Each summer, West Catholic offers a variety of youth sports and fine arts camps for students entering K-9th grade. For more information about our 2021 offerings or to register your child, visit grwestcatholicprograms.org/index.cfm.
This year's MSBOA Solo & Ensemble competition may have looked a little different—performances were recorded and submitted virtually—but our students were still able to put together some amazing performances. Congratulations to our flute trio (Andrea Bolt, Bridget Donovan & Hailey Siwek) and trombone duet (Brady Patterson & Jacob North) for earning MSBOA medals at the state level!
Special congratulations to Juliana Bolinger for her top rating of 1 (alto sax solo) and for being selected as an Outstanding Soloist with her nearly perfect score in the Proficiency 1 scoring rubric. This is an honor that typically only 100 members in the entire state get to enjoy. In fact, only 18 students in West Michigan were selected. Juliana joins a prestigious list of recent WC students to receive this rare and coveted honor: Maggie Camp (alto sax), Matt DiCosola (alto sax), Bridget Eshlemen (flute/piano), Madeline Mitchell (trombone) and Alec Ockaskis (percussion).
As a band, West Catholic received straight ones for the fourth straight year! Congratulations to the West Catholic Concert Band & Jazz Band for, once again, putting together incredibly successful performances.
As we begin to enter the darker days of the year, leaving summer and sunshine behind for a while, I have great news to brighten up your day.
Standardized test scores are in and our seniors have earned some of the highest scores that I have seen not only here, but in West Michigan. Seniors averaged 1193 on the SAT, compared to a national average of 1051 in 2020 and a state average of 985 in 2019. Our seniors also performed extremely well on the ACT, which is taken by fewer students, with an average score of 27, compared to the national average of 20.8.
The top 25% of our SAT test-takers earned an average of 1401.77. To put this into perspective, here are the scores typically cited as needed to attend* the following universities:
|Grand Valley State University||1050|
|Western Michigan University||1090|
|Michigan State University||1120|
|Michigan Tech. University||1160|
|University of Michigan||1380|
|University of Notre Dame||1400|
*Other factors, including extracurriculars, leadership experience, service hours and a strong personal story, are considered. Students are admitted with lower scores than those cited if other factors are strong. However, having these scores is no guarantee that a student will be accepted.
It’s no wonder we have so many students applying to Notre Dame and the University of Michigan this year! Congratulations, class of 2021, for a job well done!
Good luck on your college admissions and God bless,
Cynthia Kneibel | President/CEO
I am happy to announce the culmination of significant work in transitioning West Catholic from a principal/CEO model to the president/principal model. Please read this letter explaining the change. In it, you will find a link to brief job descriptions for the president, principal and dean of students. I hope this provides clarity. During the past couple of years, I know there has been some confusion as to roles, especially between Tony Fischer and myself.
Cynthia Kneibel | President/CEO
It is truly an honor to be recognized for our commitment to strong Catholic identity by the Cardinal Newman Society. Since 2007, West Catholic has been a member of the organization’s Catholic Education Honor Roll and we are incredibly proud to have once again made the list.