WY Daily: Children Celebrate Reading at Dr. Seuss Birthday Bash
"Children at Walsingham Academy did not eat green eggs and ham, but instead feasted on cake to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss on Friday.
For the Dr. Seuss Birthday Bash, Walsingham invited students in pre-k through third grade from their institution and across Williamsburg to a celebration of the beloved author. The school gave away 600 free tickets to guests who poured into the lower school gymnasium in eager anticipation of the festivities.
The event was held in conjunction with Read Across America Day, an annual reading motivation and awareness program by the National Education Association. Since 1998, Read Across America has been working to create lifelong readers."
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Fifth Graders create Wax Museum
On February 27, Gabby Lynch and Mary Beth Hughes's fifth grade students created Walsingham's very own Wax Museum. Each student researched a historical figure, dressed in costume, and memorized a short speech. The students became statues and, when prompted by a museum visitor, recited their speech. Click here to view the Facebook photo gallery, and click here to see a slideshow on WY Daily's "Get Schooled."
Sister Mary Jeanne to judge Williamsburg Dancing with the Stars
Walsingham Academy’s very own Sister Mary Jeanne Oesterle will be one of the distinguished panel of judges for the fifth installment of Dancing with the Williamsburg Stars to support a joint fundraiser between Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Virginia Peninsula and Literacy for Life at the Rita Welsh Adult Learning Center.
Twelve local stars have all accepted the challenge to train with a professional dancer and compete in front of a live audience and panel of judges. Click here to purchase your tickets online today!
Braden Sutton joins 1,000 Point Club
Congratulations to Braden Sutton ('14) for scoring his 1,000th points as a Walsingham Varsity Basketball player. Braden broke the barrier in the TCIS Tournament Final. He becomes the third Trojan to reach the milestone this season, joining Ashley Barnes and his teammate Billy Barnes. Great job, Braden!
Basketball players, coach garner conference honors
Four different Trojans earned conference honors in recognition of their fantastic efforts:
- Ashley Barnes (‘15) was named TCIS All-Conference First Team
- Billy Barnes (‘14) was named TCIS All-Conference First Team and TCIS All-Tournament Team
- Miguel Kissoon (‘14) was named TCIS All-Conference Second Team
- Braden Sutton (‘14) was named TCIS All-Conference Second Team and TCIS All-Tournament Team.
In addition, Boys Basketball Coach Billy Barnes was named TCIS Coach of the Year for his efforts, leading Walsingham to a 21-7 record, TCIS Runner-Up, and the #3 seed in the VISAA State Tournament.
Congratulations to all the Trojan players and coaches for their wonderful seasons and well-earned accomplishments!
Daniel Brause named National Merit Scholar finalist
Daniel Brause receives a standing ovation at the school assembly.
Daniel Brause ('14) was recognized at a school assembly on February 18 for being selected as a National Merit Scholar finalist. Daniel is one of 15,000 students out of a initial pool of 1.5 million to achieve finalist status -- a rate of just 0.01%. In March, he will learn if he is one of approximately 8,000 students to be named a National Merit Scholar and be eligible to receive scholarships through the program.
The National Merit Scholarship Program is a non-profit, academic competition to recognize academic achievement. Eligible students selected to participate at the local level begin the process in their junior year. The program focuses on a student’s critical thinking, mathematical, and writing skills.
Victoria Schoenig earns All-State Swimming Honors; Boys Medley Relay team sets new school record
Walsingham completed a great year with a strong showing at the VISAA Division II State Championship on February 14 and 15 at George Mason University’s Freedom Aquatic Center. Against fierce competition, Sixteen Trojan swimmers helped deliver eight Top 16 finishes, led by Victoria Schoenig (‘16), who earned All-State Honors for placing eighth the 100 Freestyle with a time of 55.50.
The Boys 200 Medley Relay team of Michael Holder (‘15), Cole Sanderson (‘15), Dylan Sullivan (‘15), and Duncan Hamra (‘14) swam into the Walsingham record book with a time of 1:43.03, breaking a mark that has stood for 14 years. The previous record of 1:44.24 was set in the 2000 by Joey Steele (‘00), Will Hartmann (‘04), Bobby Crace (‘02), and Chad Barlow (‘01) and until last weekend was the longest-standing school record in boys swimming.
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Walsingham students help bestow Beacon of Freedom Award
Ellie Chason ('21), Olivia Clark ('20), Chloe Tringali ('20), and Jordan Nagel ('19) took part in the Beacon of Freedom Award program, a joint project by the Williamsburg Regional Library and Colonial Williamsburg. The Beacon of Freedom Award is presented annually to a book that introduces American history to children in a historically-accurate and engaging manner.
The students read six books selected by the library and met as a group to select their top three. On February 7, they participated in a discussion at the Williamsburg Regional Library with representatives from five other schools. The students discussed the books, answered questions from the moderator and audience, and then voted on the winner. This year, the recipient of the Beacon of Freedom Award was Laurie Calkhoven, author of Will at the Battle of Gettysburg.
Visting Artist at Walsingham Academy
Walsingham Academy’s Upper School was proud to host local artist, June Skalak on Tuesday, February 11. Skalak has been involved in the Virginia art scene for many years and has received numerous recognitions and awards. Her work can be found in many private collections across the country. June demonstrated her techniques and shared her passion for painting in the foyer of the Upper School, speaking and working with Lanette McNeil’s art classes throughout the morning and afternoon.
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