Archive of ‘Penguin Pride’

Debaters Continue Convincing Streak!

Our debate team keeps on winning awards. On Nov. 15, Walls joined 30 other DC metro area high schools (214 teams total) at South Lakes High School in Reston for the Washington-Arlington Catholic Forensic League’s second debate tournament for this year. Teams debated the following resolution: “On balance, the benefits of genetically modified foods outweigh the Read more »

New Student Trip: Europe in Spring 2016

GERMANY, SWITZERLAND, ITALY and FRANCE March 2016 (dates TBD per DCPS calendar) Faculty leaders: Adebayo Thorpe and Mamadou Diagne (others TBD) This 12-day tour is organized by EF Educational Tours to bring students’ classroom lessons to life by experiencing new cities, iconic monuments, and distant cultures firsthand. The estimated cost is $3,435. Enrolled by December Read more »

Model U.N. Team Competes (and Wins!) at Top Conference

Congratulations to the 13 Walls students who attended the William and Mary High School Model United Nations conference in early November, including award winners Max Mellott (Best Delegate), Nico Stauffer-Mason and Will Bates (Outstanding Delegation), Brian Contreras (Honorable Mention), and first-time competitors Savannah Touré and Montana Lee (Verbal Commendations). Congratulations also to first time competitors Read more »

Bringing the Ancient World into the Classroom

In October, students in Carolyn Schulz’s Humanities class participated in an exciting virtual exchange with students at Sagesse High School in Beirut, Lebanon, via webcast. Moderating was Dr. Catherine Foster, an archeologist who specializes in Mesopotamia and works for the State Department’s Cultural Preservation Center. Students from both schools learned about her work and had Read more »

SWW’s Marine Scientists Visit White House

Students in Jim Evans’ marine science class visited the White House on Oct. 27 to watch Mission Blue, a documentary on the life of the renowned marine biologist Sylvia Earle. The film explores the challenges she faced as a female scientist as well as the devastation of the oceans that she has witnessed over her Read more »

Honor Societies Induct New Members

In October, 14 students became new members of the French Honor Society (FHS), and 63 became new members of the National Honor Society (NHS) at an induction ceremony at SWW–with all dressed penguin-esquely in black and white! This special event takes place annually at Walls to recognize students who receive top grades in French for Read more »

SWW Students Win Home Rule Essay Contest

Walls seniors Jacob Ausubel, Max Mellott, and Liza Murdoch were honored guests at an Oct. 28 celebration of the 40th anniversary of the passage of DC’s Home Rule Act, which gave city residents the right to vote for mayor and city council. The three students received 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards, respectively, in the Read more »

Debate Team Shines at Tournaments

Six Walls students competed brilliantly in the Oct. 11 DC Urban Debate League tournament, held at Cesar Chavez Public Charter High School. After four rounds of debating, Jack Nugent and Noa Rosinplotz won the first place Novice team award as well as the 2nd and 3rd place individual speaker awards. (Jack and Noa both competed Read more »

Aspiring Walls Designers Attend White House Events

Ten SWWHS students participated in the inaugural Fashion Education Workshop at the White House, hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama. The workshop connected over 150 high school and college students with such fashion luminaries as Diane von Furstenberg, Zac Posen, Jason Wu, and Narciso Rodriguez, who encouraged the young designers as they passed on fashion Read more »

What’s It Like to Be a Surgeon?

The GWU Hospital’s Students Attending Thoracic Surgery (StATS) Program has invited Walls juniors and seniors to attend a “real world” anatomy and physiology lesson. On Oct. 10,* students will watch a live telecast of a minimally invasive pulmonary medical procedure performed in the operating room and broadcast to a nearby conference room. Thoracic surgeon Dr. Read more »

Model UN Team Hits the Big Time

In June, the SWWHS Model United Nations team as named one of the 150 Best High School Model UN Teams in North America — an honor shared by only one other team in DC (St. Albans). This achievement is all the more extraordinary given that the team was launched only three years ago.

Congratulations GWECP Graduates!

On Saturday, May 17 these ten George Washington Early College Program students (pictured here with Dr. Sheila Harris, Director, GW Early College Program) received their Associate of Arts Degree (GWECP- AA) from George Washington University and in June will graduate with the Class of 2014 at SWWHS. Congratulations! The George Washington Early College Program (GWECP- AA) affords Read more »