Middle School Robotics
Seventh graders Sean Miller and Michael Sparks recently competed in the2015 State Championship for the VEX IQ Challenge Highrise, a two-day robotics event that teams must qualify for by participating in a local or regional competition.
Twenty-three middle school teams from around the state competed to go on to the VEX IQ World Championships.
Wakefield group fundraises for Indian school, leaves for India/Nepal
A group of Wakefield students will be traveling to India during spring break. While there, they will be visiting Deepalaya School just outside of Delhi, a school that is home to the Father and Daughter Alliance — an enterprise supported by the Robert Duvall Children’s Fund. While still at school, senior Caitlin Wagner arranged a bake sale to raise funds for the school. The sale raised $215, but with additional donations from other sources, it have raised $760. This sum has been split between buying and shipping books directly to the Deepalaya School and a donation to the charity.
Wakefield Athletic Department pairs with George Mason
Wakefield’s Athletic Department will pair with Shane Caswell, director of George Mason’s graduate program in Sports Medicine, in his concussion research. This program is funded by US Lacrosse and provides impact monitoring technology for both our boys and girls teams.
The program involves placing sensors on Wakefield players (in the helmet for boys and behind the ear of the female players). The sensors collect data daily which is analyzed by students in the George Mason Sports Medicine program. Our players are monitored as well, and saliva swabs are taken from them on a regular basis. Finally, all practices and games for both teams are filmed. In the event one of our athletes suffers a concussion they are also monitored during their recovery.
George Mason medical researchers have developed particles that can programmed to attract certain enzymes in a persons blood stream. The hypothesis being tested is that, when a person is concussed, as a result of the injury and its subsequent healing there are minute traces of spinal fluid or other tissues in the blood and saliva of the injured person.
Wakefield students are going to benefit from being directly involved in the scientific process with firsthand observation of data collection, receiving additional attention from trained personnel during away games that are away, and building relationships with faculty from a neighboring university. Our coaches will be able to watch film and improve our players technique so they are playing more safely.
If You Learned Here is a global collaboration and authoring project for students in Pre-K through 8th grade. Inspired by the book If You Lived Here: Houses of the World, this project will engage students in a global dialogue about their learning communities. Each school will generate pages for an eBook that we will write and publish together. This project has three phases: 1) Explore & Share – Using FlipGrid and Padlet, each school participates in 4 weeks of video and image sharing around 4 focus questions. 2) Write & Publish – Each school uses Book Creator to make 2 pages for the global eBook. 3) Reflect & Celebrate! – Together, the schools and students share learning and celebrate the experience as authors, learners, and friends.
Women in Leadership Travels to International Global Womens Summit
Four Wakefield students (Rachel Tyeryar, Eryn Peters, Corryn Siegel and Kelsey Winick) will be attending the International Global Womens Summit in Washington, D. C. The student will be sitting at the co-hosts table as invited guests.
Speaking at the Summit this year are: Fumbi Chima, Chief Information Officer, Walmart Asia; Jon Clifton, Managing Director, Gallup World Poll, Gallup; Joyce Banda, President of Malawi (2012-2014); Dr. Jorida Tabaku, Member of Parliament, Republic of Albania; Wafa Bani Mustafa, Member of the House of Representatives, Jordan; Amina Ali, Ambassador of the African Union to the United States; Erdenechimeg Luvsan, Member of Parliament, Mongolia; Selima Ahmad, Founder, Bangladesh Women’s Chamber of Commerce. Honored at the Summit are: Tarja Halonen, President of Finland (2000-2012); Oyun Sanjaasuren, Member of Parliament, Minister of Environment (2012-2014), Mongolia.
Wakefield Owlstars Take Third
On Saturday, Feb. 28, the Middle School Battle of the Books team competed against 15 other schools in the Piedmont Open. More than 42 teams from 15 schools participated in this tournament. The competition consisted of a multiple choice test, 5 rounds of questions, and a “quotes” round. In addition to taking third, one of our players was recognized at the awards ceremony for earning the highest score on the multiple choice test out of any of the players from any of the schools. The OWLstars will continue to train and prepare for their final competition on April 25.
Australia Student Leadership Development Program Announced
Wakefield School students have been invited to participate in a student leadership development program this summer in Australia. St. Stephen’s College in Coomera, Australia, has invited up to 10 of our students to participate in their program dedicated to leadership and personal development in both large-and-small group settings. Much of the program will take place off campus in the nearby Bunya Mountains, with students living in chalets. They will select a series of electives (still to be determined by St. Stephen’s) around a host of topics dedicated to leadership development.
St. Stephen’s College is an Anglican high school that was founded in 1996 and is located in Queensland, near Brisbane and on Australia’s Gold Coast. Following the leadership program, students will spend a few days visiting St. Stephen’s College learning about Australian education and culture. The visit will include homestays with Australian families.
The program is open to current freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. The program will run from July 13 to 20, with students departing on July 10 and returning on July 24. If you would like to learn more about this opportunity, please contact David Colónby March 19 for more information. There will be an informational meeting for parents and students on Thursday, March 19, 6-7 p.m.
Harvard Model Congress Awards
Eleven students represented Wakefield School at the Harvard Model Congress in Boston and, building on their successes last year returned with four coveted Delegate Awards. Nearly 1,500 high school students attended this year’s Harvard Model Congress in Boston and only 133 individual awards are given out. The award recognition is not just for the performance while at the conference, it also reflects work prior to the conference in the preparation of position papers, knowledge of the committee topics and research into the background of the “real world” delegate they are representing.
Anthony Del Rosso earned Outstanding Delegate SP Lobbyist Committee; Lani Wolf earned Outstanding Delegate Committee; Ben Weimer earned Outstanding Delegate SP Lobbyist Committee; and James Wroe earned Outstanding Delegate House Appropriations Committee.
Before the event all delegates completed position papers for their chosen committees. During the event bills were drafted and presented to both committees and the full House and Senate. Ben and James were successful in having their bill to remove the overlap between Medicaid and Medicare signed into law by the President. Lani presented a number of bills. Mary Clubb worked to resolve a crisis in east Europe. Anthony lobbied on behalf of defense companies.
Delegates were Alexandra Boarts, Mary Clubb, Maddie Dargis, Anthony Del Rosso, Janice Lee, Corryn Siegel, Sam Seo, Ben Weimer, Kelsey Winick, Leilani Wolf, and James Wroe. All the students are members of Wakefield’s Model UN club which meets weekly.
History Day Awards
Middle School Technology
1st: Gabriella Hanford and Brianna Handford, “VMI”
2nd: Michael Neff and Lorenzo Solari, “The Evolution of Technology”
1st: Chandler Brown, Jacolby Lacy and Robert Guiney, “The Tuskegee Airmen”
2nd: Clay Sailor and Sydney Butler, “Evolution of Medicine”
1st: Michael Sparks and Max Schaefer, “The Evolution of Military Aircraft”
2nd: Maura Thompson and Claire Thompson, “The Rise and Fall of the Berlin Wall”
1st: Daniel McLinden, “The Sandwich that Changed the World”
2nd: Audrey Brown, ‘A Case History Unical To Miniscule”
T-1st: Nora Ferrante, “Wilmington Remembered”
T-1st: Sadie Bushara, “The Beatles”
T-1st: Priya Tran, “The Impact of Technology on World War II”
T-1st: Andrew Sparks and Tim Boyer, “The Impact of Dynamite”
1st: Doria Gilburg, “Ray Kroc’s Revolution on the Fast-Food Industry and its Impact on American Society”
2nd: Jason Mabry, “Alexander Fleming’s Powerful Penicillin”
Outstanding Middle Project
Michael Sparks and Max Schaffer, “The Evolution of Military Aircraft”
Outstanding Upper School Project
Doria Gilberg, “Ray Kroc’s Revolution on the Fast-Food Industry and its Impact on American Society”
Science Fair Recognitions
Zeena Joseph, Brianna Handford, Bobby Guiney, Clay Sailor, Chandler Brown, Kevin Dwelly, Ben Anderson, Sandro D’Agostino, Chris Gilchrist, Michael Neff, Max Schaefer, Lorenzo Solari, Rowan Fuchs, Garrett Campos, Laurie Swede, Allie Adrian, Chloe Osborn, Zachary Aykoff
Murray Re, Nada Ismael, Sadie Bushara, Allegra Solari, Catherine Zontine, Charles McElroy, Mackie Rich, Sean Zhou, Eloise Colón, Amy Kim, Emma Pol, Henry Holtslander, Peter Ohrstrom, Matt Reid, Ethan Lewe, Isaiah Sharp, Tim Boyer, Sam Seo, Anya Parks, Libby Rensin, Jakob Zontine