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Headmaster Messages

Dear WA Community, Today is Veterans Day. Originally called Armistice Day marking the end of World War I, it was changed to its current form in 1954. Each year this special day honors those who have served in our armed forces. One of my favorite family pictures is of my maternal grandfather and his two brothers at Pearl Harbor on Christmas Eve 1943. Three skinny kids from Eastern Kentucky, serving on separate ships, found each other that day. The image harkens to a different time but one in which our greatest generation answered the call. More than forty years later, I followed...

Dear WA Community, More than a year ago, as one group met to deal with the challenges of COVID, another part of our team gathered to begin dreaming about our 50th Anniversary Celebration. Both groups understood the significance of Christian education in this cultural moment. That first group of educators resolved to find a way to open our campus because education is fundamentally a relational exchange that is best conducted face to face. The second team sought to create a celebration that quickly became thought of as the “best family reunion ever.”  Mission accomplished!  As much as we appreciate the successful navigation through...

Dear WA Community, In this Golden Year, we have the opportunity to look back and celebrate what God has done in and through Westminster Academy. That backward glance also merits a chuckle or two, especially as we see how our school has changed during those five decades. This is rather evident in fashion (thankfully no more polyester leisure suits), technology (think phones and laptops), and even in the campus (in 1971, we held class at the Pompano Beach horse track). What hasn’t changed is our conviction about the absolute necessity of a Christian education which is why Westminster Academy remains just...

Dear WA Community, If you attended Convocation, you likely heard me say, “… this is not your average school year. It is true that we certainly face specific challenges with the current conditions and the myriad of issues consistent with any school year. Still, this year is anything but typical – it is our golden birthday. We look forward to celebrating together!” The first week began with a bang and ended with a family celebration at our football tailgate – it was a great night to be on the west campus. If you missed it, our theme for the year is Rooted...

Dear WA Community, As a Kentuckian, the first week in May holds a special place in my heart as the first Saturday contains the most exciting two minutes in sports, sometimes called the “run for the roses.” By this point, you likely know that I am talking about the Kentucky Derby. While the derby represents much of my home culture, I am keen on the early part of May for another reason—teacher appreciation week. My children benefited from a bevy of dedicated Christian teachers over the years. They are better people because of those influences. As a parent, I want to say...