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WCS Journey 2014
  • Committed to

    academic excellence

    rooted in biblical truth,

    WCS seeks to build a

    community of


    where every mind

    is grounded, every

    heart is connected and

    every hand is serving for

    the glory of God.

    the JourneyJuly 2014

    W elcome to the 3rd issue of The Journey! God has each of us on a journey and He has blessed the ministry of Westminster Christian School through the partnership of so many like you. Our desire is to share with you some of the ways that the Lord worked in and through WCS this past year and also to let you know our remaining financial need as the current year comes to a close. Thank you for joining with us on this journey and for your partnership with WCS.

    From the Desk of Steve Hall / WCS Head of School

    Westminster Christian School is driven to provide excellent, engaging, and distinctly Christian learning experiences for every student. As this school year ends, we can look back and see many evidences of the fruit this vision has produced by Gods great grace. The Journey is our opportunity to reflect and praise our Lord for His faithfulness, goodness, and abundant blessing.

    Even as we rejoice in Gods goodness and grace seen during this past school year, we eagerly anticipate His mighty work in the next. It is with great joy and gratitude that I enter the 2014/2015 school year as the new Head of School. I am incredibly honored to be called to a school whose faculty, administration, board, and parent community believe fully that Christian education is a life-altering and world-changing endeavor worthy of whole-hearted commitment. There are few endeavors as wondrous as helping young people see the world as God sees it. What can be more valuable and joyous than equipping the next generation to impact the world for Jesus Christ?

    It is our prayer that this years edition of The Journey is an encouragement to you. God is working at Westminster Christian School! Being confident that there is much, much more that God will do in and through this school, we ask you to read with a heart of thankfulness, faith, and hope. God has used your devotion and generosity to establish a remarkable school community. It will be our joy to build upon such a strong foundation next year and in the years to come.

    Your partnership with us carries eternal significance and we are deeply thankful for it. To God be the glory for all He has done and is doing at Westminster Christian School.

    In His service and yours,

    Steve Hall

    5 Pillars ofWestminster Christian School

    MAKE Biblical Truth FoundationalPURSUE Academic ExcellenceBUILD a Community of Christ FollowersCULTIVATE Individual Growth

    STRIVE for Operational Excellence

    Matt 19, Mike 21, Steve, Susan, Jeremy 20


    ACADEMICS:u Senior Samantha Hoyt was named a National Merit Finalist

    u High School Science Olympiad Team qualified for state competition for the 5th year in a row

    u Rotary Scholars honored for Straight As this year:3x recipient: Emma Kovachevich (11)

    2x recipients: Alexis Guttilla (12), Dillon Rejman (10)1x recipients: Elizabeth Atchison (12), Angela Bavaro (11),

    Macey Lloyd (11), Nikhil Daniels (10), Hannah Haecker (10), Benjamin Bertsche (9), Nicholas Kleczynski (9),

    Annie Lee (9), Wynndelle Woodhouse (9)

    u Alexis Gutilla was selected for the Daily Herald Adademic Team and Samantha Hoyt received honorable mention

    u Full 5 year accreditation was awarded to WCS by the Association of Christian Schools International

    u The Illinois State Board of Education awarded WCS Full Recognition Status

    ATHLETICS:u 1st year for WCS Varsity Football

    u 1st Varsity Soccer and Football Homecoming games & coronation tradition under the lights

    u Connor Rejman placed 10th out of 112 golfers at the IHSA Class 1A State Golf Tournament and was selected to the All-State Team

    u Tom Danner advanced to the IHSA Class 1A Cross Country Sectional Meet

    u Boys Basketball won the Conference Tournament Championship and are the 2014 IHSA Class 1A Regional Champions

    u Sam Carani was selected IBCA Special Mention All State Team

    u The Girls Basketball team won the 2014 Conference Championship and advanced to the IHSA Class 2A Regional Tournament

    u Senior McKaila Hays scored her 1,000th career point, was selected to the IBCA State All-Star Team, advanced to State for the 2nd year finishing 9th in the state of Illinois at

    the IHSA Country Companies 3-point Showdown

    u McKaila Hays, Claire Speweik and Maddie Versluys were voted to the IBCA 2A All State Team/Special Mention

    u We welcomed new varsity head baseball coach Brance Riviera who took the team on spring break trip to Texas and led the warriors to the 2014 Conference Championship

    u Our Girls Softball Team won their first ever Conference Championship

    FINE ARTS:u Over 90 students participated in the all school musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Ticket sales reached an all time high.

    u The middle school, joined by many elementary students, performed The Wizard of Oz

    u Over 40% of the high school participated and performed in a music ensemble this year

    u Judson University invited a WCS student ensemble to perform for the Annual Prayer Breakfast.

    u The Visual Art Department hosted the ACSI Arts Festival and the Illinois State Student Traveling Show for the second year in a row

    u WCS produced its first ever ALL SCHOOL TALENT EXPO in May. The varied talents of our students were displayed in this creative setting.

  • At Westminster, we embrace the biblical view of Christian generosity as a part of our DNA. Each year we grow in what it means to be intentional in encouraging one another to not just give generously, but to live generously. This year we were challenged by our GIVE BACK 2014 theme verse, consider how to stir up another to love and good deeds. Hebrews 10:24

    This year, through a series of events, the Lord tugged on 3rd grader Nathan Seveys heart when he heard the song, Do Something! during the GIVE BACK 2014 kick-off chapel. After talking with his dad, he decided to find a need of someone less fortunate by looking at The Samaritans Purse website, and to do something about it.

    When you read Hebrews 10:24, you will see Nathan was a doer of the word. He put together a Powerpoint presentation about the need for clean water in Africa, and shared his plan to make a difference with the High School Business Club, Mission Advancement Office, and the School Board.

    Nathans original desire was to raise $400 to dig one well for clean water. The high school Business Club joined in to help the 3rd graders, and one by one, others in the WCS community were inspired to participate in Gods work through Nathan and his classmates to bring clean water to families in Africa. In the midst of our GIVE BACK 2014 event where we were rallying as a community to help provide for WCS students in need, the outpouring from the WCS community was very generous and God provided over $2000 to dig 5 wells!

    What a great example that generosity begets generosity! As we teach our kids to live generously and give back as Christ has given to us, we pray it will just become more and more a part of our DNA and how we live as believers.

    Learning Generosity At WCS

    Nathan Sevey, 3rd Grade

    WCS 3rd Grade Class & High School Business Club

    SCHOOL COMMUNITY:u Every August we launch the year with an all school Family Picnic and Kick-off. It is always a fun and meaningful way to connect old and new friends as we start the year

    u For years WCSs High School Worship Team has prepared and led worship for our weekly chapels. This past year marked the first year for our newly formed Middle School Worship Team. We give thanks to God for the many talents of both our middle and high

    school student worship leaders

    u The 2013-2014 Phil Sokody Golf Classic was one of our most successful outings to date

    u This year we started a new tradition with the first ever WCS Candlelight Christmas. We were blessed by great food, time together, and beautiful music by Ben Calhoun, lead

    singer of Citizen Way, Paul Satre, Professor of Music, Trinity International University, & Andy Anderson, Bassist for the Lyric Opera

    WARRIORS AT THE NEXT LEVEL :u Clay DeHaan Trinity Christian (Baseball)

    u Claire Speweik Kentucky Christian University (Volleyball)

    u Deshawn Bloom Lake Forest College (Football)

    u Connor Rejman Western Illinois (Golf)

    u William Rathjen Ripon College (Football)

    u Liz Meschewski Judson University (Basketball)

    u Cassidy Finnegan Carthage College (Volleyball)

  • Senior Bible class helped me to discover my own faith. It made me more secure in who I am in Christ and gave me the confidence to be different than the rest of the world. I feel prepared to go out into the world and do the best I can to live for Christ daily. Mallory Richardson 14

    Mrs. Schwartz has been the most impactful person in my WCS experi-ence. She has poured into my life and has been a great role model for me. Mrs. Schwartz is very knowledgeable and encouraging. She is a great teacher, and she always lets me know how precious I am in Gods sight. Claire Speweik 14

    I have matured a lot, even this last year. WCS has formed a love for learning in my life and an appreciation for what I have here. I became a Christian while at WCS and will not leave here an atheist. Austin Lamp, WCS 2014 Valedictorian

    Mr. E. & Dr. Marsh have had the most impact on me because they have helped me gain a greater picture of how my spiritual li