This summer the Wakefield staff will be conducting home visits for incoming 9th graders from Gunston, Kenmore, and Jefferson Middle Schools. Wakefield is committed to providing a caring environment for all of its students through community and building relationships with families. Many families will receive a phone call from Wakefield staff introducing themselves and offering to visit their home. The visits are voluntary and families will decide if they want a home visit.
Delegate Alfonso Lopez visits Wakefield to present our photo students with Certificates of Excellence. These students were selected to display their artwork in his Richmond office during the Delegate Assembly. In addition, Dr. Willmore presents our 5 National Scholastic Arts Medalists with letters of Congratulations from Senator Mark Warner.
Way to go Wakefield Warriors!
Congratulations to the following students who have been selected for the 2016-2017 Fine Arts Apprentice Program: For Music, Tyler LaPointe; Theatre: Nicolas Cadby-Spicer, Jackson Hambridge, Retta Laumann, and Rafael Lopez; for Visual Art: Ariana Candido-Markowitz and Olivia Grace Coldren. These students went through an extensive interview process and portfolio submission to get chosen for this highly competitive program!. Congratulations goes out to the music, theatre and visual art teachers as well.
Wakefield's French Program was selected for the American Association Teachers of French Exemplary Program with Honors for 2015-2017 and WJLA ABC 7 just learned of it, and came by to interview Mme. Wheelock and Mme. Haley, Wakefield's French teachers. Students Jake Karton, Emily Reyes and Mme Haley's French classes were featured in the piece, which you can watch here.
Eyerusalem Meaza- Gold Medal, Photography "The Long Wait"
Jack Karton-Silver Medal, Illustration "Touchdown"
Karolina Lajch-Silver Medal, Photography "Mask"
Francesca Salas-,Silver Medal, Photography "How do you define Rich and Famous?"
Madelyn Wood-Silver Medal, Photography "No Dreams Tonight"
(View winning artwork)
These students have been identified by panels of creative professionals as the most talented young artists and writers in the nation. This year, nearly 320,000 works of art and writing were submitted. Only the top 1% were recognized at the national level. These students have been invited to attend a ceremony at the world-famous Carnegie Hall on Thursday, June 2.
Congratulations to Eyerusalem Meaza who won 2nd place in the 34th Annual Congressional Arts Competition! The award was given out by Congressman Don Beyer last night at the NAEA building ceremony in Alexandria. She was one place away from having her photo, "Laundry Day" in the US Capitol for one year. Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. Winners are recognized both in their district and at an annual awards ceremony in Washington, DC. The winning works are displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol.
We received a whopping 6 out of the 8 awards given in the Arts:Ciera Johnson - 1st place (and the winner of $250!) for her photo, "Babar"; Rafael Lopez - 3rd place (and the winner of $100!) for his photo, "Broken"; Yessenia Hernandez-Naranjo-Honorable Mention - photo, "Sticks and Stones"; Ingrid Jacobsen-Honorable Mention - photo, "Early Morning Frost"; Karolina Lajch- Honorable Mention - photo, "Ophelia"; Jeremiah Severn- Honorable Mention - photo, "Flag and Battleships". The Vince Kaspar Awards are sponsored every year by the Vietnam Veterans of America's 227 Chapter and the Memorial Day Writer's project. Though Wakefield has participated every year, this is the first time we received so many awards. A big congratulations goes out to these young artists! View the artwork here.
The French teachers received word that 12 students earned prizes for achievement in the 81stGrand Concours (National French Contest) sponsored by the American Association Teachers of French. This is a challenging exam which tests reading, listening, and grammar skills in French. Nearly 86,000 students participated in the U.S. and Puerto Rico this year. The followingwinners in French 1, 2, 3, 4, and AP Language and Culture will each receive a National Lauréat Certificate. Bronze (75th and 80th percentiles): Luis Cabrera Hernandez (Fr2), Leo Rosas Tapia (Fr2), Jillian Lopez (Fr3). Mention d’honneur (50th – 70thpercentile): Flavia Dominguez Pinto (Fr1), Ileana Mendez Espinoza (Fr2), John Oyola (Fr2), Logan Harms (Fr3),Lente Huiskens (Fr3), Antonia Kotliarov (Fr3), Valencia Parker (Fr3), Sirena Wigfall (Fr4), Kaleb Boswinkle (AP). Congratulations!!
Now on display at the Arlington Public Library, Columbia Pike Branch. This exhibit is brought to you through a partnership between Wakefield High School and the Arlington Public Library. These works of art will be up for your enjoyment from May 16th to June 16th. Come on out to see the artwork and check out a great book too! Spring Forward Information Flyer
Wakefield had been selected as the 2015 School of the Year by the Embassy of Spain. This award is selected by the Spanish Ministry of Education and the Spanish Embassy in the US to recognize exceptional Spanish language programs among the schools in the US and Canada that are part of the International Spanish Academy (ISA) network. Wakefield is the only Spanish Immersion High School in Arlington Public Schools and in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and for many years has been the culminating venue for students who started in the immersion program at Key or Claremont and continued in Gunston Middle School to finish at Wakefield with rigorous advanced level Spanish classes, including Immersion Biology, AP Spanish Language and Culture and AP Literature. Gunston Middle School won second place, making this the first year two of the four immersion schools in APS are picked for their excellence. We are proud of our students, who have invested years in the program and reap the benefits of graduating bilingual and biliterate; congratulations are also in order to our amazing Spanish teachers Magaly Reder, Aymee Buzzi, Natasha Lopez, Katie Beverage, and Rosa Navas, for their hard work with their students and for always mantaining high standards in the Spanish curriculum. Wakefield was recognized at a ceremony at the Spanish Ambassador’s Residence at the end of May. ¡Felicidades!
Wakefield’s Model General Assembly traveled along with MGA clubs from Yorktown, Arlington Career Center, and HB Woodlawn to lobby, debate, and vote on legislation and elect state officers. Wakefield sponsored 5 bills and one resolution. Of their six legislative proposals, three were passed: Same Day Voter Registration, Tax Credits for Renewable Energy, and a House Resolution for Redistricting Voting Districts to End Gerrymandering. Junior Wisam Mustafa, ran for and was elected to the office of 2017 Youth Speaker of the House for the Commonwealth of Virginia! Wisam was also selected to serve as a Virginia delegate to CONA (Conference on National Affairs) where she will discuss and debate issues of national and international concern with over 500 students from over 35 states. Pictured L-R: Usman Qureshi, Wisam Mustafa, Diana Makele, Brendan Novak, Skit Khettouch, Alex Pageotte, Tiffany Hidalgo, Sophia Polisar, Alex Hendel, Eli Mefford, Nick Hattrup, and William Severe.