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Saturday, April 29, 2017


  • HB’s 2016 Scholastic National Medal Award Winners

    Lucia Ferlauto, American Visions Award Gold Medal, Photography

    Cole Goco, Gold Medal, Comic Art

    Franci Swisher-Gomez, Silver Medal, Photography

     photo of exhibit


    We congratulate ALL students who participated in the Scholastic Awards! This year the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards received nearly 320,000 submissions and less than 1% of those submissions received National Medals. Submissions are juried by panelists who look for works that best exemplify originality, technical skill and the emergence of a personal voice or vision. The top works in the country earned National Medals and were celebrated at a ceremony at Carnegie Hall on June 3, 2016.

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  • State Champions!

    The HBW Boy's Varsity team won the 2016 USA Ultimate Virginia Boys' HS State Championship over Yorktown. Congratulations to all of our frisbee players.
    (c) Lawrence Cheng

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  • Varsity Guys came in 3rd and Varsity Girls won 1st place in the USA Ultimate 2016 High School Southern Regional Championships

    Our Varsity Frisbee players participated in the USA Ultimate 2016 High School Southern Regional Championships this past weekend (May14 & 15, included teams from Maryland to Texas) and did great! The guys came in 3rd and girls won 1st place!

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  • H-B Woodlawn Student Elected 2016 Youth Governor
    H-B Woodlawn junior Salome Gongadze was elected Youth Governor for the 2016 Virginia YMCA Model General Assembly at the 2015 Virginia Model General Assembly (MGA) held in Richmond earlier in April.
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  • H-B Art Student to be honored at Carnegie Hall
    H-B Art Student, Cole Goco received a National Gold Medal from the Scholastic Art Awards. He was honored at a June 11th ceremony at Carnegie Hall, NY. The awards ceremony was broadcast that night live from Carnegie Hall at 6:00 p.m. EST.
    Cole’s artwork The Island Adventure(Comic Art) will be on display in New York at the Sheila C. Johnson design Center, Parsons The New School for Design.
    The program, currently in its 92nd year, is a national program recognizing outstanding creativity in teens and offers scholarship opportunities for graduating high school seniors. Over the years, the Awards have grown to become the longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in the U.S., and the nation’s largest source of scholarships for creative young artists and writers. A noteworthy roster of past winners includes Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford, Joyce Carol Oates, Stephen King, John Updike, and many more.
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  • Virginia All State Chorus! 
    Congratulations to Nick Saunders and Nathaniel Stern for being selected to the Virginia All State Chorus! The All State performance will be held at the Sheraton Premier of Tyson's Corner, Fairfax Ballroom at 1 pm this Saturday, April 24, 2015. The performance is free and open to the public.
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  • Students Place First in SkillsUSA Competition

    Julia Harris and Max Stempniewicz earned first place at the state level SkillsUSA Competition in Roanoke. Nikolai Karamyshev and Sammy Allison won a silver medal for their film 'Mr. Boss!' featuring Brian McTyre and Artur Pietra.  Watch it here:  https://vimeo.com/channels/548120 
    SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations. 

    Julia and Max will now go to the National Competition in Louisville, Kentucky on June 24-25. Congrats to all 4 H-B students for representing Arlington so well at State!
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  • Teens from Arlington were recently featured in Arlington Magazine's July-August issue, including senior Patrick Gorman. Read about all of the teens here: http://www.arlingtonmagazine.com/July-August-2014/Extraordinary-Teen-Awards-2014/
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  • H-B Art Students to be honored at Carnegie Hall
    Five H-B Art Students will be honored for their work at a June 6th ceremony at Carnegie Hall, NY.   On the same day, two giant screens at 1515 Broadway, Times Square, will display a 30-second Scholastic Art & Writing Awards feature. It will run every 2 minutes throughout the entire day.  The awards ceremony will be broadcast that night live from Carnegie Hall at 6:00 p.m. EST.
    The winners and their works:
    Maura Shapiro, gold medalist for drawing for Future Of Fruit
    Santiago Mallan, silver medalist in drawing for The Minotaur Condemned
    Juliana Walker, silver medalist in mixed media for Badgers Amongst the Ruins
    Colman Goco, silver medalist in comic art for Extreme Frog Hunting
    Yiru Jiang, American Visions Award winner for her painting A Girl Standing In The Bathtub
    The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards has an impressive legacy dating back to 1923. Over the years, the Awards have grown to become the longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in the U.S., and the nation’s largest source of scholarships for creative young artists and writers. A noteworthy roster of past winners includes Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford, Joyce Carol Oates, Stephen King, John Updike, and many more.
    Two students, gold Medalist Maura Shapiro and American Visions Medalist, Yiru Jiang will have their art work on display in New York  at the Sheila C. Johnson design Center, Parsons The New School for Design.
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  • Congratulations to 2013 H-B alum Helen Westergren for receiving a prestigious award from the Art Education department at VCU.  
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  • Announcement of 2014 Award for Excellence in the Arts Winners

    The Fine Arts Department of H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program is proud to announce  that four HBW students will be recognized at this year’s Award for Excellence in the Arts ceremony sponsored by the Washington DC Chapter of the National Society of Arts and Letters (NSAL

    This year’s recipients are:  Ella Tuson – Award of Excellence, Olivia Taylor – Music, Erin Lammie – Theater and Kristen Heaton – Visual Art.

    The eleventh annual Awards ceremony is supported by the Education Department of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.  It is scheduled for Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. in the Terrace Theater of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. 

     The Awards program recognizes the most promising junior-level talent from 37 different Washington DC area high schools.  This award documents these students' hard work and dedication and serves as a point of distinction for your future endeavors. 

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  • Congratulations to the following Latin students earned awards at the Virginia Junior Classical League Convention in Richmond, VA on Sunday November 24 and Monday November 25. Over 2000 Latin students from throughout Virginia attended this annual event.
    Creative Arts
    • Sophia Anderson -- 6th for Photography
    • Emma Chan -- 2nd for Small Model
    • Margaret Gorman -- 2nd for Photography, 4th for Children's Book
    • Amanda Hayes -- 4th for Cartoon
    • Jimmy Stinneford -- 5th for Cartoon 
    Academic Tests
    • Margaret Gorman -- 7th in Poetry Reading Comprehension, 7th in Mythology
    • Amanda Hayes -- 5th in Pentathlon, 3rd in Poetry Reading Comprehension, 4th in Derivatives, 10th in Grammar, 9th in Grammar
    • Jimmy Stinneford -- 8th in Roman History
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  • Congratulations to Brian McGrail, class of 2010 for winning a Rhodes Scholarship!
    Brian is a Truman Scholar at Williams, where he is majoring in political economy and history and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He is conducting research on the effect of taxation on income equality and behavior. He is president of the Williams College Democrats and worked as a campaign intern for Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). He also is a member of the varsity cross-country team and volunteers helping low-income people prepare their tax returns. He spoke about the likelihood of two Arlington residents winning the prestigious award in the same year. “Honestly I think it speaks to the strength of the Arlington public schools. I think it’s a fun coincidence.”  Read article from the Washington Post.
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  • Nationial Honor Society at Kenilworth Gardens Members of HBW's National Honor Society were recognized on September 28th at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens in Washington, DC for 8 continuous years of environmental stewardship. Paul Weiss started this cool relationship HBW has with Kenilworth and today we have close to 70 students joining other volunteers from and around DC to clear out lotus ponds so that the cultivar may flourish each year. Mostly the students just loved wearing hip-waders and getting muddy!

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  • H-B Woodlawn students have been honored for their success on the National Latin Exam, which covers grammar, reading comprehension, Roman culture, history, geography and mythology and etymology. The exam consists of 40 multiple choice questions and offers students a chance to test their knowledge against peers throughout the world.

    HBW's students and their awards are:

    Gold Summa Cum Laude
                      Silver Maxima Cum Laude
    Jamie Staeben – Latin I                     Tori Auerhan – Latin I
    Casey Wilson – Latin II                       Aiden Walker – Latin II
    Amanda Hayes – Latin IV                   Siena Grevatt – Latin II
                                                             Whit Jacobs – Latin V

    Bronze Magna Cum Laude
                   Cum Laude
    Juliana Walker – Latin I                    Eleanor Doyon – Latin I
    Dunham Janney – Latin I                  Anna Toth – Latin I
    Andrew Heare – Latin I                    Ned Sieverts – Latin I
    Caroline Kassir – Latin I                    Hannah Soler – Latin I
    Harley Kalett – Latin II                     Sofia Dimick – Latin I
    Emma Chan – Latin II                       Sophia Anderson – Latin II
    Matteo Dristas – Latin II                  Jimmy Stinneford – Latin IV
    Margaret Gorman – Latin IV             Daniel McGlynn – Latin V
    Will Hubbert – Latin V

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  • MS Music Awards

    Middle School Music Awards

    All three of H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program's Middle School Music ensembles, band, orchestra, and chorus, received first place awards at the Music in the Parks Festival at Busch Gardens, Williamsburg on Friday, May 9th. These ensembles competed against ensembles of like kind, and their exemplary performance earned them high marks.Congratulations to these musicians and their teachers, Carl Holmquist, Risa Browder, and Bill Podolski.

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  • This weekend (May 11/12, 2013), the Arlington Arts Center and Baltimore-based artist Doug Retzler, in collaboration with Arlington Public Art, will begin building the skeleton of what will eventually become the Gourd Palace. The winning design for AAC’s Gourd Palace was inspired from a model made by HBW 6th grader Chloe Fugle. Retzler’s vision for the Gourd Palace is to create a living sculpture that illustrates our connection to nature and the important place it has in the lives of children and adults alike, particularly in an urban environment.Through community involvement, the Gourd Palace will serve as a common meeting place for both neighbors and visitors of this Arlington neighborhood. It will be a place to share stories, relax to music in the cool shade, and partake in workshops related to agriculture and environmental stewardship. Follow the progress at the Arlington Arts Center’s web site: http://www.arlingtonartscenter.org/blog/imagining-the-gourd-palace/
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  • 6th Grade Science and Robotics teacher Kathy Molina was recently recognized by The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia for her work with LEGORobotics as part of our STE(A)M work at HBW. Kathy and the HBW LEGO Robotics program is featured in the Foundation's 2011-12 annual report on pages 8 & 9:
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  • 2013 Earth Force

    HBW's 6th grade Earth Force students won 2nd place at the Caring For Our Watersheds competition April 24 for their inspired project "There's Something Fishy About the Frankenfish," or as it's commonly called the Northern Snakehead. For their project they researched this invasive species and it's fishing regulations, learned to cook and eat Snakehead from a chef in Annapolis, went fishing for Snakehead on the Potomac River and created a recipe book that they're going to hand out to local fishermen.Pictured are (L-R): Calla Ritland, Ben Gross, Alex Jones, Chloe Fugle and Molly George. Not pictured: Brooke Tanner, Raven Welch, Alex Keuerleber, Taylor Young, Grace Goldman, Clare McElhaney. Many thanks go to the parents of these students for their outstanding support. Students hope that parents who fish will try some of the recipes that can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/frankenfishrecipes

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  • The H-B Woodlawn Wind Ensemble under the direction of Carl Holmquist earned a Superior rating at the District XII Band Assessment on Friday, March 15. They performed beautifully for an esteemed panel of judges that included the directors of bands at Ithaca College and Temple University and the conductor of the US Army Field Band.
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  • At the March 16-17 Virginia is for Layouts Ultimate Frisbee tournament (the first of the year), the HBW Girls Varsity team finished undefeated, beating out teams from seven colleges and universities. HBW's team was the only high school team at this college-level tournament, sanctioned by USA Ultimate. Congratulations to the team and coach, Jacob Nuxoll!
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  • Olivia Taylor, 10th grader, has been accepted to the All-Virginia Orchestra, which will perform at Harrisonburg High School, Virginia, April 4-6 under the direction of Dr. Robert Cashin, James Madison University. Olivia is one of two Arlington students accepted to the orchestra and the only string player.
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  • Helen Westergren won a National Gold Medal for her piece, Paper Construction, (pictured below). She and teacher Faylinda Kodis will attend the Scholastic Arts awards ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York in May.Paper Construction
    Brian McTyre won a National Silver for his photo,  Crack of Light.
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  • Sophie Nicholakos and Nathaniel Stern have been accepted to the American Choral Directors Association National Honor Choir. Being accepted to sing at an ACDA conference is considered a great honor, both for a choir and for its conductor. About 300 singers are selected from around the country to sing in each national choir. With HBW's choir director, Bill Podolski, they will participate in the ACDA's conference in Dallas.
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  • 7th grader Hannah Karlin received a First Place award at the Northern Regional Science & Engineering Fair in the Behavior and Social Science category.
    8th grader Sophia Anderson received a First Place award at the Northern Regional Science & Engineering Fair in the Environmental category.
    Biruktawit Assefa, 11th grader, won the Best in Fair Grand Prize at the Northern Regional Science & Engineering Fair for her project Mapping Phosphorylation Sites Necessary for Large T-antigen Stability through PCR-based Mutagenesis. Birdy will compete at the State Science Fair, April 5-6 at Virginia Military Institute and at the International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, AZ, May 12-17. At the Regional Fair, Birdy was also awarded 1st Place, Certificate of Merit & $100 from the Biophysical Society and 1st Place, Certificate of Excellence, $150, & a one-year subscription to Technology Review Magazine from the MIT Club of Washington, DC. Birdy presented her paper at the 2013 Junior Science & Humanities Symposium, held at Georgetown University in January.
    Her abstract: In 2008, it was discovered that Merkel cell polyomavirus (MCV) is the main culprit behind 80% of metastatic Merkel cell carcinoma. Evidence has shown that MCV encodes for a protein called large T antigen which is essential for normal viral replication. Thus, large T antigen has been the subject of many studies. This project describes the phosphorylization sites and motifs necessary for large T antigen stability and function. DNA mapping was utilized to gain a relative idea of the locations of said phosphorylation sites. Next,mutagenesis was performed on four different motifs that contain the majority of the phosphorylation sites on the large T-antigen to isolate their functions. A truncation mutation was executed on three different sites on said oncoprotein to locate the motif necessary for large T-antigen stabilization. The resulting truncation were 516 base pairs, 390 base pairs, and 345 base pairs. These inserts were ligated into vectors 1038 and 2956. These were then expressed in kidney tumor cells and in turn, the protein expressions were analyzed through a western blot. Identifying the phosphorylation sites of large T antigen could lead to a better understanding of the viral protein and in turn a better way to combat it. Furthermore, protein stability is essential for protein expression.Instability of proteins can lead to degradation. Therefore, an improved idea of the phosphorylation sites and the motifs responsible for large T antigenstability and correct function could lead to locating a possible target for therapeutic drugs. Additionally, it will help pinpoint weaknesses in the cellular mechanism as whole.
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  • Ava Oaxaca was selected as one of nine finalists for the National Symphony Orchestra's Young Soloists' Competition. Ava plays oboe and saxophone.
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  • 12th grader David Reich advanced to the Invitational Round of the North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad. Of the 1,665 participants, only 200 made it to the invitational round. Of those 200 invited, David placed 107th. 

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