Weekly Writing Prompt

Write a poem that joyfully honors a loved one who has passed away—or that confronts death and mortality in a more general way—with a tone of both respect and celebration. How does imbuing the gravity of mortality with liveliness and vitality inspire you to think about imagery, rhythm, and diction in new ways? Submit your […]

Weekly Writing Prompt

Write a short story that explores how a human character adapts when placed in a geographical location with extreme atmospheric conditions. Is your character alone or part of a pack? You may choose to write a story based in reality, or one that incorporates elements of the fantastic. Submit your pieces to: wlpenman@gmail.com

46 Students Compete in 19 Events at Annual District DECA Leadership Conference

On December 6th, W-L DECA students competed in Entrepreneurship, Business Management & Marketing at the annual DECA District Leadership Conference. Forty-six W-L students competed in 19 events during the one-day event. W-L had nine 1st place winners, six 2nd place winners, and four 3rd place winners. Congratulations to the following 1st place winners: Maxwell Clegg, Claire Spiratus-Hurst, […]

Students Roll Past Competition in “Drive Like a Girl” hosted by STEM For Her and Audi

Four W-L senior Technology & Engineering ladies have been participating in a new program, “Drive Like a Girl” hosted by STEM For Her and Audi. The girls; Annabelle Bailey, Isabella Corry, Colette McCord-Snook, and Livia Polise met for six two-hour sessions after school with an Audi Mentor, Ava Kingsley and Ms. Meyer, Technology & Engineering Teacher […]

14th Annual “Poetry Out Loud” Winners Announced

Our school-wide competition for the nationally based competition: “Poetry Out Loud” was held last night in the Library. This year’s placement of winners for Washington – Lee HS were: Kristen Alleyne (1st), Sabrina Shuster (2nd), and Rai Gilpin (3rd). “Poetry Out Loud” requires students to recite prominent poems from memory. Competitors are heavily evaluated in their ability […]

Weekly Writing Prompt

Write a trio of poems, each focusing on one type of sensory input. Select an element—setting, narrator’s voice, repeated words, or a specific object—that stays constant through all three, tying them together. Submit your pieces to: wlpenman@gmail.com

Weekly Writing Prompt

Write a personal essay that attempts to grapple with death and starts with the end, but then circles around to hope and beginnings. You might choose to write about a loved one you have lost, the end of a relationship, or explore your beliefs and questions about your own mortality. Search for the story of […]

Several Students Bring Home State-wide Music Honors

Several students were selected to All Virginia and regional music ensembles: All Virginia Jazz Band and Jazz Ensemble Sam Colaccino (Trumpet- Jazz Ensemble) is one of three APS high school students accepted into the All-Virginia Jazz groups. A performance was given at the Virginia Music Educators Association (VMEA) Conference in Hot Springs, Virginia on Nov. […]