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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.

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 14, 2011

I spoke to actor Freddie Highmore!

By Sandybel Cedeno, Class of 2013

Our Sports & Entertainment Marketing class was recently offered the opportunity to participate in a nationwide conference call with actor Freddie Highmore as I was the lucky one who got to interview him with many other kids from different places in the U.S.  We were able to ask him questions and here are the questions and his answers:

Q: Is your character George any different than you?  He said that he can relate to George.

Q: How was it growing up in a family of show business?   He said he always felt in his place.   His mom (an agent) might have been an agent to other people, but to him that was still his mother and that’s how he sees her as well as his father (an actor).  He lived a usual life with friends, family and school, and was always able to combine the life in high school and at his university with his acting career because people never really saw him as being any different from themselves so that helped.

Q: How did your acting career begin?  He said he started with small parts in TV shows then continued into little films. Then from there it took off to bigger parts and well-known movies.

Q: How do you feel about being an actor?  He said he feels lucky to do what he does.   He has a usual life back home while being able to be an actor. His usual life helps him remember who he is and that he’s just like anybody else. This helps him stay on the right track.

Q: How do you think teens and other audiences will react to the movie?  He said the movie represents the reality of life and everyone goes through almost all the same things his character will be going through in the movie.

Q: What’s it like on the set of the movie?  He said its exciting!  Inspiring!  The movie was actually really short which made them have to be working every day.   New York City helped capture the real affect of the whole experience of everything.

Q: How was it working with Emma Roberts?  He said it was fantastic!  They got along very well. This helped with the intimate parts in the movie.  He said it was a wonderful experience.

Q: What’s the best part of getting to work with other people and professionals?   He said  it’s great and he enjoys being able to meet the other actors and see how professional people are in real life. One example was with Johnny Depp and he stated he’s a great person.

Q: What’s the best part of acting?  He said the best part is being able to get into his character and meet other actors.

The movie which was originally titled, “HOMEWORK,” will be called “THE ART OF GETTING BY” and it will be coming out soon!   I thought it was really cool getting to speak with Freddie on the phone.  I hope you don’t miss out on seeing this movie!  I know I can’t wait to see it!

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 14, 2011

Old but good movies!

By: Sandybel Cedeno-Casanova, Class of 2013

Some of the oldest and best movies are movies from way back.  I’m not talking about way back to the time of black and white movies, but more like 10-15 years ago. For example, four  of my favorites are  The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Sixteen Candles, and Uncle Buck. Each movie has it own unique meaning and all inspire in a way.

The Breakfast Club is about a group of kids who have detention on a Saturday in High School and it shows the day they all had together.  It’s very interesting considering  all the different personalities that are in the group.  It’s a must see!

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is about a boy who doesn’t want to go to school and pretends to be sick; the movie has so many crazy things happening in it!  Of course, I can’t leave the humor that’s in it out, the movie is wonderful. It shows every kid’s dream of not going to school and having an awesome day!

Sixteen Candles is more like a girls’ typical chick flick, with humor and romance. It has the popular girl, the invisible girl and the hot guy. And we can’t forget the geeks that make it so much more interesting.

Uncle Buck!  Well, let me just start by saying there’s always that one uncle or aunt that didn’t come out like the rest of the siblings and that’s Uncle Buck. He’ss not perfect and he might not live in a high class area, but this guy came to the rescue to show his 2 nieces and nephew something different and how to live in the perspective he sees things in.   The man is an uncle I wouldn’t mind having. Uncle Buck, who is played by John Candy, shows that you should never underestimate anyone!

I insist you all give these movies a chance and enjoy them as much as I did.

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.

January 31, 2011

Sports Marketing students attend Wings game

 By Sandybel Cedeno-Casanova, Preston Johns, Steven Lorenzo, and Dominic Nieves

Some students from the sophomore Sports Marketing class received free tickets to attend the Philadelphia Wings game as members of their Student Reporter program.   We had a pre-game interview with John Christmas and the rookie, Brodie MacDonald.

We got to learn a little more about the team and the players and had a chance to ask questions about how their lives were before they were on the team and how it feels to be on the team now.   After the interview we left the press room and reported to our box seats.  There, in the box, we had full sights of the rink where the game was being played.   The stadium was so energized and full of life!  Then moments later the Philadelphia Wings and Buffalo Bandits played against each other.  

The Wings suffered a loss at the hands of the Bandits overwhelming offense. So after the game was over we reported to a press conference room where we got to ask the head coach, John Tucker, and one of their best defensive players, Taylor Wray,  how they felt about the game, their team, how the other team did, and how they felt about losing.  We asked Coach Tucker what  he thinks his team needs to work on more so that they can win in the next game and he stated, “The next practice we need to work more on face off, running the offense and to shoot better.”   He promises to do better.

This game was very interesting because it was the first time we  experienced a lacrosse game and we all enjoyed it very much.  All of the players had a turn and a chance to prove “everything they got,”  and though they lost, they showed good work and potential.  Maybe they’ll get them next time!

December 13, 2010

DECA competition – Hershey here we come!

By Sandybel Cedeno, Class of 2013

On December 7th 2010, students from DECA, which is an association of marketing students, all went to the District 10 competition at the School District Administrative Building on Broad Street.  In this competition, 150 students from GWHS, Bok, Dobbins, Frankford, Kensington, Mastbaum, Randolph, Swenson, Gratz,  Edison High School and Esperanza Nueza all competed against each other.  We all had to take a 100 question test, and then we had to choose an event to work individually or as a team with a partner.  In each event, students competed against people from other schools and, some, even from the same school.  In the individual-type events, the top four won a trophy.  In partner events, only the first and second place teams received a trophy.  Everyone who got a trophy earned the right to go on to Hershey, PA, staying for three days at the Hershey Lodge and competing in the same events, but against students from schools across the state.

In the competition last Tuesday, after registration and the opening session, we prepared for our Role Play events.   I was with my partner Rochell Henry, and we won first place in Hospitality Service.  Almost all of our DECA sophomore students won.   We had 23 students who went to the competition, and 17 of them came home with trophies!  Congratulations to all those who made it on to Hershey!  There are no losers; everyone is a winner as long as you know you tried and did your best.  I also want to congratulate Eric Smith for being re-nominated for District 10 as our District Representative to the state.

This DECA trip was a great experience for everyone, and we all learned something from it.  It was an amazing opportunity for all of us.  Let’s go Washington in Hershey!!

December 6, 2010

Dollar Diva at U of P was a great experience

 By Sandybel Cedeno, Class of 2013

On November  12th , female students from GWHS  went on a trip with Mrs. Kirby to the University Of Pennsylvania  for their annual Dollar Diva conference.  When we reached the destination, there were girls from many different high schools  as well.  At the beginning of the event, all the young ladies were given breakfast and a colored t-shirt to determine which school everyone was from.  GWHS wore yellow.

The first speaker talked about confessions of a shopaholic, and of course every girl was able to relate with it in some way!   We then learned the responsibilities of debt cards, credit cards, bank accounts, checks and cash. They also taught everyone how to write a check, because if you didn’t know, it’s more than just writing a number and signing it.  We then learned how the cost of education works and how much money people spend not only on going to school but for textbooks, campus and food.   All together, it can really be stressing.

 A fun activity we were able to all be a part of was “The Price Is Right.”   The objective was that they would put different items up and we had to best guess the price of it. You would be so surprised how people spend their money on things you can get for such a lower price with the same quality.  For example, some designer jeans that cost $ 250.00 can be made by the same material as a pair of jeans from Forever 21 that would cost about $21.00. Basically, you’re wasting money.   

After a good lunch and a chance to consult with others, we continued on to another activity to practice what we learned about job interview tips.  In the mock interviews, we had an opportunity to show how professional we can be.   Before receiving the exit surveys about our experience at Dollar Diva, the Wharton Women had a fashion show to help us see how to dress for success and present yourself.

It was a wonderful trip and experience that allowed us to gain a lot of knowledge.   It made me think a little harder on how I spend money and to make wiser choices when handling money and your bank accounts…saving money one diva at a time!