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WC student Andrew Myhal plans school’s first annual Christmas tree lighting event

Sitting at the dinner table with his family recently, Worthington Christian sophomore Andrew Myhal had a lightbulb moment—literally. The Christmas season is a sweet time filled with rich traditions and special occasions. This is especially true at WC as we joyfully celebrate the birth of our Savior. School yuletide festivities this year include the WC theatre department’s Christmas-themed play on December 3-4. Andrew, along with many peers, will be performing in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Just a few days later, on December 7, the grades 9-12 choir and orchestra will host their annual Christmas concert in the Grace Polaris Church worship center at 7:00 PM. On December 9 at 7:00 p.m., Andrew and the rest of WC’s talented band members in grades 9-12 will host their winter band concert. The following week, Lower School musicians will have their chance to showcase their hard work. Andrew had a stroke of inspiration as he and his family discussed these upcoming events.

Visions of the beautiful, newly-furnished Crabbe Courtyard at the Upper School collided with Andrew’s enthusiasm for Christmas and all its trimmings, and he wondered aloud, “Why don’t we have a Christmas tree lighting in the courtyard?” With encouragement and support from his family, Andrew hatched a plan and presented it to school leaders. Through much labor and planning, the young Myhal’s lightbulb moment will come to fruition on Tuesday, November 30, at 7:00 PM: WC’s first annual Christmas tree lighting event. This special seasonal occasion will take place in the Crabbe Courtyard located within the Upper School campus. This event is open to the entire school community and will incorporate multiple aspects of the school.

Andrew and several of his classmates and friends have put much thought and effort into making this event a reality. They have purchased all of the necessary decorations, and plan to set everything up the day before the actual event. The student-led, wildly successful Warrior Café will be open during the tree lighting event, and is also serving as a sponsor for the event. Through a new partnership with the fair-trade, faith-based coffee company Hemisphere Coffee Roasters, Warrior Café patrons can purchase bags of coffee (whole beans or ground). Upper School business teacher and overseer of the Warrior Café, Nick Johnson, graciously offered to donate all coffee bag proceeds through the end of November to fund the live tree featured during the lighting celebration. The Upper School’s jazz band, under the direction of instrumental music teacher Tim Miner, will also be present playing holiday favorites.

WC’s first annual Christmas tree lighting event will be the perfect way to kick off the Christmas season.

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