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As a community of learners filled with the Spirit of the Word-Made-Flesh, we are committed to living the gospel values and inspiring academic excellence.


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Science Fair State Results

Congratulations to the following students for their awards at the State Science Fair at The Ohio State University held on May 10, 2014: 


Excellent Rating:

Emmett Gala (7th gr)

David Ryan (7th gr)

Snehi Shah (7th gr)


Superior Rating:

Danny Brennan (7th gr)

Andras Juhasz (8th gr)

Ashwin Veeramani (8th gr)



MathCounts State Results

Congratulations to our students who competed at the State round of MathCounts!  Out of 200 Ohio students, 8th grader, Kaitlyn Gabric, came in 104th place; and 7th grader, Vince DiFilippo, came in 121st place.


Continental Math League

Congratulations to all 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students who participated this year in the Continental Math League Contests (better known as the Euclidean Math).  The highest score that could have been achieved in this contest was 30 points.  Within our school, here are the top 6 students in each grade level.


8th grade:  Ashwin Veeramani (29), David Muller (27), Kaitlyn Gabric (26), Michael Kuznik (25), Matthew Trickett (25), and Jessa Nauman (25).


7th grade:  Vince DiFilippo (25), Julia Hontaruk-Levko (20), Halle Rogers (19), Erica Esper (19), Michelle Rings (18), and Alexander Griffiths (18).


6th grade:  Leah Smith (28), Robert Pafford (26), Thomas Deucher (24), Mat Kall (21), and Daniel Kimnach (20).


The top 5 students to earn metals are Ashwin, David, Kaitlyn, Vince, and Leah.


IWA Wins Classroom of Champions

for 2nd Consecutive Year!

 Classroom of Champions

On April 9, 2014, our IWA academic team of Ashwin Veeramani, Will Deucher, and Aidan McCaffrey was victorious with a final score of 430 versus St. Christopher and Harding Middle School of Lakewood at the St. Edward Classroom of Champions finals. This is the second year in a row that the IWA Classroom of Champions team has won the year’s finals!  
Our team took an early lead in the first round. However, St. Christopher, in third place after round one, came from behind to take the lead, 185 to our score of 180 in round 2. With a few good answers, our team jumped ahead early in the third round. When the buzzer finally sounded, the final scores were Harding Middle School 170, St. Christopher, 275, and IWA 430. The St. Ed’s trophy will be displayed in the school office until next year’s spring finals. Miss Mileti is proud of our team and the other 8th grade team members who worked every Thursday night to help these boys prepare for the competition. It was a great year for our team, winning at St. Ed’s and at the St. Ignatius Brain Brawl last fall.



Spelling Bee at IWA

On Saturday, March 22nd, the IWA men’s, girls, and boys’ spelling teams joined forces to compete in a Spelling Bee at Incarnate Word Academy. The event was well attended by family and friends of the competitors.  Results of the spelling event:

Championship Division

1st place Rochelle Fabragas

2nd place Kevin Haller

3rd place Varun Ravinshadran

Excellence Division

1st place Nathan Tirey

2nd place Ashauni Suhak

3rd place Maggie Antolovic

Merit Division

1st place Aashna Lakkaraju

2nd place Tom Malloy

3rd place Cassandra Cyriak

All of the students should be commended on the wonderful job they did.  Their coaches who include Mrs. Hearst for the men’s and boys’ teams, and Ms. Kaminski, Mrs. Rolle, and Mrs. Stout for the girls ’team, were extremely proud of their demeanor and performances throughout the event


Mohican District Science Fair

Seventh grader, Emmett Galla,  and eighth grader, Ashwin Veeramani, received Superiors at the Mohican District Science Fair.  Both will advance to the State Science Day on May 10, 2014 at Ohio State University.  Ashwin also received third place overall.  

District 5 Science Fair Awards

Seven students competed at the District Science Fair held at the University of Akron on Saturday and four of them earned the highest rating of Superior: Danny Brennan, Andras Juhasz, David Ryan, Snehi Shah. These four students were invited to compete at The Ohio Science Day at the Ohio State University in May. The other three students: Alexander Griffiths, Lynzie Horejs, Luke Zupancic scored Excellent. Two students received additional awards: Andras Juhasz received a 1st place in the category of Botany and an award from the Ohio Soybean Council, and Snehi Shah won an award from the Ohio Nurses Association. 

Power of the Pen Regional Competition Winners

At the Power of the Pen Regional Competition at Saint Joseph Academy on Saturday, March 15th, Incarnate Word Academy was one of 66 schools competing at this narrative writing competition. Seventh grade participants were Terrin Akstens, Lilliana DiTeodoro, and Emmett Galla.  Eighth grade participants were Riya Lakkaraju, Aidan McCaffrey, David Muller, and Claudia Stephens. IWA’s Power of the Pen coaches are Mrs. Hovanec-Davey  and Ms. Richardson.

7th Grade results:  Terrin Akstens was awarded Best of Round for 7th grade First Round.

8th Grade results: Claudia Stephens was awarded 15th place overall amongst 8th graders and also Best of Round for 8th grade First Round. 

Northeast Ohio Science and Engineering Fair (NEOSEF) Awards

At the Northeast Ohio Science and Engineering Fair (NEOSEF) over 500 students participated from over 80 public and private schools. The following students were awarded:

8th Grade

Maria Criscione:

2nd Health ($25), Silver Medal, Broadcom


Andras Juhasz:

2nd Biology ($25), Silver Medal


Jessa Nauman:

2nd Behavioral Science ($25), Silver Medal


7th Grade

Emmett Galla:

2nd Earth ($25), Silver Medal, Broadcom Award


Marlena Noeth:

2nd Environmental Science ($25), Silver Medal, Association for Women's Science Award, Western Cuyahoga Autobon Society Award


David Ryan:

2nd Health & Medical ($25), Silver Medal, Broadcom Award


Matthew Schram:

2nd Earth ($25), Silver Medal, Cross Disciplinary Case($100),

Sachel from Cuyahoga Waste District ($50)


Snehi Shah:

1st Behavioral Science ($100), Gold Medal, Broadcom Award, Cleveland Clinic Award ($50), CSU Award ($50)


Olenka Tymosch:

2nd Chemistry ($25), Silver Medal, Silver Metal, William Sweet Award ($25), Broadcom Award,NEOSEF Board of Director's Outstanding Project Award, Society of Automotive Engineers ($100)



National Geographic Geography State Bee Qualifier

Congratulations to 7th grader, Luke Zupancic who qualified for the National Geographic Geography State Bee to be held in Columbus, on April 4th.   Luke will compete against 99 other students from the state of Ohio to qualify for a trip to Washington D.C. for the national finals in May.  

Geography Bee


GCCTM Wins Top Awards at Math Competition

Over the weekend the annual GCCTM Math competition was held at Holy Name High School.  There were two teams of three students competing from both the 7th and 8th grades.  All four IWA teams earned the top medal award  in their division. Congratulations to 8th graders Michael Kuznik, David Muller, Jessa Nauman, and Claudia Stephens, Kevin Haller, Will Deucher and 7th graders David Ryan, Marlena Noeth, Alexander Griffiths, Julia Hontaruk-Levko, Halle Rogers, and Michelle Rings. 

GTTCM Award Winners

Ohio Music Education District IV Honors Festival

Orchestra & Band Concerts

Six eighth grade Incarnate Word Academy students participated in the Ohio Music Education District IV Honors Festival Orchestra and Band Concerts on Saturday, March 1st.  Only a very select group of 8th grade musicians are accepted for this event and are directed by accomplished guest conductors.  Our IWA 8th grade musicians enjoyed the challenging and rewarding experience and together with several other middle schools of Northeast Ohio, gave a superb performance at Lakewood Civic Auditorium. Our  IWA musicians were: William Deucher, Andras Juhasz, and Claudia Stephens (violins), Riya Lakkaraju (cello) and Maria Criscione and Julia Kashuba (clarinets).

IWA Girl Scouts Race in Powder Puff Derby

Congratulations to the following IWA Girls Scouts for the following racing and car design awards at the

Powder Puff Derby :

4th grade:

Erin Ortiz 1st place for car design 

Jillian Wilde 4th place for car design 


3rd grade:

Hope Heinle 1st place for car design

Madeline Roback 2nd place for car design

Maeve Galla 4th place for car design


1st grade:

Gina DiFilippo 2nd place for speed

Maria Petkovic 3rd place for car design



On Saturday, February 15th, IWA participated in the annual MathCounts Competition at Cleveland State University.  Our team competed fiercely against 13 schools and finished in
3rd place overall with 3 of the members advancing to the State Level Competition in Columbus on Saturday, March 8th.  Our team members are Ashwin Veeramani, Matthew Trickett, Michael Kuznik, William Deucher, Kaitlyn Gabric, Kevin Haller, Jacob Micheli, Vincent DiFilippo, David Ryan, Abigail Norris, and Marlena Noeth.  The students representing IWA at the State Level Competition are Ashwin Veeramani, Kaitlyn Gabric, and Vincent DiFilippo; CONGRATS AND GOOD LUCK!


Walsh Jesuit Science Fair Participants
Several 7th & 8th grade IWA students attended the Walsh Jesuit Science Fair last weekend and did a wonderful job!

8th Grade:
Maria Criscione : Excellent
Lynzie Horejs: Superior
Kristin Nauman : Excellent
Jessa Nauman : Excellent
Andras Juhasz: Superior - Best in show, Best in botany, Governor's Award for agriculture and food science research
Justyn Spanski: Superior
Ashwin Veeramani: Superior - Best in health, Governor's Award for excellence in biotechnology & biomedical technology research

7th Grade:
Olivia Bradfield : Excellent
Danny Brennan: Superior
Emilia Denerville: Excellent
Vince DiFilippo: Superior - BEST IN PHYSICS
Lilliana DiTeodoro: Excellent
Emmett Galla: Superior -
Ohio Development Services Agency Governor's Award in Advanced or Alternate Energy Resources
 Alexander Griffiths: Superior
Kevin Leneghan : Excellent
Maddie Mostoller : Excellent
Marlena Noeth: Excellent
Abby Norris: Excellent
David Ryan: Superior
Matthew Schram: Excellent
Snehi Shah: Superior
Olenka Tymosch: Excellent
Luke Zupancic: Superior

IWA Mens' Spelling Team

IWA came in 1st place in the St. Edward High School
Forty-First annual “Win with Words” Spelling Tournament that took place Saturday, February 1, 2014.

Championship Division:
Kevin Haller - 1st place
Andras Juhasz - Ribbon
Matthew Kall - Ribbon
 Alex Ortiz - Ribbon
Varun Ravichandran - Ribbon

Excellence Division:
Liam McCormick - 2nd place

Merit Division:
Thomas Malloy -  1st place
Michael Chopra- 3rd place
Dev Patel - Ribbon

Geography Bee

Seventh grader, Luke Zupancic is this year’s National Geographic Geography Bee school winner. Luke will take a written test to qualify for the geography bee at the state level.  Seventh grader, Julia Hontaruk-Levko was the second place runner-up.

Ohio Nets Tournament Winners

Power Of the Pen

7th grade awards
1st place round three-Terrin Akstens

15th place overall-Lillianna Di Teodoro
1st place round one-Emmett Galla
1st place overall-Halle Rogers
3rd place team overall

8th grade awards
10th place overall-David Muller

5th place overall-Riya Lakkaraju
3rd place team overall

IWA Classroom of Champions Winners

Our IWA  academic team competed on Wednesday, November 20th at the St. Edward High Classroom of Champions competition. Leading after all 3 rounds, our team of Ashwin Veeramani, Aidan McCaffrey, and Will Deucher brought back to IWA this month’s winner’s plaque.  A special Thank You goes the rest of the 8th grade Classroom of Champions team for a job well done the past 2 months at the competitions and also for helping prepare the boys for this contest.

IWA and Veterans' Day..
IWA 8th Grader sings the National Anthem at Quicken Loan Arena for the Military Veterans' Career Expo

IWA named St. Ignatius
 Brain Brawl Champion!

More Blue Ribbons!  

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Cross Country Championships
IWA 3rd out of 27

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Governor's Thomas Edison Award for Excellence in STEM Education and Youth Opportunities
Congratulations IWA! We again earned the Governor’s Thomas Edison Award for Excellence in STEM Education and Youth Science Opportunities!

Mrs. Micheli, Mrs. Puin & Mrs. Rossman, recipients of the Governor’s Thomas Edison Award for Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering & Math education.


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Parma. Heights, Ohio 44130
Phone: 440.842.6818
Fax: 440.888.1377
Alumni News
 Hoops & Hilarity was a big success!
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Congratulations to..

Greta Noeth('13), a freshman at St. Joseph Academy, won the top prize in the State of Ohio Higher Education Video Contest for a video she created entitled "I Am a Digital Learner". 

to our alumni, class of 2010, who were named


National Merit
Sara Hurley
(St. Joseph HS)

Anamika Veeramani
 (Laurel School)

National Merit
Paul Jakubowski
 (St. Ignatius HS)
Joseph Kooplikkattu
 (St. Ignatius HS)
Thomas Springer
(Holy Name High School)

Jonathan Unger
(St. Edward HS)

Gordan Kilarsky, IWA class of 2011, whose fantastic drawing was chosen for the St. Ignatius Christmas card
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