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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. Photo Credit: Wooster School
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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