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Students Collect Books, Cans for Community

Nov. 26, 2019

Wrapping booksWestchester Country Day School students collected and wrapped more than 1,340 books for students at Fairview, Friendship, and Northwood Elementary Schools during a school-wide C.A.R.E.S. Crew event on Friday, Nov. 22. They also collected more than 800 pounds of food and nonperishable items for Camp Out for Hunger.

The number of books collected during this annual Thanksgiving activity almost doubled this year. Westchester Middle School students will deliver the books during a service learning day on Friday, Dec. 6.

Collecting cansThis is the first year canned goods have been collected for Camp Out for Hunger, a community effort supporting the Greater High Point Food Alliance. David Smith, who organized the collection and camped out at Deep River Friends Meeting, shared a short presentation with students about food insecurity and the goal to collect 25,000 pounds of food for local food pantries.

Wrapping gifts“It’s so important for you to keep this need in your heart and find other ways you can get involved in the community,” Smith told the students. “We’re doing this collection to get us through the holidays, but there is a need year-round.”

Students Pre-K through 12 worked together to giftwrap the books and weigh the canned goods. C.A.R.E.S. (Compassion, Awareness, Responsibility, Empathy, Service) Crews pair older and younger buddies from different grades together to participate in community service opportunities multiple times a school year.

“These collections took an effort from everyone – some brought a little, some brought a lot, but added up it really does make a difference,” said Blair Hawley, head of the Lower School at WCDS, who coordinated the C.A.R.E.S. Crew event. “It’s what we want all of our students to learn. Compassion, empathy, doing an act of service will really make an impact in our community.”

 

Art Selected for TAG Exhibition

Nov. 18, 2019

TAG Art Gallery SelectionsArtwork by 10 WCDS Lower School students will be on display in the Triad Elementary School Art Exhibition at Theatre Art Galleries in High Point. The exhibition opens November 21 with a reception from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the gallery located at High Point Theatre, 220 E. Commerce Ave., and runs through January 3, 2020. The 10 students selected for the exhibition are as follows:

  • Martha-Anne Johrendt
  • Madelyn Carroll
  • Grayson Carter
  • Merritt Carter
  • Evans Elliott
  • Ali Shahmehdi
  • Tessa Adolff
  • Hayes Godwin
  • Palmer Elliott
  • Hope Mercadante

 

Lower School Honors Mr. Davis

Nov. 4, 2019

Lower School Honors Mr. DavisDuring the month of November, Lower School students learned about the character trait honor, letting someone know you see how valuable they really are. Students began practicing honor at the Lower School's monthly community meeting on Friday, Nov. 1, when they recognized Facilities Manager Marsena Davis for his initiative in greeting students as they enter the building for the start of school each morning.

Mr. Davis Greeting Students“What you may not know is that nobody asked Mr. Davis to do this,” Blair Hawley, Head of Lower School, explained to the assembly of students. “He just saw that it would make a positive impact to students, and he provided a little extra encouragement to those who needed it. And, he decided on his own to do it. So, today, Mr. Davis, we would like to honor you -- to show you how valuable you are to our community.”

The students surprised Mr. Davis with a banner they had all signed and gave him a huge round of applause.

This November character trait of honor is emphasized with the animal rhinoceros and the color gold. Follow the link below for more information on how you can support your child showing honor at home.

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WCDS Presents Frozen JR.

Nov. 4, 2019

Elsa and AnnaWestchester Country Day School invites the community to enjoy its fall K-12 musical production of “Frozen JR.” Four performances will be offered: 7 p.m. on November 8, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on November 8, and 2 p.m. on November 10. All shows will be performed in Rives Hall on the WCDS campus at 2045 N. Old Greensboro Road, High Point.

Performances are open to the public. Tickets are $5 each.

The spectacular 60-minute program is designed for young performers and is based on the 2013 Disney film and 2018 Broadway adaptation. The cast includes almost 100 students K-12.

The set and costumes are designed and created by Westchester students, faculty, parents, and volunteers. The Upper School Play Production class is also providing set construction, lighting and sound.

“Each year I wrestle with which musical will do justice for our seniors – this year, two amazing females – while providing open casting in a variety of roles for kindergarten through 12th grade students,” said teacher Debby Noyes, who is directing the show. “Disney's ‘Frozen JR.’ came to me through an MTI email last spring as a new licensing opportunity. After checking the cast list, I knew immediately that this was the one! With several leading roles, including duel female leads, it was just what we needed to showcase the many talents of our K-12 performers.”

“Frozen JR.” is a fanciful and heartwarming stage adaptation of the top-grossing animated film of all time. Anna, Elsa and other favorite characters embark on an epic, ice-filled journey of self-discovery, camaraderie, and the real meaning of true love. The show includes familiar songs such as “Love is an Open Door,” “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?,” and “Let It Go.”

Westchester’s “Frozen JR.” cast is led by seniors Emily Ann Wright, who plays Anna, and Dynasty Rui, who plays Elsa. Main characters also include ninth grader Emma Engle as Sven, 10th grader Alex Hicks as Kristoff, 10th grader Meredith Harron as Olaf, 11th grader Aiden Apple as Hans and 11th grader Ryan Lim as Weselton.

 

SADD Leads Red Ribbon Week Activities

Oct. 29, 2019

SADD with 5th gradeWestchester’s SADD club (Students Against Destructive Decisions) participated in the national Red Ribbon Week (Oct. 23-31) by organizing several activities intended to encourage students to make healthy and smart decisions.

On Wednesday, the club handed out clothespins decorated with positive messages for Middle and Upper School students to share with one another to spread positivity. On Thursday, red ribbons were tied to the cars of student drivers to promote safe driving habits. On Friday, they handed out candy with the message, “Be a Smartie and stay drug free!”

The Upper School SADD members also shared the importance of making good decisions with younger students.

“SADD held several activities for raising awareness about the importance of a happy and healthy lifestyle,” said senior Caroline Clodfelter. “We had Upper School students going into fourth and fifth grade classrooms to talk about and promote healthy decisions when it comes to food, exercise and friendships.”

Red Ribbon Week is a national campaign organized by the National Family Partnership. The red ribbon has become a symbol in communities across the U.S. promoting youth education and encouraging participation in drug prevention activities.

 

Upper School Students Sign Honor Pledge

October 25, 2019

Honor Council 2019-20Students and faculty of the Upper School at Westchester Country Day School signed the Honor Pledge for the 2019-2020 academic year.

By signing, ninth through 12th graders commit to promoting honor and integrity throughout all assignments and school activities.

"Few things exemplify Westchester's emphasis on moral excellence more than our annual honor assembly," says Dr. Mark Braun, head of the Upper School at WCDS. "The ceremonial signing of the pledge demonstrates each student's commitment to the school's high standard of honor and integrity."

The centerpiece of the Honor System at Westchester is the eight-member student Honor Council, elected by their peers in the Upper School. The Honor Council led students in signing the pledge during the assembly.

Westchester’s Honor Pledge reads as follows: “As a member of the Westchester community, I resolve to uphold the Honor Code of my school and to endeavor to promote honor and integrity. Therefore, I pledge not to cheat, lie, steal, plagiarize, or behave in any manner that exhibits dishonesty.”

 

WCDS Breaks Ground on Wilson Student Center

Oct. 14, 2019

Wilson FamilyWestchester Country Day School celebrated the groundbreaking of a new dining hall and student life facility to be named the Wilson Student Center. The name was revealed during an afternoon ceremony Friday on the Westchester campus and honors the Fred E. Wilson family for a $1 million gift, the first in the school’s 52-year history.

A crowd of more than 200 students, family members, faculty and supporters gathered to celebrate the naming and the start of construction. The Wilson Student Center is the first new building to be added to the campus since 2000. It is expected to be completed in spring 2020.

The $2.9 million, 11,628-square-foot student center will include a dining hall seating nearly 300, collaborative study space for students in grades 6-12, a health and wellness center with offices for the nurse and counselor, a private dining space, senior lounge, and an outdoor patio for dining and teaching.

“Each child and every member of the faculty and staff will pass through this building every day,” said Cobb Atkinson, head of school, during the ceremony. “It is a place where everyone will come together to share a meal and fellowship. We are and always have been a school deeply committed to building and sustaining an intentional community.”

The Wilson family has supported Westchester since the school’s founding, and family members from two generations have graduated from the school. They have given to the arts, field trips, the annual benefit auction, and more.

“The Wilson family has generously supported our school since the beginning through their time, talents and resources,” said Jamie Collins ’90, president of the Board of Trustees. “When we approached them about the campaign, they enthusiastically stepped forward to give us a running start with the first seven-figure gift in Westchester history.”

Wilson Student Center groundbreakingCres Wilson Calabrese, class of 1985, who has served previously on the Board of Trustees and Alumni Council and is also a Westchester parent, represented the Wilson family during the groundbreaking ceremony.

“Westchester creates people that are passionate, independent thinkers, that are community-oriented, outwardly focused, and that happens in the types of environments where we all come together,” said Calabrese. “We come here to learn, to grow, to leave and then to come back, because it’s a family. So, I am so honored that the Wilson family name will be on another space to continue these traditions and this growth.”

The student center will be built in the heart of campus in the footprint of the Cats’ Den, the school’s original gymnasium. Built in the 1970s as one of the school’s early buildings, it was demolished this summer to make way for the new building.

Westchester is working with architect WGM Design of Charlotte and general contractor Kirkland Inc. of High Point for the project.

The Wilson Student Center is the first of several new construction projects planned for the Westchester campus. The Board of Trustees and senior leadership have worked for several years to develop a master plan and capital campaign to enhance the school’s facilities for its student body of about 415 students in grades Pre-K through 12.

“As we began to share our vision, passionate supporters stepped up in extraordinary ways to accelerate the construction of this project, the first of several new facilities we will add,” said Atkinson. “We are here today because of the Wilsons’ generosity and unwavering support. Their giving sparked other incredibly generous commitments, including a matching challenge from the Earl and Kathryn Congdon Family Foundation. These families and several others have continued to be involved in the life of our school over multiple generations. They have offered integral support, and because of them we are off and running.”

 

Celebrations Set for Blue-White Spirit Day

Oct. 4, 2019

PawOne of our favorite times of the year is here! Westchester will celebrate Spirit Week on October 7-11 and end the week with our annual Blue-White Spirit Day on Friday. All families are invited to campus for an afternoon of fun, games, and food from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Then plan to stay for an evening including many athletic events, a groundbreaking ceremony and naming announcement for the new student center at 5:30 p.m., and Senior Night for fall athletes at 6:30 p.m.

Spirit Week

Everyone is invited to dress up for the following spirit days:

  • Monday - Jersey Day
  • Tuesday - Pink Out
  • Wednesday - Crazy Sock Day
  • Thursday - Pajama Day
  • Friday - Blue-White Day

Volunteers Needed

We need lots of volunteers to make this day a success. We need people to man the different inflatables as well as floater volunteers. FREE childcare will be given for volunteers that day in After School. If you need childcare services please note this in the comment section when you sign up. We need to borrow several canopies for the day. We also need cakes and other baked goods for the cake walk. Baked goods can be delivered to the Finch Faculty Workroom the morning of the event.

>> Sign Up to Volunteer Now

Full Schedule of Events

7:45 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Fall Book Fair open

12:30-1:30 p.m. - Middle School visits Blue-White Day carnival/games

1:30-4:00 p.m. - Blue-White Day carnival/games open to all families

3:30 p.m. - Varsity Girls Tennis vs. Caldwell

3:30 p.m. - Middle School Girls Volleyball-A vs. Caldwell

4:00 p.m. - Booster Cookout (burgers and hot dogs)

4:15 p.m. - Middle School Boys Soccer vs. Caldwell

4:45 p.m. - Varsity Girls Volleyball vs. Caldwell

5:30 p.m. - Groundbreaking Ceremony for new student center

6:00 p.m. - Legacy Picnic for alumni with current WCDS students

6:30 p.m. - Fall Athletics Senior Night

7:00 p.m. - Varsity Boys Soccer vs. Caldwell

 

C.A.R.E.S. Crews provide decorations for Heroes Center

Sept. 12, 2019

CARES Crew decorations for Heroes CenterWestchester Country Day School students and teachers commemorated 9/11 by helping the Heroes Center of High Point prepare for its community memorial event for first responders.

The entire school gathered in the Finch Center Sept. 10 to create table decorations in patriotic colors. In pairs of younger and older students, they worked together to make wreaths out of red, white and blue bandannas and assembled centerpieces of flags and stars.

Each centerpiece included the story of Welles Crowther, “The Man in the Red Bandanna.” While covering his face with a bandana he had carried in his pocket from childhood, Crowther saved many people from the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.

Bob Uber and Billy Riley of the Heroes Center“There are so many stories about everyday heroes. We are surrounded by them every day,” Blair Hawley, head of the Lower School, explained to students during the assembly. “A hero can be a regular person who takes initiative to do the right thing in a time of need. I hope if the opportunity presents itself in your future, that you too will find a way to be a hero to others.”

Hawley shared Crowther’s story with students and explained the significance of the red bandanna before students split into their C.A.R.E.S. Crews to make the decorations. Throughout the year, Westchester students from different grades work together on projects that emphasize compassion, awareness, responsibility, empathy and service.

At the assembly, students also heard from two local heroes, Bob Uber, president and founder of the Heroes Center, and Billy Riley, a Navy veteran and resident of the center. They talked about their mission of supporting those who have served our country by providing housing for homeless veterans. They also encouraged students to think of practical ways to carry out random acts of kindness.

CARES Crew“Bob was one of our Hometown Heroes last year, nominated by eighth grader Ava Klein,” said Hawley. “We were so impressed with what Bob is doing right here in High Point to serve others, so we wanted to help out with their event by creating the table decorations. From what we’ve learned, the red bandanna is such a symbol of heroism, sacrifice, and service to others that we wanted to include it in the decorations.”

Since this was the first C.A.R.E.S. Crew gathering of the school year, students and faculty also spent time getting to know one another and building teamwork by coloring American flags and playing Bingo together.

 

6th-12th grades embark on Class Trips

Aug. 28, 2019

This week, sixth through 12th graders are on class trips to various locations across North Carolina. These annual fall trips are a special component of the Middle and Upper School experience at Westchester. Students build confidence through new experiences, increase their appreciation for the environment, and strengthen their relationships with one another and with the faculty. Many of the class trips take place in the outdoors where students can enjoy nature and grow together in a setting that is different from their usual school day.

The junior and senior class trips are especially notable. Each year, the 11th grade tours a variety of colleges and universities in order to consider different types of higher education options that may be of interest. For the senior class, it is tradition to go on a backpacking trip to Pisgah National Forest for four days. They receive top-notch outdoor instruction from the National Center for Outdoor Adventure Education, and the trip has proven to be an impactful experience students remember for years to come.

Follow this year's class trip adventures on Westchester's Class Trips Page on Facebook and @westchestercds on Instagram.


Welcome to the 2019-2020 Academic Year!

Welcome back, Wildcats! We're excited to see you at the following back-to-school events:

Monday, August 19

  • 11:30 a.m. - Luncheon meeting for all seniors in the Library
  • 4:45 p.m. - All parents NEW to WCDS report to the Finch Center for campus tour (parents only, please). 
  • 5:15 p.m. - Lower School Parent Night (parents only, please). 
    • Session 1 - 5:15-6:00 p.m.
    • Session 2 - 6:05-6:50 p.m.
      (Parents need only attend one session per grade)
  • 5:15 p.m. - ALL 6th grade parents and 7th and 8th grade parents who are New to WCDS report to the Library (parents only, please).
  • 5:15 p.m. - All 9th grade parents and 10th - 11th grade parents who are NEW to WCDS report to Rives Hall (parents only, please).
  • 5:15 p.m. - All 12th grade parents meet for college application discussion with Mrs. Atkinson (parents only, please).
  • 6:00 p.m. - All Middle and Upper School parents report to the Finch Center for Parent Night to meet teachers in fair-style environment (parents only, please).
  • 6:00 - 7:15 p.m. - Dinner stations in Phillips Hall and Finch Center.

Tuesday, August 20 

  • 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. - 9th, 10th and 11th grade students NEW to WCDS report to Classroom 210 in Phillips Hall (students only).
  • 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. - ALL 6th grade students and 7th and 8th grade students who are NEW to WCDS report to the Library (students only).
  • 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. - All students and parents may visit classrooms for "Open Campus/Meet Your Teacher" time.

Wednesday, August 21 

  • 8:00 a.m. - All students and parents report to Brooks Gymnasium in the Finch Center for Convocation. Students will be dismissed to start their day. 

 

Welcome New Faculty

Aug. 12, 2019

Westchester Country Day School is pleased to welcome the following new faculty for the 2019-2020 school year:

Amie Carey

Amie Carey, Assistant Director of Finance and Director of Transportation
Amie Carey joins WCDS as Assistant Director of Finance and Director of Transportation. Her responsibilities include transportation, accounts payable, and student billing. She previously taught elementary students in Winston-Salem and Pennsylvania. She was also Director of Education for Sylvan Learning Center, where she managed teachers and student programs and also served as a tutor. She has a Bachelor of Science in elementary education from Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania. Carey and her husband, Jason, have two children at Westchester -- Emilie in eighth grade and Samuel in sixth grade.

Melissa Darr

Melissa Darr, Director of Food Services
Melissa Darr joins WCDS as Director of Food Services. She is a Westchester alumna who has been in the culinary business since 1996. Darr has expertise in meal prep, inventory, special events, staff management, special dietary needs, recipe and menu development, and more. Most recently, she was a chef at The Life Center of Davidson County. She was also a culinary instructor at Davidson County Senior Services, where she gave group demo cooking classes and tasting lectures. Darr’s past experience includes working for FLIK/Compass Group as a chef/manager and at Lowes Foods as a chef and culinary trainer for more than 25 stores. She has a bachelor’s degree in communication from Elon University and an associate degree in culinary arts from Guilford Technical Community College.

Laurie Hogan

Laurie Hogan, Director of Communications and Marketing
Laurie Hogan joins WCDS as Director of Communications and Marketing. A 2002 graduate of Westchester, she has worked in education as a communications professional for 13 years. Most recently, she worked with higher education clients at Creative Services Inc. in High Point. She has also worked at Guilford County Schools and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Hogan is Accredited in Public Relations. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication from UNC-Chapel Hill and a master’s degree in journalism-strategic communication from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She and her husband, Andrew, have a son in kindergarten at Westchester and a 1-year-old daughter.

Amy Hughes

Amy Hughes, Early Childhood Music Teacher
Amy Hughes joins WCDS as an Early Childhood Music Instructor. She has taught music to students of a variety of ages, most recently to infants through Pre-K at Kidstunes in Burlington. She also taught music, band, music theory and piano at Oak Ridge Military Academy. Hughes has a bachelor’s degree in music education from Grove City College in Pennsylvania and is certified in Music PK-12. Hughes is married to Middle School Math Teacher John Hughes, and they have a 1-year-old daughter, Lily Grace.

 

 Addie Jackson

Addie Jackson, Lower School Academic Support Teacher
Addie Jackson joins WCDS as a Lower School Academic Support Teacher. Jackson has experience working in a tutoring environment with elementary through college students. She has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English and is currently completing a master’s degree in special education.

 

 

Charlene Marsh, Lower School Science, Middle School Science/Language Arts Teacher
Charlene Marsh joins WCDS as Lower School Science and Middle School Science/Language Arts Teacher. She has many years of teaching experience, including teaching science at High Point Central, Wheatmore and Trinity high schools, as well as teaching exceptional children at Braxton Craven Middle School. In 2019, she was named Teacher of the Year at Braxton Craven. She was Mentor of the Year for Guilford County Schools in 2015. Marsh is a National Board Certified teacher. She has bachelor’s degrees in science education and chemistry from North Carolina State University and a master's degree in special education from Elon University. She is married and has a son who attended WCDS.

Ashley Pozil

Ashley Pozil, Lower School Assistant
Ashley Pozil joins WCDS as a Lower School Assistant. She will assist in pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and first grade classrooms. Pozil has previous experience working with young children at Wesley Memorial School in their preschool classroom. She holds an associate degree in business administration from Guilford Technical Community College.

 

 

Penny Rowe

Penny Rowe, Director of Finance
Penny Rowe joins WCDS as Director of Finance. She is responsible for the Business Office, Facilities and Food Service. Rowe comes to Westchester after working as a vice president at Amplifi and head of continuous improvement North America finance at Syngenta among other roles. Rowe is a Certified Public Accountant. She has a bachelor's degree in accounting and marketing and a Master of Business Administration from California State University-East Bay.

 

 David Wilson

David Wilson, Upper School Mathematics Teacher
David Wilson joins WCDS as a Mathematics Teacher. He teaches Algebra 2, Functions and Modeling, Introduction to Statistics, and Personal Finance classes in the Upper School. Wilson is a seasoned teacher with 19 years of classroom experience. He has taught a range of Upper School math courses at schools in six states and four countries and also has 14 years of experience in school administration.

 

 

WESTCHESTER SELECTED AS BEST PRIVATE SCHOOL

Aug. 1, 2019

Best of Southern TriadWestchester Country Day School is the Best Private School of the Southern Triad. WCDS was recognized in an Aug. 1 special section, “Best of Southern Triad,” published by the High Point Enterprise, Archdale-Trinity News and Thomasville Times.

The list recognizes local businesses and organizations in more than 75 categories, which were selected by the newspapers’ readers.

Founded in 1967, WCDS is the only pre-K through 12 independent school in High Point and the oldest in the Piedmont Triad.

Thank you to our students, parents, faculty, staff, alumni and supporters for voting for us!

 

40 Graduates Celebrated at Commencement

Westchester Country Day School held its 48th commencement ceremony Saturday, June 1, at 9:30 a.m. at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church in High Point. The 40 graduates submitted a total of 231 applications to 90 different institutions in 22 different states as well as in Washington, D.C., and British Columbia, and all have been accepted to at least one four-year college or university. Collectively, they have been offered over $2.5 million in merit-based awards.

Two seniors will serve our country as they pursue their undergraduate studies: Will Herndon will serve in the National Guard as he attends UNC Wilmington, and Nick Brown has received an appointment to the United States Naval Academy, where he also will play basketball.

A touching WCDS tradition, during the Commencement ceremony each graduate was honored through a speech from a faculty member, highlighting his or her achievements during the high school years. Graduates marched in and out of the church preceded by a bagpiper, and the Upper School Vocal Ensemble sang. Hannah Klein delivered the Valedictory address stating, “I implore you to all to take a deep breath in, see what brought you here today, and simply believe in yourselves. Every decision you have made up to this point matters.”

For her Salutatorian address, Julia Mattox stressed to her classmates the importance of roots, stating, “As we gather here today in celebration of this new beginning, let us not forget our roots. Let us not forget where we came from and let us not forget this strong foundation that was - and is - Westchester.”

Also during the ceremony, Jennifer Tran represented the class with the presentation of the class gift - outdoor picnic tables for the athletic complex.


Five Seniors Taking Talents to Next Level

Five senior student-athletes are taking their talents to the next level (from left):

  • Reece Hetley (soccer, Belmont Abbey College)
  • Nick Brown (basketball, US Naval Academy)
  • Ava Tuggle (swimming and diving, University of Richmond)
  • Thomas Powell (basketball, Oxford College of Emory University)
  • Zach Beale (cross country and track, UNC-Charlotte) 

2018-2019 Middle School Recognition

T. Austin Finch Chair of Distinguished Teaching: Jeb Burns
WAPA Teacher of the Year Award: Frank Morelli
Margaret Kemper Bonney Volunteer Award: Harry Wolfe
Freddie Kirkman Award: Caleb Hammond, Ali Schwartz
Emma Padgett Award: Caroline Griffith, Lucy Meyer-Braun
Scott Patterson Award: Chrsitian Ryker, Sofie Stofferis
Female Athlete of the Year: Ali Schwartz
Male Athlete of the Year: Bo Brigman
Schwartzmanship Award: Caleb HammondLucy Meyer-Braun
Perfect Attendance: Josh Hammond


2018-2019 Varsity Athletic Awards

ACADEMIC ALL CONFERENCE
The following students maintained a 3.5 GPA and lettered in two varsity sports this year:
Grade 7: Lyndon Briggs
Grade 8: Connor Apple, Lucy Meyer-Braun, Will Rummage
Grade 9: Olivia Beaver, Olivia Cecil, Anna Sloan Culp, Kate Dyson, Grace Evans, Meredith Harron, Jaxson Morgan, Sophia Singer, Ella Timberlake, Max Van Dessel, Lily Wilson
Grade 10: Madison Conner, George Culp, Dory Keever, Tyler Matthews, Mollie McWhorter, Jeck Merritt, Tess Mickey, Myles Patterson, Mikey Schwartz, Frank Seitz, Claire Smith, Cook Smith, Emma Steward, Jackson Todd, Josiah Tomes, Safa Tonuzi
Grade 11: David Adams, Reagan Cottrell, Jack Councill, Deni Lewis, Chase Portaro, Jackson Weil, Maggie Wheatley, Katie Mac Wright
Grade 12: Sam Barefoot, Zach Beale, Susan Dhakal, Rayha Haque, Tanner Harron, Will Herndon, Reece Hetley, Jacob Kesguerian, Hannah Klein, Aidan Lim, Julia Mattox , James Morgan, Thomas Powell, Lilly Sheffield, Spencer Sherrill, Griffin Shigo, Griff Smith, Harris Smith, Jennifer Tran

BRUCE E. HATHAWAY, JR. SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD
FEMALE – Lilly Sheffield
MALE – Reece Hetley, Thomas Powell

FEMALE SCHOLAR ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Hannah Klein
MALE SCHOLAR ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Tanner Harron

FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Harris Smith
MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Zach Beale

Boys Varsity Cross Country
MVP – Jack Councill
Wildcat – Tyler Matthews
Coach’s – Sam Barefoot, Zach Beale

Girls Varsity Cross Country
MVP – Ali Schwartz
Wildcat – Maggie Wheatley
Coach’s – Kate Dyson

Girls Varsity Golf
MVP - Deni Lewis
Wildcat - Charlotte Martin

Boys Varsity Soccer
MVP – George Culp, Reece Hetley
Wildcat – Jay Faires
Coach’s/“Squad”–  Jackson Barton, Gavin Brumfield, Jay Faires, Reece Hetley, Jacob Keshguerian, Aidan Lim, James Morgan, Alex Nixon, Griffin Shigo, Griff Smith

Girls Varsity Tennis
MVP – Emma Steward
Wildcat – Dory Keever
Coach’s – Jennifer Tran

Girls Varsity Volleyball
MVP – Madison Conner
Wildcat – Hannah Klein
Coach’s – Susan Dhakal, Harris Smith

Boys Varsity Basketball
MVP – Nick Brown
Wildcat – Thomas Powell, Syrus Sadler
Coach’s – Zachary Elsayed

Girls Varsity Basketball
MVP – Hannah Klein
Wildcat – Dory Keever
Coach’s – Safa Tonuzi

Varsity Cheerleading
MVP – Reagan Cottrell
Wildcat – Julia Schendell
Coach’s – Katelyn Hunter

Boys Varsity Swimming
MVP – Griff Smith
Wildcat – David Adams
Coach’s – Mikey Schwartz

Girls Varsity Swimming
MVP – Skylar Manning
Wildcat – Lucy Meyer-Braun
Coach’s – Lilly Sheffield

Boys Varsity Baseball
MVP – Dean Herring
Wildcat – Ty Choplin, Will Herndon
Coach’s – Sam Barefoot

Varsity Golf
MVP – Jaxson Morgan
Wildcat – Chase Portaro 

Boys Varsity Tennis
MVP – Tanner Harron
Wildcat – Aidan Apple
Coach’s – Max Verellen 

Girls Varsity Soccer
MVP – Harris Smith
Wildcat – Reagan Cottrell
Coach’s – Kate Dyson, Lilly Sheffield

Boys Varsity Track
MVP – Zach Beale, Jack Councill
Wildcat – Thomas Powell
Coach’s – Spencer Sherrill

Girls Varsity Track
MVP – Maggie Wheatley
Wildcat – Mollie McWhorter
Coach’s – Sophia Singer


2018-2019 Upper School Academic Awards

Chuck and Carol Hamblet Award: Dorotea Evans, Ann Parks
T. Austin Finch Master Teacher Award: Allison Albert
Class of 2005 Award: Raegan Atkinson
Westchester Cup: Anna Blackman
Good Citizenship Award: Lilly Sheffield
Suzi Holliman Humanitarian Award: Jackson Barton
Valedictorian: Hannah Klein 
Salutatorian: Julia Mattox
Student Government Award: Hannah Klein
Vijaya Kumar Chemistry Award: Carson Boyette
Senior Speech Award: Jay Faires, Jennifer Tran 
Peters Family Scholarship: David Adams
International Student Recognition: Gary Guo, Lea Liu, Songyu Lu, Dynasty Rui, Tom Zhou
DAR Good Citizen: Hannah Klein

9th Grade Top Scholar
Meredith Harron
9th Grade Outstanding Scholars
Sidney Briggs, Olivia Cecil, Grace Evans, Ashley George, Charlotte Martin, Katie Todd
10th Grade Top Scholar
Mikey Schwartz
10th Grade Outstanding Scholar
Tess Mickey
11th Grade Top Scholar
Deni Lewis
11th Grade Marshals
David Adams (Chief), Ellison Beaver, Georgia Brumfield, Caroline Clodfelter, Deni Lewis
Art Department Award
Anna Blackman
Art Certificates of Merit
Deni Lewis, Dory Keever, Meg Neal
Drama Department Award
Emily Ann Wright
Drama Certificates of Merit
Aidan Apple, Ryan Lim, Meredith Harron
Lifetime Achievement in Drama Award
Anna Blackman
English Department Award
Jackson Barton
English Certificates of Merit 
Chase Portaro, Frank Seitz, Ava Tuggle
Mandarin Award
Anna Blackman
Mandarin Certificates of Merit
Sidney Briggs, Alex Casas, Forrest Grimes
Mathematics Department Award 
Gary Guo
Mathematics Certificates of Merit
Julia Mattox, Mikey Schwartz, Josiah Tomes
Music Department Award 
Gary Guo
Music Certificates of Merit
Sam Barefoot, Katelyn Hunter, Griffin Shigo
Science Department Award
Julia Mattox
Science Certificates of Merit 
Ava Tuggle, Mikey Schwartz, Sophia Singer
Spanish Department Award
Jacob Keshguerian
Spanish Certificates of Merit
Tanner Harron, Charlotte Martin, Chase Portaro
Social Studies & History Department Award 
Tanner Harron
Social Studies Certificates of Merit
Chase Portaro, Kay Millikan, Mikey Schwartz
High Point University Junior Scholar
Dynasty Rui
Summer Ventures in Math and Science
Mikey Schwartz
AP Scholars with Distinction (score of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on 5 or more of these exams)
Hannah Klein, Julia Mattox
AP Scholar with Honor (score of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on 4 or more of these exams)
Anna Blackman, Rayha Haque, Tanner Harron, Aidan Lim, Ava Tuggle
AP Scholars (scores of 3 or higher on 3 or more AP exams)
Jackson Barton, Kamran Chodri, Susan Dhakal, Songyu Lu, Lilly Sheffield, Harris Smith
Odyssey of the Mind Recognition
Jamie Atkinson, Aydin Hall, Kate Leonard, Mikey Schwartz, Sophia Singer, Katie Todd, Emma Whitlock
Model UN Recognition
Jordan Bradley, Sidney Briggs, Kate Dyson, Grace Evans, Tanner Harron, Meredith Harron, Jacob Keshguerian, Hannah Klein, Deni Lewis, Charlotte Martin, Julia Mattox, Sophia Singer
Mock Trial Recognition
Jamie Atkinson, Jordan Bradley, Sidney Briggs, Georgia Brumfield, Jonathan Bryson, Chloe Canada, Olivia Cecil, Sofia Chodri, Aydin Hall, Rayha Haque, Katelyn Hunter, Aidan Khan, Kate Leonard, Chase Portaro, Julia Schendell, Lilly Sheffield, Katie Todd, Safa Tonuzi, Jennifer Tran, Ava Tuggle, Lacy Wright


National Spanish Exam Recognition
Honor - Students scoring at or above the 50th percentile to the 74th percentile
Bronce/Bronze - Students scoring at or above 75th percentile to the 84th percentile
Plata/Silver - Students scoring at or above the 85th percentile to the 94th percentile
Oro - Students scoring at or above the 95th  percentile

Spanish 1
Bronce - Duncan Grimes, Trey Johnson, Jonah Keshguerian, Max Van Dessel
Plata - Holland Shoaf

Spanish 2
Bronce - Ryan Lim, Jack Merritt, Maggie Wheatley
Plata - Oliva Beaver, Anna Sloan Culp, Ashley George, Katie Todd
Oro - Meredith Harron, Charlotte Martin, Sophia Singer 

Spanish 3
Honor - Hamer Brigman, Jackson Todd, George Culp, Myles Patterson, Mikey Schwartz
Bronce - Safa Tonuzi

Spanish 4
Honor - Georgia Brumfield
Bronce - Carson Boyette

AP Spanish
Plata - Tanner Harron, Jacob Keshguerian


Third Quarter Honor Rolls

The following students have been named to the A, B Honor Roll List for the third quarter of the 2018-2019 academic year:

Grade 6: Natalie Clinard, Madi Dial, Aubrey Durham, Grey Lunnen, Miracle Olubunmi, Nolan Patterson, Brooks Robinson, Clay Rosser, Caden Ryker, Addison Sage, Elizabeth Shoaf, Elliott Smith, Gram Tucker, Kirian Veach, and Zayne Williamson.

Grade 7: Addison Chapman, Ben Daniel, Covington Hauser, Ben Hunsberger, Abby Keever, Thomas Kopchik, Katie Grace Lavelle, Devin MacKie, Bennett Robinson, and Abby Williamson.

Grade 8: Madalyn Adams, Bo Brigman, Alexander Connors, Carson Daniel, MJ Edwards, Jacob Johnson, Quinto Keomalaythong, and Christian Ryker.

Grade 9: Maggie Berry, Jordan Bradley, Kate Dyson, Trey Johnson, Jonah Keshguerian, Jaxson Morgan, Priya Parikh, Henry Scott, Ella Timberlake, Jackson Tuggle, and Max Van Dessel.

Grade 10: Hamer Brigman, Sofia Chodri, Madison Conner, Sam Delaisse, Aydin Hall, Dean Herring, Dory Keever, Aidan Khan, Kate Leonard, Rowan MacKie, Mollie McWhorter, Jack Merritt, Myles Patterson, Frank Seitz, Claire Smith, Cook Smith, Emma Steward, Jackson Todd, and Emma Whitlock.

Grade 11: Carson Boyette, Alex Casas, Reagan Cottrell, Gaby Culler, Lea Liu, Dynasty Rui, Maggie Wheatley, Emily Ann Wright, Katie Mac Wright, and Lacy Wright.

Grade 12: Sam Barefoot, Zach Beale, Anna Blackman, Nick Brown, Gavin Brumfield, Chloe Canada, Kamran Chodri, Ty Choplin, Mackenzie Easom, Tanner Harron, Reece Hetley, Katelyn Hunter, Aidan Lim, James Morgan, Alex Nixon, Syrus Sadler, Lilly Sheffield, Spencer Sherrill, Griffin Shigo, Ihsan Tonuzi, and Jennifer Tran.

The following students have been named to the All A Honor Roll List for the third quarter of the 2018-2019 academic year:

Grade 6: Thomas Brinson, Mary Frances Collins, Harriss Covington, Josh Hammond, Chase Hesling, Adam Martin, E.B. McEnaney, Mikayla Monroe-Johnson, Alyson Mull, Claire Neal, Sutton Scott, Natalie Seperteladze, Cooper Singer, and Mac Timberlake.

Grade 7: Mallory Atkinson, Lyndon Briggs, Harry Georgiadis, Ava Klein, Georgia Moorefield, Maggie O'Keeffe, Isabella Reid, Max Verellen, Riley Yanez, and Laura Yocum.

Grade 8: Connor Apple, Cleveland Armentrout, Davis Beck, Grayson Boyette, Elektra Farson, Caroline Griffith, Caleb Hammond, Lucy Larkin Heard, Cruz Hesling, Skylar Manning, Tommy Mattox, Madeline McWhorter, Anna Beth Merritt, Lucy Meyer-Braun, Paul Mills, Nati Roberts, Will Rummage, Aliana Schwartz, Maddi Sparks, and Sofie Stofferis.

Grade 9: Olivia Beaver, Sidney Briggs, Olivia Cecil, Anna Sloan Culp, Grace Evans, Ashley George, Duncan Grimes, Meredith Harron, Charlotte Martin, Stephen McLean, Sophia Singer, Katie Todd, and Lily Wilson.

Grade 10: Aidan Apple, Jamie Atkinson, George Culp, Forrest Grimes, Tyler Matthews, Cameron McMaster, Tess Mickey, Mikey Schwartz, Josiah Tomes, and Safa Tonuzi.

Grade 11: David Adams, Ellison Beaver, Georgia Anne Brumfield, Michael Calabrese, Caroline Clodfelter, Jack Councill, Deni Lewis, Kay Millikan, Chase Portaro, Ariston Tomes, and Jackson Weil.

Grade 12: Jackson Barton, Jay Faires, Gary Guo, Rayha Haque, Jacob Keshguerian, Hannah Klein, Songyu Lu, Julia Mattox, Thomas Powell, Harris Smith, Ava Tuggle, and Tom Zhou.




WCDS Chapter of NHS Inducts 18 Students

The following students were inducted into Westchester Country Day School’s chapter of the National Honor Society on April 23, 2019: (left to right) back row: Aidan Apple, Jamie Atkinson, George Culp, Jay Faires, Aidan Khan, Mikey Schwartz, Dean Herring, Josiah Tomes, Cook Smith, Jackson Todd; front row: faculty advisor Shelby Hughes, Dory Keever, Meg Neal, Mollie McWhorter, Kay Millikan, Tess Mickey, Sofia Chodri, Safa Tonuzi, and Maggie Wheatley.

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.


 

WCDS Collects Change for Charities

Westchester Country Day School is pleased to donate $800 each to four charities close to our students’ hearts as a result of a school-wide change collection drive.

The “Change for Change” drive was part of the school’s C.A.R.E.S. (Compassion, Awareness, Responsibility, Empathy, Service) Crews initiative, which is a service learning program with the goal of building PK – 12 community and participating in community service opportunities. Each year students are asked to submit nominations for where they would like to see the change donated. The entire school voted on the recipients, and the winners were Africa Windmill Project, Arts for Life, Project No Kill, and The Ellen Fund.

A school-wide assembly was held on April 3 during which students counted all the change that had been collected over the past few weeks. They counted over 6,000 quarters and nickels, 8,000 dimes, and nearly 29,000 pennies!

“The most important work we do at Westchester Country Day School is to teach our students the importance of giving back to others,” said Head of School Cobb Atkinson. “Today, our school family empowered these organizations to continue the legacy of selfless service that we work to instill in our students every day.”


Odyssey of the Mind Team advances to world Competition



The Westchester Country Day School Odyssey of the Mind Division III “Hide in Plain Sight team netted a first-place finish at the state competition at East Carolina University on April 6 and will compete at the World Finals at Michigan State University May 22 – 25.

“I am so proud of these students and all their hard work over the past year,” said their coach, Raegan Atkinson. “Participating in this program requires a huge time commitment, team work, patience, and creativity, all of which they demonstrated in abundance.”

Westchester Country Day School sent 10 teams, comprised of 67 total students, and 18 volunteer coaches to the regional Odyssey of the Mind competition at Northwest Guilford High School on March 9. Three of those teams placed in the top two in their problem/division and advanced to the state competition on April 6. The team that won first place at the state competition was the Division III team comprised of upper school students.

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.

Participants in the Division I “OMER to the Rescue, Again” team are: (top photo, from left) Jack Gard, Nash Grimes, Sam Van Dessel, Natalie Thomas, Niyae Monroe-Johnson, and Coleman Schwartz (not pictured, Henry Simcox). This team is coached by Esharan Monroe-Johnson and Deb Tuggle and placed second in its division at regionals. Coleman Schwartz was the recipient of the Susan Lawson Award for courage, persistence, and determination.

Participants in the Division II “OMER to the Rescue, Again” team are: (middle photo, from left) Sofie Stofferis, Amaya Monroe-Johnson, Avery Gasson, Mikayla Monroe-Johnson, Grey Lunnen, and Elizabeth Shoaf (not pictured, Harry Georgiadis). This team is coached by Esharan Monroe-Johnson and Deb Tuggle and placed second in its division at regionals.

Participants in the Division III “Hide in Plain Sight” team are: (bottom photos, back row, from left) Katie Todd, Sophia Singer, Emma Whitlock, Aydin Hall, Mikey Schwartz, (front row, from left) Jamie Atkinson, and Kate Leonard. This team is coached by Raegan Atkinson and received a first place finish in its division at regionals and will compete at the World Competition.


Piano Students Shine at Festival

Six Westchester piano students participated in the Greensboro Music Teachers Association Festival at UNCG on March 3. Every one earned a Superior Rating for his or her performance.

Evin Bradley, Zoe Georgiadis, Pallavi Paruchuri, Grace Patron, Medara Patron, and Hunter Shipwash all are under the direction of Westchester's piano teacher, Claire Clark.


Senior Rotary Student of the Month

Westchester Country Day School senior Hannah Klein was the High Point Rotary Club’s Student of the Month. She was recognized and spoke at the club’s meeting on Feb. 28. She is the daughter of Anita and Johannes Klein of Advance.

Hannah is president of the student body, vice president of National Honor Society, and a member of Model UN, SADD Club, and Spanish Club. She is an avid volunteer on campus and in the community and is a three-sport varsity athlete. She is an accomplished pianist and violinist and aspires to be a dermatologist.


Robotics Teams Heading to State Competition

Both Westchester Country Day School’s Middle School Boys and Girls Robotics Teams qualified for the VEX IQ Middle School NorthCarolina State Championship in Concord, NC, on March 9, based on their performances at regional competitions earlier this month.

The Boys Team, “Killer B’s,” has won two regional competitions and has been awarded an Excellence Award, Teamwork Champion Award, and Robot Skills Champion Award as well as two Design Awards. The Girls Team, “Honeybees,” has been awarded a Think Award and a Judges Award and finished 2nd in a Robot Skills competition.

“I am extremely proud of both teams’ hard work and preparation for these challenging events,” said their advisor, Westchester’s IT Director, Terry Andrews. “I look forward to seeing their performances at the state competition.”


Student Finalist in Essay Contest

Westchester Country Day School student Georgia Moorefield was a finalist in the Alexander Martin Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution's American History Essay Contest for the seventh grade. She was honored at the club's meeting on Feb. 12. She is the daughter of Adair and Johnny Moorefield of Trinity.

“We are proud of all of our seventh graders for entering the essay contest under the direction of their history teacher, Jeb Burns. We applaud how they shared their creativity, research, and voices with others. Georgia went a step further by presenting her essay at the luncheon; she was poised and confident. Mr. Burns has done an excellent job of providing opportunities for these students to take safe risks and extend their learning,” said Mary Keever, head of Middle School at WCDS.

The American History Essay Contest was established to encourage young people to think creatively about our nation's history and learn about history in a new light. This year's essay topic was Women’s Suffrage, and Georgia’s essay was written from the point of view of a suffragette button badge worn on the coat of different women during the movement.

The contest is open to students in grades five through eight. Essays are judged for historical accuracy, adherence to the topic, organization of materials, interest, originality, spelling, grammar, punctuation, and neatness.


WCDS Mock Trial Teams Compete in Regionals


Three WCDS Mock Trial teams competed in the NCAJ High School Mock Trial regional competitions in Durham and Salisbury on Saturday, February 2.

The White and Cats teams traveled to the Durham County Courthouse and the Blue Team traveled to the Rowan County Justice Center in Salisbury.

White Team members include (in photo, from left) Rayha Haque, Kate Leonard, Jamie Atkinson, Georgia Brumfield, Julia Schendell, Lacy Wright, and Jonathan Bryson.

Blue Team members include (in photo, from left) Chloe Canada, Lilly Sheffield, Chase Portaro, Sofia Chodri, Aydin Hall, Katelyn Hunter, and Jennifer Tran.

Cats Team members include (in photo, from left) Katie Todd, Aidan Khan, Sidney Briggs, Olivia Cecil, Jordan Bradley, Safa Tonuzi, and Ava Tuggle.

Olivia Cecil was the recipient of a “Best Witness” award as well as “Star Witness” and “Star Attorney” awards. Jamie Atkinson and Chase Portaro both received two “Star Attorney” awards. Georgia Brumfield received two “Star Witness” awards. Katie Todd received a “Star Attorney” award, and Jordan Bradley, Katelyn Hunter and Lilly Sheffield all received “Star Witness” awards.

“Although we did not advance to the next round, I am extremely proud of all of our students and their hard work,” said John Bryson, a WCDS parent and High Point attorney who advises the teams along with WCDS science teacher Christine Beale.


Yearbook Receives Recognition

The 2018 Banyan yearbook at Westchester Country Day was one of a select group of exceptional yearbooks featured in the volume eight edition of the Possibilities publication produced by Walsworth Yearbooks.

Possibilities is an idea book produced every two years by Walsworth highlighting some of the company’s best yearbooks. The 352-page hardcover book serves as a creative catalyst for yearbook staffs across the nation, showcasing outstanding theme development, coverage, design, writing and photography.

This volume of Possibilities features 868 examples from 248 yearbooks. Those examples represent a small percentage of Walsworth’s customer base, making an appearance in the book an exclusive accomplishment. Work appearing in this book is displayed at regional, state and national conventions and workshops throughout the year, and countless yearbook staffs across the country refer to Possibilities as a premier source for inspiration.

The 2018 Westchester Country Day yearbook was produced under the direction of Deb Tuggle, yearbook adviser, and Hollis Andrews, yearbook editor.

“This dedicated staff worked hard all year to produce an exceptional book. It’s hard to understand the amount of time and work that go into making a yearbook, but these students did so on top of a full course load and other obligations. That’s no easy feat,” said Brooke Smith, the Walsworth Yearbooks sales representative for the school.


Second Quarter Honor Rolls

The following students have been named to the A, B Honor Roll List for the second quarter of the 2018-2019 academic year:

Grade 6: Ava Apple, Danny Cap, Madi Dial, Aubrey Durham, Aswad Haque, Grey Lunnen, Adam Martin, Mikayla Monroe-Johnson, Nolan Patterson, Caden Ryker, Addison Sage, Elliott Smith, Gram Tucker, and Kirian Veach.

Grade 7: Addison Chapman, Avery Gasson, Harry Georgiadis, Covington Hauser, Ben Hunsberger, Kate Morgan, Bennett Robinson, and Abby Williamson.

Grade 8: Madalyn Adams, Bo Brigman, MJ Edwards, Elektra Farson, Caroline Griffith, Lucy Larkin Heard, Quinto Keomalaythong, Nati Roberts, and Christian Ryker.

Grade 9: Jordan Bradley, Lulu Culler, Kate Dyson, Jonah Keshguerian, Jaxson Morgan, Henry Scott, Jackson Tuggle, and Max Van Dessel.

Grade 10: Aidan Apple, Jamie Atkinson, Sofia Chodri, Madison Conner, Sam Delaisse, Aydin Hall, Dean Herring, Dory Keever, Aidan Khan, Kate Leonard, Ryan Lim, Cameron McMaster, Mollie McWhorter, Austin Melton, Jack Merritt, Meg Neal, Myles Patterson, Frank Seitz, Claire Smith, and Cook Smith.

Grade 11: Ellison Beaver, Carson Boyette, Alex Casas, Reagan Cottrell, Jack Councill, Dynasty Rui, Jackson Weil, Maggie Wheatley, and Katie Mac Wright.

Grade 12: Jackson Barton, Zach Beale, Gavin Brumfield, Kamran Chodri, Ty Choplin, Susan Dhakal, Jay Faires, Rayha Haque, Tanner Harron, Katelyn Hunter, Jacob Keshguerian, Aidan Lim, James Morgan, Alex Nixon, Thomas Powell, Syrus Sadler, Lilly Sheffield, Spencer Sherrill, Griffin Shigo, Jennifer Tran, and Tom Zhou.

The following students have been named to the All A Honor Roll List for the second quarter of the 2018-2019 academic year:

Grade 6: Thomas Brinson, Natalie Clinard, Mary Frances Collins, Harriss Covington, Josh Hammond, Chase Hesling, E.B. McEnaney, Lauren Melton, Alyson Mull, Claire Neal, Brooks Robinson, Clay Rosser, Sutton Scott, Natalie Seperteladze, Elizabeth Shoaf, Cooper Singer, and Mac Timberlake.

Grade 7: Mallory Atkinson, Lyndon Briggs, Abby Keever, Ava Klein, Georgia Moorefield, Maggie O'Keeffe, Isabella Reid, Max Verellen, Riley Yanez, and Laura Yocum.

Grade 8: Connor Apple, Cleveland Armentrout, Davis Beck, Grayson Boyette, Ellie Choplin, Caleb Hammond, Cruz Hesling, Skylar Manning, Tommy Mattox, Madeline McWhorter, Anna Beth Merritt, Lucy Meyer-Braun, Paul Mills, Will Rummage, Aliana Schwartz, Maddi Sparks, and Sofie Stofferis.

Grade 9: Olivia Beaver, Maggie Berry, Sidney Briggs, Olivia Cecil, Anna Sloan Culp, Grace Evans, Ashley George, Duncan Grimes, Meredith Harron, Charlotte Martin, Stephen McLean, Priya Parikh, Sophia Singer, Ella Timberlake, Katie Todd, and Lily Wilson.

Grade 10: George Culp, Forrest Grimes, Rowan MacKie, Tyler Matthews, Tess Mickey, Mikey Schwartz, Emma Steward, Jackson Todd, Josiah Tomes, and Safa Tonuzi.

Grade 11: David Adams, Georgia Anne Brumfield, Michael Calabrese, Caroline Clodfelter, Deni Lewis, Lea Liu, Kay Millikan, Chase Portaro, Ariston Tomes, and Emily Ann Wright.

Grade 12: Anna Blackman, Gary Guo, Reece Hetley, Hannah Klein, Songyu Lu, Julia Mattox, Harris Smith, Ihsan Tonuzi, and Ava Tuggle.

Homecoming and Athletic Hall of Fame

Westchester will celebrate Homecoming on Friday, Jan. 4.
Events include:
Pep Rally - 12:50 p.m.
JV Basketball vs. Caldwell Academy - 4:00 p.m.
Varsity Girls Basketball vs. North Hills Christian - 5:30 p.m.
Athletic Hall of Fame Induction, honoring Brooks Weller, Class of 2003 - 6:30 p.m. (see below)
Varsity Boys Basketball vs. Glenn High School - 7:00 p.m.
Homecoming Court - Immediately following Varsity Boys game

Tennis standout Brooks Weller, Class of 2003, will be inducted into Westchester Country Day School’s Athletic Hall of Fame during the school’s Homecoming on Friday, Jan. 4, at 6:30 p.m. in the Brooks Gym in the Finch Center for Academic and Athletic Excellence.

“Westchester has been fortunate enough to graduate several of the Triad’s greatest student-athletes who have left our halls and gone on to make amazing accomplishments in their sports and beyond, 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.

Weller’s Westchester tennis career includes a #4 singles state championship in 1998 and a #1 individual state championship, doubles state championship, and team state championship in 2003. He was named MVP and Middle School Athlete of the Year in 1999, MVP and Academic All-Conference in 2000, and MVP in 2001 and 2003. He also was the recipient of the Coach’s Award in 2002. He was the USTA U14 State Champion in 1999 and was a member of the Westchester state championship basketball team in 2000.

Nominations for the Hall of Fame were solicited from all Westchester alumni. The final selection was determined by a committee comprised of alumni, faculty and staff, and members of the athletic department.

Westchester Students Give Back to Community

Westchester Country Day School students collected and wrapped more than 700 new and gently used books for Fairview, Hasty, and Northwood elementary school students in grades K-2 during its school-wide C.A.R.E.S. Crew event on Friday, Nov. 16.

Middle School students delivered the books during their quarterly service learning day on Dec. 3.

The C.A.R.E.S. (Compassion, Awareness, Responsibility, Empathy, Service) Crews program is a service learning program with the goal of building PK – 12 community and participating in community service opportunities. Throughout the year, students gather in “Crews” to fellowship, play, and serve. Crews are composed of two grades each and pair older students with younger “buddies.”


First Quarter Honor Rolls

The following students have been named to the A, B Honor Roll List for the first quarter of the 2018-2019 academic year:

Grade 6: Thomas Brinson, Danny Cap, Audrey Guffey, Josh Hammond, Chase Hesling, Grey Lunnen, Adam Martin, Mikayla Monroe-Johnson, Alyson Mull, Nolan Patterson, Evelyn Porter, Brooks Robinson, Clay Rosser, Caden Ryker, Natalie Seperteladze, Elizabeth Shoaf, Mac Timberlake, Gram Tucker, Kirian Veach, and Zayne Williamson.

Grade 7: Addison Chapman, Avery Gasson, Covington Hauser, Ben Hunsberger, Thomas Kopchik, Katie Grace Lavelle, Bennett Robinson, Max Verellen, and Abby Williamson.

Grade 8: Madalyn Adams, Bo Brigman, Alexander Connors, Carson Daniel, MJ Edwards Elektra Farson, Jacob Johnson, Quinto Keomalaythong, Skylar Manning, and Christian Ryker.

Grade 9: Jordan Bradley, Grayson Chapman, Lulu Culler, Kate Dyson, Duncan Grimes, Trey Johnson, Jonah Keshguerian, Jaxson Morgan, Priya Parikh, Henry Scott, and Jackson Tuggle.

Grade 10: Aidan Apple, Jamie Atkinson, Madison Conner, Sam Delaisse, Aydin Hall, Dean Herring, Aidan Khan, Kate Leonard, Ryan Lim, Rowan MacKie, Mollie McWhorter, Austin Melton, Jack Merritt, Meg Neal, Myles Patterson, Cook Smith, Emma Steward, Jackson Todd, and Emma Whitlock.

Grade 11: David Adams, Ellison Beaver, Carson Boyette, Georgia Anne Brumfield, Alex Casas, Caroline Clodfelter, Reagan Cottrell, Jack Councill, Slade Miller, Jackson Weil, Maggie Wheatley, Emily Ann Wright, Katie Mac Wright, and Lacy Wright.

Grade 12: Sam Barefoot, Jackson Barton, Zach Beale, Anna Blackman, Gavin Brumfield, Chloe Canada, Ty Choplin, Mackenzie Easom, Zachary Elsayed, Rayha Haque, Tanner Harron, Will Herndon, Katelyn Hunter, Jacob Keshguerian, Aidan Lim, Songyu Lu, James Morgan, Alex Nixon, Syrus Sadler, Julia Schendell, Logan Shaw, Lilly Sheffield, Spencer Sherrill, Griff Smith, Harris Smith, Jennifer Tran, and Tom Zhou.

The following students have been named to the All A Honor Roll List for the first quarter of the 2018-2019 academic year:

Grade 6: Natalie Clinard, Mary Frances Collins, Harriss Covington, E.B. McEnaney, Claire Neal, Addison Sage, Sutton Scott, and Cooper Singer.

Grade 7: Mallory Atkinson, Lyndon Briggs, Harry Georgiadis, Abby Keever, Ava Klein, Georgia Moorefield, Maggie O'Keeffe, Isabella Reid, Riley Yanez, and Laura Yocum.

Grade 8: Connor Apple, Cleveland Armentrout, Davis Beck, Grayson Boyette, Ellie Choplin, Caroline Griffith, Caleb Hammond, Lucy Larkin Heard, Cruz Hesling, Tommy Mattox, Madeline McWhorter, Anna Beth Merritt, Lucy Meyer-Braun, Paul Mills, Nati Roberts, Will Rummage, Aliana Schwartz, Maddi Sparks, and Sofie Stofferis.

Grade 9: Olivia Beaver, Maggie Berry, Sidney Briggs, Olivia Cecil, Anna Sloan Culp Grace Evans, Ashley George, Meredith Harron, Charlotte Martin, Stephen McLean, Sophia Singer, Ella Timberlake, Katie Todd, Max Van Dessel, and Lily Wilson.

Grade 10: Sofia Chodri, George Culp, Forrest Grimes, Dory Keever, Tyler Matthews, Cameron McMaster, Tess Mickey, Mikey Schwartz, Frank Seitz, Josiah Tomes, and Safa Tonuzi.

Grade 11: Michael Calabrese, Gaby Culler, Deni Lewis, Lea Liu, Kay Millikan, Chase Portaro, Dynasty Rui, and Ariston Tomes.

Grade 12: Kamran Chodri, Susan Dhakal, Jay Faires, Gary Guo, Reece Hetley, Hannah Klein, Julia Mattox, Thomas Powell, Griffin Shigo, Ihsan Tonuzi, and Ava Tuggle.


Upper School Students Sign Honor Pledge

Westchester Country Day School held its annual Honor Assembly on Tuesday, Oct. 16, during which every Upper School student and faculty member signs the WCDS Honor Pledge which reads:

“As a member of the Westchester community, I resolve to uphold the Honor Code of my School and to endeavor to promote honor and integrity. Therefore, I pledge not to cheat, lie, steal, plagiarize, or behave in any manner that exhibits dishonesty.”

"Few things exemplify Westchester's pillar of moral excellence more than the Honor Assembly," noted Westchester's Head of Upper School Dr. Mark Braun. "The ceremonial signing of the pledge demonstrates each student's commitment to the school's high standard of honor and integrity."

Westchester's eight-member elected honor council, the centerpiece of the honor system in Upper School, led the assembly.


WCDS Commemorates 9/11, Honors “Hometown Heroes”

 

Westchester Country Day School commemorated 9/11 this year with an all-school assembly recognizing the significance of the day, as well as honoring six “hometown heroes.” The assembly began with the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance and singing of the National Anthem, followed by a video and reading about 9/11. Then the school honored six heroes who were chosen by the school’s C.A.R.E.S. Crews committee after nominations were submitted by students.

“We were very pleased to receive so many wonderful nominations from students of all ages,” said C.A.R.E.S. Crews coordinator Blair Hawley. “It was hard to narrow it down to these six.” The honorees are:

  • Tom Bader with Tiny Houses of Greensboro, nominated by 7th graders Bella Reid and Riley Yanez
  • Bob Uber with Heroes’ Center of High Point, nominated by 7th grader Ava Klein
  • Blake Henkel, ARC artist with autism, nominated by 8th graders Grayson Boyette and Paul Mills
  • Sarah Beth Davis with GoFAR, nominated by 3rd grader Davis Williams  
  • Ray Wright with Pit Stops for Hope, nominated by 5th grader Crawford Elrod and 3rd grader Caroline Elrod
  • Sarah Walden Herbin - Black Child Development Institute of Greensboro, nominated by 9th grader Jordan Bradley

The student or students who nominated the heroes will read their nominations aloud to the entire school. The student body has also been asked to wear red in honor of 9/11.

“It has been a wonderful lesson for students to think about the definition of a hero and realize that they walk amongst these heroes every day,” said Hawley.

The C.A.R.E.S. (Compassion, Awareness, Responsibility, Empathy, Service) program is a service learning program with the goal of building PK – 12 community and participating in community service opportunities. Throughout the year, our students gather in “Crews” to fellowship, play, and serve. Crews are composed of two grades each and pair older students with younger “buddies.”


Art Teacher's Work on Display

Artwork by Westchester Country Day School art teacher Victoria Bailess has been selected for display in the Theatre Art Gallery’s annual Artists that Teach Exhibit at the High Point Theatre. The exhibit runs from Thursday, Aug. 30 through Friday, Sept. 28. An opening reception will be held Thursday, Sept. 6, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

“This year I am exhibiting two ink drawings,” said Bailess. “I appreciate TAG giving area teachers the opportunity to exhibit and sell their works.”


Atkinson Serves as Page

Westchester Country Day School tenth grader Jamie Atkinson recently served as a Page in the North Carolina Senate. Jamie was sponsored by Senator Cathy Dunn and appointed by the Senate President Pro Tempore, Phil Berger of Rockingham County. He is the son of Cobb and Raegan Atkinson of High Point.

Statewide high school students in grades 9 through 12 serve as pages when the General Assembly is in session. They perform valuable duties for the Senators and their office staff. They attend daily Senate sessions, committee meetings, and assist staff members with office duties during the week they serve in the Legislature.

Jamie is pictured with Senator Cathy Dunn.


Welcome New Faculty

Westchester Country Day School is pleased to welcome the following faculty for the 2018 - 2019 academic year:

Amy Caputa will teach Fifth Grade with Mrs. Reid. Amy comes to WCDS from the Randolph County Schools where she served as the media specialist at Braxton Craven Middle School and was named the 2018 Randolph County Media Specialist of the Year. She also served as Library Media Coordinator at Trindale Elementary and Hopewell Elementary schools. She taught fourth, fifth, sixth, and eighth grade in the Randolph County Schools. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from James Madison University and a Master of Library Science and Information Studies from UNC-Greensboro.

 

Kay Chapman will serve as Director of Health Services. Kay is a registered nurse who most recently served as a nurse educator/school nurse with the Prosper, Texas, Independent School District prior to relocating to North Carolina. She also has worked as a surgical nurse with Warthan Dermatology in McKinney, Texas, and as an RN with Delmar Gardens in O’Fallon, Missouri, and Missouri Baptist Medical Center in St. Louis. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Grand Canyon University. Her daughter, Addison, will be a 7th grader, and her son, Grayson, will be a 9th grader at WCDS.

Emma Deebel joins the Middle School faculty as a science teacher. She most recently taught sixth and seventh grade science at Brookland Middle School in Richmond, Virginia, where she received the New Teacher of the Year Award for 2017-2018. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, and a Master of Arts in Teaching with Endorsement in Middle School Science from Mary Baldwin University in Richmond.

 


Jeff Hunt
will teach Upper School English. Jeff comes to WCDS from Piedmont Classical High School in Greensboro where he taught 11th and 12th grade English. Prior to moving to North Carolina, he served as a graduate instructor of English at the the University of New Mexico. He has taught ESL, language arts, and humanities courses in Seoul, South Korea, as well as served as a substitute teacher in Oregon. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Chapman University and a Master of Arts in English Literature from the University of New Mexico.

Ethan Johnston will teach sixth grade language arts and history. He has served as a substitute teacher for the Steel Valley and South Park school districts in Pennsylvania. He completed his student teaching at Steel Valley High School, where he taught social studies to 10th and 11th graders. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania, and a Master of Education in Secondary Social Studies from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.


Devin McLemore
joins the Development Department as Advancement Assistant. Devin is a WCDS alumni from the class of 2011 and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Winston-Salem State University. He has held marketing positions with the Atlantic Coast Conference and the Winston-Salem Dash. Devin serves as our Varsity Baseball Coach and will coach Middle School Girls Basketball this winter.



Sydney “Dean” Stern
will join the Upper School faculty as a science teacher. Dean most recently taught at the Greensboro Montessori School, where he was responsible for developing much of the science curriculum. He also taught biology and health science at Oak Ridge Military Academy. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Oceanography and Geography from Duke University and is completing coursework for a Master in Science in Biochemistry at UNCG, where he also taught and facilitated labs for undergraduate courses.

Laura Weil joins the Lower School faculty as an assistant. She has spent the last four years in Randolph County Schools working as an Instructional Assistant and Testing Coordinator. She also has worked as a consultant with Guilford County Partnership for Children to expand health initiatives in Pre-K programs across the county. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business from Meredith College and a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from UNC-Greensboro. Laura’s oldest son, Jackson, is an 11th grader at WCDS.

 

We also are pleased to welcome violin instructor Matt Kiefer, who joins music instructors Claire Clark (piano), Jaime English (voice), and Ken Mickey (guitar) in the newly revamped WCDS School of Music. Click here for their bios and more information on this program.


Westchester Graduation June 2

Westchester Country Day School will hold its 47th commencement ceremony Saturday, June 2, at 9:30 a.m. at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church in High Point. The 35 graduates applied to 63 different colleges and universities, and all were accepted to at least one four-year college or university. Collectively they have been offered over three and a half million dollars in athletic, academic, and other merit-based awards.

Luke Alan Evans is this year's Valedictorian, and Victoria Taylor Atkinson is the Salutatorian. This year's graduates are:

Hollis Leigh Andrews
Victoria Taylor Atkinson
Erik David Bauer
Matthew Carl Boggis
Jeffrey Allen Branch
Carson Synclair Castelli
Allyson Lagrimas Chiu
Lucas Glenn Compton
Alexandra Marie Evans
Luke Alan Evans
Marc Philippe Farahmand
Thomas Jackson Fielding
Thomas Riley Fleming
Alexandra Nasim Hall
Jerod Scott Hartsoe
Alec Darrin Hunter
Garrett Allen Hunter
Alen Izic
Jacob Wyatt Keels
Savannah Ann Delayne Kirkman
Robert Christian Langefeld
Samantha Grace Mickey
Mehul Dev Muppasani
Tiffany Arlene Neza
Samuel Gilson Noyes
Davis Tucker Privette
Chase Decatur Pyrtle
Troy Christopher Reid
Lazarus Josef Ritter
Mohanad Mamdouh Shehata
Alex Robert Steward
Hao Tong
Jessica Thuc Quyen Tran
Max Julian Truschnowitsch
Dalton Douglas Ward


2017-2018 Varsity Athletic Awards

ACADEMIC ALL CONFERENCE
The following students maintained a 3.5 GPA and lettered in two varsity sports this year:
Grade 8:  Kate Dyson, Henry Scott
Grade 9: Madison Conner, George Culp, Dory Keever, Aidan Khan, Mollie McWhorter, Jack Merritt, Tess Mickey, Myles Patterson, Mikey Schwartz, Cook Smith, Emma Steward, Safa Tonuzi, Emma Whitlock
Grade 10:  David Adams, Chase Portaro, Elizabeth Ragsdale, Maggie Wheatley, Katie Mac Wright
Grade 11: Jackson Barton, Zach Beale, Kamran Chodri, Susan Dhakal, Rayha Haque, Tanner Harron, Jacob Keshguerian, Hannah Klein, Aidan Lim, Songyu Lu, Julia Mattox, James Morgan, Alex Nixon, Thomas Powell, Lilly Sheffield, Spencer Sherrill, Griffin Shigo, Griff Smith, Harris Smith, Jennifer Tran, Tom Zhou
Grade 12: Hollis Andrews, Victoria Atkinson, Erik Bauer, Matthew Boggis, Jeff Branch, Allyson Chiu, Alex Evans, Luke Evans, Marc Farahmand, Riley Fleming, Alex Hall, Savannah Kirkman, Mehul Muppasani, Davis Privette, Mohanad Shehata, Hao Tong, Max Truschnowitsch

CHUCK AND CAROL HAMBLET AWARD
Brack and Emilee Brigman

BRUCE E. HATHAWAY, JR. SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD
FEMALE – Allyson Chiu
MALE – Davis Privette

FEMALE SCHOLAR ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Victoria Atkinson
MALE SCHOLAR ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Matthew Boggis

FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Alex Evans, Alex Hall
MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Luke Evans

BOYS VARSITY CROSS COUNTRY
MVP – Luke Evans
WILDCAT – Tanner Harron
COACHES – Riley Fleming, Hao Tong

GIRLS VARSITY CROSS COUNTRY
MVP – Ali Schwartz
WILDCAT – Kate Dyson
COACHES – Anna Sloan Culp, Sophia Singer

BOYS VARSITY SOCCER
MVP – Max Truschnowitsch 
WILDCAT – Matthew Boggis, Alen Izic, Davis Privette
COACHES "SQUAD" – Erik Bauer, Marc Farahmand, Mehul Muppasani, Mohanad Shehata  

GIRLS VARSITY TENNIS
MVP – Alex Hall
WILDCAT – Alex Evans
COACHES – Dory Keever

GIRLS VARSITY VOLLEYBALL
MVP – Savannah Kirkman
WILDCAT – Hannah Klein
COACHES – Susan Dhakal

BOYS VARSITY BASKETBALL
MVP– Nick Brown
WILDCAT – Jeff Branch
COACHES – Syrus Sadler

GIRLS VARSITY BASKETBALL
MVP– Allyson Chiu
WILDCAT – Alex Evans
COACHES – Victoria Atkinson

VARSITY CHEERLEADING
MVP – Jennifer Tran 
WILDCAT – Lacy Wright
COACHES – Julia Schendell

BOYS VARSITY SWIMMING
MVP – Griff Smith
WILDCAT – David Adams, Jake Keels, Slade Miller 
COACHES – Samuel Noyes, Hao Tong

GIRLS VARSITY SWIMMING
MVP – Alex Hall
WILDCAT – Sidney Briggs
COACHES – Kate Dyson

BOYS VARSITY BASEBALL
MVP – Alec Hunter
WILDCAT – Dalton Ward, Lucas Compton
COACHES – Sam Barefoot

VARSITY GOLF
MVP – Carson Castelli
WILDCAT – Davis Privette
COACHES - Chase Portaro

BOYS VARSITY TENNIS
MVP – Matthew Boggis
WILDCAT – Alex Steward
COACHES – Garrett Hunter, Riley Fleming, Mohanad Shehata, Max Truschnowitsch

GIRLS VARSITY SOCCER
MVP – Alex Evans
WILDCAT – Allyson Chiu
COACHES – Victoria Atkinson

BOYS VARSITY TRACK
MVP – Luke Evans, Zach Beale
WILDCAT – Jeff Branch, Jack Councill
COACHES – Griffin Shigo, Spencer Sherrill

GIRLS VARSITY TRACK
MVP – Mollie McWhorter
WILDCAT – Alex Hall
COACHES – Maggie Wheatley


2017-2018 Upper School Academic Awards

T. Austin Finch Chair of Distinguished Teaching
Allison Albert

Good Citizenship Award
Samantha Mickey

Suzi Holliman Humanitarian Award
Hollis Andrews, Alex Hall

Valedictorian
Luke Evans 

Salutatorian
Victoria Atkinson

Westchester Cup
Alex Evans

Student Government Award
Luke Evans

Vijaya Kumar Chemistry Award
Hannah Klein

Senior Speech Award
Troy Reid 

Peters Family Scholarship 
Anna Blackman

International Student Recognition
Gary Guo, Marc Farahmand, Songyu Lu, Dynasty Rui, Hao Tong, Max Truschnowitsch, Tom Zhou

Perfect Attendance
Madison Conner, James Morgan, Mikey Schwartz, Harris Smith 

Model UN Awards
Tanner Harron, Jerod Hartsoe

DAR Good Citizen
Luke Evans

9th Grade Top Scholar
Tess Mickey
9th Grade Outstanding Scholar
Meg Neal, Mikey Schwartz
10th Grade Top Scholar
Deni Lewis 
11th Grade Top Scholar
Hannah Klein
11th Grade Outstanding Scholar
Julia Mattox
11th Grade Marshals
Hannah Klein (chief marshal), Rayha Haque, Aidan Lim, Julia Mattox, Ava Tuggle
Art Department Award
Anna Blackman
Art Certificates of Merit
Mackenzie Easom, Deni Lewis, Maggie Wheatley
Drama Department Award
Troy Reid
Drama Certificates of Merit
Anna Blackman, Jake Keels, Samuel Noyes
English Department Award
Alen Izic
English Certificates of Merit 
Ellison Beaver, Matthew Boggis, Rayha Haque
Mandarin Award
Luke Evans
Mandarin Certificates of Merit
Ellison Beaver, Rowan MacKie, Tess Mickey
Mathematics Department Award 
Robert Langefeld
Mathematics Certificates of Merit
Victoria Atkinson, Gary Guo, Hao Tong
Music Department Award 
Jake Keels
Music Certificates of Merit
Carson Boyette, Allyson Chiu, Samuel Noyes 
Science Department Award
Julia Mattox
Science Certificates of Merit 
Luke Evans, Forrest Grimes, Robert Langefeld
Spanish Department Award
Tiffany Neza
Spanish Certificates of Merit
Nick Brown, Sofia Chodri, Rayha Haque
Social Studies & History Department Award 
Jerod Hartsoe
Social Studies Certificates of Merit
Ty Choplin, Katelyn Hunter, Hannah Klein
Yearbook Awards
Hollis Andrews
Yearbook Certificate of Merit
Davis Privette
National Merit Commended Scholar
Jackson Fielding 
National Merit Scholarship Winner
Luke Evans
Furman Scholar
Tanner Harron, Hannah Klein
Summer Ventures in Math and Science
Julia Mattox
George Washington University Book Award
Tanner Harron
Sewanee Book Award
Jackson Barton
AP Scholars with Honor
Jackson Fielding, Mehul Muppasani, Hao Tong
AP Scholar with Distinction
Victoria Atkinson, Luke Evans, Jerod Hartsoe
AP Scholars
Hollis Andrews, Matthew Boggis, Alex Evans, Alex Hall, Alen Izic, Robert Langefeld, Samantha Mickey, Alex Steward
Odyssey of the Mind Recognition
Jamie Atkinson Aydin Hall, Kate Leonard, Mikey Schwartz and Emma Whitlock
Mock Trial Recognition
Jamie Atkinson, Matthew Boggis, Georgia Anne Brumfield, Chloe Canada, Gaby Culler, Rosa Anna Elias, Luke Evans, Aydin Hall, Rayha Haque, Jerod Hartsoe, Kate Leonard, Mehul Muppasani, Alex Nixon, Julia Schendell, Lilly Sheffield, Lacy Wright


National Spanish Exam Recognition
Honor - Students scoring at or above the 50th percentile to the 74th percentile
Bronce/Bronze - Students scoring at or above 75th percentile to the 84th percentile
Plata/Silver - Students scoring at or above the 85th percentile to the 94th percentile

Spanish 1
Honor - Dory Keever, Ryan Lim, Mollie McWhorter, Thomas Powell, Claire Smith, Cook Smith, Max Truschnowitsch
Bronce - Emma Whitlock
Plata - Jackson Campbell

Spanish 2
Honor -  Michael Calabrese, Emma Steward, Emily Ann Wright
Bronce - George Culp, Rameel Haque
Plata - Hamer Brigman, Sofia Chodri, Myles Patterson, Mikey Schwartz, Jackson Todd, Safa Tonuzi

Spanish 3
Honor - Carson Boyette, Deni Lewis, Alex Nixon

Spanish 4
Honor - Rayha Haque, Jerod Hartsoe
Bronce - Hannah Klein
Plata - Tanner Harron


Third Quarter Honor Rolls

The following students have been named to the A, B Honor Roll List for the third quarter of the 2017-2018 academic year:

Grade 6: Sarah Belle Fuller, Ben Hunsberger, Kate Inabinett, Abby Keever, Devin MacKie, Kate Morgan, Bennett Robinson, and Nygel Streeter.

Grade 7: Bo Brigman, Ellie Choplin, MJ Edwards, Lucy Larkin Heard, Nati Roberts, and Sofie Stofferis.

Grade 8: Faith Davis, Kate Dyson, Wills Heard, Trey Johnson, Henry Scott, Jackson Tuggle, and Max Van Dessel.

Grade 9: Aidan Apple, Hamer Brigman, Sofia Chodri, Sam Delaisse, Dory Keever, Kate Leonard, Ryan Lim, Rowan MacKie, Morgan Mayson, Cameron McMaster, Mollie McWhorter, Jack Merritt, Myles Patterson, Claire Smith, Cook Smith, Emma Steward, Jackson Todd, and Emma Whitlock.

Grade 10: David Adams, Georgia Anne Brumfield, Michael Calabrese, Alex Casas, Parker Clinard, Jack Councill, Gaby Culler, Rosa Anna Elias, Jackson Weil, Emily Ann Wright, Katie Mac Wright, and Lacy Wright.

Grade 11: Sam Barefoot, Anna Blackman, Gavin Brumfield, Mackenzie Easom, Jay Faires, Reece Hetley, Katelyn Hunter, Jacob Keshguerian, Aidan Lim, James Morgan, Syrus Sadler, Julia Schendell, Spencer Sherrill, Jennifer Tran, and Tom Zhou.

Grade 12: Victoria Atkinson, Jeff Branch, Carson Castelli, Allyson Chiu, Alex Evans, Jackson Fielding, Riley Fleming, Alen Izic, Savannah Kirkman, Samantha Mickey, Mehul Muppasani, Davis Privette, Troy Reid, Alex Steward, Jessica Tran, Max Truschnowitsch, and Dalton Ward.

The following students have been named to the All A Honor Roll List for the third quarter of the 2017-2018 academic year:

Grade 6: Mallory Atkinson, Lyndon Briggs, Emilie Carey, Harry Georgiadis, Covington Hauser, Ava Klein, Georgia Moorefield, Maggie O'Keeffe, Isabella Reid, Max Verellen, Riley Yanez, and Laura Yocum.

Grade 7: Connor Apple, Cleveland Armentrout, Davis Beck, Grayson Boyette, Caroline Griffith, Caleb Hammond, Tommy Mattox, Madeline McWhorter, Anna Beth Merritt, Lucy Meyer-Braun, Paul Mills, Will Rummage, Aliana Schwartz, and Maddi Sparks.

Grade 8: Olivia Beaver, Maggie Berry, Jordan Bradley, Sidney Briggs, Olivia Cecil, Lulu Culler, Anna Sloan Culp, Grace Evans, Duncan Grimes, Meredith Harron, Charlotte Martin, Stephen McLean, Jaxson Morgan, Priya Parikh, Sophia Singer, Ella Timberlake, and Katie Todd.

Grade 9: Jamie Atkinson, George Culp, Forrest Grimes, Aidan Khan, Tess Mickey, Meg Neal, Mikey Schwartz, and Safa Tonuzi.

Grade 10: Ellison Beaver, Carson Boyette, Caroline Clodfelter, Deni Lewis, Chase Portaro, and Dynasty Rui.

Grade 11: Jackson Barton, Nick Brown, Kamran Chodri, Ty Choplin, Susan Dhakal, Gary Guo, Rayha Haque, Tanner Harron, Hannah Klein, Songyu Lu, Julia Mattox, Alex Nixon, Thomas Powell, Griffin Shigo, Harris Smith, Ihsan Tonuzi, and Ava Tuggle.

Grade 12: Matthew Boggis, Luke Evans, Alex Hall, and Robert Langefeld.


Seventeen Students Inducted into NHS

The following students were inducted into Westchester Country Day School’s chapter of the National Honor Society on April 10, 2018:

From left: Thomas Powell, Nick Brown, Chase Portaro, Jack Councill, Carson Boyette, David Adams, Alex Nixon, Jackson Barton, Griffin Shigo, Jennifer Tran, Emily Ann Wright, Katie Mac Wright, Dynasty Rui, Caroline Clodfelter, Gaby Culler, Ellison Beaver, and Deni Lewis.

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.


WCDS Awards Merit Scholarship

Westchester Country Day School is pleased to announce the winner of a full-paid Merit Scholarship for the 2018-2019 academic year. Sophia Singer, an eighth grader at WCDS, is the recipient of the award.

Sophia is the daughter of Eric and Heather Singer of High Point.

Applicants for the scholarships underwent a rigorous process including testing, essay writing, and an in-person interview by three panelists: Joe Cristy, Director of Undergraduate Recruitment at High Point University, Kyle Wooden, Interim Director of Admission at Guilford College, and Stephanie Keaney, Director of Programs at the North Carolina Association of Independent Schools.

Applicants were judged on their demonstration of outstanding academic achievement, exemplary character, and well-rounded participation in school and community. The Merit Scholarship funds full tuition for the recipient and is renewable for the upper school term as long as the student remains in good standing in the division.


Westchester Collects Change for Charities

Westchester Country Day School is pleased to donate $750 each to four charities close to our students’ hearts as a result of a school-wide change collection drive.

The “Change for Change” 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. Each year students are asked to submit nominations on where they would like to see the change donated. The entire school voted on the recipients, and the winners were: Camp Luck, Canines for Service, CAST for Kids, and Not for Sale.

A school-wide assembly was held on March 20 during which students counted all the change that has been collected over the past few weeks. Representatives from each organization were on hand to receive recognition for their work as well as accept the donations.

“The most important work we do at Westchester Country Day School is to teach our students the importance of giving back to others,” said Head of School Cobb Atkinson. Today, our school family empowered these organizations to continue the legacy of selfless service that we work to instill in our students every day.”


Odyssey of the Mind Teams Headed to State Competition

Westchester Country Day School sent eight teams to the regional Odyssey of the Mind competition at Northwest Guilford High School on March 3. Of the five teams eligible to advance to the state competition, two placed in the top two in their problem/division and will compete March 24 at Wingate University. Odyssey of the Mind is an international creative problem-solving program that engages students in their learning by allowing their knowledge and ideas to come to life in an exciting, productive environment. Since 1978, Odyssey of the Mind problems have challenged students to go beyond conventional thinking and incorporate creative problem solving in learning. Fifty-two WCDS students across all three divisions participated in the program this year.

Participants in the “A Stellar Hangout” Division I team are (in photo, from left) Coleman Schwartz, Natalie Clinard, Claire Neal, Cooper Singer, Jay Jackson, and Paul Fuller. They are coached by Jeb Burns and Vicki Sloop. This team placed first for its problem/division.

 

 

 

Participants in the “Classics…Mockumentary! Seriously?” Division III team are (in photo, from left) Kate Leonard, Sophia Singer, Katie Todd, Mikey Schwartz, Jamie Atkinson, Aydin Hall, and Emma Whitlock. They are coached by Raegan Atkinson. This team placed second for its problem/division.

 


Second Quarter Honor Rolls

The following students have been named to the A, B Honor Roll List for the second quarter of the 2017-2018 academic year:

Grade 6: Emilie Carey, Finn Fleming, Covington Hauser, Bennett Robinson, Sebastien Vaughn, Max Verellen, and Laura Yocum.

Grade 7: Ellie Choplin, Alexander Connors, Anna Brooke Fuller, Tommy Mattox, Giovanni Natale, Nati Roberts, Christian Ryker, and Sofie Stofferis.

Grade 8: Lulu Culler, Kate Dyson, Duncan Grimes, Wills Heard, Alex Hicks, Jaxson Morgan, Henry Scott, Holland Shoaf, Jackson Tuggle, and Max Van Dessel.

Grade 9: Aidan Apple, Aidan Khan, Ryan Lim, Rowan MacKie, Morgan Mayson, Cameron McMaster, Jack Merritt, Emily Morgan, Claire Smith, Cook Smith, Jackson Todd, and Emma Whitlock.

Grade 10: Carson Boyette, Michael Calabrese, Alex Casas, Parker Clinard, Reagan Cottrell, Jack Councill, Chase Portaro, Dynasty Rui, Jackson Weil, Maggie Wheatley, Katie Mac Wright, and Lacy Wright.

Grade 11: Zach Beale, Nick Brown, Jonathan Bryson, Kamran Chodri, Susan Dhakal, Jay Faires, Gary Guo, Reece Hetley, Katelyn Hunter, Songyu Lu, James Morgan, Alex Nixon, Syrus Sadler, Julia Schendell, Logan Shaw, Lilly Sheffield, Spencer Sherrill, Griffin Shigo, Griff Smith, Harris Smith, Ihsan Tonuzi, Jennifer Tran, and Tom Zhou.

Grade 12: Hollis Andrews, Victoria Atkinson, Jeff Branch, Carson Castelli, Allyson Chiu, Alex Evans, Marc Farahmand, Alex Hall, Jerod Hartsoe, Garrett Hunter, Alen Izic, Jake Keels, Mehul Muppasani, Davis Privette, Troy Reid, Jessica Tran, Max Truschnowitsch, and Dalton Ward.

The following students have been named to the All A Honor Roll List for the second quarter of the 2017-2018 academic year:

Grade 6: Mallory Atkinson, Lyndon Briggs, Harry Georgiadis, Abby Keever, Ava Klein, Devin MacKie, Georgia Moorefield, Maggie O'Keeffe, Isabella Reid, and Riley Yanez.

Grade 7: Connor Apple, Cleveland Armentrout, Davis Beck, Grayson Boyette, Bo Brigman, Caroline Griffith, Caleb Hammond, Lucy Larkin Heard, Madeline McWhorter, Anna Beth Merritt, Lucy Meyer-Braun, Paul Mills, Will Rummage, Aliana Schwartz, and Maddi Sparks.

Grade 8: Olivia Beaver, Maggie Berry, Jordan Bradley, Sidney Briggs, Emma Cecil, Olivia Cecil, Anna Sloan Culp, Grace Evans, Meredith Harron, Charlotte Martin, Stephen McLean, Priya Parikh, Sophia Singer, Ella Timberlake, and Katie Todd.

Grade 9: Jamie Atkinson, Sofia Chodri, George Culp, Forrest Grimes, Dory Keever, Kate Leonard, Mollie McWhorter, Tess Mickey, Meg Neal, Myles Patterson, Mikey Schwartz, and Emma Steward.

Grade 10: David Adams, Ellison Beaver, Georgia Anne Brumfield, Caroline Clodfelter, Rosa Anna Elias, and Deni Lewis.

Grade 11: Sam Barefoot, Jackson Barton, Anna Blackman, Ty Choplin, Rayha Haque, Tanner Harron, Jacob Keshguerian, Hannah Klein, Aidan Lim, Julia Mattox, Thomas Powell, and Ava Tuggle.

Grade 12: Matthew Boggis, Luke Evans, Riley Fleming, Savannah Kirkman, Robert Langefeld, and Samantha Mickey.


Robotics Club Heading to State Competition

Westchester’s Middle School Robotics Club participated in a regional VEX IQ Challenge at the Odell School on Saturday, Feb. 17. In the preliminary rounds, the team finished 10th out of 30 middle and elementary school teams. The top ten teams went on to face each other in the finals. The Westchester team finished third in the finals and advanced to the state competition in March.

The WCDS team was the brainchild of parent Amy Robinson, who has been instrumental in getting this program started at Westchester. The WCDS team was the only school from outside of the Concord/Charlotte area and was the only independent school in attendance.

Participants are (from left) Isabella Reid, Bennett Robinson, Brooks Robinson, and Ben Hunsberger.


Senior Finalist in Scholarship Competition

The National Merit® Scholarship Program has named WCDS senior Luke Evans as a Finalist in its 2018 competition for his distinguished performance on the 2018 PSAT. All Finalists will be considered for National Merit Scholarships to be offered this spring.

Evans was one of approximately 15,000 students nationwide who was recognized as a Finalist. About half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title.

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 420 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.


Middle School Teacher Publishes Book

Westchester Country Day School Middle School English teacher Frank Morelli has published a young-adult fiction novel entitled No Sad Songs. He will hold a coffee and book discussion on Wednesday, March 7, at 8:00 a.m. in the Library.

“I’ve found during my 15 years in a Middle School classroom that one must find a way to channel the teen that still resides within if there’s ever a chance of communicating effectively with this audience,” Morelli recently told the Winston-Salem Journal. “Young adults and pre-teens are adept readers with complex and shifting perspectives that often swirl around in a hailstorm of new choices and new experiences, so my art is never an attempt to speak down to these impressive, young minds from atop my soapbox.”

No Sad Songs tells the story of a teenager who is suddenly faced with caring for his aging grandfather. It was published by Fish Out of Water Books and is available through Amazon. 


Seventh Grader Finalist in Essay Contest

Westchester Country Day School student Aliana Schwartz was a finalist in the Alexander Martin Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution's American History Essay Contest for the seventh grade. She was honored at the club's meeting on Feb. 13. She is the daughter of Heather and Adam Schwartz of High Point.

“We are proud of all of our seventh graders for entering the essay contest and sharing their creativity, research, and voices with others.  Ali went a step further by presenting hers to the Alexander Martin Chapter of the DAR at the luncheon; she was poised and confident. Mr. Burns has done an excellent job of providing opportunities for these students to take safe risks and extend their learning,” said Mary Keever, head of Middle School at WCDS.

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 World War I, and Ali’s essay was written from the point of view of a pair of glasses belonging to an Army nurse.

The contest is open to students in grades five through eight. Essays are judged for historical accuracy, adherence to the topic, organization of materials, interest, originality, spelling, grammar, punctuation, and neatness.

Ali Schwartz is pictured with Mr. Burns and Mrs. Keever.

WCDS Sends Team to Mathcounts Competition

Westchester Country Day School sent a team of Middle School students to the North Piedmont Chapter of Professional Engineers of North Carolina’s MATHCOUNTS competition at NC A&T State University on Saturday, Feb. 10. They competed with more than 100 students from 13 schools in four rounds of math tests.

“While our students did not come home with any awards, we are so proud of their efforts and for giving up a Saturday to participate in a math competition,” said Debby Noyes, Middle School math teacher at WCDS.

Team members were (from left) eighth grader Stephen McLean, seventh grader Lucy Meyer-Braun, eighth grader Charlotte Martin, and seventh grader Paul Mills.

Now Accepting Scholarship and Grant Applications

Westchester Country Day School is now accepting Merit Scholarship and Lily Blackman Promise Grant applications, two avenues allowing for bright students and their families to join our school. Lily Blackman Promise Grants are awarded to incoming Lower School students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade who display exceptional promise. Rising 9th graders can compete for a full-paid Merit Scholarship. Our goal is to make WCDS a viable option for the best and brightest in the Piedmont Triad.

Lily Blackman was a bright and caring Westchester kindergartener whose time was cut short when she lost her battle with cancer in the fall of 2011. To honor her memory, Promise Grants are awarded to incoming pre-kindergarten through fifth grade students with great potential. Promise Grants fund a percentage of tuition and are renewable throughout the Lower School years as long as the student remains in good standing.

Established in 2013, a Merit Scholarship will be awarded to a rising 9th grader who demonstrates outstanding academic achievement, exemplary character, and well-rounded participation in school and community. The Merit Scholarship funds full tuition for the recipient and is renewable as long as the student remains in good standing in the division.

The application process for the scholarships or grants is a straightforward process that begins with a call to the Westchester Admissions Office. Please contact Kerie Beth Scott, Admissions Director, at 336.822.4005 or admissions@westchestercds.org, or visit the school’s website, www.westchestercds.org, and click on the Admissions tab for more information or to begin the application process.


Student Artwork Selected for Exhibit

Seven Westchester Country Day School students’ artwork has been selected for display in the Theatre Art Gallery’s annual High School Art Exhibition in the Kaleidoscope Gallery at the High Point Theatre.

The students are ninth graders Rowan MacKie and Meg Neal, tenth graders Ellison Beaver and Deni Lewis, eleventh graders Anna Blackman and Mackenzie Easom, and senior Jessica Tran.

“I am so excited to have the opportunity to share our students' work with the High Point community,” said Upper School art teacher Ann Parks.

The opening reception for the exhibition is Thursday, Jan. 25, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.


Westchester Students Give Back to Community

Westchester Country Day School students collected and wrapped more than 900 new and gently used books for Fairview, Hasty, and Northwood elementary school students in grades K-2 during its school-wide C.A.R.E.S. Crew event on Friday, Nov. 17. During the event students also reflected on what they are grateful for and wrote those words down on colorful clothes pins creating "grateful wreaths." Students and faculty also shared in a Thanksgiving feast during the day.

The books that were wrapped were deliverd to the area schools by Middle School students during their quarterly service learning day on Dec. 1.

The C.A.R.E.S. (Compassion, Awareness, Responsibility, Empathy, Service) Crews program is a service learning program with the goal of building PK – 12 community and participating in community service opportunities. Throughout the year, students gather in “Crews” to fellowship, play, and serve. Crews are composed of two grades each and pair older students with younger “buddies.”


First Quarter Honor Rolls Announced

The following students have been named to the A, B Honor Roll List for the first quarter of the 2017-2018 academic year:

Grade 6: Emilie Carey, Ben Hunsberger, Kate Inabinett, Thomas Kopchik, Kate Morgan, Bennett Robinson, Sebastien Vaughn, Max Verellen, Riley Yanez, and Laura Yocum.

Grade 7: Bo Brigman, Ellie Choplin, Alexander Connors, MJ Edwards, Elektra Farson, Jonah Guerra, Tommy Mattox, Giovanni Natale, Nati Roberts, and Christian Ryker.

Grade 8: Jordan Bradley, Trey Johnson, Jaxson Morgan, and Henry Scott.

Grade 9: Jackson Campbell, Sam Delaisse, Aydin Hall, Dory Keever, Aidan Khan, Ryan Lim, Rowan MacKie, Cameron McMaster, Jack Merritt, Emily Morgan, Cook Smith, Jackson Todd, and Emma Whitlock.

Grade 10: David Adams, Georgia Anne Brumfield, Alex Casas, Reagan Cottrell, Jack Councill, Rosa Anna Elias, Joshua Tyler, Jackson Weil, Maggie Wheatley, Emily Ann Wright, Katie Mac Wright, and Lacy Wright.

Grade 11: Zach Beale, Nick Brown, Gavin Brumfield, Mackenzie Easom, Jay Faires, Gary Guo, Rayha Haque, Tanner Harron, Katelyn Hunter, Jacob Keshguerian, Aidan Lim, Alex Nixon, Julia Schendell, Logan Shaw, Lilly Sheffield, Griff Smith, Harris Smith, Ihsan Tonuzi, Jennifer Tran, Ava Tuggle, and Tom Zhou.

Grade 12: Hollis Andrews, Victoria Atkinson, Erik Bauer, Jeff Branch, Carson Castelli, Allyson Chiu, Marc Farahmand, Jackson Fielding, Riley Fleming, Alex Hall, Jerod Hartsoe, Alec Hunter, Jake Keels, Savannah Kirkman, Davis Privette, Chase Pyrtle, Alex Steward, Hao Tong, Jessica Tran, and Max Truschnowitsch.

The following students have been named to the All A Honor Roll List for the second quarter of the 2017-2018 academic year:

Grade 6: Mallory Atkinson, Lyndon Briggs, Avery Gasson, Harry Georgiadis, Covington Hauser, Abby Keever, Ava Klein, Devin MacKie, Georgia Moorefield, Maggie O'Keeffe, and Isabella Reid.

Grade 7: Connor Apple, Cleveland Armentrout, Davis Beck, Grayson Boyette, Caroline Griffith, Caleb Hammond, Lucy Larkin Heard, Madeline McWhorter, Anna Beth Merritt, Lucy Meyer-Braun, Paul Mills, Will Rummage, Aliana Schwartz, and Maddi Sparks.

Grade 8: Olivia Beaver, Maggie Berry, Sidney Briggs, Emma Cecil, Olivia Cecil, Anna Sloan Culp, Kate Dyson, Grace Evans, Duncan Grimes, Meredith Harron, Charlotte Martin, Stephen McLean, Priya Parikh, Sophia Singer, Ella Timberlake, Katie Todd, Jackson Tuggle, and Max Van Dessel.

Grade 9: Aidan Apple, Jamie Atkinson, Sofia Chodri, George Culp, Forrest Grimes, Kate Leonard, Mollie McWhorter, Tess Mickey, Myles Patterson, Mikey Schwartz, Emma Steward, and Safa Tonuzi.

Grade 10: Ellison Beaver, Carson Boyette, Michael Calabrese, Parker Clinard, Caroline Clodfelter, Deni Lewis, Chase Portaro, and Dynasty Rui.

Grade 11: Sam Barefoot, Jackson Barton, Anna Blackman, Kamran Chodri, Ty Choplin, Susan Dhakal, Reece Hetley, Hannah Klein, Julia Mattox, James Morgan, Syrus Sadler, Spencer Sherrill, and Griffin Shigo.

Grade 12: Matthew Boggis, Alex Evans, Luke Evans, Alen Izic, Robert Langefeld, Samantha Mickey, Mehul Muppasani, Troy Reid, and Dalton Ward.


Students’ Art Included in Exhibit

Thirteen Westchester Country Day School students’ artwork has been selected for display in the Theatre Art Gallery’s annual Elementary School Art Exhibition in the Kaleidoscope Gallery at the High Point Theatre.

The students are fifth grader Natalie Seperteladze, fourth graders Hadley Briggs and Lucy Mercadante, third graders Helen Clodfelter and Coleman Schwartz, seconds graders Jack Briggs, Lila Bailey, Josie Cranfill, and Evin Bradley, first graders Libby Grein and Jay Varner, and kindergartners Katie Bodsford and Emmett Turner.

 “I am so excited to have the opportunity to share our students' work with the High Point community,” said their art teacher Christina Weiss. 

The opening reception for the exhibition is Friday, Nov. 17, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. The exhibit runs through January 3, 2018.


Senior is School Winner in Wendy’s Heisman Program

Wendy’s High School Heisman recognizes WCDS senior Victoria Atkinson by naming her a School Winner. She will receive a School Winner certificate and a Wendy’s High School Heisman Patch. Victoria is the daughter of Eric and Shelly Atkinson of High Point. 

“Victoria is known by her teachers and friends for her commitment to excellence. We are excited that the Wendy’s High School Heisman program also is recognizing her hard work,” said Dr. Mark Braun, Head of Upper School at WCDS.

Since 1994, Wendy’s and the Heisman Trophy Trust have been running the same play to perfection: honoring more than 600,000 of the nation’s most esteemed students-athletes. Eligibility begins with maintaining a GPA of 3.0 or better. Applicants also need to be proven leaders and role models within their school and community, and applicants must perform in at least one of the 47 school sponsored sports recognized by the International Olympic Committee in the Summer and Winter Olympic Games or the National Federation of State High School Associations. This year, Wendy’s will celebrate the accomplishments of thousands of the best high school seniors, awarding winners in five phases.

The Wendy's High School Heisman is a joint program between Wendy's and the Heisman Trophy Trust, host and custodians of the Heisman Memorial Trophy®. 


Upper School Students Sign Honor Pledge

Westchester Country Day School held its annual Honor Assembly on Tuesday, Oct. 17, during which every Upper School student and faculty member signs the WCDS Honor Pledge which reads:

“As a member of the Westchester community, I resolve to uphold the Honor Code of my School and to endeavor to
promote honor and integrity. Therefore, I pledge not to cheat, lie, steal, plagiarize, or behave in any manner that exhibits dishonesty.”

Westchester’s Honor Council, comprised of eight students (in photo) and two faculty members, led the assembly.


Student’s Poem Published in Anthology

Westchester Country Day School seventh grader Lucy Larkin Heard entered a poetry contest sponsored by Creative Communication and was selected to be published in the anthology called A Celebration of Poets. She is the daughter of Bill and Whitney Heard of High Point.

“I am so proud of Lucy Larkin for being brave enough to share her work and creativity with such a large audience,” said her 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.


Seniors Recognized for PSAT Performances

Two Westchester Country Day School seniors are being recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation for their performances on the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®).

Luke Evans has been named a National Merit Semifinalist. He is one of approximately 16,000 students nationwide being recognized for their high scores. He is now in the process of applying for status as a National Merit Finalist and will have the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring. Evans is the son of Dr. Richard and Marianne Evans of Asheboro.

Jackson Fielding has been named a Commended Students for his 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. Although he will not continue in the competition for scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the competition. Fielding is the son of Dan and Lynne Fielding of Greensboro.

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 420 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.


Students Recognize Hometown Heroes

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Westchester Country Day School commemorated 9/11 with an all-school assembly recognizing the significance of the day, as well as honoring eight “hometown heroes.” Junior Tanner Harron gave a wonderful speech about the history of 9/11, followed by the seventh graders and kindergartners playing "God Bless America" with handbells. Then we recognized our heroes who were chosen by the school’s C.A.R.E.S. Crews committee after nominations were submitted by students.

“We were very pleased to receive so many wonderful nominations from students of all ages,” said C.A.R.E.S. Crews coordinator Blair Hawley. “It was hard to narrow it down to these eight.” The honorees are:

  • Jackie Argo – Westchester’s Assistant to the Head of School was nominated by Coleman Schwartz (3rd), Abby Keever (6th), Allison Albert's 11th grade advisory, and Diana Garcia's 9th grade advisory. These students wrote heartfelt words of appreciation for the numerous ways Jackie is the heart of Westchester.
  • Victoria Binder - Victoria is the Urban Farm Facilitator at From the Ground Up, an urban farming initiative that takes empty lots and transforms them into sustainable urban gardens in High Point. She was nominated by Sterling Smith's 10th grade advisory.
  • Jan Clifford - Director and founder of Horsepower, a therapeutic horse riding center which serves veterans, people with disabilities, and at-risk youth. She was nominated by Clay Rosser (5th).
  • Mimi Cooper – Founder of the New Leash on Life program, who was nominated by Sylvia (3rd) and Georgia Moorefield (6th). This Randolph County program trains prisoners to train shelter dogs. She also started the Tails to Read Program, in which kids read aloud to dogs to gain confidence. 
  • Roy B. Culler - Great-grandfather to his nominators, Gaby (10th), Lulu (8th), and Bo (3rd), Roy is a WWII veteran who served in the Air Force and stationed in Guam. Later he became Mayor of High Point and served on the city council. The Roy B. Culler Senior Center in High Point was named in his honor.
  • Dr. Mike Hussey – Dr. Hussey was nominated by Brooks Covington (3rd). A retired neurosurgeon, Dr. Hussey spends his time volunteering at the Community Clinic of High Point.
  • Will Miller - After battling leukemia and losing his eyesight, Will sought training to learn computer assistive technology to help him find success in law school. In his job as a lawyer, he helps people with disabilities and children who were abused. He was nominated by Hadley (4th), Lyndon (6th), Sidney (8th) & Jack (2nd) Briggs.
  • Anna Rice - Nominated by Ava Klein (6th), Anna founded Sally's Angels, a charity that raises money for families going through a difficult time paying medical bills, medical supplies, baby formula, hospital beds, and pharmacy expenses for their sick children.

The student or students who nominated the heroes will read their nominations aloud to the entire school. The student body has also been asked to wear red in honor of 9/11.

“It has been a wonderful lesson for students to think about the definition of a hero and realize that they walk amongst these heroes every day,” said Hawley.


Founders Honored at Convocation

Westchester's only living founder, Mrs. Virginia Hutchens Honeycutt (center), and fellow founders the late Robert Hutchens and the late Jane Brooks, received the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award during Westchester's Convocation and 50th Anniversary kick-off on the first day of school, Aug. 23, 2017. Mrs. Honeycutt was joined by her son Robert (left) and Frank Brooks, son of the late Jane Brooks.   

>> Click here to read the coverage in the High Point Enterprise.