UIW Awards 2016 CCVI Spirit Award to Dr. Amalia Mondriguez
Dr. Amalia Mondriguez, professor of modern languages at the University of the Incarnate Word, was honored as the school’s 2016 CCVI Award winner on April 4. . The CCVI Spirit Award is presented annually to a permanent member of the university staff whose life embodies the spirit of service of the founding sisters, the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word.
Dr. Mondriguez, who embodies a spirit of service in all she does, joined UIW in 1988. She teaches literature and culture of Spain and Latin America and places great emphasis on community service and the needs of others in each class she teaches. She has also written textbooks and produced audio and video materials in Spanish for optometry and pharmacy courses and is currently in the process of creating curriculum materials in Spanish for physicians. She coordinates community service projects on campus and assists UIW’s professional students with health fairs held in underserved areas of San Antonio and the surrounding area.
Nominated by faculty, staff, administrators and students, the CCVI recipient is selected each year by a committee of faculty and administrators, including previous award winners. The winner receives a sculpture signifying the award and a $500 donation made in his or her name to a ministry of the congregation chosen by the winner.
Saint Mary’s Hall Students Earn Summer Dance Scholarships
Three Saint Mary’s Hall upper school dance students have been awarded scholarships to the Point Park University International Summer Dance program. The scholarships were presented at the Senior Night Kaleidoscope dance performance and were provided by Broadway choreographer and guest instructor Gustavo Zajac.
Congratulations to Andrea Sala (Form 12), Jenny Baylan Dance Spirit Award (full-tuition scholarship); Kathryn Kaihlanen (Form 12), Senior Academic Dance Award (partial tuition scholarship); and Sophie Schoenbrun (Form 10), Undergraduate Academic Dance Award (partial tuition scholarship).
The awards were presented by middle/upper school modern dance teacher Seme Jatib with the Baylan family on hand to award the Jenny Baylan Dance Spirit award.
St. David’s School Welcomes Singing Zoologist
It has been a wonderful spring at St. David’s Episcopal School. Thanks to gifts from generous donors to our Angels Annual Fund, Lucas Miller, the singing zoologist, thrilled students with his hilarious and educational program.
St. David’s Hosts Wizard of Oz-themed Spring Fling
St. David’s welcomed grandparents to a Western-themed celebration that included trick roper Joey Tomlinson. The school’s annual spring fling, on April 7, was a tremendous success. The Wizard of Oz-themed party, “There’s No Place Like St. David’s,” brought out hundreds of parents, grandparents, church members and friends for a delightful evening of food, fun and silent and live auctions benefiting St. David’s School.
The school finishes out the year with a visit from King Antonio and a shoe box parade, a bike rodeo sponsored by the Terrell Hills police department, graduation for its kindergarten and pre-k 4 classes and a two-week “Summer Fun” program.
St. Luke’s Student Artwork Chosen for This Year’s San Antonio Symphony League Fiesta Medal
St. Luke’s Episcopal School fourth grader, Cadence Riggan’s Paint to Music artwork submission was chosen as the image for the San Antonio Symphony League’s 2016 Fiesta Medal. Riggan was a special Symphony League guest at the Fiesta Pops concerts for three evenings where she was recognized at an onstage presentation. “I was able to go onstage at the Tobin Center three nights in a row!” says Riggan. The Symphony League visited St. Luke’s and honored Cadence in front of the entire school. Riggan was thrilled to be chosen as the Fiesta medal winner. “I was really excited that the Symphony League chose my artwork. I think that art can really inspire people and it is a really great skill to learn.”
St. Luke’s Students Present at SA Book Festival
St. Luke’s Episcopal School students presented and accepted awards at the San Antonio Book Festival on April 2. Eighth grader and St. Luke’s “lifer” Scout Stevens accepted the 2nd place award in the 7th & 8th grade division of the San Antonio Book Festival Fiction Contest. The contest was sponsored by the Texas Cavaliers. Her story “The Lonely, Little, Old Lady” was chosen from 175 submissions from 40 schools.
St. Luke’s fourth grader Mia Miller introduced New York Times bestselling author, Pam Muñoz Ryan during a special author Q&A session. Pam Muñoz Ryan discussed her newest book, Echo, a Newbery Honor winner and a current Texas Bluebonnet Award nominee. “I was really excited when I saw the author because her books have touched me,“ says Miller. “When our librarian, Mrs. Milligan, told me I was going to introduce Pam Muñoz Ryan I couldn’t believe it because I really love her books. I am really glad I was able to have this opportunity.”
St. Peter Prince of Apostles Multicultural Class and UIW Students Collaborate
St. Peter Prince of the Apostles multicultural class students, along with international students from the University of the Incarnate Word, gave a presentation on Kosovo on March 22.
St. Peter Prince of Apostles Celebrates Fiesta
St. Peter Prince of Apostles students participated in their own Fiesta event, DAYOSA, on April 21. DAYOSA is a small carnival for students, parents, and staff that includes game booths and carnival rides.
Fifth- and eighth-grade students who participated in school sports will be honored with a dinner and an award ceremony in May.