Congratulations to the following four students who received the most prestigious Academic Convocation awards for their academic achievement in all subject areas and service to the school. Best All-Round student awards were selected by a written vote of faculty and staff. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all award recipients were announced via a movie presentation on the WPS Mallard YouTube channel.
2. Junior Joseph Schwartz (Salisbury)/Head of School Academic Award, Grades 9-11, for Highest Cumulative Average of 2019-20 school year. He was also the recipient of the George Washington University Math/Science Award that is awarded to a high school junior with the highest cumulative average in math and science.
3. Junior Waverly Choy (Rehoboth Beach)/Best All-Round student, Grades 9-11.
4. 6th grader Ansh Batra (Rehoboth Beach)/Head of School Academic Award, Grades 6-8, for Highest Cumulative Average of 2019-20 school year.
5. 8th grader Vanesska Hall (Berlin)/ Best All-Round student, Grades 6-8.
Worcester Preparatory School (WPS) is proud to announce the new inductees to the following Honor Societies including the Cum Laude Society, Societe Honoraire de Francais Chapitre Bastille, Pablo Picasso Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica, and the National Art Honor Society.
The William E. Esham, Jr. Chapter of the prestigious Cum Laude Society at Worcester Preparatory School (WPS) welcomed nine new members this April. 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. Congratulations to the following inductees: Grade 12: 1. Damiana Elizabeth Colley 2. Emily Stewart Copeland 3. Kurt Uwe Leinemann 4. Devin Michael Wallace 5. Madison Grace Van Orden Grade 11: 6. Daniel Yang Chen 7. Sophia Abigail Ludt 8. Hannah Elizabeth Perdue 9. Joseph Christopher Schwartz 10. Summer Clare Walker
Société Honoraire de Français Inductees: 1. Brooke Elizabeth Emeigh 2. Sydney Claire Lamson-Reich 3. Marshall Radalin Mumford
Pablo Picasso Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica Inductees: 1. Katherine Riley Abbott 2. Grace Elise Baeurle 3. Lily Katherine Baeurle 4. Ayush Batra 5. Anna Magdalene Carpenter 6. Meredith Anne Cummings 7. Nicholas Kim Hearne 8. Carly Marie Hoffman 9. Ibrahim Fawad Khan 10. Ashley Elizabeth Laws 11. Brice Gary Richins 12. Sumira Sehgal 13. Audrey Anna Stearns 14. Abigail Vickery Taylor 15. Anderssen Sydney Taylor 16. Megan Elizabeth Waller 17. Michael Cort Wehberg 18. Anna Patricia Williams
National Art Honor Society Inductees: 10th Grade: 1. Jenna Christina Beaver 2. Hannah Elizabeth Brasure 3. Hugh Thomas Cropper 4. Ava Marin Nally 11th Grade 5. Sophia Abigail Ludt 6. Vishnu Taran Mohan 7. Marika Ekaterini Vasilikos 12th Grade: 8. McKenzie Carol Blake 9. Rylie Ellen Carey 10. Jenna Marie Elrick 11. Maximilian Stefan Huber 12. Kathryn Frances Marini 13. Hana Bree Miller 14. Abigail Mackenzie Plylar 15. Eli Reyes Prushansky 16. Audrey Anna Stearns 17. Samuel Grayson Tinkler 18. Devin Michael Wallace 19. Molly Elena White 20. Enzo Gregory Zechiel
While our students are busy #DistanceLearning, many of their family members are on the frontline doing their part to save lives and help combat the coronavirus/COVID-19. Last week, WPS parent of Grace '16 and Owen '19, Mr. George Tunis, along with his wife Emily and their HARDWIRE team, designed and produced a cutting edge Face Shield for medical professionals. WPS parent of senior Nick Franklin '20, Mr. Michael Franklin, CEO of Atlantic General Hospital (AGH), and his medical team partnered in the development of the HARDWIRE Face Shield by wearing and evaluating the prototype to perfect the comfort fit. In less than one week of working day and night, the HARDWIRE team now produces and delivers 6,000 face shields a day to protect medical professionals within our surrounding communities, including MD, DE, VA, and beyond. And this is just the beginning. Once their new machines arrive, the goal is to produce up to 100,000 face sheilds a day! It's amazing what our Mallard families can accomplish working together! THANK YOU to ALL of our Worcester Prep families, faculty and staff who are making a difference working hard in and out of the home during this challenging time.
Congratulations to the thirteen Worcester Prep Students who were inducted into the WPS chapter of the International Thespian Society on March 5. The International Thespian Society (ITS) is the Educational Theatre Association’s student honorary organization to recognize high school student achievement in Theatre. New members of the Worcester Preparatory School International Thespian Society include: Front Row L-R: Natalie Foxwell, Waverly Choy, Summer Walker, Lexi Willey, Hannah Perdue. Middle Row L-R: Bryn Elliott, Will Mears, Nathan Oltman, Chipper Becker, Joseph Schwartz. Back Row L-R: Upper School Dance/Drama Director Mrs. Paulette DeRosa-Matrona, Cole Lamson-Reich, Daniel Chen, Teague Quillin and Middle/Upper School Music Director Mr. Christopher Buzby.
Congratulations to the WPS students who captured the coveted Winter Sports Awards and to the seven basketball players who were named 2020 ESIAC All-Conference. Also, congratulations to first year WPS girls' basketball coach, Mr. Brian McDermott, who was named 2020 ESIAC Girls’ Winter Sports Coach of the Year!
For a hands-on study of marine life adaptation and anatomical structures, Mrs. Jenn Corron's biology class dissected a squid this week. Their favorite part was extracting the squid's ink sac and using it to write their names!
The Department of the Navy awarded WPS senior Frank Carter (Lewes) a full, four-year Navy ROTC Scholarship to attend Notre Dame University. The award was presented in December while attending the Army/Navy Game in Philadelphia. Last week, Frank also received an appointment (acceptance) to the United States Naval Academy. He has big decisions to make by May 1st!
(L-R) WPS junior Sophia Ludt (Selbyville) and senior Kathryn Marini (Lewes) were selected to serve on the Delaware Community Foundation’s Youth Philanthropy Board, along with a small group of other juniors and seniors from Sussex County. These high school students, representing public, private and parochial schools, will experience what it’s like to be philanthropists and the difference they make in the community. The foundation gives the student board $10,000 to award to local charities. The students work together to choose a focus area, solicit and review grant applications, conduct site visits, and decide how to distribute the money to have the greatest impact.
Over winter break this past weekend, LS art teacher, Ms. Rebecca Tittermary, and one of her students, third-grader Kylee Hutton, attended the AIMS Art Show Recognition Ceremony/Reception at the Walter’s Art Museum in Baltimore. Three WPS students, Kylee Hutton (Gr.3), Angie Todorov (Gr.7), and junior Hannah Perdue, had their beautiful artwork selected to be in the show. Overall, thirty-three AIMS schools participated in the exhibition which was on display from January 22-February 2.
A talented group of Ms. McGuire's engineering students, juniors Nathan Oltman, Hunter Gentry, and Will Mears, show off their ingenuity and fine craftsmanship skills with three of their practical (and functional) projects!
WPS Parents’ Association officers present a donation check of $3,350 to VR Club members: Cayden Wallace (Berlin), Parker Tingle (Fenwick Island), Meeta Agarwal (Salisbury), Parents’ Association V.P. Courtney Baeurle (Berlin), Parents’ Association President Mary Beth Hebert (West Fenwick), Cooper Ludt (Selbyville), Amna Iqbal (Snow Hill), Jason Todorov (Berlin), Arnav Sehgal (Lewes), Brody Bushnell (Berlin), Middle/Upper School technology teacher Nancy Raskauskas (Ms. R), Parent/Donor Jennifer Ludt (Selbyville), Ian Lewis (Onancock, VA).
Congratulations to the following WPS art students, Kindergarten through Grade 12, who placed in the “2019 Eastern Shore Classic Dog Show Art Contest" which connects student and canine through artistic expression. Students from Ms. Tittermary’s and Mr. Zaiser’s WPS art classes placed in every age category except one, captured nine of the thirteen 1st place ribbons (earning cash awards), and junior Hannah Perdue received the Pathos Award top honor. Winners were selected based on their interpretation of “Dogs, Man’s Best friend” by a panel of judges which included local artists, art educators, and AKC judges.
Director of College Counseling Vickie Garner and her assistant Katie Oxenreider coordinated a dynamic college Alumni Panel from the Class of 2019 to speak with the Junior Class yesterday. The alums shared insightful information about their college application/essay process and stories of how they transitioned to college life. The speaker panel included: Colin Miller/Univ. of MD; Nick Lange/Univ. of DE; Valedictorian Maya Nathan/Washington Univ. in St. Louis; Salutatorian & Best All-Round Student Dominic Anthony/Fordham Univ.; Matt Durkin/Univ. of MD; Ally Elerding/George Washington Univ. THANK YOU to these wonderful alums for giving back to their fellow mallards!
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.