2012 Middle School Award Winners
T. Austin Finch Master Teacher Award
Kate Bachmann, Derek Brandon, Max Johns, Terra Johns, Terry Neza, Tiffany Neza, and Stephanie Thomas
Adam Chinnasami, Ian Craig, Kayla DeWeese, and Lauren Griffith
People for People Leadership Program
Mike Bauman, Ryan Beale, Montana Heinbach, Elliott Millner
Young Peacemaker Award
Elisabeth Bachmann, Elliott Millner, and Charles York
Teen Leadership: High Point
Maddie Dyson, Eliza Fisher, Jane Nunn, and Charles York
Plaque: Kyle Niner
Certificates: Elisabeth Bachmann, Gracie Clinard, Eliza Fisher, and Troy Reid
Plaque: Paige Hetley
Certificates: Michael Coltrane, Kamari Purvis, Stephanie Thomas, and Charles York
Plaque: Sarah Wahid
Certificates: Elisabeth Bachmann, Kammy Forester, and Audrey Puschinsky
Top Female Athlete of the Year: Taylor Freeman
Top Male Athlete of the Year: Mike Bauman
Schwartzmanship Award: Josh Evans
Top Scholar – Luke Evans
Silver – Max Johns
Bronze – Govind Harish
Top Scholar – Eliza Fisher
Silver – Adam Chinnasami
Bronze – Laney Henley
Top Scholar – Jack Crouse
Silver – Carter Gay
Bronze – Casey Crouse
Freddie Kirkman Award
Monty Belk and Jane Nunn
Emma Padgett Award
Mike Bauman and Miranda Bryson
Scott Patterson Award
Brett Bell, Montana Heinbach, and Kyle Niner
2012 Athletic Awards
BOYS’ VARSITY CROSS COUNTRY
MVP – Chris Anderson
WILDCAT – Mike Bauman
COACHES’ – Abraham Hernandez
GIRLS’ VARSITY CROSS COUNTRY
MVP – Avery Goho
BOYS’ VARSITY SOCCER
MVP – Lasse Palomaki, Tyler Thompson, Matt Crooker
WILDCAT – Harry Keefe, Ben Bruggeworth
COACHES’ – Sunam Dhakal
GIRLS’ VARSITY TENNIS
MVP – Katie Rice
WILDCAT – Kristen McDowell
COACHES’ – Alex Simpson
GIRLS’ VARSITY VOLLEYBALL
MVP – Jessi Stockinger
WILDCAT – Kayla Watson, Kaitlyn Shapiro
COACHES’ – Kennedy Thompson, Campbell Kinley
BOYS’ MIDDLE SCHOOL SOCCER
WILDCAT – Charles York
GIRLS’ MIDDLE SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL
WILDCAT – Ellie Smith
MIDDLE SCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY
WILDCAT – Boys – Mike Bauman
Girls – Eliza Fisher
BOYS’ VARSITY BASKETBALL
WILDCAT – Sadeeq Bello, Josh Burton
COACHES’ – Justice Cuthbertson, Davis Tucker
GIRLS’ VARSITY BASKETBALL
MVP – Keniece Purvis
WILDCAT – Meghan Ingram
COACHES’ – Katie Rice
SPIRIT – Caroline Muir
WILDCAT – Kennedy Thompson
COACHES’ – Laurin Hunnicutt
BOYS’ VARSITY SWIMMING
MVP – Sean Ormond
WILDCAT – Charlie Branson
COACHES’ – Jack Crouse
GIRLS’ VARSITY SWIMMING
MVP – Avery Goho
WILDCAT – Mattie Strickland
COACHES’ – Avery Keefe
BOYS’ MIDDLE SCHOOL BASKETBALL – TEAM A
WILDCAT – Brett Bell
BOYS’ MIDDLE SCHOOL BASKETBALL – TEAM B
WILDAT – Montgomery Belk
GIRLS’ MIDDLE SCHOOL BASKETBALL
WILDCAT – Kayla Darr
MIDDLE SCHOOL CHEERLEADING
WILDCAT – Sophia Danch
MIDDLE SCHOOL SWIMMING
WILDCAT – Jack Crouse
BOYS’ VARSITY BASEBALL
MVP – The Team
WILDCAT – Donnie Sellers, Markel Johnson
COACHES’ – Kelly Patram, Adam Niner
MVP – Thomas Walsh, Jonathan DiIanni
WILDCAT – Grey York
COACHES’ – Hardin Councill
BOYS’ VARSITY TENNIS
MVP – Clayton Brewer
WILDCAT – Carter Gay
COACHES’ – Will Davis
GIRLS’ VARSITY SOCCER
MVP – Montana Heinbach, Meghan Ingram
WILDCAT – Rachel Nulty, Mattie Sue Strickland, Alex Simpson
COACHES’ – Avery Keefe
BOYS’ VARSITY TRACK
MVP – George Freiberger, Chris Anderson
WILDCAT – Tyler Fairly
COACHES’ – Jeff Green
GIRLS’ VARSITY TRACK
MVP – Claire Councill, Olivia Greeson
WILDCAT – Leigh Tyson
COACHES’ – Terra Johns, Kayla Watson
BOYS’ MIDDLE SCHOOL BASEBALL
WILDCAT – Hunter Miller, Smith Foster
MIDDLE SCHOOL GOLF
WILDCAT – Jake Weiland
BRUCE E. HATHAWAY, JR. SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD
FEMALE – Mattie Sue Strickland
MALE – Jonathan DiIanni
FEMALE SCHOLAR ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Jessi Stockinger, Claire Councill
MALE SCHOLAR ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Chris Anderson, George Freiberger
Westchester Collects Change for Three Local Charities
Westchester Country Day School donated $1,000 each to three local charities, the culmination of a school-wide change collection drive to honor three people close to the school who lost their lives this year.
The “Change-for-Change” drive benefitted Acts Alive, a youth outreach program at First Baptist Church in Lexington, in memory of Zachary “Z” Grier, Class of 2010; Emma’s People, a book collection project at Oak Hill Elementary School in memory of Emma Thomas, Class of 2012; and the Collie Rescue of the Carolinas in memory of Lily Blackman, Class of 2023.
The school-wide change drive was part of the C.A.R.E.S. (Compassion, Acceptance, Responsibility, Environment, Service) Crew program at the school, which is a service learning program with the goal of building K – 12 community and participating in community service opportunities. The entire school gathered on May 17 to count the change, recognize the recipients, then participated in games and water activities at a K-12 field day.
“We called this gathering a ‘field day with purpose,’” said Head of School Cobb Atkinson. “The most important work we do at Westchester Country Day School is to teach our students the importance of giving back to others. Today, our school family remembered Lily, Emma, and Z, and empowered these three organizations to continue the legacy of selfless service that the three of them have left for us all.”
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2012 Upper School Academic Award Winners
Margaret Kemper Bonney Volunteer Award
T. Austin Finch Chair of Distinguished Teaching
Class of 2005 Award
Good Citizenship Award
Tracey Neza, Patrick Williford
Suzi Holliman Award
Student Government Award
Vijaya Kumar Chemistry Award
Senior Speech Award
Mary and Elliott Wood Foundation Scholar
McKelvey Bump, Tyler Thompson
Peters Family Scholarship
Claire Councill, Avery Goho
9th Grade Top Scholar
10th Grade Top Scholar
11th Grade Top Scholar
Art Department Award
Art Certificates of Merit
Sarah Kate Christiansen, Alexis King, Lizzy Lawrence
Drama Department Award
Drama Certificates of Merit
Zack Cloniger, Andrew Couch, W.J. Jessup
English Department Award
English Certificates of Merit
Claire Councill, Avery Goho, Caroline Muir
Salem College Book Award
Randolph College Book Award
French Department Award
French Certificates of Merit
Daniel Ayodele, Emily Bunch
Health & Physical Education Award
Health & Physical Education Certificates
Will Misenheimer, Alex Simpson, Davis Tucker
History Department Award
Mathematics Department Award
Mathematics Certificates of Merit
Leah Caffey, Caroline Muir, Catherine York
Music Department Award
Music Certificates of Merit
Laieke Abebe, Jessica Barker, George Heath
Science Department Award
Science Certificates of Merit
Claire Councill, Hunter Heinbach, Tyler Thompson
Bausch & Lomb Honorary Science Award
Spanish Department Award
Spanish Certificates of Merit
George Heath, Alex Simpson, Kayla Watson
Student Human Relations Award
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20 Students Inducted into National Honor Society
The following students were inducted into Westchester Country Day School’s chapter of the National Honor Society during our spring induction on May 3, 2012:
(Back row, from left): Andrew Foreman, Sam Argo, Mary Kate Farris, Dylan Menchetti, Catherine York, (Second to back row, from left): Alexis King, Erica Sawyer, Tyler Fairly, Courtney Spencer, Garrett Willard, Anna Hood, George Heath, (Middle row, from left): Julia Ormond, Savannah Wellington, Jessica Barker, (Front row, from left): Charlie Branson, Avery Keefe, Busra Güner, and Oby Nwamu. Not pictured: Jonathan DiIanni
The National Honor Society, established in 1921, recognizes outstanding high school students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character.
Third Quarter Honor Rolls
The following students have been named to the A, B Honor Roll List for the third quarter of the 2011-2012 academic year:
Grade 6: Kate Bachmann, Margot Behrens, Matthew Boggis, Tyler Brown, Allyson Chiu, Kayla Darr, Smith Foster, Miles Hendrix, Jake Keels, Tiffany Neza, Davis Privette, Audrey Puschinsky, Troy Reid, and Madeline Stanfield.
Grade 7: Victoria Ayodele, Jaya Bhardwaj, Derek Brandon, Ian Craig, Kayla DeWeese, Madison Dyson, Calen Epting, Jeremiah Foster, Abbi Khan, Luke Ledford, Terry Neza, Jane Nunn, Rachael Ormond, Stephanie Thomas, and Adam Wright.
Grade 8: Jack Argo, Will Argo, Elisabeth Bachmann, Montgomery Belk, Gracie Clinard, Hardin Councill, Taylor Freeman, Adam Lassiter, Hunter Miller, Elliott Millner, Dylan Sellers, Ellie Smith, Wyatt Wellington, and Caroline Womack.
Grade 9: Bo Henley, Abraham Hernandez, Kayla Kushner, Savannah Lewis, Russell Marion, Kaitlyn Shapiro, Lowie Vandeplancke, and Kayla Watson.
Grade 10: Sam Argo, Jessica Barker, Baxter Bruggeworth, Chase Carroll, Emily Delmestri, Mary Kate Farris, Daphne Foster, Tommy Frungillo, George Heath, Anna Hood, Avery Keefe, Prajan Marhatta, Lewis Miles, Tracey Neza, Cameron Raissi, Donnie Sellers, Helina Seyoum, Cameron White, Garrett Willard, and Catherine York.
Grade 11: Clayton Brewer, Megan Caffey, Kristine Chukwuma, Nicole Danch, Tyler Fairly, Mary Marshall Fariss, Elizabeth Folk, Thomas Freund, Alexis King, Lizzy Lawrence, Bele Seyoum, Katarina Terentieva, Kennedy Thompson, Leigh Tyson, Savannah Wellington, Patrick Williford, and Tristan Winkle.
Grade 12: Brian Ball, Jonathan DiIanni, Caroline Muir, Katie Rice, Alex Simpson, Tyler Thompson, and Luke Vandeplancke.
The following students have been named to the All A Honor Roll List for the third quarter of the 2011-2012 academic year:
Grade 6: Victoria Atkinson, Alex Evans, Luke Evans, Alex Hall, Govind Harish, Alen Izic, Max Johns, Ambar Khawaja, Savannah Kirkman, Edward Lindner, Samantha Mickey, and Alex Steward.
Grade 7: Erica Boyle, Adam Chinnasami, Sophia Danch, Eliza Fisher, Ryota Goto, Lauren Griffith, Laney Henley, Terra Johns, Jake Weiland, and Charles York.
Grade 8: Mike Bauman, Ryan Beale, Brett Bell, Tommy Boggis, Miranda Bryson, Casey Crouse, Jack Crouse, Josh Evans, Laura Folk, Carter Gay, Montana Heinbach, Paige Hetley, Connor Lowe, and Sarah Wahid.
Grade 9: Kess Hendrix and Will Misenheimer.
Grade 10: Andrew Foreman, Hunter Heinbach, Erica Sawyer, and Courtney Spencer.
Grade 11: Leah Caffey, Claire Councill, Avery Goho, Olivia Greeson, Busra Guner, and Kimberly Watson.
Grade 12: McKelvey Bump.
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Westchester Names Head of Upper School
Westchester Country Day School is pleased to announce Mark Braun, Ph.D., will join the faculty as Head of Upper School beginning July 1, 2012.
“We are delighted to welcome Mark to the Westchester faculty,” said WCDS Head of School Cobb Atkinson. “We are confident his knowledge and experience will give him all the tools necessary to be an exceptional division head.”
Braun comes to Westchester from The Outdoor Academy in Pisgah Forest, N.C., where he has served as Head of School for nine years. During his tenure at The Outdoor Academy, he instructed courses that incorporate history, musicology, cultural studies and environmental ethics. Prior to The Outdoor Academy, he served as founding director of the Kingston Center for Music Education, an international non-profit corporation that supported the establishment of a charitable center for music education in Kingston, Jamaica, and as an international program director at Eagle’s Nest Foundation, for which he designed and led a month-long history and cultural arts program abroad for young Americans in West Africa.
About his new position, Braun said: “I am thrilled and honored to join the Westchester faculty as Head of Upper School, working in support of the students, parents, and faculty members that comprise this exceptional school. I am prepared to serve as a vested member of this warm community. It is clear to me that this position will offer substantial professional and personal growth and fulfillment.”
Braun attended Vassar College, received a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn., and a Doctor of Philosophy in Ethnomusicology from Brown University in Providence, R.I. His awards include an honorary sabbatical provided by the Eagle’s Nest Foundation Board of Trustees to complete doctoral requirements, a Joukowsky Dissertation Fellowship from the graduate school at Brown University, and several grants for educational and public arts programs. He has published numerous papers, presented a variety of lectures and workshops, and is an accomplished player of classical and international folk music.
Sophomore Selected for Governor's School
Sophomore Andrew Foreman has been selected to attend North Carolina’s Governor’s School in the field of instrumental music. He will attend Governor’s School West at Salem College in Winston-Salem this summer.
Andrew began playing violin at age 4 and currently studies with Dr. Jacqui Carrasco at Wake Forest University. In the summer of 2010, he participated in the Eastern Music Festival at Guilford College. A member of the Winston-Salem Youth Orchestra since 2007, he has served as concertmaster for the past two years. He also plays in the youth orchestra's quartet. He is a member of the Piedmont Violin Ensemble, which performed at the American String Teachers Association conference in Atlanta. This winter he participated in the Youth Orchestra's concerto competition playing the Bruch Concerto No. 1 (first movement). He will perform this piece with the Youth Orchestra at their final concert on May 14 at the Stevens Center in Winston-Salem. Andrew is the son of Art and Martha Foreman of Winston-Salem.
The Governor's School of North Carolina is a highly selective, six-week summer residential program for intellectually gifted high school students. The program integrates academic disciplines, the arts, and unique courses on each of the two campuses: Governor's School West and Governor's School East at Meredith College in Raleigh.
Westchester Launches Pre-K
Westchester Country Day School is pleased to announce that we are moving forward with a pre-kindergarten class for the 2012-2013 academic year!
“We are excited to expand our programming to include four-year-olds,” said Head of School Cobb Atkinson. “This is a natural extension of our Lower School curriculum and will provide our youngest students with a wonderful beginning to their 14-year Westchester journey.”
There are a few openings left. Interested parents are encouraged to contact the Admissions Office at 336.822.4005 for more information.
Junior is Rotary Student of the Month
Junior Mary Marshall Fariss (in photo with Willow Creek Rotary President Trish Perkins) is Willow Creek Rotary’s student of the month for March. She is the daughter of Lore and Marcus Fariss of High Point.
Mary Marshall was recognized for her leadership, scholarship, and community service. During her speech to the club on March 1, Mary Marshall shared about her volunteer work at the Macedonia Center with the Learning Together program. This program works with families for which English is not their first language. Parents learn English while their children get help with homework. Mary Marshall has worked with the program for the past three years, primarily with Sudanese students. She said she finds it especially rewarding when a student with whom she she has worked - especially one who has been resistant to learning - makes a good grade on a test or homework assignment.
Mary Marshall is considering teaching as a career, but she has not yet determined where she’d like to go to college.
Two Odyssey of the Mind Teams Place at Regionals
Congratulations to all of our Odyssey of the Mind participants. All six teams did great at the regional tournament March 3 in Boone. The "Ooh-Motional Vehicle" team placed 3rd in their division, and the "To Be or Not to Be," team placed 2nd in their division, qualifying them for the state tournament at Wingate University on March 31st. Special thanks to all the coaches and parents involved.
Middle School Mathletes Count
Middle School students have taken part in two math competitions so far this year. Twenty students were selected to take the AMC-8 (American Mathematics Competition) during school on Tuesday, November 15. This national test is designed for students in grades 8 and below. Students have 40 minutes to complete 25 multiple choice questions. Students selected were as follows:
6th graders – Alex Evans, Luke Evans, Govind Harish, Ambar Khawaja, and Edward Lindner.
7th graders – Adam Chinnasami, Sophia Danch, Eliza Fisher, Ryota Goto, Laney Henley, Abbi Khan, Rachael Ormond, and Stephanie Thomas.
8th graders – Mike Bauman, Tommy Boggis, Miranda Bryson, Jack Crouse, Josh Evans, Carter Gay, and Paige Hetley.
Within our school Ryota Goto placed first. Carter Gay, Mike Bauman, and Jack Crouse tied for second. Edward Lindner placed third. Honor roll distinction, which is the top 5% nationally, was awarded to Ryota, Carter, Mike, and Jack. Achievement roll status is awarded to students in grades 6 and below who score 15 or above. Edward Lindner was recognized as an achievement roll recipient.
Middle School Mathletes® from area schools competed in a local contest of the national MATHCOUNTS® program on February 4 in Greensboro at North Carolina A&T State University. North Piedmont Chapter of Professional Engineers of NC organized the competition.
MATHCOUNTS is a national program designed to improve math skills among U.S. students. The program focuses on middle school students, who are at a crucial stage in developing and sustaining math interest and ability. Students who do not begin developing strong problem-solving, logical thinking and analytical abilities in middle school will face an uphill battle later in life if they wish to pursue a medical, scientific, mathematical, engineering, or technical career.
A total of thirteen schools and ninety-one students competed. Students competing as a team for Westchester were: Mike Bauman, Tommy Boggis, Jack Crouse, and Ryota Goto. Individual competitors included Miranda Bryson, Adam Chinnasami, Govind Harish, and Paige Hetley. Westchester’s team came in 4th, and Jack Crouse placed 11th individually. Our favorite time of the day was celebrating our victory at Steak and Shake on the way home.
Seventh Grader’s Essay Receives Recognition
Seventh grader Eliza Fisher was awarded a prize for her essay celebrating young Americans standing up to take a stand against England 200 years ago during the war of 1812. At left, she is reading her award-winning essay to the High Point Chapter of the DAR.
Mr. B. Receives 40 Leaders Under Forty Award
Assistant Head of School and Head of Upper School Gardner Barrier was recognized by the Triad Business Journal as one of the area’s “40 Leaders Under Forty.” The publication sought nominations for young leaders who stand out not only in their professions but also in their passion for making their communities better places to live. At right are Mrs. Fisher, Mrs. Crane, Mr. Barrier, and Mr. Shigo at the awards ceremony on February 16.
Mock Trial Team Competes
Pictured at left is our Mock Trial team at the regional competition at Guilford County Courthouse in High Point on February 4. Will Davis won "Best Attorney" in Round II. At right is our outside counsel John Bryson, parent of two Wildcats and a Westchester Board member.
International Day Gives Perspective on Other Cultures
The Cats’ Den came to life on February 15 when students, parents, and faculty members set up booths from different countries around the world to showcase their cultures during the school’s International Day. The day was a unique opportunity for our community to witness all the diverse cultures that make up our special school. The cafeteria got into the spirit as well with Lunch Around the World the week of February 13, featuring foods from the home countries of Westchester’s seven exchange students. Mrs. Russell’s computer class created video interviews with each of our exchange students which were shown on the cafetorium screens during lunch each day, and Mrs. English provided music from the home countries of the students as well.
Fourth Graders “Become” Figures from the Past
Since returning from winter break in early January, the fourth grade students worked diligently to prepare for the unveiling of the Interactive Wax Museum on Friday, February 10. The Interactive Wax Museum was a culminating event in a study of biographies. One of the first steps in the biography project was to choose a deceased person of interest to research. After reading a biography and organizing notes about the person’s lifetime, students wrote a biographical report and speech.
On Friday, February 10, the Lower School hallways were bustling with costumed characters from all parts of history as the students prepared to become “statues” in the Finch Center. Some of the characters included Steve Jobs, Pablo Picasso, Cleopatra, Nathanael Greene, Daniel Boone, Jim Henson, Orville Wright, Helen Keller, Queen Elizabeth I, Dr. Seuss, and Rosa Parks. Upon arriving in the Finch Center, the students quickly took their places and waited for someone to come push their “button.” Once pressed, the button made the character come to life, and the student shared the character’s brief story of his/her life. Parents, grandparents, faculty, and children of all ages who visited the Interactive Wax Museum left with new knowledge about famous people throughout history.
The best part of this entire experience was seeing the students begin to take ownership of their learning. Throughout the month, students began to make connections between the people they were researching. Some students were even able to make personal connections to the struggles or successes of the people they researched. The students will always remember this experience and the interesting facts they learned. Most of all, students learned that through hard work and perseverance you can accomplish amazing things!
Students’ Poems to be Published
Twenty-eight Westchester Country Day School eighth grade language arts students entered a poetry contest sponsored by Creative Communication and were selected to be published in the anthology called A Celebration of Poets.
The students are: Leila Abebe, Will Argo, Mike Bauman, Monty Belk, Nate Blakeney, Tommy Boggis, Jacob Breece, Miranda Bryson, Gracie Clinard, Hardin Councill, Michaela Craycroft, Laura Folk, Taylor Freeman, Carter Gay, Emily Gilliland, Montana Heinbach, Adam Lassiter, Carrington Lewis, Hunter Miller, Kyle Niner, Will Sagerdahl, Dylan Sellers, Chase Sheffiled, Ellie Smith, Sarah Wahid, Wyatt Wellington, Ariana Winkle, and Caroline Womack.
“We are so proud of these talented students for reflecting upon and expressing their identities in such a creative manner. They are brave to share their work with such a large audience,” said their teacher Mary Keever.
Less than half of the poems submitted to the Creative Communication contest are accepted for publication, and entries are judged by teachers, professors, and poets. Since 1993, Creative Communication has been devoted to the promotion of language arts, and awards more than $150,000 to writers and their schools each year.
Senior is Rotary Student of the Month
Senior McKelvey Bump, pictured with club president Trish Perkins, has been named the Rotary Student of the Month by the Willow Creek Rotary Club. He gave a speech and was recognized at the club’s Jan. 19 meeting. He is the son of Lawrence and Ann Bump of Thomasville.
McKelvey is a member of National Honor Society, Blue Key Club, and a founding member of the Future Business Leaders Club at Westchester. He is a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and the Boys and Girls Club. He was a semifinalist for the Park Scholarship to NC State and the Morehead-Cain Scholarship to UNC Chapel Hill.
Senior Class Fundraiser and Shoe Drive January 21
Come out to the basketball games against High Point Christian on Saturday, January 21, and enjoy a warm chicken sandwich, bag of chips, and cookie, all for only $5. The seniors will be serving the dinner as a class fundraiser from 5:30 - 8 p.m. in Finch Center, Room 606. The seniors will also be announcing the winners of the gas card raffles during halftime of the Varsity Boys' game.
Also, please bring your new or gently used shoes (all styles and sizes welcome!) to donate as part of our next C.A.R.E.S. Crews project. Shoes may be brought to school over the next few weeks as well.
4:00 p.m. - JV
5:30 p.m. - Varsity Girls
7:00 p.m. - Varsity Boys
Next Step and Rising Meetings January 19
Get a glimpse at your "next step" at WCDS!
Rising 1 - 5 grade students and their parents will meet at 5:15 p.m. beginning in the Cafetorium.
Rising 6th grade students and their parents will meet at 7:00 p.m.
The rising 9th grade meeting begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Library and is for parents only.
Soccer Standout is 2012 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee
Keith Moser, a standout athlete from the Class of 1984, will be inducted into Westchester’s Athletic Hall of Fame during the school’s Homecoming on Friday, January 6, at 6:45 p.m.
“Westchester has been fortunate enough to graduate several of the Triad’s greatest athletes, who have left our halls and gone on to make amazing accomplishments in their sports, and we are thrilled to have this opportunity to recognize one of them this year,” says Adam Schwartz, Athletic Director at Westchester Country Day School.
Moser was a standout soccer player at WCDS, earning both the MVP and Athlete of the Year awards in 1982 and 1983. He was named All-Conference, All-Region Team – Honorable Mention, and Conference Champion in 1983. He received a scholarship to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where he was an NCAA National Champion in 1985 and 1986, Dixie Conference Champion in 1984, 1985, and 1986, and Dixie All-Conference in 1986. He received honorable mention in the NSCAA South Region All-American in 1986, and was a member of the Clemson Tournament of Champions All-Tournament team in 1988. UNCG was ranked first in the country in the NSCAA in 1984, 1985, and 1986.
Moser has made a career of coaching soccer and is currently the head men’s soccer coach at Marymount University, a position he has held since 1990. He has also served as head women’s soccer coach at Marymount, Virginia Olympic Development Coach, Maryland Olympic Development U19 Women’s Head Coach, assistant coach at UNCG, and JV coach at Page High School.
Nominations for the Hall of Fame were solicited from all Westchester alumni. Criteria for the award included an athlete, coach or friend of WCDS who has been out of high school for at least five years, and who has demonstrated excellent athletic achievement, defined by but not limited to earning All-State and/or All-American status while at WCDS and/or collegiate/professional participation. The final selection was determined by a committee comprised of alumni, faculty and staff, and members of the athletic department.
Homecoming Spirit Week!
Homecoming is this Friday, January 6! Come out and support the Cats as they take on Carolina Friends!
JV plays at 4:00 p.m.
Varsity Girls at 5:30 p.m.
Varsity Boys at 7:00 p.m.
Middle School - B team plays Burlington Christian at 4:00 p.m.
Also, don't miss the Athletic Hall of Fame induction of Keith Moser, Class of 1984, between the boys' and girls' games, as well as the presentation of the Homecoming Court after the boys' game.
Spirit Week Dress-Up Days:
Tuesday, January 3 - Stars and Stripes Day
Wednesday, January 4 - Neon or Camouflage Day
Thursday, January 5 - Pajama Day
Friday, January 6 - Blue and White Day
Lower School will participate Thursday and Friday only.
December is a music-filled month at Westchester! Below is a listing of holiday concerts:
Guitar, Piano, and Violin Recital
Friday, December 2, 7:00 p.m., Rives Cafetorium
Middle and Upper School Holiday Concert
Monday, December 5, 7:00 p.m., Rives Cafetorium
Lower School Holiday Concert
Thursday, December 15, 7:00 p.m., Finch Center
November CARES Crew Event Focuses on Giving Back
Students and faculty gathered in their C.A.R.E.S. Crews on Friday, November 18, for a school-wide effort to give back.
C.A.R.E.S. Crews is an all-school service learning program with the goal of building K-12 community as well as participating in community service opportunities. C.A.R.E.S. stands for Compassion, Acceptance, Responsibility, Environment, Service.
During the November event, activities included wrapping the books from our school-wide collection for students at Fairview Elementary School, making cards for residents in area nursing homes, and learning about TOMS shoes, a company that donates a pair of shoes to a person around the world in need for every pair that is purchased. Students also "buddied up" within their crews to share a favorite book together.
The event received rave reviews from students and faculty alike, and left all looking forward to the next event, which is scheduled for Friday, March 16.
Westchester Welcomes 9/11 Fire Commissioner
Westchester Country Day School welcomed Tom Von Essen, former fire commissioner of New York City, who lost more than 350 firefighters and emergency medical personnel to the terrorist attacks on 9/11, to campus on Wednesday, November 9.
Von Essen is a member of the Washington Speakers Bureau whose talks include “Rising To The Challenge” and “Leadership Lessons from 9/11.” He knows about inner-strength first hand. As a 31-year veteran of the New York City Fire Department, Von Essen had seen his people rise to the occasion throughout his career. But when tragedy struck the World Trade Center, it was a challenge unlike any before. Commissioner Von Essen and New York’s bravest were at Ground Zero within minutes, facing unimaginable obstacles yet orchestrating the most successful emergency rescue in U.S. history. Their courage, commitment, teamwork and heroism reaffirmed the ability of committed people to accomplish extraordinary things. Von Essen’s book, Strong of Heart, was a New York Times best seller.
During his time at Westchester, Von Essen spoke to 5th – 8th graders and 9th – 12th graders as a group as well as meet with individual student groups for question and answer sessions.
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Westchester Welcomes Joe Ehrmann
Westchester Country Day School welcomed award-winning speaker and former NFL player Joe Ehrmann to campus on October 27. He spoke to parents and Middle and Upper School students about the importance of relationships and serving others.
Joe was an All-American football player at Syracuse University and has been named to S.U’s All-Century Football Team. Joe is also a recipient of Syracuse University’s most distinguished alumni honor for his contributions to society. A professional football player for 13 years, Joe was selected as the Colts Man of the Year and the NFL’s first Ed Block Courage Award Winner. During and following his football career, Joe attended Dallas Theological Seminary and Westminster Theological Seminary and was ordained in 1985.
Parade Magazine featured Joe on its cover as The Most Important Coach in America because of his tireless efforts to transform the culture of sports by reframing and redefining the social responsibility of coaches, parents and players. Joe was also named Coach of the Year by the National Consortium for Academics & Sports. The Institute for International Sport named Joe one of the 100 Most Influential Sports Educators in America. He is the subject of the New York Times bestseller Season of Life by Jeffrey Marx, published by Simon and Schuster.
Joe and his wife Paula, a psychotherapist, co-founded Building Men and Women for Others, whose vision is transform personal and public practices and community values to create a society where every man, woman and child can reach his or her greatest human potential. They also created Coach for America to inform, inspire and initiate individual, communal and societal change through sports and coaching. The Ehrmanns also co-founded The Door, an inner-city, community-based ministry that addresses issues of poverty, systemic racism and social justice. Joe is the co-founder of Baltimore’s Ronald McDonald House, which since its inception has served over 35,000 families from all over the world.
The Baltimore Business Journal selected Joe as the Renaissance Person of the Decade for his dedication and commitment to Baltimore City’s betterment. He was also selected as the Frederick Douglas National Man of the Year Award for empowering male youth and the institutions that serve them to work as allies with women in preventing rape and other forms of male violence.
View clip of Joe's visit.
Westchester Announces First Quarter Honor Rolls
The following students have been named to the A, B Honor Roll List for the first quarter of the 2011-2012 academic year:
Grade 6: Kate Bachmann, Margot Behrens, Tyler Brown, Allyson Chiu, Michael Coltrane, Kayla Darr, Alex Evans, Jake Keels, Ambar Khawaja, Savannah Kirkman, Samantha Mickey, Samuel Noyes, Davis Privette, Audrey Puschinsky, and Madeline Stanfield
Grade 7: Victoria Ayodele, Derek Brandon, Madison Dyson, Morgan Forester, Jeremiah Foster, Katherine Freund, Sophie Lanham, Jane Nunn, Kamari Purvis, Daegan Shigo, T.J. Webb, LilyGrace Wolfe, and Adam Wright.
Grade 8: Leila Abebe, Jack Argo, Will Argo, Brett Bell, Nate Blakeney, Jacob Breece, Gracie Clinard, Michaela Craycroft, Taylor Freeman, Adam Lassiter, Dylan Sellers, Ellie Smith, Wyatt Wellington, Ariana Winkle, and Caroline Womack.
Grade 9: Andrew Couch, Chelsea Eley, Kess Hendrix, Bo Henley, Abraham Hernandez, Kayla Kushner, Morgan Kushner, Wyatt Lansford, Savannah Lewis, Kaitlyn Shapiro, Lowie Vandeplancke, and Thomas Walsh.
Grade 10: Sam Argo, Tyler Atkinson, Jessica Barker, Daniel Crooker, Emily Delmestri, Mary Kate Farris, Daphne Foster, George Heath, Anna Hood, Avery Keefe, Prajan Marhatta, Dylan Menchetti, Lewis Miles, Tracey Neza, Cameron Raissi, Erica Sawyer, Cameron White, and Garrett Willard.
Grade 11: Charlie Branson, Josh Burton, Megan Caffey, Kristine Chukwuma, Tyler Fairly, Mary Marshall Fariss, Elizabeth Folk, Naomi Forno, Thomas Freund, Jeff Green, Olivia Greeson, Micah Hedgepeth, Christian James, Alexis King, Lizzy Lawrence, Jan Luehr, Abbey Perdue, Bele Seyoum, Katarina Terentieva, Leigh Tyson, and Savannah Wellington.
Grade 12: Brian Ball, Will Davis, Sunam Dhakal, Jonathan DiIanni, Dan Goldman, Harrison Keefe, Kristen McDowell, Caroline Muir, Julia Muir, Rachel Nulty, Sung-Woo Park,
Katie Rice, Alex Simpson, Jessi Stockinger, Davis Tucker, and Luke Vandeplancke.
The following students have been named to the All A Honor Roll List for the first quarter of the 2011-2012 academic year:
Grade 6: Victoria Atkinson, Matthew Boggis, Luke Evans, Alex Hall, Govind Harish, Alen Izic, Max Johns, Edward Lindner, and Troy Reid.
Grade 7: Jaya Bhardwaj, Erica Boyle, Adam Chinnasami, Sophia Danch, Kayla DeWeese, Calen Epting, Eliza Fisher, Ryota Goto, Lauren Griffith, Laney Henley, Terra Johns, Abbi Khan, Luke Ledford, Terry Neza, Rachael Ormond, Stephanie Thomas, Jake Weiland, and Charles York.
Grade 8: Elisabeth Bachmann, Mike Bauman, Ryan Beale, Montgomery Belk, Tommy Boggis, Miranda Bryson, Hardin Councill, Casey Crouse, Jack Crouse, Josh Evans, Laura Folk, Carter Gay, Montana Heinbach, Paige Hetley, Connor Lowe, Elliott Millner, and Sarah Wahid.
Grade 9: Will Misenheimer and Kayla Watson.
Grade 10: Andrew Foreman, Hunter Heinbach, Courtney Spencer, and Catherine York.
Grade 11: Leah Caffey, Claire Councill, Avery Goho, Busra Guner, Kennedy Thompson, and Patrick Williford.
Grade 12: McKelvey Bump and Tyler Thompson.
Senior is Rotary Student of the Month
Westchester Country Day School senior Jessi Stockinger (at right with Rotary Club president Trish Perkins) has been named the Rotary Student of the Month by the Willow Creek Rotary Club. She gave a speech and was recognized at the club’s Sept. 8 meeting. She is the daughter of Rudi and Jane Stockinger of Climax.
Jessi serves as president of the National Honor Society at WCDS and is a member of Amnesty International, SADD, the Appaloosa Horse Club, and the Blue Key Club. She has played varsity basketball, varsity soccer, and varsity volleyball, for which she was named All-Conference and 2nd All-Area team her junior year, and was captain her junior and senior years. She also managed the varsity boys’ basketball team her sophomore and junior years. She is very involved in the community as well, serving as a volunteer at Randolph Hospital, for Four Seasons Boxer Rescue, and as a volleyball coach at the YMCA. Her summers have been spent attending the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership program and Appalachian Anthropology Camp.
WCDS Boasts 23 AP Scholars
Twenty-three Westchester Country Day School students earned the designation of AP Scholar or higher by the College Board in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the college-level Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) Exams.
The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program offers students the opportunity to take challenging college-level courses while still in high school and to receive college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on the AP Exams. Westchester currently offers 15 AP level classes in its Upper School curriculum.
Students took the AP Exams in May 2011. The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on students’ performance on AP exams.
Recent graduate Jessica Grzyb qualified for the National AP Scholar Award by earning an average grade of 4 or higher on a five-point scale on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 4 or higher on eight or more of those exams. She was also named an AP Scholar with Distinction.
Recent graduates Kathryn Frye, Dylan Gaffney, Adam Goho, Logan Icenhour, Jay Kennedy, and Robyn Terrell qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award by earning an average grade of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken and grades of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.
Three Westchester students qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award by earning an average grade of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken and grades of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams. These students are recent graduates Kate Averett, Abby Procton, and Rede Wilson.
Recent graduates Gasser Elsayed, Molly Harris, Ryan Jones, Chris Kimsey, Grace Lee, Sarah Lindner, and Beverley Reynolds, current seniors Brian Ball, McKelvey Bump, Rachel Nulty, and Tyler Thompson, and current junior Claire Councill all qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP Exams with scores of 3 or higher.
Seven members of our Westchester community - Beth Breece (mom), Haleigh Breece, Clayton Brewer, Jeff Green, William Jeffers, Mattie Strickland, Kennedy Thompson, and Spanish teacher Margaret Qualls - spent a week in Costa Rica in June. The group toured three different rainforests – a wet, a dry and a cloud - saw amazing wildlife including close-up encounters with white-faced monkeys, and relaxed in thermal springs – water naturally heated by active volcanoes - and this was after covering themselves with volcanic mud – a definite spa experience! They learned about the local plants, especially their medicinal purposes, and after visiting a local school, interacting with the students, and being entertained by folkloric dancing, the group decided to help out with the school’s needs and will continue to stay in touch with the students and faculty there. One day was spent ziplining, climbing and swinging through a breathtaking canyon formed by lava flows. The final day was spent sailing to a deserted beach to snorkel, kayak, and swim. The trip was a great success as everyone returned having had a wonderful experience and wanting to go back.
Summer of the Arts
The Fine Arts were a big part of our students’ summer plans. Summer camps at Westchester in art (photo at left) and drama had record numbers of students-- the summer production of Disney’s Jungle Book Kids featured many of our brightest rising stars, and art campers created projects from around the world. Also in the drama field, Paige Hetley participated in the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival’s Young Actors at Work two-week workshop on all aspects of the actor’s craft. In July, 10 of our WCDS students attended the week-long “Summer with the Arts” program at Rich Fork, where the students had classes in piano, handbells, drama, music theory, choreography, storytelling, and recreation. Students attending the camp included: Madalyn Adams, Morgan Adams, Olivia Beaver, Anna Blackman, Anna Sloan Culp, Charlotte Martin, Madaline McWhorter, Henry Scott, Sophia Singer, and Jackson Tuggle. Recent graduate Ryan Jones assisted in teaching drama, and seventh grader Lily Grace Wolfe assisted with choreography. The camp, in its eighth year, is directed by our Lower School music teacher Debi Jones. Emily Bunch attended music camp at UNC-Chapel Hill where she studied both voice and piano. Sarah Wahid sang at a wedding and worked on her composing. George Heath expanded his composing repertoire with new technologies including GarageBand; hopefully, he’ll share his results with us this fall. Kamari Purvis was a featured vocalist at his church, and Terra Johns scored an “Exemplary” in a talent competition for her rendition of Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata.” There are many, many talented arts students at WCDS, and we are proud of all of them!