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Danbury's Wooster School Announces Senior Leadership Posts

Back row: Head of School Matt Byrnes, Venus Okwuka ’17, Kern Byrnes ’17, Bently Jos ’17, Marie Klepacz ’17 and Trixie Betz ’17. Front row: Brianna Clarke-Ellis ’17, Jacob Engelbrecht ’17, Tess Cicala ’17 and Josie Morales-Thomason ’17
Back row: Head of School Matt Byrnes, Venus Okwuka ’17, Kern Byrnes ’17, Bently Jos ’17, Marie Klepacz ’17 and Trixie Betz ’17. Front row: Brianna Clarke-Ellis ’17, Jacob Engelbrecht ’17, Tess Cicala ’17 and Josie Morales-Thomason ’17 Photo Credit: Contributed

DANBURY, Conn -- Next year's senior leadership positions ata the Wooster School recently were announced during a special assembly.

As a part of Wooster’s self-help philosophy, students are given complete responsibility for the physical environment of the school. Each day at Wooster, students participate in a “jobs” period. Every senior is assigned a job area, where they are in charge of managing the younger students as they all work to clean the campus.

“Self-help means cleaning up the school and keeping it clean," said Hannah Reed, dean of the Upper School. "Through this process, however, even more is accomplished. A byproduct of self-help is its moral lesson. Self-help is a way of showing our caring for others through our actions. Self-help can also be a morale and community builder. Students working together to achieve a task, even a simple one, can bring them together in a way that other school activities cannot. Furthermore, self-help is a link to Wooster’s past.”

“Work is personal; we need it to survive and to thrive," said Head of School Matt Byrnes. "It is very much a part of what makes us human. What we do and how we do our work are not only windows into who we are, but they also help shape the person that we become.”

Though each rising senior is given an important leadership position within the community and Wooster’s self-help system, the prefects take on the most responsibilities as leaders on campus. The prefects for 2016-2017 will be:

  • Senior Prefect – Jacob Engelbrecht ’17 of Danbury
  • Social Impact Prefect - Marie Klepacz ’17 of Danbury
  • Student Ambassador Prefect – Tess Cicala ’17 of Bethel
  • Environmental Ambassador Prefect – Trixie Betz ’17 of North Salem, N.Y.
  • James Marshall Chapel Prefect – Bently Jos ’17 of Danbury
  • Student Activities Prefect – Brianna Clarke-Ellis ’17 of Danbury
  • East Campus Prefect – Kern Byrnes ’17 of Ridgefield
  • Central Campus Prefect – Venus Okwuka ’17 of Brookfield
  • West Campus Prefect – Josie Morales-Thomason ’17 of Redding

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