Not only did GW send more students (33) to State than any other CO high school, GW also scored more wins, taking first place in 3 of the 10 events. Congratulations to ALL our competitors -- it's a huge honor to qualify to go to State (see last week's post or the website for a complete list). And congratulations to all our competitors who made it into the elimination rounds today. Of special note: the CX team of Sam Clark and Miles Owens are state champions for the second year in a row, and Mali Garret-MIlls won OO as a freshman. Congratulations on an excellent effort, Patriots!
Final Results below (* denotes novices)
CX Debate: Sam Clark and Miles Owens
Foreign Extemp: Dan Morgan-Russell
Original Oratory: Mali Garret-Mills*
CX Debate: Tanner Sandoval and Sarah Tran
LD Debate: Matt Zavislan
Original Oratory: Maddie Hughes
National Extemp: Margaret Schaack*
Original Oratory: Angie Neslin
Drama: Richard Medina
CX Debate: Matthew Symonds and Olivia Czufin
CX Debate: Sarah Pierce and Lucy Shen
PF Debate: Emma Thompson and Miles Moore
LD Debate: David Kolet-Mandrikov
Patriot Speech & Debate excels again!
GW GRADS HEAD OFF TO TOP COLLEGES! The 2010 graduating class was offered an astounding $5,577,946 in scholarships and aid. Patriot colleges include: CU, CSU, CC, Univ. of Denver, UNC, George Washington U, Stanford, U of Pennsylvania Howard U, NYU, Tufts, Boston U, Boston College, Tulane, Dartmouth, Pomona, Villanova, Reed, Lehigh, Occidental, Arizona State U, Kansas U, U of Ohio, U of North Carolina, Lewis & Clark, U of British Columbia and many more.
Congratulations and good luck to GW's seven National Merit Semifinalists Seniors Amelia Kucic, Elizabeth(Izzie) Gall, Sarah Wolberg, Matt Symonds, Devon Stork and (not pictured) Sam Clark and Ben Johnson qualified as National Merit Scholar Semifinalists by scoring 212 or above (>99th percentile) on the October 2009 PSAT. They are among 251 Colorado Semifinalists who will continue in this year's competition for scholarships sponsored by colleges, corporations, and the National Merit organization.
Devon Stork Hits the Trifecta on SAT Subject Tests and Scores a Perfect 36 on the ACT IB senior Devon Stork was one of 24 students honored by the Colorado State Board of Education at a September 15th luncheon for achieving a perfect score on the April 2010 ACT taken by all Colorado public school juniors. Nationally, less than one-tenth of 1 percent of all students who took the ACT scored a perfect 36. The national average composite score is 22.
Even within this rarified group, Devon is a remarkable standout. He has also achieved perfect scores (800) on not one, not two, but three SAT Subject Tests: Math II, Biology, and Chemistry. Subject tests are taken by a smaller group of students, typically those who are applying to the most highly selective colleges, because those colleges require the additional tests. Thus, an above average student will often score closer to the Subject Test average of 500, because most of the other test takers are above average too. Devon's three scores fall in the 97th-99th percentile of these academic superstars, which is just flat-out amazing.
TWO GWIB SENIORS RECEIVE 2010-2011 NATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT PROGRAM HONORS
Congratulations to Rahwa Netsanet, Semifinalist, and Laura Moore, Outstanding Participant, for their success in this year’s National Achievement Scholarship Program, an academic competition established in 1964 to provide recognition for outstanding Black American high school students.
In addition to being a stellar student, Rahwa serves as president of Place Tutoring Club, head of the mock trial team, manager of the boys’ soccer team, publicity chair for the fall drama production, and National Honor Society tutoring co-chair. Her outstanding performance on the PSAT (in the top 1% of the 160,000 Black American students who entered the competition) is all the more noteworthy because Rahwa is a relative newcomer to the US. Her family emigrated from Ethiopia 9 years ago and she remains fluent in her native Amharic. As a Semifinalist, Rahwa will advance in the competition for National Achievement Scholarships.
Laura is also very involved in extracurricular activities, at GW and beyond. She serves as president of the IBBO, a culturally attuned support group for Black American IB students, and is a two-sport athlete in swimming and track. Outside of school, Laura is actively involved in modeling. Outstanding Participants like Laura, who score in the top 2-3% of entrants, are referred to colleges for their potential for academic success. They do not, however, continue in the scholarship competition.
More information about the National Achievement Scholarship Program can be found at http://www.nationalmerit.org/nasp.php.
Four GWIB Seniors Named National Hispanic Scholars
Congratulations to Elena Aragon, Pablo Pantoja-Quiñones,Cristian Mendoza Espinosa (pictured left to right) andDonovan Martinez (not pictured), who have qualified as 2010 National Hispanic Scholars! The College Board's National Hispanic Recognition Program was initiated in 1983 to identify outstanding Hispanic/Latino high school students. Honorees score in the top 2.5% of the 200,000 eligible students who took the PSAT last October.
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National Merit Program Commends 8 GWIB Seniors
Congratulations to Maddie Hughes, Matt Webb, Tai Chen,Leorah McGinnis, and Ben Holston (pictured left to right) and toAmelia Brunner, Alex Port, and Meghan Swisher (not pictured) on being named Commended Students in this year's National Merit Scholarship competition. The commendation recognizes their high scores – the top 2-3% of the 1.5 million students who took the test; >200 index score – on last October's PSAT.
Unlike our seven Semifinalists, the Commended Students do not continue in the competition for National Merit Scholarships. They are given the opportunity, however, to name two colleges or universities to which they would like to be referred by National Merit Scholarship Corp. Some of these students may also become candidates for Special Scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses.
We are very proud of these outstanding students and wish them all the best in their college process!
Two GWIB Seniors Receive 2010-2011
National Achievement Program Honors
Congratulations to Rahwa Netsanet, Semifinalist, and Laura Moore, Outstanding Participant, for their success in this year's National Achievement Scholarship Program, an academic competition established in 1964 to provide recognition for outstanding Black American high school students.
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SPEECH & DEBATE GW has been recognized as one of the nation's top 100 schools in speech and debate activities by the National Forensic League, ranking 86 out of over 3,000 schools nationwide, based on student participation and excellence in speech and debate activities. click here to read more about Speech & Debate recent successes
SPEECH & DEBATE SENDS 13 TO NATIONALS (more than any other school in the state) click here for more on speech and debate
Congratulations to the our Patriots for their participation in the Colorado History Day on May 7th - SR Rearch Papers - Michael Homiak; Finalist Jillian Elisberg
Senior Group Exhibits: 1st Place Sarah Pierce, Kaila Hood, Davis Berlind
2nd Place Emilie Bickle, Emma Thompson
3rd Place Breann Pugnetti, Chloe Thomas
Senior Group Documentary: 1st Place Anne Biermann, Allison Steele, Kayla McClelland, Angie Neslin
Senior Individual Web Site: 1st Place Dan Morgan-Russell; 3rd Place Cassandra Duchan
Senior Group Web Site: 1st Place Michal Tesfamariam, Enkhjin Myagmarsuren
The GW newspaper, The Surveyor, was awarded its 3rd Pacemaker Award. The presitigious Pacemaker is the highest award that any U.S. school newspaper can receive.click here to see the complete Surveyor
2010 Colorado History Day Results
On Saturday, May 1, 2010, 29 of our GW patriots, representing 17 entries, participated in Colorado History Day. Of the 17 total entries, 10 made it to run-offs and the final round of judging. Our students earned one 1st Place, four 2d Places, and 2 3d Places. 1st and 2d Place champions will attend the National History Day competition at the University of Maryland, June 12-17, 2010
The JROTC Honor Platoon placed first in the annual cadet challenge during the Pentathlon held at Lincoln High School on April 14, 2010. The members of the Honor Platoon competed against fourteen other JROTC teams. The Pentathlon events included a 50-yard dash, shuttle run, pull-ups, and curl-ups which tested the cadets’ endurance and physical strength. The cadets competing in the event included Kalah Haley, Naugh’tia Salas, Lexus Porter, and Jasmine Dixon. Congratulations to all!
Click on the links below for more on the GET SCHOOLED visit to GW
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