Thursday, May 2, 2013
According to Prince George's County Public Schools, the student has a 4.1 GPA.
Margo Jeanty, a Northwestern High School senior, was highlighted this week as Prince George's County Public Schools "Scholar of the Week." Although her 4.1 GPA may have a lot to do with why Jeanty was chosen, it may also be due to her vast amount of extracurriculars—band, soccer, softball, Mentors Care, Book Club, University of Maryland Astronomy Program for High School Students, Leadership Cares, National Honor Society, Math Honors Society— and her love of helping others. She mentors and tutors others and finds great satisfaction in doing so. Jeanty was accepted into UMBC and the Honors College Program and University of Maryland.
Monday, April 22, 2013
After a tornado warning and an evening storm hitting University Park, community residents, volunteers and hundreds of parents and faculty came together on April 20, to participate in the 12th annual Azalea Classic 5K-1K-1 Mile run and walk.
Drawing hundreds of children, parents and community volunteers, the Alazea Classic promoted fitness and healthy living for the University Park community. This year, children attending the University Park Elementary School were encouraged and prepared by faculty to train for the event. Physical education teacher Christy Neff integrated training for the run into the curriculum throughout the year in order to prepare her students for the race. "It's what makes this race unique," said director of the 2013 Azalea Classic Kristi Janzen. “The University Park Azalea Classic is a lot of fun. Smaller kids love to be outside and run around. Older kids and adults either enjoy the competition or just have a great time with their neighbors by getting …
Friday, April 19, 2013
The upcoming April 20th Annual Azalea Classic 5K-1K-1M Run/Walk attracts runners, volunteers, children, community residents and the Northwestern High School Band for the University Park Elementary School’s PTA fundraiser.
This Saturday, April 20, the town of University Park will host the annual Azalea Classic 5K, where participants can compete in one of three races for both children and adults, solidifying community ties and promoting health and fitness. This year, the Northwestern High School band will be performing live music at the start and finish lines, cheering on the runners and walkers in the 5K, 1 mile, and 1K run and walk. The fundraiser will support the University Park Elementary School’s PTA and unite over 800 participants and community volunteers, including some who do not have children at the elementary school. The race provides an opportunity for the community to enjoy the outdoors together learn more about each other, said Kristi Janzen, the…
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Eligible homeowners are being urged to refinance “underwater” homes before HARP expires Dec. 31, 2013.
Hundreds of homeowners from the Washington area attended an open house this past Saturday at Northwestern High School, looking to refinance their homes through the federal Home Affordable Refinance Program. A recent survey found that more than 80 percent of homeowners who were recently denied refinancing under HARP, did, in fact, qualify for the program. A Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development press release said many homeowners did not understand HARP or found the program too confusing and time consuming to explore, and, as a result, never explored potential benefits. Set to expire Dec. 31, the program was designed by the Obama administration to help borrowers behind on their mortgages. Many borrowers have not been able …
Thursday, February 28, 2013
The Northwestern High School Choir needs to see a “significant gain” in fundraising in March or the trip to the Ihlombe Choral Festival will be jeopardized.
Northwestern High School’s choir is counting the days, hours, minutes, seconds, and even milliseconds until it is decided whether or not the group can afford to go to South Africa for a choral festival this summer. The choir is hoping to send 40 of their members to the Ihlombe (pronounced EEsh-Lohmb) Choral Festival in South Africa July 10-22. Once there, they will perform in five concerts in five different cities, including Cape Town and Johannesburg, representing Maryland and Prince George’s County as the only American high school confirmed to attend. The only problem for this award-winning choir: singing comes with a price. The group is putting considerable efforts into fundraising and campaigning, but they seem to be coming up short …
Monday, February 25, 2013
Okay. We get it, Wildcats. You like the Harlem Shake.
The kids at Northwestern really, really like the Harlem Shake meme. If that fact wasn't obvious after students produced not one, but two Harlem Shake videos, there is now a third Harlem Shake video from the Hyattsville high school which scales the meme to massive levels not previously seen locally. Whereas previous Northwestern Harlem Shake videos featured small crowds of students, this one turns up the participation knob to 11, with hundreds of students taking part in the production which was shot in the school auditorium. A school administrator is even seen getting his freak on. (Readers: Who is that bearded dance master at the end?) So congrats, Northwestern High School. I didn't think I would end up writing this much about the Harlem …
Friday, February 22, 2013
Northwestern High School athletes take part in school's second Harlem Shake video.
It seems the students at Northwestern High School can't get enough of the Harlem Shake meme craze. Members of the Hyattsville high school's wrestling and cheerleading teams took part in a Harlem Shake video production uploaded yesterday evening to YouTube. The video was uploaded to the same account managed by NHS ninth grader Ikechukwu Ogwuegbu, who readers may remember as the young rhymesayer who produced an impressive rap video about the book To Kill a Mockingbird for his literature class.
Monday, February 18, 2013
Popular internet meme spreads to Hyattsville high school.
It was bound to happen eventually: the Harlem Shake video meme spreading across the internet has arrived in Hyattsville courtesy of a group of Northwestern High School students. A brief, 30-second video posted to YouTube on Feb. 14 bears all the hallmarks of the now all-too-familiar dancing video meme. It shows a group of eight people, presumably students at Northwestern High School, sitting idly on a set of exterior steps while a masked man dances alone in front of them to the now iconic opening 30 seconds of DJ Bauuer's Harlem Shake track. Halfway through the video, the bass drops, and the scene cuts to all the students dancing in a frenzied manner. If there are any other local Harlem Shake videos out there, feel free to let me know …
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Freshman high schooler Ikechukwu "Ike" Ogwuegbu demonstrates lyrical skills with hip-hop book report.
Northwestern High School ninth grader Ikechukwu Ogwuegbu did something that a lot of high school kids have to do: he read To Kill a Mockingbird as part of his English class. Then, after that, Ogwuegbu did something that not a lot of high school kids do: he made a rap song about it. Scratch that, the 14-year-old made an excellent rap song about it. Don't believe me? Take a listen to the video above. Ogwuegbu, who performs under his nickname Ike, said in an interview that he has been experimenting with music for years, beginning in the fifth grade. "There was a new dance called jerking," said Ike. "I wanted to be the one who wrote music for people to dance to." This is not the first time Ike has mixed academics and hip-hop. When he was a …
Friday, January 11, 2013
Washington Post profiles school's innovative day-care facility for children of high school students, which boasts a 95 percent graduation rate.
Did you know that Northwestern High School is one of two Prince George's County schools with a day care facility for the children of its students? A report published in The Washington Post yesterday profiled the school's Early Head Start day care program, which boasts a 95 percent graduation rate. According to The Post, there are only a handful of such high-school-based day care programs in the country. Maxine Thompson Burroughs, who oversees Northwestern's day care program, said the facility allowed girls to get an education who might otherwise have withdrawn from classes to care for their children. “A lot of people think we are enabling pregnancy,” said Maxine Thompson-Burroughs, who operates the Early Head Start program at Northwestern…