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2021

  • Coach Carol Hartnett kneels in the center, and Athletic Director Matt McGinnis stands on the far right both surrounded by the WPS Varsity Girls Soccer Team.

    WPS Coach Hartnett Celebrates 525th Win

    Berlin, MD – On Tuesday, September 21, 2021, Coach Carol Hartnett of Bethany Beach achieved a coaching milestone by gaining her 525th win with Worcester Preparatory School (WPS).
     
    Coach Hartnett and the Varsity Girls Soccer team beat Saints Peter and Paul High School in Easton, MD with a score of 3-0. Following the game Athletic Director Matt McGinnis awarded Coach Hartnett with the major milestone.
     
    “Anybody who knows me, knows it’s not all about winning,” Coach Hartnett said. “It’s everyone on the team who contributes to a win.”
     
    In Hartnett’s 27 years of teaching health and physical education at WPS, she has coached many competitive girls’ teams including Varsity Girls Lacrosse, Middle School and Varsity Girls Basketball and Varsity Girls Soccer.
     
    “I’m lucky to do a job I love as a teacher and a coach,” Coach Hartnett said. “I try to be someone who makes a difference. At WPS we work hard together. We play hard together, and we succeed together.”
     
    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.
  • Carter Harrison (Ocean City), Grant Messner (Berlin), Nora Rafinski (Berlin) and Grace Tunnell (Lewes) put a stop to shaking ice cream ingredients to pose for the camera.

    WPS Grade 2: The Science Behind Ice Cream

    Berlin, MD – On Friday, September 17, 2021 second grade students at Worcester Preparatory School conducted a science experiment that also turned into a sweet afternoon snack! In this activity, students create their own ice cream in a bag and explored the best way to chill the ingredients to have them become a creamy delicious treat!
     
  • Dylan Brandt helps add water to help prepare for the experiment.

    WPS Pre-K: Does a Coconut Sink or Float?

    Berlin, MD – On Friday, September 17, 2021 Pre-K students at Worcester Preparatory School conducted a fun science experiment to find out if a coconut sinks or floats. The students learned coconuts are mostly hollow inside, and that the buoyancy allows the coconut to float!
  • Sand Castle Home Tour Supports WPS

    Berlin, MD – For the past 17 years, the Art League of Ocean City has sponsored the Sand Castle Home Tour as a fundraiser their non-profit organization, but this year there’s a twist with other nonprofits added to the list.
     
    According to Art League of Ocean City Executive Director Rina Thaler, due to the pandemic in 2020, the traditional Sand Castle Home Tour was revamped into a virtual event, with more than 1,800 visitors viewing nearly 25,000 pages online.
     
    As a result, the Art League has decided to host the tour virtually again this year with added features, including a home fully decorated for the holidays. Not only will the tour run the entire month of October, giving ticket holders the opportunity to re-watch as many times as they like, but the Art League will be sharing generated income with a list a local nonprofits, including Worcester Preparatory School (WPS).
     
    “I believe this is a win-win situation,” Thaler said. “Ticket purchasers can support a cause important to them while they enjoy a fabulous tour of Delmarva’s finest homes, without leaving the comfort of their own home.”
     
    The 2021 Sand Castle Home Tour is a fun, convenient way to tour 10 of Delmarva’s most fabulous homes – and support the Art League of Ocean City and Worcester Prep at the same time. By entering the unique code WPSHT21, each supporter will receive $5 off their purchase and the Art League will donate $5 to Worcester Prep.
     
    Purchase tickets at www.sandcastlehometour.com using code WPSHT21 and $5 of each ticket will benefit WPS.
     
    “Worcester Prep is proud to partner with the OC Art League on the Sand Castle Home Tour,” WPS Director of Development Amy Tingle said. “We believe art is an important part of a well-rounded education and we are grateful to be selected as one of the non-profits that will benefit from this worthy endeavor.”
     
    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.
  • Class of 2022 students honored for outstanding Advanced Placement scores. Front L-R: Sydney Lamson-Reich (Rehoboth Beach), Sumira Sehgal (Lewes), Megan Waller (Salisbury), Anna Carpenter (Berlin) and Ava Nally (Ocean View).  Back L-R: Jarett Sofronski (Berlin), Marshall Mumford (Bethany Beach), Riley Moyer (Berlin), Riley Schoch (Berlin) and Ayush Batra (Rehoboth Beach).

    35 Advanced Placement Honors to WPS Classes 2021 – 2023

    Berlin, MD – Worcester Preparatory School (WPS) students from the Classes of 2021 and 2023 captured 35 Advanced Placement Honors from the College Board. 
     
    AP Scholars with Distinction who achieved scores of at least 3.5 on all AP tests taken and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams were:  Ayush Batra ’22, Daniel Chen ’21, Waverly Choy ’21, Ibrahim Khan ’21, Sophia Ludt ’21, Marshall Mumford ’22, Hannah Perdue ’21, Joseph Schwartz ’21, Summer Walker ’21 and Megan Waller ’22.
     
    AP Scholars with Honor who received an average of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams were: Charles Becker ’21, Sydney Lamson-Reich ’22, William Lamson-Reich ’21, Christine Lizas ’21, Kaden Mault ’21, Graham McColgan ’21, Edward Quillin ’21, Riley Schoch ’22 and Maddy Warren ’21.
     
    AP Scholars with scores of 3 or higher on three or more exams were: Caroline Anderson ’21, John Arrington ’21, Ryan Brafman ’21, Sarah Butler ’21, Anna Carpenter ’22, Carson Cebula ’21, Meredith Cummings ’21, Anwen Elliot ’21, Grace Hopkins ’21, William Mears ’21, Riley Moyer ’23, Ava Nally ’22, Vincent Petrera ’21, Sumira Sehgal ’22, Jarrett Sofronski ’22 and Marika Vasilikos ’21.
     
    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 Parents Tiffany and Steve Wisniewski (Bishopville)

    WPS Parents’ Association and Faculty Welcome New Families

    Berlin, MD – On Wednesday, September 8, Worcester Preparatory School (WPS) Parents’ Association hosted a New Parent Coffee event to welcome families who are new to the school. Faculty and staff introduced themselves to new parents, while they also got to know each other over coffee and breakfast.
     
    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.
  • Coach Hartnett sits with this year’s backpack donations before loading them for delivery to Lord Baltimore Elementary School.

    WPS Soccer Team Donates Backpacks & School Supplies to Lord Baltimore Elementary School

    Berlin, MD Last week, the Worcester Preparatory School 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 (WPS ’18) started the tradition to donate backpacks nine 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.” 
     
    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.
  • Left to Right: Head of Upper School Mike Grosso, Cpl. Eric Lenz, Head of Lower School Sara Timmons, teachers Madelyn Beebe, Cheryl Marshall and Kim Jankowski, Head of Middle School Megan Wallace, Sgt. Stephen Hallman, Head of School John McDonald, teachers Laura Holmes and Hunter Causey, Sgt. Jason Crowe and Lt. Earl Starner

    WPS Active Shooter Training

    Berlin, MD – Last week on August 27, 2021 prior to the students return, Worcester Preparatory School (WPS) faculty and staff participated in CRASE (Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events) training.
     
    Maryland State Police Sgt. Stephen Hallman presented the difficult topic of an active shooter situation, and the ways to increase the chances of surviving such an event, while also protecting students. Also in attendance was Cpl. Eric Lenz, Sgt. Jason Crowe and Lt. Earl Starner of the Maryland State Police Berlin Barrack.

    The CRASE course is designed and built around the “Avoid, Deny, Defend” strategy developed by Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Center in 2004. This course provides strategies, guidance, and a proven plan for surviving an active shooter event. Topics include the history and prevalence of active shooter events, civilian response options, medical issues, and considerations for conducting drills. The CRASE course is an instructor led, question and answer session geared toward churches, businesses, and public organizations.
     
    “IN order to provide an educational environment conducive to higher learning, safety has to remain our number one priority,” Head of Upper School Mike Grosso said. “Along with the drills that we practice and the codes that we have in place, this was a wonderful opportunity for us to host the event and be more prepared incase of an emergency.”
     
    To learn more about CRASE training, or to schedule a course for your business, organization or community please contact MSP Sgt. Hallman at 410-202-9670 or Lt. Starner at 443-496-0258.
     
    Sgt. Hallman has earned multiple certifications in the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) program based in San Marcos, TX. He is a certified instructor for ALERRT’s Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE), as well as a certified trainer for Incident Responses to Terrorist Bombings from New Mexico Tech’s Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center.
     
    Founded in 1970, WPS is a private, independent Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 School, located in Berlin, Maryland.  Approximately 500 students attend from Maryland, Delaware and Virginia.  For more information about WPS, please visit www.worcesterprep.org or call 410.641.3575.
  • WPS Class of 2022 students make great progress on their college applications: (L-R) Ayush Batra (Rehoboth Beach), Carter McCabe (Bethany Beach), Jarett Sofronski (Berlin) and Anders Taylor (Ocean City) surrounded by fellow senior classmates.

    WPS Class of 2022 Gets a Jumpstart on the College Application Process

    Berlin, MDStarting August 16, 2021, the Worcester Prep Class of 2022 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.  
     
    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. Tish Peterson (former admissions officer at Boston University, Georgetown University, and George Washington University), Mrs. Liz Nally (WPS AP English Teacher), and Mrs. Megan Leslie (WPS English Teacher). 
     
    Founded in 1970, WPS is a private, independent Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 School, located in Berlin, Maryland.  Approximately 500 students attend from Maryland, Delaware and Virginia.  For more information about WPS, please visit www.worcesterprep.org or call 410.641.3575.
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Worcester Preparatory School

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