Wheaton Academy lost a beautiful member of its community. Senior Jadyn Philipps passed away Monday evening. She was battling Pulmonary Hypertension. Our community mourns the loss of such a strong, engaging and vibrant personality.
In the classroom, teachers spoke of her ability to ask tough questions, to question why and to challenge the class. As an artist, Jadyn was vulnerable and honest. The art was never superficial, but rather each creation meant something to her.
As a leader, Jadyn did not take a back seat to responsibility. She committed to Project IX – a freshmen mentoring program of Project LEAD. She was always devoted to serving and helping whenever possible. Sadly, her body limited how much she could participate in over these past four years. But because of that, each moment she had was meaningful and impactful.
One beautiful truth we can hold on to is the promise of a life eternal for those who trust in the faithfulness of our Lord Jesus Christ. No one ever questioned where Jadyn stood on this. She was vocal about her faith and her desire to know Christ more. We mourn in these moments when a loved one leaves our presence, but we celebrate in the hope of the Gospel. Jadyn is a new creation. And we are joyful that the new body and spirit are in the community of believers with Christ.
Our prayers extend to Jadyn’s family - mother Kristin, father Troy and brother Tanner, class of 2015. We grieve with them over this tremendous loss. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to PHA in Jadyn’s name at Pulmonary Hypertension Association, 801 Roeder Rd, Suite 1000, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910
The memorial service for Jadyn will be on Saturday, November 4th at 4pm at Wheaton Academy’s Fine Arts Center auditorium. Current families and students that are in need of help and support during this time may contact Beth Mitchell, school counselor, at 630-562-7583 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.