A number of juniors won the National History Day contest, including Luca Camponovo, Vlad Zadorojny, Vivian Claire, Juliette Warga and Allison Bleimehl along with sophomore Aimee Crozat. Warga and Claire won first place in the Group Website category called “Mount Zion Cemetery: Communicating the Racial History of Georgetown.” Bleimehl won second place in the Individual Exhibit category with a project entitled “Manipulative Communication: Horrific Half-Truths of Propaganda During World War II.” Camponova won first place in the individual category at Individual Documentary category with a film entitled “BeBop’s Blare: How Modern Jazz Communicated the Protest of African Americans of the 20th Century.” Zadorojny won second place in the Paper category with an essay entitled “Banjo: Listening to the Haunting Voice of Africa in American History.” Crozat won third place in the category with “How the Suffragettes Sold Their Message.” These students participated in an elective entitled “Real World History” run through the Center for Inspired Teaching. Ten Washington Latin students are currently enrolled in the course which also includes a summer internship.
The Prom Committee promised that both the Junior and Senior classes will be celebrating the end of the year together in style and in a Covid-safe manner. The Junior-Senior Enchanted Garden Prom will take place on May 21 at the Latin field from 8pm-11. There will be food, music, dancing, fun, and long-lasting memories. Both Juniors and Seniors are both invited, but only Seniors are allowed to bring dates from outside the Latin community in order to keep the numbers smaller.
Sixth grade science has been learning about how the earth changes over time, from rivers to volcanoes, glaciers, mountains, earthquakes. Ms. Dobler’s class studied different earth structures to have a better understanding of how the earth is static, not dynamic. Students learned about different forms of weathering, erosion, and deposition. They completed three different activities modeling wind, chemical, and water as forces that can change the earth over time.
The PLANET and Environmental Clubs will be taking over Washington Latin’s Instagram account for Earth Week (Weds/Thurs) to spread awareness to the Latin community. The clubs, advised by Physics and AP Environmental Science teacher Mr. Torrence, will be sharing images of Latin students and community members engaged in the work and stewardship that is necessary for a sustainable future. Also, members of both clubs have signed up to participate and lead in clean-up projects throughout Washington, D.C. and Prince George’s County.
Eighth graders in Ms. Barlev’s science class are learning about the human impact on the planet. Students modeled resource extraction by mining chocolate chip cookies for “coal” (represented by chocolate chips) and then made observations about how the environment is impacted as a result, watching the way removing chips affects the ground layers and foundation of the cookies. Students compared their cookie excavation to mountaintop removal practices in the nearby Appalachians to consider what were the long term results of such natural resource extraction.