This summer, five Westminster Christian Academy students graduated from the 2017 Students and Teachers as Research Scientists (STARS) program at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Seniors Blake Andrews, Markus Cicka, Amie Lee, Daniel Wang, and Preston Willis, were among the 96 high school junior- and senior-level students from the St. Louis metro area to complete the program.
For the second time in a week, a St. Louis-area soccer player has been named Gatorade Missouri player of the year. Westminster graduate Kirsten Davis was awarded the girls statewide honor Monday. Summit’s Billy Hency, a junior last season, received the boys honor for Missouri last week. “I’m definitely super excited about it,” Davis said. “It’s such a great feeling to be recognized. I’m super happy.”
The University of Mississippi commit helped the Wildcats to a third-place finish in Class 4. Graham sported a .396 batting average and drove in 41 runs. He also led the Wildcats in runs scored with 51 and was tied for the team lead in home runs.
Westminster coach Rich Van Gilst knew the answer. But he wanted to be certain. So Van Gilst slowly walked out to the hill to visit mound ace DJ Stewart in an early-season showdown against defending Class 5 state champion Francis Howell.
Westminster senior DJ Stewart was the first high school athlete from the state of Missouri to be picked in the Major League Baseball free-agent draft, when he became the Philadelphia Phillies’ 39th-round pick in the 40-round draft that wrapped up Wednesday.
Westminster senior DJ Stewart was the first high school athlete from the state of Missouri to be picked in the Major League Baseball free-agent draft, when he became the Philadelphia Phillies’ 39th-round pick in the 40-round draft that wrapped up Wednesday. “It feels great,” Stewart said.
On May 28, The Fabulous Fox Theatre hosted the first annual St. Louis High School Musical Theatre Awards ceremony in partnership with The Muny and the Performing Arts Charitable Foundation. The cast of Westminster Christian Academy’s recent spring production, Fiddler on the Roof, attended, having received six nominations including, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Musical Direction, Best Musical, Best Ensemble, and Best Technical Execution.
Josh Pottebaum watched from the stands as the Westminster baseball team captured the Class 4 state championship in 2014. A member of the junior varsity team as a freshman, he remembers the on-field celebration like it was yesterday. “Everyone going crazy, jumping up and down,” Pottebaum said. “Even though I wasn’t part of it, it was a great feeling just to see it.” Pottebaum could be a big part of the revelry this time around.
Westminster Christian Academy teachers, Robert Murphy and Allison Pautler, were both awarded the Arlen R. Dykstra Teaching Prize at Monday’s commencement ceremony. Murphy is in his fifth year teaching upper school math and science at Westminster. Pautler is in her ninth year teaching middle school math and P.E.
The Westminster Christian Academy Wildcats will take a 20-game winning streak on the road Tuesday – with hopes to give retiring coach Rick Van Gilst a send-off to remember in a Class 4 sectional game. Westminster (31-1) will travel to play Clayton (11-15) at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday (May 24). The Wildcats advanced after they scored a 12-2 win over St. Charles to win the Class 4 District 6 championship played at Orchard Farm. It was the first district title after in three years for Westminster.