Posts Tagged ‘Class of 2016’

Alumni Mothers’ Luncheon Recap

September 14, 2016 Posted in: School News Tags: , ,

On Tuesday, September 13, we welcomed back our class of 2015 and 2016 alumni mothers to join us for our 4th Annual Alumni Mothers’ Luncheon. Nearly forty ladies attended this special time of fellowship over a lovely lunch in the Kennedy Fellowship Hall. Mrs. Diane Kanell, mother and grandmother of WA alumni and former school board member was the guest speaker. She encouraged the mothers with wisdom from God’s Word and used the story of Moses as a reminder that parents must entrust their children to God’s care as they send them off to college. Special thanks to Blair Critch for sponsoring this event! Feel your best and thrive with Blair! For more information, visit

We love our alumni and their families and desire to see them continue to be part of our WA community! If you would like your college freshman to receive a care package, please e-mail Sandy Hall at with your child’s contact information. Each year Mrs. Hall’s first grade class lovingly prepares care packages for our recent graduates to remind them they will always be part of our extended WA community. Sandy recently received a note of appreciation from a young lady having a rough week at college. She was stressed and homesick, then she went to her mailbox and found a brightly decorated box! Walking back to her dorm, everyone was making comments to her and she smiled the rest of the night! If you would like to be part of bringing a smile to the face of one of our alumni in college, please click here to sponsor a care package for $15 a student and mention “care package” in the comments section.

Varsity Athletic Awards Banquet Winners

WA-Athletics-289-186Team GPA

Ladies: Swimming and Diving
Men’s: Golf

Scholar Athletes

Freshman: Gabrielle Audet, Robert Beckey, Ragan Jacaty, Adam Warters
Sophomores: Billy Bevill, Joshua DeAngulo, Rachel Karsner, Jessica Nava
Juniors: Gillianna Kalb, Chris MacClugage, Kayla McCracken, Travis Singh
Seniors: Katie Ferraguti, Thomas Messer, Churchill Perry, Gabriella Shyne

Ken Key Award

Churchill Perry

Freshman Athlete of the Year

Ladies: Chelsea Brown
Men: Chase Johnston

Sophomore Athlete of the Year

Ladies: Kathryn Ford and Jessica Nava
Men: Cory Acton and Zachary Scott

Jim Brown–Servant Award

Ladies: Kiersten Casey, Randi Moore, Ali Sampo
Men: Jason Saenz and Tyler Singh

Harvey Martin–Spiritual Award

Ladies: Savannah Alday and Erika Hall
Men: Joshua Bolton and Jerald Butler

Jack Mowday–Leadership Award

Ladies: Jenna Boland and Elizabeth Zubero
Men: Zack Ledbetter and Daniel Wood

Carl A. Peterson–Athlete of the Year Award

Junior Ladies: Raquel Rosa and Naomi Sanders
Junior Men: Paul Atkinson and Patrick Sastre
Senior Ladies: Lexi Kinsey
Senior Men: James Scasserra

C.L.A.S.S. Award–Our Highest Award

Ladies: Katie Nava
Men: Thomas Messer

WA Alumni Scholarship Winners

May 19, 2016 Posted in: School News Tags: , ,

IMG_5887_The Westminster Academy Alumni Board awarded two scholarships to seniors Hannah Harms and Winston Singh, each valued at $500.

Criteria for the WA Alumni Board Scholarship:

  • A 500-word essay, based on prompts
  • Personal testimony
  • GPA minimum 3.0
  • Details of extracurricular activities
  • Two Teacher/Coach recommendations
  • Open to college-bound seniors only (funds must be used towards college costs)
  • Proven leadership or community involvement (student government, teen advisors, chapel, sports, drama, mission trip, etc.)
  • Any additional information that shows the student participates in school functions
  • Community service hours in excess of school requirement
  • Exhibits Christ-like and godly character
  • College plans

WA Students Win Rotary Club Scholarship

May 19, 2016 Posted in: Academics Tags:

Rotary ClubThe Rotary Club of Fort Lauderdale has awarded scholarships to outstanding students from selected high schools in the greater Fort Lauderdale area. Qualified students were able to apply for consideration under more than on type of scholarship by completing all necessary requirements for each scholarship, however, no students were eligible to receive more than one award. All scholarship recipients must have attended the Rotary Club’s Scholarship Luncheon or another luncheon meeting to receive their award.

The Selection criteria for all scholarships are as follows:

  • Financial Need
  • Academics
  • School and Community Involvement
  • Work Experience
  • Recommendations
  • Essays

Students also had to briefly explain why they deserve this scholarship, including their goals, and how this scholarship would help them achieve those goals. As well as explain which of their extracurricular activities had the most impact on them and how it would serve them in the future.

Congratulations to Alexis Quintana who received the Michael J. Grimmé II Memorial Scholarship and Churchill Perry who received the General Scholarship.

A Word From Mr. Critch—May 12, 2016

Dear Westminster Academy Families and Friends,

We are entering a very exciting time of year for schools across the nation—end of the school year. At Westminster Academy, this is a special time of celebration and thanksgiving. We celebrate all of the diligent efforts by all of our students as they complete their final exams, wrap up their various studies and join together to congratulate 5th-grade Promotion, 8th-grade Celebration and the Graduation of the Class of 2016. Last week we celebrated the accomplishments of the high school students, and again this week with the middle school students. Yesterday we enjoyed a time of reflection of the years that our seniors have been part of the WA family at Senior Chapel. The alumni group hosted a special luncheon and welcomed the seniors as soon-to-be alumni of Westminster Academy. In just a couple of weeks (after a very exciting senior trip) we will celebrate with our seniors at our Baccalaureate and Commencement ceremonies.

As we enjoy all of these celebrations we keep at the center our need to be thankful. We praise God for the abundant blessings that He has poured into every student, family, staff member, faculty and administrator who is a part of Westminster Academy. As a Christ-centered school, we know that it is only because of the God-given gifts and talents of our students that we are able to celebrate. We are ever thankful that He has opened the eyes of our students to His glory and they then are confident that in everything they do God stands with them. We are especially thankful for all of the families that have chosen to share with us the awesome responsibility of the education and spiritual development of their children.

We invite you to join us at each of the upcoming celebrations to praise God for our outstanding students and families. Please pray for each student as they finish the year strong and persevere through to the last day of this school year.

Soli Deo Gloria,
Mike Critch
Interim Headmaster/Dean of Upper School

Senior Chapel

May 12, 2016 Posted in: School News Tags: , , ,

IMG_5820_Mr. Walt Jominy and Mr. Leo Reilly led our Senior Chapel on Wednesday, May 11, 2016. When asked Mr. Jominy about the chapel this is what he said:

I have had the blessing to deliver my 15th Senior Chapel today. Senior Chapel is a time when we get to review and share in the graduating classes’ experiences here at Westminster Academy. Students share with me beforehand many of the funny and exciting things they have done (some revealed for the first time). This is combined with submissions from elementary, middle and high school teachers as well as parents into about thirty minutes of Power Points, videos, and storytelling.

And the Class of 2016 had some great stories! A beehive found in Brendon Abernathy’s locker that came from a Snapple bottle left open for an entire school year. A letter of apology written by then 8th grader Davi Santos re-read aloud by his then 8th grade Math teacher Mrs. Hunter to great laughter as he tried to explain away his problems. Nick Miranda’s daring flip dive from a tree followed by a victory slap of Thomas Messer that somehow went wrong. Long bus rides, sleepwalkers, and teenage crushes were all part of the tapestry of stories giving a picture of this amazing class.

Then, I shared excerpts from several Senior Papers that each was required to write about God’s plan for their lives.

Linda Espinal wrote:

“This past year God has turned my life around, I went from wanting to apply to John Hopkins University to study biology and ultimately getting a medical degree, to enrolling into Word of Life’s Bible Institute and partnering with them to build a bridge in between their ministry in the USA and group of high school kids in the Dominican Republic. After I finish with the BI I’m planning to get a degree in nursing and ultimately being a PICU nurse. Even though I’m going to be pursuing a nursing degree, I’m still planning to keep working with WOL’s youth ministry and I know that even if a don’t end up doing these things God has a greater and better plan for my life.”

Finally, with what has become a Senior Class tradition of putting handprints on the wall of my Bible class with their name and college choice; I put them onto a PowerPoint with a comment about the impact that each Senior has had on their classmates (this year the comments were provided by the Senior Cheerleaders Kiersten Casey and Delaney Klassen)When I first started doing Senior Chapel 15 years ago, my Principal said: “What a privilege that they would share these stories with you”. And it really has been, especially with the Class of 2016!

Congratulations Class of 2016, may God’s blessings continue as you seek his face in your life calling.

Alumni and Senior Luncheon and Chapel

May 12, 2016 Posted in: School News Tags: , , , ,

IMG_5786_On Wednesday, May 11, the Alumni Association held their annual LaSpadas luncheon for seniors and alumni. Rob Pacienza ’99, newly appointed Lead Pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, opened the gathering in prayer and shared about the impact WA had on his own life. The class of 2016 was also challenged and encouraged by Keeley Casey ’14, Alexandra Pagliaro ’14, Ryan Rickel ’13 and Mike Critch Jr. ’08, each with different backgrounds and stories of how God continued to work in their lives after graduating from WA.

Following lunch, the annual senior chapel was held in the Coral Ridge sanctuary. The chapel opened with Mrs. Hall, Alumni Association President, awarding scholarships from the Alumni Association to two deserving seniors: Hannah Harms and Tyler Singh. Then reflections on memories from the past and many funny stories were shared with videos and pictures. Mr. Jominy closed the chapel with a video of each of the seniors’ handprints painted on his classroom wall along with their college name and some thoughtful words the cheerleaders used to describe each student.

Class of 2016 – welcome to the Alumni Association! Stay connected with your roots at WA!