Archive for June, 2011

June 17, 2011

Journalism Clubs celebrate 5th anniversary

By Sheryl Kirby

The District recently celebrated the 5th anniversary of Philadelphia Prime Movers’ Journalism Clubs at The National Constitution Center.  Hosted by Sheinelle Jones, Fox 29 Reporter, 19 high schools were honored by Prime Movers’ National Director, Dorothy Gilliam, and famed Inquirer Reporter and Prime Movers’ Co-Director, Acel Moore, Sarah Glover, President of the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists, and various representatives from our District.

Our junior, Princess Kollie, was a student speaker who astounded the audience with her reflections on journalism. She told a brief story of her immigration to this country which caused her to fear speaking because of her strong accent and the rejection she felt from her peers. She used her love of books to turn that fear and criticism into a passion for writing, and thanked everyone for supporting the journalism program in our District. She received a long round of applause for her presentation. 

Five awards were given at the ceremony and GWHS received two of them! Princess was given an award for Best Editorial for her article on teenage pregnancy, and senior, Stephanie Pagan, was given an award for Best Online Presence for her poetry on our site. If you haven’t already done so, please check out The Eagle Eye at to see their work.

June 16, 2011

Burning Waters

By Stephanie Pagan, Class of 2011

The rivers of scorching flames

Spread wildly throughout my temple.

The heat intenses

The longer I keep my mouth shut.

Rosey lips pressed against each other

That contain the refreshing cool waters

Of the fire that rages to every endpoint and

Causes all four walls to tremble.

I cannot bare it any longer.

The front door flies open

And a waterfall of words gush out.

Uncontrollable shaking takes over.

I’ve done my part-

Spoken fire.

June 16, 2011

HRTT year in review

By Mary Falkenstein

I would like to summarize our year in hospitality as being rewarding, challenging, and gratifying.  The year was full of interesting trips, guest speakers, and events.  Our students rose to the challenge of the business plan first by completing a classroom business plan, then by having judges come in and judge the plans, then by having three of our students attend the city-wide competition at Temple Fox School of Business competition.  We are pleased to announce the Vichtor Vasishevchor came in as one of the top five students city-wide to be selected for the final round of events on June 7.  It is amazing how the students have supported each other in class and outside of school.  We had 40 students travel to Temple to support our competitors.  On June 7 we will find out if Victor placed in the last round.  Also, we had a team of five young ladies create a giant hotel called:  Blu Bay Hotel in Jamaica.  The girls presented an amazing business plan presentation at the University of Delaware and came in second place.  Kudos to:  Lindsey Tepel, Jasmine Webster, Tiana Fluck, Lindsey Porter, and Amanda Santa for their creative business plan which was filled with finance information and advertising that any advertisement company would be happy to have on board.  Ernst and Young could use these students for the We accounting department.  Andrey Mozel was the first place winner for the FBLA Hospitality competition.
Trips were a big part of our curriculum.  We took two trips to New York City; the first was for the National NFTE Competition in Times Square followed by an afternoon in Little Italy.  The second New York Trip was a NFTE shopping trip sponsored by NFTE and the students were able to invest $50 in start-up capital for their business venture.  The afternoon we spent several hours at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and a bus tour of Manhattan.
The Academy kept us on our toes by going to the Convention Center, the airport, Bellevue Hotel, Museums and many other important events.  We did many projects such as:  Career Project which included:  cover letter, applications, resume, follow up letter, thank you letter and the classroom interviews which all students enjoyed doing.  We also did:  Trip of a Lifetime, Hotel Research Project, and used the MLA Format to prepare for our senior projects.  Let’s not forget all the work in our workbooks and textbooks and the HRTT Videos.  Therefore, all I can say it was a good year with lots of interesting students, events, and daily activities.

June 15, 2011

Senior Prom photos

Thanks again to Mr. Applebaum, we now have photos from our recent Senior Prom.  Check them out in the link below under Blogroll.