Last night, Wes-Del students, Makayla Johnson and Rebekah McGarvey were honored as MEC STAR Students. This Banquet is sponsored by the MEC Conference and took place at the Knights of Columbus in Muncie. Both Makayla and Rebekah chose Mr. Hess as their STAR Educator. This is a very special evening and each of these individuals deserve the recognition they received. Below you can read the write up which highlighted our STAR nominees in the program for the event:
Wes-Del MEC Star Winners
Rebekah McGarvey, the daughter of Angela and Robert McGarvey Jr., has been an active member of the Wes-Del community throughout her high school career. Academically Rebekah ranks first in her class and has participated in a variety of activities both at school and in her community. At school Rebekah has been a varsity cheerleader for three years, been in Spanish club for four years and has participated in Fellowship of Christian Athletes, National Honor Society, Math/Science Club, Family and Consumer Science Club and has been on the leadership team for FCA. Rebekah’s community involvements include participation in the Wes-Del Homecoming Parade, tutoring of elementary students, Feed My Sheep food drive, Gaston Lions Club Fair Queen candidate and participating in October Fest at St. Francis of Assissi Church as well as being in the Living Nativity at Bethel Church.
Makayla Johnson, the daughter of Dick and Angie Johnson, is also a very involved member of the Wes-Del community. Athletically Makayla has participated for four years in cross county, basketball and track. She has played two years of varsity softball and has been a member of the student council. Makayla is a member of the National Honor Society as well as the Math/Science Club. In addition to her full plate her at school, Makayla is involved with elementary basketball and the Gaston Lions Club when she is not playing or participating in school activities.
Wes-Del MEC Teacher Winners
Mr. Brad Hess, nominated by both Makayla Johnson and Rebekah McGarvey, is a science teacher and head football coach at Wes-Del. He has taught at Wes-Del for seven years. During his tenure at WD Mr. Hess has spent countless hours in the weight room working to transform student/athletes into better competitors. Mr. Hess has created a youth football program at Wes-Del and runs a summer camp for aspiring players. As a teacher Mr. Hess has also transformed our students from passive learners to active participants in the environment with the addition of an environmental science class. In the first year the class had a handful of students. In just three years the class has grown to over forty students. The students in Mr. Hess’s classes not only learn lessons about science, biology and the environment but he also teaches life lessons that students can take with them beyond the school day. Mr. Hess and his wife Rebecca are the proud parents of a young daughter, Daisy.