The Summer Academy at Winfield celebrated another successful year of learning, and having fun while opening up and making lasting friendships with a great group of people. Twelve upcoming freshmen were selected to join the Summer Academy program that was designed to make students feel welcomed as they enter in a new building.
These students were lead by seven staff members and 17 mentors. The mentors were chosen as students who are good roll models and always show the “Warrior Way” to help set examples for the upcoming freshmen. They participated in three weeks of bonding events and ended the Summer Academy with their Summer Academy Banquet.
The Banquet was held on Friday, June 21. There the freshmen and mentors were able to show their parents all the hard work and the fun times they had during their camp. Two students sang to show off their talents. Mary Fleming and Alexus Davis belted out “Love Song” by Sara Bareilles, and Alexus Davis also went solo and sang “Safe and Sound” by Taylor Swift.
The night ended with Mr. McCracken, the Middle School Principal who helped to begin the Summer Academy years ago, reading “Oh, The Places You’ll Go” by Dr. Seuss. His purpose for reading the story to the group was to make sure they knew that no matter what they do, there will be ups and downs along the way but to keep pushing forward because you decide your destiny.
All those who participated in the Summer Academy were given an award and were provided a dinner and beverages at the banquet.
Pictured, in no particular order: Freshmen – Ashley Candela, Alexus Davis, Jonathan Deutsch, Alexander Dobbs, Jesse Dunn, Mary Fleming, Timothy Foelsch, Collin Hubbard, Destiny Killingham, Katlyn Kocourek, Justin Lindsey, Cory Parsons. Mentors – Aaron Cooke, Andrew Eggering, Sarah Gordon, Nick Heck, Brad Jordan, Kailyn Jordan, Kaitlyn Lindsey, Brendan Lockwood, Tim Novak, Ben Parr, Patrick Pavia, Heather Penrod, Allison Reller, JD Rolfes, Bobby Strubinger, Eric Walter. Staff – Tabitha Demas, Mary Ann Hoelting, Catrina Cofer, Elizabeth Bates, Diana Lehmkuhl, Dena Manor, and Mary Tarpein.