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Maggie Jenkins’ tasteful lunch bags

Maggie Jenkins’ tasteful lunch bags

Anika Bahl, News Editor

November 7, 2017


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Everyday, junior Maggie Jenkins brings a lunch bag from home with a box of filling comfort food on the inside and intricately drawn cartoons on the outside, both made with love by her father. The interaction has become somewhat of a tradition between the two of them. Mike Jenkins, Maggie’s father,...

Frisbee team celebrates senior night

Frisbee team celebrates senior night

Johnston French and Will LeHardy, Staff Writer and Editor-in-Chief

October 31, 2017


Filed under Featured General, Showcase, Sports, Top Stories, Uncategorized

While students tend to come out in droves for Friday night football and basketball games, one team that doesn’t get that much attention is the school’s ultimate Frisbee team. The boys’ and girls’ teams, comprised of students from all grades, had their Senior Night on Thursday, October 19, in a c...

Yarnell goes live

Yarnell goes live

Holland Forsythe, Opinion Editor

October 26, 2017


Filed under Featured General, Showcase, Sports

Senior Sam Yarnell has been working with the broadcast team at the school’s news show, The Daily Dispatch, since his sophomore year. He hosts his own segment, “Generally Great Athletes,” dedicated to informing students on the latest sports information every Thursday. As of last year, Yarnell has ventur...

Ms. Black’s IB elective is a healthy choice

Ms. Black’s IB elective is a healthy choice

Anika Bahl, Staff Reporter

October 19, 2017


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This year marks the fifth year that physical education instructor Ms. Beth Black is teaching IB Sports/Exercise and Health Sciences (IB SEHS), one of the classes that she is most passionate about. This year, she plans on implementing new ideas of hers to further enhance the course, but also reflects o...

Saving the planet, one class at a time

Saving the planet, one class at a time

Hannah Rosman

October 12, 2017


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Mr. Ryan Miller has been teaching Environmental Systems and Societies (ESS) and Geospatial Tools and Techniques (GTT) at the school for over a decade. Outside of school he is a part time meteorologist. He sometimes forecasts the weather for ABC-7 and for WTOP Radio. As the “resident weatherman” of...

Mr. Vettori solves more than just math problems

Mr. Vettori solves more than just math problems

Will LeHardy, Editor-in-Chief

October 5, 2017


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We sat down with Mr. Robert Vettori, a new teacher at the school this year. Mr. Vettori teaches Algebra, geometry and BC Calculus. Q: What do you enjoy about teaching math? A: I like helping people make discoveries for themselves and watching people grow from that. I didn’t know I was going...

New SCA presidents prepare for year ahead

New SCA presidents prepare for year ahead

Hannah Rosman, Managing Editor

June 19, 2017


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The student body elected rising senior Alex Pascocello Student Council Association (SCA) President on May 26, along with all of the other class leaders positions for next year. Pascocello has been apart of SCA for three years. He started as Third Vice President, then moved up to be Second Vice President as ...

On the sidelines with Hoops For Cancer

On the sidelines with Hoops For Cancer

Ariya Nosouhian

March 8, 2017


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Hoops For Cancer is a basketball club which raises money to donate to cancer research. The club meets every two weeks in OC-1. Club sponsor, Ms. Katrina Reed, is the head varsity basketball coach for Episcopal High School. Q: Are there any requirements to join the club / Can someone join even if they...

Teacher of the Year Mr. Frank DeRocco

Teacher of the Year Mr. Frank DeRocco

Alice Naland, Co-Editor-in-Chief

March 3, 2017


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Every year, students are encouraged to nominate a teacher who inspires and supports them for Washington-Lee’s Teacher of the Year award. Dozens of nominations are submitted, students naming a teacher and writing about why they should be recognized. From these submissions, a list of a dozen or so teacher...

Featured General

Featured General

Gwen Taplin

February 22, 2017


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Although Ms. Erin Bruns is our school’s photography teacher, it isn’t the only thing she can teach. Recently, she became a certified yoga instructor. Yoga has been her passion since she started practicing it in 2001 and now has the chance to share it with others. Although most people see yoga...

Ms. Katie Aird

Ms. Katie Aird

February 2, 2017


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Ms. Katie Aird grew up in Falls Church, Virginia to become the school’s freshman Biology teacher after being keen on science. During her time in elementary school, Ms. Aird wanted to be a firefighter because she wanted to save lives then in middle school, a teacher helped her to fully understand the pro...

Economics extraordinaire

Economics extraordinaire

November 14, 2016


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Economics teacher Mr. Jeffrey McCarthy never pictured himself in this career at a high school in Virginia, but that’s just how things have turned out. The Connecticut-born teacher sees himself working with the school for years to come. Even though he grew up out of the area, life has led Mr. McCarthy...

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