Westchester Country Day School, private, independent school, High Point, Greensboro, Winston Salem, Asheboro, North Carolina, School

2013 Lower & Middle School Award Winners

2013 T. Austin Finch Master Teacher Award
Vicki Sloop
2013 T. Austin Finch Distinguished Teaching Award
Blair Hawley
Margaret Kemper Bonney Volunteer Award
Emilee Brigman

2013 Class of 2005 Award
Mary Keever
Scott Patterson Award
Charles York
Freddie Kirkman Award
Margot Behrens, Terry Neza
Emma Padgett Award
Adam Chinnasami, Eliza Fisher

Art Department Award
TJ Webb

Art Certificates of Merit
Ambar Khawaja, Rayha Haque 

Drama Department Award
Kammy Forester

Drama Certificates of Merit
Stephanie Thomas, Charles York, Annabelle Fisher, Lilly Sheffield 

Music Award
Maddie Dyson

Music Certificates of Merit 
Samuel Noyes, Anna Blackman, Annabelle Fisher

Photography Award
Allyson Chiu, Alex Hall 

Schwartzmanship Awards
Jeremiah Foster, Laney Henley 

Female Athlete of the Year
Terra Johns 

Male Athlete of the Year
Tyrese Hearst 

Perfect Attendance
Ryota Goto, Terry Neza
Duke T.I.P
Luke Evans, Max Johns, and Ambar Khawaja
Lauren Griffith
People for People Leadership Program
Margot Behrens, Maddie Dyson, Ryota Goto, Laney Henley, Samantha Mickey, and Alex Steward
Young Peacemaker Award
Calen Epting, Laney Henley, Terry Neza, and Jane Nunn
Teen Leadership: High Point
Max Johns, Edward Lindner, and Samantha Mickey

WCDS Collects Change for Organizations Close to Students' Hearts

Westchester Country Day School is pleased to donate $600 each to four charities close to our students’ hearts as a result of a school-wide change collection drive.

The drive was part of the school’s C.A.R.E.S. (Compassion, Awareness, Responsibility, Empathy, Service) Crew initiative, which is a service learning program with the goal of building PK – 12 community and participating in community service opportunities. This was the second year of the change drive, and the first that students were asked to submit essays on where they would like to see the change donated. These submissions resulted in the four recipients - Calcutta Fund, Guilford County Animal Shelter, Start with One Kenya, and the Webb family.

Calcutta Fund is an organization working to provide nutritional and medicinal support to pregnant mothers and young children in the "City of Joy" slum in Calcutta. Eighth grader Jaya Bhardwaj nominated this organization because her mother, Neelam, has been an instrumental member of the charity since 2006. The Guilford County Animal Shelter received a huge number of nominations from students, particularly in the lower school. Westchester alumnus Bill Coble is the founder of Start With One Kenya, a non-profit organization focused on working with Kenyans in the areas of clean water, education, micro-finance, and health. Coble’s organization was nominated by a global studies class after Coble came to campus to speak with students about his work. Eighth grader Maddie Dyson nominated her fellow classmate T.J. Webb’s family as the final recipient of the change drive. T.J.’s father, Monte, was in a debilitating motorcycle wreck last fall. He will be wheelchair-bound for the remainder of his life and the family is facing huge medical costs.

The entire school gathered on May 17 to count the change, recognize the recipients, and then participated in games and water activities at a PK-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 empowered these organizations to continue the legacy of selfless service that we work to instill in our students every day.”

Westchester to Hold Commencement May 25

Westchester Country Day School will hold its 42nd commencement ceremony Saturday, May 25, at 9:30 a.m. at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church in High Point. The 43 graduates have been accepted to 66 different colleges and universities and have been offered more than $2.4 million in scholarship money.

Claire Enderle Councill is this year’s valedictorian and is the daughter of Moore and Mary Marshall Councill of High Point. She is the recipient of a full-paid Jefferson Scholarship from the University of Virginia, where she will begin in the fall.

Avery Elizabeth Goho is the Class of 2013 salutatorian and the son of Harvey and Lydia Goho of High Point. She will attend Clemson University.

This year’s graduates are: Bruno Beča, Charles Edwin Branson III, Haleigh Hawthorne Breece, Clayton Michael Brewer, Joshua Orlando Burton, Leah Maxwell Caffey, Megan Mercer Caffey, Sarah Kate Christiansen, Nwakego Kristine Chukwuma, Claire Enderle Councill, Hayley Nicole Danch, Milton McIntyre Fairly IV, Mary Marshall Holland Fariss, Elizabeth Renée Folk, Carl Thomas Freund, Avery Elizabeth Goho, Jefferson Robert Green, Olivia Joyce Greeson, Micah Chance Hedgepeth, Meghan Frances Ingram, Christian Gentry James, William McLoy Jessup, Jr., Markel Donyée Johnson, Alexis Marie King, Elizabeth Marie Lawrence, Jan-Ole Luehr, Obiageli Krystal Nwamu, Julia Ann Ormond, Abigail Marie Perdue, Luke Breland Puckett, Sydney Danielle Richards, Richard Walker Rose, Helaynesh Hana Seyoum, Katarina Willia Terentieva, Willard Marion Thomas, Kennedy Ann Thompson, Julie Elizabeth Tugwell, Leigh Redfearn Tyson, Angel Reyes Valencia, Kimberly Dawn Watson, Savannah Drew Wellington, Patrick Scott Williford, and Tristan William Winkle.

» Class of 2013 College Acceptances List
» Class of 2013 Scholarship and Award Offers

2013 Athletic Awards

MVP – Abraham Hernandez
WILDCAT – Walker Rose
COACHES’ – Patrick Williford

MVP – Avery Goho
WILDCAT – Anna Hood
COACHES’ – Leigh Tyson

MVP – Will Thomas, Angel Valencia
WILDCAT – Tyler Fairly
COACHES’ – Jan-Ole Luehr

MVP – Erica Sawyer
WILDCAT – Claire Councill
COACHES’ – Olivia Greeson

MVP – Kayla Watson, Oby Nwamu
WILDCAT – Kayla Kushner, Morgan Kushner
COACHES’ – Bele Seyoum, Lizzy Lawrence

MVP - Sadeeq Bello, Josh Burton
WILDCAT – Justice Cuthbertson
COACHES’ – Bruno Beca

MVP – Meghan Ingram
WILDCAT – Leigh Tyson
COACHES’ – Anna Hood

MVP – Sydney Richards
WILDCAT – Haleigh Breece, Sarah Kate Christiansen
COACHES’ – Savannah Lewis, Campbell Kinley

MVP – Christian James
WILDCAT – Charlie Branson
COACHES’ – Luca Lagemann

MVP – Kess Hendrix
WILDCAT – Julia Ormond
COACHES’ – Michaela Craycroft

MVP – Donnie Sellers, Tyler Marion
WILDCAT – Markel Johnson, Micah Hedgepeth
COACHES’ – WJ Jessup, Luke Puckett

MVP – Thomas Walsh, Hardin Councill
WILDCAT – Russell Marion
COACHES’ – Alexis King

MVP – Adam Chinnasami
WILDCAT – Hunter Heinbach
COACHES’ – Baxter Bruggeworth

MVP – Meghan Ingram
WILDCAT – Campbell Kinley, Anna Hood
COACHES’ – Avery Keefe

MVP – Jeff Green, Jan-Ole Luehr
WILDCAT – Tyler Fairly
COACHES’ – Walker Rose

MVP – Olivia Greeson
WILDCAT – Avery Goho
COACHES’ – Leigh Tyson

FEMALE – Avery Goho
MALE – Tyler Fairly

Claire Councill

Patrick Williford

Meghan Ingram

Walker Rose

Pam Tyson, Cindy Thomas

Leigh Tyson

2013 Upper School Academic Award Winners

WAPA Teacher of the Year
Ann Parks

NHS Pillars Award
Jane Bowie

Good Citizenship Award
Haleigh Breece

Suzi Holliman Award
Charlie Branson

Claire Councill

Avery Goho

Westchester Cup
Avery Goho 

Student Government Award
Kennedy Thompson

Vijaya Kumar Chemistry Award
Christian James and Garrett Willard

Senior Speech Award
Olivia Greeson

Peters Family Scholarships
Anna Hood and Catherine York

Humanitarian Award
Kimberly Watson

International Student Recognition
Bruno Beca, Luca Lagemann, Jan-Ole Luehr, Lea Rasenberger

9th Grade Top Scholar
Paige Hetley

10th Grade Top Scholar 
Kess Hendrix

11th Grade Top Scholar
Catherine York


Art Department Award
Sarah Kate Christiansen,
Lizzy Lawrence

Art Certificates of Merit
Haleigh Breece

Drama Department Award
Julia Ormond

Drama Certificates of Merit
W.J. Jessup, Alexis King, Abbey Perdue

English Department Award
Kennedy Thompson

English Certificates of Merit 
Avery Goho, Tyler Fairly

Salem College Book Award 
Mary Kate Farris

Randolph College Book Award 
Catherine York

Health & Physical Education Award
Jonathan Bethel

Health & Physical Education Certificates
Ryan Beale, Laura Folk, Paige Hetley

History Department Award 
Claire Councill

History Certificates of Merit
Josh Evans, Avery Goho, Courtney Spencer

Mathematics Department Award 
Patrick Williford

Mathematics Certificates of Merit
Haleigh Breece, Andrew Foreman, Katarina Terentieva

Music Department Award 
Patrick Williford

Music Certificates of Merit
Jessica Barker, Charlie Branson, George Heath

Science Department Award
Avery Goho, Thomas Freund

Science Certificates of Merit 
Sam Argo, Abraham Hernandez, Kess Hendrix

Bausch & Lomb Honorary Science Award 
Hunter Heinbach


Spanish Department Award
George Heath

Spanish Certificates of Merit
Jonathan Bethel, Paige Hetley, Bele Seyoum

Kimberly Watson



Class of 2013 Scholarship Offers

NHS Inductions

The following students were inducted into the National Honor Society: Back row, from left: Lewis Miles, Baxter Bruggeworth, Luca Lagemann, Prajan Marhatta, and Walker Rose. Front row, from left: Kess Hendrix, Julie Tugwell, Daphne Foster, and Haleigh Breece.

Not pictured: Sarah Kate Christiansen and Kayla Watson.

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.

Senior is Student of the Month

Senior Claire Councill was the Rotary Student of the Month for April for the High Point Rotary Club. She gave a speech and was recognized at the club’s April 11 meeting. She is the daughter of Moore and Moo Moo Councill of High Point. The Rotary Student of the Month program recognizes outstanding students who excel in both school performance and community volunteer activity. Congratulations are also in order for Claire for being named a Jefferson Scholar at the University of Virginia. She has received a full scholarship to UVA!

Mrs. Argo Recognized by YWCA

Jackie Argo was named Administrative Professional of the Year by the YWCA of High Point. The announcement came as part of the YWCA’s annual Administrative Professionals Luncheon on Wednesday, April 24. The Administrative Assistant Professional of the Year is an extraordinarily special award to receive. The person must possess a mastery of office skills and must demonstrate the ability to assume responsibility without direct supervision. She or he must be a good team leader or mentor to fellow employees and often has to exercise initiative and judgment and make decisions within his or her authority.

Nominated by Mr. Atkinson, part of the nomination read: “Jackie is an outstanding team member! She collaborates extremely well, is creative and always positive in her approach to problem solving, and has an incredibly capability to take the lead when called upon. She is always, seemingly, one step ahead of me, anticipating my needs and looking out for any problems that may be on the horizon. She serves as a member of the administrative team and is a great liaison between all divisions at our school. A common phrase heard among the team when facing a problem is: “What Would Jackie Do?” Most critically, Jackie leads by setting a consistently positive, encouraging, and constructive example for others to follow.”

Students Selected for Governor’s School

Westchester Country Day School juniors Jessica Barker and Hunter Heinbach have been selected to attend Governor’s School of North Carolina this summer. The pair will attend Governor’s School East at Meredith College – Jessica for music, Soprano 1, and Hunter in the field of math.

The Governor’s School of North Carolina is a highly selective, five-week summer residential program for intellectually gifted high school students, integrating academic disciplines, the arts, and unique courses. The curriculum focuses on the exploration of the most recent ideas and concepts in each discipline, and does not involve credit, tests, or grades.

Envirothon Team Heads to State Competition

Westchester Country Day School’s Envirothon team placed third in the annual Southern Piedmont Envirothon competition March 20 at the Catawba College Center for the Environment and will advance to the state competition at Cedarock Park in Burlington on April 19 and 20.

The team, “Freaks of Nature” is made up of senior science club members (from left) Thomas Freund, Patrick Williford, Christian James, Will Thomas, and Olivia Greeson. They competed against eighteen other teams from throughout the region. Their team advisor is parent Gay James.

The Envirothon is an annual environmental competition. Students compete in teams of five to test their knowledge of the natural environment. Westchester’s team studies soils, forestry, aquatics, wildlife, and current environmental issues at science club meetings and in class throughout the school year. Students participate in outdoor field experiences, have guest speakers, and study the Envirothon resource materials with their team advisor.

Two Odyssey Teams Advance to States

Two Westchester Country Day School Odyssey of the Mind teams will advance to the state competition after placing second in their divisions at the Regional competition in Mooresville on March 9. The state competition will be April 6 at East Carolina University.

Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. They then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state, and world level. Thousands of teams from throughout the United States and from about 25 other countries participate in the program.

WCDS sent seven teams to the regional competition and was the only non-public school at the event. Of the four Division 1 teams, two took second place, one took third, and another placed fourth. Two Division 1 teams won the spontaneous rounds for their problems, and another placed second for its spontaneous problem. Westchester’s Division 2 team placed fourth and had the third highest weight held by its balsa structure.


Second Quarter Honor Rolls

The following students have been named to the A, B Honor Roll List for the second quarter of the 2012-2013 academic year:

Grade 6: Jack Arnaboldi, Jackson Barton, Anna Blackman, Kamran Chodri, Susan Dhakal, Rayha Haque, Tanner Harron, Reece Hetley, Axel Hwasser, Kyleigh McEachirn, James Morgan, Marcus Neacsu, Gelila Seyoum, and Griffin Shigo.

Grade 7: Kate Bachmann, Margot Behrens, Tyler Brown, Allyson Chiu, Alex Evans, Alex Hall, Miles Hendrix, Jake Keels, Ambar Khawaja, Savannah Kirkman, Tiffany Neza, Samuel Noyes, Davis Privette, Audrey Puschinsky, and Alex Steward.

Grade 8: Victoria Ayodele, Jaya Bhardwaj, Erica Boyle, Derek Brandon, Tyrece Cheek, Ian Craig, Sophia Danch, Madison Dyson, Jeremiah Foster, Katherine Freund, Abbi Khan, Sophie Lanham, Luke Ledford, Terry Neza, Jane Nunn, Rachael Ormond, Daegan Shigo, T.J. Webb, Jake Weiland, and Adam Wright.

Grade 9: Danyaal Buttar, Hardin Councill, Josh Evans, Noah Keshguerian, and Kayleigh Swan.

Grade 10: Daniel Ayodele, Savannah Lewis, Lea Rasenberger, Kaitlyn Shapiro, and Thomas Walsh.

Grade 11: Sam Argo, Baxter Bruggeworth, Chase Carroll, Arinze Chukwuma, Emily Delmestri, Mary Kate Farris, Andrew Foreman, Daphne Foster, Hunter Heinbach, Anna Hood, Avery Keefe, Luca Lagemann, Dylan Menchetti, Lewis Miles, Tracey Neza, Erica Sawyer, and Catherine York.

Grade 12: Bruno Beca, Leah Caffey, Megan Caffey, Sarah Kate Christiansen, Kristine Chukwuma, Tyler Fairly, Mary Marshall Fariss, Elizabeth Folk, Thomas Freund, Jeff Green, Olivia Greeson, Meghan Ingram, Alexis King, Lizzy Lawrence, Jan Luehr, Oby Nwamu, Julia Ormond, Bele Seyoum, Katarina Terentieva, Kennedy Thompson, Kimberly Watson, and Savannah Wellington.

The following students have been named to the All A Honor Roll List for the second quarter of the 2012-2013 academic year:

Grade 6: Zach Beale, Annabelle Fisher, Devon Jernigan, Aidan Lim, Lilly Sheffield, Harris Smith, Ihsan Tonuzi, and Ava Tuggle.

Grade 7: Victoria Atkinson, Matthew Boggis, Luke Evans, Govind Harish, Alen Izic, Max Johns, Edward Lindner, and Samantha Mickey.

Grade 8: Adam Chinnasami, Calen Epting, Eliza Fisher, Ryota Goto, Lauren Griffith, Laney Henley, Terra Johns, Stephanie Thomas, and Charles York.

Grade 9: Leila Abebe, John Andrews, Ryan Beale, Jonathan Bethel, Tommy Boggis, Miranda Bryson, Casey Crouse, Laura Folk, Montana Heinbach, Paige Hetley, Connor Lowe, Isaac Mullen, Sarah Wahid, and Wyatt Wellington.

Grade 10: Kess Hendrix, Abraham Hernandez, and Kayla Watson.

Grade 11: George Heath and Courtney Spencer.

Grade 12: Claire Councill, Avery Goho, Micah Hedgepeth, Leigh Tyson, and Patrick Williford.

Students Shine in Mock Trial Competition

Fourteen Westchester Country Day School students competed against seven other teams from across the state at the regional level of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice High School Mock Trial Competition at the Mecklenburg Courthouse in Charlotte on February 9.

Junior Lewis Miles (at left) won Best Witness in Round II, junior Catherine York (at right) won Best Witness in Round I, and senior Claire Councill (center) won Best Attorney in Round I. This was the second time Miles and York have won awards in their three years of participating at the regional competition.

Other participants were: senior Walker Rose; juniors Baxter Bruggeworth, Arinze Chukwuma, Tommy Frungillo, Prajan Marhatta, Tracey Neza, and Cameron White; and freshmen Ryan Beale, Tommy Boggis, Ariana Winkle, and Caroline Womack. John Bryson, an attorney with Wyatt Early Harris Wheeler and father of two Westchester students, served as the group’s outside counsel.

This year teams argued both sides of a civil case suit for damages by a female soccer player who sustained concussions and was seriously injured as a result. Regional competitions were held in several cities across the state. The N.C. Advocates for Justice has sponsored the Mock Trial competition for 20 years. This is Westchester Country Day School’s fifth year competing.

Middle School Student Wins Essay Contest

Seventh Grade student Samantha Mickey is the winner of the Alexander Martin Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution's American History Essay Contest for the seventh grade. She will be honored at the club's meeting on February 12.

The American History Essay Contest was established to encourage young people to think creatively about our nation's great history and learn about history in a new light. This year's essay topic was: Forgotten Patriots Who Supported the American Struggle for Independence.

The contest is open to students in grades five through eight. A winner is selected from each of the four grades and advances to the state level. Essays are judged for historical accuracy, adherence to the topic, organization of materials, interest, originality, spelling, grammar, punctuation, and neatness.

Senior is Rotary Student of the Month

Westchester Country Day School senior Avery Goho (pictured with Rotary president Alan Lomax) was named the Willow Creek Rotary Student of the Month for January. She is the daughter of Harvey and Lydia Goho of High Point.

The Rotary Student of the Month program recognizes outstanding students who excel in both school performance and community volunteer activity.

Avery is a stellar student at Westchester and has received numerous awards and honors including the Westchester Cup, which is awarded for character and integrity, and the Peters Family Scholarship for excellence in academic achievement. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Art, Spanish, and Blue Key clubs. She is a volunteer with Westchester Manor Nursing Home and the Boys and Girls Club. She is an avid runner and swimmer, and was named Female Athlete of the Year her sophomore year, as well as Academic All-Conference her freshman, sophomore, and junior years.

Alex James, '75, Inducted into Athletic Hall of Fame

Alex James, a standout athlete and scholar from Westchester Country Day School’s class of 1975, was inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame during Homecoming on Friday, January 11.

“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 lives, 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.

James was a standout basketball player at WCDS, earning MVP awards in 1973, 1974, and 1975, as well as All-Conference and Conference Tournament MVP in 1974 and 1975. He was named All-Northwest North Carolina in 1974 and 1975. James put Westchester basketball on the map and led the Wildcats to uncharted success during his four years as a starter for Westchester. He continued his career at Harvard University as a student-athlete during the late 1970’s.

More impressive than his basketball career, however, is James’s devotion to his wife and two sons, all of whom are wheelchair-bound and for whom he is the primary care giver. His wife, Liz, has multiple sclerosis, and twin boys, Matt and Will, have muscular dystrophy. After learning of his sons’ diagnosis, James quit his job at IBM to go back to school for physical therapy. He secured a job at the Gateway Education Center in Greensboro in order to be with his sons who attended the school, as well as learn how to take care of his loved ones.

“If I had the power to bestow saint-hood on someone, we would be here celebrating Saint Alexander James today,” said James’s former teacher Jo Kuhn during a luncheon in his honor on Saturday.

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 Begins Monday, January 7

Homecoming/Spirit Week begins Monday, January 7! Please join in the fun as students are encouraged to dress in a "theme" each day. Please note that the Lower School students will participate on Thursday and Friday only.

Monday - America Day
Tuesday - Blast from the Past Day
Wednesday - Character Day
Thursday - Pajama Day
Friday - Blue/White Day

Homecoming is Friday, January 11. Come out and support your Cats as they take on Trinity School of Durham in basketball:
4:00 p.m. - JV Boys
5:30 p.m. - Varsity Girls
7:00 p.m. - Varsity Boys

The Homecoming Court will be presented at the conclusion of the Varsity Boys game. We will be honoring our 2013 Athletic Hall of Famer, Alex James, '75, between the Varsity games.

Wildcats Spread Holiday Cheer

Westchester Wildcats have been spreading lots of holiday cheer this season:

  • At our last C.A.R.E.S. Crews event, students created 200 holiday cards, 130 of which were delivered to Westchester Manor. The remaining 70 were delivered to Elm Towers, which is part of Guilford Senior Services. “We used to visit these senior living facilities for our service days last year, so it was great to go back and be able to give something to them,” said Middle School History Teacher Jeb Burns.
  • More than 50 coats were delivered to the Doris Henderson Newcomers School, which serves recently arrived immigrant and refugee students in grades 3-12 who are novice English speakers. The new and gently used coats had been collected at home basketball games during the month of December. Student government vice president Jane Nunn, who sorted the coats with fellow students Eliza Fisher, Davis Privette, and Charles York, said the project, “felt really good and make us feel like we were really doing something useful.”
  • Our Middle School canned food drive added 344 food items to the other contributions at Hasty Elementary School. Twenty-five of our Middle School students helped put together 66 boxes of food and gifts for local families; this includes over 150 children, some of which are homeless. “Our students were moved at the generosity of the community and took great pains to make the boxes and gifts especially presentable. They were excellent representatives of the ‘heart’ of WCDS,” says Middle School English Teacher Evelyn Jenkins.
  • More than 250 wrapped books were delivered to students at Fairview Elementary School by our fourth and tenth grade students. The books were collected this fall and wrapped during our school-wide C.A.R.E.S. Crews event in November.

Happy Holidays from all of us who teach and learn at Westchester Country Day School!

Senior is Rotary Student of the Month

Senior Oby Nwamu is the Rotary Student of the Month for November for the Willow Creek Rotary Club. She gave a speech and was recognized at the club’s Nov. 1 meeting. She is the daughter of Harold and Anita Nwamu of Asheboro.

The Rotary Student of the Month program recognizes outstanding students who excel in both school performance and community volunteer activity.

Oby is a member of the National Honor Society, Human Relations, Art, and Spanish Clubs, and SADD. She is a volunteer with the Boys and Girls Club and a Young Life participant. She has been a member of the Varsity Soccer and Volleyball teams, and the Varsity Cheerleading squad.

First Quarter Honor Rolls

The following students have been named to the A, B Honor Roll List for the first quarter of the 2012-2013 academic year:

Grade 6: Jack Arnaboldi, Jackson Barton, Zach Beale, Jonathan Bryson, Kamran Chodri, Susan Dhakal, Jack Foster, Rayha Haque, Tanner Harron, Reece Hetley, Devon Jernigan, Rachel McClelland, Kyleigh McEachirn, James Morgan, Marcus Neacsu, Spencer Sherrill, Griffin Shigo, and Ihsan Tonuzi.

Grade 7: Tyler Brown, Allyson Chiu, Kayla Darr, Miles Hendrix, Jake Keels, Savannah Kirkman, Kyla McEachirn, Tiffany Neza, Samuel Noyes, Davis Privette, Audrey Puschinsky, Troy Reid, and Alex Steward.

Grade 8: Victoria Ayodele, Derek Brandon, Tyrece Cheek, Kayla DeWeese, Jeremiah Foster, Katherine Freund, Abbi Khan, Sophie Lanham, Luke Ledford, Terry Neza, Jane Nunn, Rachael Ormond, T.J. Webb, and Jake Weiland.

Grade 9: Leila Abebe, John Andrews, Ryan Beale, Gracie Clinard, Hardin Councill, Noah Keshguerian, Connor Lowe, Isaac Mullen, Kayleigh Swan, and Wyatt Wellington.

Grade 10: Daniel Ayodele, Abraham Hernandez, Savannah Lewis, Troy Polen, and Kaitlyn Shapiro.

Grade 11: Chase Carroll, Sarah Catto, Justice Cuthbertson, Emily Delmestri, Mary Kate Farris, Daphne Foster, Hunter Heinbach, Adam Kirkman, Luca Lagemann, Prajan Marhatta, Dylan Menchetti, Tracey Neza, Erica Sawyer, Donnie Sellers, and Garrett Willard, and Catherine York.

Grade 12: Bruno Beca, Haleigh Breece, Josh Burton, Leah Caffey, Megan Caffey, Nicole Danch, Tyler Fairly, Mary Marshall Fariss, Thomas Freund, Avery Goho, Jeff Green, Olivia Greeson, Micah Hedgepeth, Meghan Ingram, Alexis King, Lizzy Lawrence, Jan Luehr, Oby Nwamu, Luke Puckett, Kennedy Thompson, Julie Tugwell, Leigh Tyson, Savannah Wellington, and Patrick Williford.

The following students have been named to the All A Honor Roll List for the first quarter of the 2012-2013 academic year:

Grade 6: Anna Blackman, Annabelle Fisher, Axel Hwasser, Aidan Lim, Lilly Sheffield, Harris Smith, and Ava Tuggle.

Grade 7: Victoria Atkinson, Kate Bachmann, Margot Behrens, Matthew Boggis, Alex Evans, Luke Evans, Alex Hall, Govind Harish, Alen Izic, Max Johns, Ambar Khawaja, Edward Lindner, and Samantha Mickey.

Grade 8: Jaya Bhardwaj, Erica Boyle, Adam Chinnasami, Ian Craig, Sophia Danch, Madison Dyson, Calen Epting, Eliza Fisher, Ryota Goto, Lauren Griffith, Laney Henley, Terra Johns, Stephanie Thomas, Adam Wright, Charles York.

Grade 9: Jonathan Bethel, Tommy Boggis, Miranda Bryson, Casey Crouse, Josh Evans, Laura Folk, Paige Hetley, and Sarah Wahid.

Grade 10: Kess Hendrix and Kayla Watson.

Grade 11: Courtney Spencer.

Grade 12: Claire Councill, Elizabeth Folk, Katarina Terentieva, and Kimberly Watson.

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WCDS Welcomes Master Drummer

We are excited to welcome master artist and drummer Ahmed Gbeku, a native of Ghana and close friend and musical collaborator of Head of Upper School Dr. Mark Braun, to campus on October 17, 18, 19. His visit is in conjunction with the launching of a student African Drum Club at Westchester.

The lectures and workshops on Wednesday and Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m. in Rives Hall will offer participants the opportunity to try their hands on the instruments. At 3:15 p.m. on Thursday, students, parents, staff, and members of the community can observe as Mr. Gbeku instructs and rehearses with the Westchester student ensemble. This session will incorporate performance and lecture demonstration as Mr. Gbeku teaches some fundamental rhythms and playing techniques. On Friday at 1:00 p.m. a performance will be offered to all in the Courtyard. All are free and open to the public.

Dr. Braun befriended Mr. Gbeku while conducting research in schools and churches throughout Ghana. Gbeku was born and raised in the rural village of Mafi-Sasekpe, located in the Volta Region of eastern Ghana. Ahmed’s first career was as a secondary school teacher in his hometown before relocating to Ghana’s capital city of Accra to pursue his interest in music and dance performance. He performed with the Ghana National Folkloric Ensemble for 10 years before launching his own cultural arts center and traveling internationally to teach. He has performed and offered workshops at a number of leading educational institutions in Europe, the United States, and across Africa, including the University of Ghana, Brown University, Rhode Island College, and Brevard College.

Seniors Recognized for Performance on PSAT



Two Westchester Country Day School seniors are being recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation for their performance on the 2011 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®)

Senior Claire Councill has been named a National Merit Semifinalist. She is one of approximately 16,000 students nationwide being recognized for their high scores, and she is now in the process of applying for status as a National Merit Finalist.

Senior Avery Goho will also be recognized for her performance on the same PSAT, and will receive a Letter of Commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation as one of approximately 34,000 students throughout the nation recognized for their exceptional academic promise.

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) is a non-profit organization established in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and by approximately 440 business organizations and higher education institutions that share NMSC’s goals of honoring the nation’s scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence.

Senior is Rotary Student of the Month

Senior Kennedy Thompson 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. 13 meeting. She is the daughter of Jo and Pete Thompson of High Point.

The Rotary Student of the Month program recognizes outstanding students who excel in both school performance and community volunteer activity.

Kennedy is the president of the student government at WCDS. She is a member of the National Honor Society and the school’s Honor Council. She is a member of the Varsity Volleyball, Cheerleading, and Soccer teams. She volunteers with Vacation Bible School at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, the Boys and Girls Club of High Point, and has participated in several mission trips to Honduras.

Middle School Student Attends Peacemaker Awards

Westchester Country Day School eighth grader Charles York (at left with his father Greg), and former students Elliott Millner and Elisabeth Bachmann, who were all nominated for the Young Peacemaker Award during the 2011-2012 academic year, attended the awards ceremony on Sept. 8 at the Grandover Resort.

"They all enjoyed an evening filled with winner's speeches, keynote speakers, and camaraderie with 68 nominees from other Guilford County schools," said their nominator and Middle School science teacher Christine Beale.

Young Peacemakers and Win-Win Resolutions, Inc.'s mission is to reduce violence and prejudice in schools and communities by teaching conflict resolution and positive social skills through interactive drama and mentoring programs.



WCDS Welcomes New Faculty

WCDS is excited to announce staffing changes and new appointments in all divisions for the 2012-2013 academic year. Please follow the links below for complete details and new faculty bios: