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The student voice of West Potomac High School

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Mercedes Henwood, Social Issues Co-Editor

Starting her junior year at West Po, Mercedes Henwood likes journaling her daily life and hanging out with friends. This is her second year being a part of The Wire, and she’s more than excited. Planning to get involved at school through more clubs and activities, she also enjoys baking and spending free time with her dogs. She has not thought about future career options/majors yet, but is hoping to broaden her horizons this year.

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Rick Genuario, past president of the Athletic Boosters, Principal Jessica Stats, Mark Anderson (behind the principal) who donated $5,000, Michelle Mitchell, local activist Sue Bernstein, Jim O’Farrell who donated $10,000, and builder Steve Larsen who designed the Wolverine Green will bring light to the space this June.

Local Philanthropists Illuminate Wolverine Green

Mercedes Henwood
June 4, 2024

Ever thought about how long Wolverine Green has been at West Ppo for? In 2016 a group of individuals from the school and community decided to raise money for the West Ppo community, which resulted in the...

Common App Dashboard

Season Of College Admissions

Mercedes Henwood, Social Media Editor
December 10, 2023

Tis’ the season of college applications! Class of 2024 seniors are nearing the application deadlines for rolling and regular admission, and some students who applied early are starting to receive their...

Mr. McMahon posing with the Wolverine at Back to School Night

A Q&A with Mr. McMahon

What was your previous title? My previous title was Director of Student Services. [And so] when they name our principal, that’ll be the position I go back to.    Could you remind us how...

During the last Wellness Day, students had a myriad of choices from painting rocks to listening to Tom Petty to sushi making.

Wellness Day Part II

Annie Ghaffari and Mercedes Henwood
March 17, 2023

Wellness Day Part II Sign-Ups Coming the Week of March 23 After the success of the first ever West Po Wellness Day at the end of the second quarter, organizers have planned a second Wellness Day,...

A sign discouraging students against parking lot misdeeds in West Potomacs lot, located behind the Gunston building.

[Photo] New Parking Lot Causes Trouble For Staff

Benjamin Price, Ali Ahmed, and Miguel Tsang
March 17, 2023

A sign discouraging students against parking lot misdeeds in West Potomac's lot, located behind the Gunston building.

WPDT outside of the ESPN Wide World of Sports Arena after competing their Pom dance

West Potomac Dance Team Hits the National Stage

Mercedes Henwood, Social Issues editor
February 8, 2023

This past weekend, our very own West Potomac Dance Team attended the UDA Nationals competition in Orlando, Florida. This year the team had 20 girls and they competed in the Large Varsity category for pom...

Excerpt from the VA DOE Model Policy 2022

Youngkin’s Draft Model Education Policy Produces Pushback

Mercedes Henwood and Gracie Bobotek
September 25, 2022

Virginia’s governor, Glenn Youngkin, proposed a new policy for Virginia public schools that includes suggestions about the involvement of parents in schools in general and including transgender rights...

This is the instagram profile photo for @wpseniors22. Visit the page to look for students college plans.

Senior Graduation Celebrated on Instagram

Mercedes Henwood, Writer
June 2, 2022

To celebrate the future of West Po seniors, Ali Pritsios, Emily Fricka, and Eleanor Pennington, took charge of running the 2022 West Potomac Senior Instagram page (@wpseniors22). It’s a student-run page,...

The Ethics Bowl semi-finalists with their coach. Photo Credit: Michael Carlson

Ethics Bowl Team Makes Regional Semifinals

Mercedes Henwood, Writer
April 11, 2022

The Ethics Bowl team includes Braden Boling, Michael Carlson, Benjamin Price, Makin Eitel, and Connor Bruce and reached the semifinals at the regionals, which was held virtually this on February 5th, 2022,...

Photo Credit: Tina Leung

2022 Rings in The Year of The Tiger

Mercedes Henwood, Writer
March 14, 2022

February 1st marked the beginning of a 15-day celebration for Chinese New Year. 2022 is the Year of the Tiger. People in China, Vietnam, and other countries with Chinese heritage, celebrate these days...

West Po Theatre Opens First Show of the Year

West Po Theatre Opens First Show of the Year

Mercedes Henwood, Writer
October 27, 2021

The West Potomac theatre program has planned to showcase their fall show “Night of the Living Dead”. It is based on a George Romeo/John Russo film, adapted for stage by Lori Allen Ohm.  Previously...

Teacher Feature: Ms. Aepelbacher

Teacher Feature: Ms. Aepelbacher

Mercedes Henwood, Writer
October 5, 2021

Other than teaching kids math, Ms. Lou Ann Aepelbacher plays the French horn and the piano. Originally from outside Buffalo, New York, Aepelbacher has taught at West Po since 2009 and has taught in Arlington...

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