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).
Abby Epplett, a senior at Whitinsville Christian High School, was the recipient of the 2014 Ev Ingalls Award for outstanding female athlete at the District E Track and Field Class Meet held at Shrewsbury High School on May 17. Named after long-time former Nashoba Regional High School track and football coach Everett Ingalls, the award recognizes the meet’s overall outstanding athlete. Winning the 400m hurdles in a meet record 1:05.90, Epplett also had the best long jump of the day with a leap of 16’ 8.5” and won the Class C 100m hurdles with the second fastest overall time of the day, clocking in at 16:36 seconds. Abby will attend Wheaton College (MA) in the fall, and is planning to major in English and Creative Writing while competing for the Lyons in track and field.
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