Student & Alumni Recognition    

We are excited about the many accomplishments and achievements of both current students and alumni of Wheaton Academy. This page features students who have exemplified the school mission in the areas of excellence, relationships, and service. If you are interested in submitting an idea for this page, please fill out the form on the left.
 Jason Burkey '03
During his time at Wheaton Academy, Jason Burkey was a part of many WA musicals and dramas, and now the 2003 Wheaton Academy graduate is pursuing a full-time career as an actor. While living in Nashville, Jason has earned roles in many commercials, TV shows, and movies, including his upcoming film, "October Baby" which opens March 23, 2012. Read more about Jason's journey in this Daily Herald article
                                                    Jon Crawford '07
 Jon developed a heart for missions while attending Wheaton Academy. Organizations such as Invisible Children and Passion Conferences have had a huge impact on his life. Jon has been serving with Antioch Ministries International, on the Serve: Project Uganda team. He arrived in Uganda in September, 2011 and will return to the United States in May, 2012. He and his team have witnessed and discipled many Ugandans, and have been blessed to watch the Ugandans witnessing and discipling one another as they grow in their knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ! Wheaton Academy feels privileged to have been part of Jon's journey into full-time ministry.
Sarah Drury '12
WA senior Sarah Drury has been nominated for the High School Player of the Month through the TribLocal. Athletes from different schools in the area have been nominated and voting is open to the general public. The Wheaton Sport Center will make a donation to the winner’s school, and the winning athlete will be honored with a plaque.

To vote for Sarah, paste the link below into your browser. Click VOTE by Sarah’s name and it will take you to a page where you can register to vote. There is no cost and your information will not be used for anything else. Once you register, you can go to the page and vote once every 24 hours. Voting ends Thursday (11/19) at 9 p.m.
Cameron Harvey '12
Senior Guard Cameron Harvey (6'3) from Naperville, IL signed his national letter of intent on November 9, 2011 to play basketball at Eastern Illinois University. Cameron will play for Head Coach Mike Mill at EIL which is located in Charleston, IL and is a Division 1 school that plays in the Ohio Valley Conference.
Click here to read an article about Cameron Harvey.

Lexi Welton '14  
Lexi is only a sophomore, but she has set impressive records in her short time at Wheaton Academy. She qualified for the state tournament for the 2nd year in a row. After a tough loss in the first round, Lexi Welton came back with a great win for Wheaton Academy in the Consolation Bracket of the IHSA State Tennis Tournament. Welton won 6-3, 7-5 over Glenbrook North HS after coming back from an 0-4 deficit in the second set. It was a great win, which concludes a fantastic season for Welton. Unfortunately, after weather held up too many matches on the day, Lexi did not have a chance to advance any further because the IHSA cancelled all consolation bracket matches. Lexi's win marks the first point scored in the State Tournament for Girl's Tennis in school history! Congratulations to Lexi on a great season!
Bob Oury '56
Bob Oury has been committed to maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle which is why he was able to finish his 29th Life Time Chicago Triathlon at the age of 74. While he was a student at Wheaton Academy he participated in wrestling and has continued to be extremely athletic. He is also planning on running in an upcoming marathon and stays in shape by biking, swimming, weight lifting and running. Way to go Bob!
Matt Egler '09 

Matt Egler studied computer animation at Full Sail University and graduated this summer with a bachelor of science degree. He was the Salutatorian of his class and received three Course Director awards in Fundamentals of Art 2, Character Animation and Methods of Design. Matt is now working as a freelance character animator with Magnetic Dreams Animation Studio in Nashville, TN and is currently working on Veggie Tales.
Blake Biddle '10
Black Biddle is currently a sophomore at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas (UNLV) and has continued to play competitive golf since leaving WA. He had a phenomenal summer, receiving 6th place in the 81st Illinois State Amateur Championship. Blake is currently playing in the U.S. Amateur Championship and placed 2nd in the stroke play portion and is now in the top 64 in the match play portion. August 28 is the final day of the championship. Go Blake!
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                                                                 Maggie Johnson '08
 Maggie Johnson excelled in volleyball during her time at Wheaton Academy and is continuing to impress fans and coaches at Belmont University. She is Atlantic Sun Conference Athlete of the Year, Atlantic Sun Scholar Athlete of the Year, First Team all Conference, an Atlantic Sun Conference Volleyball Championship, and the love and respect of her team and classmates. Maggie's father, Walter Johnson, currently serves as a WA Board of Trustee member.
                                      Jack Anderson '12 
Wheaton Academy senior Jack Anderson  pulled off a 2-under-par 69 to win the final Illinois Junior Golf Association regional of the summer in the boys 16-18 division.This was an especially exciting match because this was the first time Anderson has ever beat 70 and the first time he has won the Illinois Junior Golf Association regional, as well. Click here to read more about his exciting win.

 Marissa Gagliano '14
 The Illinois Coaches Association has named Wheaton Academy freshman shortstop Marissa Gagliano to its all-state third team in class 3A. Gagliano joins former standout pitcher Lauren Chessum (Class A all-state in '03 and '04) in becoming only the second softball player in Wheaton Academy history to be named to an all-state team by the ICA. Gagliano was one of only three freshmen named to an all-state team in 3A. In 23 games, she hit .474 with eight doubles, two triples, and four home runs. She recorded an on-base percentage of .564 and a slugging percentage of .782. She also stole 25 bases in 26 attempts. With the all-state honors from the ICA, Gagliano will also be recognized on the prestigious Wheaton Academy Hall of Honor.

Ally Witt '12
Ally Witt was recognized by the Kane County Chronicle as the "Best Female Athlete" of the 2010-2011 school year in the Tri-cities area. She was chosen because of her strong performance in multiple sports. Ally will be returning to Wheaton Academy as a senior next year. We are excited to watch her play for one more year and eager to see what God has planned for her.

                                              Corey Burke '08
Corey Burke attends Judson University and recently received the A.O. Duer Award, an honor citing the top male and female juniors in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics’ (NAIA) based on character, playing ability and scholarship. Corey was a top scorer on a 19-4-1 soccer team. Click here to read the article by the Daily Herald featuring Corey Burke.

Tim Rusthoven '10
Tim Rusthoven is playing Division 1 basketball at William and Mary. One of the highlights from his freshman year include being 10th in scoring among Colonial Athletic Association Freshmen. He was also named twice as the Runner-Up CAA Freshman Player-of-the-Week.

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