Archive for May, 2014

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!!!

May 1, 2014

Time to Say Goodbye

By Paige Hughes, Class of 2014

This time was our second try

But now it is time to say goodbye

We’ve laughed and I’ve cried

But now it is time for us to go on separate roller coaster rides


I know it hasn’t been long

I am sorry, but this isn’t where I belong

Just please don’t forget to be strong