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A Word From Mr. Satterly—May 25, 2017

May 25, 2017 Posted in: Headmaster Messages

Ready. Fire. Aim.

Clearly, this is not the correct sequence, and it is not an earth-shattering revelation to recognize that aiming before firing produces a much higher likelihood of hitting the target than not. All too often, that is how an organization tends to function. The remedy for this tendency is strategic planning. Focusing on mission priorities and reflecting on core values in practice are key elements as we have already examined in recent weeks.

In addition to articulating Westminster Academy’s core values, five guiding principles have also been identified to support and clarify those values. The principles serve as guard rails to help maintain focus and forward momentum.

They are:

  • Authentic relationships—The gospel frees us to engage one another as broken image-bearers
  • Excellence as our standard—Uncompromising pursuit of demonstrated performance
  • Extensive program—Westminster Academy is an educational institution committed to providing a superior experience that embraces academics, arts, athletics, and spiritual formation
  • Integrity in practice—Our activity is marked by professionalism, exemplary service, and trustworthy operations
  • People matter—Students are our priority, and a great staff delivers a great product

These principles have a broad application throughout the entire school community. For example, our commitment to an extensive program impacts decisions regarding course offerings, athletic opportunities, and allocation of resources. Excellence as our standard means that not everyone can win or get a trophy. Excellent outcomes are celebrated and commended. Authentic relationships remind us that community is messy and that conflict is to be expected and resolved, not ignored.

Our mission statement establishes our purpose and our core values are statements of unchanging convictions. They define Westminster Academy in terms of why and how. Guiding principles further clarify and expand the scope of those values statements. Taken together—mission, core values, and guiding principles—they represent the correct sequence—ready, aim, fire—that is necessary to hit the target.

Blessings,

Joel-Signature

Joel T. Satterly
Headmaster

Live Streaming For Class Of 2017 Commencement

May 25, 2017 Posted in: School News Tags: ,

ClassOf2017We are excited to share that the Commencement Ceremony for the Class of 2017 will be live-streamed on Friday evening, May 26. Streaming will begin a few minutes before 7:00 p.m. To view the ceremony, please visit crpc.tv or crpc.tv/iPhone from your mobile device.

Please pray for the Class of 2017 as they close this chapter of their lives at Westminster Academy and begin a new one in college. A special thank you goes to all those who impacted our seniors during their educational journey at Westminster Academy.

Coach Ehren Wallhoff Selected As 2017 Coach of the Year

May 25, 2017 Posted in: Athletics Tags:

IMG_5257 (1)Florida’s dairy farmers are proud sponsors of a unique high school sports awards program in the country, exemplifying their commitment to youth. Since 1992, the program has honored more than 5,000 of the top student-athletes and coaches across the state and now recognizes all 30 FHSAA sanctioned and recognized sports. With past winners, Tim Tebow, Alex Rodriguez, Amare Stoudamire and more, the list of winners reads like a “who’s who” of our state’s athletes.

The program also emphasizes to young people the importance of keeping dairy a primary part of their diet. At on-campus awards ceremonies, producers lead assemblies in a “milk toast,” putting a face on the dairy industry for future generations.

We a proud to mention our very own Coach Ehren Wallhoff won Coach-of-the-Year this year, for the part he played in our Varsity Men’s Basketball team winning the 2017 4A State Championship, after a three-step nomination and voting process. Before the conclusion of a sport’s competitive season, the Florida Athletic Coaches Association (FACA) solicits each of its 24 district chairmen for nominations of top athletes and coaches in each classification. The district chairmen solicit the other coaches in their district for these nominations during the coaches’ meetings that are held before the beginning of district championship play.

Congratulations Coach Wallhoff!

Lions Win Spring Football Game 33–0!

May 25, 2017 Posted in: Athletics Tags: ,

Screen Shot 2017-05-17 at 9.20.58 PMThe Lions’ football program made huge strides this spring. Our WA football players had a great time growing together and overcoming the unknown, as the new head football coach, Tommy Lewis, took the helm.

While the classes of 2018 and 2019 held only 12 roster spots, each player made huge contributions on the field and led the Lions in every way—current juniors Billy Bevill, Aaron Pomeroy, Jonathan Moulton, Alexander Sharp, and Joseph Webel, and current sophomores, Kamran Kadivar, Blake Thifault, Kip Reeves, Sebastian Hernandez, Jahday Jackson, and Matthew Romero all played major roles throughout the spring and realized the fruit of their labor in the spring game, leading the Lions to a solid 33–0 victory over Berean Christian on Thursday, May 18, at Westminster Academy’s beautiful west campus Athletic Complex.

Other younger, but major contributors sent the message that the long-term future of the WA football program is bright. Current freshmen, J.J. Babun, Ethan Dekaj, Cam Jones, Luke McCartney, Dylan Warshefski, and David Zhu all made the team and program better, as did middle school students, Joey Brooks, Kelly Clark, Riley Clements, Connor Hatch and Aidan Proko. Although injured and not participating in the game, David Philips, Logan Conner, and Jake Casoria all had great spring practices, as well.

The coaching staff is excited about upcoming summer workouts and the fall of 2017! Go Lions!!!

Robotics Summer Institute

May 25, 2017 Posted in: Academics Tags: , ,

There is no better way to prepare for robotics competition or classes in the fall than to take one or more workshops available this summer. This training is also great for students applying to colleges or technical schools or for anyone considering a STEM career.

Please refer to the attached flyers for descriptions of the five workshops offered this summer. Each student on our robotics team and all recommended incoming freshmen are eligible to take these workshops. Most workshops are free of charge! These workshops have been scheduled to avoid all overlap with WA summer school courses.

Students should apply early as some classes have limited capacity. For more information, please contact Mr. Kent Stolley at stolleyk@wa.edu.

Miami Herald Broward Athletic Awards

Athletic-Awards-Logo-2016Ladies’ Swimmer of the Year—Jessica Nava

Men’s Basketball Player of the Year—Paul Atkinson

Men’s Water Polo Coach of the Year—Victoria Miklausich

Men’s Track & Field Coach of the Year—Vaughn Nembhard

Men’s Basketball Coach of the Year—Ehren Wallhoff

Back-To-School Drive To Benefit 4KIDS

May 25, 2017 Posted in: Spiritual Life Tags: ,

kids8On Tuesday, May 23, eighth-grade students completed their Back-To-School Drive for foster children in 4KIDS of South Florida. Mr. Clemens and his eighth-grade students were able to collect enough supplies and money for over 270 foster kids at 4KIDS.

Since 1997, 4KIDS of South Florida has been committed to providing a home for every child. Through a partnership of committed individuals, churches, corporations, and government agencies, 4KIDS has brought hope to over 20,000 children.

After delivering the supplies, the students toured the facility before heading back to school. We are proud of our students and their heart to help others.