Column: WCS takes pride in its former studentsWORTHINGTON — People of all ages always have a person or a group of people that they look up to. They want to be like them, accomplish things that they have accomplished, go where they go and, maybe in this case, wear the same jersey number as them
By: Annette Bosma, Worthington Christian School, Worthington Daily Globe
WORTHINGTON — People of all ages always have a person or a group of people that they look up to. They want to be like them, accomplish things that they have accomplished, go where they go and, maybe in this case, wear the same jersey number as them. As students in elementary and middle school, the people to look up to are those “big” high school students. At WCS, our students have been looking up to former students who have gone on to accomplish a goal that a lot of sports enthusiasts would like to accomplish — a trip to the state tournament.
The buzz around WCS has been about how Southwest Christian and Worthington High both are getting the opportunity to play in the state tournament. The students have been talking about how some players are cousins and others are friends. You might hear, “Did you see that dunk?” “Did you see that amazing defense?” “Did you see the final score?” “It’s so cool that they went to our school!” The players may not realize the impact they have on our students, but our students have seen their dedication to the game, the hard work they put in and the teamwork that is needed to be successful.
As a school, we have also had the opportunity to feel camaraderie with the whole Worthington community by participating in a sendoff for the girls and boys basketball teams with the other schools and fire department. Our students enjoyed the opportunity of getting a high-five from the players they look up to. We enjoy being able to go out into our community and show support to all the students we consider a part of the family.
This week many of our families and students will be on the road to the Cities. We will be filling the seats and letting those we look up to and support know we are there for them. Those that coached them in our sports program will show the support and encouragement that has always been evident in our practices, games and tournaments. Just as our goal at WCS is to educate children in the light of God’s Word and to prepare them for a life of service to God, to His creation and to their community, we hope this is evident in their play on the court and the cheering in the stands.
As a WCS community, we are proud of all the former students that now have an amazing opportunity to go out and show the gifts that God has given them and play for this lifetime goal.
Annette Bosma is a third- and fourth-grade teacher at Worthington Christian School.