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2017-18 high school hockey preview

November 3, 2017

“This year we will feature a very young lineup, with almost half our roster being made up of freshmen,” Penberthy said. “The kids are working hard on and off the ice to be better players and stewards of the game.  Our expectations are high and we anticipate to compete in a very tough conference and mimic the success we enjoyed last season and years before.”

Westminster Christian Academy Wildcats finish first winning season, ready for field hockey postseason play

October 18, 2017

In just its third year of varsity play, the Westminster Christian Academy Wildcats field hockey program recorded a winning record. The Wildcats head into the postseason Midwest Field Hockey State Tournament as the No. 13 seed, its highest ever. Westminster Christian Academy has yet to win a postseason game. It wants to change that. It is important for the program to win one and keep playing, Wildcats coach Nancy Schmer said. Schmer is proud of her team’s accomplishments this season.

Westminster Students Named 2018 National Merit Semifinalists

September 15, 2017

Six Westminster Christian Academy seniors were recently announced as Semifinalists in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Seniors Frances Akins, Richard Johnson, Ynseo Lee, Matthew Moore, Hayden Shively, and Daniel Wang were among the academically talented high school students to receive this honor.

Battle totes the load as Westminster rolls past John Burroughs

September 10, 2017

LB Battle looked at his nine teammates stacked next to one another at the line of scrimmage and licked his chops. When first-year coach Keith Herring left Brentwood to take the reins of the Westminster football program in the offseason, he told his new team he liked to run the ball. “For me that’s a great thing,” said Battle, a senior running back.

Westminster freshman breaks loose with huge upset

September 1, 2017

The Metro Conference Tennis Tournament proved to be a coming out party for Westminster Christian freshman Izzy Cancila. Cancila knocked off top-seeded Sami Remis of John Burroughs 9-8 in the No. 1 singles title match on Thursday at Westminster. Cancila began her magical run with a semifinal win over Caleigh McClain of MICDS on Tuesday.

Westminster Students Complete UMSL STARS Program

August 21, 2017

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.

Westminster’s Davis named Gatorade player of the year for Missouri

June 20, 2017

Screen Shot 2017-06-20 at 10.23.53 AMFor 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.”

First Team All-Metro: Infield: Kevin Graham, junior, Westminster

June 17, 2017

Screen Shot 2017-06-19 at 1.31.03 PMThe 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.

Stewart leaves mark at Westminster before playing at next level

June 17, 2017

34655783916_20c288062b_kWestminster 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’s Stewart drafted by Phillies

June 15, 2017

Screen Shot 2017-06-15 at 2.33.26 PMWestminster 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’s Stewart drafted by Phillies

June 15, 2017

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.

Westminster Awarded Best Musical at St. Louis High School Musical Theatre Awards Ceremony

June 1, 2017

Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation 2017 award ceremony at Fabulous Fox Theater in St. Louis, Missouri on May 28, 2017.

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.

Pottebaum, Stewart help Westminster return to semifinals by beating Winfield

May 25, 2017

Screen Shot 2017-06-02 at 1.12.50 PMJosh 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 Teachers Honored at Commencement Ceremony

May 25, 2017

Screen Shot 2017-06-02 at 1.08.33 PMWestminster 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.

Westminster Christian Academy’s Van Gilst having fun seeing his Wildcats reach Class 4 sectional game

May 22, 2017

Screen Shot 2017-06-02 at 1.11.16 PMThe 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.

Grannie Annie publishes stories, art from student submissions

May 22, 2017

Twenty students from seven West County schools have published their historical family stories or illustrations in “Grannie Annie, Vol. 12,” recently released by The Grannie Annie Family Story Celebration. Volume 12 is available in paperback, eBook, and PDF editions. From Westminster Christian Academy, authors are: seventh-graders Cori Boerner, “The Explosion;” Caleb Legters, “The Ultimate Protector;” Connor McMillin,”The Tote Bag;” Kharis Perona, “Abandoned;” and Isabella Trost, “A Sweet Treat.”

High school students go for honors in musical theater

May 18, 2017

Students from 27 area high schools will compete for honors at the inaugural St. Louis High School Musical Theatre Awards. The ceremony, which includes performances by the students, is at 7 p.m. May 28 at the Fox Theatre, 527 North Grand Boulevard. Established in 2009, the national awards program is designed “to celebrate and recognize talented young people and their teachers, who are creating great musicals in high schools throughout our community,” said Mary Strauss, a Fox Theatre partner and the chairman of board of the Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation.

Westminster Students Receive Prestigious Recognition for Performance on the National French Contest

May 16, 2017

Screen Shot 2017-06-02 at 1.04.37 PMTwenty-five world language students from Westminster Christian Academy recently attained national recognition for excellent performance on the 2017 National French Contest. Two students earned silver medals, four received bronze medals, and 19 students were recognized as honorable mentions for their exam work. Several students ranked in the top 10 of the local chapter.

Westminster Students Receive Prestigious Recognition for Performance on the National Spanish Exam

May 16, 2017

Sixty-two world language students from Westminster Christian Academy recently attained national recognition for excellent performance on the 2017 National Spanish Examinations. Four students earned silver medals, 13 received bronze medals, and 46 students were recognized as honorable mentions for their exam work.

Westminster Senior Athlete Honored as Hobey Baker High School Character Award Recipient

May 16, 2017

Screen Shot 2017-06-02 at 1.01.25 PMWestminster Christian Academy senior Connor Dolan was recently selected as a recipient for the Hobey Baker High School Character Award. Candidates are selected by their high school coach based on their demonstration of a number of exemplary character qualities including, positive attitude, outstanding sportsmanship, excellent work ethic, and coachability.