If you haven’t been to a basketball game in the McCloy Gym recently, you’re really missing out. The cheerleaders. The drumline. The enthusiasm of the fans in the bleachers. It’s an energizing experience. I wish I could recreate it for you now, because it’s in that same spirit that I want to share with you the following reasons for us to cheer at Westbury Christian School this February:
Cheer on our Wildcats in the playoffs
Girls and boys basketball, as well as boys soccer, have performed well enough this season to advance to the TAPPS playoffs. For the basketball teams, this is the latest in a long line of post-season appearances, although that does nothing to diminish the accomplishment or the excitement surrounding it (including the honor of having two of our Lady Wildcats – Marissa Banfield and Emer Nichols – nominated for the McDonald’s All-American Games). For our boys soccer team, though, this is a pretty impressive milestone. The Wildcat soccer team last advanced to the playoffs in 2010, so we’re proud of the progress our team has made this year – playing for the first time on the field at the West Campus – under the direction of Coach Ganchan.
We’re awaiting playoffs details for soccer, but the post-season schedule for our Wildcat basketball teams is set:
Saturday, Feb. 18
St. Joseph High School (110 E. Red River St., Victoria, TX 77901)
$6 adults / $4 students
Girls Basketball vs. Corpus Christi Incarnate Word, 1:00 p.m.
Boys Basketball vs. Laredo St. Augustine, 3:00 p.m.
Boys State Tournament
Abilene Christian University
Semifinals – Thursday, Feb. 23, 4 p.m.
Final – Friday, Feb. 24, 3 p.m.
Girls State Tournament
McMurry University (Abilene)
Semifinals – Friday, Feb. 24, 4 p.m.
Final – Saturday, Feb. 25, 3 p.m.
SPECIAL NOTE: Marissa Banfield is in the running for the Women’s High School 3-Point Championship. Players advance through the early rounds based on fan votes, so cast your vote for Marissa Banfield in the Women’s 3-Point today.
Cheer for Wildcat baseball on new home field
If you like being a part of history in the making, you need to be on the West Campus on Tuesday, February 28, at 3:40 p.m., when we will dedicate Mark Chapman Field in advance of our Wildcat baseball team’s first game at its new home. We’ll have a special Honor Choir performance of the National Anthem, free food, door prizes, and a really good time, for sure. Please note that seating is limited, though, so it would be a good idea to bring your own lawn/camp chairs, if possible.
Cheer for artists making their mark in competition
Three Wildcat student-artists will have their creative talents on display in very public places around Houston this March. High school student Aya Wen received Best in Show for her 3-D sculpture in the annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo’s School Art Competition, earning it a place in the Hayloft Gallery at NRG Center during the show’s three-week run this year. Meanwhile, high school student Andrew Wang won first place in the junior wind division in the Clear Lake Symphony Youth Concerto competition for young artists, which includes an invitation to perform as a featured soloist with the Clear Lake Symphony on March 24. Finally, middle school student Kendall Wyatt is one of 30 finalists in the Bayou City Art Festival’s Middle School Art Competition, making her piece eligible for a People’s Choice Award and display during the festival, to be held in Memorial Park March 24-26. If you act quickly, you can vote for Kendall’s piece, “Spiderweb & Sunshine,” online.
Cheer for your school during Winter Jam 2017
At the suggestion of one of our administrators, WCS has the unique opportunity this spring to be one of the local sponsors of the Houston stop of the Winter Jam 2017 tour. The concert will be held at the Toyota Center on Friday, March 3, and attendees will see a new 30-second WCS promotional video – featuring many of our high school students – during intermission and have the opportunity to meet members of our Admissions team and student ambassadors at a booth in the lobby, where we will also be giving away some cool “swag” (including guitar picks with the Wildcat logo!). We are excited about this new venue for sharing the WCS story with what we hope will be a receptive audience. If you’re interested in being there too, tickets are just $10.
Cheer for our students’ good sportsmanship and servant hearts
Just since the start of the spring semester a little more than a month ago, we’ve had our Wildcat football team recognized with the first place trophy in the Class 4A-Private High School classification at the Touchdown Club of Houston Sportsmanship Luncheon; seen our Health Occupations Students of America chapter host a free Health Fair, including a successful on-campus blood drive; and witnessed on-campus donation drives for eyeglasses (Interact Club), non-perishable food items (National Junior Honor Society), and empty pill bottles (Tri-M Honor Society). And that’s just the beginning. Our servant-hearted students are also preparing for the annual spring break mission trip and eagerly awaiting the arrival of new water bottles – yellow with black lids and red text, following a vote by our third grade classes – in which they can collect change to benefit orphans in Honduras and Haiti, as they have done for almost 20 years now.
I don’t know about you, but thinking about all of that makes me so enthusiastic I can hardly sit still. And, as always, this is really just an overview. There are so many great things going on at WCS on a daily basis – faculty mentoring in our classrooms, prayers offered on behalf of our students and their families, “small” victories on classwork, projects, tests, etc. – I couldn’t begin to share them all with you even if our time, and the length of this message, were unlimited. Since neither are, though, I’ll close for now. Just know, there’s more where this came from, so “meet me back here” next month, and we’ll pick up where we’ve left off.
Michael D. White
Head of School