News and Publications

2024

  • WPS Upper School Musical and Art Show Presenting: Mamma Mia!

    Berlin, MD – Congratulations to the Worcester Preparatory School (WPS) performing arts program on their production of Mamma Mia! Members of the community and Worcester Prep families and friends turned out in large numbers to support the cast and crew, resulting in standing ovations for both performances.
     
    WPS hosted Mamma Mia! in the Athletic and Performing Arts Center on February 23 and 24.  The show was made possible thanks to the creative collaboration and determination of talented student performers and amazing teachers, Director Mrs. Paulette DeRosa-Matrona, Music Director Mr. Christopher Buzby and Art Director Mr. George Zaiser. 
     
    Upper School thespians and artists combined music, dance and an array of art mediums. On top of the show, incredible works of art were created by students and displayed throughout the lobby for guests to enjoy before and after the show.  
     
    Founded in 1970, WPS is a private, independent Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 School, located in Berlin, Maryland. Approximately 500 students attend from Maryland, Delaware and Virginia. For more information about WPS, please visit www.worcesterprep.org or call 410.641.3575.
  • WPS Lower School Students Acknowledged for Participating in the National Garden Club Poster Contest

    Berlin, MD – On Monday, February 26, the Worcester County Garden Club recognized Worcester Prep Lower School students for their artwork in the National Garden Club's annual Smokey the Bear and Woodsy Owl Youth Poster Contest. 
     
    Worcester County Garden Club representative Joanne Kirby recognized 1st grader Nicole Sebastian (Berlin, MD), 3rd grader Hristina Gjoni (Ocean City, MD), and 4th graders Tobi Blaska (Ocean City, MD) and Aaralyn Lillquist (Selbyville, DE) for their participation in the National Garden Club’s annual poster contest. The Worcester County Garden Club has chosen to sponsor each student in the contest, presenting each student with participation certificates and gift bags. The national contest winners will be named in March.
     
    To learn more about the contest visit the National Garden Club’s website at www.gardenclub.org.
     
    Founded in 1970, WPS is a private, independent Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 School, located in Berlin, Maryland. Approximately 500 students attend from Maryland, Delaware and Virginia. For more information about WPS, please visit www.worcesterprep.org or call 410.641.3575.
  • WPS Senior Named National Merit Scholarship Finalist

    Berlin, MD –Worcester Preparatory School (WPS) senior, Izzy Huber, is one step closer to earning a Merit Scholar title by being named a finalist.
     
    In September, Izzy Huber of Berlin, MD was named a 2024 National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalist, and this month she has been named a finalist. Izzy qualified for the accolade by taking the 2022 PSAT. She was among 16,000 students selected as semifinalists, representing less than one percent of all U.S. high school seniors. 
     
    As a finalist, Izzy has an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,250 National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $28 million that will be offered this spring. Approximately half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholarship title. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments and potential for success in rigorous college studies.
     
    NMSC, a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and by approximately 340 business organizations and higher education institutions that share NMSC’s goals of honoring the nations scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence. For more information visit www.nationalmerit.org.
     
    Founded in 1970, WPS is a private, independent Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 School, located in Berlin, Maryland.  Approximately 500 students attend from Maryland, Delaware and Virginia.  For more information about WPS, please visit www.worcesterprep.org or call 410.641.3575.
  • Mallard Robotics Compete in DelMarVa Extravaganza

    Berlin, MD – Worcester Preparatory School (WPS) is proud to announce its successful participation in the recent DelMarVa End of Season Robotics Extravaganza.
     
    WPS senior Vanesska Hall and junior Lydia Schwartz represented the WPS Mallard Robotics team at the competition this past weekend, February 24, in Wilmington, showcasing their technological prowess against a field of 22 competitive teams, earning a spot in the DelMarVa VRC Over Under High School Championship on March 9 in Newark, DE.
     
    The robotics team is comprised of students Lydia Schwartz, Landon Schul, Ansh Batra, Jude Damouni, Stephen Carullo, Preston Adkins, Sydney Todorov, Allen Zhang and team captain Vanesska Hall. The team spent numerous hours building and coding a sophisticated robot using regulation VEX components provided by NASA Wallops, embarked on a journey through the challenges of Engineering Notebook, team interviews, robot skills, and head-to-head matches.
     
    With more than 11,500 teams partaking in over 750 tournaments worldwide and the potential for numerous scholarships valued at over 100 million dollars, VEX robotics competitions are at the forefront of STEM-based extracurricular activities among high school students.
     
    Founded in 1970, WPS is a private, independent Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 School, located in Berlin, Maryland. Approximately 500 students attend from Maryland, Delaware and Virginia. For more information about WPS, please visit www.worcesterprep.org or call 410.641.3575.
     
  • WPS Receives Optimist Club Art Awards

    Berlin, MD – Worcester Preparatory School (WPS) students received awards for their artwork entered into the Ocean City-Berlin Optimist Club’s Worcester County High School Art Contest.
     
    In February, the Ocean City-Berlin Optimist Club’s gallery featured the Worcester County High School Art Contest, a juried art competition. The exhibition featured 28 pieces of student artwork submitted by high school art teachers, including WPS Art Director George Zaiser. WPS competed against Snow Hill High School, Pocomoke High School, Stephen Decatur High School, and Worcester Technical School, who all could submit up to 10 entries. The competition awarded a total of $2,000 in cash prizes to the student artists. The selection of artwork was judged by local artist and WCAC’s Board Member, Doris Glovier.
     
    Drawing:
    2nd Place – Junior Angeline Todorov – “Pavo Cristatus”
     
    Painting:
    1st Place – Senior Izzy Huber – “Emersion”
     
    Digital: 
    3rd Place – Freshman Mia Jaoude – “Lightning Dragon”
    Honorable Mention – Junior Mikayla Towns – “Amanda Seyfried Mamma Mia”
     
    For more information on the Ocean City-Berlin Optimist Club visit www.ocberlinoptimistclub.org.
     
    Founded in 1970, WPS is a private, independent Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 School, located in Berlin, Maryland. Approximately 500 students attend from Maryland, Delaware and Virginia. For more information about WPS, please visit www.worcesterprep.org or call 410.641.3575.
  • WPS Announces Upper School Winter Sports Award Recipients

    Berlin, MD – Congratulations to this year’s Worcester Preparatory School (WPS) Upper School students who captured coveted Winter Sports Awards.
     
    Varsity Cheerleading
    MVP – Madilyn Nechay (Hebron, MD)
    Coach’s Award – Avery Roselle (Rehoboth Beach, DE)
    Most Improved Player – Keerat Pandher (Berlin, MD)
     
    Varsity Girls Basketball
    MVP – Esi Mehilli (Ocean City, MD)
    Coach’s Award – Sydney Mize (Dagsboro, DE)
    Most Improved Player – Leah Gaito (York, PA)
     
    JV Boys Basketball
    MVP – Paxton Mault (Ocean City, MD)
    Coach’s Award – Michael Hebert (West Fenwick, DE)
    Most Improved Player – Jackson Griffin (Ocean City, MD)
     
    Varsity Boys Basketball
    MVP – Mike DePalma (Ocean City, MD)
    Coach’s Award – Connor Ferguson (Ocean City, MD)
    Most Improved Player – Ben Anthony (Frankford, DE)
     
    Swim Team
    MVP – Jude Damouni (Lewes, DE)
    Coach’s Award – Will Wells (Seaford, DE)
    Most Improved Player – Paul Kraeuter (Berlin, MD)
     
    Founded in 1970, WPS is a private, independent Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 School, located in Berlin, Maryland. Approximately 500 students attend from Maryland, Delaware and Virginia. For more information about WPS, please visit www.worcesterprep.org or call 410.641.3575.
  • WPS Valentines Program Spreads the Love

    Berlin, MD – The Lower School Valentine's Program was held on Friday, February 16, at WPS. Students in Kindergarten through 2nd Grade shared songs, poems, and jokes with senior citizens from the Berlin Community. Around 20 seniors from Gull Creek and the Cottages of Berlin attended. They shared snacks with the students and received handmade Valentines.
     
    Founded in 1970, WPS is a private, independent Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 School, located in Berlin, Maryland. Approximately 500 students attend from Maryland, Delaware and Virginia. For more information about WPS, please visit www.worcesterprep.org or call 410.641.3575.
  • WPS Alumni Association Hosts 100-Day Breakfast for the Class of 2024

    Berlin, MD – In a heartwarming event on the morning of Friday, February 16, the Worcester Preparatory School (WPS) Alumni Association celebrated a significant milestone—the final 100 days before graduation—for the class of 2024. Held in the library lecture room, the occasion was marked by a delicious breakfast, stirring speeches, and a lively performance.
     
    Head of School, Dr. John McDonald and Assistant Head of School/Athletic Director Mr. Mike Grosso, served as chefs for the event, preparing pancakes and French toast for the attendees. WPS Alumni Association President, Chris Hoen ’90, welcomed the senior class and offered words of wisdom to the future graduates, including his son, Baylor.
     
    The featured guest speaker for the breakfast was Grace Gardner from Worcester Prep’s Class of 2019. Grace, who graduated from Clemson University last spring, is the older sister of current WPS senior, Ansley. She gave insight into her college process and shared an inspirational speech to help guide seniors as they prepare to start their college career.
     
    A highlight of the morning was when a group of Lower School students stopped by to share their advice for seniors during their first year at college, and passed out additional letters of advice from their classmates for the seniors to take with them. The kindergarten class also surprised the senior class with a performance of “We Are a Family.”
     
    Founded in 1970, WPS is a private, independent Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 School, located in Berlin, Maryland. Approximately 500 students attend from Maryland, Delaware and Virginia. For more information about WPS, please visit www.worcesterprep.org or call 410.641.3575.
  • Wellness at Worcester Prep

    Berlin, MD – Worcester Preparatory School (WPS) proudly announces the successful launch of its "Wellness @ Worcester" initiative—a program crafted to nurture the physical and mental well-being of its Upper School students. Spearheaded by enthusiastic junior Lydia Schwartz, in collaboration with the College Counseling program, the event has introduced students to a holistic approach to health; emphasizing stress management, study skills, and wise lifestyle choices.
     
    Highlighting the event was the heartwarming visit from Pets on Wheels of Wicomico County, featuring an adorable quartet of therapy dogs. As a certified handler for National Canine Therapy Dogs and the youngest member of Pets on Wheels, Lydia Schwartz is well-versed in the uplifting impact animals can have on the human spirit. Her dedicated service alongside her pug, Sprinkles, has touched numerous lives across hospitals, nursing homes, and educational institutions.
     
    Pets on Wheels volunteers, Don and Dottie Ashe with their therapy dogs, Gus and Ivy, and Terri Mohr with her K9 companion, Macey, also joined the event spreading cheer among students and staff. 
     
    Founded in 1970, WPS is a private, independent Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 School, located in Berlin, Maryland. Approximately 500 students attend from Maryland, Delaware and Virginia. For more information about WPS, please visit www.worcesterprep.org or call 410.641.3575.
  • WPS Class of 2025 Ring Ceremony

    Berlin, MD – The annual Junior Ring Ceremony took place at Worcester Preparatory School (WPS) on February 8, 2024. It is tradition that seniors present the juniors with their class rings along with a few insightful comments as to why the recipient is special to them. The Ring Ceremony is always an inspiring event showing the bond and friendship between peers.
     
    Founded in 1970, WPS is a private, independent Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 School, located in Berlin, Maryland. Approximately 500 students attend from Maryland, Delaware and Virginia. For more information about WPS, please visit www.worcesterprep.org or call 410.641.3575.
  • Berlin Mayor Visits WPS 4th Grade

    Berlin, MD – On Thursday, January 25, Mrs. Jankowski and Mrs. Shimko’s 4th grade classes met with Town of Berlin Mayor Zack Tyndall to discuss this year’s “If I Were Mayor, I Would…” essay contest. 
     
    Each year it is a tradition at Worcester Preparatory School (WPS) for students to enter the “If I Were Mayor, I Would…” essay contest, and this year’s theme is “Inspiring Leadership in Your City/Town/Community.” Students are asked to write an essay of no more than 275 words about what they would do to inspire leadership in their city, town, or community and describe a project they would undertake to make others want to help make their city, town, or community better. 
     
    During Thursday’s meeting, Mayor Tyndall talked about his role as the Mayor of Berlin, the many different departments that help run the Town of Berlin, and future goals he hopes to achieve to help make the town a better place. 
     
    Founded in 1970, WPS is a private, independent Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 School, located in Berlin, Maryland. Approximately 500 students attend from Maryland, Delaware and Virginia. For more information about WPS, please visit www.worcesterprep.org or call 410.641.3575.
  • WPS 5th Graders Graduate from D.A.R.E Program

    Berlin, MD – Worcester Preparatory School (WPS) 5th graders participated in the D.A.R.E (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) Program taught by Sheriff Matthew Crisafulli of the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office.  
     
    For several weeks, Sheriff Crisafulli has visited 5th-grade classrooms working with students to educate them about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. He worked with the students to instill good decision-making skills and shared the knowledge needed to resist substance abuse. In addition, he touched on the dangers of bullying and how to safely report it. On Monday, January 22, Grade 5 teachers, Mrs. Camille Jenkins, Mrs. Lisa Rill and Mrs. Alayne Shockley, hosted a special program where students received their D.A.R.E graduation certificates and hats. 
     
    Founded in 1970, WPS is a private, independent Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 School, located in Berlin, Maryland. Approximately 500 students attend from Maryland, Delaware and Virginia. For more information about WPS, please visit www.worcesterprep.org or call 410.641.3575.
     
  • WPS Announces Middle School Winter Sports Award Recipients

    Berlin, MD – Congratulations to this year’s Worcester Preparatory School (WPS) Middle School students who captured coveted Winter Sports Awards.
     
    Middle School Cheerleading
    MVP – Ava Holland (Berlin,MD)
    Coach’s Award – Addy Wisniewski (Bishopville, MD)
    Most Improved Player – Vivian Spraul (Ocean View, DE)
     
    7th Grade Girls Basketball
    MVP – Kylee Hutton (Millsboro, DE)
    Coach’s Award – Ella Conev (Berlin, MD)
    Most Improved Player – Kristie Carr (Lewes, DE)
     
    7th Grade Boys Basketball
    MVP – Zac McGovern (Salisbury, MD)
    Coach’s Award – Reed Grinestaff (Berlin, MD)
    Most Improved Player – Emerson Bofinger (Ocean View, DE)
     
    8th Grade Girls Basketball
    MVP – Scarlett Shimko (Berlin, MD)
    Coach’s Award – Harper Hertrich (Rehoboth Beach, DE)
    Most Improved Player – Carolina Labin (Rehoboth Beach, DE)
     
    8th Grade Boys Basketball
    MVP – Chase Thompson (Rehoboth Beach, DE)
    Coach’s Award – Ben Rafinski (Berlin, MD)
    Most Improved Player – Liam Crowley (Rehoboth Beach, DE)
     
    Founded in 1970, WPS is a private, independent Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 School, located in Berlin, Maryland. Approximately 500 students attend from Maryland, Delaware and Virginia. For more information about WPS, please visit www.worcesterprep.org or call 410.641.3575.
  • WPS Golf Coach Named Fall ESIAC Coach of the Year

    Berlin, MD Worcester Preparatory School (WPS) is proud to announce that Varsity Golf Coach, Don McMullen, has been named the Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference (ESIAC) Fall Sports Coach of the Year.
     
    Coach McMullen has guided the WPS Varsity Golf team for the past seven years, leading them to win five ESIAC Conference Championships (2018 and 2020-2023) and placing second in two others (2017 and 2019). His dedication, expertise, and strong leadership continue to be instrumental to the team's ongoing success.
     
    "I'm honored with the recognition, and I share this award with our Assistant Golf Coach, Jim McKee, who has coached beside me for the past seven years," said Coach McMullen. "This award is due to the many players who were committed and dedicated to playing some very competitive and outstanding golf on our team. We're looking forward to the 2024 Fall Golf season."
     
    WPS wishes to express its gratitude to Coach McMullen’s for his dedication to the golf program and his ongoing commitment to student-athletes' development in their sport. His hard work and passion continue to make a difference in every golf season at WPS.
     
    Worcester Preparatory School's Athletic Director, Mike Grosso, said, "Coach McMullen's dedication, skill, and passion for golf have directly contributed to our team's continued success. His guidance has been instrumental in developing student-athletes who excel both on and off the course."
     
    Founded in 1970, WPS is a private, independent Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 School, located in Berlin, Maryland. Approximately 500 students attend from Maryland, Delaware and Virginia. For more information about WPS, please visit www.worcesterprep.org or call 410.641.3575.
  • Elite Colleges on the List of WPS Early College Acceptances

    Berlin, MD – In celebration of Worcester Preparatory School (WPS) announcing early college acceptances, seniors celebrate by making it snow.
     
    Every student loves a snow day and every senior loves to receive a college acceptance. While we are still waiting for the weather to cooperate to bring snow to our region, a group of seniors celebrated early acceptances with their own version of “snow”.
     
    “We’re proud of every senior for their hard work and excited to announce that as of early January, the WPS Class of 2024 has received more than 100 offers of admission to 50 colleges and universities,” Director of College Counseling Vickie Garner said.
     
    A sampling of the colleges include: 
     
    • Auburn University
    • Clemson University
    • College of Charleston
    • Drexel University
    • Emerson College
    • Florida Southern College
    • Fordham University
    • Georgetown University
    • High Point University
    • Miami University, Oxford
    • Old Dominion University
    • Pepperdine University
    • Quinnipiac University
    • Seton Hall University
    • Stanford University
    • Texas A & M University
    • The University of Alabama
    • The University of Tennessee
    • University of Delaware
    • University of Georgia
    • University of Kentucky
    • University of Mississippi
    • University of South Carolina
    • University of Vermont
    • Ursinus College
    • West Virginia University
     
    Founded in 1970, WPS is a private, independent Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 School, located in Berlin, Maryland. Approximately 500 students attend from Maryland, Delaware and Virginia. For more information about WPS, please visit www.worcesterprep.org or call 410.641.3575.
  • WPS Welcomes Recent Alums to Help Prepare Seniors for College

    Berlin, MD – On Wednesday, January 3, the College Counseling Department, in partnership with the Alumni Association, held the Annual College Alumni Luncheon and Panel. The event provided an opportunity for current seniors to ask recent WPS graduates about their experience with the college application process, choosing the right school and college life. 
     
    This year, 18 recent alumni were welcomed back to campus for lunch, fellowship, and an informative alumni panel discussion with the current seniors. Alumni expressed great appreciation for how WPS prepared them for their college success; particularly in terms of time management, writing skills, and communication. They encouraged the seniors to take advantage of the opportunities that await them at college.  
     
    Alumni couldn’t reiterate enough the importance of making an informed and carefully researched decision when choosing a college. They also encouraged students to reach out to their network of contacts and to utilize the college counseling office at WPS to learn more about the schools in consideration. For those who will be heading off to college in the fall, they shared tips for acclimating to college life including making friends, connecting with professors, and excelling in their studies.
     
    Founded in 1970, WPS is a private, independent Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 School, located in Berlin, Maryland. Approximately 500 students attend from Maryland, Delaware and Virginia. For more information about WPS, please visit www.worcesterprep.org or call 410.641.3575.
  • WPS Students Elected to HOBY Maryland and Delaware Leadership Programs

    Berlin, MD – Worcester Preparatory School (WPS) Sophomores Kain Crossett, Beckett Green, Ayla Yonker, Ashton Browne, Jude Damouni and Jake Timmons have been selected to attend the prestigious Hugh O'Brian Youth (HOBY) leadership programs in Maryland and Delaware this summer.
     
    HOBY, founded in 1958 by veteran actor Hugh O'Brian, is renowned as the country's top youth leadership development organization. With a mission to empower individuals to achieve their highest potential, HOBY has been instrumental in creating positive catalysts for change in homes, schools, workplaces, and communities. More than 500,000 HOBY alumni worldwide continue to lead the way as respected youth leaders.
     
    Over the years, HOBY has graduated exceptional leaders who have made a significant difference within our global society through effective and compassionate leadership. The Leadership Seminar, which welcomes hundreds of sophomores from across Maryland and Delaware, provides a platform for students to expand their understanding of leadership potential and personal development. Through immersive experiences, guest speakers, panel discussions, and hands-on activities, students learn about personal, group, and societal leadership.
     
    A career lunch facilitates meaningful conversations between students and professionals, promoting knowledge about education, careers, and entrepreneurship. Furthermore, the program emphasizes the connection between leadership and volunteerism through a group community service project, inspiring students to give back to their communities.
     
    For more information on HOBY Maryland visit hobymd.org or HOBY Delaware visit hobydelaware.org.
     
    Founded in 1970, WPS is a private, independent Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 School, located in Berlin, Maryland.  Approximately 500 students attend from Maryland, Delaware and Virginia.  For more information about WPS, please visit www.worcesterprep.org or call 410.641.3575.
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Worcester Preparatory School

508 South Main Street, Berlin, MD 21811
Phone: 410-641-3575 | Fax: 410-641-3586
Celebrating 50 years, WPS is an independent, college prep day school for Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 students. Located in Berlin, Maryland, the private school attracts an average of 500 students from Maryland, Delaware and Virginia.