The Massachusetts State Track Coaches Association recently announced selections for its All-Academic Cross Country teams for the fall 2014 season, and among the selections were four student-athletes from Whitinsville Christian High School. Selected for the All State All-Academic Boys’ Division II team were senior Jamison Koeman and junior CJ Paine. Chosen for the Central Massachusetts Division II squads, in addition to Koeman and Paine, were senior Jonathan (Jack) Randall and junior Angela Epplett. Selections were based on recommendations from the athletes’ coaches, as well as the student-athlete having a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher and competing in the District and/or All State cross country meets.
On December 10, thirteen members of the Class of 2015 and 2016 were inducted into the John T. Bajema Chapter of the National Honor Society at Whitinsville Christian School. Musical selections on piano were provided by two inductees, Sarah Jarosz and Elena Wang. Mr. Bill Herrmann, Faculty Mentor for NHS for the past 25 years, was the master of ceremonies. Mr. Bryan Wiegers, father of a current NHS member, was the keynote speaker. Mr. Wiegers challenged new and old inductees to "Abide in Christ," based on John 15:4. He shared an acronym – LEADS – and challenged each member of the audience to be a leader that LEADS – Listen, Encourage, Abide in Christ, Develop solutions to problems, and practice Servanthood by being a servant leader like Christ. NHS also presented three gifts: $2000 for in house scholarships for students of families that need tuition assistance, $2500 for updates to the WCS wireless Internet network system, and $531 to purchase 13 animals for needy people through World Vision. The inductees were: Angela Bobe, Andrew Baker, Katelyn Baker, Abby Cook, Carl Du, Michael Dunlap, Angie Epplett, Mike Gao, Spencer Gorman, Molly Hardiman, Sarah Jarosz, Elena Wang, and Jerri Zhou.
Whitinsville Christian High School senior Elena Wassenar has been named a Commended Student in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Competition, Principal Christopher Vander Baan announced today. She joins 34,000 top scorers nationwide to receive this distinction based on her performance on the 2013 PSAT. Although Commended Students do not continue in the scholarship competition, they nonetheless place among the top five percent of scorers nationwide.
The daughter of David and Diane Wassenar of Whitinsville, Elena is a member of the National Honor Society and serves as a senior class officer. She also participates in cross country, basketball, tennis, drama, environmental club, and pink ribbon club. In addition, she is an involved member of the Mass. Youth Leadership Foundation. Elena is currently preparing a Senior Capstone project to initiate a middle school club that will emphasize occupations and jobs in fields related to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math).
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