This week was the annual Senior Recitations. The event requires students to memorize and recite a famous work that they have read while at Latin. Students performed excerpts from Moby Dick, The Awakening, 1984, On the Road, Catcher in the Rye, The Importance of Being Earnest, Native Son, Invisible Man, The Iliad, The Souls of Black Folk, Walden, and other classical and modern texts. This is one of the culminating activities for seniors this year, as it requires students to learn a text they love by heart, and perform it with the attention and emotions that they feel towards the story.
Middle and upper school science fair winners attended the citywide Science Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics fair and presented their research. In the middle school, Lucas Rohde won 1st place in Animal Sciences, and Meerabela Kempf won 1st place in Material Sciences. Shayla Greaux won 2nd place in Engineering Energy Physical. Lucas Rohde also won third place from Washington Statistical Society and an award from the National Zoo. Meerabela Kempf also won the Materials Education Foundation prize and an honorable mention from the Society of Mechanical Engineers. In the upper school, Vivian Claire won first place for Earth and Environmental Science and Ashay Amam won second place in that category. Vivian Pittard and Ife Akinsanya won first place for Environmental Engineering and were also awarded prizes for sustainability, Engineering. and the Geological Society. Vivian Claire was awarded prizes by NOAA, D.C. Water, Chesapeake Water, Environmental Education Consortium and the Commissioned Officers Association. Ashay Amam also nabbed prizes from the Geological Society and Commissioned Officers Association.
Sixth grader Maeve Marchand won the Monthly Art Challenge for march with her creation of the image of a phoenix inside an eye. She used a program called IBIS Paint to create her artwork. The theme of this month’s challenge was to express your soul in a work of art.
Freshman Giulio Benson won the Merit Scholarship for CIEE study abroad program in Shanghai. Giulio will be in Shanghai this summer for four weeks of Chinese language and culture.
Ms. Shapiro’s AP Physics students will take part in their annual field trip to the flight park iFly this Friday. The unique vertical wind tunnel that allows students to experience the feeling of flight also lets them evaluate what forces are at work on objects in the wind tunnel, and when are they balanced and unbalanced. They can also assess how objects surface area affects velocity and can predict how fast a ball will fly in the wind tunnel. They are excited to let their understanding of physics take flight!