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2022

  • From left to right, WPS Director of College Counseling Vickie Garner, seniors Sajiv Satyal (Salisbury, MD), Morgan Schoch (Berlin, MD), Sophia Spadaro (Ocean City, MD) and Head of School Dr. John McDonald are all smiles following the Letter of Commendation presentation.

    Three WPS Seniors Named National Merit Commended Students

    Berlin, MDHead of School Dr. John McDonald, of Worcester Preparatory School (WPS) announced today that scholastically talented seniors, Sajiv Satyal of Salisbury, MD., Morgan Schoch of Berlin, MD., and Sophia Spadaro of Ocean City, MD., have been named Commended Students in the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program.
     
    About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2023 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 students who entered the 2023 competition by taking the 2021 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).
     
    “Those being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” commented a spokesperson for NMSC. “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishment, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”
     
    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.
  • Elaina Elrick (left, Salisbury MD) and Lebby Becker (right, Rehoboth Beach, DE) were selected to represent Worcester Prep at the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminars this past summer.

    WPS Students Elected to HOBY Close In on 100 Community Service Hours

    Berlin, MDWorcester Preparatory School (WPS) juniors Lebby Becker of Rehoboth Beach, DE and Elaina Elrick of Salisbury, MD were selected to attend the annual Hugh O’Brian Youth (HOBY) Leadership Seminar this past June working their way up to 100 hours of community service by the end of the year.
     
    More than 200 high school student leaders representing all Maryland counties attended the four-day seminar this summer at either Salisbury University in Salisbury, MD., or Towson University in Towson, MD. The student ambassadors interact with distinguished leaders in the business, governmental and educational arenas to discuss topics including global education, volunteerism, media literacy, entrepreneurship, world hunger, goal-setting, leadership and motivation.
     
    The goal is to provide a stimulating forum for HOBY ambassadors to learn more about the American incentive system and the democratic process, while they gain a broader understanding of their leadership potential and quest for self-development. HOBY leaders are also challenged to return to their communities to perform at least 100 hours of community service within 12 months following the seminar.
     
    Following the seminar, Lebby spent her summer volunteering at the Rehoboth Beach Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce, and plans on continuing her work there through the fall. Recently, Lebby also volunteered with Chesapeake Housing building construction projects in the local community.
     
    Elaina spent her summer volunteering for Jamie Dykes campaign for States Attorney, and is a member of WPS’s Volunteer Club working with nearby organizations to help local communities. Elaina also worked alongside Lebby for Chesapeake Housing, and plans to volunteer with Run the Boards and the Seagull Century in the future.
     
    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 Director of College Counseling Vickie Garner (left) and WPS Head of School Dr. John McDonald (right) stand with 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalists Christopher Todorov (Bishopville, MD) and Parker Tingle (Fenwick Island, DE).

    Two WPS Seniors Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

    Berlin, MD – Two Worcester Preparatory School (WPS) seniors have been named 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalists: Parker Tingle and Christopher Todorov. The two seniors qualified for the accolade by taking the 2021 PSAT. They are among 16,000 students selected as semifinalists, representing less than one percent of all U.S. high school seniors. 
     
    As semifinalists, Parker Tingle of Fenwick Island, DE and Christopher Todorov of Bishopville, MD have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,250 National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $28 million that will be offered next spring. From over 16,000 Semifinalists, more than 15,000 are expected to advance to the Finalist level. In February they will be notified of this designation, and 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.
  • A group of WPS students stand with members of CCOP Small Miracles and veteran Mr. Dale on the newly constructed ramp.

    WPS Students Partner with Small Miracles & Chesapeake Housing Association

    Berlin, MDOn Saturday, September 10, 2022, a group of Worcester Preparatory School (WPS) students, in partnership with the Community Church of Ocean Pines (CCOP) Small Miracles program and Chesapeake Housing Association, built a ramp for a local veteran in Snow Hill, MD.
     
    WPS teacher Allison Bescak and a group of students; freshman Caitlin Shimko, sophomore Landon Schul, juniors Lebby Becker, Dylan Simons, Hunter Simons, Elaina Elrick, Moorea Phillips, Natalie Chadwell, Claire Windrow, Isabella Huber, Vanesska Hall, Luke Hopkins and senior Cooper Ludt. They were joined by members of Small Miracles and Chesapeake Housing Association.
     
    About 6 years ago, WPS alumni Devin Wallace expressed interest in joining the Appalachia Service Project (ASP). Allison Bescak had already worked with the program for many years, so she gathered a large group of students to travel to the mountains and help build homes to be safer in the rigid atmosphere. Unfortunately, when COVID hit they had to come up with a new plan.
     
    “We realized that it is just as important to serve our own community,” Bescak said. “We partnered with the Community Church of Ocean Pines and their program, Small Miracles, to do similar work for our fellow neighbors.”
     
    This past weekend’s project surfaced by Michael Franklin, Director of the Chesapeake Housing Mission and WPS parent, who was approached by Small Miracles asking if a group of individuals would be willing to help build a ramp for a local veteran.  
     
    “I have found, along with the students, that once you get out of our comfort zone and push yourself to be of service to others, there is a such a positive feeling that arises, and that makes it contagious,” Bescak said of taking on the project. “Some might argue that it is a selfish feeling to want to feel good for helping your neighbor.  I say, capture that feeling and let it spread like wild fire!”
     
    She is in hopes that the project will become a movement for the school, as more and more students become more involved. Which is good news considering Chesapeake Housing Association has already expressed interest in partnering with WPS on a regular basis.
     
    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 Sophomore Earns Spot on National Soccer League Team

    Berlin, MD – In August, Worcester Preparatory School (WPS) sophomore Ben McGovern was awarded All-Conference Second Team for the Mid-Atlantic Region of the Elite Clubs National Soccer League (ECNL).
     
    Ben has played for the regional soccer team, Maryland United, for three years. He travels two hours to practice and games at least 3 times a week while also maintaining a full academic schedule at WPS. Ben also plays boys soccer at WPS, positioned at center attacking midfield and was named captain last season.
     
    According to Ben, he is excited to be representing WPS Mallards and hopes to help lead the school to another championship this season.
     
    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.
  • A tradition at WPS, the 2023 Senior Class welcomes under classman on the first day of school. Pictured here, senior JR Hamer (Rehoboth Beach, DE) slaps hands with junior Dylan McGovern (Salisbury, MD).

    First Days of School at WPS

    Berlin, MD – This week Worcester Preparatory School (WPS) students returned in stages starting with Upper School (9th Grade – 12th Grade) on Tuesday, August 30, 2022; followed by Middle School (6th Grade – 8th Grade) on Wednesday, August 31, 2022; and Lower School (Pre-K – 5th Grade) on Thursday, September 1, 2022.
     
    The first day of school can be bittersweet for many, but students returned to WPS all smiles and eager to get the 2022-23 school year started. Staff and faculty are also happy to be back, and excited to watch the students learn and grow throughout their years at WPS!
     
    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.
  • Prior to starting practice on Wednesday, August 31, the WPS Girls Soccer team holds the backpacks filled with school supplies before loading them up to be distributed during Lord Baltimore’s Open House that evening.

    WPS Soccer Donates School Supplies to Lord Baltimore Elementary School

    Berlin, MD Last week, the Worcester Preparatory School (WPS) Girls Soccer team collected new backpacks and filled them with school supplies to donate to Lord Baltimore Elementary School located in Ocean View, Delaware. Alum and former teammate, Marissa Grosso (‘18) started the tradition to donate backpacks ten years ago. Coach Carol Hartnett continues the legacy every season, coordinating efforts with the WPS Volunteer Club, headed by teacher Mrs. Linda Bragg. 
     
    “Our students come from all over Delmarva,” said Coach Hartnett, “So as a team, we like to give back to our surrounding communities.” 
     
    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.
  • Sophia Spadaro (Ocean City, MD) and Kathy Zhang (Lewes, DE) take a break from their college applications to smile.

    WPS Class of 2023 Jumpstart College Application Process

    Berlin, MD Starting August 15, 2022, the Worcester Prep Class of 2023 hit the ground running in preparation for their college application season this fall.  
     
    Rising seniors attended a four-day College Application Workshop in the Guerrieri Library, hosted by the WPS Office of College Counseling.  The students worked one-on-one with the WPS Director of College Counseling, Ms. Vickie Garner, writing college applications and essays, practicing interview techniques, and refining their college lists. Mrs. Kathy Roberts, Assistant to College Counseling, helped seniors update their Naviance accounts and stay focused during the writing sessions.
     
    In addition, guest speakers visited throughout the week to share their expertise with the students including: Mr. Charles Overholt (Assistant Director of Admissions at Salisbury University), Ms. Suzie Friedrich (Admissions Officer at Washington College), Mrs. Megan Leslie and Mr. Kevin Chalk, (WPS English Teachers). 
     
    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.
  • Size doesn’t matter for these two Kindergartners, Charlie Davis (Berlin, MD) and Sloane Gudelsky (Ocean City, MD), who pushed the monster volleyballs down the field with ease.

    WPS Lower School Field Day Fun

    Berlin, MD On Thursday, June 9, 2022 Worcester Prep’s Lower School celebrated the last day of school with the annual Field Day event. It was a beautiful day full of fun, food and activities for students, family and special guests. Have a great summer!
     
    Celebrating 50 years, Worcester Preparatory School is an independent, college prep day school for Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 students.  Located minutes from the beach in Berlin, Maryland, the private school attracts an average of 500 students from Maryland, Delaware and Virginia.  For more information or to apply, please visit www.worcesterprep.org or call 410.641.3575.
  • WPS 5th Grade Class pictured with Head of Lower School Dr. Sara Timmons (front row, far left), 5th Grade teachers Mrs. Lisa Rill (back row, far left) and Mrs. Camille Jenkins (back row, far right) and Worcester County Sheriff's Office Deputy Howard (back row, second in from right).

    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 Deputy Howard of the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office. 
     
    For several weeks, Deputy Howard visited 5th grade classrooms working hands-on with students teaching them refusal skills to avoid the temptation of drug experimentation and peer pressure.  Grade 5 teachers, Mrs. Lisa Rill, Mrs. Camille Jenkins and Head of Lower School Dr. Sara Timmons, hosted a special program on Friday, June 3, 2022 where students received their D.A.R.E graduation certificates and hats.
     
    Celebrating 50 years, Worcester Preparatory School is an independent, college prep day school for Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 students.  Located minutes from the beach in Berlin, Maryland, the private school attracts an average of 500 students from Maryland, Delaware and Virginia.  For more information or to apply, please visit www.worcesterprep.org or call 410.641.3575.
  • WPS first and second graders were the first to welcome the Annual Law Enforcement Torch Run participants, cheering them all on!

    WPS Supports OCPD Torch Run

    Berlin, MD The Worcester Preparatory School (WPS) Volunteers Club teamed up with Neshawn Jujube of the Ocean City Police Department to support the Annual Law Enforcement Torch Run which increases awareness and raises funds for the Special Olympics. 
     
    WPS students in the Volunteers Club sold 72 Torch Run t-shirts with the proceeds being donated to the Maryland Chapter of the Special Olympics.  On Monday, June 6, all participating students and faculty wore their Torch Run T-shirts to school and cheered on Worcester County Law Enforcement Torch Run participants as they began the Berlin leg of the marathon. 
     
    Celebrating 50 years, Worcester Preparatory School is an independent, college prep day school for Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 students.  Located minutes from the beach in Berlin, Maryland, the private school attracts an average of 500 students from Maryland, Delaware and Virginia.  For more information or to apply, please visit www.worcesterprep.org or call 410.641.3575.
  • Mrs. Kim Zaccagnini (upper left) and Mrs. Jean Mancini’s (upper right) Worcester Preparatory School Pre-Kindergarten students take a photo together before uniting Q & U in marriage at a ceremony outside the Guerrieri Library.

    WPS Pre-K Wedding Announcement of Q & U

    Berlin, MD Mrs. Kim Zaccagnini and Mrs. Jean Mancini’s Worcester Preparatory School Pre-Kindergarten students proudly announce the wedding of “Q” and “U” on Friday. June 3, 2022. The event was held outside on school grounds, where Head of School, Dr. John McDonald, and Head of Lower School, Dr. Sara Timmons, officiated the ceremony.  Entertainment was provided by Ms. Julia Alison and Mrs. Abby Harrison’s 2nd Grade wedding band. A casual reception immediately followed in the classroom. 
     
    Celebrating 50 years, Worcester Preparatory School is an independent, college prep day school for Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 students.  Located minutes from the beach in Berlin, Maryland, the private school attracts an average of 500 students from Maryland, Delaware and Virginia.  For more information or to apply, please visit www.worcesterprep.org or call 410.641.3575.
  • 2022 WPS Graduates:  In the front row from left to right, Hannah Brasure (Frankford, DE), Brooke Emeigh (Seaford, DE), Brooke Phillips (Ocean City, MD), Aria Islam (Ocean City, MD), Lily Baeurle (Berlin, MD), Grace Baeurle (Berlin, MD), Hanna Zajdel (Ocean City, MD), Anna Williams (Pittsville, MD), Sumira Sehgal (Lewes, DE), Sophia Haines (Berlin, MD), Anna Carpenter (Berlin, MD), Ashlyn Roselle (Rehoboth Beach, DE) and Kate Abbott (Berlin, MD). Second row from the left, Josie Miller Gonzalez (O

    Announcing the Worcester Preparatory School Class of 2022 and Top Three Award Recipients

    Berlin, MD Congratulations to the Worcester Preparatory School (WPS) graduating Class of 2022!  The 46 graduates received over $7 million in merit scholarship offers and will attend 31 different colleges and universities in 13 states and D.C. this fall.
     
    During the ceremony, Head of School Dr. John McDonald announced the Top Senior Award recipients including: Valedictorian Ayush Batra (Rehoboth Beach, DE), Salutatorian Marshall Mumford (Bethany Beach, DE), and Best All-Round Student Anderssen Taylor (Ocean City, MD). 
     
    Distinguished WPS alum, Peter Buas ‘09, associate attorney with Williams, Moore, Shockley & Harrison, LLP and Town of Ocean City council member, delivered the Commencement Address to the Class of 2022.
     
    Below are highlights “By the Numbers” from the Class of 2022:
     
    46 seniors: 26 girls and 20 boys.
    17 students (37% of the class) entered the class in either Pre-K or Kindergarten, making them WPS “lifers.”
    91 colleges and universities offered admission to one or more WPS seniors.
    17 private and 14 public colleges and universities are represented in the enrollments.
     
    Celebrating 50 years, Worcester Preparatory School is an independent, college prep day school for Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 students.  Located minutes from the beach in Berlin, Maryland, the private school attracts an average of 500 students from Maryland, Delaware and Virginia.  For more information or to apply, please visit www.worcesterprep.org or call 410.641.3575.
  • WPS Junior Cayden Wallace (Berlin, MD) accepts the Matt O’Hare Award presented by Assistant Head of School/Head of Upper School Mr. Mike Grosso.

    WPS Academic Convocation Top Awards Announced

    Berlin, MD The annual Worcester Preparatory School (WPS) Academic Convocation ceremony was held on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 where awards were given for academic achievement in all subject areas and service to the school.
     
    The evening’s most prestigious Academic Convocation award honors were bestowed to the following five students.  Best All-Round student awards are selected by a written vote of faculty and staff:
     
    • Junior Cayden Wallace (Berlin, MD)/The Matt O’Hare Award
    • Junior Morgan Schoch (Berlin, MD)/Head of School Academic Award, Grades 9-11
    • Sophomore Hunter Simons (Ocean City, MD)/Best All-Round Student, Grades 9-11
    • 8th grader Anisha Batra (Rehoboth Beach, DE)/Head of School Academic Award, Grades 6-8
    • 8th grader Jude Damouni (Lewes, DE)/Best All-Round Student, Grades 6-8  
     
    Celebrating 50 years, Worcester Preparatory School is an independent, college prep day school for Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 students.  Located minutes from the beach in Berlin, Maryland, the private school attracts an average of 500 students from Maryland, Delaware and Virginia.  For more information or to apply, please visit www.worcesterprep.org or call 410.641.3575.
  • WPS 1st Grade class with teachers Mrs. Angie Bunting, OCPD Cpl. Joe Bushnell and Mrs. Cheryl Marshall take a break from the Bike Rodeo to take a photo.

    Bike Rodeo Training at WPS

    Berlin, MD – On Friday, May 20, 2022 Worcester Preparatory School teachers, in partnership with Ocean City Police Cpl. Joe Bushnell held a Bike Rodeo where they conducted classroom sessions and an outdoor obstacle course for Grades 1 and 4 to learn bike safety and maintenance. 
     
    Celebrating 50 years, Worcester Preparatory School is an independent, college prep day school for Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 students.  Located minutes from the beach in Berlin, MD., the private school attracts an average of 500 students from Maryland, Delaware and Virginia.  For more information, please visit www.worcesterprep.org or call 410.641.3575.
  • WPS 8th grader Ayla Yonker (Berlin, MD) was all smiles learning she had placed 2nd in her grade level in the State for her short story, “This Close”, submitted into the SoMLA Young Authors Contest.

    WPS Student Places 2nd in State Young Authors Contest

    Berlin, MD – The State of Maryland Literacy Association (SoMLA) has announced this year’s Young Author contest winners, and Worcester Preparatory School (WPS) 8th Grade student Ayla Yonker placed 2nd in her division state-wide for her short story, “This Close.”
     
    The state selections followed the Eastern Shore Literacy Association’s (ESLA) announcement of Young Author contest winners, at which time 12 WPS students placed first, second or third place for their short story or poetry submission. Each student placed out of the top three finalists of their respective category/grade level in Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties. The finalists are as follows:
     
    Grade 2, Poetry
    1st Charlize Damouni (Lewes, DE)
     
    Grade 2, Short Story
    3rd Grant Messner (Berlin, MD)
     
    Grade 3, Poetry
    1st Serena Jaoude (Lewes, DE)
     
    Grade 3, Short Story
    1st Rodolphe Crevecoeur (Seaford, DE)
     
    Grade 4, Short Story
    2nd Estelle Damouni (Lewes, DE)
     
    Grade 6, Poetry
    1st Ellie Phillips (Ocean City, MD)
     
    Grade 7, Short Story
    3rd-tie Sydney Parker (Snow Hill, MD)
     
    Grade 8, Short Story
    1st Ayla Yonker (Berlin, MD)
     
    Grade 9, Poetry
    1st Jackson Fernley (Berlin, MD)
     
    Grade 9, Poetry
    3rd Lydia Schwartz (Salisbury, MD)
     
    Grade 9, Short Story
    2nd Allen Zhang (Lewes, DE)
     
    Grade 11, Poetry
    2nd Kathy Zhang (Lewes, DE)
     
    Celebrating 50 years, Worcester Preparatory School is an independent, college prep day school for Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 students.  Located minutes from the beach in Berlin, MD., the private school attracts an average of 500 students from Maryland, Delaware and Virginia.  For more information, please visit www.worcesterprep.org or call 410.641.3575.
  • Maryland Municipal League “If I Were Mayor” essay contest District 1 semi-finalists Anna French (left) and Estelle Damouni (right) stand together with District 1 finalist Lea Jaoude (center) in a celebratory picture at school following the ceremony in Annapolis on May 4, 2022.

    WPS Students Earn District 1 Finalist Spots in “If I Were Mayor” Essay Contest

    Berlin, MD – Congratulations to Worcester Preparatory School’s (WPS) 4th Grade students who placed as semi-finalists and the state finalist in the “If I were Mayor” essay contest sponsored by The Maryland Municipal League (MML).
     
    WPS Grade 4 student Lea Jaoude of Lewes, DE was named the District 1 finalist in the statewide (11 total districts) essay contest. Lea was honored with the other 10 finalists at the Maryland State House in Annapolis, MD on May 4, 2022. The 11 winning essays were chosen from 2,200 student essay submissions this year. As part of the celebration, each of the winners received a commemorative plaque, a personalized Governor’s citation and a monetary prize.
     
    4th Graders Anna French of Dagsboro, DE and Estelle Damouni of Lewes, DE also placed as semi-finalists (one of three in the district). All three students are part of Mrs. Erin Shimko’s 4th Grade class at WPS.
     
    This year’s essay theme was “Celebrating the Soul of Maryland.” The purpose of the essay contest is to encourage Maryland’s fourth grade students to think and write about their community as an elected official. The long-running contest is open to all public, private and home-schooled students enrolled in fourth grade during the current academic school year. The students compose 275-word essays about what they’d do about a specific scenario if they held the elected position of Mayor in their city or town.
     
    Celebrating 50 years, Worcester Preparatory School is an independent, college prep day school for Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 students.  Located minutes from the beach in Berlin, MD., the private school attracts an average of 500 students from Maryland, Delaware and Virginia.  For more information, please visit www.worcesterprep.org or call 410.641.3575.
  • Sitting from left to right is this year’s WPS Middle School Spring Sports Award winners for Girls Lacrosse starting with Most Improved Player Cora Conway (Rehoboth Beach, DE), MVP Caitlin Shimko (Berlin, MD) and Coach’s Award recipient Anisha Batra (Rehoboth Beach, DE). Standing from left to right is this year’s Boys Lacrosse winners starting with Most Improved Player Beckett Green (Berlin, MD), MVP Ansh Batra (Rehoboth Beach. DE) and Coach’s Award recipient Dawson Davis (Berlin, MD).

    WPS Announces Middle School Spring Sports Award Recipients

    Berlin, MD – Congratulations to this year’s Worcester Preparatory Middle School students who captured coveted Spring Sports Awards.
     
    Middle School Boys Lacrosse
    MVP – Ansh Batra
    Coach’s Award – Dawson Davis
    Most Improved Player – Beckett Green
     
    Middle School Girls Lacrosse
    MVP – Caitlin Shimko
    Coach’s Award – Anisha Batra
    Most Improved Player – Cora Conway
     
    Celebrating 50 years, Worcester Preparatory School is an independent, college prep day school for Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 students.  Located minutes from the beach in Berlin, MD., the private school attracts an average of 500 students from Maryland, Delaware and Virginia.  For more information, please visit www.worcesterprep.org or call 410.641.3575.
  • Front Row – Emma Zajdel (Ocean City, MD), Reagan Sterrs (Berlin, MD), Lebby Becker (Rehoboth Beach, DE), Natasha Richter (Bethany Beach, DE), Morgan Schoch (Berlin, MD), Sumira Sehgal (Lewes, DE), Caitlyn Hoen (Bishopville, MD), Caitlin Williams (Berlin, MD) and Claire Windrow (Bishopville, MD). Back Row – Bennett Tinkler (Berlin, MD), James Haley (Bethany Beach, DE), Brice Richins (Berlin, MD), Anderssen Taylor (Ocean City, MD), Dylan McGovern (Salisbury, MD), Jack Gardner (Salisbury, MD), Grif

    WPS Upper School Spring Sports Award Winners and ESIAC All-Conference Recipients

    Berlin, MD – Last week, Worcester Preparatory Upper School’s spring sports program came to an end at the Spring Sports Awards ceremony where select student athletes received awards for excellence in their sports, including the prestigious 12-Letter Club and ESIAC (Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference) Championships.
     
    Varsity Boys Lacrosse
    MVP – Brice Richins
    Coach’s Award – Griffin Jones
    Most Improved Player – Jarett Sofronski
     
    Varsity Girls Lacrosse
    MVP – Myranda Beebe
    Coach’s Award – Caitlin Williams
    Most Improved Player – Emma Zajdel
     
    Varsity Girls Tennis
    MVP – Sumira Sehgal
    Coach’s Award – Natasha Richter
    Most Improved Player – Ava Nally
     
    Varsity Boys Tennis
    MVP – Aleksey Klimins
    Coach’s Award – Graham McCabe
    Most Improved Player – Riley Schoch
     
    12 Letter Club Inductees
    Brice Richins
    Bennett Tinkler
    Anna Carpenter
    Myranda Beebe
     
    Celebrating 50 years, Worcester Preparatory School is an independent, college prep day school for Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 students.  Located minutes from the beach in Berlin, MD., the private school attracts an average of 500 students from Maryland, Delaware and Virginia.  For more information, please visit www.worcesterprep.org or call 410.641.3575.
  • WPS Varsity Girls LAX Goalie Caitlin Williams celebrates her 300th career save with her dad, Chris Williams, who is also the WPS Varsity Girls Lacrosse Head Coach.

    WPS LAX Goalie Achieves 300 Saves by Sophomore Year

    Berlin, MD – Only one month later Worcester Preparatory School (WPS) Varsity Girls Lacrosse Goalie Caitlin Williams (’24) announces her 300th career save, after achieving her 200th just a few weeks ago in early April.  
     
    Earlier this season, sophomore goalie Caitlin Williams recorded her 200th career save, and only ten games later she eclipsed the 300th save mark for her career. In the ESIAC Championship Game, Caitlin had another recorded breaking performance where she made 17 saves, which gave her 173 for the season setting a new WPS record.
     
    Caitlin Williams has been playing lacrosse for 10 years. This is her second year on the WPS Girls Varsity Lacrosse team as a starting goalie. This year she was voted a team captain as a sophomore. During Caitlin’s freshman season, she recorded 129 saves, with a 56% Save Percentage. Caitlin is a Multi-Sport Athlete at Worcester Prep where she plays Varsity Field Hockey, Varsity Soccer and Varsity Basketball. This summer, she will play in the prestigious Under Armour 150 for the second year in a row. This recruiting event showcases the top 150 players in the country.
     
    Celebrating 50 years, Worcester Preparatory School is an independent, college prep day school for Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 students.  Located minutes from the beach in Berlin, MD., the private school attracts an average of 500 students from Maryland, Delaware and Virginia.  For more information, please visit www.worcesterprep.org or call 410.641.3575.
  • Children’s author Tina Parks reads her book, Vincent Van Goat Wants a New Coat, aloud Worcester Preparatory School lower school students.

    Children’s Author Tina Parks Visits Lower School

    Berlin, MD – On Thursday, May 19, 2022 children’s author Tina Parks (Salisbury, MD) visited Worcester Preparatory School’s (WPS) Pre-K through 1st Grade to share her book, Vincent Van Goat Wants a New Coat.
     
    Tina, who is also a WPS parent, read the book aloud while her son, Jack (’32), shared the illustrations by Jenell Willey with the audience. Her other son, Declan, looked on from the audience with his Kindergarten class.
     
    The book is based on a true series of events that occurred on the Parks family farm. The synopsis is Vincent Van Goat finds himself in a new home on a new farm, but the other goats there don't like him because he looks different. Through an act of courage and bravery, he's able to win their trust when they learn that sometimes what makes you different makes you special. Following the reading, the students were thrilled to also visit with a couple of the books characters, Vincent Van Goat and Mr. Pickles the mini horse.
     
    Tina Parks book, Vincent Van Goat Wants a New Coat, can be found on Amazon.
     
    Celebrating 50 years, Worcester Preparatory School is an independent, college prep day school for Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 students.  Located minutes from the beach in Berlin, MD., the private school attracts an average of 500 students from Maryland, Delaware and Virginia.  For more information, please visit www.worcesterprep.org or call 410.641.3575.
  • MS Play (1): Worcester Preparatory School’s middle school cast starting in the front row from the left is Ellie Phillips (Ocean City, MD), Sydney Parker (Snow Hill, MD), Bella Fernley (Berlin, MD), Lily Lenhard (Millsboro, DE), Isha Garg (Berlin, MD), Keerat Brar (Berlin, MD), Emily Ferguson (Ocean City, MD) and Upper School Dance/Drama Director Paulette DeRosa-Matrona. In the back row from the left is Darren Lockhard (Ocean Pines, MD), Joe Palmisano (Ocean City, MD), Lena Parker (Berlin, MD), R

    Middle School Thespians Perform “A Little Princess”

    Berlin, MD – On Friday, May 13, 2022 Worcester Preparatory School (WPS) students in Grades 6-8 presented an incredible performance of the novel “A Little Princess” by Frances Hodgson Burnett in the Athletic and Performing Arts Center. Directed by Upper School Dance/Drama Director Paulette DeRosa-Matrona, the show was performed in front of parents, friends, and fellow Lower/Middle School students.
     
    Celebrating 50 years, Worcester Preparatory School is an independent, college prep day school for Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 students.  Located minutes from the beach in Berlin, MD., the private school attracts an average of 500 students from Maryland, Delaware and Virginia.  For more information, please visit www.worcesterprep.org or call 410.641.3575.
  • WPS Eastern Shore Literacy Association Young Author winners pictured starting in the front row from the left Sydney Parker (Snow Hill, MD), Charlize Damouni (Lewes, DE), Estelle Damouni (Lewes, DE), Rodolphe Crevecoeur (Seaford, DE) and Ellie Phillips (Ocean City, MD). In the back row from the left, Allen Zhang (Lewes, DE), Jackson Fernley (Berlin, MD), Kathy Zhang (Lewes, DE) and Lydia Schwartz (Salisbury, MD). Not pictured Grant Messner (Berlin, MD), Serena Jaoude (Lewes, DE) and Ayla Yonker (

    WPS Winners Announced in Annual Young Authors Contest

    Berlin, MD – The Eastern Shore Literacy Association (ESLA) announced 12 Worcester Preparatory School (WPS) students placed first, second or third place in the Young Authors Contest for short story or poetry.  Each student placed out of the top three finalists of their respective category/grade level in Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties.
     
    Grade 2, Poetry
    1st Charlize Damouni (Lewes, DE)
     
    Grade 2, Short Story
    3rd Grant Messner (Berlin, MD)
     
    Grade 3, Poetry
    1st Serena Jaoude (Lewes, DE)
     
    Grade 3, Short Story
    1st Rodolphe Crevecoeur (Seaford, DE)
     
    Grade 4, Short Story
    2nd Estelle Damouni (Lewes, DE)
     
    Grade 6, Poetry
    1st Ellie Phillips (Ocean City, MD)
     
    Grade 7, Short Story
    3rd-tie Sydney Parker (Snow Hill, MD)
     
    Grade 8, Short Story
    1st Ayla Yonker (Berlin, MD)
     
    Grade 9, Poetry
    1st Jackson Fernley (Berlin, MD)
     
    Grade 9, Poetry
    3rd Lydia Schwartz (Salisbury, MD)
     
    Grade 9, Short Story
    2nd Allen Zhang (Lewes, DE)
     
    Grade 11, Poetry
    2nd Kathy Zhang (Lewes, DE)
     
    Celebrating 50 years, Worcester Preparatory School is an independent, college prep day school for Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 students.  Located minutes from the beach in Berlin, MD., the private school attracts an average of 500 students from Maryland, Delaware and Virginia.  For more information, please visit www.worcesterprep.org or call 410.641.3575.
  • Worcester Preparatory School’s 3rd Grade Class surrounded by their teachers Mrs. Maureen Raines (fourth row, far left) and Ms. Annie Seipp (fourth row, far right) and Head of Lower School Dr. Sara Timmons (third row, far right) present the proceeds from the Bread Sale to Atlantic General Hospital representatives (top row, from the left) AGH Vice President Public Relations Toni Keiser, AGH President Planning/Operations and Acting CEO Kim Justice and AGH Foundation Board Chair Steve Green. The che

    WPS Grade 3 Bread Sale is Much More than Just Raising Dough

    Berlin, MD – Worcester Preparatory School (WPS) teachers Ms. Annie Seipp and Mrs. Maureen Raines and their students, hosted this year’s 3rd grade Bread Sale as part of a hands-on learning lesson combining English, Science, Social Studies (civics and community), Mathematics and Philanthropy. 
     
    The project is modeled like a small business, with the young entrepreneurs baking bread, selling it to Lower School classmates in a “Café,” and donating the proceeds to charity.  The project involved researching ingredients, creating posters, oral reports, and rotating jobs - from baker to cashier - to learn all the facets of running a business.  This year, the class partnered with the Bad Monkey West in Ocean City where they learned how to make and bake the bread.   At the end of the Bread Sale, the students counted the money they made ($403.00) and donated the proceeds to Atlantic General Hospital (AGH).
     
    Celebrating 50 years, Worcester Preparatory School is an independent, college prep day school for Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 students.  Located minutes from the beach in Berlin, MD., the private school attracts an average of 500 students from Maryland, Delaware and Virginia.  For more information, please visit www.worcesterprep.org or call 410.641.3575.
  • WPS Math Teacher Hunter Causey stands with Maryland Math Counts State of Maryland top scorers Mia Jaoude (Lewes, DE), Ansh and Anisha Batra (Rehoboth Beach, DE) and Sydney Todorov (Berlin, MD).

    Big Math Wins at WPS

    Berlin, MD – Recently, WPS students scored big points at a few different math competitions placing them at the top of the charts.
     
    The Maryland MathCounts Competition took place on February 17, 2022 where 12 WPS students competed virtually. The Competition Series has 4 levels of competition – school, chapter, state and national. Each level of competition consists of 3 rounds—Sprint, Target and Team Round. Altogether the rounds are designed to take about 1.5 hours to complete. The top four scoring students in the Chapter Competition were 8th graders Ansh Batra, Anisha Batra and Sydney Todorov and 7th grader Mia Jaoude. Those four students went on to compete in the State Competition on March 31, 2022. 
     
    The Eastern Shore High School Mathematics Competition was held at Salisbury University on April 27, 2022. The event provides a fun and challenging mathematics competition focused on both individual and cooperative achievement. WPS senior Ayush Batra and juniors Parker Tingle and Chris Todorov competed. WPS placed second overall and individually Ayush Batra achieved first place, and Chris Todorov placed second.
     
    WPS students also competed in the Maryland Math League on the high school level. For this competition there is a series of six-to-30-minute tests administered throughout the school year. The top five scorers are submitted for the school's team score. The top six students from WPS are seniors Ayush Batra and Jarett Sofronski, junior Chris Todorov, freshmen Jackson Fernley and Allen Zhang and 8th grader Ansh Batra.  Once again, WPS won in its division in the State of Maryland. Over 25 schools, in five divisions participate.
     
    Celebrating 50 years, Worcester Preparatory School (WPS) is an independent, college prep day school for Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 students.  Located minutes from the beach in Berlin, MD., the private school attracts an average of 500 students from Maryland, Delaware and Virginia.  For more information, please visit www.worcesterprep.org or call 410.641.3575.
  • The WPS 5th Grade Class knocked their last Lower School performance, Bee Happy, out of the park!

    WPS LS Spring Production is All the Buzz

    Berlin, MD – On Friday, May 6, 2022 Worcester Preparatory School (WPS) family and friends gathered for the annual Spring Music & Art presentation, Bee Happy, presented by Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 5 students. 
     
    Talented Lower School music teacher, Joanie Brittingham, directed a singing and dancing troupe of more than 200 students dressed in an array of insects and arachnoids.  While watching the incredible performance and celebrating the fifth graders promotion to Middle School, parents enjoyed the impressive array of art throughout the room and on the stage.  Lower School art teacher, Ms. Rebecca Tittermary, worked with her students for months to create the masterpieces that coordinated with the Spring theme. 
     
    Celebrating 50 years, WPS is an independent, college prep day school for Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 students.  Located minutes from the beach in Berlin, MD., the private school attracts an average of 500 students from Maryland, Delaware and Virginia.  For more information, please visit www.worcesterprep.org or call 410.641.3575.
  • From the left, Surfers Healing organizer Dave Leiderman accepts the donation from WPS Surf Club members Drew McCormick (Bishopville, MD), president Dillon Scopp (Berlin, MD) and Brock Brushmiller (Berlin, MD). As well as, WPS Volunteer Club president Bennett Tinkler (Berlin, MD) and members Anders Taylor (Ocean City, MD), Vanesska Hall (Ocean City, MD) and Elaina Elrick (Salisbury, MD) and Assistant Head of School/Head of Upper School Mike Grosso.

    WPS Surfers Healing Donation

    Berlin, MD – This week the WPS Surf Club and Volunteer Club present Surfers Healing of Ocean City with a donation raised by “Wear Blue Worcester Wednesday.”
     
    On Wednesday, April 27, 2022 Worcester Preparatory School (WPS) held a “Wear Blue Worcester Wednesday” in support of Autism Awareness Day. In addition to wearing blue, the Upper School Surf Club collected donations to support the Surfers Healing foundation, who works to enrich lives of people living with autism by exposing them to the unique experience of surfing. Just over $850 was raised.
     
    Surfers Healing is the original surf camp for children with autism. Serving communities since 1996, volunteers with the nonprofit travel across the country – from San Diego to Rhode Island – to catch the waves with camp participants. Locally, a camp is held in Ocean City, MD each summer providing nearly 200 children with autism, and their families the opportunity to go surfing.
     
    For more information, or to find out how to get involved, visit their website at www.surfershealing.org.
     
    Celebrating 50 years, Worcester Preparatory School is an independent, college prep day school for Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 students.  Located minutes from the beach in Berlin, MD., the private school attracts an average of 500 students from Maryland, Delaware and Virginia.  For more information, please visit www.worcesterprep.org or call 410.641.3575.
     
  • Current Head of School Dr. John McDonald and his wife, Andrea McDonald, of Berlin, MD stand with Diane Tull and her husband, former WPS Headmaster Barry Tull of Salisbury, MD.

    WPS Celebrates 50th Anniversary Gala

    Berlin, MD – Parents, alumni, teachers and guests were able to come together during this year’s Worcester Prep Gala celebrating the 50th anniversary of the school, held April 30 at Hyatt Place in Dewey Beach, DE. Proceeds from this year’s Gala will fund additional security updates to our campus and a refresh to the library exterior that will be completed this summer. Guests enjoyed a fun-filled night of mingling and dancing to music by DJ Groove. Nearly 250 members of our school community gathered together in celebration of Worcester Preparatory School.  Thank you to all who supported one of our most successful galas to date!  
     
    Celebrating 50 years, Worcester Preparatory School (WPS) is an independent, college prep day school for Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 students.  Located minutes from the beach in Berlin, MD., the private school attracts an average of 500 students from Maryland, Delaware and Virginia.  For more information, please visit www.worcesterprep.org or call 410.641.3575.
  • WPS Girls Varsity LAX Head Coach Chris Williams (left) and WPS Head of School Dr. John McDonald (right) stand with Varsity LAX player Myranda Beebe (Rehoboth Beach, DE) in celebration of her 100th career girl.

    WPS Girls LAX Senior Achieves 100th Goal

    Berlin, MD – On Monday, April 25, 2022 Worcester Preparatory School (WPS) Girls Varsity Lacrosse player Myranda Beebe (’22) scored her 100th career goal.
     
    Since her freshman season, Myranda has been a major contributor on offense for the WPS Mallards. Her freshman year she scored 28 goals, followed by a cancelled sophomore season due to COVID. Myranda returned to the field strong her junior year scoring 44 goals, and as of Monday she had scored another 28 goals so far, her senior year.
     
    Myranda has been a standout student-athlete at Worcester Prep. Her hard work and dedication have paid off as she will head to Franklin and Marshall University next Fall to be part of their women’s nationally ranked lacrosse program.
     
    Celebrating 50 years, Worcester Preparatory School is an independent, college prep day school for Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 students.  Located minutes from the beach in Berlin, MD., the private school attracts an average of 500 students from Maryland, Delaware and Virginia.  For more information, please visit www.worcesterprep.org or call 410.641.3575.
  • The inductees include (L-R): Sophia Spadaro/Ocean City (’23), Amna Iqbal/Snow Hill (’23), Annie Carter/Lewes (’23), Morgan Schoch/Berlin (’23), Brooke Emeigh/ Seaford (’22), Sumira Sehgal/Lewes (’22), Riley Schoch/Berlin (’22), Christopher Todorov/Bishopville (’23) and Anderssen Taylor/Ocean City (’22).

    WPS Students Inducted to Prestigious Cum Laude Society

    Berlin, MD – The William E. Esham, Jr. Chapter of the prestigious Cum Laude Society at Worcester Preparatory School (WPS) welcomed nine new members during a ceremony on Thursday, April 28, 2022.
     
    The inductees include (L-R): Sophia Spadaro/Ocean City (’23), Amna Iqbal/Snow Hill (’23), Annie Carter/Lewes (’23), Morgan Schoch/Berlin (’23), Brooke Emeigh/ Seaford (’22), Sumira Sehgal/Lewes (’22), Riley Schoch/Berlin (’22), Christopher Todorov/Bishopville (’23) and Anderssen Taylor/Ocean City (’22).
     
    The Cum Laude Society is a national organization founded in 1906 which honors the world’s academic excellence in secondary schools for the purposes of promoting excellence (Arete´), justice (Dike´), and honor (Time´).  WPS is the only school on the Eastern Shore with an established Cum Laude Chapter where superior scholastic achievement is honored.
     
    Celebrating 50 years, Worcester Preparatory School is an independent, college prep day school for Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 students.  Located minutes from the beach in Berlin, MD., the private school attracts an average of 500 students from Maryland, Delaware and Virginia.  For more information, please visit www.worcesterprep.org or call 410.641.3575.
  • The 5th Grade were in the spirit as they all dressed in blue to support Autism Awareness Day at WPS!

    WPS Autism Awareness Day

    Berlin, MD – On Wednesday, April 27, 2022 Worcester Preparatory School (WPS) held a “Wear Blue Worcester Wednesday” in support of Autism Awareness Day.
     
    In addition to wearing blue, the Upper School Surf Club collected donations to support the Surfers Healing foundation, who works to enrich lives of people living with autism by exposing them to the unique experience of surfing.
     
    Surfers Healing is the original surf camp for children with autism. Serving communities since 1996, volunteers with the nonprofit travel across the country – from San Diego to Rhode Island – to catch the waves with camp participants. Locally, a camp is held in Ocean City, MD each summer providing nearly 200 children with autism, and their families the opportunity to go surfing.
     
    For more information, or to find out how to get involved, visit their website at www.surfershealing.org.
     
    Celebrating 50 years, Worcester Preparatory School is an independent, college prep day school for Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 students.  Located minutes from the beach in Berlin, MD., the private school attracts an average of 500 students from Maryland, Delaware and Virginia.  For more information, please visit www.worcesterprep.org or call 410.641.3575.
  • In the spirit of Earth Day, first grade students (left to right) Zia Salem (Berlin, MD), Grace Hornung (Newark, MD), Stella Correa (Ocean City, MD) and Parker Moreland (Pocomoke City, MD) show off their painted birdhouses.

    Earth Day Celebrated at WPS

    Berlin, MD – On Friday, April 22, 2022 Earth Day was celebrated at Worcester Preparatory School (WPS) with a donation and club activities.
     
    In preparation of Earth Day, the Environment Club built bird houses, and the Lower School painted them. The Garden Club and Lower School students then worked together on Friday to hang the bird houses around campus. The Garden Club also took time to re-plant the garden for the Spring season, and the Recycling Club refurbished the campus's "Up-cycled" greenhouse.
     
    For a small donation of $2.00, students were able to dress down out of uniform and instead where earth tones such as blue, green and camo. All donations will help support the Environment, Garden and Recycling clubs.
     
    Celebrating 50 years, Worcester Preparatory School is an independent, college prep day school for Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 students.  Located minutes from the beach in Berlin, MD., the private school attracts an average of 500 students from Maryland, Delaware and Virginia.  For more information, please visit www.worcesterprep.org or call 410.641.3575.
  • All of this year’s DAR American History essay contest winners and Good Citizens stand together in celebration following Wednesday’s ceremony. In the front row from the left, Danielle Consigli of Stephen Decatur High School, WPS students Chase Thompson (Rehoboth Beach, DE), Sydney Todorov (Berlin, MD), Eva Tekmen (Ocean City, MD), Sydney Parker (Snow Hill, MD) and DAR Chapter Regent Gail Weldin. In the back row from the left, Katelyn Kline of Pocomoke High School, WPS students Travis Netting (Dag

    WPS Hosts DAR Essay Contest and Good Citizen Winners

    Berlin, MD – On Wednesday, April 20, 2022 Worcester Preparatory School (WPS) hosted the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) essay contest winners and Good Citizen winners during a ceremony in the Guerrieri Library.
     
    The General Levin Winder Chapter of the DAR recently sponsored two American History essay contests in area schools. The chapter also recognized a senior from each of the four Worcester County high schools as DAR Good Citizens.
     
    The topic for the American History essay contest, open to grades 5 through 8, was "The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier." Winners are as follows: Grade 6 – 1st place, Eva Tekmen, 2nd place, Chase Thompson; Grade 7 – 1st place, Ronen Poddar, 2nd place, Sydney Parker; Grade 8 – 1st place, Sydney Todorov, 2nd place, Ben Parsons. All students attend WPS except for Ben Parsons, who attends Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic School.
     
    In preparation for the 250th anniversary of the nation’s founding, a new Patriots of the American Revolution essay contest was established and was open to students in grades 9 through 12. Students were asked to select a figure from the era of the American Revolution (1773 – 1783) and discuss how he or she influenced the course of the American Revolution, who he or she was and their contribution to the founding of a new nation. James Haley was selected as the first-place winner and Travis Netting came in second, who both attend WPS.   
     
    The first-place essays were forwarded to the competition on the State level, and it was recently announced that three WPS students placed first. Ronen Poddar and Sydney Todorov in the American History essay contest and James Haley in the Patriots of the American Revolution high school essay contest. All three students have been invited to attend the Student Awards Luncheon at the Maryland DAR State Conference on May 14, 2022.   
     
    The DAR Good Citizens program was initiated by the National Society in 1934 to recognize male and female high-school seniors who exemplify the qualities of a good citizen: dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism. The following seniors were recognized as DAR Good Citizens: Katelyn Kline, Pocomoke High School; Lauren Moses, Snow Hill High School; Danielle Consigli, Stephen Decatur High School; and Brooke Emeigh, WPS. Each was awarded a certificate, lapel pin and gift card. 
     
    The DAR is a women’s service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America’s future through better education. For more information, visit www.dar.org or http://GeneralLevinWinder.marylanddar.org.
     
    Celebrating 50 years, Worcester Preparatory School is an independent, college prep day school for Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 students.  Located minutes from the beach in Berlin, MD., the private school attracts an average of 500 students from Maryland, Delaware and Virginia.  For more information, please visit www.worcesterprep.org or call 410.641.3575.
  • Pictured is this year’s WPS Shirley Hall Youth Art Show winners and honorable mentions with their artwork. From the left, Mia Jaoude (Lewes, DE), Elliott Windrow (Bishopville, MD), Ava Wilsey (Selbyville, DE) and Jake Campbell (Berlin, MD).

    WPS Shirley Hall Youth Art Show Winners

    Berlin, MD – Congratulations to the winners of the Shirley Hall Youth Art Show held on March 4, 2022 at the Art League of Ocean City.
     
    The following Worcester Preparatory School (WPS) students placed in the Shirley Hall Youth Art Show this year: Grade 7 – Mia Jaoude, 2nd place; Grade 8 – Elliott Windrow, 3rd Place and Jake Campbell, Honorable Mention; Grade 11 - Ava Wilsey, Honorable Mention.
     
    For over 30 years, the Art League of Ocean City has featured artwork by Worcester County middle and high school students in the annual Shirley Hall Youth Art Show. Originally sponsored by the Women’s Club of Ocean City, the show was coordinated by Shirley Hall who was an active member of the OC Women’s Club and former Art League president. When the OC Women’s Club disbanded, the Art League continued to coordinate the yearly youth show as it was central to the organization’s mission. When Shirley passed away in 2006, the Art League renamed the show in her honor.
     
    Celebrating 50 years, Worcester Preparatory School is an independent, college prep day school for Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 students.  Located minutes from the beach in Berlin, MD., the private school attracts an average of 500 students from Maryland, Delaware and Virginia.  For more information, please visit www.worcesterprep.org or call 410.641.3575.
  • Caitlin Williams (center right, holding commemorative lacrosse ball) of Berlin, MD stands with her WPS Varsity Girls Lacrosse teammates in celebration of her 200th goalie career saves.

    WPS LAX Goalie Achieves 200 Saves by Sophomore Year

    Berlin, MD – Congratulations to WPS Varsity Girls Lacrosse Goalie, Caitlin Williams (’24), who recorded her 200th career save on Friday, April 8th, against St. Peter & Paul School.
     
    Caitlin Williams has been playing lacrosse for 10 years. This is her second year on the WPS Girls Varsity Lacrosse team as a starting goalie. In 2021, Caitlin was named to the ESIAC All-Conference Team and won the Coach’s Award that year. This year she was voted a team captain as a sophomore. During Caitlin’s freshman season, she recorded 129 saves, with a 56% Save Percentage. Caitlin is a Multi-Sport Athlete at Worcester Prep where she plays Varsity Field Hockey, Varsity Soccer and Varsity Basketball. This summer, she will play in the prestigious Under Armour 150 for the second year in a row. This recruiting event showcases the top 150 players in the country.
     
    Celebrating 50 years, Worcester Preparatory School is an independent, college prep day school for Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 students.  Located minutes from the beach in Berlin, MD., the private school attracts an average of 500 students from Maryland, Delaware and Virginia.  For more information, please visit www.worcesterprep.org or call 410.641.3575.
  • Pictured are this year’s WPS National Art Honor Society inductees starting in the front row from the left, Lily Baeurle (Berlin, MD), Aria Islam (Ocean City, MD), Ava Wilsey (Selbyville, DE), Sophia Spadaro (Ocean City, MD), Jenna Hess (Fenwick Island, DE) and Anna McDonald (Berlin, MD). Middle row from the left, Jordan Willey (Milton, DE), Riley Schoch (Berlin, MD), Tim Hebert (Fenwick Island, DE), Jeffrey Hamer (Rehoboth Beach, DE), Jack Gardner (Salisbury, MD), Cole Myers (Berlin, MD), Cayden

    2022 WPS National Art Honor Society Inductees

    On Thursday, April 14, 2022 a select group of Worcester Preparatory School (WPS) students were inducted into the National Art Honor Society during a ceremony in the Guerrieri Library. The National Art Honor Society recognizes students who have shown outstanding ability in art scholarship, character and service.
     
    Celebrating 50 years, Worcester Preparatory School is an independent, college prep day school for Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 students.  Located minutes from the beach in Berlin, MD., the private school attracts an average of 500 students from Maryland, Delaware and Virginia.  For more information, please visit www.worcesterprep.org or call 410.641.3575.
  • Front Row from the Left: Vice President at Bank of Ocean City Ms. Nancy Bradford, WPS seniors Anna McDonald (Berlin, MD), Josie Gonzalez (Ocean City, MD), Hannah Brasure (Frankford, DE) and Vice President at Bank of Ocean City Mr. Earl Conley (WPS alum ’90).   Back Row from the Left: WPS History/Contemporary Issues teacher Mr. Paul Cyryca and WPS seniors Natalie Brushmiller (Berlin, MD), Hugh Thomas Cropper (Berlin, MD) and Jarett Sofronski (Berlin, MD).

    Forty Seniors Complete EverFi Financial Literacy Program

    Berlin, MD – Worcester Preparatory School (WPS) thanks the Bank of Ocean City for sponsoring the Spring 2022 EverFi Financial Literacy Program for seniors in Mr. Paul Cyryca’s Contemporary Issues course.  Forty students participated and are now Certified Young Adults. The EverFi Program assists future community leaders in becoming financially responsible at an early age.
     
    Celebrating 50 years, Worcester Preparatory School is an independent, college prep day school for Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 students.  Located minutes from the beach in Berlin, MD., the private school attracts an average of 500 students from Maryland, Delaware and Virginia.  For more information, please visit www.worcesterprep.org or call 410.641.3575.
  • WPS Student Spends Spring Break Volunteering at Ukrainian Border

    Berlin, MD – While many students spend Spring Break on the beach in the sun, for Worcester Preparatory School (WPS) Sophomore Vanesska Hall it was much different as she spent her time volunteering on the border of Slovakia and Ukraine, selflessly assisting Ukrainian refugees as they entered into Slovakia escaping from war.
     
    Vanesska Hall, who is a dual citizen of the United States and Slovakia, traveled to Slovakia during Spring Break in March to visit with her grandfather. Her family’s travel plans kept being postponed for the past two years as a result of COVID, and as their trip neared Vanesska was very much looking forward to spending time with her family and indulging in Slovakian & Hungarian food. However, when Russia invaded Ukraine in late February, Vanesska’s plans quickly changed.
     
    “My family and I were watching on TV in horror as the war unfolded,” she said. “Our hearts were broken seeing the people in Ukraine suffer.”
     
    Given the political situation, family and friends urged Vanesska and her family not to travel to Slovakia as it borders Ukraine but as the news unfolded, watching Ukrainians flee into neighboring countries, they couldn’t help but feel they needed to do something.
     
    Once arriving in Slovakia, they took a long drive from West of Slovakia to the eastern border with Ukraine and signed up to volunteer with the Greco-Catholic Church in the city of Kosice who were assisting refugees cross the border near the Ukrainian city of Uzhgorod.
     
    “Their seminarians were working tirelessly, frequently taking over 24-hour shifts, and really needed all the help they could get,” Vanesska said.
     
     
    Upon arrival, Vanesska was assigned to a tent where she greeted Ukrainian refugees with coffee, tea, soup and other necessities needed. As they were arriving by bus or by foot, all they had were the clothes on their back. Only 50-feet away from the tent was Ukrainian soil.
     
    Currently, about 300,000 Ukrainians have passed through Slovakia before being transported to other points throughout Europe.
     
    “Many have no place to go, and no money to take care of themselves. There were women, children, and the elderly who were looking for things like diapers, baby wipes, and personal hygiene items, which we gave to them gladly. Many tried to offer money although all of the items were free. I received a few Ukrainian chocolates from two especially grateful women. It was heartbreaking,” Vanesska recalled. “It was extremely cold. At times I couldn’t open tea packets because my hands were freezing. It's a really surreal scene and brought things into perspective for me. I truly saw how lucky we are to live in a safe country. It is unimaginable to have to suddenly leave one’s entire life and home to flee violence.
     
    In speaking with many of the refugees, Vanesska noted that many were in shock of what is taking place in their country. It was only a few weeks ago they were living normal lives.
     
    “They're terrified for their relatives they left behind,” she said.  “Some were crying as they came up to us. They don’t know where they will be going, or when they will be able to return to Ukraine. It’s impossible to tell what will be left of Ukraine when they get back.”
     
    While the unknown is frightening, the Ukrainians were very appreciative for the warm welcome on the Slovak side.
     
    “Many gave exhausted and thankful smiles of relief as they were glad to have finally escaped the violence occurring in their home country,” Vanesska said. “I am so glad I was able to help and to be a small part in these refugees’ journeys.”
     
    Since the start of war in Ukraine in February, more than half of Ukraine’s estimated 7.5 million children have been displaced. This has created a worldwide humanitarian response to support and provide aid to these refugees. Monetary donations are currently being accepted at WPS until April 14. Please make checks out to WPS, as the school will collect donations and make one large donation to UNICEF on behalf of the Worcester Prep community. For more information call WPS at 410.641.3575.
  • Elena Gjoni (Ocean City, MD) and Isabella Huber (Berlin, MD) proudly hold their pieces of art, both awarded with Honorable Mentions at the Art League of Ocean City’s Manga and Anime Art Show last weekend.

    WPS Honorable Mentions in Manga & Anime Art Show

    Berlin, MDDuring the Art League of Ocean City’s 2022 Manga and Anime Youth Art Show last week, April 1-3, two WPS students received Honorable Mentions at the exhibit.
     
    The Manga and Anime Youth Art Show received over 78 entries from schools near and far, two of them being Isabella Huber (’24) and Elena Gjoni (’28), who both received Honorable Mentions in the rankings. Elena Gjoni’s drawing, “The Four Elements”, was created using a combination of mediums, and Isabella Huber’s painting, “Shizuku”, was crafted with acrylic paint on glass.
     
    The show featured artwork by middle, high school, and college students – celebrating creativity and Manga/Anime as a true art form.  Prizes were awarded on the basis of creativity, originality, and artistic merit – plus special prizes from Ocean City Comic Con. The show pieces were judged by professors, Brad Hudson and Elvin Hernandez, of University of Maryland Eastern Shore (Sequential Arts program).
     
    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. For more information, please visit www.worcesterprep.org or call 410.641.3575.
  • Anna French (Dagsboro, DE) stands before her 4th Grade class in the WPS Guerrieri Library, and reads her essay aloud. Anna’s essay earned 2nd place in the State’s American Legion Auxiliary Essay Contest this year.

    WPS Student Places 2nd in the State American Legion Essay Contest

    Berlin, MD – This week, Worcester Preparatory School (WPS) 4th Grade student Anna French placed 2nd in the State in this year’s American Legion’s Essay Contest after placing 1st in the Region.
     
    Each year, the American Legion Auxiliary holds an Americanism Essay Contest for students (Grades 3-12) to teach the value of patriotism and what it means to be Americans. Thousands of students participate in the program each year and help promote a lifelong respect of our flag and country. This year’s theme was, “How can we support families who provide care to their Veterans?”
     
    Anna French achieved first place in the Region in her division (Grade 3 & 4), and on Tuesday, April 5, 2022 a ceremony was held for the regional essay contest winners at the American Legion Post #123 Boggs Disharoon where she learned she also placed 2nd in the State of Maryland. WPS congratulates Anna French for all of her hard work!
     
    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. For more information, please visit www.worcesterprep.org or call 410.641.3575.
  • Dylan McGovern (Salisbury, MD) and Sara Freih (Rehoboth Beach, DE) take a break from class to take a photo commemorating their time spent working as Delegates to the Congress of Future Medical Leaders this year.

    WPS Students Nominated as Delegate to Congress of Future Medical Leaders

    Berlin, MD – Recently, Worcester Preparatory School Sophomores Sara Freih and Dylan McGovern worked as Delegates to the Congress of Future Medical Leaders and will have another opportunity to serve again later this year.
     
    The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who want to become physicians or go into medical research fields. The purpose of this event is to honor, inspire, motivate and direct the top students in the country interested in these careers, to stay true to their dream and, after the event, to provide a path, plan and resources to help them reach their goal.
     
    Sara Freih and Dylan McGovern’s nomination was signed by Dr. Mario Capecchi, winner of the Nobel Prize in Medicine and the Science Director of the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists.
     
    During the two-day Congress, they joined students from across the country to hear Nobel Laureates and National Medal of Science Winners talk about leading medical research; be given advice from Ivy League and top medical school deans and what to expect in medical school; witness stories told by patients who are living medical miracles; be inspired by fellow teen medical science prodigies; and learn about cutting-edge advances and the future in medicine in medical technology.
     
    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. For more information, please visit www.worcesterprep.org or call 410.641.3575.
  • Following the completion of the U.S. Constitution Course, WPS participants Laney Hoch (Salisbury, MD), Isabella Fernley (Berlin, MD), Lara Owens (Pittsville, MD), Olivia Owens (Pittsville, MD), Cole Myers (Berlin, MD), Sage Myers (Berlin, MD) and Eliza Myers (Berlin, MD) smile with their certificates. Jackson Fernley is not pictured.

    WPS Students Complete U.S. Constitution Course

    Berlin, MDRecently a group of both Middle and Upper Worcester Preparatory School (WPS) students completed an educational outreach program teaching the original intent of the U.S. Constitution.
     
    WPS students Cole Myers (’23), Jackson Fernley (’25), Eliza Myers (’26), Sage Myers (’26), Olivia Owens (’26), Isabella Fernley (’27), Laney Hoch (’27) and Lara Owens (’27) successfully completed the intensive U.S. Constitution Course: An American View of Law, Liberty and Government. The course was administered by the Institute on the Constitution.
     
    Institute on the Constitution (IOTC) is a non-profit educational outreach located in Pasadena, MD. IOTC was established in 2004 by former Presidential Candidate Michael Anthony Peroutka, and has graduates of the U.S. Constitution Course in all 50 States. Courses and programs are intended to reconnect Americans to the history of the American Republic, and to heritage of freedom under law. For more information visit www.theamericanview.com.
     
    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. For more information, please visit www.worcesterprep.org or call 410.641.3575.
  • Second Grade student Carter Harrison (center, Ocean City, MD) had both his mom, WPS Second Grade Teacher Abby Harrison (left) and his dad, Chris Harrison (right), visit his Savanna Grasslands habitat.

    WPS Second Grade Habitat Fair

    Berlin, MDOn Friday, April 1, 2022, the 2nd Grade hosted a Habitat Fair for students, staff and family to attend and learn about the different places an animal makes a home, from the Rainforest to Polar and all the habitats in between.
     
    Students learned about the different types of land and water habitats, and the animals that live in each habitat, the adaptations animals make in each habitat and the food chain. As well as, the different types of plants, landforms and even what type of threats exist
     
    Following class lessons on habitats, it was the students turn to become the teacher by taking a month to research and write about an individual habitat selected. They even chose an animal to be featured in their habitat, and with Art Teacher Ms. Rebecca Tittermary’s help they each created a magic model of the animal in art class. The project was also carried on to Computer Class where Mrs. Julie Lyons helped them type all their research on the Seesaw program.
     
    In the end, their favorite part was to learn how each habitat can be conserved, and shared how we can help!
     
    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. For more information, please visit www.worcesterprep.org or call 410.641.3575.
     
  • Lily Baeurle (Berlin, MD) signs her letter of intent to attend Ursinus College and play on the Women’s Basketball team.

    WPS First Time Basketball College Commit Signing

    Berlin, MD – On April 4, 2022 Worcester Preparatory School (WPS) senior student-athlete Lily Baeurle of Berlin, MD., signed her Letter of Intent to play basketball for Ursinus College located in Collegeville, PA.  She is the first-ever WPS student to commit to playing basketball on the collegiate level.
     
    Lily is a standout, student-athlete who was honored in a ceremony at school surrounded by family, friends, coaches and administrators.  At only five years old, she started play basketball at the Sussex County Family YMCA, and continued to play there until middle school when she joined a travel team, DE Diamonds, out of Dover, DE. From middle school throughout high school Lily played for several Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) teams including the Warriors, Fastbreakers and East Coast Thunder.
     
    She started playing WPS Girls Basketball in the 7th Grade, and played on the Varsity team all four years of high school while also being elected to serve as team captain both Junior and Senior year. Lily was named MVP 5 out of the 6 years she played with WPS, and made All Conference Team 3 out of her 4 years on the Varsity team.
     
    “It is very exciting and I hope more athletes will follow in my footsteps,” Lily said of being the first WPS athlete to commit to college basketball.
     
    Lily furthered it was Ursinus Woman’s Basketball Coach Bobbi Morgan’s mission that led her to decide in playing for the college, as well as the opportunities the Liberal Arts College will provide.
     
    “It is also nice that my family will be close, and can come support me,” she added. “I am a little nervous, but mostly excited to play for Coach Morgan and play with my new team. I am just ready to start this new chapter.”
    Lily has also held a spot on the WPS Head of School List throughout her middle and high school years, as well as is a member of the Charles R. Jenkins Chapter National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Cum Laude Society and is Senior Class President. In addition to WPS Girls Basketball, Lily has also excelled on the WPS Girls Soccer team, achieving ESIAC All Conference. Lily is daughter to Jim and Courtney Baeurle.
     
    Celebrating 50 years, Worcester Preparatory School is an independent, college prep day school for Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 students. Located minutes from the beach in Berlin, Maryland, the private school attracts an average of 500 students from Maryland, Delaware and Virginia.  For more information, please visit www.worcesterprep.org or call 410.641.3575.
  • Dylan Simons Scores Level 10 Maryland State Champion Spot

    Berlin, MD – On Sunday, March 20, 2022 Worcester Preparatory School (WPS) Sophomore Dylan Simons became the Level 10 Maryland State Champion on Rings and High Bar in gymnastics, and is preparing to compete at the Region 7 Championships this week.
     
    Representing Twisters Gymnastics in Berlin, MD., Dylan Simons has been building strength in gymnastics since a young age. He has grown to now spend 6 days a week, a total of 19 hours, in the gym practicing, while maintaining excellent grades and participating with the WPS Cross Country and Tennis teams.
     
    Besides becoming the Level 10 Maryland State Champ, he also placed 2nd on Floor and 3rd All Around during the competition. Level 10 is the highest level of the Junior Olympic program overseen by USA Gymnastics.
     
    Dylan Simons will now compete in regionals with the best from Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. The Region 7 Men's Gymnastics Championships will be held in the Lou Gross Center at the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY from April 7 – 10, 2022. The champions from regionals will move on to compete nationally.
     
    We here at WPS wish Dylan Simons, and his coach Cameron Leonard, the best of luck at regionals.
     
    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. For more information, please visit www.worcesterprep.org or call 410.641.3575.
     
  • WPS 4th grader Taj Sands (Berlin, MD) smiles with his dad, William Sands, after taking a bite of a donut.

    WPS Breakfast with Buddies

    Berlin, MDDuring the week-long Book Fair in the Guerrieri Library, Worcester Prep Lower School students invited special guests to the inaugural, “Breakfast with Buddies” (formerly “Donuts with Dads”) on Thursday, March 31, 2022.  Guests enjoyed Dunkin Donuts breakfast and coffee, compliments of the Nistanzos family, while purchasing books together.  
     
    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
  • From the left, PreK students Dylan Brandt (Berlin, MD) and Romie Crevecoeur (Seaford, DE) prepare to drop eggs in their hand-crafted parachutes to see if the egg will break.

    WPS Egg-cellent Week with Pre-K

    Berlin, MD Last week, Worcester Preparatory School’s pre-kindergarten class conducted a series of experiments with eggs being the key ingredients. Both experiments resulted in a great day full of fun, all while students learned about the force behind gravity. 
     
    The "Humpty Dumpty Egg Drop Challenge" had students, along with help from their parents, create parachutes out of household supplies that would protect a hard-boiled egg during a fall and landing. Students dropped their parachutes from the top of our playground equipment, and not one egg cracked!
     
    The next experiment was "Inertia Egg Drop Experiment” where the Law of Inertia was tested. In this case, the egg stays at rest until the plate is moved, allowing gravity to take over. This pulls the egg straight down into the glass because there was no force to change the direction of the egg.
     
    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. For more information, please visit www.worcesterprep.org or call 410.641.3575.
  • Following the ceremony, French Honor Society inductees stand with their certificates. Front row from the left Moorea Phillips (Ocean City, MD), Lebby Becker (Rehoboth Beach, DE) and Natasha Richter (Bethany Beach, DE). Back row from the left, Morgan White (Lewes, DE), Natalie Chadwell (Seaford, DE), Cooper Ludt (Berlin, MD), Hunter Simons (Seaford, DE) and WPS French Teacher Elaine Burg.

    WPS Students Inducted to French and Spanish Honor Societies

    Berlin, MD On Thursday, April 31, 2022, twenty-five Worcester Preparatory School (WPS) students were inducted into the Pablo Picasso Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica and eight students were inducted into the Societe Honoraire de Francais Chapitre Bastille at the WPS Spanish and French Honor Society Induction Ceremonies.
     
    Congratulations to the following inductees: 
     
    French Honor Society Inductees: Elizabeth Lee Becker, Natalie Mae Chadwell, Cooper Grant Ludt, Moorea Skye Phillips, Natasha Katherine Richter, Hunter Sergey Simons, Ava Marin Nally and Morgan Alexandra White.
     
    Spanish Honor Society Inductees: Koda Porter Bauer, Ava Jacqueline Conaway, Emma Katherine Crivella, Elaine Elizabeth Elrick, Sara Isabell Freih, Ansley Long Gardner, Adam Maher Hafez, Vanesska Bozena Hall, Luke Joseph Hopkins, Isabella Anna Huber, Mia Lucinda Lovitt, Dylan Scott McGovern, Esther Marie Mehilli, Joan Susan Miller Gonzalez, Madilyn Eve Nechay, Ashlyn Kendal Roselle, Dylan Dimitry Simons, Reagan Sarah Sterrs, Summer Rebecca Vent, Tristan Sean Weinstein, Evelyn Stefania Westman, Caitlin Nicole Williams, Claire Ellison Windrow and Kathy Ye Zhang.
     
    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. For more information, please visit www.worcesterprep.org or call 410.641.3575.
     
  • WPS Student Nominated as Delegate to Congress of Future Medical Leaders

    Berlin, MD – Last week, Worcester Preparatory School Sophomore Sara Freih worked as a Delegate to the Congress of Future Medical Leaders and will again in November 2022.
     
    The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who want to become physicians or go into medical research fields. The purpose of this event is to honor, inspire, motivate and direct the top students in the country interested in these careers, to stay true to their dream and, after the event, to provide a path, plan and resources to help them reach their goal.
     
    Sara Freih’s nomination was signed by Dr. Mario Capecchi, winner of the Nobel Prize in Medicine and the Science Director of the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists. She was chosen to represent MD based on her academic achievement, leadership potential and determination to serve humanity in the field of medicine.
     
    During the two-day Congress, Sara Freih joined students from across the country to hear Nobel Laureates and National Medal of Science Winners talk about leading medical research; be given advice from Ivy League and top medical school deans and what to expect in medical school; witness stories told by patients who are living medical miracles; be inspired by fellow teen medical science prodigies; and learn about cutting-edge advances and the future in medicine in medical technology.
     
    At WPS, Sara Freih is an academically thriving student who never missed being on the headmaster's list in her Middle and Upper School career, as well as is a recipient of highest academic achievements in most of her classes in the 8th Grade and Freshman year.
     
    She is also a classically trained musician who started her musical journey at the age of four, and since then participated in numerous events, fundraisers and local performances to raise funds for the local community, such as the Tunnell Cancer Center, Beebe Healthcare, Milton Theater and many more. Most recently, Sara Freih performed the character of Princess Fiona in the Worcester Preparatory Upper School theatrical production, Shrek the Musical, in late February, as well as performed on WBOC DelmarvaLife earlier this month.
     
    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. For more information, please visit www.worcesterprep.org or call 410.641.3575.
  • Siblings Parker Moreland (bottom left) and Landon Moreland (bottom right) of Pocomoke City, MD., were surrounded by their grandparents on this special day. From the left is Grandma Karyn Moreland, Papa Ken Moreland, Mama Beth Sharpley, Papa John Sharpley and Grammy Laura Erlandson.

    Grandparents Day at WPS

    Berlin, MD – On Friday, March 25, 2022 Worcester Preparatory School (WPS) hosted students’ grandparents and guests for a special day on campus.
     
    Lower School (Pre-K – Grade 5) students had been looking forward to Grandparents Day at WPS, as they had been busy preparing class projects and performances for the celebration. The day started with coffee and breakfast, followed by an Olympic performance by each grade. The students then met their grandparents and special guests in the Field House to present their projects, followed by a tour of their classrooms and a trip to the annual Book Fair!
     
    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. For more information, please visit www.worcesterprep.org or call 410.641.3575.
  • From the left, WPS Head of School Dr. John McDonald, WPS senior Tristan Weinstein (Ocean City, MD), Sacred Heart University senior Nathan Kim, WPS seniors Brice Richins (Berlin, MD) and Jarett Sofronski (Berlin, MD) and Sacred Heart University Men’s Golf Asst. Coach Bob Mordecai.

    WPS Students Save the Day for Sacred Heart Golfer

    Berlin, MD – On Friday, March 25, 2022 Worcester Preparatory School (WPS) seniors found and returned wallet to a Sacred Heart University student who was in town competing in a golf tournament.
     
    WPS Seniors Brice Richins, Jarett Sofronski and Tristan Weinstein visited Chipotle in West Ocean City during their senior lunch break, where they found a wallet in the parking lot. They found the Sacred Heart University student ID of Nathan Kim inside, and looked to the social media platform, Instagram, to search for Nathan Kim’s profile, messaging him to let them know they had found his wallet.
     
    A short time later, Nathan Kim along with Sacred Heart University Men’s Golf Asst. Coach Bob Mordecai came to WPS to retrieve the wallet. Upon arrival, Nathan Kim and Coach Mordecai couldn’t thank the young men and praise them enough for their heroic actions.
     
    Perhaps the continuation of Nathan Kim’s good luck placed Sacred Heart University in 7th out of 22 collegiate teams at the Battle of Rum Pointe Golf Tournament last weekend in Berlin, MD.
     
    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. For more information, please visit www.worcesterprep.org or call 410.641.3575.
  • From the left, WPS Assistant Head of School/Head of Upper School Mike Grosso, students Jayden Scopp (Berlin, MD) and Angeline Todorov (Berlin, MD) stand with Ocean City – Berlin Optimist Club Chair Frances Pilarski, who presented them with their awards.

    WPS Upper School Optimist Essay Winners Awarded

    Berlin, MD – On Thursday, March 24, 2022, the Ocean City – Berlin Optimist Club Chair Frances Pilarski visited Worcester Preparatory School (WPS) to award this year’s International Essay Competition winners.
     
    Angeline Todorov (‘25) of Berlin, MD placed 1st and Jayden Scopp (‘25) also of Berlin, MD placed 3rd in the Ocean City – Berlin Optimist International Essay Competition. The topic of this year’s essay was, “How Does an Optimistic Mindset Change My Tomorrow?”
     
    The Ocean City – Berlin Optimist Club also sponsored this year’s Worcester County High School Arts Contest in which Izzy Huber (‘24) of Berlin, MD placed 1st and Aria Islam (‘22) of Ocean City, MD placed 2nd. This exhibition featured 27 pieces of student artwork submitted by art teachers from Pocomoke High School, Snow Hill High School, Stephen Decatur High School, and Worcester Preparatory School. The artwork was judged by artist and art teacher Gloria Richards, who retired after 30 years teaching art in Chicago, Wicomico County, and Worcester County Schools.
     
    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. For more information, please visit www.worcesterprep.org or call 410.641.3575.
  • Representing Mako Swim Club at the Mid Atlantic Junior Olympics, from left to right, is Gabriella Damouni (Lewes, DE), Anna Mumford (Selbyville, DE) and Jude Damouni (Lewes, DE).

    Update: WPS Swimmers Earn Medals at the Junior Olympics

    Berlin, MD – WPS students competed in the Mid Atlantic Junior Olympics last week resulting in the achievement of several medals.
     
    Representing Mako Swim Club, from March 17-20, Jude and Gabriella Damouni and Anna Mumford competed in the Mid Atlantic Junior Olympics. Jude Damouni competed in the Boys 13-14 division, Gabriella competed in the Girls 11-12 division and Anna Mumford compete in the Girls 13-14 division.
     
    Gabriella Damouni earned a Silver Medal in the 200 Free, Bronze in the 400 Free, Bronze in the 1000 Free, and Bronze in the 1650 Free, as well as qualified for the Senior Championship in the 1650 Free.
     
    Anna Mumford earned a Silver Medal in 1000 Free and a Bronze in the 1650 Free. She is also going to compete in the Senior Championships, which will take place this Thursday, March 24 - Sunday, March 27. 
     
    While Jude Damouni did not place, we are proud to announce he cut time in all competitions, including 33.33 seconds in the 1650 Free and 20.65 seconds in the 1000 Free.
     
    Tracing back to December, Gabriella and Anna attended Keystone Aquatics Arena Holiday Cup Championship in Carlisle, PA., where both girls competed against the top swimmers in the country in their age group. As a result, they qualified for the Eastern Sectional Z​ones Divisional Team, which is made of the top swimmers from the Mid-Atlantic area spanning PA, NJ, DE, MD, DC, and VA. They also both qualified for many different events in the Junior Olympics, including all different lengths from 50 free to 1650 free, and 100 back. 
      
    “These girls excel in school at Worcester Preparatory, and all the rigor it gives them, as well as outside of school in their swimming,” Gabriella’s mom, Helen Damouni said. “If they were not on deck ready to swim, they were studying and catching up on schoolwork in the car or at the hotel.”
     
    A month later at the Friends Central Aquatics Distance Challenge, Gabriella and Anna along with Jude reached another milestone while they swam 1650-yards. All three students completed the mile swim, a total of 66 laps, in less than 20 minutes with Anna finishing in 18:25, Jude finishing in 18:33 and Gabriella finishing in 19:25. Again, qualifying them for the Junior Olympics, this time with Jude by their side. Anna is ranked 11th and Gabriella is ranked 58th nationally in their age group, and Jude is ranked 225th nationally for his age group. In the Mid-Atlantic region, Anna is ranked 2nd and Gabriella is ranked 11th among the girls, and Jude is ranked 30th among the boys.
     
    In February, the three competed at the Double Last Chance ​Meet and qualified for additional events for the Junior Olympics. The races were for highly qualified swimmers in their respective age groups. While there, Anna also qualified for more Senior Championship events. It takes an extremely talented swimmer to qualify for the Senior Champs before the age of 15. Jude and Gabriella are on the brink of doing so while competing at the Junior Olympics. Currently, Anna's tally for Senior Champs is the 200 free, 500 free, 1000 free and the 1650 free. She will go on and race girls who range in age from 14-30 years old.
     
    "I love being with my friends, practice and pushing my limits and meeting other awesome swimmers,” Anna said.
     
    Also, during this meet Jude qualified for the 200 free and the 100 fly, Gabriella qualified for the 50 fly and the 400 IM, and Anna qualified for the 200 back and the 400 IM for Junior Olympics.
     
     “My coach always tells me that there is no such thing as adding time, but setting a new goal to beat that time,” Gabriella said. “I feel so honored that I got into Zones, and I am so excited for future competitions and hanging out with all my friends. I feel like I had such high goals and when I hit them, I was so happy.”
     
     Jude looks forward to future competitions, and one day competing in the Olympics.
     
    “I think what helped me reach my accomplishments was my drive and practice. My drive is wanting to be better than my current self because if I don’t worry about my competitors then I can focus on myself and train at my best every day,” Jude said. “Comparing my times to last year or even a few months ago, I have seen major improvements because of my hard work and the push that my teammates and I give each other whether it is in practice or at an actual meet.”
     
    Both Jude and Gabriella agree that their mom is their biggest fan.
     
    “She is always the first one to congratulate me on dropping time, and she always pushes me to do better,” Gabriella said. “She is an amazing mom and I don’t know what I would do without her.”

    Cebrating 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. For more information, please visit www.worcesterprep.org or call 410.641.3575.
  • From the left, Mrs. Kim Jankowski and her students, Jack Hornung (Newark, MD), Landon Carmean (Georgetown, DE), Sadie Kremer (Snow Hill, MD), Mara McClanahan (Selbyville, DE), ViviAnna Grinestaff (Berlin, MD), Isabella Rice (Bishopville, MD), Clara Collins-Ellingsworth (Bishopville, MD), Raia Gorfinkel (Berlin, MD), Elif Tekmen (Rehoboth Beach, DE), Lillyan White (Parsonsburg, MD), CJ Labin (Rehoboth Beach, DE), Nick Cippolone (Ocean City, MD) and Berlin Mayor Zack Tyndall live on the projector

    WPS 4th Graders Zoom with Mayor Zack Tyndall

    Berlin, MD – On Wednesday, March 23, 2022 Mrs. Erin Shimko and Mrs. Kim Jankowski’s 4th grade classes met with Town of Berlin Mayor Zack Tyndall over Zoom to discuss this year’s Mayor Essay Contest.
     
    Each year it is tradition at Worcester Preparatory School (WPS) for students to enter the “If I Were Mayor” Essay Contest, and this year’s theme is “Celebrating the Soul of Maryland”.  During Wednesday’s meeting, Mayor Tyndall talked about his role as the Mayor of Berlin, as well as the essay contest. Each student was able to ask him a question, and the mayor graciously accepted all types of questions from what is his favorite hobby to what his daily tasks are as Mayor. The students learned all about Mayor Tyndall from his favorite thing to do in is free time is to go surfing to also being a teacher at Salisbury University.
     
    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. For more information, please visit www.worcesterprep.org or call 410.641.3575.
  • Pictured from left to right, the $500 ExxonMobil Educational Alliance program grant was graciously accepted by Assistant Head of School/Head of Upper School Mike Grosso, WPS sophomores Dylan McGovern (Salisbury, MD) and Carson Rayne (Willards, MD), science teacher Mrs. Jenn Corron, WPS sophomore Sara Freih (Rehoboth, DE), Head of School Dr. John McDonald and Gordon Abercrombie (WPS ’13) of Cato, Inc.

    Cato, Inc. Awards WPS $500 ExxonMobil Grant

    Berlin, MD – Cato, Inc. marketing representative, Gordon Abercrombie (WPS ‘13, Furman University ‘17, Clemson MBA ‘19), presents a $500 ExxonMobil Educational Alliance program grant to Worcester Preparatory School (WPS). This year’s grant will be applied toward the Upper School AP Biology program, taught by science teacher Mrs. Jenn Corron. ExxonMobil believes in investing in educational programs for the next generation to pursue studies and careers in fields involving math and science. 
     
    Celebrating 50 years, Worcester Preparatory School is an independent, college prep day school for Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 students. Located in Berlin, MD., the private school attracts an average of 500 students from Maryland, Delaware and Virginia.  For more information, please visit www.worcesterprep.org or call 410.641.3575.
  • Liam McAllister (Bishopville, MD) and Artemiy Klimins (Bishopville, MD) compete for 1st place in the Grade 5-8 bracket during the WPS Chess Club Tournament on March 3, 2022.

    WPS Chess Club Tournament Winners

    Berlin, MD – On Wednesday, March 9, 2022 Worcester Preparatory School’s (WPS) Chess Club Tournament winners were recognized in front of their classmates and awarded with a trophy.
     
    Led by Head of Lower School Dr. Sara Timmons and Upper School Social Studies teacher Paul Cyryca, the WPS Chess Club had much interest this year maxing out at 40 students participating. Chess Club met twice a month since the start of the 2021-2022 school year, and had their final Chess Tournament on Thursday, March 3, 2022.
     
    During lunch on Wednesday, Dr. Timmons presented the winners, Liam Doran (‘30), of the Grades 2-4 bracket and Artemiy Klimins (‘29) of the Grades 5-8 bracket with their trophies. The runners up in the Grades 2-4 were Tejal Pillai (‘31) and Allen Martikan (‘31), and in the Grades 5-8 was Liam McAllister (‘29).
     
    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. For more information, please visit www.worcesterprep.org or call 410.641.3575.
  • Representing Mako Swim Club at Double Last Chance Meet, from left to right, is Anna Mumford (Selbyville, DE), Gabriella Damouni (Lewes, DE) and Jude Damouni (Lewes, DE).

    WPS Elite Swimmers

    Berlin, MD – Worcester Preparatory School is proud to announce three students who qualified for the Mid Atlantic Junior Olympics starting next week.
     
    For Jude Damouni (Class of 2026), Gabriella Damouni (Class of 2027) and Anna Mumford (Class of 2027), hard work is about to pay off as they will compete in swimming during this month’s Mid Atlantic Junior Olympics taking place March 17-20, 2022 followed by the National Championships in St. Petersburg, FL in April.
     
    In December, representing Mako Swim Club, Gabriella and Anna attended Keystone Aquatics Arena Holiday Cup Championship in Carlisle, PA., where both girls competed against the top swimmers in the country in their age group. As a result, they qualified for the Eastern Sectional Z​ones Divisional Team, which is made of the top swimmers from the Mid-Atlantic area spanning PA, NJ, DE, MD, DC, and VA. They also both qualified for many different events in the Junior Olympics, including all different lengths from 50 free to 1650 free, and 100 back. 
      
    “These girls excel in school at Worcester Preparatory, and all the rigor it gives them, as well as outside of school in their swimming,” Gabriella’s mom, Helen Damouni said. “If they were not on deck ready to swim, they were studying and catching up on schoolwork in the car or at the hotel.”
     
    A month later at the Friends Central Aquatics Distance Challenge, Gabriella and Anna along with Jude reached another milestone while they swam 1650-yards. All three students completed the mile swim, a total of 66 laps, in less than 20 minutes with Anna finishing in 18:25, Jude finishing in 18:33 and Gabriella finishing in 19:25. Again, qualifying them for the Junior Olympics, this time with Jude by their side. Anna is ranked 11th and Gabriella is ranked 58th nationally in their age group, and Jude is ranked 225th nationally for his age group. In the Mid-Atlantic region, Anna is ranked 2nd and Gabriella is ranked 11th among the girls, and Jude is ranked 30th among the boys.

    In February, the three competed at the Double Last Chance ​Meet and qualified for additional events for the Junior Olympics. The races were for highly qualified swimmers in their respective age groups. While there, Anna also qualified for more Senior Championship events. It takes an extremely talented swimmer to qualify for the Senior Champs before the age of 15. Jude and Gabriella are on the brink of doing so while competing at the Junior Olympics. Currently, Anna's tally for Senior Champs is the 200 free, 500 free, 1000 free and the 1650 free. She will go on and race girls who range in age from 14-30 years old.
     
    "I love being with my friends, practice and pushing my limits and meeting other awesome swimmers,” Anna said.
     
    Also, during this meet Jude qualified for the 200 free and the 100 fly, Gabriella qualified for the 50 fly and the 400 IM, and Anna qualified for the 200 back and the 400 IM for Junior Olympics.
     
    “I am very excited to be going to Junior Olympics and National Championships,” Gabriella said. “My coach always tells me that there is no such thing as adding time, but setting a new goal to beat that time.  I feel so honored that I got into Zones, and I am so excited for future competitions and hanging out with all my friends. I feel like I had such high goals and when I hit them, I was so happy.”
     
     Jude looks forward to future competitions, and one day competing in the Olympics.
     
    “I think what helped me reach my accomplishments was my drive and practice. My drive is wanting to be better than my current self because if I don’t worry about my competitors then I can focus on myself and train at my best every day,” Jude said. “Comparing my times to last year or even a few months ago, I have seen major improvements because of my hard work and the push that my teammates and I give each other whether it is in practice or at an actual meet.”
     
    Both Jude and Gabriella agree that their mom is their biggest fan.
     
    “She is always the first one to congratulate me on dropping time, and she always pushes me to do better,” Gabriella said. “She is an amazing mom and I don’t know what I would do without her.”
     
    Competing on a swim team would not be possible without their mom, Jude added.
     
    “She takes us everywhere and always supports us in our meets,” he said. “I am really looking forward to Junior Olympics and the National Championships meet in Florida with her.”
     
    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. For more information, please visit www.worcesterprep.org or call 410.641.3575.
  • In the front row from the left is Rani Yonker (Berlin, MD), Gabriella Damouni (Lewes, DE) and Ellie Phillips (Ocean City, MD). In the second row from the left is Gavin Mann (Bishopville, MD) and Caleb Walston (Salisbury, MD). In the back row from the left is Allen Meyer, his wife Gretchen Meyer and Head of School Dr. John McDonald.

    Elks Essay Contest WPS Middle School Winners

    Berlin, MD – This year’s Worcester Preparatory School’s (WPS) Ocean City Elks Lodge 2645 essay contest winners were recognized on Tuesday, March 8, 2022 and presented their checks.
     
    Congratulations to WPS 6th graders Ellie Phillips for earning 1st place, and Rani Yonker who earned 2nd place in the Grade 5 & 6 division. In the Grade 7 & 8 division, WPS 7th graders Caleb Walston won 1st place, Gavin Mann received 2nd place and Gabriella Damouni earned 3rd place. Ellie Phillips and Caleb Walston will advance to the district level.
     
    Ocean City Elks Lodge Americanism Essay Contest Chairpersons, Allen and Gretchen Meyer, presented each student with their award on Tuesday during lunch, as they were cheered on by their peers. This year’s Elks National Great Americanism essay contest theme was “What Does it Mean to Love Your Country?”. Each student submitted an essay close to 300 words expressing their views on their pride of America.
     
    “We received in excess of 80 essays to review,” Allen Meyer said. “It wasn’t easy to get it down to three finalists in each age group.”
     
    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. For more information, please visit www.worcesterprep.org or call 410.641.3575.
  • From the left, Sasha Gerner (Ocean Pines, MD) and Nuri Ramadan (Ocean City, MD) smile together on the 100th Day of School.

    100 Days Celebrated at WPS

    Berlin, MD – Worcester Preparatory School Lower School celebrated reaching their 100th day of school on Thursday, March 3, 2022.  Students from Pre-K to Grade 5 participated in a variety of educational and philanthropic activities throughout the day to commemorate their milestone.
     
    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. For more information, please visit www.worcesterprep.org or call 410.641.3575.
  • Standing in the front row from left to right is International Thespian Society inductees Cayden Wallace (Berlin, MD), Parker Tingle (Fenwick Island, DE), Cooper Ludt (Berlin, MD) and Christopher Todorov (Bishopville, MD). In the back row from left to right is Assistant Head of School/Head of Upper School Mike Grosso, Middle/Upper School Music Director Christopher Buzby, standing senior class ITS members Brooke Phillips (Ocean City, MD), Sydney Lamson-Reich (Rehoboth Beach, DE), Anderssen Taylor

    WPS International Thespian Society Inductees

    Berlin, MD –Members of the Worcester Preparatory School (WPS) junior class were inducted into the WPS chapter of the International Thespian Society on Thursday, March 3, 2022. 
     
    The International Thespian Society (ITS) is the Educational Theatre Association’s student honorary organization to recognize high school student achievement in Theatre. Hosted by Head of School Dr. John McDonald, Assistant Head of School/Head of Upper School Mike Grosso, Middle/Upper School Music Director Christopher Buzby, and Upper School Dance/Drama Director Paulette DeRosa-Matrona, the ceremony was held in front of family and friends in the WPS Guerrieri Library. Member of the junior class inducted into the ITS are Broderick Bushnell, Aria Islam, Ian Lewis, Cooper Ludt, Parker Tingle, Christopher Todorov and Cayden Wallace

    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. For more information, please visit www.worcesterprep.org or call 410.641.3575.
  • Essay winners, who are all part of the Freshman class stand with their English teacher Mrs. Megan Leslie (center). From left to right, Ocean City – Berlin Optimist International Essay Competition 1st place winner Angeline Todorov (Berlin, MD) and 3rd place winner Jayden Scopp (Berlin, MD), Mrs. Megan Leslie, and DAR American History Essay Contest 1st place winner James Haley (Bethany Beach, DE) and 2nd place winner Travis Netting (Dagsboro, DE).

    WPS 2022 Upper School Essay & Art Contest Winners

    Berlin, MD – Worcester Preparatory School (WPS) is pleased to announce this year’s Upper School (Grades 9-12) Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and Ocean City – Berlin Optimist Club essay and art contest winners.
     
    James Haley (Class of ‘25) of Bethany Beach, DE placed 1st and Travis Netting (‘25) of Dagsboro, DE placed 2nd in this year’s local Gen. Levin Winder Chapter of the DAR American History Essay Contest. The DAR sponsors an American History Essay Contest yearly to encourage young people to think creatively about the nation's history and to learn it in a new light. A panel of judges composed of DAR members and non-members select chapter winners.
     
    Angeline Todorov (‘25) of Berlin, MD placed 1st and Jayden Scopp (‘25) also of Berlin, MD placed 3rd in the Ocean City – Berlin Optimist International Essay Competition. The topic of this year’s essay was, “How Does an Optimistic Mindset Change My Tomorrow?”
     
    Izzy Huber (‘24) of Berlin, MD placed 1st and Aria Islam (‘22) of Ocean City, MD placed 2nd in this year’s Worcester County High School Arts Contest sponsored by the Ocean City – Berlin Optimist Club. In February, the Worcester County Arts Council featured the contest in their gallery located in Berlin, MD. This exhibition featured 27 pieces of student artwork submitted by art teachers from Pocomoke High School, Snow Hill High School, Stephen Decatur High School, and Worcester Preparatory School. The artwork was judged by artist and art teacher Gloria Richards, who retired after 30 years teaching art in Chicago, Wicomico County, and Worcester County Schools.
     
  • WPS students from the left, Ryan Lenox (Berlin, MD), Jayden Scopp (Berlin, MD), Dylan Simons (Seaford, DE), and from the right, Dillon Scopp (Berlin, MD) and Hunter Simons (Seaford, DE), stand with kids enjoying the new game room at WYFCS.

    WPS Students Continue Fundraising Efforts

    Berlin, MD – Worcester Preparatory School (WPS) students Dylan and Hunter Simons, along with growing list of classmates, continue fundraising efforts as they have also launched a Go Fund Me to benefit the homeless.
     
    Dylan and Hunter Simons are the founders of Only Positive Stories. An organization that shares optimistic outlooks through their website, www.OnlyPositiveStories.com, and social media platforms where they share real-life encouraging stories, as well as provide a platform where others could submit their own. Together the help inspire an audience to live a positive life and achieve goals.
     
    In December, the Simons, along with classmates Dillon and Jayden Scopp and Ryan Lenox, launched a fundraiser on the Go Fund Me website to raise money for the Worcester Youth & Family Counseling Services (WYFCS). Their focus was to help provide the local youth a safe place where they can also have fun. The funds raised created a dynamic space for children by supplying them with smart TVs, video gaming system, and other kid-friendly games at the facility located in Berlin, MD. In just 4 days, the fundraiser reached its goals of $1000, and continued to grow to over $3,500 in months to follow, including a $2,500 donation from WPS Lacrosse Coach Drew Haugh. On February 15, the unveiling of the new game room at WYFCS was held to celebrate.
     
    Not only did the total amount funds raised continue to grow, but so did the number of WPS students’ involvement. The team has now grown to include Aleksey Klimins (Bishopville, MD), Gavin Conaway (Berlin, MD), Ava Conaway (Berlin, MD), Claire Windrow (Bishopville, MD), Moorea Phillips Ocean City, MD), Izzy Huber (Berlin, MD), Vanesska Hall (Ocean City, MD) , Connor Ferguson (Ocean City, MD), Sara Freih (Rehoboth Beach, DE) and Cole Myers (Berlin, MD).
     
    A subsequent fundraiser has been launched where proceeds will be donated to the local chapter of WGP Warriors Against Addiction. According to the campaign, the students are raising money to provide washers and dryers in two locations to help the homeless. In addition to the Go Fund Me campaign, students are also collecting canned goods, blankets and clothing items that can be dropped off at the WYFCS front desk.
     
    “The WPS students have many more exciting plans for the future giving back to their local community and hope more WPS students will want to join,” Dylan and Hunter’s mom, Sharon Simons, said. “As Dylan once said - I hope giving becomes contagious. It seems as if it is at Worcester Prep.
     
    For more information visit Only Positive Stories website at www.OnlyPositiveStories.com where links to both Go Fund Me fundraisers for WFYCS and the homeless can be found.
     
    Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services, Inc. (WYFCS) is a non-profit organization serving the community since 1975 located in Berlin, MD. WYFCS has been at the heart of what is really happening in the families and homes in Worcester County by reaching the people who need help. Through programs that include comprehensive Mental Health Counseling, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Youth Mentoring, Family Resource Navigation, and Youth Camps and Groups, WYFCS is increasing awareness about mental health, advocating for abused and neglected children, providing community resources and education, and truly making a difference in the lives of the people in the community.
     
    The Worcester County Warriors Against Opiate Addiction began in April, 2016 when a few community moms who had sons that were addicted to heroin joined forces to fight the drug in their community. When it became evident that many parents and others in Worcester County were dealing with the same issue, they decided to form an army against opiates and the Worcester County Warriors was born. In the short time that the Warriors have existed, the entire county has risen in support of this passionate battle. The Warriors have become a force to be reckoned with and they welcome anyone to join them in fighting the scourge that is threatening the people of our beautiful county.
     
    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. For more information, please visit www.worcesterprep.org or call 410.641.3575.
  • Cayden Wallace (Berlin, MD) put on a spectacular performance playing the character Shrek.

    WPS: Shrek the Musical

    Berlin, MD – Congratulations to the Worcester Preparatory School (WPS) Art Department for putting on an amazing show, Shrek the Musical, this past weekend. The amount of hard work put into the production showed, as there was a standing ovation!
     
    Surrounded by family and friends, WPS hosted Shrek the Musical in the Athletic and Performing Arts Center on February 25 and 26.  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.  
     
    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. For more information, please visit www.worcesterprep.org or call 410.641.3575.
  • Seniors Hannah Brasure (Frankford, DE) and Brook Emeigh (Seaford, DE) pose together for Twin Day.

    Twin Twosday at WPS

    Berlin, MD – On Tuesday, February 22, 2022 (2.2.22) Worcester Preparatory Middle and Upper School students (Grades 6-12) celebrated the iconic date by dressing up as twins with friends, or their actual twin!
     
    Fun was had during lunch, when students played games such as "Two" trivia and twin dice games.  There was also a "Two" Scavenger hunt throughout the middle school hallways - how many twos could they find? Well, 22 of course!
     
    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. For more information, please visit www.worcesterprep.org or call 410.641.3575.
  • In the front row, Girls JV Basketball award recipients Maxine Ruggerio (Rehoboth Beach, DE), Danielle Carr (Lewes, DE) and Lydia Schwartz (Salisbury, MD). In the back row, Girls Varsity Basketball award recipients Bella Marinelli (Selbyville, DE), Lily Baeurle (Berlin, MD) and Myranda Beebe (Rehoboth Beach, DE).

    WPS Announces Upper School Winter Sports Awards

    Berlin, MD – On Tuesday, February 22, 2022, Worcester Preparatory held the Upper School (Grades 9-12) Winter Athletic Awards Assemble recognizing Cheerleading and Boys and Girls JV & Varsity Basketball athletes.  
     
    The following students were recognized: 
     
    Cheerleading 
    Most Improved Player: Sophia Haines 
    Coaches Award: Anna Carpenter 
    Most Valuable Player: Kate Abbott 
     
    Girls JV Basketball 
    Most Improved Player: Maxine Ruggerio 
    Coaches Award: Lydia Schwartz 
    Most Valuable Player: Danielle Carr 
     
    Girls Varsity Basketball 
    Most Improved Player: Bella Marinelli 
    Coaches Award: Myranda Beebe 
    Most Valuable Player: Lily Baeurle 
     
    Boys JV Basketball 
    Most Improved Player: Ryan Mann 
    Coaches Award: Owen West 
    Most Valuable Player: Hunter Simons 
     
    Boys Varsity Basketball 
    Most Improved Player: Harrison Humes 
    Coaches Award: Brice Richins 
    Most Valuable Player: Griffin Jones 
     
    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. For more information, please visit www.worcesterprep.org or call 410.641.3575. 
  • WPS Lower School grades Pre-K – 1 smile for the camera before lunch to show their support for Lakelyn and the Draheim family.

    WPS Dresses in Pink to Raise Funds for Local Family

    Berlin, MD – On Monday, February 14, 2022, students and faculty participated in “Wear Pink” day at Worcester Preparatory School (WPS). This wasn’t just for Valentine’s Day, but to support the local family of Lakelyn Draheim (Berlin, MD).
     
    Lakelyn is a sweet, charismatic and determined 4-year-old who loves gymnastics and dance. In January she was diagnosed with DIPG (Diffuse Infiltrative Pontine Glioma) Stage 4, an inoperable brain tumor. She is currently undergoing pinpoint radiation treatment at the Children’s National Hospital located in Washington D.C.
     
    WPS Senior Camden Rayne is Lakelyn’s dance teacher. She partnered with WPS Volunteers to start a fundraiser at school to support the community’s efforts to help send the Draheim family to Disney World. In doing so, all students and faculty were asked to wear the color pink on Monday and donate $2 each to the cause. By the end of the day, WPS raised nearly $5,000 for the Draheim family.
     
    To learn more about Lakeln’s story visit at www.caringbridge.org/visit/lakelyndraheim or follow the Facebook page “Lakelyn Strong-Defeating DIPG”. To donate towards a trip to Disney visit GoFundMe page www.gofund.me/eca79d83 or to donate towards medical expenses visit www.gofund.me/7e526648.
     
    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.  For more information, please visit www.worcesterprep.org or call 410.641.3575.
  • Savannah Baker (Salisbury, MD) enjoyed her Valentine’s cookie while celebrating with her PreK classmates.

    Celebrating Valentine’s Day at WPS

    Berlin, MD – On Friday, February 11, 2022, Worcester Preparator's Lower School (PreK – Grade 5) celebrated Valentine’s Day. Prior to dismissal, each class celebrated with a party and games, and students were able to share cards and treats with their teachers and classmates.
     
    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.  For more information, please visit www.worcesterprep.org or call 410.641.3575.
  • From the left, seniors Michael Wehberg (Parsonsburg, MD), Graham McCabe (Ocean City, MD), Joshua Conway (Rehoboth Beach, DE) and Jarrett Sofronski (Berlin, MD) enjoyed their 100-Day Breakfast.

    WPS Alumni Association Hosts 100-Day Breakfast for the Class of 2022

    Berlin, MD – On February 14, 2022 the Worcester Preparatory School (WPS) Alumni Association sponsored a 100-Day Breakfast celebration marking the senior class countdown to graduation. WPS Alumni Association President Steve Green ‘93 welcomed the senior class, offering words of wisdom prior to introducing guest speaker, WPS alum Wyatt Richins ‘16. Richins shared an inspirational speech to help guide seniors as they prepare to start their college career. Bagels and coffee were generously by Dunkin’ Donuts. In addition, each student was gifted a WPS tumbler courtesy of the Alumni Association.
     
    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.  For more information, please visit www.worcesterprep.org or call 410.641.3575.
  • From left to right, Mara McClanahan (Selbyville, DE) and Raia Gorfinkel (Berlin, MD) were proud of the blanket they completed to donate to Project Linus.

    WPS Students Craft Blankets for Project Linus

    Berlin, MD – On Friday, February 11, 2022, Worcester Preparatory School’s 4th Grade class took advantage of Valentine’s Day party down time to craft blankets to be donated to Project Linus.
     
    The idea came to WPS 4th grade teachers Kimberley Jankowski and Erin Shimko by homeroom mom, Sara Gorfinkel, supported by the remainder of the homeroom moms, Wendy Caba-Labin, Kimberly Kappes and Jenna Hoch. Gorfinkel, along with her daughters Raia (4th grade) and Nora (6th grade) pre-cut all the blankets for the students to complete during their Valentine’s party on Friday.
     
    “Through volunteer work students gain real-world experience, it teaches appreciation, builds empathy, and encourages cooperation,” Jankowski said. “It made my heart smile to see how involved the kids were, some of them asking to work on more than one blanket knowing that they were doing something good for someone in need.”
     
    Project Linus provides love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gift of a new, handmade blanket lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers.” The local chapter, Project Linus of Lower Delmarva, is celebrating over 18 years of service to children of Delmarva, and over 13,000 huggable handmade blankets donated.
     
    While it is easy for students to exchange treats with each other for Valentine’s Day, it is not so simple to share compassion for those we don’t know, Shimko explained.
     
    “Making the blankets was a concrete way for our students to pass along the love that they experience here at WPS,” she said. “The students were able to create an item that will comfort and convey love long after the party is over. Our blankets became a Valentine for those in need, and I am incredibly proud of the enthusiasm, energy, and effort they put into showing others they are loved.”
     
    For more information on Project Linus visit www.projectlinus.org, or to become involved with Project Linus of Lower Delmarva, contact Donna Clarke at greatoaks@juno.com.
     
    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.  For more information, please visit www.worcesterprep.org or call 410.641.3575.
  • During the WPS Junior Ring Ceremony, senior Brooke Phillips (Ocean City, MD) presents junior, Brody Bushnell (Berlin, MD), with his class ring following a heartfelt speech.

    WPS Class of 2023 Ring Ceremony

    Berlin, MD – The annual Junior Ring Ceremony took place at Worcester Preparatory School on February 9, 2022.  It is tradition that seniors present the juniors with their 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.
     
    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.  For more information, please visit www.worcesterprep.org or call 410.641.3575.
  • Worcester Prep Presents Shrek The Musical

    Berlin, MD – Worcester Preparatory School presents Shrek The Musical on Friday, February 25 at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, February 26, at 3 p.m. Doors will open 30 minutes prior to showtime.
     
    The Upper School students, parents and teachers are working hard, and having fun with this show! Tickets go on sale Monday, February 7. All tickets purchased in advance are $12. Tickets purchased at the door will be $15.
     
    Tickets can be purchased from Debbie Taylor, located in the Middle and Upper School Office, during school hours (8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.) Tickets are also available on the school’s website at www.worcesterprep.org/arts/musical-tickets. Tickets purchased online will be available for pick-up at the door on the night of the show.
     
    We hope to see you all there!
  • Worcester Preparatory School’s 3rd grade class stand with their Science Fair projects on Friday, January 14, 2022.

    WPS 3rd Grade Science Fair

    Berlin, MD – On Friday, January 14, 2022, Worcester Preparatory School’s 3rd grade class presented a world of inspiration, dedication and fun at this year’s Science Fair.
     
    In preparation of the Science Fair, each student of the 3rd grade class wrote their own testable questions for a science experiment to show all the parts of the scientific method. After forming a hypothesis, they were required to design an experiment to collect data and draw conclusions based on their results.
     
    “I was very impressed by the number of students who formed questions based on their personal interests. We had students conducting experiments with Lego cars, fishing knots, horses, and various types of food,” 3rd Grade teacher Lisa Sharpley said. “My favorite part of our science fair is seeing the excitement from each child while sharing their hard work with their peers. I am proud of each and every one of them.” 
     
    Celebrating 50 years, Worcester Preparatory School is an independent, college prep day school for Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 students.  Located minutes from the beach in Berlin, Maryland, the private school attracts an average of 500 students from Maryland, Delaware and Virginia.  For more information, 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.