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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.

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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

Good Times! Positive and Uplifting News of the WMC Community – Winter 2020

Warrior Celebrations, Additions, and Unions

Shout praises to the LORD! Our God is kind, and it is right and good to sing praises to him. Psalms 147:1

Engagements

Tyler Somers and Emily Meyers (both graduated 2019) were engaged to be married on March 4th.

Mr. and Mrs. Somers to-be!

Adoptions

Josh Scholma (WMC faculty) and his wife Laura adopted Chloe Renae Scholma on January 17, 2020.  Chloe is 1.5 years old and now has three very proud (and protective) older brothers Josiah, Micah, and Ezra Scholma.

The Scholma Family

Birth Announcements

Aubrey Goorman (graduated 2018) and Alan Diaz welcomed their baby boy Emerson Alan Diaz, 8lb 7 oz and 20.5 inches, on January 22, 2020. 

Emerson Alan Diaz

Morgan (Boersma) Seiler (graduated 2011) and Billy Seiler welcomed their baby Macsen William Seiler, 9lbs. and 3 oz. and 20.5 inches, on January 20th, 2020.

Macsen William Seiler

Tyler Cook (graduated 2015)  and Marisa Cook (graduated 2013) welcomed their baby boy Haven Cook, 7lbs 7oz and 20.5 in, born February 14, 2020.

Haven Cook

Zack and Samantha (Nichols) Buter welcomed Olive Paige Buter, 7 lbs and 19 inches, February 3. Zach graduated from WMC in 2011 and Samantha in 2013.

Olive Paige Buter

GOD IS GOOD! Congratulations to you all!

Warrior nation, please lift up the little ones and these relationships in prayer and keep these PRAISE REPORTS coming.

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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.

Dean’s Update Fall 2019

Dear WMC Parents,

Our students are such a blessed gift straight from God.

It’s part of what makes this calling as a leader such a high one. We are entrusted to become part of the story of young adults who belong to our Heavenly Father. 

This past month has been a challenging one with the “home going” of a beloved colleague, teacher, and friend. Not a day goes by that I don’t think of Brian Vredevoogd, aka Mr. V, but I am so grateful for the promises that the Lord gives us that we will see Mr. V again one day. This community that we all share truly demonstrates ABC (Authentic Biblical Community), our theme for this year. 

We had two evenings of Parent-Teacher Conferences in these past few weeks that provided the opportunity for parents and teachers to dialogue about this important partnership that we have with each other. Thank you to all who were able to attend. We also had two days this past month which allowed teachers the opportunity to attend the annual Christian Educators Association (CEA) conference.  This year we headed to Indiana with 1,100 other Christian educators.

November always seems to be a month of transitions. We see the reality of where we are in the school year (already completed one trimester, 33% of the year already over for seniors, students wondering about post-high school action steps, fall sports season wrapping up and winter sports beginning).  This transition hits students in a variety of ways. After trimester one, it is a good time to redirect students who might not be learning all that we desire for them to learn. This redirection might be a skill issue or it might be a will issue. Good communication in a variety of ways (student to teacher, teacher to student, student to parent, parent to student, teacher to parent, parent to teacher) is vital to achieving our curriculum goals. This might come as a suggestion from a parent or from a teacher that a transition might be needed for them in how they are approaching their studies.

I want to wish you all a great season of Thanksgiving. As you think about preparing your table for Thanksgiving, keep in mind all the wonderful things God has given to us.  We really do have so much to be thankful for as a school community. I am thankful for your child(ren), I am thankful for our fantastic teachers and I am thankful for our partnership with you in their educational experience.

Thanks for all you do,

Dr. Taylor

WMC Dean of Instruction

Dr. Kristy Taylor Joins Western Michigan Christian School as the New Dean of Students and Instruction

Welcome to Dr. Kristy Taylor!

We are blessed here at WMC to have such an esteemed educator join our school family! Here’s a little more information about Dr. Taylor’s background and what she brings to the WMC team.

Dr. Kristy Taylor joins Western Michigan Christian School as the new Dean of Students and Instruction.

Dr. Kristy Taylor has served in education for the past 20 years.  She has worked with students of all types and ages from private schools, public schools, university, and community college.

She has taught several years in the classroom and has worked in several administration roles at different institutions.  She has served on a public school board and currently serves on Cornerstone University’s Board of Trustees. Prior to coming to WMC, her most recent position was the High School and Middle School Principal at Holland Christian.

“I am excited to be A WARRIOR and blessed that God has given me the opportunity to serve at Western Michigan Christian to work with our students, parents, teachers, and staff. Christian education is a labor of love and is close to my heart,” shares Dr. Taylor.

She and her husband Matt have four boys and live in the Holland area. Their family photo (above) features her husband Matt, Kristy, Reeves (freshman in HS), Davis, (8th grade), Pearson (5th grade) and Brock (4th grade).

Dr. Taylor’s life verse is Proverbs 16:9 “A man’s heart plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.”   

Dr. Taylor’s life verse is Proverbs 16:9.


She enjoys watching sports (mostly her sons’ teams), reading, and camping. Her favorite season is summer and she considers herself a “lifelong learner.”

Please join us in giving Dr. Taylor a warm Warrior welcome! If you need to reach her, please contact us.

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.

Fred VandenBrand Honored

Fred VandenBrand – a hall of fame journalist

Fred VandenBrand

Western Michigan Christian School’s very own Assistant Athletic Director, Fred VandenBrand, was honored today in the Grand Haven Tribune for his tireless and extraordinary efforts during his tenure there as managing editor.

GH Tribune community columnist, Len Painter, recalled the days when Fred worked at the Tribune and highlighted some of his contributions as a writer and a man of character:

“I certainly agree that Falls and Waldmeir belong in the hall of fame, as well as many other notable journalists in the state. According to the Michigan Hall of Fame, nominees are judged on their contributions to Michigan journalism, courage, innovation and leadership.

While he isn’t in the hall of fame, Fred VandenBrand, former managing editor of the Grand Haven Tribute, fits those attributes.

Fred worked 35 years at the Tribune, including the last 20 as managing editor before retiring in 1998. Fred was one of the most respected editors in the state. He was the key factor in the growth of the Tribune.

Fred was a great journalist but he also cared about the welfare of his co-workers and was an integral part of the career of many young journalists.

Fred’s reputation as an editor was impeccable. He helped develop many young journalists who moved on to bigger careers and was well-respected as a leader in the community. 

“I am thankful for the legacy that our Assistant AD continues to leave here at WMC. Congratulations on this well deserved honor, Fred!” shares WMC Athletic Director, Kurt Gruppen.

Fred graduated from Western Michigan Christian in 1961 and has been working at his alma mater for about 15 years. He enjoys building relationships with students and keeps his writing chops honed as the editor of the WMC Sports Update, a daily e-newsletter that covers all things Warrior sports! To sign up for the WMC Sports Update email click here

To read the full article on Fred in the Grand Haven Tribune click here.

Congratulations Fred! Your Warrior family loves you and we are so grateful to have our very own Hall of Famer gracing our halls, fields, and courts!

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.

Community Update May 2019

Earlier this week, Western Michigan Christian School held our annual Community Update meeting. At the gathering, we reviewed our current 2018-19 school year and discussed an exciting look ahead.

Meeting highlights included:

-Celebrating the outstanding service of several teaching staff members who will be retiring.

-We reminded our community of student life including, but not limited to, new safety protocols, student Ride with Pride, and our commitment to the community by supporting families who are disenfranchised (i.e. Project Grace).

-An academics presentation that celebrated outstanding SAT scores, new industry arts initiatives, robotics successes, and the Teaching for Transformation (TfT) initiative.

-And last, our WMC Board Chairperson, Stu Kingma, delivered a presentation on the financial health of WMC including enrollment strategies, budget initiatives, and a vision for campus development.

Below is a letter from Stu, to you!

Dear WMC Supporters:

This past Monday night we met as a Board and Community to review this past year for WMC and to address the vision for our future.  We also were able to recognize the contributions of those teachers and board members who are finishing their time serving at WMC.  Congratulations for outstanding service!

Knowing that evening meetings such as this can be difficult for many to attend, we as a board thought it appropriate to bring the meeting and its content directly to you.  To that end, we enlisted a videographer to document the presentation and comments for your review. 

The video can be accessed by clicking the link below:

Community Update Video

During the meeting, we also used a PowerPoint presentation to update the community in an understandable and transparent fashion.  The PowerPoint presentation will be a helpful reference when watching the presentation video.

The PowerPoint PDF is attached in this below link:

Community Update PowerPoint

As always, we thank you for your continued support of WMC and welcome any suggestions or comments that you would like us to consider as we continue to live out God’s will for WMC. 

Thank you,

Stu Kingma
Chairperson, WMC Board of Education

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.