mere 583 earned a perfect score – only .034 percent of all test-takers! Daniel is a junior at Gilmour and it was his first time taking the SAT.

  • IWA Winners at Padua Art Show

    Congratulations to the following 12 IWA artists who were selected to participate in the Padua Art show. There were twenty-seven schools participating this year, entering 325 works of Art in Grades K-8.


    IWA had an impressive showing and took home 8 awards. The artists will be recognized during the Opening Reception on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015 at the Padua gym at 1:00. The exhibit will be on view from January 13th - 23th. Congratulations Artists! We are proud of you!  Artist List...

  • IWA Receives $27,000 Grant for Teacher Laptops!

    IWA is thrilled to announce grant approval for $27,000 from the Diocese of Cleveland Secretariat for Catechetical Formation and Education Expanding the Educational Landscape grant program that is part of the "Rooted in Faith - Forward in Hope" Campaign.  IWA will use the grant to purchase new laptops for every teacher in order to enhance their teaching resources.


    Faculty, staff and students look to Jesus, the Incarnate Word, as “the Way” to learn, to love and to serve in order to make a difference in our world today.  The IWA experience combines the highest standards of academic achievement and 21st century learning skills.  We provide many opportunities for students to explore their God-given talents through music, art, writing, drama, athletics and academic competition.  Our classroom instruction keeps pace with advancements in technology, Ohio New Learning Standards and service learning.  We have always made our students the first priority when purchasing technology.  When crafting the grant request, we wanted to ensure that our teachers have the same level of consideration, professional development and technology.



  • IWA 8th Grader, Snehi Shah, Translates Science Fair Project into Acceptance for the Peru Outreach Health Program at Case Western Reserve University

    IWA 8th grader, Snehi Shah, has been accepted to participate with the POHP (Peru Outreach Health Program) in 2015 Summer through Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine (CRWU SOM).In lieu of a science fair project this year, Snehi translated the concept and results of her last year project into Spanish and put it to use. Last week we found out that her proposal to repeat this study on the native people of the Sacred Valley and Chincha (in Peru) was reviewed by Faculty and accepted to be incorporated into their international health rotation.


    Snehi will work with medical students and pediatrics residents at CWRU SOM and incorporate her methods to do hearing screening on the underserved people of the Sacred Valley in Peru. The project will be incorporated into an existing project that focuses on vision screening. In addition, she will be taking biweekly evening classes in medical Spanish from Jan-April. The in mid June, she will travel to Peru with a group of health care professionals to conduct these tests!


  • IWA 8th Graders Earn for Scholarships for Padua

    Congrats to IWA 8th graders, Nimisha Joshi, Julia Hontaruk-Levko, and Snehi Shah for earning scholarships for being among the top finishers on the Padua Placement Test!

  • In Memorium - Eileen Kuk

    It is with sadness that we share the news that Eileen Kuk, lunch and security monitor, passed away on Saturday, November 29th. She will be cremated and a Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, December 6th at 11:00 a.m. at the Schuester-Straker O’Connor Funeral Home, 5904 Ridge Rd. Parma, 44129. Details will be published in the Plain Dealer on Wednesday, Dec. 3rd.

  • IWA's SMART Table!

    IWA received its SMART Table! Teachers received training on it yesterday and Mrs. Foutz has already started lessons on it! Many thanks to the following donors whose generous donations made the SMART Table possible: The Biernacki Family, Scott & Lindsey Catanzarite, Michael & Kate Faust, Raymond & Sandra Hong and the SIFCO Foundation.

  • IWA 2nd & 3rd out of 32 at St. Ignatius Brain Brawl!

    On Saturday, October 18th, the IWA Classroom of Champions team sent 3 teams to the 4th annual St. Ignatius Brain Brawl.  Thirty-two teams , divided into 4 divisions, competed against other schools in the first 5 rounds.  The top 8 teams overall then qualified for the finals.  Two of our IWA teams advanced to the final round.  The IWA “A” team of,  Danny Brennan, Vince DiFilippo, Julia Hontaruk-Levko, and Kevin Leneghan defeated Gesu and our  IWA “B”  of  Terrin Akstens,  Alexander Griffiths, Michael Gyekenyesk, Alex Sarsbura, & Nick Saul defeated St. Angela to move on to the semi-final round.  In the semi-final round, it was IWA vs IWA!  With no real loser in the semi-finals, the IWA “A” team advanced to the finals to compete against Lakewood Catholic Academy.

         This is the 4th year that an IWA team has made it to the final round.  Competition was tough and unfortunately, our IWA team met their match and lost to LCA 45 t0 41.   Our team brought home the runner-up plaque to hang in Miss Mileti’s room.

        Special recognition to our other IWA team of Bailey Anderson, Olivia Bradfield, Nimisha Joshi, Maddy Mostoller, and Olenka Tymosch,  who had the opportunity to compete against 6 other schools and then cheered on their teammates in the semifinal and final rounds.

       Miss Mileti and Mrs. Cicerchi are proud of our competitors and their accomplishments after a long 9 hour day of questions and answers.  Super Job! See pics...



  • IWA Alumni Named National Merit Semifinalists & National Merit Commended Scholars

    Congrats to the following IWA alum!


    National Merit Semifinalists

    Nicole Davessar, Walsh Jesuit High School

    Maureen Rakovec, Hawken School


    National Merit Commended Scholars

    Courtney Bush, Walsh Jesuit High School

    Joseph Unger, St. Edward High School


  • IWA Launches PreKindergarten Program

    History in the making!  The IWA PreKindergarten program opened its doors for the first time yesterday to 18 eager students.  Director & Teacher, Lori Foutz greeted them at their cars and aide, Holly Bleakley, helped them in the door.

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  • IWA Purchases 3D Printer!

    Incarnate Word Academy has a 3D Printer!!!  Thanks to the generosity of John and Laura Biernacki, Scott and Lindsay Catanzarite, John and Lisa Malloy, PTSU and an anonymous donor, IWA is able offer a "wave of the future" learning opportunity to our students! Photos/video show a 3D logo being printed in the IWA computer lab.  Pictures


  • More News...

Our new STEM areas are finished! Mrs. Micheli and Mrs. Rossman are excited to get their new, expanded technology and science spaces set up for the start of the school year.


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