MVHS Bench

Jeffery Whittington, a senior from Metea Valley High School and Boy Scout from Troop 203, decided to earn his Eagle Scout status by honoring his science teacher Michael Wegrzyn who died last year.

“I really wanted to do one for the school, so I went to Dr. Echols and asked him like what I could do and he came up with this idea to have a bench or something like that for Michael Wegerzyn and I thought it’s pretty perfect because I had him for two years and he was one of my favorite teachers and I really liked him,” said Whittington.

Michael Wegrzyn taught at Neuqua Valley High Schoolbefore switching over to the newly opened Metea Valley High School in 2009, where he also coached girls lacrosse. In June 2014, he unexpectedly died at the age of 32 from a stroke, leaving behind a wife and twin baby girls.

15 volunteers came out to help Jeffery with the commemorative bench and plaque to honor Wegerzyn, placed next to a lake at Metea which is now called, Lake Wegrzyn.

“It’s just a great thing to have out there, it’s a great thing to have in his honor, it’s very appropriate, I think people will go out there and sit down and just kind of look at the lake and reflect on some of the things that he believed in. He believed in bringing his kids out there and exposing them to nature, as well as teaching them out there and it just kind of went with the subject matter that he taught, it’s really just a nice serene thing that I think his family will like as well,” said Metea Valley High School Principal, Darrel Echols.

Jeffery has raised about $300 for the bench and is hoping to raise about $500 more to complete the cost of the project.

You can send an email to if you would like to help out with donations.


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