Posts tagged ‘Preston Johns’

March 12, 2013

DECA members win again!

2012-2013 DECA state pic

Our DECA chapter had great success again at the recent state competition in Hershey.  Advisors Mrs.  Kirby and Mrs. Seitchik took 50 students to the competition, and they came home with 64 medals for high scores on written tests and role plays in our division!  Some students received multiple medals!   Our District Representative, Preston Johns, also came home with a trophy for Job Interview.  Ben Moshnyager missed a trophy by 3 points out of a total of 300 possible points so he was very disappointed.  We are proud of all students who participated in the state competition.  Congratulations to our 2013 GWHS state winners.

November 7, 2012

Taylor Swift – The voice of young people

by Preston Johns, Class of 2013

Taylor Swift is literally taking over the world becoming one of the biggest stars in the music  industry. She has a number one single “We Are Never Getting Back Together” and a number one album Red to go along with it.

Taylor Swift is the only female to have two consecutive albums sell over a million copies in their opening week.  Taylor Swift is the voice  of the young people. And she’s making her mark in the world. She has sold over 23 million albums and 54.5 million song downloads worldwide. She is competing with the best of artists and she is only 22 years of age. She has received six Grammy awards. It’s like she’s never going to take a break.

June 6, 2012

Journalism Club attends celebration at NCC

By Preston Johns and Sandybel Cedeno, Class of 2013

On May 16, 2012 we and our fellow classmates, staff members of The Eagle Eye, took part in the Philadelphia Prime Movers’ Media 6th Annual Year-End Awards Celebration at The National Constitution Center.   Upon arrival, the student MC was not in attendance so our fellow classmate, Rochell Henry, kindly stepped up and took the position with grace and was a natural.  It was like she was meant to speak on stage and she made the school proud!  She did a wonderful job and hopefully can be up there again next year.

Rochell Henry, student MC

It was an amazing time where we got to hear from great speakers such as bestselling author Solomon Jones.   Jones spoke to us about how the brightest of people can make the worst mistakes.  Jones’ speech was extremely motivating.  We learned a great lesson about life and how to handle things.

Another one of our classmates, Max Carrero, was a student speaker who shared his reflections about his work on The Eagle Eye.  He captivated the entire audience with his rendition of the song from Reading Rainbow and had everyone singing with him before he thanked Mrs. Kirby and the Prime Movers’ founders for the journalism program.

We also heard from Acel Moore and Dorothy Gilliam, Prime Movers’ founders, and we witnessed some of the wonderful writers get awards for what they wrote in their school’s newspapers or on their school’s websites.  Congratulations to our classmate Paige Hughes who was awarded Best Online Presence for her poetry on our site.  Congratulations to Mrs. Kirby, too, who was awarded Advisor of the Year!

After  enjoying a slide show of pictures from different schools and listening to the wonderful speeches and inspirational stories, we were able to sit down and socialize with people from different schools and see what they were up to and doing.  We look forward to participating again as seniors next year.

June 4, 2012

Update on ticket winners

Congratulations to the winners of various  tickets sponsored by the Sports & Entertainment Marketing Program.

Freshman Thomas Rossi won the two tickets to LMFAO concert based on his winning bid.

Senior Lawrence Worcester won the two Drake concert tickets based on the drawing of raffle tickets.

Junior Michael Honick was awarded two Warped Tour tickets based on achievement.

Juniors Sandybel Cedeno and Preston Johns each received a ticket to attend the Philadelphia Public School Notebook’s Student Journalism Awards dinner at the University of Arts based on their work on The Eagle Eye.

December 20, 2011

Washington sweeps DECA competition

On December 9th, Mrs. Kirby and Mrs. Seitchik entered 60 students in the regional DECA competition with more than 150 other students from the District.   Incredibly, all but 3 of our students came home with trophies having placed in one of 23 different events!  See the list of winners

2011 GWHS regional winners

For the 3rd year in a row, one of our students was elected as the District Representative to the state DECA Board.  With 11 different schools each having only one vote in the election, this, too, was a phenomenal achievement.  

Senior Eric Smith, who held the District’s state representative position for the past 2 years, gave his farewell speech as the regional competition began.  It was clear how much he has grown due to his membership in DECA – he gave the speech of a true leader!  By the end of the competition, we welcomed Junior Preston Johns to this position and look forward to his leadership!

Our next competition is the state level event which will be held in Hershey in February.  Hershey, here we come!

May 23, 2011

Movie review: Jane Eyre

By Steven Lorenzo, Class of 2013

A group of us recently had the chance to go to a movie at the Ritz.  We received free tickets through our Sports & Entertainment Marketing class in return for writing about the experience for our school newspaper.  Preston Johns, Sandybel Cedeno, Rochell Henry and I went to the movie together.

Our movie experience at the Ritz  was very interesting, but fun.  The reason why we say this is because when we got there,  we had to wait until a man came to the side of the line where we had to be checked in before he gave us our tickets.  Then when we went in the theater it was nice and clean, and the seats were comfortable. It made it very easy to watch the movie and when the movie began, it was extremely dark which made the movie clarity very clear.  So our overall experience was very pleasant at the Ritz.  If you like to watch movies in peace, we would recommend going to the Ritz.

Jane Eyre was an orphan who was sent away to a strict religious school where she had only one friend who died which made her feel very alone in the world.  After leaving the school, she made a home for herself as a maid and fell in love with someone who has a secret from his past which makes it impossible for them to get married.

My opinion of the movie is that it was a low budget movie that was poorly schemed.  The movie was very predictable, so predictable that I ruined the movie for myself on my first time viewing it, but throughout the movie there were some complicated scenes that seemed to have no point to the story.   For instance, there was one part that came out to me as the movie killer when Jane was talking to a young French girl and the French girl told her about how the walls move and there is a monster that lives with them.  Then the man that Jane fell in love with tells her a similar story to her and then moments later they all discover that the monster is his wife.  This was all given away in the beginning when he stated that he married a monster.

Those are my key reasons for deciding it was not a great movie.   My overall opinion of the movie is that it was based off of a pretty well written book, but that when it came to putting it to film, it was not in the best interest of the book to try to make a quick buck off of the people that loved the book. Also, even though the movie wasn’t that great, there were some good actors in the movie like Georgie Henley because I believe she fit the role of Jane perfectly.  So even though the movie was bad and a spoiler, there are still some good key factors like the actors and backgrounds.

May 7, 2011

GWHS Business students win PFEW scholarships!

Congratulations to junior Eric Smith and sophomores Ramazan Bekmuratov and Preston Johns who won full scholarships to attend the 33rd annual Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week program at Lycoming College this summer.  The scholarship covers all program expenses, including room and board,  for the students to live in a college dormitory for the length of the program.  It has been many years since students from GWHS were accepted into this program which consists of  a competitive application process with more than 3000 students from across Pennsylvania.

PFEW intoduces students  to the American free enterprise system and  with the help of consultants and mentors from Pennyslvania’s business community, they will compete as “…members of management teams for “companies” that will determine selling prices, marketing costs, budgets for production, research and development, capital expenditures, inflation factors, financing, stock offerings – in short, all of the decisions that managing a business typically demands.”  (

Upon successful completion of this summer program, Eric, Ramazan and Preston will be awarded $20,000 scholarships to attend Lycoming College, if they choose to do so,  and will be eligble to serve as interns for four weeks during the 2012 summer program.  Congratulations, again, to Eric, Ramazan, and Preston for availing themselves of this wonderful opportunity.  For more information about the program, see the PFEW website at

April 15, 2011

Everything Burns by Shirock

By Preston Johns, Class of 2013

Shirock is that type of band that makes you feel like you can do anything. Their words are very powerful and they reach your soul. Their music represents wanted change around the world using rock and roll to inspire those who follow them and their music.

I had a chance to listen to their “Everything Burns” debut album. It  hit me deeper then just a song; it hit me in my heart from the lyrics to the sounds of their voices, to the melodies from the 5 group members.  They are wonderful and you can hear in their voices that they mean what they say. Shirock is a band that I will have my eyes on for the future  and I sure many more people will agree when they listen to them.

March 28, 2011

DECA students take trip to Hershey

By Preston Johns and Sandybel Cedeno

Mrs. Kirby and George Washington’s DECA students enjoyed a wonderful learning experience that will live with us for the rest of our lives.
We went to Hershey, PA to compete for  spots in the DECA international conference recently and we got to meet other students from all over the state.  We also attended workshops that gave us knowledge of what to expect when thinking about the different fields in  business.  This was a trip that we will never forget!  It wasn’t  just work – we had a lot of fun from shopping to the late night dances the program offered.   It  lived up to our  expectations and exceeded them,  that’s how fun it was.  DECA is a great program.  If you dream of having anything to do with business in your future, you should consider joining our DECA chapter.  You won’t regret it.

Our District representative, Eric Smith, will be attending the international conference in Orlando at the end of April.  Watch for more news about his trip.

March 7, 2011

DECA Conference was a great success!

By Mrs. Sheryl Kirby

As advisor to our DECA chapter, I am proud to announce the results of our participation in various events at the recent PA DECA conference in Hershey, PA.  Not only were all of our students dressed impeccably and on their best behavior for 3 days, but 13 of 18 students came home winners.  Please join me in congratulating the following students:

Lawrence Worcester and Argyris Sahlonis – trophy for School Store Team qualified for Nationals
Steven Lorenzo – medal for high score in role play in Automotive Services Marketing
Geoff Smith and Michael Honick – medals for high score in written test and role play for Travel & Tourism Team
Sandybel Cedeno and Rochell Henry – medal for high score in role play for Hospitality Services Team
Preston Johns – medal for high score in role play for Principles of Business Administration
Marvin Lane – medal for high score in role play for Principles of Business Administration
Donald Hellmuth and Michael Walsh – medal for high score in role play for Financial Decision Making Team
Eric Smith and Michael Tuller – medal for high score in role play for Marketing Communication Team

Congratulations, also, to Eric Smith who is our District Representative on the State Leadership Team. He looked fabulous in his tuxedo and DECA blazer and did a great job while he served as one of 13 hosts to the 1500 students who competed in this event!

You can see photos from our trip in the gallery on the right side of this site and watch for another article to be posted soon written by attendees with highlights of the trip.