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Best Wishes to the Class of 2020!

May 11, 2020
By Upper School Faculty & Staff
WCCS Class of 2020

Delicately knitted together.  Wonderfully complex.  A marvelous workmanship.  Formed and watched over by God in utter seclusion.  Woven together.  Every day of your life recorded before you were born.  Every moment laid out before a single day had passed.  We are honored to have shared in so many moments with the Class of 2020.  We have seen your wonderful complexities and God’s marvelous design in each of you.  As you celebrate the close of this chapter in your life, we want to share some of our memories with you.  We aim to honor you, and we hope this blesses you as much as you all have blessed us over the years. 

So many in this class are athletically gifted.  Sixteen of you have played at least one varsity sport, and ten have been able to balance multiple sports in high school.  You have given so much time and effort to our athletic program, and we have enjoyed watching you compete.  Loren, you have been an excellent example of a student who takes advantage of all that this school has to offer.  Not only have you excelled in multiple sports, you have also taken time to serve and lead your peers in a variety of ways.  Dean, your swimming skills are incredible, and we have enjoyed hearing of all your accomplishments in the water.  I think we can all agree that we’d like to have you around in case we start drowning.  In all seriousness though, we hope that you will take that passion and drive with you in the future. Cortland, determined is not enough of a word to describe your character.  You have been relentless on the basketball court over the years, and you have shown us what it looks like to persevere.  We know that God can use these traits for your good and His glory.

Senior Trip
Class of 2020 senior trip to Canada

As busy as our lives seem to be, there are some of you who remind us to slow down and enjoy what God has given to us.  Preston, even though you try to hide your musical prowess, we still see glimpses of it.  Whether you’re giving an impromptu concert in Vancouver or listening to the Beatles, you make us relax and smile.  Let It Be is definitely your life’s theme song.  Parker Inkelaar, there never seems to be a dull moment when you’re around.  You make us laugh…even when we try our best not to…and your lovable personality reminds us to take ourselves less seriously and to have more fun.  Corbin, although you’ve joined us for a short time as a senior, we still remember your time at WCCS fondly.  Your laugh is infectious, and we know your peers have enjoyed having you around as you all close out this chapter of your lives.

Men's Warming Center
Class of 2020 serving together at Men's
Warming Center

Great leaders inspire those around them.  They willingly serve others, just as Jesus did.  Tanya, many of us have been blessed by your care and compassion.  You lead by serving others, and you have impacted this school in a way that is not easily described.  Thank you for showing us all the love of Christ.  Parker Dhillon, it is easy to point out all of your leadership accomplishments over the years, particularly with Student Council; however, it is your unwavering commitment to the Warming Center that has left an impact on us.  We are amazed by your willingness to serve the men in our community each and every week.  John, you are an undeniable leader among your peers.  Others look to you, and your charisma draws people in.  We know that God will cultivate these gifts in you as you continue to lead and serve.

This Class has left a lasting impression in so many areas, including the fine arts.  Reagan, you are a vocal leader in chorus.  You have a good ear for music and a desire to get it right.  You have been able to help younger students learn the music, and you do so with gentleness and patience.  Abigail, your appreciation for music is astounding, and you have provided a quality sound for our chorus.  Your voice brings energy to the group, and you are a great encourager to the rest of your peers.  Adair, you have given so much to our theater program.  You have played many wonderful characters throughout school, but it will be difficult to forget your performance as Juror #8.  You reminded us of shifting perceptions and the importance of knowing a person’s full story.  Nate, or should we say Edward? How can we pick just one great performance?  You have consistently lived out your faith for Jesus, both on and off the stage.  Thank you for showing us how to live a life that exemplifies Jesus, without judgment or pride.  You have loved well.   

Not only is your class able to perform athletically, in leadership and service, and as artists, you have shown diligence and perseverance in the classroom as well.  CJ, you are a great thinker and a consistent academic; however, we also recognize your steady service at the therapeutic horse barn.  You’ve reminded us to recognize and be quick to meet the needs of others, especially those who may not be able to help themselves.  Justin, your humility in achievement is refreshing.  You are one of the smartest young men we’ve known, yet you have never been one to flaunt your successes to others.  You instead meet others where they are and help them to feel valued. 

Embedded in all of these accomplishments is a great sense of kindness.  You are quick to come together when someone needs help.  Kyle, we really believe that you would give the shirt off your back if asked to.  You are so quick to help others, and without questions or complaint.  We will miss your caring and compassionate demeanor.  Avery, you are a great listener, graciously accepting others and trying to understand who they really are.  Thank you for jumping into this class with an open mind and for sharing your story with us.  We are blessed to have spent this year with you.  Logan, we count your shy grin as a gem.  Your gentleness is rare and very necessary as we seek to love others well.  You are a loyal friend, quick to show empathy and give support.  JP, you are one of the kindest gentlemen we’ve ever known.  You are valued and treasured, more than we can explain.  Your ability to relate to others is an incredible gift, and it will open many doors for you to share Jesus’ love.  Thank you for encouraging us.

As much as we recognize your beauty, God sees you most clearly.  He has examined your heart and knows everything about you.  He knows when you sit down and when you stand up.  He knows your thoughts, even when you’re far away.  He sees you when you travel and when you rest at home.  He goes before you and follows after you.  As you leave Westminster, we pray that you will remember your time fondly and hold fast to the truth of God’s Word.  Keep in your memory that God’s thoughts for you are precious and cannot be numbered.  May God’s hand of blessing be upon each of you.  We love you, Class of 2020, but God loves you more.  He sees you perfectly, and that’s what we’d call 20/20 vision.

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