Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Students from Mount Vernon and West Potomac High School will compete in the National Leadership Conference.
Five Fairfax County Public Schools Health and Medical Sciences students have finished in the top three at the 33rd annual Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) State Leadership Conference in Williamsburg. These students have advanced to the HOSA National Leadership Conference in Nashville in June. HOSA is a national student organization endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education that provides leadership development opportunities and recognition to Health and Medical Sciences students, according to a press release sent by FCPS. At the state level in the Physical Therapy category, Nena Abernathy of Mount Vernon High School won first place; Jordan Gooch of Lake Braddock Secondary School finished in second place, and Garrett Farmerie…
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Two Mount Vernon High School students traveled to Richmond to learn more about the Virginia General Assembly.
Two Mount Vernon High School students shadowed Delegate Scott Surovell (D-44th District) in Richmond last week during the Third Annual Amundson Institute program. Founded by former Delegate Kris Amundson as the Young Leaders program, the Amundson Institute gives students in the Mount Vernon and Lee Districts a look at the legislative process. The Amundson Institute included student athletes and leaders with an average GPA of 3.74. During their time in Richmond, students attended committee meetings and met with lobbyists and Senators Puller and Ebbin. This year's participants represented West Potomac High School, Mount Vernon High School, and St. Stephen's and St. Agnes School. This year's group of students are as follows:
Friday, November 30, 2012
Mount Vernon opens season with win over West Potomac.
Basketball is in John Wiley’s blood — literally. His father, also named John, coached at Prince George's Community College for nearly four decades. His sister, Jeri Porter, is currently the head women’s basketball coach at George Mason University. Wiley’s foray into coaching came courtesy of his father at Prince George's Community College, where he spent four years on staff. But his introduction to the sport came much earlier. “We’re a basketball family,” said the second-year head coach with a laugh. Mount Vernon tapped Wiley to replace former head coach Alfonso Smith in 2011, pulling the coach from Bowie High School. After winning eight games in his first season at the helm, Wiley’s squad is poised to make some noise in the National …
Thursday, November 29, 2012
The dance groups will perform a modern version of 'The Nutcracker' starting Thursday evening.
West Potomac Academy and Alexandria Community Dance will join together to present their fourth annual performance of The Nutcracker, the traditional holiday story with a modern twist. Performances will be Nov. 29, 30 and Dec. 1 at West Potomac High School. West Potomac Academy’s dance students will participate in the entire production, both on stage and behind the scenes, and Advanced Dance students will have featured performances. The performance will include ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical, modern, and hip-hop dance and gymnastics. More than 100 students from the Alexandria area auditioned to be a part of the performance. Students from Belle View, Fort Hunt, Hollin Meadows, Stratford Landing, Washington Mill, and Waynewood Elementary …
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Hayfield graduates were above state average in 2012; West Potomac and Mount Vernon close to state average last year.
Fairfax County Public High Schools graduated 91.3 percent of its students last year, according to the Virginia Department of Education, beating out the statewide average of 88 percent. The Class of 2011 had a 91.4 percent graduation rate, according to VDOE data. In the Richmond Highway area, here is the graduation rate for local high schools: Hayfield Secondary School had a 92.7 percent rate of graduation last year. West Potomac High School had an 87.7 percent rate of graduation last year. Mount Vernon High School had an 86.9 percent rate of graduation last year. According to a release from Fairfax County Public Schools, the on-time graduation rate is based on four-years of data that factors in "student mobility, changes in student …
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Take a look at this week's top headlines from the Route 1 corridor.
Each week, Patch brings you the top headlines from the Route 1 corridor. Mount Vernon Patch Fairfax County Police arrested dozens of suspects on drug and weapons charges as part of a yearlong investigation in Fairfax County. Maureen Moodie, Farm Director at Arcadia Center for Sustainable Agriculture, has left Arcadia for a new job at Moutoux Orchards in Loudoun County. Fort Hunt Patch UCM, Shelter House Inc., and Northern Virginia Family Services joined forces to host the True Reality Sleep Out event on Friday. A development along Richmond Highway will be providing some funds toward an artificial turf field for a local high school, according to community updates Monday evening from Fairfax County Supervisor Gerry Hyland and others. However…
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Supervisor Gerry Hyland, School Board members and Park Authority members met to update parents and students about getting funding for turf fields and transportation for after school programs.
A development along Richmond Highway will be providing some funds toward an artificial turf field for a local high school, according to community updates Monday evening from Fairfax County Supervisor Gerry Hyland and others. However, it may be some time before students are able to use it. Mount Vernon District Supervisor Gerry Hyland met with parents, students and VOICE leaders Monday at West Potomac High School to provide an update on improving local recreational facilities. At the meeting, Hyland and Park Authority Board Member Linwood Gorham also provided brief updates on transportation for after school programs. “We have a number of developments that are occurring, and redevelopments along Richmond Highway particularly," said Hyland. "…
Monday, October 15, 2012
Hyland will tour fields at West Potomac High School and Mount Vernon High School.
Mount Vernon District Supervisor Gerry Hyland will meet with parents, students, and VOICE leaders Monday to provide an update on improving local recreational facilities. Supervisor Hyland will join Park Board rep Linwood Gorham and School Board member Dan Storck for a tour of the practice fields and stadium field at West Potomac High School and hear updates from the Wolverine Athletic Boosters. Hyland, Gorham, and Storck will then visit Mount Vernon High School to deliver an update on improving local recreational facilities. Lee District Supervisor Jeff McKay took a tour of Muddy Hole Farm Park, Audubon neighborhood, Mount Vernon Woods Park, and Mount Vernon High School in August. These tours stemmed from a 400-person public meeting …
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
How a group of citizens successfully fought to get a sidewalk built at West Potomac High School.
We hear a lot about the evils of “pork barrel projects”, those infamous “earmarks” that members of Congress used to insert into federal appropriations bills to fund a specific project back in their district. This practice is now prohibited. But did you know that there are some opportunities for “pork” on the county level that are there for the taking if you get organized? Years ago, as a staff person for Supervisor Gerry Hyland, I was driving to a meeting at West Potomac High School and noticed a number of students walking on the west side of Quander Road on their way home. They were actually in the street, walking so close to the line of school buses that they could touch them by just extending their arms. I thought it was a …
Friday, August 31, 2012
Mount Vernon High School loses Thursday to West Potomac, 34-7.
Though the Majors fought a tough battle Thursday in their season opener against the West Potomac Wolverines, they weren't able to hold their ground. The Majors trailed 34-7 against the Wolverines, who won the Battle of the Highway football game. Mount Vernon head coach Barry Wells said the Majors were competitive early in the game, but made some mistakes that cost them the game, including not putting game captain Robert DeCardi-Nelson in at the beginning of the game. "It's clear he's demonstrated he can be a weapon for us," Wells said. Wells is optimistic the Majors can be ready for their next game against Marshall next Friday. "We're going back to the drawing board," he said "I don't think we were in the best physical condition. We're in …