21 May A Word From Mr. Satterly—May 21, 2020
Dear WA Community,
It has been quite a year! In spite of “shelter in place,” it has been a great year for our school community. Teachers Got Talent kicked off the year in a fun way. The varsity football team went 9–1 in the regular season as they made it into the FHSAA State Playoffs for the first time since 2001. We honored our World Series Champion, Michael A. Taylor ’09, by retiring his jersey, #3. Our choir once again performed at Disney’s Candlelight Processional and these events are just a few from a long list of accomplishments.
In fact, we devoted this final 2019–20 edition of the eNews to our students who have had an exceptional year. We hope you enjoy perusing the lists of accolades. This final week of school was anything but usual for our WA campus and community. Without parties in the pool and much fanfare, we concluded our school year online. However, despite our inability to gather, our fifth-grade students are now ready for middle school, and our eighth-grade students will move over to the high school hallways.
We will conclude the school year tomorrow night by celebrating the Class of 2020. Our Senior Awards Ceremony will be presented on Friday, May 22, at 7:00 p.m. at wa.edu/senior-awards.
Perhaps the moment we all look forward to the most is an on-campus Baccalaureate Service and Commencement on July 9 and 10. During that time, we will also welcome back two alumni: our Commencement Speaker, Brigitte Gelin ’01 Sylvestre, and our Distinguished Alumna, Laura Brash ’87 Bishop. Then, our seniors will officially commence on a new journey outside our walls and join the ranks of WA alumni.
Meanwhile, we will continue to make strides to start school on campus in August. Please watch your email as we provide important updates as the summer unfolds. We pray a hedge of protection around your families in the coming months. May this time apart be restful and rejuvenating.
We already look forward to being together on August 12, 2020.
Grace and Peace,
Joel T. Satterly