Seniors Alex Hagan and Serena Jones have been awarded a four-year, full-tuition scholarship through the Posse Foundation. Hagan will attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Jones will attend Bucknell University. Posse is a program for nearly 40 colleges to award ten students full-tuition scholarships. By bringing a “posse” of students in together each year through this program, these colleges hope to improve their overall retention and persistence rates as well as diversity on their campuses. Washington Latin graduates who won scholarships through posse include Fariss Nabih (2012), who attended Bucknell and Anaka Osborne (2012), who attended Pepperdine. Desmond Miller (2013) attends Lafayette. Olivia Boyd (2015) attends Lafayette College, and Maddie Galvez (2015) attends Bucknell University. Conor Moore (2016) is a freshman at Bucknell. Senior Hamadi Brewer was also a finalist for the Posse scholarship.
Freshmen Zoe Crute, Gabby Micheli, and Perrin Brady were accepted into the 1000 Girls, 1000 Futures Programs. The program was created to encourage high school age females to learn more about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. It offers one-to-one mentoring between high school students and professional women, in the form of two virtual meetings per month. The three will learn more about science, college readiness, leadership, communication, and critical thinking.
Thirteen upper school students attended an event hosted by the Aspen Institute, featuring Admiral Mullen, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Mr. Hagerty brought the group, composed primarily of juniors and seniors, to hear about national security issues, from Admiral Mullen, other administrators, and national security reporters. The event, in DuPont Circle in late November, focused on such topics including appointment choices being made by the president-elect. The discussion also included security issues related to China, Russia and ISIS. Upper school students also learn about current events and international relations through organizations like Model UN, Debate Team, Qatar Foundation International, and classroom activities.
New art work is hanging once again in the foyer and main stairwell of the building. Ms. Stephens selected works from students who were named “Most Creative Artists.” The new paintings are from a 7th grade unit on Post-Impressionism. The students learned about the artists from three different art styles- Impressionism, Post-Impressionism and Fauvism. The students also learned about how to arrange objects in various ways to create interesting compositions. Their assignment was to improve a Van Gogh painting by adding their own stamp to the work while also allowing the viewer to see the original Van Gogh idea. The colored pencil drawings are from an 8th grade unit on Narrative Art. The students learned about 5 different narrative artists, analyzed their pieces, and decoded works with various levels of symbolism. The idea of this project was to create a narrative, but to allow the viewer to finish the story. Some information is left out of the work. Featured paintings include work by Sabrina Nadler, Dainius Antoine, Jonah Spiva, Aoife Butler, Wyatt Grimm, Juliette Warga, Nate Cooper, Caroline Watterson, Adriana Torero, Abu Bockarie, Morgan Leary, and Ashley Abreu. Colored pencil drawings include work by Joshua Perrin, Chima Ukaegbu, Evelyn Hanson, Jelani Massey, Rebekka Stewart, and Aaron Scott.
On Monday several Washington Latin Public Charter School musicians and singers performed on WPFW 89.3 FM for the Brother Ah’s Radio Show. Robert Northern (Brother Ah) is a French horn player who recorded music with musicians like John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, and Sun Ra and taught in the music departments at Dartmouth and Brown. Honors Choir members Tabatha Smith, Ava Tiller, Sophia Cisneros, Maggie Dalzell, Shelby Griffith, Emerson Moore, and Nia Miller sang on the show, and Jazz band members Adrien Gomez, Ethan Gadson, Maddy Katz, Duncan Cox, and Ned Yarsky performed. Music director, Melissa Nevola, was interviewed on the show, and several students and parents and Mr. Anderson all commented on our musical program. Listeners called in from all over the world, including several men on a boat in the Nile, who had questions or comments about the performance. The show can be heard until Christmas Day not he station’s website at http://www.wpfwfm.org/radio/programming/archived-shows in the section called “The Collectors: Monday, December 12, 2016 7:00 pm.”