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2016 Commencement Speaker, Alumnus, Matt Metzger ’89

April 21, 2016 Posted in: School News Tags: , , ,

The Class of 2016 Commencement will be on Friday, May 27 at 7:00 p.m. in the Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church Sanctuary. We are grateful to have Alumnus, Matt Metzger ’89, as our graduation speaker. Matt and his wife Rachel have two daughters ages 14 and 16. He currently serves as Site Pastor at Blackhawk Church Downtown and Pastor at Blackhawk Church in Madison, Wisconsin. Matt was also the Youth Pastor at Coral Ridge from 1993–1998. We are excited to welcome Matt home to encourage and inspire our graduates!

Adam Masterson ’02 will be our Baccalaureate speaker on Thursday, May 26 at 7:00 p.m. in the Coral Ridge Sanctuary. Adam currently teaches Bible at WA and will be transitioning to serve as the Assistant Admissions Director and continue serving as Pastor of Christian Education at Coral Ridge. His wife April graduated from WA in 1997 and their two children are in preschool at WA.

Senior parents will receive ticket information and general seating will be available for anyone who would like to attend. We hope you can join us for both of these exciting events!

FHSAA Academic All-State Team

March 10, 2016 Posted in: Athletics Tags: ,

unnamedCongratulations to Kiersten Casey and Churchill Perry for being nominated for the FHSAA Academic All-State Team.

Nominees must be a senior, have a minimum 3.5 GPA (unweighted), and must have lettered in two sports in both their junior and senior years. These nominees will be contending with the other high schools in Florida where 12 boys and 12 girls are selected for the Academic All-State Team. Scholarship money is awarded to those 24 student/athletes selected.

Well done Kiersten and Churchill for all the hard work!

NHS Alzheimer Center Walk

March 3, 2016 Posted in: School News Tags: , , , ,

IMG_5115Our annual Alzheimer’s Walk was a hit! Students earned community service hours for donations and walking. The event was held on Saturday, February 27, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the west campus Athletic Complex. The money raised will help the Alzheimer’s Center, located in Lauderdale Lakes, close to our Athletic Complex. 

The students each walked several laps around the track at the west Athletic Complex to raise money for the local Alzheimer’s Center located in Lauderdale Lakes. Over $2,900 was raised as the students strolled into the evening for a worthy cause.

A special note of thanks to all who participated and helped to plan the event. Well done to you all and we thank all the families who supported the students.

Gatsby Day Celebration

March 2, 2016 Posted in: School News Tags: ,

DSC_0626Pictured is our Junior AP English Gatsby Day. Students dressed in Gatsby-era clothing or in green–like the green light Gatsby gazed at in the novel that represented his dream.

They brought food reminiscent of the food at Gatsby’s parties and presented projects based upon characters, events, and themes from the novel.

High School Students Participate in Harvard Model Congress

February 25, 2016 Posted in: School News Tags: , , ,

HMC H SqWalking through one of our country’s most historic cities, nine WA high school students excitedly discussed the activities of the past several days. In addition to visiting Paul Revere’s home, the sight of the Boston Massacre and Mike’s Pastries, one student handled several national emergencies as the CIA Director on the National Security Council; another student convinced the Senate to deny the President’s appointment to the Supreme Court; yet another wrote legislation that would expand privatization of our country’s passenger rail system. These students were part of the 1400+ students from across the US to participate in the most authentic simulation of the US political system. In all, the WA students drafted more than 15 pieces of legislation and were able to get four through to be signed by the President; a very active four days.

During a special presentation during chapel on Wednesday, a few of the students described how impacting the event was for them. They felt intimidated at first but then realized that because of their thorough preparation in the American Political Systems course at WA, they were up to the challenge. They grew in confidence, public speaking and an understanding of the political process. The students encouraged others to take advantage of this great experience. Students interested in signing up for this course for next school year should contact Mrs. Christine Englert or Mrs. Denise Gianino.

Gabriella Shyne Named A National Merit Scholarship Finalist

February 23, 2016 Posted in: Academics Tags: , ,

National Merit ScholarshipWe are proud to announce that Gabriella Shyne, currently a Senior, has been named as a National Merit Finalist and will progress to compete with approximately 16,000 students in the top 1% nationwide, for National Merit Scholar status. This is a great honor for both her and for Westminster Academy. Additionally, Gabriella received the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award and scholarship this past weekend.

The National Merit Scholarship Program is an annual academic competition for recognition and scholarships that is open to all U.S. high school students who meet published entry requirements. Semifinalists named in each year’s Merit Scholarship competition show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

Over 1.5 million students 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). National Merit Semifinalists represent less than 1 percent of high school seniors. They are the participants who qualify to continue in the competition for the National Merit Scholarships to be awarded in the spring of 2016.

Harvard Model Congress

February 18, 2016 Posted in: School News Tags: , ,

25af190Nine distinguished juniors and seniors from WA left yesterday to immerse themselves in the most outstanding government conference in the United States. They will spend four days in a variety of activities to gain a deeper understanding of our federal government. These students have been studying all year, writing position papers and doing research to prepare for the intense debate that will take place at the Harvard Model Congress (HMC).

HMC presents a unique opportunity for high school students to engage with American government through role-playing and simulation in order to develop a better understanding of civic involvement and government function. Through a variety of congressional committees covering a broad spectrum of pressing federal issues and a diverse collection of Special Program committees highlighting other aspects of the US government, HMC strives to provide a stimulating learning environment that fosters individual growth and group education.
By engaging in open debates, caucuses, trials, press conferences, and testimonies, students are able to better appreciate the purpose and role of the political process. A committed staff of Harvard students strives to facilitate a supportive and educational learning environment that focuses on student participation. First and foremost a teaching institution, HMC dedicates itself to providing an enjoyable and instructive atmosphere in which to develop a commitment to and interest in American government and civic engagement.

The students representing WA are:

  • Savannah Alday
  • Alex Berry
  • Gilliana Kalb
  • Kenny Rondino
  • Anthony Leonardi
  • Ryan Markowski
  • Kayla McCracken
  • Amanda Wood
  • Emma Zatorski