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Brookfield Student Named Prefect At Danbury's Wooster School

Venus Okwuka of Brookfield is among the senior prefects announced at Wooster School in Danbury.
Venus Okwuka of Brookfield is among the senior prefects announced at Wooster School in Danbury. Photo Credit: Wooster School
The prefects at Wooster School. See story for IDs.
The prefects at Wooster School. See story for IDs. Photo Credit: Wooster School

BROOKFIELD, Conn. -- Venus Okwuka of Brookfield, a junior, was named the Central Campus Prefect at Wooster School in Danbury for the next school year.

The surprise announcement was in keeping with a school tradition of summoning students in grade K to 12 by chapel bells to the gymnasium.

Hannah Reed ('06), Dean of Upper School, explained the tradition for the younger students.

"Self-help means cleaning up the school and keeping it clean. Through this process, however, even more is accomplished. A by-product 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," she said.

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 following are the prefects for 2016-17:

  • Senior Prefect – Jacob Engelbrecht from Danbury
  • Social Impact Prefect - Marie Klepacz from Danbury
  • Student Ambassador Prefect – Tess Cicala from Bethel,
  • Environmental Ambassador Prefect – Trixie Betz from North Salem, N.Y.
  • James Marshall Chapel Prefect – Bently Jos from Danbury
  • Student Activities Prefect – Brianna Clarke-Ellis from Danbury
  • East Campus Prefect – Kern Byrnes from Ridgefield
  • Central Campus Prefect – Venus Okwuka from Brookfield
  • West Campus Prefect – Josie Morales-Thomason from Redding
Photo caption: Back row, from left: Head of School Matt Byrnes, Venus Okwuka, Kern Byrnes, Bently Jos, Marie Klepacz, Trixie Betz; Front row, from left: Brianna Clarke-Ellis, Jacob Engelbrecht, Tess Cicala, Josie Morales-Thomason.

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