June 12, 2017

Poetry Slam Winner

Four years I have spent in this school
A school where moral judgement failed to rule
All but a few live for selfish desire
Submerged in their own immoral attire

I don’t come to talk of politics or some law
I came to talk about society’s dreadful flaw
Do we students not care of our reputation
If not, maybe you should listen to the conversation

Do you know what they say about this school?
Oh wait, you're from Washington hm...you must be a fool
I mean sure we make the news sometimes
If not for windows breaking then for some petty crimes

Students honestly where are your morals
All the teachers are doing is breakin’ up quarrels
In a society that is full of profanity
And flushing away all love in humanity
Please students run away from this vanity 
I make a plea to escape from this horrid insanity

....Wait...what are morals
These things were they simply thought of by mortals
Where do they come from? And why do they matter?
Well, lets just say without them society would shatter

Who decides good and evil and why abide by this code
It’s a burden to follow and it is quite the load
We’re just stardust colliding 
Why should we be abiding

For just stardust this is all in vain
But why in this heart do I feel a pain?
And to that science says, Well
it’s just chemicals in your brain

Then I guess love is senseless
This leaves our nations defenseless
With but only our false morals
To defend us from daily quarrels 

Well, I believe there is someone above 
Someone that gives us reason to love
The Biblical quote holds no flaw 
“Love does no harm to a neighbor, therefore 
Is the fulfilment of Law”

Love holds our ethics strong
I promise you the Bible isn’t wrong
We are called to love our enemies
For relationships it is the greatest of remedies 

This quote I also say, peer to peer,
“Love must be sincere. Hate what is
Evil; cling to what is good.”
Have you not understood
Join hands in a healthy brotherhood

If there is no God...Why then love is senseless
Leaving not only our nations but our feelings defenseless

I’m not gonna push a religion
At the end it’s not mine it your decision
I make a call to the God above
Bring back what was lost in this city of brotherly love

Why is it so hard to believe in a God 
As you build your falsely intelligent facade
With evolved blood cells, vessels and a pumping heart
Wait...which came first? umm...Brain fart

One organ can’t survive without another
Couldn’t atheists think of that?...oh brother…
And they’re all made of different tissue
Maybe it's not God maybe your hearts the issue

I just want us to come back to true love
I want us to stop and drop the boxing glove
Maybe take some tips from the One above
HAHA Paul that’s where you are wrong God doesn't love
Doesn’t he tells you to hate gays? Ain’t that...Christianity?
NO!!! We are called to love despite sexuality

Look at your moral ethic
Don’t you think it’s pathetic
You throw insults at each other to see who gets hurt more
If you ask me that’s already something to pray for
You blame God for your problems like he’s sleeping on you
Look this guy’s dead, and people die of the flu
You turn your backs on him what do you expect him to do
It’s hard to answer prayers when nobody’s prayin to you

Look people lift your eyes to above
Check your ethics do they have any love
Show some love to a brother and stop observing
Pick up your hands to the sister and start serving 

I call us to serve, work, try hard, and love
I ask that of deceit, lust, anger, hate you get rid of
Christ really turned my life around
I was lost but now I’m found
Was blind but now I see the light
With knowledge of wrong and right
Talk to me I’ll be glad to tell you my story
Maybe you could restore this school to its former glory

But hey… even if I repeat this 700 times
Your heart won’t be affected by any of these rhymes
You will walk through the halls with a heart full of dread
And all will know for this school the true God is dead

First place poem by Paul Basarab, Class of 2017
January 23, 2017

Witnessing History With Our Own Eyes Thanks to the #DECAATTProject

By Nikos Papinkolau, Class of 2017

Continuing the momentum from the 2016 Democratic National Convention watch party, the AT&T Aspire Mentoring Academy hosted a watch party on January 20, 2017, in honor of the presidential inauguration.

The event was held at the AT&T Corporate Office location in King of Prussia, Penn., and students from both George Washington High School and Kensington High School attended.

We all felt very fortunate to inagurationbe able to witness the peaceful transition of power as Mr. Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States of America, and hear his inaugural address as it happened live.

You would think watching an inauguration on TV would be a boring and exhausting experience, but that is not how any AT&T Aspire event is run, and this watch party was nothing short of fun and entertaining!

As soon as we settled down, we caught up with familiar #DECAATTProject mentors and met with some new ones too. We played a 20-questions game with our mentors and got to understand how they became involved with the Aspire program, as well as how their careers developed. I enjoyed hearing how some of our mentors perform their jobs and how their original career plans were carried out or altered.

August 1, 2016

DECA Goes Behind the Scenes at the 2016 DNC

By Nikos Papanikolau, Class of 2017

The #DECAATTProject has been a truly inspiring experience for not only myself, but also my fellow DECA members. The various engaging activities and informational trips throughout the past few years have been absolutely stellar; but of course, leave it to AT&T to take an amazing experience to the next level with the 2016 Democratic National Convention Watch Party.

The event was well organized with fascinating and empowering speakers that I would never have expected to have the chance to interact with otherwise. Councilman Allan Domb, for example, was able to connect to us on a personal level as Philadelphians and inspired us to be ambitious. We also heard from Mr. Joe Grace, Vice President of State & Local Advocacy for the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, who was a very effective communicator putting forth thought-provoking questions and offering unbiased views that certainly opened our eyes on the presidential election. The guest speakers were spectacular and never lost our undivided attention with their eloquent speeches.

The #DECAATTProject mentors have an exceptional ability to connect with us DECA members. During the DNC speeches, we were given bingo cards with various patriotic pictures and keywords on them, and if we were able to fill out our entire board, we’d win a prize! I thought this was an ingenious way to keep us focused on the content of the speeches while also making it fun and engaging. I never would have thought a national political convention could be so intriguing and entertaining simultaneously!

Overall, the DNC and RNC Watch Parties that AT&T held for us were very enlightening events that definitely made the election experience much more important to me and my peers. Unfortunately, many of us will not be old enough to vote in November, however, the experience encouraged us to pay more attention to not only national politics, but also to get involved in local politics.

Just a few months ago, we held a voter registration drive at our school (George Washington High School in Philadelphia) and we were able to register almost 50 people!

I must thank AT&T for this surge in awareness and eagerness to take part in our democratic system. Thank you AT&T for all that you do for DECA, as well as for us students. We are very grateful for your generosity and support.

July 11, 2016

Will Philly rise to the challenge? Or be lost in the rubble?

By Maarij Kazmi, Class of 2017

Philadelphia is “all hands on deck” in preparing for the largest convention in its history. With an expected 30,000 delegates and democrats to also be joined by 15,000 media and over 17,000 volunteers, in attending the convention. What does this mean? It means that Philadelphia businesses will be tested to the limit, especially local businesses and food carts.

And thus local businesses will have to have an increase for supply in cause for the high demand. But many choose not to work in the “chaos that will erupt” one Halal food cart vendor claimed. They just like Mr. Miteshandhi who owns a local book/convenient store claimed that they will be shutting down during the time of the convention because of the “rush and uncontrollable crowds of people.”

Although not everyone shares the same opinion. Mr. Farce, a new food cart owner here in center city Philadelphia has plans on facing the challenge head first. His plan is stocking up and going commando all the way. He said “All I can do is get ready for the rush, and with Allah’s help, I will (get) through it.”

This year’s DNC will total over 60,000 people on a daily basis for the last week in July at the Wells Fargo Center and downtown Philadelphia. 40% of the volunteers will come from outside the city using the city’s infrastructure and public transportation networks, or staying overnight in the city. And more than 15,000 hotel rooms are booked from 2 to 5 nights in over 90 hotels throughout Philly.

So what maybe some of the disadvantages of Philadelphia hosting the democratic convention this year? Well as it has been recorded throughout history, hosting a convention of such heights is immensely expensive. There will be approximately $40 million in expense for the city but is expected to be covered by the $85million the Convention’s committee.

The city of Philadelphia and DNC officials estimate a gross product income by $350 million for the area- of course it will be lowered just as it was in Charlotte’s and Denver’s estimates. This convention promises to be an even larger revenue producer since the Republican National Convention in 2000, with an economic multiplier effect five times greater – and providing a much larger economic punch than last September’s historic visit by Pope Francis.

The DNC impact will mostly affect the businesses inside of the city, but talking to businesses in suburban parts of Philly showed that they expect “nothing but the same as any other day.” Alexis who owns a local Station Pizza on the out skirts of northeast Philadelphia with her Uncle claimed that when the Pope came, “nothing changed around here.” She claims the revenue of that time was that same as it had always been. A change from the DNC visit to Philadelphia is yet to be seen.

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May 23, 2014

GWHS Baseball team makes history!

By Coach Ken Geiser

George Washington Baseball won the 4A championship last week. We will be entering the PIAA State playoffs for the first time ever in George Washington Baseball history!  We will be playing Masterman on Friday at 1:00 pm at FDR Park in South Philly.

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May 23, 2014

Wistar Biology Essay Contest Winner

Congratulations to Alina Vabishchevich who received an Honorable Mention Award for the 2014 Wistar Biology Essay Contest. Alina will receive a check for $50 at the ceremony in June at the Wistar Institute.

As noted on the Wistar Institute’s website, the purpose of the essay contest is to emphasize the most recent scientific findings and to describe how these findings have impacted the medical world and/or contributed to the progress of research in this area.  Nineteen students in Ms. Ditoro-Werner’s AP Biology class submitted essays after writing, editing and presenting their work to their peers.   Congratulations to Alina!

May 19, 2014

CTE Students earn College Credits

Our CTE seniors recently completed 3 days of proctored testing for NOCTI and we are very proud to announce that 19 students have earned 3-5 college credits for successful scores on the test.  Please join us in congratulating the following students:

Culinary Arts:  Ashley Foley and Alma Fonda

Sports Marketing:  Randall Bazley, Mousa Eiyadeh, Jeremy Estes, Zechariah Hanna, Dylan Henry, Githin Joy, Marquis Lane, Stavros Leventis, Daniel Navarro, Jonathan Santos, Scott Siley, Ryan Smith, Elijah Sprual, Mark Stanislavov, Jenna Vaughn, Sean Yaffe and Yonglang Zhang

May 19, 2014

Lindback Award Winner

Colette Ditoro-Werner

GWHS proudly congratulates Special Education Teacher Colette Ditoro-Werner who was recently announced as a winner of the 2014 Lindback Award for Distinguished Teachers.  She will receive a cash award and recognition at a special reception for award winners.

This award is sponsored by the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation to recognize high school teachers who demonstrate excellence in promoting learning at the highest levels.  Award recipients are chosen based on their activities that improve the intellectual and character development of students.

May 13, 2014

A Day with Mayor Nutter

By Jeremy Estes, Class of 2014

Yesterday was quite a powerful experience.  I was one of the lucky candidates selected to sit down with the mayor and make my voice heard on George Washington’s need for funding. During Mayor Nutter’s visit, it was a very different atmosphere in school. As I entered the library, all eyes and ears were set on Mr. McKinney, our English Department Chair. He was at a table with Mayor Nutter and a few others as he pleaded why our school and our city need more resources to prevent the student body from suffering further from budget cuts.  I know Mr. McKinney as a humorous, goofy English teacher.  However, at that table, I saw a man on a mission.

Those few minutes listening to Mr. McKinney made me have a completely different perspective on this event. My thoughts of this went from performing an errand for the counselor to a ‘do or die’ moment for the future of our youth.  When Mayor Nutter asked which student would like to open up, the adrenaline running through my head made me volunteer. I wanted to make a statement. I shared how Mr. Bachmann’s last minute advice before my FULL SCHOLARSHIP interview at Drexel helped preserve my bright future and how that alone proves that with more than one counselor, we will have more success stories with our students. I also expressed my interest in an expanded My Learning Plan, and with more counselors to help implement it, I explained how it could drive at-risk students on the right path to develop a résumé for the future.

The other 15 or so students in the meeting had unique views that all made convincing cases for more staff.  Some spoke about the wandering students in the aide-less halls, or the absence of programs that would make students value going to school, some requested career academies to specialize in guiding questionable students. One thing is fair to say for all of these students: they should be proud for stepping up for our school and city. I feel it was a humbling time for Mayor Nutter himself, as he gave a group hug to us and promised his best efforts to fix this crisis.

May 9, 2014

Bad Seed Rising

Bad Seed Rising

By Mark Stanislavov, Class of 2014

Today, May 9, 2014, was an amazing experience!  The band  Bad Seed Rising came to George Washington High School and rocked the house!  Louey, Fran, Aiden, and Mason really showed what they’ve got.   I was blown away by their CD Charm City, but now that I have seen them live, I LOVE them!  It is really difficult to look into social media or watch MTV and see which new bands are on the rise.  Bad Seed Rising really proved to be the best new band that  I’ve heard so far.   In five years I want to see them on the big screen, making platinum hits, and having a ball! Fran, Louey, Mason, and Aiden are the future of the Rock genre. 

Being a massive fan of Rock music, I have to thank them for keeping the feel and rhythm of Rock music alive and kicking! I didn’t expect much from a bunch of kids from Baltimore, Maryland, but after listening to their album and hearing them live, I was sincerely blown away.  I can really hear the influences in their music.  I can hear Aerosmith, AC/DC, Guns ‘n’ Roses, Def Leppard and so many other rock legends emanating from the group’s spirits.  Just by the solos performed by Mason, the lead guitarist of the group, I can hear what legendary rock bands influenced them.

The one song that I can’t seem to stop listening to is Wolves at the Door. The song really has all the high voltage of the past with the electric power of today! The song Bad Seed Rising shows that Classic Rock and Rock in general is definitely not dead. The vocal talent, Francheska, really has an amazing set of pipes! She can really hit all of the notes that are needed to sound superb. Louey can really keep the rhythm going with his bass-tastic skills. The drums are fused with drummer Aiden’s, heart and soul.

All I can say is that these kids have so much planned ahead of them and they don’t even know it. Bad Seed Rising has a ton of potential and momentum to boost them through any ceiling. Can’t wait to see where these rockin’ rebels will be in the next five years. I’m excited for them! Keep up the good work guys!!!