Ms. Jost’s Scientific Research Methods class had the school’s first Science Symposium in the library last week. Upper schoolers showcased their semester-long scientific research, which included such topics as treatments for pediatric aneurysms, separation anxiety in dogs, and seagrass in the Chesapeake Bay.
Junior Makiya Tucker’s work was shown at the Hirshhorn this week as part of an exhibit called “51%” about women’s history. Tucker was one of 20 students who showcased work in various mediums though an internship called Emerging Artists by ARTLAB, which is open to artists in their teens in D.C. The program provides young artists with an inclusive digital art studio and mentorship from professional artists. Makiya’s work was titled For A Man’s Eyes, and highlighted how female bodies are objectified by the media. She posted images of women on the sides of handmade milk cartons, which said “Milk gaze,” “made to please.” She used rhetorical elements inspired by the discussions she had in her AP Language and Composition class led by teacher Nathan Day.
Last week the Upper School celebrated the end of the year with the annual Lion Day celebrations. Students dressed in class colors, to represent their grades. Instead of attending their last class of the day, they headed to the field, where advisors lead them through various competitions, including Water Balloons, Hula Hoops, Cooperative Games, Blindfolded Lion Painting, Relays, and Tape Wars. The event is organized by math teacher and Community Council advisor Ms. Raskin.
Upper school students on the track team attended the DCSAA Track and Field State Championships last week. The boys’ 4x800m race team of Oliver Spiva, Kaleb Mokonnen, Nick Geist, and Luke Tewalt set a new school record (8:15.73) to become State Champions. Both girls’ and boys’ 4x200m teams, consisting of Cecily Bufkin, Kemari Bolden, Sydney Weaver, Raven Berry on the girls’ side and Immanuel Charles, Arthayuga Briscoe, AJ Burton, and DJ Okuleye on the boys’ side, finished All-State. DJ Okuleye made it to the 100m finals, finishing 6th overall, earning an All-State Honor. In the 3200m the team had two State Champions in Zoe Edelman and Luke Tewalt! Luke broke the meet record, which he set himself last year at the same meet. The team had a lot to be proud of after day one. Edelman also set a record in the 1600m. She will compete at the New Balance School Nationals in the 5000m race in June. Meanwhile, Tewalt won the triple, crown, the 3200m, 1600m, and 800m races. He is a four-time state champion this season, including the team’s 4x800m first place finish He will run the 3200 at Nationals.
The seventh and eighth grade track team took part in PCSAA Track Championship meet last week as well at PG Sports Complex against 14 other charter schools. In the 100m dash, eighth graders Isaac Cabading and Quentin Johnson took 2nd and 3rd place. In the 80m hurdles, eighth grader D’Andre Person placed 4th in his heat, putting him in the top 10 overall. Diego Rodriguez placed fourth in his heat in the 80m hurdles. Ella Kramer placed 3rd in her heat in the 80m hurdles. Omare Omatete placed 5th overall in the 200m dash, nabbing 2nd pale in his heat. Isabelle Charles placed 2nd in her heat, Lauryn Shepard placed 3rd in her heat, and Michela Irving placed 4th in her heat. Seventh grader Reese Richburg placed second in her heat in the 400m dash. Seventh grader Lucas Rohde placed 2nd overall in the 800m run, while eighth grader Gavin Neubauer placed 9th overall. Seventh grader Tillie Freed placed 6th overall, and eighth grader Claire Immanuel was 4th in her heat. In the 1600m run, Rohde nabbed the top spot for the boys and seventh grader Anja Pratt placed 4th overall. The 4X100 relay team of eighth graders Rodriguez, Person, Zaire Jackson, and Omare Omatete placed 4th in their heat. The girls’ 4X800 relay team of Pratt, Freed, eighth grader Scarlett Edwards, and Emanuel placed 2nd overall! Meanwhile, the boys’ 4X400 relay of Rohde, Neubauer, Person and Omatete came in 4th overall. The girls’ 4X400 relay of eighth grader Adelaide Pfeuffer, Edwards, Freed, and Shepard came in 5th overall.