Congratulations Class of 2012! Families, thank you for the privilege of serving your students. We will miss you all and hope to see you back on campus as alum!
Seniors kicked off their festivities by enjoying a time of fellowship and fun during Field Day on Friday, May 11. Graduation week was then launched with Baccalaureate on Tuesday, May 15. During the Baccalaureate the seniors were recognized for their achievements in academics, athletics, fine arts, service, and leadership. Dr. Mel Wines brought the message of affirmation that evening and honored the seniors for who they are and what they have brought to WCCS.
At the Senior dinner, the graduates were honored with a special senior narrative presentation that the faculty had created which told the story of the class of 2012, recognizing each senior's contribution to that story. The evening concluded with the sharing of each senior's future plans detailing the colleges they would be attending, their major, and their career aspirations. It was truly a blessing to hear of the plans, dreams, and goals of the Class of 2012.
The graduation ceremony on Friday, May 18 celebrated the seniors again this year with the Naming of the Gifts & the Sending Forth. As each graduate was called forward to receive their diploma, we took a moment to recognize who they are as image bearers of the almighty God and to highlight those qualities and characteristics that make each of them a unique and cherished creation. As each graduate stepped to the platform, we announced their name, the meaning of their name, three adjectives that describe them, a phrase that fits them, a noun that describes them and a scripture verse chosen specifically for them.
Mr. Keith Falde, science teacher and one of their Senior class advisors, was the featured speaker for our Graduation ceremony. He was joined in addressing the audience by our Salutatorian and Valedictorian, Sara Brandon and Erin Ferguson. All did a wonderful job of honoring, celebrating, and challenging our 2012 graduates.
Congratulations again to the WCCS graduating Class of 2012! May you seek the Lord's direction and Will in all you do. We are so proud of each and everyone of you.
We are pleased to announce Mr. John M. Furrow has accepted the position as Fine Arts Director for the 2012-13 academic year. Since 2008, Mr. Furrow has served as Middle School Principal and Director of Fine Arts at SouthLake Christian Academy in Huntersville, NC. He has also served the ACSI Southeast region as an accreditation team leader and speaks at ACSI Teachers Conventions. John has his M. Ed. in Administration from Columbia International University where he received the Roy W. Lowrie Jr. Educational Leadership Award. He received his undergraduate degrees in Bible and Music Education from Philadelphia Biblical University in Philadelphia, PA. Professional memberships include the National Association for Music Education, and the North Carolina Bandmaster’s Association.
John has also been teaching a variety of performing arts classes at all grade levels since 1987. His bands have received superior ratings at various music festivals throughout the southeast and his students have participated regularly in all-region and all-state bands. While in Roanoke, VA his band was selected to play at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. In 2002, Southside Christian School in Simpsonville, SC, under John’s direction, represented the state of South Carolina at the America Salutes Concert Series in Washington D.C and in 2007 performed at Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign official announcement ceremony. In addition to also teaching theater arts classes, John has produced over 30 theatrical productions, appeared on stage in such shows The Secret Garden, Scrooge, Camelot, and more.
Both placed in the Society of Professional Journalists essay contest!
closeCongratulations Mary Alexander Barron & Mary Ann Mills!
April 24, 2012
Both Mary Alexander Barron and MaryAnne Mills placed in the annual Society of Professional Journalists’ Writing Contest sponsored by Winthrop University. The topic of the essay was “Why is it important that we have news media that is independent of the government?” MaryAnne received an Honorable Mention and Mary took first place in the contest! The girls and their parents attended a reception where they read their essays on Thursday, April 19.
The Fine Arts Department will present Cinderella on May 4th and 5th in the Catawba Campus Gym.
Westminster Catawba presents the Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Enchanted Fairy Tale, Cinderella! The Fine Arts Department will present Cinderella on May 4th and 5th in the Catawba Campus Gym.
The Enchanted version of Cinderella may be best known for the 1997 remake starring Brandy and Whitney Houston. This stage adaptation melds the warmth of the whimsical fairy tale with a touch of comedy to create a performance full of charm and originality. The hearts of children and adults alike still soar when the slipper fits.
“Fairy tales have the ability to captivate us all regardless of age,” says high school principal, Dave Baniszewski. “This production of Cinderella captures the imagination and fancy of children while tapping into the hope we all carry that dreams can come true and that goodness will prevail. Director Hali Christopher and her cast and crew present an energized and entertaining production that will leave you uplifted and encouraged.”
The WCCS production boasts a cast of more than 35 performers including Jena Mobley as Cinderella and Nick Henderson as the Prince. Mobley is a senior and an active member of the WCCS Chaunteers. She has been involved in Narroway’s Womens Ensemble, WCCS’s Praise Team and has served in the Steele Creek Church of Charlotte’s Praise Team, Puppet Group and Children’s Worship Team. She made her theatrical debut in WCCS's 2008 production of The Sound of Music as Liesel and wowed the audience with her role last year as Mrs. Bucket in the 2011 production of Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka. Henderson, a junior, is normally spotted on the football field, but he is no stranger to the stage and has appeared in a number of plays including WCCS's production of Beauty and the Beast.
Other cast members include Leah Thomas as the evil stepmother; Lane Christopher as the fairy godmother; Rion Caughman as the king; Ashleigh MacGillivray as queen; and Ben Collins as Lionel, the royal steward. The roles of stepsister are double cast by Hannah Ennis and Anna Scoggins as Joy, and Emily Coleman and Elizabeth Jennings as Grace.
Behind the scenes are director Hali Christopher, musical director Melanie O’Neal, assistant director Audrey Odom, choreographer Bernie Cooke, stage manager Kaylen Loflin, set designers MaryAnne Mills and Graelyn Humiston, and costume designer Hailey Chesnutt.
The show will run at the WCCS Catawba Campus Gym (2650 India Hook Rd, Rock Hill, SC 29732) Friday, May 4th at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 5th at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Tickets: $16 for advance reserved seats, $12 for advance general admission (an additional $2 will be added to all tickets sold at the door, if they are available). Children under 5 are free in general admission ONLY. There is also a Parent Preview Dinner (Final Dress Rehearsal) on Thursday, May 3rd at 6:00pm. Tickets: $20 reserved seating only.
Tickets are on sale now at www.showtix4u.com. Tickets are also available in the Catawba Campus Administration Building. Please contact Marcy Krueger at (803) 366-4119 for additional details.
Cinderella (Enchanted Edition) adapted for the Stage by Tom Briggs from the Teleplay by Robert L. Freedman with music by Richard Rodgers and book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. It is presented through special arrangements with the Rodgers and Hammerstein Theatre Library in New York.
Please join us in welcoming Jane Wilson as the new Director of Admissions and Development beginning in the 2012-2013 school year. Jane graduated from Converse College with a B.A. in History and Art History. She also has a Masters in Early American Culture from the University of Delaware. Jane has served as an adjunct professor and the Director of Alumnae for Converse College. She has also been the Membership Coordinator for the Heritage Museums of York County. During her tenure at these institutions, she worked on developing marketing and fundraising strategies, implementing alumnae events and programs, international travel programs and partnering with student life and the office of Admissions. Jane is a Rock Hill native and has many connections in the Rock Hill community. She and her husband J.E.B. live in Chester, SC and have a son, Mac that will join our 3 year old class for the 2012-2013 school year. Please join us in welcoming Jane to the WCCS community!
Our 4th/5th grade SEEK class scored big at the Odyssey of the Mind state tournament in Charleston on March 17, 2012.
WCCS is thrilled to announce that our 4th/5th grade SEEK class scored big at the Odyssey of the Mind state tournament in Charleston on March 17, 2012. At the tournament, WCCS was represented by Ryan Fisher, Luke Hancock, Kirsten Jolly, Madilee Boyd, Spencer Holladay, Sidney MacGillivray, and Lance Lokas. They earned 2nd place for their division, which is a tremendous accomplishment. GREAT JOB, WCCS Odyssey Team!!!
In another exciting turn of events, WCCS’s SEEK Teacher and Odyssey coach, Julie Weldon, won “Coach of the Year” for the entire state! Considering there were 47 teams represented, this is truly an award that Julie and WCCS will treasure.
Many thanks also to Ms. Caroline Forster for working at the tournament as a judge. A lot of time and effort went into this role, and we appreciate her dedication and enthusiasm so much! Thank you, Ms. Forster!
Most of all, we want to thank our Savior, Jesus Christ, for allowing us safe travels and fellowship together as we worked as a team. Praise God!
Our Seniors had a great time serving the Lord and fellowshiping with one another in Costa Rica on March 9-15. Service projects have included leading Vacation Bible Studies for a church, food distribution to the needy and homeless and visitation at an orphanage. Check out the photos in the slideshow for a look at the zip lining tour, white water rafting and sightseeing.
WCCS held our annual Service Day for all of our high school students on Friday, March 2. Students in grades 9-12 spent the school day out in our community serving our neighbors and other local non-profits and ministries. Students worked in downtown Rock Hill, the Children's Attention Home, Pilgrim's Inn, the Dream Center and the Catawba Reservation. This was a great opportunity for students and faculty to get outside the walls of our school and into the community to share the love of Christ with our neighbors.
Please join the athletic department in welcoming Coach James Gilliam as our new baseball coach. Coach Gilliam was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, lived in Alexandria, Virginia for a short period of time before moving to Rock Hill. He played high school football, and baseball at South Pointe High School. Coach Gilliam was a very versatile player while at South Pointe. He started at least one game in high school at 2nd base, 3rd base, left field, right field, pitcher, 1st base and catcher. He also played short stop and center field during his career. He is currently attending Winthrop University studying Business Administration. Coach Gilliam attends Oakdale Baptist church. He has helped with both the youth, and the children services. He has coached both girls and boys basketball for the past 3 years.
We are now taking new student applications for the 2012-2013 school year, 3K-12th grade. Please contact the Admissions Office at 803.328.5472. Click here for more information about our admission's process.
Kindergarten students celebrated the 100th day of school on Monday, January 23! They had a huge celebration, going around to different stations and completing fun activities all about the number “100”. They have been doing chores to earn 100 pennies and will go to the Dollar Tree with the money they have earned to buy items for the Children’s Attention Home as part of their class service project. Way to go, students!
On Thursday, January 5, from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., our ReFuel leaders from Bryan College will be leading a parent/educator night in the Catawba Campus Chapel. We did this a few years ago with our first ReFuel, and we had a great turnout from parents and faculty to hear the speaker. It was a worthy investment of time. At the same time that event is going on, we will also be having a student leadership forum for students in the Cafeteria.
Please join us in welcoming Ashley Tripp as our new College and Career Counselor. Ashley is from Lancaster, SC and graduated from Winthrop University with a B.A. in Early Childhood Education and a Masters in Reading Education. She has worked at Winthrop University for two and a half years in Student Academic Services, receiving and processing college applications, financial aid and high school transcripts. She also worked with the school’s web team, serving as web administrator for a year and a half. Her experience in the college admissions process at Winthrop University will make Ashley a valuable resource to our students as they prepare for college. Welcome, Ashley!
This January 3-6, Student Council will be hosting our 3rd Annual ReFuel Conference for high school students.
We have had another great ReFuel on our Catawba Campus this week! Our Annual ReFuel Conference is a time for our students to refill their spiritual tanks every year as they kick off the second semester of school. This year, leaders from Bryan College led students in the Worldview Initiative Conference. This conference is a highly interactive multimedia program designed specifically for high school juniors and seniors. Bonnie-Marie Yager, Assistant Director of Worldview Formation, as well as other speakers from Bryan College focused on understanding the Christian Worldview and answering the question who are we in relation to everything thing else that is. By exploring who God is, who we are, and what culture is, students were given a fresh look into the life we are called to live as Christians. Students were led in interactive breakout sessions by Bryan College leaders.
Parents also enjoyed the Parent Education Night on Thursday, January 5 in which speakers talked about how culture and media have affected the worldview of our students and the importance of having a solid, Biblical world and life view.
Many thanks to everyone who made this such a great event.
Please join us in welcoming Deb Petrocco as our new IT Support Specialist! Deb is a graduate of Limestone College and has over 10 years of IT experience in hardware troubleshooting and repair. She enjoys working with computers and people. She and her husband, Chris, have been married for 20 years and enjoy traveling and serving at Lake Wylie Christian Assembly where they attend church. In her free time, Deb also enjoys reading, knitting and spending time with her beautiful black lab, Isabella.
Please join us in congratulating Deanne Regier, Caroline Forster and Baxter Morgan!
closeCongratulations to the WCCS Teachers and Student of the Year!
November 11, 2011
Deanne Regier, history teacher at the Catawba Campus and Caroline Forster, 5th grade teacher at the Westminster Campus were announced as the 2011-2012 Teachers of the Year.Baxter Morgan has been announced as the Student of the Year. They will be honored at a breakfast at the Rock Hill Country Club on November 18 at 7:30 a.m. Please join us as we congratulate them on this tremendous honor.
Click here for more information and to rsvp to our prospective family Open House.
WCCS will be hosting an OPEN HOUSE for prospective families in our communities. Please encourage your friends that have students in 3K-12th grade to come check us out! Grades 6-12 will be in the Catawba Campus Chapel on Sunday, November 13 from 2-4 p.m. Open House for 3K-5th grade will be in the Parlor on the Westminster campus on Wednesday, November 16 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to rsvp.
Please join us in welcoming our new faculty, staff and coaches!
We are happy to announce Kevin Sims as the new Varsity Women's Soccer Coach. Since completing his M.Ed. at UVA, Kevin has served as teacher, coach and administrator in several independent schools over 30 years. Now 55, Kevin has been coaching soccer since age 14. He has coached boys and girls from age 2 through college. Kevin has coached numerous decorated players, most notably a two-time USA Olympic Gold Medal women's player for six years. Kevin feels most blessed that he has had the opportunity to work with so many young people who are committed to being the best they can be while striving for the highest standards of sportsmanship. Kevin recently became engaged to Janet Beard, who has a 9-year-old son, Ethan. Kevin resides in south Charlotte and attends both Forest Hill Church and New Charlotte Church.
We are pleased to announce that Mrs. Kristin Pflughoeft has accepted the teaching assistant position in Mrs. Weaver’s kindergarten class. Kristin has been a WCCS parent for several years and has a son in 4th grade. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Christian Education/Business Management from Oral Roberts University. She has experience working with children and youth through her church. She loves photography, writing, and traveling with her family. Kristin attends Steele Creek Church of Charlotte with her family.
Erin Cochran has accepted the teaching assistant position in Mrs. Merkey’s class. Erin has been a WCCS parent for several years with a son in the 2nd grade and a daughter in Pre-K. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Services from Kennesaw State University. Erin has previous experience working as a preschool assistant and serves as the Nursery Director and Preschool Discipleship teacher at her church. She is creative and enjoys crafts, sewing, and embroidery. Erin attends Lakewood Baptist Church with her family.
Please join the WCCS Fine Arts Department in welcoming our new interim Band Director, Mr. Larry Lane, who will be working with us throughout the rest of the year. Mr Lane has extensive experience as a Director of Bands in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, as well as in teaching music to students in the elementary, middle grades, and high school levels. He has worked with Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensembles, and Jazz Bands. He has worked as Minister of Music at St. Stephen United Methodist Church and worked with their children's, youth, and adult choirs. Additionally, Mr. Lane is a vocalist, singing Tenor in the Men's Barbershop Quartet, and he plays the trumpet professionally.
We are thrilled to have Elizabeth Enns, one of our WCCS parents, join the Catawba Campus faculty as one of our high school English teachers. Mrs. Enns had been serving as a 4K teaching assistant on the Westminster Campus, but is making the move to full-time classroom teacher. Elizabeth has a Bachelors of Education and a BA in English from Simon Fraser University. She is a certified English teacher having previously taught both high school English and several elementary classes.
Elizabeth ministers with her husband, Jesse, at Antioch International Church. She is a trained and gifted musician, songwriter and an accomplished singer. Elizabeth enjoys working with children, youth and outreach missions. She and Jesse love working together in ministry and with their growing family, Ethan (4K), Micah and Asher.
Our new faculty and staff are passionate about Christian education and are looking forward to serving our students and families. Please join us in welcoming them to WCCS!
Our varsity volleyball team won the opening round of the MAC Tournament against First Assembly!
Our varsity volleyball team hosted First Assembly in the opening round of the MAC Volleyball Tournament Monday, October 17 in the WCCS gym. The team won in four games (22 – 25, 25 – 19, 25 – 16, and 25 – 13). The Lady Indians will travel to Gaston Christian School Tuesday to play Southlake in the semi – final round of the tournament. Way to go Lady Indians!!
The Fine Arts Department would like to invite you to come join us Friday, October 21 and Saturday, October 22 for our first fall play, Hide and Seek, a play by Matthew Carlin.
Westminster Catawba Christian School’s Fine Arts Department presents
Hide and Seek-A Play by Matthew Carlin
Friday, October 21 and Saturday, October 22, 2011
Catawba Campus Gym
Hiram Collingsworth is lying in his casket in the middle of the living room. A true eccentric, he has made elaborate plans for the disposal of his wealth, and his faithful secretary is trying to carry them out. Frustrating her efforts with diabolical cleverness are: Collingsworth’s daughters— scheming Melissa and sweet, but air-headed Katherine, Katherine's fickle fiancé, an obnoxious niece, a lawyer, a timorous maid, a bulldozer cook, and a sneaky butler—all suspicious types. Added to these, there is a bumbling Inspector Clouseau-like detective from London, don't you know.
A long one-act, Hide and Seek is an uproarious spoof of the detective story. Nothing is what it seems—or is it? Dead bodies come to life. Disappearing money appears—and disappears again. Can we trust a word that anybody says? Can we believe what we actually see with our own eyes? What appears to be a cliché turns into a new twist. What we know is going to happen doesn't. Or does it?
The Hide and Seek cast is listed in order of appearance: Mrs. Crawford-Emma Rutledge; Miss Melissa Collingsworth-Hailey Chesnutt; Mr. Michael Woolsey-Ben Johnson; Mrs. Gullickson-Rebekah Cross; Miss Katherine Collingsworth-Lane Christopher; Miss Ellen Collingsworth-Julia Bagley; Miss Regina Hartman-Emily Coleman; Butler-Bryanne Jones; Belinda-Hannah Ennis; Detective Harold Smyth-Ben Collins; Mrs. Falconey-Joni Adams; Mr. Hiram Collingsworth-Mario Mossburg (Understudy-Noah Ezell)
Tickets may be purchased at the Catawba Campus Administration Building.
Ticket prices: Adults-$5; Students and Grandparents-$4
For more information contact Hali Christopher at email@example.com.
See You at the Pole on Wednesday, September 28, beginning at 7:15am around the flag pole!
20 volunteers comprised of students and adults represented WCCS as part of the Service Initiative in the 17th Annual Rolling in Rock Hill event. Our team painted the exterior of a house for one of our Rock Hill neighbors! The team prepped the home for painting and painted the siding, trim and foundation in six hours! Everyone worked hard, had fun, and we were blessed to take part in this amazing event and be a blessing to our Rock Hill community.
Our senior class participated in their annual senior retreat at Camp Thunderbird on August 24 and 25th.
Our senior class participated in their annual senior retreat at Camp Thunderbird on August 24 and 25. The retreat is intended to give the seniors an opportunity to prepare for the year in their role as school leaders, to bond together as a class, to have time for spiritual reflection and renewal, and to get a hold of God's plan and purpose for them as individuals and as a class. The retreat was a time of fun and fellowship as seniors laughed, played and prayer together.
Thank you to everyone who participated in 24 Hours Towards Transformation on August 20! For those who are new, this event was started four years ago by Student Council members to lift up the entire school community in prayer at the beginning of the school year. Every single WCCS employee, board member and subject was prayed for by name!
334 FATZ breakfast tickets were sold earning $2,200 towards Student Initiatives!
Student Council sold 334 tickets for the FATZ pancake breakfast fundraiser earning $2,200 for student activities and student life! The money raised at this breakfast will go directly towards funding student events such as ReFuel, student leadership retreats and activities, class retreats, service initiative projects in the community and more.
Congratulations to 10th grader, Lane Christopher. Lane has been selected as a member of the Rock Hill Youth Council Board!
closeStudent Lane Christopher Announced as Member of Rock Hill Youth Council
Congratulations to 10th grader, Lane Christopher. Lane has been selected as a member of the Rock Hill Youth Council Board!
The Rock Hill Youth Council is an advisory group to the Commission for Children and Youth and is comprised of high school students, including public, private and home schooled students. As a member, Lane will have the opportunity to play an active role in addressing youth related issues. Along with other members of the Board, Lane will be evaluating and reviewing problems facing youth in the community, promoting positive youth developments, promoting public awareness of the strengths and abilities of youth, and will be given opportunities for participation in community projects.
Youth Council members are selected through an application process, interviewed by current members and approved by the Commission for Children and Youth.
This year's Spirit Week will be celebrated on Monday, September 12 - Friday, September 16, culminating in the Homecoming Game.
Thanks to everyone who made Spirit Week and Homecoming a huge success! It was certainly a memborable experience for all. This year's dress-up themes included Movie/TV Character Day, Toga Day, Tacky/Nerd Day, Twin Day and Blue and Gold Day. Students competed as grades in a variety of events including games, skits, videos and dances to see which class had the most creativity and spirit.
Congratulations to our 2011 Spirit Week winners!
Spirit Week culminated in the Homecoming Game Friday night with a 35-26 win against Metrolina Christian! Senior quarterback, Mark Vehaun threw for 287 yards. Scoring for the Indians were Nate Casey and Stevie Magyar. Stevie rushed for 190 yards and had another 100 yards in receiving. Way to go Indians! The homecoming court and queen were announced at half time during the game.
Congratulations to Homecoming King, Baxter Morgan and Homecoming Queen, Lindsay Weaver and to Prince and Princess, Zac McCutchen and Catherine Casey. Also, to Matthew McCarley and Jennifer McMillan who were crowned Westminster Campus Prince and Princess!
Many thanks also to all our Alumni who came out to the game and Alumni reception!
We hope all our parents were able to attend Open House on Monday, August 15. This provides a great opportunity every year to walk through your child’s schedule, meet their teachers and get a feel for what it’s like to be a WCCS student! Parents also heard from administration and learned details on the plans, goals, curriculum and methods teachers will be utilizing in their classrooms during the 2011-12 school year. Check out the photos in the slideshow above!
It was a great first day back to school for students across both campuses! We hope everyone has a successful 2011-12 school year.
Please join us in welcoming the following faculty and staff to their new positions for the 2011-12 school year!
closeNew Faculty Staff Hires for the 2011-12 School Year
Head of School Assistant - Melissa Catoe
Please join us in welcoming Melissa Catoe as our new Assistant to the Head of School. Melissa graduated from Winthrop University with a degree in Business Administration. Melissa has multiple years of experience as an Administrative Assistant and formerly served as Marketing Coordinator for the Affiliate Relations division at a television network. She resides in Rock Hill with her husband and two sons. They attend Sisk Memorial Baptist in Fort Mill. Melissa enjoys singing, photography and college football. I know you all will give her a warm welcome as she begins her journey here at WCCS.
Catawba Campus Receptionist - Marcy Krueger
Marcy Krueger is our new Catawba Campus Receptionist. Marcy has a B.S. in elementary education from Bryan College in Tennessee. She substituted and taught school for three years before having children and then homeschooled for 10 years. She is married to John Krueger, who is a High School Bible teacher at WCCS. They have three children: John Edward (9th grade), David (8th grade), and Ellie (6th grade) who are now students here. She serves as the pianist at her church and enjoys helping with the youth group as well.
Part Time Math - Doug Stelzig
WCCS is pleased to announce Doug Stelzig as the new part-time Math teacher on the Catawba Campus. Doug has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Houston, and an M.Div. and Th.M. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He previously taught New Testament and Greek at the Mukhanyo Theological College in kwaMhlanga, South Africa , was a lecturer in Biblical studies and the Head of the Biblical Studies Department at the Bible Institute Eastern Cap, Port Elizabeth, South Africa. He has also served as a missionary and assistant pastor. Doug has a wife and one son. He is active in church and enjoys music, reading and learning languages.
High School Spanish - Anne Janavich
Please join us in welcoming Anne Janavich as the new Spanish teacher on the Catawba Campus. Anne comes to WCCS from Indiana, where she attended Grace College and received her B.A. in Spanish Education. In addition to her teaching duties, Anne will be serving as the new assistant volleyball coach.
High School English - Matthew Cantrell
Matthew Cantrell is joining us on the Catawba Campus as the new high school English teacher. He is coming to us from Arborbrook Christian Academy where he taught History, Language Arts and Bible. He obtained his B.A. in English and Philosophy from California State University at Bakersfield. Matthew lives in Waxhaw with his wife and three beautiful daughters.
K5-5th Grade Art Teacher - Julie Stanford
We are excited to welcome Julie Stanford as the new Art teacher for K5 – 5th grade. Julie has her Master of Arts in teaching from Winthrop University, specializing in Early Childhood Education. With a BA in Journalism and Art, Julie looks forward to combining her training, experience, and artistic gifting by teaching students how to develop their artistic abilities. Julie most recently taught at Gold Hill Elementary School in Fort Mill. Prior to teaching, she was the Community Relations Assistant at York County Public Library. Julie’s hobbies include art, writing, cooking, and gardening. She resides in Rock Hill with her husband and her soon to be born daughter. Julie and her family attend Westminster Presbyterian Church. Please help us in welcoming Julie to our faculty.
Sara Capps Transitions to New Role as Alumni Relations Coordinator
Sara will be transitioning from her position as Catawba Campus secretary/receptionist to that of alumni relations coordinator. Sara’s well-recognized ability to comfortably relate with all the members of our WCCS community as well as her uncanny knack for recalling names and events that span the history of WCCS will be put to good use as she engages our alumni and builds stronger ties to them on behalf of WCCS. Who better to work with our alumni than the one person that every single one of them knows and loves? Sara, and all of us, are excited to have her serving the school in this new capacity and know it will be a blessing to her and to our alumni.
Billy Fisher Named Dean of Students
Mr. Billy Fisher, one of our Catawba Campus Bible teachers, will be taking on additional responsibilities this year as Dean of Students on the Catawba Campus. Billy holds a BA in Bible & Bible Teaching from Columbia International University, where he is also working towards the completion of his MA in Theological Studies this academic year. This year will mark his 5th year at WCCS where he has taught 9th & 10th grade Bible as well as oversee student organizations. Mr. Fisher has a passion for seeing students know Christ and make Him known and is looking forward to strengthening the student experience at WCCS in his new role. In his free time, “Fish” loves anything to do with the University of Tennessee athletics, missions, the outdoors, spending time with family and friends, and making people laugh.
While taking on this additional role, Mr. Fisher will continue to teach several high school Bible classes as well as a middle school technology elective. This new position will see Mr. Fisher overseeing student activities, student leadership initiatives, spiritual growth events, class activities, and assisting with the development of student character, stewardship, and conduct.
New Fine Arts Director - Debbie Pearce
We are excited to welcome Debbie Pearce as the new Fine Arts Director at WCCS. Debbie has a BA in Art with a minor in Art Education from Salisbury University. She also has a Master of Arts in English Education, a Master of Library Science degree, and received her certification in Middle Grades Education at Appalachian State University. She has experience teaching visual arts on the elementary, middle school, and college level. Debbie also has training and experience working with academically gifted students in kindergarten through 8th grade. She is a working artist and writer herself, and has a passion for all areas of the arts, including music, drama, creative writing, and visual art. Debbie's goal is to encourage students to develop their creative gifts, helping them to reach their fullest potential. In addition to directing our fine arts program, Debbie will also serve as the instructor of visual arts for our middle school and high school and be the SEEK instructor for gifted students on our elementary campus. Debbie is the mother of 4 boys: Alan (violinist and student at the UNC School of the Arts), Aaron (Class of 2011 high school graduate), Brandon (rising 11th grader), and Jonathan (rising 8th grader). Debbie and her family will be moving to Rock Hill from Boone, NC. Please join us in welcoming Debbie Pearce to our staff.
New STAR Director - Joanna Swofford
We would like to welcome Joanna Swofford as the new STAR Director for WCCS. Joanna is a Clemson graduate with a BA in Special Education. She has experience working with students with varying exceptionalities and most recently taught at Finley Road Elementary. Prior to this, Joanna served as the Pre-School Director at West End Baptist Church. She has worked with students preschool through 12th grade and has a deep love for students with learning differences. Joanna is a visionary self-starter, with exceptional people skills. She is married to Adam and has three sons; Max (5th grade), Reese (3rd grade), and Weston (1st grade) that will be attending WCCS for the upcoming school year. Please join us in welcoming Joanna to our staff.
New 4-K Teacher Assistant - Elizabeth Enns
We are thrilled to have Elizabeth Enns, one of our WCCS parents, join the faculty as the new 4K teaching assistant in the three-day class. Elizabeth has a Bachelor of Education and a BA in English from Simon Fraser University. She has taught early elementary students at three school and currently ministers with her husband, Jesse, at Antioch International Church. She is a trained and gifted musician, songwriter, and a beautiful singer. Elizabeth enjoys working with children, youth, and outreach missions. She and Jesse love working together in ministry and with their growing family, Ethan (4K), Micah, and Asher.
New 4-K Teacher - Jenny Merkey
We are excited to welcome Jenny Merkey as the new 4K teacher in the three day class. Jenny has a BS in Elementary Education from The King’s College and a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from Columbia International University (CIU). Her experience spans from preschool to teaching undergraduate teaching students at CIU. Most recently, Jenny has written curriculum and taught at the JAARS-MK Station Preschool in Waxhaw. She has also taught in Germany and Russia. Jenny enjoys photography, reading, and travel. Her husband Kyle works with Wycliffe and their son, Trey (4K) will attend WCCS in August. Please join us in welcoming the Merkey family to WCCS.
After School Care Coordinator - Gerri Santor
WCCS would like to extend a warm welcome to Gerri Santor, our new after school care coordinator. Gerri holds a BA in Early Childhood Education, a Masters in Education and a CAS in Education Admininstration. She comes to us from the Center for Discovery in Harris, New York where she served as an Education Director for over 10 years. Gerri is married to Larry and has two children, Amy and Jason. Please join us in welcoming her to the WCCS family!
New Volunteer ExploreLAB Coordinators - Beth Epperly & Michael Senhouse
Beth and Michael will work as a team to coordinate the ExploreLAB program. Beth has been a WCCS parent since 2006. She is married to Doug and has one daughter, Abby (5th grade). Michael’s family joined WCCS in 2004. He is married to Marji and has two daughters, Stephanie (5th grade) and Elizabeth (3rd grade). Both Beth and Michael volunteer regularly at WCCS and attend WPC.
Varsity Volleyball Coach - Kelsey Hall
We are delighted to announce the hiring of Ms. Kelsey Hall as our volleyball coach. She will coach all three squards and we are continuing to interview for an assistant coach for the program. Coach Hall has an extensive volleyball background; playing competitively since age 8. As a high school varsity player she lettered each year, was named to the All City and All League Teams and helped her team to a second place finish in the state championship.
As a four – year starting setter for Winthrop University, Coach Hall continued her impressive volleyball success. She is Winthrop’s 10th all time leader in games played with 447 and digs with 1022. She is Winthrop’s 3rd all time leader in assists with 4,373. During her freshman year at Winthrop Coach Hall ranked 2nd in assists and 7th in service aces in the Big South Conference. As a junior she was named to the Wingate Classic All – Tournament Team, was ranked 1st in assists in the Big South Conference and was ranked 35th by the NCAA for Division I volleyball. As a senior, she was ranked 2nd in assists and 6th in hitting percentage in the Big South Conference and was named to the Big South All – Tournament Team.
Kelsey earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Sport Management. She is also a certified personal trainer and enjoys fitness competitions.
The AP Program offers several AP Scholar Awards to recognize high school students who have demonstrated college-level achievement through AP courses and exams.
The AP Program offers several AP Scholar Awards to recognize high school students who have demonstrated college-level achievement through AP courses and exams. Congratulations to the following students! WCCS is proud of your exceptional achievement!
AP Scholar – Granted to students who receive scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams.
AP Scholar with Honor – Granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams.
AP Scholar with Distinction – Granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.
Our cheer and football teams invite you to attend our 10th annual Parent's Night Out!
Our cheer and football teams invite you to attend our 10th annual Super Saturday Parent's Night Out on Saturday, September 17 from 5:00 - 10:00 p.m. Cost is $30 per person. This is open to all boys and girls in grades K-6th grade. You DO NOT have to be on a cheer squad or football team to participate! Parents can enjoy a night out, and we'll provide a fun, safe time for your child!
Participants will then be invited to attend the next home WCCS Varsity Football Game on Friday, September 23 to demonstrate what they have learned during the half time show. The girls will perform their cheers, chants and dance. The boys will be involved in a punt, pass and kick contest.
The freshmen, sophomore and junior classes each had their own grade-level retreat on Friday, September 2. These retreats help significantly in launching us into a fruitful school year and help lay a solid foundation for succes. Students in each grade level enjoyed a time of worship, prayer, fellowship, team-building activities, sharing and discussion with one another.
Remember, the due date for all pledges is Friday, September 23. Thank you to our students, families and teachers for their enthusiasm for this great event and for helping to raise funds for needs-based scholarships!
See how WCCS measures up with ACT and SAT score comparisons to state and local high school averages.