Leading the Way Special Edition

From the Office of the Head of School

Upper School Principal Named

We are thrilled to announce Mr. Joe Diminick will assume the role of upper school principal at West Shore Christian Academy. The WSCA School Board and Administration unanimously voted to name Mr. Diminick as the new upper school principal.

Mr. Diminick joined West Shore Christian Academy at the start of the 2015-2016 school year as the Instructor of American Literature. In November, he stepped in as the Director of Student Services, with focused attention on the school's college and career department.

Prior to coming to West Shore Christian Academy, Joe was the Instructor and Director of Humanities studies (Philosophy, Literature, and Jurisprudence) for the Department of Command, Leadership & Management at the United States Army War College. Prior to that, he spent three years as an assistant professor for the Department of English & Philosophy at the United States Military Academy (West Point.) Mr. Diminick is responsible for designing, developing, and implementing Ethics curriculum for a Strategic Leadership program of instruction. He also designed, developed, and executed elective studies curriculum, and instructed and advised senior military officers of various services and Allied nations with regard to core curriculum, course selection, and career guidance. He provided instruction and facilitated seminar learning in the core curriculum subjects of Strategic Leadership and Defense Management. Additionally, he annually oversaw the development and writing of three to five Master's Theses.

Mr. Diminick is the recipient of several teaching and leadership awards through the United States Armed Forces, including West Point's Master Teacher Certificate of Achievement. He remains active in the community, having volunteered for a variety of organizations, including several years as a youth basketball coach.

Mr. Diminick and his wife live in Boiling Springs and are the parents of four children, Andrea, Alaina, Anthony, and Aaron. Anthony and Aaron will be joining West Shore Christian Academy for the 2016-17 school year. Anthony will be a senior and Aaron will be a freshman.

If you would like to share a word of encouragement with Mr. Diminick or if you have any questions, you can email him at jdiminick@westshorechristian.org.

2016 Graduation Ceremony Happening Tomorrow

As we wrap up the 2015-16 school year at West Shore Christian Academy we are thankful for the more than 400 students God called here this year. These last nine months have been filled with new friendships, remarkable achievements, trips, championships, successes (and lessons learned), and most importantly spiritual growth. What a joy it has been to see our students mature in their faith and begin to discern God's calling on their life.

Tomorrow, thirty-three graduates will close out the year as they receive their diplomas at the West Shore Christian Academy 2016 Commencement Service. We are blessed to have Dr. Kimberly Thornbury from The King's College as our speaker for the event.

Dr. Kimberly Thornbury serves as vice president at The King’s College in New York City. She has served for over twenty years in Christian higher education and writes and speaks nationally about college student success. Her most recent work includes a chapter in the book Making a Difference: Empowering the Resident Assistant. Prior to her move to New York City, she served as senior vice president for Student Services and dean of students for fifteen years at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee.

Dr. Thornbury graduated from Messiah College, and holds an MA in Higher Ed Administration from the University of Louisville and a Ph.D. in Higher Ed Administration from Regent University. She serves on several boards including the local unexpected pregnancy center in NYC and Messiah College. Dr. Thornbury's husband, Gregory Thornbury, is the president of The King’s College, and they live on the upper west side of Manhattan with their two teenage daughters.

All West Shore Christian Academy families are invited to attend commencement services, which will be held in the sanctuary at 10 am tomorrow, June 4, 2016.

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