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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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  • Safe, nurturing, academic and spiritual environment


    Your child will learn and grow in a safe, nurturing environment.  Gospel values are not only taught, but practiced by faculty and staff.

















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    Incarnate Word Academy is the sponsored ministry of the Sisters of the Incarnate Word. As a community of learners filled with the Spirit of the Word-Made-Flesh, we are committed to living Gospel values and inspiring academic excellence.














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    Our reputation for academic excellence is proven year after year through the accomplishments of our students and alumni.



















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    Incarnate Word Academy offers over 40 enrichment opportunities for your child in Arts, Academics and Athletics!
















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  • IWA Students Excel at NEOSEF (Northeastern Ohio Science & Engineering Fair)

    Congratulations to the following IWA NEOSEF(NorthEast Ohio Science & Engineering Fair) participants who represented IWA so well at Cleveland State University!


    Michael Biernacki

    1st place, Math/Computer Science

    John DiFilippo

    2nd place, Physics and an iPad

    Nicholas DiTeodoro

    2nd place, Engineering, and special award

    Catherine Galla

    3rd place, Chemistry, and special award

    Olivia Gutowski

    2nd place, Health/Medicine plus 2 special awards totaling $175

    Robert Pafford

    3rd place, Math/Computer Science, and special award

    Gabriel Stephens

    2nd place, Environmental Science, and special award

    Joel Varghese

    2nd place, Engineering

    Genevieve Zalar

    Honorable Mention, Behavioral Science

    Alison Zhong

    2nd place, Chemistry, and special award


    In addition, Michael Biernacki, Nicholas DiTeodoro, Catherine Galla, Gabriel Stephens and Genevieve Zalar were identified as Broadcom Masters, which are the top 10% of over 500 participants.


  • IWA Students Excel at Walsh Science Fair. Seven Students Advance to District 5 Competition

    On Saturday, February 13, students competed at the Walsh Science Fair for an opportunity to advance to the District 5 Science Day. Congratulations to the following students:


    Earning a rating of "Superior" and advancing to District 5 Science Day at Akron University:

    Michael Biernacki

    Aileen Bracken

    Ferenc Somogyi

    Shay Tanna

    Stephen Vavro

    Robert Pafford

    Alison Zhong


    Earning a rating of "Excellent":

    Catherine Galla

    Madeline McDaniel

    Praveer Singh

    Ashauni Suhak

    Gabriel Stephens


    Earning a rating of "Good":

    Nathan Wloszek-Therens

    Nathan Tirey


    Additional Awards

    Aileen Bracken earned 1st place in Botany


    Michael Biernacki earned 2nd place in Medicine/Microbiology


    Robert Pafford earned 2nd place in Computer/Engineering/Math/Physics


    Gabriel Stephens earned 3rd place in Botany


    Shay Tanna earned 3rd place in the Biochemistry/Chemistry


    Aileen Bracken won the Governor's award in Agriculture and Food Science


    Robert Pafford earned  Governor's award in Information Science/Information Technology




  • 7th Graders Help Families Affected by Cancer

    Seventh grade students, Josh Catanzarite, Bella Ruffa, Sarah Strippy, Jenna Vale, Mariah Wentz and Katie Wojas spearheaded a service project which raised $720 by selling different colored ribbons to signify different types of cancer. The proceeds were donated to Metro Cancer Care and will be used to help the families of cancer patients with expenses such as parking, gas and other incidentals incurred when frequently visiting a loved on in the hospital.

  • Incarnate Word Academy Earns Governor's Award for STEM for 8th Consecutive Year

    Congratulations to Mrs. Rossman, Mrs. Micheli, Mrs. Brezina and Mrs. Klutarich for winning Governor’s Thomas Edison Award for Excellence in STEM Education and Student Research from The Ohio Academy of Science.  This award recognizes Incarnate Word Academy and our teachers for, “not only providing a strong STEM curriculum but encouraging participation in many other activities to stimulate student interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” according to The Ohio Academy of Science.  Each teacher receives a gratis one year membership to The Ohio Academy of Science. This is the 8th consecutive year that Incarnate Word Academy has won this award.

  • IWA STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) Center is Impressive

    As students, faculty and parents enter our expanded Technology Lab and Science Lab the first word out of their mouths is, "WOW!". The updated spaces are conducive for 21st century learning and the students are excited! In response to the progressive opportunities offered to the students, IWA mom and alumna, Holly Bleakley '85 states, "I'm thrilled that my chilcren will be exposed to 3D printing and modeling, coding, engineering and science projects! Plus, they will have Algebra I by the time they graduate IWA. It gives me peace of mind to know they will be well prepared for the high school of their choice."


  • Richard Pignatiello Takes First Place

    Science Fair project extends beyond the classroom! Richard Pignatiello, an 8th grader at Incarnate Word Academy has taken 1st Place in the Open Division at the 2015 Cuyahoga County Fair in the Cucumber Category. He also placed 2nd in both Green Sweet Peppers and Yellow Sweet Peppers.

  • Maggie Antolovic Wins Bishops' Scholarship for Excellence

    Maggie Antolovic was selected as one of 22 Bishops' Scholarship for Excellence recipients! Maggie was commended for her excellent essay and awarded the scholarship at a special event on August 7, 2015.

  • 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.


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