News and Publications

2020

  • Oakley's Farm Market Brings Mobile Pumpkin Patch to WPS

    In lieu of their annual fall field trip to a local farm, Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 2 students were treated to an in-house field trip this year when Oakley’s Farm Market brought their outdoor Mobile Pumpkin Patch to Worcester Prep yesterday. Oakley’s owner/presenter Connie Oakley and presenter Marcy Disbennett treated the children to a fun, interactive, agricultural lesson followed by hands-on educational activities including a wheat and corn station, a tractor photo booth, and a pumpkin patch to select their own pumpkin. THANK YOU Oakley's Farm Market - a great time was had by all!
  • Personal Finance Course added to Middle School Curriculum

    Worcester Preparatory School added a new Personal Finance course to the Middle School curriculum this year. Thanks to Landmark Insurance & Financial Group’s generous donation of the Dave Ramsey “Foundations in Personal Finance” industry-leading financial curriculum, students are learning basic banking and life skills needed to thrive in today’s economy. The class is taught by WPS Director of Human Resources, Mrs. Heather Parsons, who boasts a BS in Organizational Management, a minor in HR, a MBA, SHRM-CP and PHR certifications, combined with more than 20 years of experience in HR and banking.
  • Spirit Week - Time Travel Day #1

  • Spirit Week - Time Travel Day #2

  • Spirt Week - Time Travel Day #3

  • Mr. Mitchell's "Fast and Furious" Physical Science Lab

    Students in Mr. Mitchell's Physical Science class used HotWheels cars and tracks to precisely record the time and distance of the car's motion. These measurements allowed students to calculate and graph the car's speed and acceleration. As a follow-up, the analysis will be assembled using simple video applications with which students will create a digital lab report explaining their procedure, results, and conclusion.Mr. 
  • Commended Students in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program

    Worcester Preparatory Head of School, Dr. John McDonald, announced that Daniel Chen, Waverly Choy, Sophia Ludt, Hannah Perdue, Joseph Schwartz, and Summer Walker have been named Commended Students in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, was presented by the Head of School to these scholastically talented seniors.
  • College Prep Biology Class Creates DNA Necklaces #1

    Mrs. Corron's College Prep Biology class participated in a fun and fascinating DNA Necklace Lab today. Students learned how to isolate human genomic DNA allowing them to create DNA pendant necklaces to wear home!
  • College Prep Biology Class Creates DNA Necklaces #2

    Mrs. Corron's College Prep Biology class participated in a fun and fascinating DNA Necklace Lab today. Students learned how to isolate human genomic DNA allowing them to create DNA pendant necklaces to wear home!
  • First ESIAC Conference Win this year!

    Recently at Glen Riddle Golf Club, the Worcester Preparatory School co-ed golf team kicked off the fall sports season with their first ESIAC conference win! The WPS team finished with a cumulative score of (174) over rivals, Gunston School (203), The Salisbury School (216), and Salisbury Christian (246). Breakout freshman, Vanesska Hall of Ocean City, MD, finished with the lowest score (42) for the WPS team, just behind Gunston’s Paget Kellogg who was the quad-match medalist with a score of (39).
  • Rachel's Challenge

    On September 15th, faculty and students (K - Gr. 12), attended the Rachel’s Challenge assembly. The Rachel’s Challenge organization was formed in the wake of the 1999 Columbine High School shootings in memory of seventeen-year-old Rachel Joy Scott who was the first victim. Presenter Larry Scott, Rachel’s uncle, was the facilitator of the WPS presentation. The mission of the program is to equip and inspire individuals to promote a safer, more connected school community by replacing acts of violence, bullying, and negativity with acts of respect, kindness, and compassion. From heartwarming stories of how she impacted students’ lives to excerpts from her diaries, Rachel’s vision was to start a chain reaction of kindness and compassion to change the world. Rachel’s Challenge honors her legacy by giving hope to children everywhere and making a lasting change that will have a positive impact in schools all over the country.
  • Coastal Style Magazine Voting

    Thank you to Coastal Style Magazine and all their readers for voting Worcester Preparatory School as "Best School" and voting for our beloved teacher, Mrs. Allison Bescak, as "Best Teacher" in their 2020 Best Of issue!
  • WPS 7th Grader Lynden Prosser Captures Lead Role in the Movie “Children of the Sea”!

    Worcester Preparatory School rising 7th grader, Lynden Prosser of Millsboro, Delaware, voices the main character in the Japanese anime film, Children of the Sea. Prosser was selected to voice the animated character, Umi, who was raised in the sea with his brother by magical marine creatures. The story follows the plight of a 14-year-old teenage girl who befriends the brothers while scientists are studying them trying to uncover why they exhibit strange biological adaptations for spending time in the ocean. Prosser recorded the voice of Umi in a NYC studio in just under 10 hours, weeks before the Coronavirus pandemic. “It was such an exciting and interesting experience recording my lines in English at a studio in NYC and trying to match my voice to the body language of the character on the screen,” commented Prosser. “Even the director of the film was in California and instructed me through Zoom.”
    The film will premiere at the Movies of Midway in Rehoboth Beach, DE, tomorrow, August 14, and run daily through August 20, with two showtimes at 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. (The Japanese movie has been dubbed to English in Lynden’s voice for the Movies at Midway showings). Prosser will be at the 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. shows this Saturday, August 15, for a Meet & Greet and FREE poster signings! Due to the Coronavirus, the movie will go to DVD release on September 1.
    Twelve-year-old Prosser was bitten by the acting bug at age seven, stemming from his love of cartoon characters. Soon after, he and his mom Leanne Prosser traveled to NYC to meet with an agent and he was signed on the spot! Prior to Children of the Sea, his projects included a commercial and an English-dubbed Ukrainian film. To prepare for roles, Prosser takes acting lessons with a coach in NYC via zoom. He also gained self-confidence for acting at Worcester Prep beginning with the Lower School annual musicals and performing on stage in the Middle School play, The Little Mermaid. Looking ahead, Prosser’s dream acting job would be to work alongside one of his favorite actors, Kevin Hart! A Delaware native, Lynden is the oldest child of parents, Leanne and Christopher Prosser, and big brother to Sol (WPS ’31) and his little sister Camila.
    Congratulations Lynden, we are so proud of you!
  • Junior Joseph Schwartz, of Salisbury, MD, earned a perfect ACT score (36 out of 36) and he scored in the top 2.5% of high school junior PSAT test-takers.

    Juniors Recognized for Top PSAT & ACT Scores

    Six out of 42 Worcester Preparatory School juniors, Charles “Chipper” Becker, Waverly Choy, Sophia Ludt, Hannah Perdue, Joseph Schwartz, and Summer Walker, scored in the top 2.5% of high school junior PSAT test-takers from a rural area, earning the chance to participate in College Board National Recognition Programs. In addition to this recognition, two members of the Class of 2021, Daniel Chen and Joseph Schwartz, earned a perfect ACT score (36 out of 36) this past February. Congratulations to all!
  • Biology Class this Week

    For a hands-on study of marine life adaptation and anatomical structures, Mrs. Jenn Corron's biology class dissected a squid this week. Their favorite part was extracting the squid's ink sac and using it to write their names!
  • Congratulations Frank Carter '20

    The Department of the Navy awarded WPS senior Frank Carter (Lewes) a full, four-year Navy ROTC Scholarship to attend Notre Dame University. The award was presented in December while attending the Army/Navy Game in Philadelphia. Last week, Frank also received an appointment (acceptance) to the United States Naval Academy. He has big decisions to make by May 1st!
  • Congratulations Sophia Ludt and Kathryn Marini

    (L-R) WPS junior Sophia Ludt (Selbyville) and senior Kathryn Marini (Lewes) were selected to serve on the Delaware Community Foundation’s Youth Philanthropy Board, along with a small group of other juniors and seniors from Sussex County. These high school students, representing public, private and parochial schools, will experience what it’s like to be philanthropists and the difference they make in the community. The foundation gives the student board $10,000 to award to local charities. The students work together to choose a focus area, solicit and review grant applications, conduct site visits, and decide how to distribute the money to have the greatest impact.  
  • Elks Drug Awareness Essay Contest Winners

    Caitlin Shimko of Berlin and Catherine Cullen of Berlin (L-R)
  • AIMS Art Show Recognition

    Over winter break this past weekend, LS art teacher, Ms. Rebecca Tittermary, and one of her students, third-grader Kylee Hutton, attended the AIMS Art Show Recognition Ceremony/Reception at the Walter’s Art Museum in Baltimore. Three WPS students, Kylee Hutton (Gr.3), Angie Todorov (Gr.7), and junior Hannah Perdue, had their beautiful artwork selected to be in the show. Overall, thirty-three AIMS schools participated in the exhibition which was on display from January 22-February 2.
  • Engineering students fine craftsmanship

    A talented group of Ms. McGuire's engineering students, juniors Nathan Oltman, Hunter Gentry, and Will Mears, show off their ingenuity and fine craftsmanship skills with three of their practical (and functional) projects!
  • Grade 2 Bread Bakers

    Mrs. Knowlton's 2nd grade little bakers have been busy making delicious, fresh-baked bread at The Bad Monkey today for the 2nd-grade Annual Bread Sale fundraiser tomorrow.
  • WPS Virtual Reality Club

    WPS Parents’ Association officers present a donation check of $3,350 to VR Club members: Cayden Wallace (Berlin), Parker Tingle (Fenwick Island), Meeta Agarwal (Salisbury), Parents’ Association V.P. Courtney Baeurle (Berlin), Parents’ Association President Mary Beth Hebert (West Fenwick), Cooper Ludt (Selbyville), Amna Iqbal (Snow Hill), Jason Todorov (Berlin), Arnav Sehgal (Lewes), Brody Bushnell (Berlin), Middle/Upper School technology teacher Nancy Raskauskas (Ms. R), Parent/Donor Jennifer Ludt (Selbyville), Ian Lewis (Onancock, VA).
  • Dog Art Show Winners

    Dog Art Show Winners Photo: 

    (Pictured in Front Row, L-R)
    Kindergarten
    1st Nora Rafinski
    2nd Jack Parks
    3rd Priya Garg
    4th Knox Luttrell
    Award of Merit: Brooke Arnold

    Grade 1
    1st Suri Thomas
    2nd Camille Leslie
    3rd Rudolphe Creveoeur

    Grade 3
    1st Caroline Burbage
    2nd Vivian Spraul
    3rd Emerson Bofinger

    Grade 4
    1st Elena Gjoni
    2nd Harper Hertrich
    3rd Keerat Brar
    4th Scarlett Shimko
    Honorable Mention: Ryan Shipp 

    (Pictured in Row 2, L-R)
    Grade 5
    1st Chase Burbage
    2nd Chloe Antonov
    Award of Merit: Isabella Fernley
    Award of Merit: Isha Garg  
    Award of Merit: Anna Mumford
    Award of Merit: Haven Harrison

    Grade 6
    Honorable Mention: Hailey Bushnell 
    4th Caitlin Shimko 
    2nd Kobe Bouzaglo
    1st Avery Betterson 
    Award of Merit: Anisha Batra 
    3rd Anoop Kaur (not pictured)

    (Pictured in Row 3, L-R)
    Grade 7
    3rd Jayden Scopp 
    Jennifer Kimbrew (participant)
    4th Sydney Tingle 
    1st Angie Todorov (not pictured)

    Grade 8
    1st Izzy Huber 

    Grade 9
    1st Henna Parmar
    2nd Luke Loeser 
    3rd Cayden Wallace 

    Grade 10
    3rd Hannah Brasure  
    Brooke Emeigh (participant)
    2nd Grace Baeurle 

    Grade 11
    3rd Place and Pathos Award Recipient: Hannah Perdue 

    (Pictured in Back Row, L-R) 
    Lower School Art Teacher Ms. Rebecca Tittermary

    Grade 12
    Award of Merit: Kurt Leinemann 
    Award of Merit: Damiana Colley 
    3rd McKenzie Blake 
    Award of Merit: Max Huber 
    4th Abby Taylor 
    Saylar McGuiness (participant, not pictured)

    Middle & Upper School Art Teacher Mr. George Zaiser
  • Top Honors in Dog Show Art Contest

    Congratulations to the following WPS art students, Kindergarten through Grade 12, who placed in the “2019 Eastern Shore Classic Dog Show Art Contest" which connects student and canine through artistic expression. Students from Ms. Tittermary’s and Mr. Zaiser’s WPS art classes placed in every age category except one, captured nine of the thirteen 1st place ribbons (earning cash awards), and junior Hannah Perdue received the Pathos Award top honor. Winners were selected based on their interpretation of “Dogs, Man’s Best friend” by a panel of judges which included local artists, art educators, and AKC judges.
  • 2019 Alums Return for Juniors College Alumni Panel Discussion

    Director of College Counseling Vickie Garner and her assistant Katie Oxenreider coordinated a dynamic college Alumni Panel from the Class of 2019 to speak with the Junior Class yesterday. The alums shared insightful information about their college application/essay process and stories of how they transitioned to college life. The speaker panel included:  
    Colin Miller/Univ. of MD; Nick Lange/Univ. of DE; Valedictorian Maya Nathan/Washington Univ. in St. Louis; Salutatorian & Best All-Round Student Dominic Anthony/Fordham Univ.; Matt Durkin/Univ. of MD; Ally Elerding/George Washington Univ.  
    THANK YOU to these wonderful alums for giving back to their fellow mallards!
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508 South Main Street, Berlin, MD 21811
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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.