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Students Share Their Faith
Posted 01/17/2019 11:00AM

Students Share Their Faith


Sean Campos is one of Incarnate Word Academy’s resident rockstars.

A definite show stealer during any IWA Middle Level talent show, it’s not uncommon to see the eighth-grader plucking away at his acoustic six-string guitar during weekly Mass. According to Sean, the opportunity serves the best of both worlds: doing something he loves in honor of God.

Sean’s journey at IWA began when he transferred to the Elementary Level in fifth grade. Since then, his experience has been nothing short of joyful. He attributes much of his positive experience to an array of things; his fellow students; extracurricular activities; the classroom environment.

But one experience stands out above all others — his time spent learning in the Amor Meus Atrium for the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program. IWA is the only school in South Texas whose Atrium serves students from their very first year through Grade 8.

The Amor Meus Atrium, which is located in the new Catherine & Bob Hilliard Montessori Building, is a place of serenity and beauty, lovingly prepared to bring children into direct contact with God’s richest truths and mysteries. For students, the Atrium can be a place of silence, contemplation, and focused activities. The materials used in the Atrium are designed to allow children to choose work that draws them closer to God.

“Children walk into the Atrium and they know immediately, this place is special,” Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Program Coordinator Mary Ellen Galvan said. “I see the sense of reverence in their eyes, eager to build their foundations in Catholic education. The students here are truly amazing.”

For Sean, what he does in the Atrium serves as a direct reflection of the love he shares not only for Jesus, but for all of those who attend IWA. One way he shows this love is by participating in fun, educational activities with some of the school’s littlest Angels.

Alaya and Claire are Sean’s Angel Buddies from the Elementary Level. Designed to develop spiritual kinships, build friendships between school levels, and provide younger students with positive role models, Elementary and Middle Level Angel Buddies meet several times throughout the year to participate in a variety of activities with each other.

Sean says being able to interact with his five-year-old friends is something he looks forward to every time. Whether they are reading scripture together or creating Advent wreaths in time for the holidays, Sean loves the sense of purpose it gives him to realize how his interaction with younger students directly impacts their growth as Christians.

While interactions with Elementary Level students are always fun, Sean is equally grateful for the experiences he has had with the High School Level. While the transition from eighth-grader to freshman can sometimes be daunting, Sean says shadowing at the High School Level and training with Naviance, a web-based software used to assist in college planning, have already paved the way for a smooth transition.

If you or someone you know are interested in the many scholastic opportunities available at IWA, schedule a tour or invite a friend to RSVP to our Elementary, Middle, or High School Level WORD 101 Open House events. WORD 101 is one of several events created especially for prospective families eager to learn more about IWA.

New students and families who attend a WORD 101 event will be entered to win a $1,000 tuition voucher! New students and returning students advancing to the next school level are eligible to win.

For more information, visit our WORD 101 webpage.

For additional information about the enrollment process, visit our Admissions webpage.

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