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67 WILMINGTON CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS EARN DIPLOMAS 54 Earn Honors Status or Above; Hundreds of Thousands in Scholarship Dollars Awarded

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HOCKESSIN, Del. – Wilmington Christian School conferred high school diplomas upon 67 graduating seniors June 4, sending into the world one of the largest senior classes in recent history.


Eighty percent of the graduates achieved honors, high honors, or highest honors status for delivering an overall strong academic performance during their four years at the school. Daniel Lutz of Landenberg, PA was named class Valedictorian. Annika Roberts of Landenberg, PA and Lydia Deaton of Hockessin, DE were named co-Salutatorians.


Lutz will attend the University of Pittsburgh Honors College, where he was awarded $20,000 in combined Merit and Carson Scholarships. Roberts has chosen to attend Liberty University, where she has been awarded a $25,000 annual Field Hockey Scholarship and a $6,000 annual academic scholarship. Deaton will attend George Washington University in the fall, and has been awarded a $25,000 annual Academic Scholarship.

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The class of 2016 has been awarded more than $500,000 in academic, athletic, and arts-related scholarships for the next academic year alone.


“We are exceptionally proud of these students and every student who received a diploma last Saturday,” said William Stevens, headmaster of Wilmington Christian School. “Each student is fully prepared not only to succeed in work and in life, but also to love and serve the Lord in his or her own unique way.   We cannot wait to see the further accomplishments of these outstanding young people.”


Connor Pitman of Newark, DE earned the school’s Christian Character Award, and class president Rachel Stanley won the Senior Service Award. Lutz earned the Prudential Spirit of Community Achievement Award, and Samantha Drummond won the Prudential Spirit of Community Merit Award. Other major awards conferred include:


Air Force ROTC Scholarship: Ben Blatchford

AATG Outstanding High School Senior, German Award: Lydia Deaton

Principal’s Leadership Award: Rachel Stanley

The Rensselaer Medal Award: Daniel Lutz

NFHCA National Academic Squad: Sydney Baffone, Lydia Deaton, Jenna Johnson, Jenny Kurlej, and Annika Roberts

ACA Chemistry Awards: Lydia Deaton

HOBY Representatives: Gina Kang and Jenny Kurlej

U.S. Figure Skating Bronze Level Achievement Award: Hanna Alderman

Delaware Music Educators Association (All-State Chorus) Isaac Barrick and Margaret Botbyl

Scholastic Art Award Winners: Nanxi Jin, Wystan Wang, Molly McGrail

Delaware Foundation for the Visual Arts, Excellence in Drawing Contest: Wystan Wang


The graduates will continue on to the following schools:


  • Liberty University (four students)
  • University of Delaware (ten)
  • Virginia Tech (three)
  • Cairn University (two)
  • George Washington University (two)
  • Rochester Institute of Technology (two)
  • Delaware Technical and Community College (two)
  • University of Valley Forge
  • Lee University
  • West Virginia University
  • Temple University
  • The University of Iowa
  • Mont Clare Academy
  • George Washington University
  • Rutgers University (Honors College)
  • Rowan University
  • Williamson College of the Trades
  • Cedarville University
  • Delaware State University
  • Geneva College
  • Roanoke College
  • Marywood University
  • Carthage College
  • Messiah College
  • Alfred University
  • Towson University
  • Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Renssalear Polytechnic Institute
  • Concordia University
  • University of Pittsburgh Honors College
  • Marist University
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • West Chester University
  • Pennsylvania State University, Brandywine
  • University of New Haven
  • Monmouth University
  • New York University
  • Lynn University
  • College of Charleston
  • LaSalle University
  • Caldwell University
  • Furman University
  • Elizabethtown College
  • Wilmington University
  • Louis University
  • Taylor University




Wilmington Christian School, now in its 70th year, is a college preparatory school serving students in Pre-K3 through 12th grade.  Since its founding in 1946, WCS has been firmly rooted in the principles of Biblical Christianity.  Our parents come from over 100 local churches.  WCS is located in Hockessin, Delaware.  WCS is a parent-operated organization, with oversight provided by a self-perpetuating, elected Board of Trustees.


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