Whitinsville Christian School Varsity Cross Country Coach and High School Principal Chris Vander Baan describes 8th grader Zach Bergeron of Blackstone as “an incredibly talented young runner who competes hard and is feared by his competition.” This has been a breakout season for the WCS harrier, who broke the middle school home course record multiple times during the fall season, and as Vander Baan states, “already ranks as the all-time fastest male runner in our middle school history.” The middle school program has had numerous running greats, and several who have achieved All State at the varsity level for the Crusaders, including current junior Jamison Koeman, the Dual Valley Conference Runner of the Year and Central District Champion.
Zach recently ran in the USA Track and Field Region I Cross Country Championships in Wappingers Falls, NY. As a result of his 28th place finish over the 4K course, he qualified for and will run in the National Championship race in San Antonio, TX, on December 14. After running the middle school season at shorter distances, the increased distance as well as a demanding and hilly course at Regionals was a stretch for him, but the Regional meet fueled his desire to improve his time and run in the top 30 at Nationals. Zach is a determined and goal-oriented person, and believes this is a reachable goal.
Zach is quiet and humble about his accomplishments, and his competitive fire lies below the surface. When meeting him, one would likely not realize he has chosen two of the most competitive sports, cross country and ice hockey, to pursue. While he plays for New England Elite Hockey in Walpole as a forward, he ranks cross country slightly ahead of hockey as his favorite. His goal to prepare for high school cross country next fall is to log 250 miles over the summer, so he is certainly not afraid of hard work.
Outside of his sports commitments, Zach loves to read mystery books and ride his bike, and says about his experience at Whitinsville Christian that he “likes how the environment fosters knowledge about God, and how He enters into my everyday life.”
Whitinsville Christian High School senior Daniel Gandek has been named a Commended Student in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Competition, Principal Chris Vander Baan announced today. He joins 34,000 top scorers nationwide to receive this distinction based on their performance on the 2012 PSAT. Although Commended Students do not continue in the scholarship competition, they nonetheless place among the top five percent of scorers.
The son of Thomas and Catherine Gandek of Bolton, Daniel is a member of the National Honor Society, and participates in golf – where he is the #1 golfer on the Northbridge co-op team – choir, and drama, portraying Captain von Trapp in last year’s spring musical, The Sound of Music. Daniel is also a member of the Impact class, which plans weekly chapel assemblies, providing ways that students may grow spiritually in their relationship with God. He hopes to study Acoustical Engineering in college.
Whitinsville, Mass.—On Thursday, May 30, 2013, at a ceremony honoring graduating seniors and underclassmen for their accomplishments in and out of the classroom, Whitinsville Christian High School recognized the following students for major awards, as noted:
Strong Academic Endeavor Awards
Grade 9: Alex Vander Ark (Hopkinton)
Grade 10: Jordan Dion (Grafton)
Grade 11: Cesareo Contreras (Northbridge)
Grade 12: Julia Thayer (Sutton)
Academic Subject Awards
Art: Kelley Finger (Whitinsville)
Choir (Tenor/Bass): William Fredericks (Sutton)
Choir (Alto/Soprano): Ana Fomin (Whitinsville)
Band: Pegeen Kerr (Whitinsville)
Bible: James Anderton (Auburn)
Biological Sciences: James Dunlap (Uxbridge)
Physical Sciences: Andrew Cozzens (Hopkinton)
Business: Sara von Hein (Uxbridge)
Drama: Ashley Cook (Whitinsville)
English: Robert Vigeant (Uxbridge)
History: William Rugo (Grafton)
Mathematics: Young Soo Kang (Uxbridge)
Orchestra: Kathryn Rubin (Whitinsville) and Isaac Bates (Douglas)
Spanish: Pegeen Kerr (Whitinsville)
WCS Administered Awards & Private Scholarships
Senior Athletes of the Year: Gwyneth Stahl (Whitinsville), Molly Stark (Whitinsville), and Gabriel Solano (Worcester)
Thelma DeYoung Memorial Award for Excellence: Abigail Epplett (Uxbridge)
Jim & Jean Nydam Honorary Scholarship Award: Jamison Koeman (Whitinsville)
Smith College Book Award: Emma Quercio (Douglas)
Harvard Book Award: Rachel Treide (Uxbridge)
RPI Medal Program Winner: Matthew Colonero (Douglas)
Telegram & Gazette Student Achiever Award: Robert Vigeant (Uxbridge)
National Merit Commended Students: Ana Fomin (Whitinsville), Andrew Cozzens (Hopkinton), and Robert Vigeant (Uxbridge).
Commonwealth Award for Exemplary Community Service: Kathryn Rubin (Whitinsville)
Massachusetts Secondary School Administrators' Award: Sara Vono (Whitinsville)
Private Local & Memorial Scholarships
Annette M. Keesen Scholarship: Molly Stark (Whitinsville)
Milford Federal Savings & Loan Scholarship: Gwyneth Stahl (Whitinsville)
Unibank for Savings Scholarship: James Dunlap (Uxbridge)
Leonard M. Krull Memorial Scholarship: Maxwell Kuik (Whitinsville)
Arthur Wiersma Memorial Scholarship: Kathryn Rubin (Whitinsville)
Uxbridge Rotary Club Scholarship: Molly Stark (Whitinsville) and James Dunlap (Uxbridge)
Sidney & Joanne Miedema Achievement Scholarship: Maxwell Kuik (Whitinsville)
Bob Wood Memorial Robotics Scholarship: Robert Brodeur (Worcester) and Andrew Cozzens (Hopkinton)
Eric J. Cook Memorial Scholarship: Olivia Smith (Uxbridge)
Thimble Pleasures Quilting Guild Scholarship: Elizabeth LaCava (Sutton)
Jorritsma Memorial Scholarship—Outstanding Senior Award: Molly Stark (Whitinsville)
Founders Award (K-12 at WCS): Isaac Bates (Douglas), Morgan Dzicek (Northbridge), Scott Ebbeling (Northbridge), Hannah Hendricks (Whitinsville); Sydney Herndon (Whitinsville), Caleb Holt (Uxbridge), Pegeen Kerr (Whitinsville), Maxwell Kuik (Whitinsville), Kathryn Rubin (Whitinsville), William Rugo (Grafton), Annika Schultz (Uxbridge), Gwyneth Stahl (Whitinsville), Molly Stark (Whitinsville), and Nicole Wiegers (Northbridge).
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