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WMC Celebrates the Top Ten Graduates of the Class of 2020

Western Michigan Christian High School Is Proud to Present Our Top 10 Students in the Class of 2020

By Kristy Taylor, Ph.D, Dean of Students and Instruction

Congratulations, Top Ten!  This graduating class is a smart one, and there are several classmates that have pushed this group to work harder each and every day.   

This is an extremely high honor for all ten of these students and it is worthy of recognition. It has taken countless hours of studying, homework, planning, and schoolwork to achieve such high GPA averages and grades. All of these students took the initiative in their education, with many of them taking AP and Dual Enrollment classes, and always striving for straight A’s.

I spoke personally to all top 10 students in my office before transitioning into remote learning.  It was such an honor to see their smiling faces of their accomplishment. It is definitely not an easy task to be at the top of this class of 2020 at WMC, but please help me in congratulating them and their hard work these past four years. 

Benjamin Garretson, Valedictorian

Benjamin Garretson will graduate as the Valedictorian of the class of 2020. He is the son of Bob and Heather Garretson and a member of Bethany Christian Reformed Church.  While at WMC, Ben ran cross country, played on the baseball team, was active in the jazz band, and was president of the Grand Haven Youth Advisory Council.  Ben attended Grand Haven Christian School for his primary education, spent sixth grade at Blandford Nature Center in Grand Rapids, and completed junior high at Geneva School of Manhattan in New York. In the fall, he will attend the University of Michigan and plans to major in chemistry and minor in computer science.

Benjamin Waldo, Salutatorian

Benjamin Waldo is the Salutatorian of the class of 2020. He is the son of Michael and Stacey Waldo and attends Ferrysburg Community Church.  His activities included cross country, track and field, Sanchin-Ryu karate and cadets. His college choice is still undecided but is considering Calvin, Baylor, TCU, U of M with ROTC (Army or Air Force). Ben attended Grand Haven Christian School for his PK-8 primary education. His major field of study may be mathematics, engineering or language studies.

Micah Betten

Micah Betten is the daughter of Bryan and Sandy Betten. Her hometown is Spring Lake where she attends Harvest Bible Chapel. Micah was active at WMC on the student council and played on the school’s soccer and golf teams. Micah attended Grand Haven Christian School for her K-8 primary education. She will be attending Hillsdale College in the fall and has not decided on her college major.

Grace VanBeek

Grace VanBeek, daughter of Jeff and Deb VanBeek, lives in Fruitport. She attends Harvest Bible Chapel and participates in high school ministry as well as Harvest Kids ministry.  She also volunteers at North Ottawa Community Hospital. At WMC, Grace played soccer, volleyball and is active in the Student Council as well as the school spirit group called “The Green Machine.”  Grace attended Grand Haven Christian School for her K-8 primary education. Her future plans will be studying nursing at the University of Michigan.

Carli Betten

Carli Betten, the daughter of Jerry and Elizabeth Betten, lives in Grand Haven. She attends Covenant Life Church. While at WMC, Carli participated in soccer and volleyball.  She also has enjoyed serving in her church nursery and volunteering on church mission trips.  Carli attended Grand Haven Christian School for her K-8 primary education. Carli has not chosen a college to attend in the fall but plans on a future career in accounting/business.

Nathan VanDerWeide

Nathaniel Van Der Weide, of Muskegon and the son of Arie Van Der Weide and Melanie Guikema, plans on attending the University of Michigan with a possible major of physics or aerospace engineering. He played baseball, tennis and basketball at WMC. Nathan attended Fremont Christian School and then Grand Haven Christian School for his PK-8th primary education and currently attends Port City Church.

Jenna Houskamp

Jenna Houskamp plans to attend Calvin University with a major in business and minor in Spanish.  She is the daughter of Michael and Lori Houskamp and lives in Spring Lake. She attends Ferrysburg Community Church where she serves in student leadership, on the Vision Team, in children’s ministry, and on the worship team.  At WMC, Jenna is a member of the chamber choir and is the 2020 senior vice-president. Jenna has also participated in soccer, basketball and is also the coach and captain for the Fury Soccer Club. Jenna attended Grand Haven Christian School for her PK-8 primary education.

Chloe Mitchell

Chloe Mitchell lives in Spring Lake and attends Harvest Bible Chapel.  She is the daughter of Keith and Kimberlee Mitchell and sister of Kellen Mitchell.  At WMC, Chloe played soccer for two years and volleyball for all four seasons and was a member of the school spirit group known as “The Green Machine.”  Chloe loves teaching volleyball to youth and also refereeing youth volleyball leagues. She is the founder of Blessed With a Dress, an organization that donates formal wear to students. Chloe attended Grand Haven Christian for her middle school education and, in California, attended Oso Grande Elementary and Ladera Ranch Middle School. She will be studying to be a pre-physician’s assistant with a minor in nutrition at Aquinas College where she will also be playing volleyball.

Zach Foreman

Zachary Foreman, son of Jamey Foreman and Paula Prince, attends Bethany Church and lives in Twin Lake.  His interests at WMC included baseball and tennis.  Zachary attended Muskegon Christian School for his PK-6 education and then transitioned to WMC in 7th grade. His future plans include a possible major in education with an emphasis in teaching at the high school level.

David Clausing

David Clausing, of Grand Haven, attends Covenant Life Church. He is the son of Cory and Kristin Clausing. At WMC, David was active in theatre, chapel teams, served as a worship intern and also participated in the cross country and swim teams. David attended Grand Haven Christian School for his PK-8 primary education. He plans to major in biology and music at Calvin University.

CLICK HERE to see a listing of the entire graduating class of 2020.

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Student Teaching Opportunity for WMC Robotics Club Students

Warrior Students Teach at Alma Mater Grand Haven Christian School

By Ryan Bradford-Royle, WMC Senior

Earlier this winter, Jacob Tejchma, Alex Miller, and I had an opportunity to teach a robotics class at Grand Haven Christian School. The students were middle schoolers just like we were just a few years ago. They were doing their Winterim classes and Mr. B (Mark Brondyke) asked us to teach a class.

The best part about our team was that we all had our areas to teach. Alex used our Raspberry Pi chips from WMC to teach the boys about programming.

Jacob helped the boys with putting the robots together and fixing assembly issues.

And I taught the boys CAD (computer-aided design) so we could 3D print their own custom parts to make their robots unique. They could make scoops and plows for the balls but some boys decided to design flippers to sabotage the other team.

We designed games for the students that used different aspects of their robot and programming skills, then played tons of games with them.

Jacob, Alex, and I had a great time sharing our knowledge with this class. We were so happy to have this opportunity and hope the boys learned a lot and had a ton of fun.

If you are a WMCS feeder school and you are interested in a Robotics camp taught at your school this summer, CONTACT US.

WMC’s Academic Excellence Fall Round-Up

Fall 2010 Wrap Up

It’s a lot. So many students, grades, subjects, classes, days, hours…you get the gist. So we decided to stop by a few classrooms each trimester to give you a little peek at what goes on academically at WMC.

But first, did you know that WMC is at the top in the area in standardized test scores? That’s a fact! For the past three years, we have had the best reported SAT composite score in Muskegon County. Our students go on to the best colleges and universities, including the University of Michigan, Penn State, other Big Ten schools, Calvin University, Hope College, and many more. Although SAT composite scores for private schools are not released, the Western Michigan Christian High School SAT composite for 2019 is 1129 and is the 31st best-reported score in the state. Click here for a searchable database of all public schools in Michigan.

Did you know that WMC is at the top in the area in standardized test scores? That’s a fact!

Dr. Kristy Taylor, WMC Director of Curriculum and Instruction, is very pleased with this year’s score, “We are so excited for our staff and students who work hard day in and day out. In the last five years, we have really been focusing on curriculum development through our late starts and through our K-12 alignment in the WMCS collaborative, and the progress we’ve made is now showing in our test scores. A huge thank you goes out to our teachers who work tirelessly to ensure that each and every student in our building is being educated with excellence.

In the last five years, we have really been focusing on curriculum development through our late starts and through our K-12 alignment in the WMCS collaborative, and the progress we’ve made is now showing in our test scores.

STEM

This year some WMC high school and middle school students took an Introduction to STEM course taught by Mark Hill. They were introduced to what STEM is as well as certain engineering careers. 

STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering, and mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach.

STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach.

After researching student-selected careers, students had the opportunity to apply and work with different engineering concepts. Students developed and built Rube Goldberg devices, designed, engineered and built usable furniture out of cardboard and glue, and built and coded autonomous cars that could run through an obstacle course. The reason for a course such as this is for students to begin to understand the design process and search out possible careers in STEM-related fields and local trades. Students understood, in a course such as this, that “failure” leads to opportunities for success and that many questions we have lead to multiple answers.

One of the Rube Goldberg devices that students designed and built.


“At Orchard View Middle School, I previously taught automation and robotics to 7th graders and design and modeling to 8th graders through PLTW (Project Lead the Way),” shared Mr. Hill. 

Students using Python software to program Dexter robots to travel autonomously through a simple maze.

If you would like to get involved with the STEM program at WMC feel free to email Mr. Hill.

SCIENCE FAIR

This fall, Kelly Wierenga’s “Physical Science A” students chose a scientific question to research and test. These projects related to real-world issues such as water pollution, energy efficiency, and human health. Student presentations were judged by members of the community including WMC parents as well as representatives from libraries, Blandford Nature Center, and the MI Department of Environmental Quality. 

Two projects tied for 1st place including Staci Krieger’s “Doodling…Distracting or Not Distracting?” and “Goldfish and Water Pollution” by Emily Matz, Michaela Faith, and Meralee Detar.

WMC students voted for their favorite and the project “Water Quality Experiment” by Sophie Hendrie and Isabel Post won the Popular Vote award.

One of Ms. Wierenga’s students created this video montage of all the Science Fair submissions.

CIVICS & CURRENT EVENTS

Every class David Miedema teaches, at some point, will include a student debate. It’s a two-pronged approach; students get to evaluate important issues from multiple perspectives and consider various angles before drawing conclusions. They also benefit from practicing some public speaking and active listening.

In today’s political climate, there can be a lot of hostility and animosity on certain issues. Instead, in Mr. Miedema’s class, students practice speaking and listening with grace, respect, and love while still seeking to boldly live out God’s truth.

“Kids love these debates because they center on controversial issues ranging from immigration, sexuality, and gun rights to more local concerns like school chapel and service hours. It involves a lot of emotion and allows students to share ideas and ask questions about issues that actually matter to them in a controlled, respectful setting,” explains Mr. Miedema. 

Western Michigan Christian Top SAT in county

Western Michigan Christian High School SAT composite 1135 top in county

 

The SAT composite scores were published and although the scores for private schools are not released, the Western Michigan Christian High School SAT composite for 2018 is 1135. This is the 31st best reported score in the state, and the highest in Muskegon county and in our lakeshore area. Click here to see the Mlive article that includes a search tool to find public school scores.

We are so excited for our staff and students who work hard day in and day out. Jenn VanHekken, Director of Curriculum.

Jenn VanHekken, Director of Curriculum and Instruction for West Michigan Christian Schools, is very pleased with this year’s score, “We are so excited for our staff and students who work hard day in and day out.  In the last 4 years we have really been focusing on curriculum development through our late starts and through our K-12 alignment. The progress we’ve made is now showing in our test scores.  A huge thank you goes out to our teachers who work tirelessly to ensure that each and every student in our building is being educated with excellence.”

Western Michigan Christian (WMC) High School and Middle School (7-12th) is located at 455 East Ellis Rd. Muskegon, including 360 students from 5 countries, 30 cities, and 75 churches. WMC is a member of West Michigan Christian Schools(WMCS), a collaborative system of five schools throughout the Lakeshore region, including Fremont Christian (PK-8), Grand Haven Christian (PK-8), Muskegon Christian (PK-6) and New Era Christian (PK-8). The WMCS system works under a “Better Together” philosophy, offering a top-quality PK-12 Christian Education experience and a full scope of academic and extracurricular programs. Please >> click here to contact WMCS.

Counseling Office Newsletter: Winter Edition

Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed

I can’t believe that 1st trimester is already done and exams have come and gone.  The counseling office is bustling with seniors applying to college and looking at post-secondary options.  That post-secondary decision is a big one, and the seniors are feeling this pressure.  As parents you are able to help this process by starting conversations early.  Even as 7th graders, students can begin pursuing their interests and talking about what they might want to do.   We will also be doing this at WMC.  We want to start conversations early and help our students see the importance of all their years at WMC, 7th-12th grade.

The counseling office has also been working on new and upcoming programs to benefit our students.  Our counseling group has been launched and there will be others to follow.  We want to support our students in all areas; this includes social/emotional, career development and academic development.  Please let us know if your student  is struggling so that we can come alongside them and encourage them in their journey.  Thank you for the opportunity to work with each of your children!

Things you might not know about…Anxiety

  • 6.3 Million teens in the U.S. ages 13-18 struggle with an anxiety disorder.
  • 3 million adolescents in the U.S. have experience at least one major depressive episodes in the past year.

So what can you do?

  • Talk about the real stuff
  • Pay attention, but don’t smother them
  • Resist getting angry
  • Don’t put off getting help
  • Treat the whole family

Class of 2018

This year’s seniors have been busy looking to the future, whether that be applying to colleges or making plans to begin working following graduation.  Whenever a senior is accepted to a college they will be featured on the WMC Counseling Instagram page to recognize their accomplishments.  We want each of seniors to know how proud of them we are and want to encourage them as they make plans for the future.

To have your student take a career inventory or to get more information on prospective jobs, please check out the following one of our recommended resources, 0*NET.

This can be done at any grade level and age!

Have questions about how to help your student start to plan for the future?  Contact Ms.Bosscher in the counseling office at msbosscher@wmchs.net

Also keep up to date on what’s happening in the office by following us on social media:

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Western Michigan Christian (WMC) High School and Middle School (7-12th) is located at 455 East Ellis Rd. Muskegon, including 355 students from 5 countries, 30 cities, and 75 churches. WMC is a member of West Michigan Christian Schools(WMCS), a collaborative system of five schools throughout the Lakeshore region, including Fremont Christian (PK-8), Grand Haven Christian (PK-8), Muskegon Christian (PK-6) and New Era Christian (PK-8). The WMCS system works under a “Better Together” philosophy, offering a top-quality PK-12 Christian Education experience and a full scope of academic and extracurricular programs. Please >> click here to contact WMCS.

WMC AWARDED EXXON GRANT

Earlier this month WMC had the pleasure of receiving a $500.00 ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Grant.  This gift will be used in our science and math department as suggested by the ExxonMobil Foundation.  We are grateful to our friends at Lakes Exxon (J & H Family Stores) at 1196 E. Sternberg Rd. in Norton Shores for nominating our school and for their efforts in securing this grant on our behalf.

We will use monies from the grant to purchase an Elmo Projector to continue to be a school of excellence as we challenge and raise up this next generation of Kingdom Warriors.

Our students sent cards and notes thanking them for this wonderful Christmas gift.  Merry Christmas, Lakes Exxon!

Western Michigan Christian (WMC) High School and Middle School (7-12th) is located at 455 East Ellis Rd. Muskegon, including 360 students from 5 countries, 30 cities, and 75 churches. WMC is a member of West Michigan Christian Schools(WMCS), a collaborative system of five schools throughout the Lakeshore region, including Fremont Christian (PK-8), Grand Haven Christian (PK-8), Muskegon Christian (PK-6) and New Era Christian (PK-8). The WMCS system works under a “Better Together” philosophy, offering a top-quality PK-12 Christian Education experience and a full scope of academic and extracurricular programs. Please >> click here to contact WMCS.

WELCOME Back To School at Western Michigan Middle and High School 2017-18!

BACK TO SCHOOL: Project Serve 2017

WMC STUDENTS BEGIN THE YEAR WITH PRAISE/WORSHIP and SERVING

WMC welcomed students this week Tuesday with sidewalk chalk greetings that included the word “Welcome” in 5 different languages, along with staff and student leader greetings. The 360 7-12 school then assembled for praise and worship followed by opening presentations given by Head of School Samuel Greer. Officer Scott VanWylen of the Mona Shores Police Department introduced the Ride with Pride program in which one student will win a car at the end of the school year.

The 71 Middle School students were dismissed to Treetop Adventure Park in Grand Rapids for team building while the 289 High School students went through school orientation sessions.

The High School students spent the afternoon serving the community at 17 different non-profit organizations along the lakeshore including the Tri-Cities YMCA, International Aid, Love in Action Grand Haven, LOVE In The Name of Christ Muskegon, Hope’s Outlet and Kids’ Food Basket. “This was a great way to start the year and included a great effort by all the students and staff on our Back to School Team,” said Assistant Principal Scott Liggett.

Head of School Samuel Greer shared, “It is important to set the tone for the year that includes spiritual development and having our school serve others.” Students and staff spent the afternoon cleaning, doing yard work, packing sack suppers along with other activities. Kathy Tabor, Director at Hope’s Outlet said, “The students worked very hard and moved a huge pile of clothes. We could not have done all of that in such a short period of time without them.”

Students had an abbreviated class schedule on Wednesday, along with small group activities and had a full day of classes Thursday.

Western Michigan Christian is a grade 7-12 high school and middle school located at 455 East Ellis Rd. Muskegon, including 360 students from 5 countries, 30 cities, and 75 churches. Our WMCS feeder schools include Fremont Christian School (PK-8), Grand Haven Christian School (PK-8), Muskegon Christian School (PK-6) and New Era Christian School (PK-8).

Click here to learn more about WMC or any of our other West Michigan Christian Schools!