Student Success Stories
Michael Wusinich '19
Michael comes to the Prep each morning from Havertown having spent his grade school years at St. Dot’s. He gets to school at 8am and heads to his locker to grab his blazer before heading to homeroom. He navigates through his class schedule, taking special enjoyment in his favorite class, U.S. History with the legendary Paul Lynch. “I like Mr. Lynch because he is so chill,” Michael says.
After school, Michael has a few minutes to check in with some teachers before heading to basketball practice. He then catches a ride home with a senior and a few other kids. He gets home around 6:45, just in time for dinner and then some homework.
When asked to offer a headline for his time so far at the Prep, Michael didn’t hesitate before deciding on “Progress.” As a sophomore, he has already seen the value of his Prep education and how much he has grown over the past two years. “I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t go here,” Michael remarked. “I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.”
“When I visited the Prep for my shadow day, I was standing in line to get something to eat and a junior (who was clearly shy) came up to me to ask me how my day had been so far. He was clearly going out of his own comfort zone to make sure I was as comfortable as possible. It was then that I realized there really was something special about this place and that I wanted it to be my home.”
Thanks to the support of alumni, Michael’s family is able to send him to the Prep. His gratitude is clear and palpable. “Kids who belong here but might not have the opportunity—they NEED help. They may not be in the top 1% academically or the best sports players, but they are still worthy of being Prep students. Those are the guys who need help.”
Rayshad Wallace '18
Growing up with three sisters, the Prep sometimes serves as a respite for Rayshad. It’s nice to go from three sisters to hundreds of brothers.
A North Philadelphia native, Rayshad came to the Prep after attending P. L. Dunbar School on N. 12th Street, behind the Liacouras Center. Rayshad started his time at the Prep balancing both football and track, but now, as a junior, has decided to focus on football.
It’s no surprise that Rayshad likes his English class this year since he has the remarkable Ms. Cook as a teacher. Rayshad notes that what he has come to value the most about his English class is the practicality and importance of what he and his classmates are learning. He appreciates the emphasis on essay structure and annotation while also gaining an appreciation for the value of deep comprehension. The class just finished exploring Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka. He is hard pressed, though, to pick a favorite teacher. "All of my teachers are really my favorite because they're willing to do anything to help me succeed," he said.
If he's not in class or on the practice field, you'll find Rayshad in the weight room. He stays focused on his future. "After the Prep, I look forward to continuing my education and playing collegiate football." The present has not been lost on him, though. "I want to thank the alumni for helping create the opportunity for me to attend St. Joseph's Preparatory School. Your contributions have helped make my first three years an amazing experience."