Penguin Pride Archive

September 2017:

National Merit Scholarship Corporation Names 18 Walls Commended Students

Last week, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation notified Principal Trogisch in a letter that each of the 18 Walls seniors named below is a Commended Student in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship program.  See the letter here:

Olivia H Barr
Benjamin B Bates
Kyra Bendel
Kofi Bulluck
Mia Campbell
Zoe Fredrickson
Sara Hunsberger
Azaan Lambkin
Montana A Lee
Robert C Lusk
Claire Medina
Samantha O’Sullivan
Samuel Page
Ethan Rosenthal
Noa Rosinplotz
Ella C Weiner
Noah Yared
Eliza  Zizka

September 2017:

Way to go Brittany Hart, working hard as a volunteer early Saturday morning for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society.


August 4, 2017:

Eliska Peacock was awarded the honor of being the state flag bearer at the State Games of America 2017 held in Grand Rapids, Michigan!

On August 4, 2017, Eliska represented Washington, DC and carried the flag of the Nation’s Capital into the opening ceremony, where many of the estimated 12,000 competing athletes also paraded in an Olympic style gathering into the Van Andel Arena.  Eliska went on the next day to compete in track and field and brought home 2 gold medals and 2 silver medals.  Eliska also was the flag bearer at the State Games of America 2015, held in Nebraska, where she also competed in track and field events and brought home one gold medal and two silver medals.

You can view a video of Eliska carrying the flag on the State Games of America website. (Start the video and fast forward to 46:20.)

July 5, 2017:

Sprinter from Walls receives school’s first Gatorade award!

Sprinter from Walls receives school’s first Gatorade award

May 27, 2017:

Congrats White House and Nat’s Education Challenge Winners!

Samantha O’Sullivan and Catherine Morrison won first place for their White House Hiscatherineandsamtorical Association and Washington Nationals’ Education Challenge with their submission: President William Taft’s Children’s Bureau.  The Children’s Bureau is the first federal agency within the U.S. Government and the world to focus exclusively on improving the lives of children and families.

In addition to a $1000 prize (split), Sam and Catherine were honored with other winners at a reception last week at the White House Historical Society and were feted last night on Nats’ Field. A video of their storyboard was shared with fans during the game.

May 11, 2017:

Congratulations are in Order!

SWW Senior Jack Nugent was one of two students in DC to win the prestigious Presidential Scholarship Award.  Established in 1964, only 161 students nationwide are named Presidential Scholars, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students.

Ms. Parascandolo was also recognized as a 2017 Presidential Scholar Distinguished Teacher.  Congratulations for this amazing recognition!

April 10, 2017:

SWW Students Sweep Youth and Government Conference Awards!

Congratulations to the Walls YAG team who participated in the DC YMCA Youth and Government Legislative Weekend​. Led by Mayor Ben Dormus, Walls students successfully passed all of their bills as well as winning the highest award for Superior Delegation. Augustin Pereira Martinez received the awards for Outstanding Statesman and Best Bill.  Kofi Bulluck was elected Youth Mayor, Lani Smith Superintendent of Education, and Sam Page City Council Chair. Ben Dormus, Montana Lee, Kofi Bulluck, Lani Smith, and Sam Page were chosen to represent DC in the nationwide Conference on National Affairs. Seniors Ben Dormus and Kenneth Cruz-Flores graduated YAG with honors.

March 14th, 2017:

Walls students swept the DC STEM Fair, winning 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place and lots of other awards.  The awards are all posted at The Grand Awards winners (all Walls students) move on to compete  in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair held in Los Angeles in mid-May.

Senior Division

Grand Awards:
  • 1st (Sponsored by Deloitte) Hannah Doctor-Loeb, School Without Walls
  • 2nd Sam Lossef, Engineering Mechanics, School Without Walls
  • 3rd Isabel Herburger, Biochemistry, School Without Walls
Category Awards:
  • Animal Sciences
    1st Hannah Doctor-Loeb, School Without Walls
  • Behavioral and Social Sciences
    1st Sophia Diggs-Galligan, School Without Walls
  • Biochemistry
    1st Isabel Herburger, School Without Walls
  • Engineering Mechanics
    1st Sam Lossef, School Without Walls
  • Environmental Engineering
    1st Jonah Merriam, School Without Walls

Special Awards:

  • Aerospace Corporation’s Robert H. Herndon Regional Science Competition Award
    Honorable Mention Sam Lossef, School Without Walls
  • The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Award
    1st Sam Lossef, School Without Walls
  • American Psychological Association Award
    Senior Division: Sophia Diggs-Galligan, School Without Walls
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers Award
    Honorable Mentions
    1st: Sam Lossef, School Without Walls
    2nd: Jonah Merriam, School Without Walls
  • Federal Water Quality Association Award
    Senior Division: 2nd Place: Jonah Merriam, School Without Walls
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Award
    Sam Lossef, School Without Walls
  • MIT Club of Washington, DC Award
    Sam Lossef, School Without Walls
    Sophia Diggs-Galligan, School Without Walls
  • Optical Society Award
    Senior: Jonah Merriam, School Without Walls
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), DC Chapter
    Senior Division: 3rd Place: Sam Lossef, School Without Walls
  • Washington Statistical Society
    Honorable Mention: Hannah Docter-Loeb, School Without Walls

March 8th, 2017:

It’s a pleasure to announce the top scorers for the Mathematical Association of America’s – AMC national math competition that recently took place.

This is the first time our school has participated in this nation-wide math competition which involves extremely difficult math problems.

11th and 12th grade competition, in order of top scores:

  • Samantha O’Sullivan
  • Ella Buring
  • Qifan Huang

9th and 10th grade competition, in order of top scores:

  • Nicholas Mahr
  • Christian Robles
  • Theresa Weber

Congratulations to all 18 participants!  Because of their motivation to continue improving their mathematics and analytical skills, all participants will receive certificates and can use their participation on college applications.

March 4, 2017:

Model UN Team at Washington Area Model United Nations Conference


Pictured from left to right: Mico Christensen, Ian Conway, Montana Lee, Maria Leon-Acosta, Saskia Daugherty, Caedmon Kolmer-Dorsey, Ben Bates and Eli Kukla.

Congratulations to the SWW Model UN team for an outstanding showing at this year’s Washington Area Model United Nations Conference, hosted by GW’s International Affairs Society and held at the Marriott Wardman Hotel March 2-4. No fewer than 7 team members (pictured below) were recognized with outstanding delegate awards and honorable mentions and one, ninth-grader Maria Leon-Acosta, was named “Best Delegate” in her committee, quite an accomplishment for her first year on the team. With multiple “Crisis Committees,” “Historic and Specialized Bodies” including the Court of Henry VIII and ancient Egypt’s War Council of Ra, and scenarios involving the recent challenges at FIFA and WMATA, there was no shortage of negotiating opportunities. Huge thanks to Delaney Felker, the GWU International Studies student who coaches our team, for her hard work and dedication. Students who are interested in Model UN should contact Mr. Ishmael.

March 3, 2017

Walls Future Business Leaders of America to compete in national contest

On Friday, March 3, students in the School Without Walls chapter of Future Business Leaders of America participated in the DC Statewide competition.  Noah Dyson, Jala Grant, and Gregory Hollis represented the chapter and competed in “Partnership with a Business”, where they presented on FBLA’s partnership with HSA regarding WallsWear. The students were judged on a written report and an oral presentation.  These students performed well enough to earn a spot to compete at the Future Business Leaders of America National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, CA.  Students will attend the conference from June 29-July 2 and compete with hundreds of other students for various awards.  Please congratulate these students on a job well done!

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Between now and June FBLA is looking for opportunities to raise funds. If you have any suggestions, please contact the President of the Walls FBLA, Gregory Hollis, by email at

February 16th, 2017:

Five School Without Walls students are National Merit Scholarship Finalists for 2017!

Congratulations to:

  • Tuli Bennett-Bose
  • Sophia Claman
  • Aidan Low
  • Mary Marsh
  • Madalena Parsons

January 11, 2017:

Congratulations to two SWW students who have been selected for the United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) that will be held March 4 — 11, 2017:

  • John Nugent, Delegate
  • Jacqueline Thompson, Alternate Delegate

The overall mission of the program is to help instill within each class of USSYP student delegates more profound knowledge of the American political process and a lifelong commitment to public service. In addition to a week-long program, delegates receive a $10,000 undergraduate scholarship!

More information here: District of Columbia Students Selected for United States Senate Youth Program   

January 7th, 2017:


SWW Latin teacher Jane Brinley (L) and GW intern Katherine Bradshaw (R)

Walls’ Latin Teacher Jane Brinley received the Society for Classical Studies Award for Excellence in Pre-Collegiate Teaching.  Ms. Brinley came to Walls in 2010 to build the Latin Department which goes through AP Latin.  Ms. Brinley also established a partnership with GWU Classics Professor Elizabeth Fisher to give Classics majors classroom experience. Congratulations Ms. Brinley!

December 12, 2016:

Congratulations to two School Without Walls Juniors who were accepted into the prestigious OSSE Scholars Program! Juniors Ying Chen and Ellen Guo were chosen to receive scholarships for selective summer college programs at some of the nation’s top universities:

  • Ying Chen- Brown University
  • Ellen Guo- Smith College

Please congratulate Ying and Ellen when you see them, and wish them the best!

November 21st, 2016:

Walls Students Interviewed about the Effort to Spread African American History — Student interview!