peer counselors

Peer Counselors

During a unique time of transition, small groups of 7th, 8th, and new 9th grade students are mentored by 11th and 12th grade peer counselors who plan weekly devotional meetings and other fun extracurricular activities throughout the year.

Sponsor: Craig Walseth

Alumnus and former junior peer counselor Scott Rupprecht ’14 (pictured with his group of 8th grade boys) shares why he wanted to become a JPC and what he learned from his experience in the program.

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During my sophomore year, I become a junior high small group leader at my church. I learned that I love serving and hanging out with junior high kids and getting to know them on a deeper level. When I learned that I could become a junior peer counselor at Westminster, I immediately jumped at the opportunity. 

When I was in middle school, I didn’t know many people. During 7th and most of 8th grade, I had few friends and was basically a loner. However, growing up through freshman and sophomore year, I found a great group of friends who are hilarious and awesome. One of my goals is to be a good role model and to always be there for my guys who I know are going through a rough time. I want to be someone who they know they can hang out with and trust, so none of them has to be a ‘loner’ like I was.

During my time as a junior peer counselor, I learned that I enjoy being around a close-knit group of guys who get to know one another better and really just have fun. The easy part was getting the guys to talk; the hard part was getting them to talk about issues on a deep or personal level. However, we would get through the awkward moments and move on. The experience as a whole was awesome, and being a JPC was one of the best decisions I made during my junior year.