Last week 5 wrestlers earned metals for placing among the top in their weight class at the Melvin Yates JV Wrestling Invitational at Gonzaga College High School. Sophomores Manuel Robles, Kyle Wood and Isaiah Mays all took 2nd place. Mays is new to the team and has only been practicing for 2 weeks. Meanwhile, Antoine Wallace and Jonathan Ventura-Alvarenga took third. Sophomores Rachel Hodge and Jania Clare finished 4th in their weight classes. Other Washington Latin participants include freshmen Luke Tewalt, Carlo Price and Zoe Dickerson and sophomore Inity Stone. The team is coached by upper school science teacher Mr. Torrence.
Juniors and seniors in Ms. Seid’s AP Literature class took part in the annual Jane Austen tea party. The event asks students to dress as a character from their reading, from Mr. Darcy to Mr. Bigley, to Mr. Wickham and Ms. Bennet. The class read Pride and Prejudice this year. Students are asked to act the part of the character, converse in their language, and show their values through dramatic play. By bringing characters from famous literature to life through performance and improvisation, the English department helps enrich students ability to interact with the texts they read.
Eighth grade students took part in a historical simulation to show the fallibility of eye witness accounts. The students worked in two teams to understand varied accounts of the Boston Tea Party. They summarized the sources, analyzed key details that would help them figure out what actually happened, and then compared the details their peers paraphrased from the text to corroborate or refute aspects of each account. Students evaluated the challenges necessary to assemble a historically reliable account of these events based on eyewitnesses.
Friday will be the annual winter dance for seventh and eighth graders, and the theme this year will be “Glow Ball”. The event, attended by teachers and students alike, gives students a chance to dress up, decorate the MPR, and let loose on the dance floor. DJ Green Bean (Mr. Green) will make an appearance as usual, taking a night off his paternity leave to make sure that all music types are represented. Middle school students will enjoy a second school dance in May.
Several recent graduates from the class of 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, and 2012 returned over the Thanksgiving break to participate in a basketball game against current students. Players on the current Varsity Basketball team were victorious but alumni enjoyed the chance to get back into the game. Teachers, administrators and current and former students filled the stands and enjoyed giving thanks for the bonds that hold our graduates close.