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Welcome New Faculty

Westchester is pleased to welcome the following faculty for the 2017-2018 academic year:

 

Christiana Conrad will teach third grade with Nancy Martin. A 2009 graduate of WCDS, Christiana earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Meredith College and her Master of Arts in Elementary Education from UNC-Greensboro. She has been teaching kindergarten at Highland Elementary School in Burlington for the past two years.
 

Mara Duncan returns to WCDS to serve as Director of Student Health. She also will teach exercise science and be our athletic trainer, a position she has held since 2014. Previously, Mara was a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer at UNC-Greensboro and a PRN Athletic Trainer for the NC Youth Soccer Association. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Indianapolis in Athletic Training and a master’s degree from UNC-Greensboro in Applied Neuromechanics. 
 

Melissa Fulton will serve as Library Coordinator. For the past four years, Melissa has worked as the Media Coordinator at Sedge Garden Elementary School in Kernersville. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from High Point University, a master's degree in Media/Instructional Technology from Appalachian State University, and a master's degree in Library Science from Appalachian State University. Her daughter, Amelia, is in kindergarten at WCDS.
 

Diana García, Ph.D., will teach Middle and Upper School Spanish. Prior to joining the WCDS faculty last spring, Dr. García was a graduate fellow and teaching assistant at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she taught Spanish and French language, culture, and literature courses. She also has taught undergraduate courses as a graduate fellow at Georgia State University. She holds a master’s degree from Georgia State University and a Ph.D. in Romance Language Studies from UNC-Chapel Hill.


Shelby Hughes will be teaching our Upper School chemistry classes. Shelby comes to WCDS from the Newport News, VA, public school system where she taught honors chemistry, zoology, and forensic science courses. She also has taught Advanced Placement chemistry and honors chemistry courses in the Hampton (VA) City Schools. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Virginia Tech.  
 


Frank Morelli is returning to WCDS to teach eighth grade language and literature. He served as a Middle School English teacher at Westchester from 2006-2012. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Journalism from Albright College in Reading, PA, a Master of Science in Education from the City University of New York in Flushing, NY, and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from National University. Frank has authored a number of short fiction pieces and essays that have appeared in a variety of magazines and journals. He recently completed a novel, No Sad Songs, which will be published in winter 2017 by Fish Out of Water Books.

 


Kate Moser
is Westchester’s new Director of Development. She comes to us from The Nature Conservancy, where she has served as an Associate Director of Philanthropy since 2013. Kate also has served as a Major Gifts Officer with Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and Director of Development with Hollins University in Roanoke, VA. Kate holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from Hollins.
Shuang Xie will teach Lower and Upper School Mandarin classes. She has taught Chinese at both the Tennessee Foreign Language Institute and the Nashville Chinese School. She is a graduate of the Wuhan Institute of Technology in Wuhan, China, and holds a Master of Education from Vanderbilt University.

Fourth Quarter Honor Rolls

The following students have been named to the A, B Honor Roll List for the fourth quarter of the 2016-2017 academic year:

Grade 6: Connor Apple, Davis Beck, Ethan Biesecker, Elektra Farson, Jonah Guerra, Tommy Mattox, Madeline McWhorter, Anna Beth Merritt, Nati Roberts, Will Rummage, and Christian Ryker.

Grade 7: Morgan Adams, Jordan Bradley, Emma Cecil, Lulu Culler, Kate Dyson, Henry Erikson, Duncan Grimes, Alex Hicks, Daniel Langefeld, and Max Van Dessel.

Grade 8: Jackson Campbell, Sofia Chodri, Madison Conner, Chris Day, Aydin Hall, Rameel Haque, Dory Keever, Aidan Khan, Ryan Lim, Morgan Mayson, Mollie McWhorter, Emily Morgan Mithul Muppasani, Claire Smith, Cook Smith, Jackson Todd, and Emma Whitlock.

Grade 9: Carson Boyette, Michael Calabrese, Parker Clinard, Gaby Culler, Seth Polen, Michael Rhodes, Ariston Tomes, Jackson Weil, Maggie Wheatley, and Emily Ann Wright.

Grade 10: Jackson Barton, Zach Beale, Anna Blackman, Gavin Brumfield, Kamran Chodri, Ty Choplin, Susan Dhakal, Jay Faires, Rayha Haque, Tanner Harron, Jacob Keshguerian, Aidan Lim, James Morgan, Syrus Sadler, Julia Schendell, Lilly Sheffield, Spencer Sherrill, Griffin Shigo, Harris Smith, Lilly Smith, Ihsan Tonuzi, Jennifer Tran.

Grade 11: Hollis Andrews, Jeff Branch, Fritz Buckert, Allyson Chiu, Lucas Compton, Marc Farahmand, Riley Fleming, Alex Hall, Jake Keels, Savannah Kirkman, Tiffany Neza, Davis Privette, Alex Steward, Jessica Tran, Max Truschnowitsch.

Grade 12: Victoria Ayodele, Kayla DeWeese, Maddie Dyson, Morgan Forester, Ryota Goto, Sophie Lanham, Luke Ledford, Lantz Lowe, Lindsey Lowe, Terry Neza, Andrea Rodriguez Flores, Noemi Salinas, Stephanie Thomas, Tori Viers, Josh Weaver, T.J. Webb, Adam Wright, and Charles York.

The following students have been named to the All A Honor Roll List for the fourth quarter of the 2016-2017 academic year:

Grade 6: Grayson Boyette, Caroline Griffith, Caleb Hammond, Lucy Larkin Heard, Lucy Meyer-Braun, Paul Mills, and Aliana Schwartz.

Grade 7: Olivia Beaver, Maggie Berry, Sidney Briggs, Olivia Cecil, Anna Sloan Culp, Grace Evans, Meredith Harron, Charlotte Martin, Stephen McLean, Henry Scott, Sophia Singer, Ella Timberlake, Katie Todd, and Jackson Tuggle.

Grade 8: Aidan Apple, Jamie Atkinson, Taylor Bundy, George Culp, Forrest Grimes, Kate Leonard, Jack Merritt, Tess Mickey, Meg Neal, Myles Patterson, Mikey Schwartz, Emma Steward, and Safa Tonuzi.

Grade 9: David Adams, Ellison Beaver, Georgia Anne Brumfield, Caroline Clodfelter, Rosa Anna Elias, Deni Lewis, Katie Mac Wright, and Lacy Wright.

Grade 10: Sam Barefoot, Hannah Klein, Julia Mattox, and Ava Tuggle.

Grade 11: Victoria Atkinson, Matthew Boggis, Alex Evans, Luke Evans, Jackson Fielding, Alen Izic, Robert Langefeld, Samantha Mickey, Mehul Muppasani, Troy Reid, Hao Tong, and Dalton Ward.

Grade 12: Calen Epting, Lauren Griffith, Lexi Roberts, Jake Weiland, and LilyGrace Wolfe.


WCDS Holds Commencement June 3

Westchester Country Day School held its 46th commencement ceremony Saturday, June 3, at 9:30 a.m. at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church in High Point. The 35 graduates have been accepted to 87 different colleges and universities and have been offered more than $3 million in scholarships and awards.

The top five graduates are: Sophia Isabelle Danch, Madison Elizabeth Dyson, Ryota Goto, Lauren Catherine Griffith, and Charles Copeland York.

Dyson is this year’s valedictorian and is the daughter of Sara Dyson and Bill Dyson of High Point. She was the recipient of the Peter M. Cowen Outstanding Senior Award during the commencement ceremony. She also received the Senior Speech, Student Government, and Yearbook awards. She was named Female Athlete of the Year and MVP for Varsity Soccer. She received the Iron Cat Award and the Wildcat awards in Varsity Volleyball and Swimming and was Academic All Conference. She is the recipient of a Mary and Elliott Wood Foundation Scholarship, a Nido Qubein Associates Scholarship, and the N.C. State Fair Youth Livestock Scholarship. She will attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the fall.

Goto is the Class of 2017 salutatorian and the son of Kenichi and Hisae Goto of Japan. He was the recipient of the Art Department Award and the Spanish Award. He will attend the University of California Los Angeles in the fall with interest in computer science and engineering.

Sophia Danch is the daughter of Michael Danch of Winston-Salem and Kim Danch of Kernersville. She was a National Merit Finalist and received the English Department Award and the Coach’s Award for Varsity Cheerleading. She will attend Boston College.

Lauren Griffith is the daughter of Lincoln Griffith of High Point and Suzanne Lowe of High Point. She received certificates of merit from the art and English departments. The recipient of a Mary and Elliott Wood Foundation Scholarship and a Pogue Scholarship, she will attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the fall.

Charles York is the son of Greg and Caren York of High Point. He received the Good Citizenship Award, Senior Speech Award, and Wildcat Award in Varsity Swimming. He is the recipient of a Mary and Elliott Wood Foundation Scholarship and will attend Duke University in the fall.

This year’s graduates are: Victoria Anuoluwapo Ayodele, Jaya Kirti Bhardwaj, Ian Thomas Craig, Sophia Isabelle Danch, Kayla Eryn DeWeese, Madison Elizabeth Dyson, Calen Dunbar Epting, John Morgan Forester, Jeremiah Gilbert Foster, Ryota Goto, Lauren Catherine Griffith, Tyrese Alexander Hearst, Terra Peyton Johns, Abbigail Markham Khan, Sophia Claire Lanham, Luke Michael Ledford, Lantzen Bruce Lowe, Lindsey Milan Lowe, LaJarius Octavian McCoy, Terry Axel Neza, Isioma Alexis Nwamu, BayLee Gweneth Reynolds, Alexis Noelle Roberts, Andrea Sofia Rodriguez Flores, Noemi Giselle Salinas, Laura Kathleen Esperanza Simon, Stephanie Elise Thomas, Victoria Lane Viers, Jiani Wang, Joshua Richard Weaver, Thomas James Webb, Jake Matthew Weiland, LilyGrace Wolfe, Adam Locklin Wright, and Charles Copeland York.


2016-2017 Middle School Awards

T. Austin Finch Distinguished Teacher Award: Evelyn Jenkins
WAPA Teacher of the Year Award: Debby Noyes
Perfect Attendance: Aidan Apple, Rameel Haque
Freddie Kirkman Award: Kate Leonard, Mollie McWhorter
Emma Padgett Award: Mikey Schwartz
Scott Patterson Award: Forrest Grimes
Female Athlete of the Year: Dory Keever, Madison Connor
Male Athlete of the Year: Hamer Brigman, George Culp, Myles Patterson
Schwartzmanship Award: Mollie McWhorter, Cook Smith


2016-2017 Varsity Athletic Awards

ACADEMIC ALL CONFERENCE
The following students maintained a 3.5 GPA and lettered in two varsity sports this year:
Grade 7:  Kate Dyson, Henry Scott, Max Van Dessel
Grade 8: Mollie McWhorter, Jack Merritt, Mikey Schwartz
Grade 9:  David Adams, Carson Boyette, Georgia Anne Brumfield, Jack Councill, Deni Lewis, Elizabeth Ragsdale, Jackson Weil, Maggie Wheatley
Grade 10: Zach Beale, Kamran Chodri, Susan Dhakal, Rayha Haque, Jacob Keshguerian, Hannah Klein, Aidan Lim, Julia Mattox, Alex Nixon, Lilly Sheffield, Spencer Sherrill, Griffin Shigo, Griff Smith, Harris Smith
Grade 11: Hollis Andrews, Victoria Atkinson, Matthew Boggis, Fritz Buckert, Allyson Chiu, Alex Evans, Luke Evans, Riley Fleming, Alex Hall, Savannah Kirkman, Mehul Muppasani, Tiffany Neza, Davis Privette, Hao Tong, Jessica Tran, Max Truschnowitsch
Grade 12: Victoria Ayodele, Maddie Dyson, Jeremiah Foster, Terra Johns, Abbi Khan, Lantz Lowe, Lindsey Lowe, Isi Nwamu, BayLee Reynolds, Lexi Roberts, Noemi Salinas, Stephanie Thomas, Jeny Wang, Josh Weaver, T.J. Webb

BRUCE E. HATHAWAY, JR. SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD
FEMALE – BayLee Reynolds
MALE – Lantz Lowe

FEMALE SCHOLAR ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Terra Johns
MALE SCHOLAR ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Luke Evans

FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Maddie Dyson
MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Jeremiah Foster, LJ McCoy

BOYS VARSITY CROSS COUNTRY
MVP – Luke Evans
WILDCAT – Sam Barefoot, Jack Councill
COACHES – Spencer Sherrill

GIRLS VARSITY CROSS COUNTRY
MVP – Abbi Khan, Alex Evans
WILDCAT – Reagan Cottrell
COACHES – Kate Dyson

BOYS VARSITY SOCCER
MVP – Max Truschnowitsch 
WILDCAT – Matthew Boggis
COACHES "SQUAD" – Jeremiah Foster, Lantz Lowe

GIRLS VARSITY TENNIS
MVP – Sophie Lanham
WILDCAT – Alex Hall
COACHES – BayLee Reynolds

GIRLS VARSITY VOLLEYBALL
MVP – Terra Johns
WILDCAT – Madison Dyson
COACHES – Tori Viers

BOYS VARSITY BASKETBALL
MVP– LJ McCoy
WILDCAT – Lantz Lowe
COACHES – Nick Brown

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

VARSITY CHEERLEADING
MVP – BayLee Reynolds 
WILDCAT – Lindsey Lowe
COACHES – Sophia Danch, Lexi Roberts

BOYS VARSITY SWIMMING
MVP – Griff Smith
WILDCAT – Charles York
COACHES – TJ Webb

GIRLS VARSITY SWIMMING
MVP – Alex Hall
WILDCAT – Maddie Dyson
COACHES – Lilly Sheffield

BOYS VARSITY BASEBALL
MVP – Jeremiah Foster, Chase Pyrtle
WILDCAT – Tyrese Hearst, Lucas Compton
COACHES – Dalton Ward

VARSITY GOLF
MVP – Ian Craig, Jake Weiland, Carson Castelli
WILDCAT – Davis Privette

BOYS VARSITY TENNIS
MVP – Riley Fleming, Garrett Hunter
WILDCAT – Alex Steward
COACHES – Matthew Boggis, Tanner Harron

GIRLS VARSITY SOCCER
MVP – Maddie Dyson
WILDCAT – Harris Smith
COACHES – Victoria Atkinson

BOYS VARSITY TRACK
MVP – Luke Evans, LJ McCoy
WILDCAT – Zach Beale
COACHES – Lantz Lowe, Jack Councill

GIRLS VARSITY TRACK
MVP – Isi Nwamu
WILDCAT – Alex Evans
COACHES – Mollie McWhorter, Maggie Wheatley


2017 Upper School Academic Award Winners

Class of 2005 Award
Susan Fagg

Good Citizenship Award
Charles York

Suzi Holliman Humanitarian Award
Tori Viers

Valedictorian
Maddie Dyson

Salutatorian
Ryota Goto

Westchester Cup
Lantz Lowe

Student Government Award
Maddie Dyson

Vijaya Kumar Chemistry Award
Julia Mattox

Senior Speech Award
Madison Dyson, Abbigail Khan, Charles York

Peters Family Scholarship 
Samantha Mickey

International Student Recognition
Fritz Buckert, Marc Farahmand, Hao Tong, Max Truschnowitsch, Jeny Wang

Perfect Attendance
Anna Blackman, Devon Jernigan, Ihsan Tonuzi

Model UN Awards
Anna Blackman, Tanner Harron, Deni Lewis

Mock Trial Recognition
Jerod Hartsoe

9th Grade Top Scholar
Caroline Clodfelter
9th Grade Outstanding Scholar
David Adams
10th Grade Top Scholar
Hannah Klein
11th Grade Top Scholar
Luke Evans
11th Grade Marshals
Luke Evans (chief marshal), Victoria Atkinson, Matthew Boggis, Jackson Fielding, Samantha Mickey
Art Department Awards
Kayla DeWeese, Ryota Goto
Art Certificates of Merit
Lauren Griffith, Anna Blackman
Drama Department Award
LilyGrace Wolfe
Drama Certificates of Merit
Jake Keels, Troy Reid, Emily Ann Wright
Salem College Book Award
Samantha Mickey
Randolph College Book Award
Alen Izic
English Department Award
Sophia Danch
English Certificates of Merit 
Lauren Griffith, Josh Weaver, Rayha Haque
Mandarin Award
Allyson Chiu
Mandarin Certificates of Merit
David Adams, Anna Blackman, Alen Izic
Mathematics Department Award 
Luke Evans
Mathematics Certificates of Merit
Victoria Atkinson, Robert Langefeld, Lantz Lowe
Music Department Award 
Andrea Rodriguez Flores
Music Certificates of Merit
Carson Boyette, Samuel Noyes, Elizabeth Ragsdale
Science Department Award
Lantz Lowe
Science Certificates of Merit 
David Adams, Morgan Forester, Samantha Mickey
Spanish Department Award
Ryota Goto
Spanish Certificates of Merit
Carson Boyette, Tanner Harron, BayLee Reynolds
Social Studies Department Award 
Luke Evans
Social Studies Certificates of Merit
Deni Lewis, Tori Viers, Dalton Ward
Yearbook Award
Maddie Dyson
DAR Good Citizen
Maddie Dyson
PSAT Recognition
Luke Evans, Jackson Fielding
National Merit Scholar Program Recognition
Ryota Goto, Sophia Danch
Furman Scholars
Victoria Atkinson, Alex Evans, Luke Evans,
Robert Langefeld, Samantha Mickey
Governor's School (Mathematics)
Luke Evans 

Middle School Students' Art on Display

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

The students are sixth graders Davis Beck, Ellie Choplin, Elektra Farson, Caroline Griffith, Lucy Meyer-Braun, and Ali Schwartz, and eighth graders Mithul Muppasani, Meg Neal, Myles Patterson, and Safa Tonuzi.

 “I am so excited to have the opportunity to share our students' work with the High Point community,” said Victoria Bailess, Middle School art teacher at WCDS. 


WCDS Presents 101 Dalmatians Kids

Westchester Country Day School will present Disney’s “101 Dalmatians Kids” at 7 p.m. Friday, May 19 and Saturday, May 20, and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 21 in Rives Hall on the WCDS campus, 2045 N. Old Greensboro Road.

The production stars more than 40 students in Grades K – 8 and tells the story of Dalmatian parents, Pongo and Perdita. The dogs are happily raising their Dalmatian puppies, until the monstrous Cruella De Vil plots to steal them for her new fur coat! Join all the dogs of London, as they daringly rescue the puppies from Cruella and her bumbling henchmen. With a delightfully fun score, lovable characters, and one of the most deliciously evil villains in the Disney canon, this stage adaptation is certain to charm and delight all audiences.

The production is open to the public. Click here for tickets.


WCDS Nets $3,200 in Change Drive

Westchester 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) 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: Ronald McDonald House, Ruff Love Animal Rescue, Sole Hope, and Thirst Project.

A school-wide assembly was held on April 13 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.”


WCDS Inducts 22 Students Into National Honor Society

The following students were inducted into Westchester Country Day School’s chapter of the National Honor Society on April 11, 2017:

Back row, from left: Savannah Kirkman, Alex Steward, Jackson Fielding, Kamran Chodri, Jeff Branch, Hannah Klein, Josh Weaver, Jeremiah Foster, Dalton Ward, and Alex Hall.

Front row, from left: BayLee Reynolds, Tanner Harron, Alen Izic, Allyson Chiu, Zach Beale, Anna Blackman, Lilly Sheffield, Rayha Haque, Harris Smith, Jessica Tran, Ava Tuggle, and Julia Mattox.

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.


WCCS Announces Third Quarter Honor Rolls

The following students have been named to the A, B Honor Roll List for the third quarter of the 2016-2017 academic year:

Grade 6: Connor Apple, Davis Beck, Bo Brigman, Ellie Choplin, MJ Edwards, Charlie Erikson, Elektra Farson, Anna Brooke Fuller, Jonah Guerra, Tommy Mattox, Nati Roberts, and Christian Ryker.

Grade 7: Maggie Berry, Emma Cecil, Lulu Culler, Kate Dyson, Trey Johnson, Henry Scott, Holland Shoaf, and Max Van Dessel.

Grade 8: Aidan Apple, Taylor Bundy, Jackson Campbell, Madison Conner, Chris Day, Dory Keever, Kate Leonard, Ryan Lim, Morgan Mayson, Cameron McMaster, Mollie McWhorter, and Mithul Muppasani.

Grade 9: Carson Boyette, Michael Calabrese, Alex Casas, Parker Clinard, Jack Councill, Gaby Culler, Seth Polen, Michael Rhodes, Ulrich Ritter, Jackson Weil, Maggie Wheatley, Emily Ann Wright, and Katie Mac Wright.

Grade 10: Sam Barefoot, Jackson Barton, Zach Beale, Anna Blackman, Nick Brown, Chloe Canada, Kamran Chodri, Ty Choplin, Susan Dhakal, Jay Faires, Rayha Haque, Tanner Harron, Jacob Keshguerian, Aidan Lim, Alex Nixon, Syrus Sadler, Lilly Sheffield, Spencer Sherrill, Griffin Shigo, Griff Smith, Harris Smith, and Jennifer Tran.

Grade 11: Hollis Andrews, Eric Bauer, Jeff Branch, Fritz Buckert, Allyson Chiu, Alex Evans, Marc Farahmand, Riley Fleming, Jerod Hartsoe, Jake Keels, Savannah Kirkman, Mehul Muppasani, Tiffany Neza, Davis Privette, Chase Pyrtle, Alex Steward, Jessica Tran, Max Truschnowitsch, and Dalton Ward.

Grade 12: Victoria Ayodele, Jaya Bhardwaj, Ian Craig, Sophia Danch, Kayla DeWeese, Morgan Forester, Ryota Goto, Lauren Griffith, Terra Johns, Abbi Khan, Luke Ledford, Lantz Lowe, L.J. McCoy, Terry Neza, Isi Nwamu, BayLee Reynolds, Andrea Rodriguez Flores, Noemi Salinas, Laura Simon, Stephanie Thomas, Tori Viers, T.J. Webb, Jake Weiland, and Adam Wright.

The following students have been named to the All A Honor Roll List for the third quarter of the 2016-2017 academic year:

Grade 6: Grayson Boyette, Caroline Griffith, Caleb Hammond, Lucy Larkin Heard, Madeline McWhorter, Anna Beth Merritt, Lucy Meyer-Braun, Paul Mills, Will Rummage, and Aliana Schwartz.

Grade 7: Olivia Beaver, Sidney Briggs, Olivia Cecil, Anna Sloan Culp, Henry Erikson, Grace Evans, Meredith Harron, Charlotte Martin, Stephen McLean, Sophia Singer, Ella Timberlake, Katie Todd, and Jackson Tuggle.

Grade 8: Jamie Atkinson, Sofia Chodri, George Culp, Forrest Grimes, Jack Merritt, Tess Mickey, Meg Neal, Myles Patterson, Mikey Schwartz, Emma Steward, and Safa Tonuzi.

Grade 9: David Adams, Ellison Beaver, Georgia Anne Brumfield, Caroline Clodfelter, Rosa Anna Elias, Deni Lewis, and Lacy Wright.

Grade 10: Gavin Brumfield, Hannah Klein, Julia Mattox, Lilly Smith, Ihsan Tonuzi, and Ava Tuggle.

Grade 11: Victoria Atkinson, Matthew Boggis, Luke Evans, Jackson Fielding, Alex Hall, Alen Izic, Robert Langefeld, Samantha Mickey, Troy Reid, and Hao Tong.

Grade 12: Maddie Dyson, Calen Epting, Sophie Lanham, Lexi Roberts, Jeny Wang, LilyGrace Wolfe, and Charles York.


Merit Scholarship Winners Announced

Westchester Country Day School is pleased to announce the winners of two full-paid Merit Scholarships for the 2017-2018 academic year. One rising ninth grader, current student Myles Patterson, and one rising sixth grader, current student Maggie O’Keeffe are the recipients of the awards.

Patterson is the son of Mr. Brook Patterson and Mrs. Jayna Patterson of High Point. O’Keeffe is the daughter of Dr. Michael O’Keeffe and Mrs. Amy O’Keeffe of High Point.

Applicants for the scholarships underwent a rigorous process including testing, essay writing, and an in-person interview by three panelists: Mr. Nick Cook, Assistant Director of Admissions at Elon University; Dr. Kerr Ramsey, Associate Vice President for Admissions at High Point University; and Ms. Sonya Williams-Harris, Admissions Counselor at Ravenscroft School.

Applicants were judged on their demonstration of outstanding academic achievement, exemplary character, and well-rounded participation in school and community. Merit Scholarships fund full tuition for the recipients and are renewable for the middle or upper school term as long as the student remains in good standing in the division.


Junior Selected for Governor’s School

Westchester Country Day School junior Luke Evans has been selected to attend North Carolina’s Governor’s School in the field of mathematics. He is the son of Richard and Marianne Evans of Asheboro.

Evans will attend Governor’s School East at Meredith College in Raleigh this summer. The Governor's School of North Carolina is a five and one-half week summer residential program for intellectually gifted high school students, integrating academic disciplines, the arts, and unique courses on each of two campuses. The curriculum focuses on the exploration of the most recent ideas and concepts in each discipline, and does not involve credit, tests, or grades. The Governor's School is the oldest statewide summer residential program for academically or intellectually gifted high school students in the nation. 


Battle of Books Teams Bring Home 2nd Place Medals

 

     

 

WCDS's Lower School (EBOB, at right)) and Middle School Battle of the Books (MBOB) teams both placed second in their respective district competitions this year.

Says Media and Technology Coordinator Gwen Russell, "Congratulations to our students and thanks to all the coaches for a job well-done! "

EBOB's head coach is Vicki Sloop and assistant coaches are Rhonda Hunt and Judy Tomlinson. MBOB is coached by Renee Hayes.


 

Odyssey of the Mind Teams Headed to State Competition

Westchester Country Day School sent nine teams to the regional Odyssey of the Mind competition at Northwest Guilford High School on March 4. Two of those teams placed in the top two in their problem/division and will advance to the state competition on April 1 at North Carolina A&T State 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.

Participants in the “Catch Us If You Can” Division I team are: (in photo at left, from left) Cassie Rowe, Lyndon Briggs, Claire Neal, Joe Skipper, Nolan Coats, and Kate Inabinett. They are coached by John Hughes and Penny Rowe.

Participants in the Division II “It's Time, OMER” team are: (in photo, from left) Coach Raegan Atkinson, Jamie Atkinson, Aydin Hall, Kate Leonard, Sophia Singer, Emma Whitlock, Mikey Schwartz, Katie Todd, and Coach Megann Huggins.


Seventh Grader Finalist in Essay Contest

Westchester Country Day School student Olivia Beaver 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. 14. Beaver is the daughter of Stephanie and Michael Beaver of High Point.

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 National Parks, and Beaver’s essay was written from the point of view of a black bear.

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.


Senior Finalist in Scholarship Competition

The National Merit® Scholarship Program has named WCDS senior Sophia Danch as a Finalist in its 2017 competition for her distinguished performance on the 2015 PSAT. All Finalists will be considered for National Merit Scholarships to be offered this spring.

Danch 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.


Second Quarter Honor Rolls

The following students have been named to the A, B Honor Roll List for the second quarter of the 2016-2017 academic year:

Grade 6: Madalyn Adams, Ethan Biesecker, Bo Brigman, Alexander Connors, Charlie Erikson, Jonah Guerra, Anna Beth Merritt, and Nati Roberts.

Grade 7: Jordan Bradley, Emma Cecil, Lulu Culler, Kate Dyson, Henry Erikson, Wills Heard, Trey Johnson, Daniel Langefeld, Jaxson Morgan, Henry Scott, Holland Shoaf, and Max Van Dessel.

Grade 8: Aidan Apple, Sofia Chodri, Madison Conner, Chris Day, Nati Diaz, Rameel Haque, Dory Keever, Kate Leonard, Morgan Mayson, Cameron McMaster, Mollie McWhorter, Claire Smith, and Cook Smith.

Grade 9: Michael Calabrese, Alex Casas, Parker Clinard, Seth Polen, Elizabeth Ragsdale, Michael Rhodes, Ariston Tomes, Jackson Weil, Emily Ann Wright, Katie Mac Wright, and Lacy Wright.

Grade 10: Sam Barefoot, Jackson Barton, Zach Beale, Anna Blackman, Gavin Brumfield, Kamran Chodri, Ty Choplin, Susan Dhakal, Mackenzie Easom, Zachary Elsayed, Jay Faires, Rayha Haque, Tanner Harron, Katelyn Hunter, Jacob Keshguerian, Aidan Lim, Alex Nixon, Lilly Sheffield, Spencer Sherrill, Griffin Shigo, Griff Smith, Harris Smith, Ihsan Tonuzi, Jennifer Tran, and Ava Tuggle.

Grade 11: Hollis Andrews, Victoria Atkinson. Fritz Buckert, Allyson Chiu, Alex Evans, Marc Farahmand, Riley Fleming, Robert Langefeld, Mehul Muppasani, Tiffany Neza, Davis Privette, and Alex Steward.

Grade 12: Victoria Ayodele, Sophia Danch, Kayla DeWeese, Calen Epting, Jeremiah Foster, Tyrese Hearst, Terra Johns, Luke Ledford, Lantz Lowe, Linzi Lowe, Terry Neza, BayLee Reynolds, Noemi Salinas, Jeny Wang, Josh Weaver, T.J. Webb, and Adam Wright.

The following students have been named to the All A Honor Roll List for the second quarter of the 2016-2017 academic year:

Grade 6: Connor Apple, Davis Beck, Grayson Boyette, Caroline Griffith, Caleb Hammond, Lucy Larkin Heard, Madeline McWhorter, Lucy Meyer-Braun, Paul Mills, and Aliana Schwartz.

Grade 7: Olivia Beaver, Maggie Berry, Sidney Briggs, Olivia Cecil, Anna Sloan Culp, Grace Evans, Meredith Harron, Charlotte Martin, Stephen McLean, Sophia Singer, Ella Timberlake, Katie Todd, and Jackson Tuggle.

Grade 8: Jamie Atkinson, Taylor Bundy, George Culp, Forrest Grimes, Jack Merritt, Tess Mickey, Mithul Muppasani, Meg Neal, Myles Patterson, Mikey Schwartz, Emma Steward, and Safa Tonuzi.

Grade 9: David Adams, Ellison Beaver, Carson Boyette, Georgia Anne Brumfield, Caroline Clodfelter, Jack Councill, Gaby Culler, Rosa Anna Elias, and Deni Lewis.

Grade 10: Nick Brown, Hannah Klein, Julia Mattox, and Lilly Smith.

Grade 11: Matthew Boggis, Jeff Branch, Lucas Compton, Luke Evans, Jackson Fielding, Alex Hall, Alen Izic, Jake Keels, Savannah Kirkman, Samantha Mickey, Chase Pyrtle, Troy Reid, Hao Tong, Jessica Tran, Max Truschnowitsch, and Dalton Ward.

Grade 12: Maddie Dyson, Morgan Forester, Ryota Goto, Lauren Griffith, Sophie Lanham, Lexi Roberts, Stephanie Thomas, Tori Viers, Jake Weiland, LilyGrace Wolfe, and Charles York.


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Fourth Graders Present Interactive Wax Museum

Fourth grade students transformed into famous personalities from the past as they presented their interactive wax museum on Friday, February 10.

“I am so proud of all of our fourth graders for their hard work on this project,” said their teacher Rhonda Hunt. “The best part of this entire experience is seeing the students begin to take ownership of their learning. They will always remember this experience and the interesting facts they learned. Most of all, they will learn that through hard work and perseverance they can accomplish amazing things!”

The Interactive Wax Museum is a culminating event in a study of biographies in which students dress as and give a speech about a deceased person from history. One of the first steps in the biography project was to choose a deceased person of interest to research. After reading a biography, researching information on the internet, and organizing notes about the person’s lifetime, students wrote a biographical report and speech.

The project is an integral part of the fourth grade curriculum at WCDS. It incorporates integral 21st century skills: students improved critical thinking skills by carefully evaluating research; they learned how to evaluate websites for reliability, while also double-checking the facts they read through multiple resources; and they cultivated communication skills by preparing oral presentations meant to capture the attention of their audience. Through significant preparation, students memorized their oral presentations and learned how to speak clearly and confidently.


Students' Artwork on Display

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

The students are seniors Kayla DeWeese, Ryota Goto, Lauren Griffith, and Laura Simon, and sophomores Anna Blackman, Makenzie Easom, and Katelyn Hunter. At right is a work by Lauren Griffith.

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

The exhibit will be on display through April 1, 2017.


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 6th and 9th graders can compete for a full-paid Merit Scholarship (one awarded per grade). 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, Merit Scholarships are awarded to a rising 6th and 9th grader who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement, exemplary character, and well-rounded participation in school and community. Merit Scholarships fund full tuition for the recipients and are renewable for the Middle or Upper school term 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 click here for more information.


Golfer Inducted into Hall of Fame

Golfer Aubrey Rothrock, ’86, will be inducted into Westchester Country Day School’s Athletic Hall of Fame during Homecoming on Friday, Jan. 6, 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 lives, and we are thrilled to have this opportunity to recognize one of them this year,” says Adam Schwartz, Athletic Director at Westchester Country Day School.

Rothrock lettered in Varsity Golf at WCDS in 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, and 1986. He was the individual NCISAA State Champion in 1985 and was named MVP for the team in 1984, 1985, and 1986. He won the school’s Wildcat Award in 1983 and 1984, and was named to the All-Carolinas Junior Team in 1986. He was a state Junior Amateur Semifinalist in 1985. Rothrock has continued his golfing career at the amateur level, competing in the Middle Atlantic Amateur in 2008, the Maryland State Amateur in 2007 and 2011, and the Maryland State Open in 2011. He earned medals at Chevy Chase Club Championship in 2008, the Burning Tree Club Championship in 2010, 2011, 2013, and 2015, and the Rolling Rock Club Championship in 2010 and 2011.

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.


Spirit Week Culminates in Homecoming

Westchester will start the New Year with a bang as the first week back from the holiday break is a spirit week culminating in Homecoming. The spirit week themes are:
Tuesday (Jan. 3) - Pajama Day
Wednesday (Jan. 4) - Neon Day
Thursday (Jan. 5) - Throwback Thursday
Friday (Jan. 6) - Blue and White Day

Homecoming celebrations get under way with an all-school pep rally at 12:55 p.m., followed by the first Middle School basketball game of the day at 2:00 p.m. Middle and JV basketball games will continue all afternoon followed by the Varsity Girls at 5:30 p.m. and Varsity Boys at 7:00 p.m.

The Hall of Fame induction will be held between the boys and girls games. The Homecoming Court will be presented following the boys game.


WCDS Hoops at HPU

Westchester's Varsity basketball teams will take on rivals Caldwell Academy on Saturday, Jan. 7, at High Point University's Millis Athletic Center.

The Varsity Girls game tips off at 5:00 p.m., the Varsity Boys play at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $5 and will not be sold at the door. Please contact Mrs. Argo to purchase tickets.


Senior Named DAR Good Citizen

Westchester Country Day School senior Maddie Dyson was the school’s recipient of High Point’s Alexander Martin Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizens Award. She was honored at a luncheon on November 8. Maddie is the daughter of Sara and Bill Dyson of High Point.

The DAR Good Citizens Award and Scholarship Contest, created in 1934, is intended to encourage and reward the qualities of good citizenship. The award recognizes and rewards individuals who possess the qualities of dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism in their homes, schools, and communities. These students are selected by their teachers and peers because they demonstrate these qualities to an outstanding degree.


First Quarter Honor Rolls

The following students have been named to the A, B Honor Roll List for the first quarter of the 2016-2017 academic year:

Grade 6: Samuel Almeida, Davis Beck, Bo Brigman, Ellie Choplin, Alexander Connors, MJ Edwards, Elektra Farson, Jonah Guerra, Lucy Larkin Heard, Tommy Mattox, Madeline McWhorter, Giovanni Natale, Nati Roberts, and Christian Ryker.

Grade 7: Emma Cecil, Lulu Culler, Kate Dyson, Duncan Grimes, Trey Johnson, Daniel Langefeld, Jaxson Morgan, Henry Scott, and Holland Shoaf.

Grade 8: Aidan Apple, Hamer Brigman, Madison Conner, Chris Day, Nati Diaz, Rameel Haque, Dory Keever, Kate Leonard, Rowan MacKie, Cameron McMaster, Mollie McWhorter, Emily Morgan, Meg Neal, Claire Smith, Cook Smith, and Emma Steward.

Grade 9: Michael Calabrese, Parker Clinard, Gaby Culler, Slade Miller, Abby Mozingo, Seth Polen, Michael Rhodes, Ariston Tomes, Jackson Weil, Emily Ann Wright, Katie Mac Wright, and Lacy Wright.

Grade 10: Sam Barefoot, Jackson Barton, Zach Beale, Anna Blackman, Nick Brown, Ty Choplin, Susan Dhakal, Zachary Elsayed, Rayha Haque, Tanner Harron, Aidan Lim, Alex Nixon, Syrus Sadler, Julia Schendell, Lilly Sheffield, Spencer Sherrill, Harris Smith, and Ava Tuggle.

Grade 11: Hollis Andrews, Jeff Branch, Fritz Buckert, Allyson Chiu, Lucas Compton, Marc Farahmand, Riley Fleming, Alex Hall, Alec Hunter, Robert Langefeld, Samantha Mickey, Mehul Muppasani, Tiffany Neza, Samuel Noyes, Davis Privette, Chase Pyrtle, Jessica Tran, and Max Truschnowitsch.

Grade 12: Victoria Ayodele, Sophia Danch, Kayla DeWeese, Calen Epting, Morgan Forester, Jeremiah Foster, Tyrese Hearst, Terra Johns, Luke Ledford, Lantz Lowe, Linzi Lowe, L.J. McCoy, Terry Neza, BayLee Reynolds, Lexi Roberts, Andrea Rodriguez Flores, Noemi Salinas, Stephanie Thomas, Jeny Wang, Josh Weaver, T.J. Webb, and Adam Wright.

The following students have been named to the All A Honor Roll List for the first quarter of the 2016-2017 academic year:

Grade 6: Connor Apple, Grayson Boyette, Caroline Griffith, Caleb Hammond, Anna Beth Merritt, Lucy Meyer-Braun, Paul Mills, Aliana Schwartz, and Sadie Sharpe.

Grade 7: Olivia Beaver, Maggie Berry, Jordan Bradley, Sidney Briggs, Olivia Cecil, Anna Sloan Culp, Henry Erikson, Grace Evans, Meredith Harron, Charlotte Martin, Stephen McLean, Sophia Singer, Ella Timberlake, Katie Todd, Jackson Tuggle, and Max Van Dessel.

Grade 8: Jamie Atkinson, Taylor Bundy, Sofia Chodri, George Culp, Forrest Grimes, Jack Merritt, Tess Mickey, Mithul Muppasani, Myles Patterson, Mikey Schwartz, Hannah Sharpe, and Safa Tonuzi.

Grade 9: David Adams, Ellison Beaver, Carson Boyette, Georgia Anne Brumfield, Caroline Clodfelter, Jack Councill, Rosa Anna Elias, Deni Lewis, and Maggie Wheatley.

Grade 10: Hannah Klein, Julia Mattox, and Ihsan Tonuzi.

Grade 11: Victoria Atkinson, Matthew Boggis, Alex Evans, Luke Evans, Jackson Fielding, Alen Izic, Jake Keels, Savannah Kirkman, Troy Reid, Hao Tong, and Dalton Ward.

Grade 12: Maddie Dyson, Ryota Goto, Lauren Griffith, Sophie Lanham, Isi Nwamu, Tori Viers, Jake Weiland, LilyGrace Wolfe, and Charles York.


Westchester Presents Shrek JR.

Westchester Country Day School will present Shrek The Musical JR.at 7:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday, November 11 and 12, and 2:00 p.m. Sunday, November 13, in Rives Hall.

More than 60 students in grades K-12 star in this production. Beauty is in the eye of the ogre in Shrek The Musical JR., based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film and fantastic Broadway musical.  It's a "big bright beautiful world" as everyone's favorite ogre, Shrek, leads a cast of fairytale misfits on an adventure to rescue a princess and find true acceptance.  Part romance and part twisted fairy tale, Shrek JR. is an irreverently fun show with a powerful message for the whole family.

Tickets to the production are $5 and may be ordered here. The show is open to the public.


Senior is Rotary Student of Month

Senior Charles York was the Rotary Club of High Point student of the month for September.

He is a member of the National Honor Society, captain of the High point Rowing Club, and has earned his Eagle Scout. He hopes to attend Duke University.


Upper School Students Sign Honor Pledge

Westchester Country Day School held its annual Honor Assembly on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 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 and two faculty members, led the assembly.


Third Graders Celebrate Constitution Day

Westchester’s 3rd graders celebrated National Constitution Day on September 16, to commemorate the 229th anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution. As part of this celebration, students memorized the Preamble and gave prepared speeches about which amendment in the Bill of Rights their families valued the most. Students dressed up in colonial and patriotic outfits to celebrate this historic day with enthusiasm and style!

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Seniors Recognized for PSAT Performance

Westchester Country Day School senior Sophia Danch is being recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation for her performance on the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®).

Danch has been named a National Merit Semifinalist. She is one of approximately 16,000 students nationwide being recognized for their high scores, and she is now in the process of applying for status as a National Merit Finalist. About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title.

Ryota Goto was named a Commended Student in the program. About 34,000 Commended Students are being recognized for placing among the top five percent of more than 1.6 million students who entered the competition.

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.


WCDS Commemorates 9/11 by Honoring “Hometown Heroes”

 

 

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,” who were nominated by students.

The school’s C.A.R.E.S. Crews committee reviewed the submissions for the heroes, and the students who nominated the finalists read their tributes aloud during the assembly. “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.”

This year’s “Hometown Heroes” are:

  • Steve Bouldin - Nominated by eighth graders Hamer Brigman, George Culp, Mikey Schwartz, and Cook Smith, Steve recently retired after serving for 10 years as volunteer Boy Scout Master with Troop 4 in High Point. He has inspired many boys to earn merit badges as well as Life Scout and Eagle Scout honors.
  • Allen & Jeff Branch – Jeff is a current junior at WCDS who was in a horrific car accident this summer. During his recovery, his father, Allen, was by his side encouraging him in countless ways to get back to normal. Jeff had the willpower to succeed and defy the odds to return to school this fall. His basketball skills are getting back on track thanks to his courage and his dad’s encouragement. Allen was nominated by fourth graders Rebecca Bodsford, Natalie Clinard,Mary Frances Collins, and Cooper Singer, and seventh grader Sophia Singer; and Jeff was nominated by fifth grader Abby Keever and seventh grader Adam Elsayed.
  • Marsena Davis - Nominated by eighth graders Jamie Atkinson and Jackson Campbell, Marsena serves as Westchester Country Day School’s facilities manager and works tirelessly to make the campus look beautiful and stay in working condition.
  • Edward "Pinky" and Dean Jordan - Nominated by senior Calen Epting, this retired couple spends their time giving back to others. Edward is a longtime, active member of the Jamestown Lions Club, and Dean volunteers with Hand to Hand Pantry.
  • Joe Northrup - Nominated by sixth grader Samuel Almeida, Joe is a Tyco Electronics employee who saved a co-worker's life by performing CPR until EMS arrived.
  • Frank Santora - Nominated by sixth grader Lucy Meyer-Braun, Frank is a full-time firefighter in High Point and volunteer hockey coach who has been an inspiration to many aspiring young athletes.

“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) Crews program at Westchester is an all-school service learning initiative 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.”


Class of 1972 Alumna Receives Award

Dr. Caroline Chiles, Class of 1972, was the recipient of Westchester Country Day School’s 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award. She was recognized at the school’s Convocation ceremony on the first day of school, Wednesday, Aug. 24.

“It is an honor and privilege to present this award to the most deserving Dr. Caroline Chiles,” said Westchester’s Director of Alumni Ashley Timberlake.

Following her graduation from Westchester, Dr. Chiles received her degree in mechanical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She graduated from Duke University Medical School in 1980, completed four years of radiology residency at Stanford University Hospital, and an additional year of fellowship training in cardiothoracic imaging at Duke University Medical Center.

Dr. Chiles’s professional career has included five years as an assistant professor of radiology at Duke and three years as an associate professor of radiology at the Medical College of Virginia. She transferred to Wake Forest Medical Center in 1994 as a professor of cardiothoracic radiology.

Dr. Chiles has written 27 book chapters for medical textbooks, published more than 100 articles in medical journals, and given more than 200 presentations at national and international radiology meetings. She serves on the editorial board of multiple medical journals and was recently elected to the executive committee of the Society of Thoracic Radiology. She is currently working part-time at Wake Forest Baptist Health with a focus on using CT scans to detect lung cancer early.


WCDS Welcomes New Faculty

Westchester Country Day School is pleased to welcome the following faculty for the 2016-2017 academic year:

Allison Albert is returning to WCDS to teach World Literature in the Upper School. She has most recently been a full-time mother to her two daughters. Allison served as an English teacher at Westchester from 2005 to 2013 and taught in the Middle and Upper School divisions. Allison received her B.A. from UNC-Wilmington and her M.Ed. from UNC-Greensboro.


John Hughes joins the WCDS faculty as a Middle and Upper School math teacher. John comes to WCDS from Grove City, Pennsylvania, where he recently received his B.S. in education from Grove City College. While earning his degree, John participated in a variety of student teaching experiences in area middle and elementary schools. He also has served as a summer camp counselor with Seneca Hills Bible Camp and as art curator and exhibitor at the Hepsibah Gallery in London.

Rhonda Hunt is returning to WCDS to teach fourth grade language arts. She served as a teacher in our Lower School from 1992 to 2005 and most recently taught at Trindale Elementary School in Randolph County, where she was named Teacher of the Year in 2014. She received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from UNC-Greensboro. Her daughters, Blair V. Metcalf and Anna V. Kusterer, are graduates of WCDS.

Candice Jackson joins the Upper School science faculty teaching Biology Honors and AP Biology. She was a science and education major at North Carolina State University and former high school science teacher. She completed her M.S. and Ed.S. degrees in College Counseling and Student Development in Higher Education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is currently a doctoral candidate at UNC-Greensboro in Counseling and Counselor Education. Her son, Jay, is a second grader at WCDS.

Lee Lancaster joins the Upper School faculty as our Experimental Physics and Forensics teacher. Lee is an electrical engineer with more than 20 years of experience. His B.S. and M.S. degrees in engineering were completed at NC State University. In May, Lee completed the M.A.T. program at UNC-Greensboro. He conducted observations and student teaching assignments at Caldwell Academy and in the Guilford County Schools and taught in STEM based summer programs in Chicago and Atlanta.

Jan Martiniuk joins the Lower School faculty as a second grade teacher. Jan comes to WCDS from the Lexington City Schools where she has served as a fourth grade and second grade teacher since 2009. She received her B.A. in English with a minor in elementary education from Salem College. She was named Teacher of the Year for Southwest Elementary School in 2016.

Yiting Zhu will instruct Mandarin to Upper and Lower School students. Yiting is a graduate of the language instruction program at Vanderbilt University. She began her teaching career in China and then accepted a short-term assignment in West Africa in 2011. She also has taught in Nashville area public schools and the independent Nashville Chinese School.


Fourth Quarter Honor Rolls

The following students have been named to the A, B Honor Roll List for the fourth quarter of the 2015-2016 academic year:

Grade 6: Maggie Berry, Jordan Bradley, Emma Cecil, Lulu Culler, Kate Dyson, Henry Erikson, Duncan Grimes, Wills Heard, Daniel Langefeld, Henry Scott, and Holland Shoaf.

Grade 7: Aidan Apple, Hamer Brigman, Madison Conner, Chris Day, Nati Diaz, Lucy Foster, Rameel Haque, Dory Keever, Kate Leonard, Morgan Mayson, Cameron McMaster, Mollie McWhorter, Jack Merritt, Emily Morgan, Mithul Muppasani, Claire Smith, and Cook Smith.

Grade 8: Carson Boyette, Michael Calabrese, Jack Councill, Rosa Anna Elias, Gwyn Erikson, Zach Green, Taylor Jones, Slade Miller, Chase Portaro, Elizabeth Ragsdale, Banks Starbuck, and Emmy Weiland.

Grade 9: Lucas Antinori, Giacomo Arnaboldi, Sam Barefoot, Zach Beale, Anna Blackman, Nick Brown, Gavin Brumfield, Kamran Chodri, Susan Dhakal, Zachary Elsayed, Jay Faires, Aidan Lim, James Morgan, Julia Schendell, Lilly Sheffield, Spencer Sherrill, Griffin Shigo, Griff Smith, Harris Smith, and Jennifer Tran.

Grade 10: Hollis Andrews, Victoria Atkinson, Jeff Branch, Tyler Brown, Carson Castelli, Allyson Chiu, Alex Evans, Jackson Fielding, Riley Fleming, Alex Hall, Alen Izic, Robert Langefeld, Lazi Ritter, Alex Steward, Jessica Tran, and Dalton Ward.

Grade 11: Victoria Ayodele, Chloe Chen, Ian Craig, Kayla DeWeese, Morgan Forester, Jeremiah Foster, Abbi Khan, Sophie Lanham, Luke Ledford, Lantz Lowe, Linzi Lowe, Terry Neza, BayLee Reynolds, Lexi Roberts, Noemi Salinas, Stephanie Thomas, Jeny Wang, T.J. Webb, Jake Weiland, LilyGrace Wolfe, Adam Wright, and Charles York.

Grade 12: John Andrews, Jack Argo, Ryan Beale, Danyaal Buttar, Gracie Clinard, Hardin Councill, Michaela Craycroft, Josh Evans, Laura Folk, Devin Lumley, Curtis McClelland, Dylan Sellers, Will Shields, and Sarah Wahid.

The following students have been named to the All A Honor Roll List for the fourth quarter of the 2015-2016 academic year:

Grade 6: Olivia Beaver, Sidney Briggs, Olivia Cecil, Anna Sloan Culp, Grace Evans, Meredith Harron, Charlotte Martin, Stephen McLean, Sophia Singer, Donovan Stricklin, Ella Timberlake, Katie Todd, and Jackson Tuggle.

Grade 7: Jamie Atkinson, Taylor Bundy, Sofia Chodri, George Culp, Forrest Grimes, Tess Mickey, Myles Patterson, Mikey Schwartz, Hannah Sharpe, Emma Steward, and Safa Tonuzi.

Grade 8: David Adams, Ellison Beaver, Lilly Bovio, Mya Brown, Georgia Anne Brumfield, Caroline Clodfelter, Gaby Culler, Caleb Green, Deni Lewis, Abby Mozingo, Grayson Rosser, and Aditi Shah.

Grade 9: Jackson Barton, Rayha Haque, Tanner Harron, Jacob Keshguerian, Hannah Klein, Julia Mattox, Alex Nixon, Lilly Smith, Ihsan Tonuzi, and Ava Tuggle.

Grade 10: Matthew Boggis, Luke Evans, Edward Lindner, Samantha Mickey, and Hao Tong.

Grade 11: Sophia Danch, Maddie Dyson, Calen Epting, Ryota Goto, Lauren Griffith, Terra Johns, Isi Nwamu, and Klaus Paeffgen.

Grade 12: Jonathan Bethel, Miranda Bryson, Casey Crouse, Paige Hetley, Isaac Mullen, Kyle Niner, and Wyatt Wellington.


Westchester Graduation May 28

Westchester Country Day School held its 45th commencement ceremony Saturday, May 28, at 9:30 a.m. at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church in High Point. The 36 graduates have been accepted to 59 different colleges and universities and have been offered more than $2 million in scholarships and awards. During the ceremony, Ryan Beale was awarded the Peter M. Cowen Outstanding Senior Award. 

Casey Thomas Crouse is Class of 2016 valedictorian and will study engineering at NC State. Paige Sutton Hetley is this year’s salutatorian and will study biology and Spanish at Duke University.

This year’s graduates are: Leila Tenagnework Abebe, John Herbert Andrews, John Harrison Argo, William Craig Argo, Mariah Rose Ashley, Ryan Jon Beale, Caymen Jordan Bennett, Jonathan David Bethel, Thomas William Boggis, Miranda Pentangelis Bryson, Danyaal Gohar Buttar, Austin Lee Carrier, Grayson Rose Clinard, Andrew Ryan Cottrell, Hardin Moore Councill, Michaela Leigh Craycroft, Casey Thomas Crouse, Joshua Matthew Evans, Laura Lee Folk, Emily Keene Gilliland, Paige Sutton Hetley, Noah Lance Keshguerian, Marshall Hunter Lange, Carrington Brooke Lewis, Devin Lucas Lumley, Virginia Elliot Marsh, Curtis Joseph McClelland, Isaac Christopher Mullen, Kyle Richard Niner, Christopher Dylan Sellers, Charles Bray Sheffield, Jr., William Randall Shields, Aubrey Lee Smith, Kayleigh Elizabeth Swan, Sarah Noreen Wahid, and Wyatt Brad Wellington.


2015-2016 Varsity Athletic Awards

ACADEMIC ALL CONFERENCE
The following students maintained a 3.5 GPA and lettered in two varsity sports this year:
Grade 7: Jamie Atkinson, Jack Merritt, Mikey Schwartz
Grade 8: Jack Councill
Grade 9: Sam Barefoot, Jackson Barton, Kamran Chodri, Susan Dhakal, Hannah Klein, Aidan Lim, Alex Nixon, Lilly Sheffield, Harris Smith
Grade 10: Matthew Boggis, Magdelene Carron, Allyson Chiu, Alex Evans, Luke Evans, Alex Hall, Edward Lindner, Hao Tong
Grade 11: Victoria Ayodele, Maddie Dyson, Jeremiah Foster, Terra Johns, Abbi Khan, Isi Nwamu, Klaus Paeffgen, BayLee Reynolds, Lexi Roberts, Noemi Salinas, Stephanie Thomas
Grade 12: Leila Abebe, John Andrews, Jack Argo, Will Argo, Ryan Beale, Jonathan Bethel, Tommy Boggis, Miranda Bryson, Michaela Craycroft, Josh Evans, Dylan Sellers

BRUCE E. HATHAWAY, JR. SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD
FEMALE – Michaela Craycroft
MALEJack Argo

FEMALE SCHOLAR ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Miranda Bryson
MALE SCHOLAR ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Jonathan Bethel, Josh Evans

FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Terra Johns
MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Tommy Boggis, Dylan Sellers

BOYS VARSITY CROSS COUNTRY
MVP – Luke Evans
WILDCAT – Josh Evans
COACHES – Sam Barefoot, Edward Lindner

GIRLS VARSITY CROSS COUNTRY
MVP – Abbi Khan
WILDCAT – Alex Evans
COACHES – Allyson Chiu

BOYS VARSITY SOCCER
MVP – Tommy Boggis
WILDCAT – Klaus Paeffgen
COACHES – John Andrews, Jack Argo, Will Argo, Ryan Beale, Jonathan Bethel, Tommy Boggis, Dylan Sellers

GIRLS VARSITY TENNIS
MVP – Sophie Lanham
WILDCAT – Stephanie Thomas
COACHES – Alex Hall

GIRLS VARSITY VOLLEYBALL
MVP – Terra Johns
WILDCAT – Tori Viers
COACHES – Leila Abebe, Miranda Bryson

BOYS VARSITY BASKETBALL
MVP– Marshall Lange
WILDCAT – Caymen Bennett
COACHES – Lantz Lowe, L.J. McCoy

VARSITY CHEERLEADING
MVP – Sophia Danch
WILDCAT – Isi Nwamu
COACHES – Jennifer Tran, Lexi Roberts

BOYS VARSITY SWIMMING
MVP – Jack Argo, Will Argo
WILDCAT – Jonathan Bethel
COACHES – Chase Sheffield

GIRLS VARSITY SWIMMING
MVP – Virginia Marsh
WILDCAT – Maddie Dyson
COACHES – Abbi Khan, Alex Hall

BOYS VARSITY BASEBALL
MVP – Jeremiah Foster, Chase Pyrtle
WILDCAT – Tyrese Hearst, Mac Starbuck
COACHES – John Andrews, Drew Cottrell, Devin Lumley, Will Shields, Aubrey Smith

VARSITY GOLF
MVP – Hardin Councill
WILDCAT – Jake Weiland, Ian Craig
COACHES – Carson Castelli, Wyatt Wellington

BOYS VARSITY TENNIS
MVP – Tommy Boggis
WILDCAT – Tanner Harron
COACHES – Daniel Buttar

GIRLS VARSITY SOCCER
MVP – Maddie Dyson
WILDCAT – Michaela Craycroft, Leila Abebe
COACHES – Harris Smith

BOYS VARSITY TRACK
MVP – Jack Argo, Luke Evans, Dylan Sellers
WILDCAT – Ryan Beale
COACHES – Will Argo

GIRLS VARSITY TRACK
MVP – Abbi Khan, Terra Johns
WILDCAT – Laura Folk
COACHES – Mollie McWhorter


Students’ Poems Published in Anthology

Eighteen Westchester Country Day School sixth grade students entered a poetry contest sponsored by Creative Communication and were selected to be published in the anthology called A Celebration of Poets.

The students are: Morgan Adams, Olivia Beaver, Maggie Berry, Emma Cecil, Olivia Cecil, Anna Sloan Culp, Kate Dyson, Adam Elsayed, Grace Evans, Duncan Grimes, Meredith Harron, Wills Heard, Charlotte Martin, Stephen McLean, Lucy Ragsdale, Henry Scott, Holland Shoaf, and Ella Timberlake.

“We are so proud of these talented students for reflecting upon and expressing their identities in such a creative manner. They are brave to share their work with such a large audience,” said their teacher Megann Huggins.

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.


Students Score Well on Spanish Exam

Congratulations to a number of world language students from Westchester Country Day School who attained national recognition for excellent performance on the 2016 National Spanish Examinations.

Eighth grade student Carson Boyette received the Gold certificate for scoring a 95th percentile of higher. This was the only one earned in the school.

The following students received the Silver certificates for scoring between the 85th and 94th percentile on the exam: Upper Schoolers Sophia Danch, Jackson Fielding, Ryota Goto, Jerod Hartsoe, Jacob Keshguerian, Robert Langefeld, and Lilly Smith, and Middle Schoolers Deni Lewis and Nick Nottoli.

The following students received Bronze certificates because they scored between the 75th and 84th percentile on the exam: Upper Schoolers Hollis Andrews, Nick Brown, Gavin Brumfield, Rayha Haque, Hannah Klein, Klaus Paeffgan, Lilly Sheffield, and Will Shields, and Middle Schoolers Georgia Anne Brumfield, Sofia Chodri, and Myles Patterson.

The following students achieved Honor standing because they scored between the 50th and 74th percentile on the exam: Upper Schoolers Lucas Antinori, Giacomo Arnaboldi, Victoria Atkinson, Samuel Barefoot, Zach Beale, Matthew Boggis, Tommy Boggis, Susan Dhakal, Mackenzie Easom, Riley Fleming, Jack Foster, Alex Hall, Tanner Harron, Jake Keels, Abbi Khan, Lantz Lowe, Virginia Marsh, Julia Mattox, Mehul Muppasani, Terry Neza, Alex Nixon, Davis Privette, Vicky Reichenbach, Troy Reid, BayLee Reynolds, Noemi Salinas, Julia Schendell, Mohanad Shehata, Laura Simon, Harris Smith, and Jennifer Tran, and Middle School students Jamie Atkinson, Hamer Brigman, Mya Brown, Michael Calabrese, Caroline Clodfelter, Madison Connor, Jack Councill, George Culp, Zach Green, Mikey Schwartz, Banks Starbuck, Emma Steward, Safa Tonuzi, and Emmy Weiland.

“Attaining a medal or honorable mention for any student on the National Spanish Examinations is very prestigious,” said Kevin Cessna-Buscemi, National Director of the Exams, “because the exams are the largest of their kind in the United States with over 160,000 students participating in 2016.”

Students from Westchester Country Day School have a long history of high achievement on these exams and were taught by Spanish teachers Margaret Qualls, Rustin Thomas, and Claire Brinson.

The National Spanish Examinations are administered each year in grades 6 through 12 and are sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.


2016 Upper School Academic Award Winners

T. Austin Finch Chair of Distinguished Teaching
Terry Andrews

T. Austin Finch Master Teacher Award
Sterling Smith

Good Citizenship Award
Jack Argo, Will Argo

Suzi Holliman Humanitarian Award
Samantha Mickey

Valedictorian
Casey Crouse

Salutatorian
Paige Hetley

Westchester Cup
John Andrews

Student Government Award
Ryan Beale, Sarah Wahid

Vijaya Kumar Chemistry Award
Victoria Atkinson

Senior Speech Award
Sarah Wahid

Peters Family Scholarship 
Maddie Dyson

Social Justice Award
Lauren Griffith

International Student Recognition
Chloe Chen, Klaus Paeffgen, Victoria Reichenbach, Hao Tong, Jeny Wang 

Perfect Attendance
Ryota Goto, Devon Jernigan, BayLee Reynolds

Model UN Award
Tanner Harron

Mock Trial Recognition
Jonathan Bethel, Tommy Boggis, Sophia Danch, Maddie Dyson, Rayha Haque, Jerod Hartsoe, Abbi Khan

9th Grade Top Scholar
Hannah Klein
9th Grade Outstanding Scholars
Lilly Smith, Ava Tuggle
10th Grade Top Scholar
Luke Evans
11th Grade Top Scholar
Sophia Danch
11th Grade Marshals
Ryota Goto (chief),Sophia Danch, Maddie Dyson, Noemi Salinas, Charles York
Art Department Award
Miranda Bryson, Isaac Mullen
Art Certificates of Merit
Kyle Niner, Kayla DeWeese
Drama Department Award
Emily Gilliland
Drama Certificates of Merit
Troy Reid, LilyGrace Wolfe, Charles York
Drama Lifetime Achievement Award
Paige Hetley
Salem College Book Award
Calen Epting
English Department Award
Sarah Wahid
English Certificates of Merit 
Maddie Dyson, Samantha Mickey, Alex Steward
History Department Award 
Charles York
History Certificates of Merit
Anna Blackman, Luke Evans, BayLee Reynolds
Mandarin Award
Samantha Mickey
Mandarin Certificates of Merit
Anna Blackman, Alex Evans, Jake Weiland
Mathematics Department Award 
Casey Crouse, Paige Hetley 
Mathematics Certificates of Merit
Jonathan Bethel, Ryota Goto
Music Department Award 
Dylan Sellers
Music Certificates of Merit
Jeremiah Foster, Emily Gilliland, Victoria Reichenbach
Science Department Award
Jonathan Bethel, Isaac Mullen 
Science Certificates of Merit 
Sophie Danch, Laura Folk, Julia Mattox
Spanish Department Award
Sophia Danch
Spanish Certificates of Merit
Ryota Goto, Tanner Harron, Noemi Salinas
Yearbook
Carrington Lewis
DAR Good Citizen
Ryan Beale
PSAT Recognition
Sophia Danch, Ryota Goto
National Merit Scholar Program Recognition
Casey Crouse, Paige Hetley, Sarah Wahid
Wofford Scholar
Maddie Dyson
Governor's School (Natural Science)
Lauren Griffith 
Summer Ventures in Math and Science
Ryota Goto 

WCDS Collects Change for Charities

Westchester Country Day School is pleased to donate $1,000 each to four charities close to our students’ hearts as a result of a school-wide change collection drive.

The drive was part of the school’s C.A.R.E.S. (Compassion, Awareness, Responsibility, Empathy, Service) Crew initiative, which is a service learning program with the goal of building PK – 12 community and participating in community service opportunities. This was the fifth year of the change drive. Students were asked to submit essays on where they would like to see the change donated. The entire school voted on the recipients, and the winners were: National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias, Out of the Garden Project, Red Dog Farm, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

The entire school gathered on April 22 to count the change and recognize and award the money to the recipients.

“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.”


NHS Inducts 25 New Members

On March 23, 2016, the WCDS chapter of the National Honor Society inducted twenty-five new members from the senior, junior, and sophomore classes. These students have been found by the Faculty Selection Committee to be committed to excellence in the four pillars of National Honor Society: scholarship, leadership, service, and character. 

The newest members of National Honor Society are: (back row, from left):Ian Craig, Matthew Boggis, Edward Lindner, Tori Ayodele, Terra Johns, Terry Neza, Jack Argo, Ryota Goto, Luke Evans, Troy Reid, Jerod Hartsoe, Riley Fleming. (front row, from left) Samantha Mickey, Hollis Andrews, Victoria Atkinson, Alex Evans, Sophia Danch, Michaela Craycroft, Hao Tong, Abbi Khan, Lexi Roberts, Lauren Griffith, Tori Viers, and Sophie Lanham.  Not pictured, Robert Langefeld.
Special thanks go to Mrs. Farris for her poignant remarks as our guest speaker, and to WAPA and Mrs. Evans for the wonderful breakfast reception that followed the ceremony!


Third Quarter Honor Rolls

The following students have been named to the A, B Honor Roll List for the third quarter of the 2015-2016 academic year:

Grade 6: Maggie Berry, Jordan Bradley, Emma Cecil, Kate Dyson, Henry Erikson, Grace Evans, Duncan Grimes, Wills Heard, Daniel Langefeld, George Marsh, Lydia Merrills, Holland Shoaf, Ella Timberlake, and Max Van Dessel.

Grade 7: Aidan Apple, Hamer Brigman, Sofia Chodri, Madison Conner, Chris Day, Lucy Foster, Dory Keever, Rowan MacKie, Morgan Mayson, Cameron McMaster, Mollie McWhorter, Jack Merritt, Mithul Muppasani, Claire Smith, and Cook Smith.

Grade 8: Mya Brown, Michael Calabrese, Jack Councill, Gwyn Erikson, Zach Green, Taylor Jones, Slade Miller, Abby Mozingo, Chase Portaro, Elizabeth Ragsdale, Grayson Rosser, Banks Starbuck, Emmy Weiland, Lacy Wright.

Grade 9: Lucas Antinori, Giacomo Arnaboldi, Sam Barefoot, Jackson Barton, Zach Beale, Anna Blackman, Gavin Brumfield, Kamran Chodri, Susan Dhakal, Jay Faires, Jacob Keshguerian, Alex Nixon, Julia Schendell, Spencer Sherrill, Griffin Shigo, Harris Smith, Ihsan Tonuzi, Jennifer Tran, and Ava Tuggle.

Grade 10: Hollis Andrews, Victoria Atkinson, Matthew Boggis, Jeff Branch, Tyler Brown, Carson Castelli, Allyson Chiu, Alex Evans, Jackson Fielding, Alex Hall, Alen Izic, Robert Langefeld, Edward Lindner, Mehul Muppasani, Alex Steward, Hao Tong, Jessica Tran, and Dalton Ward.

Grade 11: Victoria Ayodele, Chloe Chen, Ian Craig, Calen Epting, Jeremiah Foster, Lauren Griffith, Abbi Khan, Sophie Lanham, Luke Ledford, Lantz Lowe, Terry Neza, Isi Nwamu, BayLee Reynolds, Lexi Roberts, Tori Viers, Jeny Wang, Josh Weaver, Jake Weiland, LilyGrace Wolfe, and Adam Wright.

Grade 12: John Andrews, Jack Argo, Will Argo, Ryan Beale, Jonathan Bethel, Tommy Boggis, Danyaal Buttar, Hardin Councill, Michaela Craycroft, Noah Keshguerian, Devin Lumley, Virginia Marsh, Kyle Niner, Dylan Sellers, and Aubrey Smith.

The following students have been named to the All A Honor Roll List for the third quarter of the 2015-2016 academic year: Grade 6: Olivia Beaver, Sidney Briggs, Olivia Cecil, Anna Sloan Culp, Meredith Harron, Charlotte Martin, Stephen McLean, Henry Scott, Sophia Singer, Donovan Stricklin, Katie Todd, and Jackson Tuggle.

Grade 7: Jamie Atkinson, Taylor Bundy, George Culp, Forrest Grimes, Tess Mickey, Myles Patterson, Mikey Schwartz, Hannah Sharpe, Emma Steward, and Safa Tonuzi.

Grade 8: David Adams, Ellison Beaver, Lilly Bovio, Carson Boyette, Georgia Anne Brumfield, Caroline Clodfelter, Gaby Culler, Rosa Anna Elias, Caleb Green, Deni Lewis, and Aditi Shah.

Grade 9: Nick Brown, Rayha Haque, Tanner Harron, Hannah Klein, Aidan Lim, Julia Mattox, Lilly Sheffield, and Lilly Smith.

Grade 10: Luke Evans and Samantha Mickey.

Grade 11: Sophia Danch, Maddie Dyson, Ryota Goto, Terra Johns, Klaus Paeffgen, Stephanie Thomas, and Charles York.

Grade 12: Miranda Bryson, Casey Crouse, Josh Evans, Laura Folk, Paige Hetley, Isaac Mullen, Will Shields, Sarah Wahid, and Wyatt Wellington.

WCDS Odyssey of the Mind Teams Headed to States

 

Westchester Country Day School sent seven teams to the regional Odyssey of the Mind competition at Northwest Guilford High School on March 5. Two of those teams placed in the top two in their problem/division and will advance to the state competition on April 2 at Wingate University.

Odyssey of the Mind teaches students to learn creative problem-solving methods while having fun in the process. For more than twenty five years, this unique program has helped teachers generate excitement in their students. By tapping into creativity, and through encouraging imaginative paths to problem-solving, students learn skills that will provide them with the ability to solve problems -- great and small -- for a lifetime.

Participants in the “Something Fishy” Division I team are: (in photo at left, from left) Coach Andrea Mattox, Samuel Almeida, Tommy Mattox, Georgia Moorefield, Ava Klein, Mallory Atkinson, Abby Keever, Ali Schwartz, and Coach Anita Klein. Participants in the Division II “Aesop Gone Viral” team are: (in photo at right, from left) Coach Raegan Atkinson, Katie Todd, Sophia Singer, Mikey Schwartz, Blake Lawson, Chris Day, Jamie Atkinson, Duncan Grimes, and Coach Megann Huggins.


Mock Trial Teams Receive Awards

Two WCDS teams competed in the Mock Trial Regional Competition in Durham on Feb. 6. Team members included: Ryan Beale, Jonathan Bethel, Tommy Boggis, Matt Boggis, Miranda Bryson, Danyaal Buttar, Sophia Danch, Susan Dhakal, Maddie Dyson, Rayha Haque, Jerod Hartsoe, Abbi Khan, Hannah Klein, Julia Mattox, Vicky Reichenbach, and Charles York. Parent John Bryson was the team’s coach, and Mrs. Beale served as the faculty advisor. Our students received a variety of awards including:

White Team - Round 1
Star Attorney: Sophia Danch
Star Witness: Jonathan Bethel

Blue Team - Round 1
Star Attorney: Tommy Boggis
Star Witness: Rayha Haque

White Team - Round 2
Star Attorney: Maddie Dyson
Star Witness: Sophia Danch

Blue Team - Round 2
Star Attorney: Rayha Haque
Star Witness: Abbi Khan

Round One Best Attorney: Maddie Dyson
Round One Best Witness: Jonathan Bethel
Round Two Best Witness: Jerod Hartsoe


Seventh Grader Wins DAR Essay Contest

Seventh Grader Tess Mickey (in photo, center) was selected as one of the winners of the High Point Chapter DAR Essay Contest. Tess presented her essay for the annual Daughters of the American Revolution luncheon. Says Head of Middle School Mary Keever, "Tess was poised in her presentation and won the admiration of all. Her essay focused on the hardships and challenges faced by children; she highlighted their bravery and courage.


Upper School Play

Theater students in grades 9-12 will present Dogsbreath Devereaux, The Dastardly Doctor at 7:00 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26 and 27, and 2:00 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28, in Rives Hall. Tickets are $5 at the door.

In the melodrama, Dogsbreath Devereaux, M.D., plots to wed and do away with the wealthy widow Lotta Cash so he can inherit her fortune and her late husband’s clinic. He enlists the aid of the nasty nurse, Hilda Hatchet, and promises to marry her once he disposes of Lotta. Problems arise when the insanely jealous Hilda catches Dogsbreath flirting with Wendy March, the heroine of our show. It seems only our hero, Dr. Phil Good, can save Wendy and the unsuspecting Lotta Cash from certain death. Set in a clinic filled with zany patients, this melodrama is sure to leave you in stitches.

This show is rated "E" for everyone to enjoy!


Fourth Graders Present Wax Museum

Fourth grade students at Westchester Country Day School will transform into famous personalities from the past as they present their interactive wax museum on Friday, February 12, from 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. in the school’s Finch Center for Academic and Athletic Excellence.

“I am so proud of all of our fourth graders for their hard work on this project,” said their teacher Blair Hawley. “The best part of this entire experience is seeing the students begin to take ownership of their learning. They will always remember this experience and the interesting facts they learned. Most of all, they will learn that through hard work and perseverance they can accomplish amazing things!”

The Interactive Wax Museum is a culminating event in a study of biographies in which students dress as and give a speech about a deceased person from history. One of the first steps in the biography project was to choose a deceased person of interest to research. After reading a biography, researching information on the internet, and organizing notes about the person’s lifetime, students wrote a biographical report and speech.

The project is an integral part of the fourth grade curriculum at WCDS. It incorporates integral 21st century skills: students improve critical thinking skills by carefully evaluating research; they learn how to evaluate websites for reliability, while also double-checking the facts they read through multiple resources; and they cultivate communication skills by preparing oral presentations meant to capture the attention of their audience. Through significant preparation, students memorize their oral presentations and learn how to speak clearly and confidently.

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1st and 2nd Grade Students Go Swimming

Each year students in grade 1 and 2 have the opportunity to make a splash at the Thomasville YMCA learning water safety, swimming skills, and developing good swim strokes. The students always enjoy their time in the pool!


Chinese New Year Celebration

Under the direction of Mandarin teachers Miss Liu and Miss Wang, students in grades K-8 were invited to ring in the Chinese New Year on the afternoon on Friday, Feb. 12. Food, games, and fun were the themes of the party!

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Freshman Wins School Shakespeare Competition

Congratulations to freshman Anna Blackman, who has received first place in our school Shakespeare competition. Anna was required to memorize and recite a Shakespearean monologue. She will go on to represent our school at the district level National Shakespeare Contest in Greensboro on March 5. For that competition, Anna also will have to recite a memorized sonnet. She will compete against students from all over the Triad.

Says her English teacher Meredith McCall, “I am so proud of the work Anna has put into not only performing a dramatic text, but also understanding and communicating the words of such a timeless theme so eloquently!”


Second Quarter Honor Rolls

The following students have been named to the A, B Honor Roll List for the second quarter of the 2015-2016 academic year:

Grade 6: Maggie Berry, Jordan Bradley, Emma Cecil, Lulu Culler, Kate Dyson, Grace Evans, Duncan Grimes, Daniel Langefeld, Lydia Merrills, Holland Shoaf, Ella Timberlake, and Max Van Dessel.

Grade 7: Aidan Apple, Hamer Brigman, Madison Conner, Chris Day, Lucy Foster, Aydin Hall, Rameel Haque, Dory Keever, Morgan Mayson, Cameron McMaster, Mollie McWhorter, Jack Merritt, Emily Morgan, Mithul Muppasani, Cook Smith, Emma Steward, and Jackson Todd.

Grade 8: Mya Brown, Alex Casas, Jack Councill, Gwyn Erikson, Zach Green, Taylor Jones, Nick Nottoli, Elizabeth Ragsdale, and Banks Starbuck.

Grade 9: Giacomo Arnaboldi, Zach Beale, Anna Blackman, Gavin Brumfield, Kamran Chodri, Susan Dhakal, Jay Faires, Jack Foster, Tanner Harron, Katelyn Hunter, Devon Jernigan, James Morgan, Julia Schendell, Logan Shaw, Spencer Sherrill, Griffin Shigo, Griff Smith, Harris Smith, and Jennifer Tran.

Grade 10: Hollis Andrews, Victoria Atkinson, Jeff Branch, Tyler Brown, Allyson Chiu, Alex Evans, Jackson Fielding, Alex Hall, Jerod Hartsoe, Alen Izic, Savannah Kirkman, Robert Langefeld, Edward Lindner, Samantha Mickey, Mehul Muppasani, Vicky Reichenbach, Lazi Ritter, Alex Steward, Jessica Tran, and Dalton Ward.

Grade 11: Victoria Ayodele, Kayla DeWeese, Jeremiah Foster, Lauren Griffith, Abbi Khan, Sophie Lanham, Luke Ledford, Lantz Lowe, Terry Neza, Isi Nwamu, BayLee Reynolds, Lexi Roberts, Tori Viers, Josh Weaver, Jake Weiland, and Adam Wright.

Grade 12: John Andrews, Jack Argo, Will Argo, Ryan Beale, Tommy Boggis, Danyaal Buttar, Gracie Clinard, Michaela Craycroft, Devin Lumley, Virginia Marsh, Curtis McClelland, Kyle Niner, Dylan Sellers, Will Shields, and Kayleigh Swan.

The following students have been named to the All A Honor Roll List for the second quarter of the 2015-2016 academic year:

Grade 6: Olivia Beaver, Sidney Briggs, Olivia Cecil, Anna Sloan Culp, Meredith Harron, Charlotte Martin, Stephen McLean, Henry Scott, Sophia Singer, Donovan Stricklin, Katie Todd, and Jackson Tuggle.

Grade 7: Jamie Atkinson, Taylor Bundy, Sofia Chodri, George Culp, Forrest Grimes, Kate Leonard, Tess Mickey, Myles Patterson, Mikey Schwartz, Hannah Sharpe, and Safa Tonuzi.

Grade 8: David Adams, Ellison Beaver, Lilly Bovio, Carson Boyette, Georgia Anne Brumfield, Caroline Clodfelter, Gaby Culler, Rosa Anna Elias, Caleb Green, Deni Lewis, Abby Mozingo, Chase Portaro, Grayson Rosser, Aditi Shah, Emmy Weiland, and Lacy Wright.

Grade 9: Sam Barefoot, Jackson Barton, Nick Brown, Rayha Haque, Jacob Keshguerian, Hannah Klein, Aidan Lim, Julia Mattox, Alex Nixon, Lilly Sheffield, Lilly Smith, Ihsan Tonuzi, and Ava Tuggle.

Grade 10: Matthew Boggis, Magdelene Carron, Luke Evans, and Hao Tong.

Grade 11: Chloe Chen, Ian Craig, Sophia Danch, Madison Dyson, Calen Epting, Ryota Goto, Terra Johns, Klaus Paeffgen, Stephanie Thomas, and Charles York.

Grade 12: Jonathan Bethel, Miranda Bryson, Hardin Councill, Casey Crouse, Josh Evans, Laura Folk, Paige Hetley, Isaac Mullen, Sarah Wahid, and Wyatt Wellington.


Westchester Celebrates Homecoming

Westchester hosted Salem Baptist for its 2016 Homecoming festivities on Friday, Jan. 8. The JV Boys, JV Girls, and Varsity Boys basketball teams played, with both boys teams netting wins. Longtime WCDS athletic director and coach Pat Kahny was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame (see story below), and the Homecoming court was presented after the Varsity game.

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Pat Kahny Inducted into Athletic Hall of Fame

Pat Kahny, longtime athletic director and coach at Westchester Country Day School, was inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame during Homecoming on Friday, Jan. 8, at 7 p.m. in the Brooks Gym in the Finch Center for Academic and Athletic Excellence.

“Pat transformed Westchester athletics during his tenure here, and we are thrilled to have this opportunity to recognize his service to our school,” says Westchester’s athletic director Adam Schwartz.

Kahny served as Westchester’s athletic director from 1989 – 2011. Under his leadership Westchester was awarded the Wachovia Cup twice, and boasted 20 state championships in eight different sports. Kahny also served as a board member of the NCISAA from 1994-2002 and 2008-2011. As head coach of the Varsity Boys Basketball team, Kahny orchestrated 430 wins at WCDS (500 overall in his career), four state championship titles, three state runners-up titles, 13 conference regular season championships, 13 conference tournament championships, and was named Conference Coach of the Year 10 times. Kahny also coached Varsity Girls Volleyball and Varsity Golf at WCDS.

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.


WCDS Collects, Donates More Than 600 Books

Westchester Country Day School collected and wrapped more than 600 new and gently used books for Fairview and Northwood elementary school students in grades K-2 during its school-wide C.A.R.E.S. Crew event Nov. 20. 

In addition to wrapping the books, buddy pairs also made holiday cards and place mats for residents of Westchester Manor, packed sock and toiletry kits for the homeless, danced and played games together, and shared a Thanksgiving meal. WCDS Middle School students delivered the books, place mats, and cards during their service day on Friday, Dec. 4.

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.”

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Senior Wins DAR Good Citizen Award

Westchester Country Day School senior Ryan Beale was the school’s recipient of High Point’s Alexander Martin Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizens Award. He was honored at a luncheon on November 10. Beale is the son of Christine and Rick Beale of High Point.

The DAR Good Citizens Award and Scholarship Contest, created in 1934, is intended to encourage and reward the qualities of good citizenship. The award recognizes and rewards individuals who possess the qualities of dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism in their homes, schools, and communities. These students are selected by their teachers and peers because they demonstrate these qualities to an outstanding degree.


Students' Artwork on Display

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

The students are the following: kindergarteners Nico Ryker and Corinne Skriletz; first graders Garrett Le and Clinton Wagoner; second grader Ward Inabinett; third graders Mary Frances Collins, Sutton Scott, Natalie Seperteladze, and Mac Timberlake; fourth graders Sarah Belle Fuller and Max Verellen; and fifth grader Caroline Griffith.

“I am so excited to have the opportunity to share our students' work with the High Point community,” said their art teacher Victoria Bailess. The opening reception for the exhibition is Friday, Nov. 20, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. The exhibit runs through January 8, 2016.


First Quarter Honor Rolls Announced

The following students have been named to the A, B Honor Roll List for the first quarter of the 2015-2016 academic year:

Grade 6: Maggie Berry, Emma Cecil, Lulu Culler, Kate Dyson, Henry Erikson, Grace Evans, Duncan Grimes, Meredith Harron, Trey Johnson, Daniel Langefeld, Holland Shoaf, Donovan Stricklin, and Max Van Dessel.

Grade 7: Aidan Apple, Hamer Brigman, Michela Chapman, Chris Day, Nati Diaz, Lucy Foster, Aydin Hall, Rameel Haque, Dory Keever, Ryan Lim, Rowan MacKie, Cameron McMaster, Mollie McWhorter, Emily Morgan, and Cook Smith.

Grade 8: Austin Bonomo, Carson Boyette, Mya Brown, Georgia Anne Brumfield, Michael Calabrese, Alex Casas, Parker Clinard, Gwyn Erikson, Zach Green, Taylor Jones, Slade Miller, Nick Nottoli, Chase Portaro, Elizabeth Ragsdale, Lacy Wright, and Olivia Wright.

Grade 9: Lucas Antinori, Zach Beale, Anna Blackman, Gavin Brumfield, Kamran Chodri, Susan Dhakal, Jay Faires, Katelyn Hunter, Devon Jernigan, Jacob Keshguerian, James Morgan, Julia Schendell, Spencer Sherrill, Griffin Shigo, Harris Smith, Ihsan Tonuzi, Jennifer Tran, and Alyvia Troxler.

Grade 10: Hollis Andrews, Victoria Atkinson, Matthew Boggis, Jeff Branch, Tyler Brown, Allyson Chiu, Alex Evans, Alex Hall, Jerod Hartsoe, Alen Izic, Savannah Kirkman, Robert Langefeld, Mehul Muppasani, Vicky Reichenbach, Brett Starbuck, Alex Steward, Hao Tong, Jessica Tran, and Dalton Ward.

Grade 11: Victoria Ayodele, Jaya Bhardwaj, Ian Craig, Kayla DeWeese, Lauren Griffith, Sophie Lanham, Luke Ledford, Lantz Lowe, Linzi Lowe, L.J. McCoy, Isi Nwamu, Klaus Paeffgen, Lexi Roberts, Noemi Salinas, Stephanie Thomas, Tori Viers, Jeny Wang, T.J. Webb, Jake Weiland, and LilyGrace Wolfe.

Grade 12: John Andrews, Jack Argo, Will Argo, Gracie Clinard, Drew Cottrell, Michaela Craycroft, Noah Keshguerian, Virginia Marsh, Curtis McClelland, Dylan Sellers, and Chase Sheffield.

The following students have been named to the All A Honor Roll List for the first quarter of the 2015-2016 academic year:

Grade 6: Olivia Beaver, Sidney Briggs, Olivia Cecil, Anna Sloan Culp, Chase Easley, Charlotte Martin, Stephen McLean, Henry Scott, Sophia Singer, Ella Timberlake, Katie Todd, and Jackson Tuggle.

Grade 7: Jamie Atkinson, Taylor Bundy, Sofia Chodri, Madison Conner, George Culp, Forrest Grimes, Kate Leonard, Jack Merritt, Tess Mickey, Mithul Muppasani, Myles Patterson, Mikey Schwartz, Hannah Sharpe, Emma Steward, and Safa Tonuzi.

Grade 8: David Adams, Ellison Beaver, Lilly Bovio, Caroline Clodfelter, Gaby Culler, Caleb Green, Deni Lewis, Grayson Rosser, Aditi Shah, Banks Starbuck, and Emmy Weiland.

Grade 9: Sam Barefoot, Jackson Barton, Nick Brown, Rayha Haque, Tanner Harron, Hannah Klein, Aidan Lim, Julia Mattox, Alex Nixon, Lilly Sheffield, Lilly Smith, and Ava Tuggle.

Grade 10: Magdelene Carron, Luke Evans, Jackson Fielding, Edward Lindner, and Samantha Mickey.

Grade 11: Chloe Chen, Sophia Danch, Madison Dyson, Calen Epting, Ryota Goto, Terra Johns, BayLee Reynolds, Adam Wright, and Charles York.

Grade 12: Ryan Beale, Jonathan Bethel, Tommy Boggis, Miranda Bryson, Hardin Councill, Casey Crouse, Josh Evans, Laura Folk, Paige Hetley, Isaac Mullen, Will Shields, Sarah Wahid, and Wyatt Wellington.


Upper School Students Sign Honor Pledge

Westchester Country Day School junior and Honor Council member Noemi Salinas signs the school’s Honor Pledge during the annual Honor Assembly on October 12. Every Upper School student and faculty member signs the pledge each academic year, 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.”


Middle School Launches Annual Service Days

Middle School students from Westchester Country Day School launched their annual service days on Friday, October 9. The students in grades 6 – 8 split into groups and spread out between several area schools, retirement homes, and community organizations to be of service. Middle School students participate in these service days once per academic quarter.

“These days are time well spent and reinforce an important aspect of our school’s mission,” said Mary Keever, head of Middle School at Westchester.


Westchester Hosts Grandparents

Westchester was excited to welcome more than 200 grandparents to campus on Friday, October 2. Despite the dreary weather, grandparents enjoyed visiting classrooms, making butterflies, shopping at the book fair, and hearing musical treats from Footnotes and the Harron family.

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Seniors Recognized for PSAT Performance

Seniors Paige Hetley (top) and Sarah Wahid have been named Commended Students by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation for their performance on the 2014 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®). They will receive a Letter of Commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation as two of approximately 34,000 students throughout the nation recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they 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.

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

Senior is National Merit Semifinalist,
Rotary Student of the Month

Westchester Country Day School senior Casey Crouse (pictured with High Point Rotary Club President Tim Mabe) was named the High Point Rotary Club’s Student of the Month for September. He gave a speech and was recognized at the club’s meeting on Sept. 17. He is the son of George and Kim Crouse of Colfax.

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

Crouse also recently learned he is a semifinalist in the 61st annual National Merit Scholarship Program. About 1.5 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2014 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state. The approximately 16,000 semifinalists have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,400 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring.


Eighth Grader Wins Young Peacemaker Award

Westchester Country Day School eighth grader Caroline Clodfelter (right) was one of the winners of this year’s Young Peacemaker Award, sponsored by Win-Win Resolutions and the YWCA of Greensboro, and was recognized at an awards ceremony on Sept. 19 at Grandover Resort. Caroline and fellow eighth grader Gaby Culler were Westchester Country Day School’s nominees for the award during the 2014-2015 academic year, and attended ceremony together.

"I am so proud of these students and their courage to demonstrate and demand kindness and responsibility for others. They are both role models of compassion," said Mary Keever, head of Westchester’s Middle School. Clodfelter was nominated for the award by her English teacher, Evelyn Jenkins. Culler was nominated by her math teacher, Debby Noyes.

The mission of the Young Peacemakers Awards is to reduce violence and prejudice in schools and communities by teaching conflict resolution and positive social skills through interactive drama and mentoring programs. The awards event recognizes and honors Guilford County middle school youth who exemplify "Peacemaker" qualities.


WCDS Commemorates 9/11 by Honoring “Hometown Heroes”

Westchester Country Day School commemorated 9/11 with an all-school assembly recognizing the significance of the day, as well as honoring six “hometown heroes,” who were nominated by students.

The school’s C.A.R.E.S. Crews committee reviewed the submissions for the heroes, and the students who nominated the finalists read their tributes aloud during the assembly. “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.”

This year’s “Hometown Heroes” are:

  • Mandy Azar – Mandy Azar is a resident of Lexington who has opened her home to be a foster parent for several children over the years who were in need of a loving family. She is married to an orthopedic surgeon and has three children of her own.
  • Katherine Covington – Katherine Covington is a High Point resident who is at the top of every volunteer list in the city. She has served in countless capacities for Family Service of High Point, the High Point Junior League, and Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church. She was instrumental in the creation of Good Friends, a non-profit organization which helps raise funds for many local organizations including West End Ministries, Community Resource Network, and the Salvation Army. Even while battling breast cancer, she has never stopped in her mission of helping those less fortunate in the High Point and surrounding communities.
  • Jake Gardner – Jake Gardner founded The Fort - Fortitudine Vincimus Rescue Center in Asheboro, N.C., in 2012. Jake was formerly of Villalobos Rescue Center and Animal Planet’s hit TV show "Pit Bulls & Parolees." According to the organization's website, "Fortitudine Vincimus, Latin for "By Endurance We Conquer," is a no kill, non-discriminatory rescue dedicated to alleviating the suffering of all dogs, in particular the American Pit Bull Terrier. While the focus is primarily pit bulls, a life is a life and The Fort will never discriminate against a dog based on breed."
  • Lisa Hawley – Lisa Hawley is the owner of Southern Roots Restaurant in Jamestown and the creator of Feeding Lisa's Kids, a grassroots movement aimed at alleviating the food hardship issue for so many in High Point. Lisa and her team of volunteers feed children and families in High Point each month who would otherwise go without. Recently, Feeding Lisa’s Kids teamed up with the YMCA of High Point to expand the reach and impact of the program.
  • Evelyn Jenkins – Mrs. Jenkins has been teaching seventh grade literature and language arts at Westchester for 20 years. Beloved by her Middle School students, she was nominated for “being an outstanding teacher, always being there for students (emotionally and academically), and caring for her 91-year-old father who lives in New Jersey.
  • Dereck Mushayamunda - Along with his brothers and their families, Dereck Mushayamunda created the Mushayamunda Christian Development Foundation (MCDF) in early 2000 to serve the people of the Matsai area in Bikita, Zimbabwe. According to the organization's website, "MCDF seeks to partner with like-minded people and churches/organizations to create inspired serving opportunities directed towards disadvantaged communities, especially orphans and widows whose life processes have been changed by the prevalence of AIDS and poverty." The organization helps get clean water to villages, provides meals for kids in schools, hosts soccer tournaments for kids, and gives clothing and toys to kids and adults. The organization has headquarters in Zimbabwe and Winston-Salem.

“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) Crews program at Westchester is an all-school service learning initiative 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.”

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