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Western Michigan Christian Hires New Girls Soccer Coach

WMC Announces Kevin Butler as the Head Girls Soccer Coach

Western Michigan Christian High School is excited to announce the hiring of Kevin Butler as the Warriors Girls Varsity Soccer Head Coach.  Butler has coached for 16 years for the Soccer Club of Rockford (SCOR).  During that span, he coached all levels ranging from U8 to U19 and was the President of SCOR for 3 years.  In addition to his involvement with SCOR, Butler was also the Director of Coaching for one year with the West Michigan Storm. 

“Kevin is a great addition to the WMC coaching staff and specifically the girls soccer program.  He has a wealth of soccer knowledge.  Kevin is very relational and has a heart for mentoring young athletes through soccer,”  stated WMC Athletic Director, Kurt Gruppen.

Coach Butler is excited to get started. “It is an honor and a privilege to be able to bring my experience to the lakeshore, to lead and build the women’s program at WMC, and most importantly, do so in a Christian context. I look forward to incorporating the values of discipleship into the soccer environment, and helping these young women build character and servant leadership both on and off the field,”  stated Butler.

Kevin and his wife Dina reside in Norton Shores. 

Interested in learning more about WMC’s soccer program?

CLICK HERE to email the WMC Athletic Department.

WMC Names 2019-2020 Athletes of the Year

Congratulations to Warrior Seniors Chloe Mitchell, Jameson Goorman and Brandon Fles 

The WMC Athlete of the Year Award is given annually to the top male and female athlete(s) in the senior class. In the past, the presentation has taken place at the senior awards banquet. Due to COVID-19 that was not possible this year. For the 2019-2020 school year, WMC is proud to name one female and two co-athletes of the year.

Female Athlete of the Year – Chloe Mitchell

Chloe Mitchell, number 7, setting high at the net.
Chloe Mitchell graduation photo.

Chloe Mitchell starred on the volleyball court as a setter in 2019.  Chloe helped lead her team to a MHSAA District Championship and the school’s first-ever Regional Championship.  The Warriors were also Lakes 8 Conference Champions.

Chloe was named First Team All-Conference in the Lakes 8, MHSAA All-Region, MHSAA 1st Team All-State, 1st team Muskegon Area C/D Dream Team, Player of the Year Muskegon Area C/D Dream Team, and Academic All-State. In addition to these accolades, Mitchell also holds the school record in match assists, season assists, career assists, and career blocks. 

Chloe’s leadership and athleticism were instrumental in the Warrior’s success in 2019.  Mitchell will be attending Aquinas College in the fall and playing volleyball for the Saints.

Co-Male Athlete of the Year – Jameson Goorman

Jameson Goorman makes an amazing save!
Jameson Goorman on the mound in 2019. His senior year baseball season was canceled due to COVID-19.

Jameson Goorman was the Goalkeeper on the 2019 Division 4 MHSAA State Championship soccer team.  He also helped lead the team to a Lakes 8 Conference Championship.  In addition to the team accomplishments, Goorman was named 1st team All-Conference in the Lakes 8, MHSAA All-District, All-Region, and First Team All-State. 

Goorman stepped up in a huge way saving 4 of 5 shots in a shootout to win the MHSAA State Championship.  Goorman was also going to be a key contributor on the baseball team in the spring (season canceled due to COVID-19).  He would have played outfield, catcher, and pitcher for an experienced Warriors team that was looking to make some noise in the 2020 season. 

In the 2019 baseball season, Goorman was named First Team All-Conference in the Lakes 8, MHSAA All-District, and Mlive All-Area. 

Jameson plans on attending Muskegon Community College in the fall and playing soccer for the Jayhawks. 

Co-Male Athlete of the Year – Brandon Fles

Brandon Fles on the soccer pitch.
Brandon Fles with a midrange floater on the hardwoods.

Brandon Fles was the staple on the back line for the 2019 Division 4 MHSAA State Championship soccer team.  Brandon also helped lead the Warriors to a Lakes 8 Conference Championship.  For his efforts, Fles was named 1st Team All-Conference in the Lakes 8, MHSAA All-District, All-Region, First Team All-State, and All-Academic.  With Fles anchoring the defense, the Warriors gave up only 1 goal in regulation during the State Championship run. 

In the winter Fles turned his attention to the hardwood and competed for the Warrior basketball team.  He helped lead the team to the MHSAA District Championship game (canceled due to COVID-19) and a Lakes 8 Conference Championship.  In addition, he was named to the Lakes 8 All-Conference 2nd Team. 

Brandon will be attending Hope College in the fall and playing soccer for the Dutchmen.

Interested in learning more about WMC’s sports programs?

ASK US!

Western Michigan Christian Hires New Boys Soccer Coach

WMC Announces Ben Buursma as the Head Boys Soccer Coach

WMC looked no further than a former assistant coach to find their next varsity boys soccer head coach.  The athletic department is pleased to announce that Ben Buursma will be taking over as the head coach and leading the boys soccer program. Former head coach Dave Hulings stepped down from both the boys and girls programs in March. 

“From early on in the process it was evident that Ben had a deep understanding of the history and foundation that has been laid for WMC soccer.  Combine that with his soccer knowledge and coaching experience and I believe that Ben is a great fit at WMC. Ben is a confident coach and will not only develop talent on the field but will also disciple young men in their Christian faith,” states WMC Athletic Director, Kurt Gruppen. 

Ben is a confident coach and will not only develop talent on the field but will also disciple young men in their Christian faith.

Ben assisted the WMC boys program in 2008 and 2009.  In 2009, he helped the squad advance to the MHSAA Regional Championship game.  He later served as the head JV soccer coach at Grand Haven High School from 2010 – 2017.  Ben is currently the President of the Lakeshore Soccer Club’s Board of Directors. 

“What an honor to be selected as the next head coach for the boys’ soccer program at Western Michigan Christian. I am humbled and excited to lead this program into a new era, while continuing the traditions of excellent soccer on the field, service in the community, and spiritual development that Coach Hulings and his predecessors have built. This is a dream come true for me, and I can’t wait to get started working with these young men,” states Coach Buursma. 

I am humbled and excited to lead this program into a new era, while continuing the traditions of excellent soccer on the field, service in the community, and spiritual development that Coach Hulings and his predecessors have built.

Ben and his wife Rebecca have 4 children and reside in Grand Haven.

Interested in learning more about WMC’s soccer program?

CLICK HERE to email the WMC Athletic Department.

WMC’s Online Event and Auction is LIVE

Fellowship in the Family Room is LIVE now!

Dear WMC Family,

Welcome to Fellowship in the Family Room —  we’re glad you could make it!

We pray you are healthy and safe at home. The Lord has this situation and all of us in His mighty hands!

It’s unfortunate that we cannot gather in person this year, but be confident that the heart behind the mission and vision of WMC is beating stronger than ever!

To financially support this effort, click on any gold DONATE NOW buttons (like the one below) or mail your gift to WMC at 455 E Ellis, Muskegon MI 49441.

Now, let’s have some FUN!

Western Michigan Christian School Principal, Pastor Samuel Greer, Jr. prepared a welcome video for you:

Pastor Samuel Greer Jr. welcomes the WMC community and has a word for you!

🎶Let’s Start with a Smooth Jam

We’re excited to bring you “5.4 on the Richter Scale” by Larry Neeck and delighted to introduce these Warrior hip cats!

Ladies, and gentlemen, the WMC Jazz Band!

Led by Nick DeBone, it’s our honor to present to you the WMC Jazz Band! 

Warrior Voices

We have three very special guest speakers lined up for you.

These particular individuals were asked to share the impact that WMC has had on their lives.

These stories are the living breathing mission of WMC that happens under our roof, on the soccer field, and in far-off nations.

Enjoy! 

Audrey Markel teaches middle school math and Bible at WMC.
She shares her testimony of working at WMC and how it’s shaped her life.
Kaitlynn Summerfield is a 2019 WMC graduate WHO stretched her faith and traveled far and wide as a missionary to share the Gospel and serve others. She embodies the mission and vision of WMC!
David J. Hulings, WMC boys and girls varsity soccer coach, MHSAA Coach of the Year 2020, author and speaker, has been providing inspirational and instructive leadership to Western Michigan Christian School for over 30 years.

🎶A Choral Concert Just For You

Folks, you’re in for another treat tonight!

Enjoy this feast for the ears and the soul led by Katherine Becksvoort. 

We’re proud to bring you the gifted students of the WMC Chamber, Men’s and Women’s Choirs!

Enjoy!

The WMC Chamber Choir sings “As Torrents in Summer” by Edward Elgar
The WMC Chamber Choir sings “Where Your Bare Foot Walks” by David N. Childs.
The WMC Women’s Choir sings “Carrickfergus” arranged by Sean Ivory.
The WMC Men’s Choir sings “Bound for Jubilee” by Joyce Eilers.
The WMC Woman’s Choir sings “Cantate Domino” by Heinrich Schutz.

Closing Thoughts from Pastor Greer

A final word and request of our WMC community from Pastor Samuel Greer, Jr. 

Time to BID! 

WMC has partnered with ClickBid once again this year for our online auction. Bid with confidence with a secure connection!

How do you log in?

The PRIVATE AUCTION WEBSITE LINK was emailed to you on April 1 and 2 from WMC.

No email? Please email Scott Liggett ASAP.

Once you get to the WMC Fellowship in the Family Room ClickBid website, follow these steps:
Step 1 – Click the “Register Now” button. If you created a ClickBid account last year, simply login with your phone number or email.
Step 2 – Fill in the necessary information
Step 3 – You will be assigned a bidder number and will be ready to place bids

NOTE: We’ve chosen to scale back this portion of the fundraiser as we are transition away from a traditional auction. 

The auction portion of this event will end on April 7 at 9:00 pm.

Happy bidding! 

Special thanks to all of our wonderful event sponsors

Patronizing these businesses will allow them to continue their generous support of WMC!

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WMC SPORTS UPDATE: Western Michigan Christian High School and Middle School Athletic Department News

Important Communication from the Athletic Director

Dear WMC Community:

On March 12, 2020, the Michigan High School Athletic Association directed all member schools to suspend activities in all sports for all seasons– effective Monday, March 16 through at least Sunday, April 5 – to fall in line with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s order that all schools close for the next three weeks in order to deter the spread of COVID-19.

MHSAA Executive Director Mark Uyl

All athletic activities to be halted include practices, scrimmages, and competitions/games, as well as strength training, conditioning, and any other organized sessions and activities in all MHSAA in-season and out-of-season sports.

The suspension of activities applies to sports for all three MHSAA seasons as Spring sports practices have begun, Winter tournaments were suspended Thursday and Fall sports coaches are working with limited numbers of athletes during the offseason.

“By suspending all sports activities for the next three weeks, we are taking an additional step to maintain safety and minimize risk first, and also keep a level playing field for our schools and teams during this time of uncertainty,” MHSAA Executive Director Mark Uyl said. “A number of schools across the state already were making this decision, and setting this as the standard across our membership is appropriate especially given the quick pace with which this situation is continuing to evolve. Given the rapid, fast-moving and unprecedented events of this week, the MHSAA will use the time during this all-sport suspension of activities to evaluate all options and next steps which will be shared with schools in a timely manner.”

Updates will continue to be posted as necessary to the MHSAA Website at https://www.mhsaa.com/coronavirus.

In His service,

Kurt Gruppen,

WMC Athletic Director

WMC UPDATE: Western Michigan Christian High School and Middle School News

Important Communication from the Principal

Dear WMC Community:

Last evening, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced that in order to slow the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan, she is ordering the closure of all K-12 school buildings, (public, private, and boarding), to students starting Monday, March 16 until Sunday, April 5. School buildings are scheduled to reopen on Monday, April 6. 

As of earlier today, the number of presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in Michigan is twelve, including three in Kent county. 

“This is a necessary step to protect our kids, our families, and our overall public health,” said Governor Whitmer. “I know this will be a tough time, but we’re doing this to keep the most people we can safe. I urge everyone to make smart choices during this time and to do everything they can to protect themselves and their families.” 

WMC will provide professional development for our teachers on March 16 and 17.  On Wednesday, March 18, WMC will implement our plans for online instruction for our students until face to face instruction resumes.  This method of delivery is new, but our commitment to provide an excellent education to our students remains the same. Students may come to pick up any forgotten belongings or educational resources needed on Monday of next week. Starting on Tuesday, until face to face instruction begins, no students are allowed on campus.

Beginning immediately after school today our building will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized.  We are mobilizing additional cleaning staff and resources to ensure our facilities are pristine and germ – free.  

Extracurricular activities and other school-related events or functions are put on hold until further notice. WMC will continue to follow the Michigan High School Athletic Association guidelines as it relates to sports.  We will continue to follow the recommendations of Federal, State, and Local authorities as it relates to preventing the spread of this virus.

The order of Governor Whitmer ascribed schools to reopen on Monday, April 6, 2020.  The scheduled time of our Spring Break is Friday, April 3 – Sunday, April 12, 2020. As of this date, we will maintain this scheduled break. I will update you if necessary.

Finally, I understand the tremendous burden that this announcement and action will have on many families within our community.  The goal of our actions is to provide the best possible solution and to place our students in the best possible position for success.  

Please join me in prayer for our state and nation.  Our God’s sovereignty and eternal presence is the foundation of our hope.  God’s blessings as we work through this challenge.   

In the Lord’s Service,
Samuel Greer Jr.Principal

Remembering Our WMC Warriors Winter 2020

“MY BODY AND MIND MAY FAIL, BUT GOD IS MY STRENGTH AND MY PORTION FOREVER.”  -PSALMS 73:26

This section is dedicated to members of the Warrior Nation who have passed on to eternal glory. 

Please EMAIL US if you have information about any other WMC supporters, alumni, staff, or friends who have passed.

Thomas Joel Fisher

Mr. Thomas Joel Fisher, age 72, passed away Saturday, May 4, 2019, in Muskegon. Tom was born March 9, 1947 to Joe and Thressa (VanderWall) Fisher in Muskegon, and was a lifelong resident. He was the co-owner of Fisher Brothers Greenhouse and was a U.S. Air Force veteran. Tom was a member of Temple United Methodist Church and was active with Supper House Ministries. He worked and volunteered at the USS Silversides Submarine Museum and was a volunteer at the Frauenthal Center. Tom was a man of faith who loved his family, especially his grandchildren. He also enjoyed reading and activities with the Old Speckled Hen MG Club. On March 3, 1972 Tom married Jacqueline Rose, and she survives him along with 4 daughters.

Marshall Teunis

Mr. Marshall Teunis, age 90, of Ferrysburg passed away Thursday, November 14, 2019. He was born January 5, 1929 in Ferrysburg to John and Kate (Groenevelt) Teunis. On March 5, 1954 he married Dorothy Wezeman and she preceded him in death on April 29, 2018.

Marshall was an active third-generation charter member of Spring Lake Christian Reformed Church. He enjoyed outdoor activities, fishing, hunting, camping, gardening, and he loved woodworking. His faith was foremost in his life, and also family was very important to him. Marshall served his country in the US Army. He worked as a contractor for many years and was a city assessor and building and fire inspector for the City of Ferrysburg.

Delores J. (Hoekwater) Wierenga

Delores J. Wierenga, age 93 of Grand Haven, peacefully left this world and entered Heaven. She was born on May 24, 1926 to Art and Jennie (Winkle) Hoekwater in Grand Rapids, MI. Delores graduated from Sparta High School in 1945 and married Harold Wierenga Sr. on October 21, 1949. They were happily married for 52 years until Harold’s death in 2001.

Delores was a member of Second Reformed Church for 64 years and was part of the choir, Ladies Guild, and Mr. and Mrs. Fellowship group. She loved flowers and was an avid gardener. Delores deeply loved her family and was faithful to her friends.

Margaret A. Dolislager

Margaret graduated from Shelby High School in 1946 as valedictorian of her class. She proudly graduated from the Hackley School of Nursing in 1949. Margaret married John William Dolislager, her husband of 60 years, on October 18, 1950.

In addition to being a dedicated and loving mother of six children, she worked at Hackley Hospital for over 40 years with the majority of that time serving as an RN in the emergency room where she loved the work and variety of patients. She was well-respected and held in high regard by her coworkers; she treated each and every patient medically and personally with dignity and respect.

She loved to knit and crochet items for family and friends; she also created and maintained genealogies for both the Dolislager and Folkema families. She was a lifelong member of the Christian Reformed Church and member of the First CRC in Muskegon. While at First CRC, Margaret published the church newsletter “The Messenger” for many years. In her early retirement years, she and her husband distributed Bibles as a part of the Reach Out Bible Ministry. Margaret touched many people’s lives and was widely loved.

Ferdinand Sellinger

He was born on April 8, 1952 to Franz and Elisabeth Sellinger in Waiblingen, Germany. Fred married the former Rose Miller on September 25, 1971 and she preceded him in death in 1999. He proudly served his country while in the United States Army during the Vietnam War from 1972-1974. Fred enjoyed spending time outdoors watching the birds and deer and camping. He was a great handyman who could fix anything. Fred liked to pull pranks anytime he could and was a known jokester. He could usually be found watching cartoons or the SyFy channel or taking his ’66 Ford Fairlane he named ‘White Rat’ out for a drive. 

Weldon Luckey

Luckey, Weldon Weldon Deeds Luckey, age 89 of Grand Haven, passed away on Sunday, December 15, 2019. The Funeral Service for Weldon will be at 10 a.m. on Thursday, December 19, 2019 at First Christian Reformed Church in Grand Haven.

Elaine M. VanderWel

VanderWel, Elaine M. Muskegon Mrs. Elaine M. VanderWel, 83, went to be with her Lord and Savior Sunday, December 22, 2019. She was born July 4, 1936 to George and Mary (Dood) Tjapkes in Muskegon, and was a lifelong resident. Elaine had worked at Vanderveldes Furniture and Art Van before retiring. She had been a member of the former First Christian Reformed Church, and is currently a member of Calvin Christian Reformed Church. On September 5, 1956 she married Wayne E. VanderWel.

Edward “Ed” Fred Bushouse

Ed was born to the late Fred and Jennie (Noteboom) Bushouse on September 4, 1922 in Kalamazoo, MI. 

After graduating from Kalamazoo Central High School, given his aptitude for numbers, he went on to earn a two-year Business Degree at Mahers Business College. Ed was drafted into the Army on December 26, 1942 at the age of 20 and moved into the Army Air Corps in January 1944. 

After he returned from the war, Ed married the love of his life; the former Phyllis Balgooyen, on July 26, 1946 in Grand Haven.  He built a home, which they shared for 64 years. Ed and Phyl enjoyed a strong, loving marriage for 67 years until she went home to heaven on Feb. 25, 2014. 

Ed was very passionate about and dedicated to God, his family, his church, his community, and his country. He was involved in the banking industry for 41 years. Ed began his career as a teller at the People’s Bank & Trust Company which later became NBD of Grand Haven and now is Chase Bank; he retired in 1987 as President, CEO and Chairman of the Board.

Ed was a very involved member of Second Christian Reformed Church where he served as an elder, deacon, and treasurer, along with many other volunteer positions. He was also on the initial building committee for their current building.

Ed was very active in the Tri-Cities area throughout his life. He was treasurer of the Christian Reformed Conference Grounds, Haven School for Handicap (Kandu), and the Ottawa County Citizens Mental Health Council. He was a secretary for the American National Red Cross, and he served on the Salvation Army Advisory Board, the Economic Development Corp. Board, and Northwest Ottawa Industrial Development Corp. Ed also served as President of the Optimist Club and a past member of the Chamber of Commerce, Grand Haven Jaycees, Grand Haven Rotary, and the Spring Lake Country Club. He was a co-founder of the Tri-Cities area chapter of Habitat for Humanity and served as chairman for 12 years.

Thelma A. Bergman

Thelma A. Bergman, 90, widow of Vernon Bergman passed on January 1, 2020. She was born on July 23, 1929 to Marinus (Rean) and Ella (Sieplinga) Cook in Muskegon, MI. Thelma graduated from Muskegon High School in June of 1947, and on September 15, 1956 she married Vernon Bergman. Together they raised their four sons.

Thelma retired from Muskegon Community College, was a founding member of Celebration Community Church in Muskegon, and a long-time member of the former East Muskegon Christian Reformed Church. 

Sandra Kay (Polinskey) Olthof

Sandra Kay Olthof, age 80 of Grand Haven, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, January 8, 2020, surrounded by her family. She was born on July 28, 1939 in Caledonia, MI to the late Frank and Rose (Maichele) Polinskey. Sandra married Charles Olthof on August 19, 1967 in Holland, MI. He preceded her in death on March 7, 2010

Sandra lived in Grand Haven for 44 years, after moving here from Holland. She worked at Meijer in Grand Haven for over 40 years, and was a longtime member of First Christian Reformed Church. Sandra loved biking, knitting, and feeding the wildlife around her home. She loved her children, and especially loved spending time with her granddaughter and great-grandson.

William “Bill” C. Wolffis

Mr. William C. “Bill” Wolffis, age 77, peacefully passed away on Thursday, January 16, 2020 at North Ottawa Hospice in Spring Lake, MI. He was born in Muskegon on March 7, 1942 to Raymond and Grace (Yonkman) Wolffis, and was a resident of the area most of his life. 

Bill was employed by CWC for 13 years, working the remainder of his professional career at Kaydon Corp. where he served as V.P. of Administration until his retirement in 1987. Bill was a proud member of the 1958 Western Michigan Christian H.S. State Championship Tennis Team and continued to be an avid tennis player and golfer. He was a huge sports fan and especially enjoyed attending his kids’ and grandkids’ sporting events. 

Bill was an active member of Calvin Church where he served as an Elder, and on various committees. He volunteered with International Aid where he traveled to Africa on a needs assessment team. He served on the General Hospital Board of Directors, including one term as President. Bill’s Pulmonary Fibrosis diagnosis necessitated a lung transplant in 2009 and he was blessed with a strong healthy lung for more than 10 years. He was dedicated to his faith, family and friends and was generous to others in need.

Helen “Nancy” Dykstra Jeffries

Helen Nannette (Nancy) (Hall) Dykstra Jeffries went to her eternal home January 31, 2020. Nancy was born in Muskegon, MI on September 13, 1931 to Carl Arthur (Art) and Julia (King) Hall. 

Nancy graduated from Whitehall High School in 1949, married Edward Dykstra, moved to New Era and became a farmer. Nancy and Ed had 53 years working the farm and selling fruit at various farmer’s markets. They spent their winters in Florida for many years. During their later years they traveled all over the USA. After Ed’s death Nancy attended a high school reunion and ran into a former high school beau (Jeff) whom she married a couple of years later. They also wintered in Florida, traveled and spent time at Jeff’s cabin. 

Jack VanAndel

He was born in Muskegon, MI to Peter and Elizabeth (Heeres) Van Andel. He graduated from Western Michigan Christian High School and Muskegon Community College. After graduation he worked for Professional Ambulance, then in 1981 began his career in law enforcement as a deputy for the Muskegon County Sherriff Department, retiring in 2011 at the rank of Lieutenant. 

He enjoyed golfing, traveling, and anything with speed from his Harley to his golf cart, as well as wintering in Mesa, AZ after retirement. Jack was a beloved friend leaving his imprint wherever he went. On September 5, 2003, Jack married Cheryl Dyer and they became inseparable best friends. He wholeheartedly endorsed his role as a father and grandfather and loved spending time with family. 

Terry Lee Alman

Terry Lee Alman, age 69 of Grand Haven, went to be with his heavenly Father on Thursday, February 13, 2020 at home surrounded by his wife and three kids. He was born on March 27, 1950 to Frederick and Evelyn (Pigusch) Alman in Grand Haven.

Terry graduated Grand Haven High School in 1968 and went on to receive his Associates Degree at Muskegon Community College. He worked at Hazekamp Meats for 28 years before his retirement and never missed a day of work. On September 18, 1976, he married Cheryl Bekins in Grand Haven.

Terry enjoyed fishing, golfing, cooking, and above all spending time with his family. He loved traveling to Florida and was a big fan of the Maize & Blue.

Stephen M. Ring

He was born January 7, 1950 to Chester and R. Elaine (Hubbard) Ring in Marion, Indiana. Steve was a U.S. Army veteran, who also served several years in the Army National Guard following active duty. Steve was also the parts and service manager at Shelby Ford. 

Steve and Norma were members of the former First Christian Reformed Church, and are presently members of New Era Reformed Church. Steve enjoyed golfing and bowling before developing Parkinson’s Disease. On May 19, 1973 he married Norma G. Hackney.

Mrs. Dena Malda

Mrs. Dena Malda, age 99, went to be with her Lord on Friday, February 21, 2020. She was born August 14, 1920 to Henry and Dirkje (VanDelzen) VanAndel in Muskegon, and was a lifelong resident. 

Dena had been a longtime member of the former First Christian Reformed Church, and was currently a member of Grace Christian Reformed Church. On December 5, 1947 she married John N. Malda, and he preceded her in death on September 14, 2010, as did her son John William Malda on January 21, 2007.


Please EMAIL US if you have information about any other WMC supporters, alumni, staff, or friends who have passed.

WMC Online Event & Auction 2020

Fellowship in the Family Room (Event updated on 3/25/2020)

WHEN: FRIDAY, April 3 at 9:00 AM – April 11th at 9:00 PM.

WHERE: Your Own Living Room

You’re invited to the Western Michigan Christian annual school event/auction which is being held, in YOUR own home!

Greetings WMC Community!

As the ever-changing news of the COVID-19 Virus hits closer to home, and following Governor Whitmer’s executive order, we have made the decision to reformat our event from Fellowship in the Frauenthal to Fellowship in the Family Room.

We may not be able to gather together at this time, but we can still celebrate the mission of WMC in our family rooms!

Similar to our teachers, we are putting together an “online experience.” Since you can’t come to the event, we will bring the event to you!

This event provides a portion of the operating revenue for Western Michigan Christian High School and Middle School, and we are thankful to our sponsors, donors, and volunteers who make this opportunity possible.

URGENT NOTE:

It is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT that we have your CURRENT EMAIL on record at WMC. If you do not receive email communications from WMC, please email Scott ASAP to update him with your contact information as this event will be email-based. Please help us spread the word by sharing this event update with alumni who rely on US Post Office for their communications.

We are excited to present our event to you remotely and look forward to being able to gather in fellowship face-to-face in the future.

Thank you for your continued support of WMC!

If you have any questions or concerns, email scottliggett@wmchs.net.

Stay tuned – more info to follow.

INVITE OTHERS

The more the merrier! Feel free to invite your friends and family by sharing this link on Facebook.

QUESTIONS?

Feel free to contact event organizer Scott Liggett at 231.799.9644 ext. 208 or EMAIL him.

WMC Sophomore Abby VanderKooi Shines at Footlocker Cross Country National Championship

Abby VanderKooi at Foot Locker National Championships

Coach Greg Gould gives the breakdown for the Championship race.

First and foremost, and I know I speak for Abby, her family and Coach Aardema as well; thank you to everybody who supported and prayed for Abby on this incredible journey to her second Foot Locker Cross Country National. To even be in a race like this is incredible, the talent level is almost beyond belief, and no matter your resume there are no guarantees of placing near the front.


I know many of you have watched the race live or online afterwards; read or heard several pre or post race interviews, but I have been asked to provide a recap from a coaches perspective.


I had the good fortune to be able to travel to San Diego the same day as Abby and her family, allowing me to attend Friday morning’s course preview; which I knew from last year would really be the last time Abby and I could discuss potential race strategy or any concerns with the course. Abby found the course to be in better condition than last year and was able to quickly get familiar with her surroundings and settle on a potential race plan. 


Saturday morning arrived quickly and the weather conditions were perfect for running fast, after warming up, some time in prayer and the introduction of all forty runners it was finally time to race the two loop course.


Abby found the course to be in better condition than last year and was able to quickly get familiar with her surroundings and settle on a potential race plan. 


As expected the start was very fast, driven mostly by Abby’s Midwest team, a pair of girls from the South Region and a pair from the Northeast Region. This event’s split times are captured electronically every half mile. The opening half mile was reached in a very fast 2:26 by the leader with Abby in close contact in fifth at 2:28. At that point one of Abby’s Midwest teammates who is know to be very aggressive in the early going came to the front to keep the pace very fast reaching the mile in 5:09, Abby was now up to fourth at 5:11.


Several girls were still right there in one long line of runners, as the race made it’s first of two climbs up a very long climb in excess of 300 meters, with the first 100+ meters being very steep. This climb would start to slim down the lead group and by 1.5 miles Abby had moved into 3rd, but there was really seven girls in a span of nine seconds; entering the second loop, all of them capable of coming to the front and trying to break away. 


by 1.5 miles Abby had moved into 3rd, but there was really seven girls in a span of nine seconds


By two miles the lead group had been reduced to three, Abby and two Midwest teammates reached two miles in 10:43-10:44 and the eventual second place finisher had broken free of the next pack and was closing down on the first three at an incredible rate in a huge effort to attach herself to that group of three before the final climb of the big hill which was coming at around 2.5 miles. That girl made contact with the three leaders just after two miles and now four were on the front and just prior to the final climb the eventual first and second place finishers started testing one another; with Abby working to cover each of the surges as they made there way to the base of the final climb. 
The second trip up the big climb was where the fireworks really started as the top two girls were attacking each other and Abby launched her own attack in an attempt to stay with them, dropping the fourth place girl back a bit. By the top of the climb the two leaders had opened some daylight on Abby, but she had really put a big effort in to stay within striking distance should either of them falter on the upcoming downhill and remaining 300-400 meters after that. Amazingly after the last descent the top two still had not been able to get any gap over the other and Abby was still within striking distance if either had misjudged their effort and/or the distance remaining.


Amazingly after the last descent the top two still had not been able to get any gap over the other and Abby was still within striking distance if either had misjudged their effort and/or the distance remaining.


With about 250 meters remaining the two leaders started to really trade surges and accelerated away from Abby a bit. Abby was fully aware that she was running a potential person best as the two mile split was very fast and the pace had not relented much in the final mile. My last vantage point on the course was at this point, about 250 meters from the finish. Knowing I personally could not reach the finish before Abby due to the construction of the fencing keeping the spectators off the course, my only hope to “see” the finish was to get about 100 meters further up the course to just past the three mile mark where the race would cross over the start line and head slightly left to the finish area.


Directly behind the start there was a large display showing the race live, with an official time clock running in the corner… I managed to reach that point just as Abby went by and knowing she could no longer hear me anyway; started yelling at the screen as I saw the potential for a personal best. Abby stopped the clock at 16:55.2, indeed a new personal best and matched her third place finish from last year, in what was the fastest top three finishers in event history on this course, which has hosted all but seven of the forty-one Foot Locker Nationals.


After Saturday’s race Abby now has run the third fastest time by a freshman girl in this event on the San Diego course (2018), and the second fastest time by a sophomore girl (2019) and the ninth fastest girls time ever at this event, for the San Diego course.
God has blessed Abby with incredible talent… I have been blessed to help coach her, to God be the Glory.

Coach Gould

Links to the race, interviews and event coverage.

Dyestat pre-race interview

Foot Locker National Championship Girls Race webcast replay

Milesplit post-race interview

Dyestat interview at awards banquet

Mlive post-race interview

Runner’s World event coverage

WARRIOR “Well Done” Award Fall 2019

Awards and Acknowledgements in the WMC Community

Kelly Wierenga

WMC Faculty member Kelly Wierenga received her Masters in Marine and Coastal Processes from Nova Southeastern University in May 2019.  With this knowledge, this fall she taught Oceanography 101 at WMC as an elective course for high schoolers. Congrats Ms. Wierenga! 
Ms. Wierenga is one of the science teachers at WMC.  She grew up near Philadelphia, PA, but loves living along the lakeshore! She earned a B.S. in Integrated Science Education at Calvin College and has been teaching since 2011.  “While I enjoy all areas of science I particularly love marine biology. The world we live in is a fascinating place and I take pleasure in guiding students as we journey deeper into understanding and learning about it together,” explains Ms. Wierenga.  It comes as no surprise that her favorite scripture is: “Mightier than the waves of the sea is His love for you.”  -Psalms 93:4 and “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.” -Hebrews 6:19.

Kelly Wierenga received her Masters in Marine and Coastal Processes from Nova Southeastern University in May 2019. 
WMC faculty member Haley Langejans was the recipient of a $250 Teacher mini-grant from the Youth Advisory Council of the Community Foundation for Muskegon County.

WMC faculty member Haley Langejans was the recipient of a $250 Teacher mini-grant from the Youth Advisory Council of the Community Foundation for Muskegon County.  She will use it toward her Warrior Women lunch group. Congrats Ms. Langejans! 

Warrior Women is a lunchtime based female group that started at Western Michigan Christian in 2018-19. The group is still new and evolving, but its main purpose is to provide a supportive environment for female students to be able to form relationships and bond over shared experiences.

Lunch group meets at least twice a month and anyone is welcome to join. Warrior Women’s time together includes discussions on set topics, based on Christian faith, that are chosen by the girls as important. Time together is seen as confidential, as some topics are more private, and is an opportunity when they all get to show each other what it means to be a Christian woman in today’s world.

“This group of young women has been so open about sharing and discussing sometimes difficult topics; but in doing so, it has become so apparent to us all just how alike we are. This avenue for support is so crucial for these young women, especially during a time in life when it is easy to feel alone,” shares Langejans.

New this year: Warrior Women small group activities will benefit the school i.e. creating positive message boards, decorating lockers for holidays, making cookies to share.

WMC Benefit: WMC strives to be more than just a school, but a place where students feel safe, heard and loved. Warrior Women is a direct representation of this goal. It is an outlet for our young women to be able to grow together, teach each other, and express themselves in a positive, faith-based space.

Ms. Langejans is an Educational Support Services (ESS) Accommodations Coordinator at WMC for both MS and HS students. She is a 2010 graduate of our Western Michigan Christian, and from here went on to earn a degree in Communications from Grand Valley State University. “I was blessed to be home for the last year and a half of my daughter’s life, joyfully watching her grow, but now feel so happy to be starting a career back in the Christian school atmosphere! It is such a gift to be able to work in an environment where my faith can be expressed openly in all aspects,” explains Ms. Langejans.

Her favorite verse is found in Psalms 119:50, “My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life.” 

We’re grateful for the stellar staff at WMC!

Do you want to nominate a WMC staff member, volunteer, alumnus, supporter or student for the WARRIOR “Well Done” Awards? We welcome nominations via email.