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.
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.”
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.
Twenty-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.
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 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.
Cusumano now owns the best single-season scoring average in SIU history. Her average round score of 75.78 tops that of Alison Hiller, who previously held the record with 76.36 strokes per round from the 2001-02 season. “It’s like a dream,” Cusumano said. “To finish with that record, it feels like a dream. I can’t even describe how much it means to me.”
The Westminster Christian baseball team is back in the state playoffs and Wes Schad couldn’t be happier. During Schad’s freshman year, in which he was not on the varsity, the Wildcats won their fourth successive state title in 2014. But, even though he blossomed into a standout the last two years by hitting a combined .408 with six home runs and 33 RBI, Westminster failed to make it out of district play.
Westminster Christian Academy takes a nifty 27-1 record into postseason play. Postseason baseball begins Friday (May 12) and is scheduled (weather permitting) to wrap up by Wednesday. The Wildcats’ lone loss came April 1 to Vianney when Westminster was shut out 3-0. This marks the final postseason for Westminster coach Rich Van Gilst. The veteran coach is retiring after the season.
A senior forward and team captain, Davis continues to dominate the area soccer scene and sits alone atop the area scoring leaders with 50 goals and 10 assists. In the month of May, she has 12 goals and two assists in three games. On May Day, she had a hand in all four Wildcats’ goals with two goals and two assists in a 4-1 win over Rosati-Kain and kicked off this week by scoring four times in a 6-1 win over Clayton.
Westminster Christian Academy instituted a new award for senior athletes this year to honor the importance of the athletic program’s guiding principles, the Ten Pillars. Each year, the Senior Ten Pillars Award will be given to one senior female athlete and one senior male athlete to recognize each awardee for his or her embodiment of the Ten Pillars of Westminster athletics.