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This Week at WCA, January 15, 2020

January 15, 2020
By Admin

Admissions Preview Night This Week

Westminster is holding our first admissions preview event for 2020 tomorrow evening, Thursday, January 16th, at 6:30 pm in the Tech Lab.

If you know of families who are interested in learning more about who we are, please help us spread the word!  This is a great opportunity to learn about the unique mission of Westminster, meet our amazing faculty and staff and tour our campus.

For more information, contact Laura Briscoe, Director of Admissions.

Friday Night Hoopla

This week it's Friday Night Hoopla for our home games against Lanier!  You can enjoy expanded dinner concessions while watching our MS and V Lions take on Lanier Academy.  The first game, JV Boys, starts at 5 pm and the evening closes out with the Varsity Boys tip-off at 7:30 pm.

For lower school students, be sure your attendance counts towards the Hoopla attendance competition. There will be someone at the admissions table for students to check in with for class credit.

As with all WCA athletic events, WCA students' admission is free and all adults are $5.  We look forward to seeing you there for this time of fun, food, and fellowship while cheering on our Lions!

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Informational Meeting

Did you know that there is a difference between a sudden cardiac arrest and a heart attack?  On Thursday, January 16th, Katie Terrell from Piedmont Healthcare will be on campus for an informational meeting about sudden cardiac arrest.  The presentation will include how to recognize symptoms and the first steps to take for someone experiencing these symptoms.  All interested students and parents are invited to attend.  The meeting will be held beginning at 6:30 pm in the Music Room.  If you have any questions, please contact Steve Crouse,

MLK Holiday

Westminster will be closed this coming Monday, January 20th in observation and honor of Martin Luther King Day.  School will resume normal operations on Tuesday, January 21st. 


Upper School Honor Roll Breakfast

The Upper School Honor Roll Breakfast will be held on Wednesday, January 22 at 8:00 a.m. in the gym.  Invitations have been emailed to the parents of honor roll students.    Please note that some students are in the process of making up first semester exams, therefore it may be a few days before those grades are completed and results reflected on HR list. 

Follow the links below for a list of honor roll students:

The criteria for the Principal's List and the Honor Roll list is as follows:

Principal’s List:  Students with a 90 or better in every academic course in the standard curriculum will be placed on the Principal’s List.

Honor Roll:   Students with an overall academic average* of 89.5 or better in the standard curriculum and no individual course grade lower than an 80 will be placed on the Honor Roll.

*Academic averages are based on the following courses: English, Math, Science, Social Studies, Foreign Language, and Bible.

Questions:  Contact Tollie Ediger

Baseball Tryouts

Calling all Diamond Lions!  It's time to start pre-season workouts -  but first, tryouts.  Baseball tryouts will be held next Tuesday, January 21st, beginning at 3 pm.  All interested players grades 7th - 12th should plan to attend.

Questions?  Please contact Steve Crouse,

Literary Sign-Ups Now Open

Opportunity for 8th-12th Grade students

Literary team signups are happening now and the deadline to sign up is this Friday, January 17th.  The sign-up sheets are on the bulletin board in the gym.  We are looking for students to compete in the following categories:

  • Extemporaneous Speaking - US and International
  • Spelling
  • Essay - Personal, Argumentative, Rhetorical
  • Interpretation - Dramatic, Humorous, Duo

Please contact Mrs. Cole with any questions.

Interested in helping Westminster "Adopt-our-Streams"?

WCA has received a generous grant to begin an Adopt-a-Stream program on our campus!  We are excited about this great learning and service opportunity for our students and families.

If you are interested in learning more about the program and ways in which you can participate, please contact Dr. Dayna Fairman ,

One of the opportunities presented with the Adopt-A-Stream program is to become certified in Chemical and/or Biological Testing.  There is an upcoming certification workshop on Sunday, January 26.  If you are interested in attending, register by Wednesday, January 22 for this class with Vicki Soutar at  If we have enough interest among our parents, faculty and students, we may be able to schedule additional workshops. 

Thank you for your interest and support as we begin this worthy program at Westminster!

Upper School Spirit Week

It's time to start planning outfits for the 2020 Upper School Spirit Week!  Each day of the week - January 27th - 31st - will have a different theme to give students the opportunity to show their spirit while having a good time.

Father-Daughter Dance - We Need You!

WCA's annual Father-Daughter Dance will be held on Saturday, February 8th in the upper school gymnasium.  This is a night where the gym is beautifully transformed to honor this special event.  However, this transformation takes many hands to accomplish.  If you are able to volunteer to help with decorating, craft table, food or takedown, please follow this link to sign up - Father Daughter Dance 2020 Volunteer.

Walton EMC Washington Youth Tour

Walton EMC is sending four local high school sophomores and/or juniors to Atlanta and Washington, D.C., on June 18 – 25, 2020, to see the sights and learn valuable leadership skills. Included are audiences with state and national leaders.

Past tour stops included the White House, Capitol, Smithsonian, National Mall, National Holocaust Museum and various memorials. Social activities include a cruise on the Potomac River and dining at restaurants like the Hard Rock Café.

It’s easy for students to qualify for the tour. Students must:

  • Be a high school sophomore or junior
  • Live or attend a school in Walton EMC’s service area
  • Have a parent’s permission to enter
  • Commit to making the trip on June 13 – 20 if chosen

It’s also easy to enter. Take these steps:

  • Complete and send the necessary forms to Walton EMC by 5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 7, 2020. Get the forms here.
  • Study the material sent in the mail.
  • Take a written test on Monday, March 2, 2020, covering the study material.
  • The eight contestants scoring the highest on the written test will advance to a short interview.
  • Judges will choose four winners and two alternates.

Please contact Kelly Cole,, with any questions.

As we go through our days, please remember to keep the following WCA families in your prayers. Also, please email Tami Butts ( with updated and/or new prayer requests.  It is an honor to pray for each other.

  • Please be in prayer for the Kreiger family as they are walking through Anderson's (11th grade) recurrance of.  He is currently still in Children's Healthcare of Atlanta receiving initial treatments which may ultimately include a bone marrow transplant.  Sally (Teacher, 1st Grade) is posting updates and immediate prayer concerns through the Caring Bridge website.  Anyone wishing to support the Kriegers during this time, please contact 1st-grade parent, Heather Watson - - who is coordinating efforts.  Additionally, if you would like to support the Krieger's by providing them a meal, please sign up by following this link - Krieger Meal Sign Up.  Thank you for keeping Sally, Jon, Anderson and Ian (WCA Class of 2018) in your prayers. 
  • Please continue to pray for our art teacher, Jackie Kirsche, as she walks through her cancer journey.  Jackie is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatments and the wonderful news is that recent test results indicate that the treatments are being effective against her cancer.  Specific prayer requests are that these chemotherapy drugs will continue to prove effective against her cancer, that her side effects will be minimized and that her immune system will be protected during this time of year when germs are so easily shared.  Thank you for remembering Jackie, her husband Kevin and children Berkley (class of 2013), Sierra (class of 2016) and Hadley (class of 2018).
  • Please be in continued prayer for Kim Hardwick, WCA teacher, who has undergone treatment for recurrent melanoma.  Kim's December scans showed no sign of disease.  This is a huge praise and answer to prayers!  Thank you for remembering her husband, Steve and their children (Ben - Class of 2018, Anna - 11th, Cary - 8th and Ella - 6th) during this time. Kim has set up a caring bridge site where she can share information about her journey.

Prayer requests are included here at the request, or with the permission of the family.


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