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Miguel Tsang

Miguel Tsang, Co Editor-in-Chief

This is senior Miguel Tsang's third year writing for The Wire. Not only the president of West Po's Asian-Pacific Americans Club (APAC), he’s also active on the Crew and Debate teams. He is excited to be back in journalism to keep up with current events, and help other people to do the same. In his spare time, he enjoys playing the violin, traveling, and planning for the next APAC meeting and talking about Nope ;).

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Eid al-Fitr Marks a Day Off this Wednesday

Miguel Tsang, Editor-In-Chief
April 8, 2024

If you noticed we don’t have school this Wednesday, that’s because April 10th marks Eid al-Fitr, or the end to the holy month of Ramadan in Islam. This is the first year FCPS students have had Eid...

West Po faces off against Fairfax in the March 21 home match.

Tennis Season in Full Swing

Miguel Tsang and Jaylan Post
April 5, 2024

   With matches having started the week of March 11, the tennis season is now in full swing. While of course, athletes and coaches have been hard at work, training for tennis is wildly different than...

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The Ramadan Experience

Miguel Tsang and Jaylan Post
March 12, 2024

Most know Ramadan as a time of fasting for Muslims, but there’s more to it than that. Ramadan is the name of the ninth month in the Islamic calendar, and is observed as a holy month due to it being the...

Photo- Shawn Thew (Reuters)

Stakes Are High For Biden’s Third State of the Union Address

Miguel Tsang
March 8, 2024

Just last night, President Biden delivered his third State of the Union address to congress. Behind him on the left was VP Kamala Harris, and new Speaker of the House Mike Johnson, who took office last...

Photo Credit: Beyond the Page Theater Department

Not Everyone Digs The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime

Miguel Tsang
February 21, 2024

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, based on Mark Haddon’s book, was the show run by West Po theater’s Beyond the Page company from February 1st to February 10th. It was marketed promising...

Image Credit: Disney

Percy Jackson and The Olympians – TV Show Review

Jaylan Post and Miguel Tsang
February 16, 2024

Global book series, Percy Jackson wrapped up the first season of their TV series on January 30th, wrapping up the 8-episode series following the events of the first book, The Lightning Thief. Percy...

Junior Eli Kopp aiming at a competition

Junior Eli Kopp Shoots His Shot

Miguel Tsang, Co Editor In-Chief
February 12, 2024

Having competed in rifle since his freshman year, varsity marksman Eli Kopp went head-to-head  in the USA Shooting Junior Olympics the weekend of January 13, placing 13th in the state.     “I...

Photo Credit: Disney/Marvel Studios

Echo: A Solid New Chapter In the MCU

Jaylan Post and Miguel Tsang
January 24, 2024

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has returned with an unlikely gem in its new series: Echo. With the series being the tenth series apart of the MCU, Echo follows the aftermath of the 2022 series, Hawkeye....

Mrs. Jessica Statz in her new office as she adjusts to the new title of principal.

Meet the Principal: An Interview With Mrs. Statz

Miguel Tsang, Phoebe Schultz
December 11, 2023

Last Wednesday, December 6, marked West Po Principal Mrs. Jessica Statz’s 10th day in her position. Although she originally hails from New Jersey, Statz is well-versed in the Alexandria community. “I...

Five College Tips from the Wires Editors

Five College Tips from the Wire’s Editors

Miguel Tsang, Phoebe Schultz, and Jaylan Post
November 22, 2023

For many West Po seniors, it’s not just their last fall season of high school, it’s also college application season. In our final year of high school, The Wire editors have tried our best to live in...

Senior Lot Struggles

Senior Lot Struggles

Miguel Tsang, Editor-In-Chief
November 22, 2023

The start of the 2023-2024 school year brought a fresh wave of seniors ready and excited to finally be parking in the senior lot. However, this moment of celebration was frequently cut short by surprise...

HLC Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

HLC Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Sara Lainez and Miguel Tsang
September 29, 2023

Have you noticed the positive Spanish messages on the sidewalk? How about the banner outside Door 1? Noticed anything different about the morning announcements? Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September...

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Make a Splash at Homecoming 2023

Miguel Tsang, Co-Editor In Chief
September 26, 2023

This week is Homecoming week, meaning Wolverines will show tropical spirit leading up to the dance this Saturday. On top of that, there will be Hoco-themed events going on after school every day of the...

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...

The rock in the afternoon of the 8th
Credit: Miguel Tsang

Rock Defaced Amid Graduation Festivities

Miguel Tsang, Public Affairs and School Issues Editor
June 8, 2023

Just yesterday, Dr. Millard sent out an email detailing a recent vandalism of the Spirit Rock on the Wolverine Green, which was reportedly defaced with “antisemitic and homophobic language.” Coincidentally,...

Mr. Feinstein will continue to have a lasting impact on the West Po community
Credit: Miguel Tsang

Feinstein’s Farewell

As the 2023 school year comes to a close, history teacher Mr. Jeffrey Feinstein has unfinished business outside of the teaching world. Feinstein has been known to be one of the most influential history...

Image taken from @westpohs on April 11

Courtyard Conundrum

Miguel Tsang, Public Affairs & School Issues Editor
May 8, 2023

When they first finished up the construction on the new wing of the school. I was looking forward to visiting the courtyard that was built between the Gunston connector and the new building. We were told...

Photo Credit: Universal Pictures

Super Mario Bros Movie: Let’s-A-No

Benjamin Price and Miguel Tsang
May 2, 2023

After all these years, our chubby Italian boy finally made it to the big screen. The Super Mario Bros. Movie takes the world of the iconic turtle-stomping plumber and mixes it with a (Super) star studded...

Photo taken by Phoebe Schultz of Emmie Butler

Admin Cracks Down on Door Opening

Jaylan Post and Miguel Tsang
April 20, 2023

This morning, April 19, Dr. Millard came onto the loudspeaker to discuss today’s lockdown drill, and the current situation of safety at West Po. In her announcement, she also introduced stricter penalties...

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

New Parking Lot Causes Trouble For Staff

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

During September 2022, the new parking lot behind the new building and Gunston was finally finished. This new parking lot was designed for staff and faculty to have more space for teachers to park. However,...

Akosua Adoma Owusu gets ready to present Bus Nut
Photo: Ben Price

Celebrated Alexandria Filmmaker Visits West Po

Miguel Tsang and Benjamin Price
March 2, 2023

 Akosua Adoma Owusu, a movie director from right here in Alexandria, dropped by West Po during yesterday’s advisory to do a Q&A about her short films. Owusu, who is a 1st-generation Ghanian-American,...

Boys Bathrooms in New Building Close Again

Boys’ Bathrooms in New Building Close Again

Miguel Tsang, Public Affairs and School Issues Editor
February 14, 2023

Late last week, the boys’ bathrooms in the new building were closed off once again, and are still closed as of 2/14/23. At the moment, we don’t know any specific reason why, but boys in the new building...

PSAT/NMSQT symbol from the college board website. Below the story name West Potomacs 11 Commended Students.

National Merit Commended Scholar Process Scrutinized Across Northern VA

Phoebe Schultz, Benjamin Price, and Miguel Tsang
February 8, 2023

Numerous Northern Virginia schools, including West Po, Langley and Westfield in FCPS, along with schools from Loudon, Prince William and Stafford counties, neglected to inform PSAT National Merit Corporation...

Ben Price, assistant editor-in-chief, chats with director Rian Johnson

For A Laugh: Knives Out 2

Benjamin Price and Miguel Tsang
February 8, 2023

Glass Onion is a highly entertaining, star-studded return to the antics of master sleuth Benoit Blanc and the top-notch writing of Director and Screenwriter Rian Johnson as he delivers another murder...

REC Center Renovations Send Swim Team to Another Lane

REC Center Renovations Send Swim Team to Another Lane

Miguel Tsang, Public Affairs and School Issues Editor
February 8, 2023

Mount Vernon Rec Center will be sitting out the next two swim seasons. Our swim team’s go-to practice spot, first built in 1974, is completely closed down for renovations until sometime in 2025. The...

A Tres Reyes decoration in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico;
Photo: Miguel Tsang

The Unseen Importance of El Día de los Tres Reyes

Miguel Tsang, Public Affairs and School Issues Editor
January 5, 2023

When someone brings up the day of  “January 6th,” chances are some very specific images come to mind. You probably remember where you were or what you were doing when you tuned in to the footage of...

West Pos Performing Arts Department Returns for Holiday Concert

West Po’s Performing Arts Department Returns for Holiday Concert

Miguel Tsang, Public Affairs and School Issues Editor
December 14, 2022

Send off 2022 festively by seeing the entire West Po Performing Arts Department during their Winter Concert this week. This concert has 3 different showtimes, the first of which is on Thursday 12/15 at...

Nutcracker Returns to West Po for First Time in Years

Nutcracker Returns to West Po for First Time in Years

Miguel Tsang, Public Affairs and School Issues Editor
December 1, 2022

Ring in the holiday season by stopping by the 14th annual Alexandria Community Nutcracker, which is being held right here at West Po for the first time in several years. The show, presented by ArtSpire...

Images from fcps.edu: West Potomac High Capital Project, showing interior and exterior of the new addition.

Construction Completion puts West Po “Under One Roof”

Phoebe Schultz, Benjamin Price, and Miguel Tsang
November 23, 2022

On Monday, Principal Millard invited all West Potomac advisory classes to join a Zoom meeting regarding the completion of the on-going construction. According to Millard, as of Nov. 28, West Potomac will...

Photo Credit: Miguel Tsang

A Place to Study, Print and Relax

Miguel Tsang and Jaylan Post
November 7, 2022

You walk to a narrow corner surrounded by a brick wall. As the soft glow of the overhead alarm illuminates you, you open the double doors. The left door is jammed, so you move to the right one. The door...

Some Class of 23 to Cast Their First Ballot in the Midterms

Some Class of ’23 to Cast Their First Ballot in the Midterms

Miguel Tsang, Public Affairs & School Issues Editors
November 7, 2022

With this year’s midterm elections coming up on November 8, many West Po seniors will be eligible to vote for the first time. In our annual senior voting survey which we sent to different senior government...

Senior Semifinalists: Nagda on the Left, French on the Right

Seniors French and Nagda Named National Merit Semifinalists

Miguel Tsang and Benjamin Price
November 7, 2022

Two seniors, Fionn French and Saira Nagda, qualified as semifinalists for this year’s National Merit Scholarship (NMSC), a competitive program that grants scholarships to top performers on the PSAT....

Mrs. Campbell hanging out at the beach with her two daughters

Teacher Feature: Mrs. Campbell

Miguel Tsang, Public Affairs and School Issues Editor
September 26, 2022

  For choir teacher Mrs. Linda Campbell, teaching is a family matter. Having a grandpa who was a Fairfax County principal, she was inspired to work in education. However, the idea of teaching didn’t...

West Potomac Parking Spots In Flux

West Potomac Parking Spots In Flux

Benjamin Price and Miguel Tsang
September 11, 2022

West Potomac students have felt the rumble of construction vehicles under their feet, seen construction workers all over campus and even gotten to enjoy the new building. In the midst of all the changes...

Photo Credit: Disney

Doctor Strange: The Multiverse of Madness

Miguel Tsang, Writer
May 27, 2022

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness takes place shortly after Spider-Man: No Way Home, and our main character, Dr. Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) has basically settled back into his life. The only...

Shut Down DC organized the first demonstration on Justice Alito’s street whih was attended by some West Po students. Photo Credit: Hayden Stengler

Students Join Protest of Leaked Draft Supreme Court Document Overturning Roe v. Wade

Miguel Tsang and Benjamin Price
May 27, 2022

Local resident Supreme Court Justice Alito’s house has become the sight of spirited demonstrations in the wake of his leaked court opinion that would overturn Roe vs. Wade, the Supreme Court case which...

Image Credit: WJLA

FCPS Makes Controversial Pick For Next Superintendent

Miguel Tsang, Writer
May 9, 2022

After current FCPS schools superintendent Scott Brabrand announced his retirement set to take effect after the 2021-2022 school year, a new superintendent has been needed to fill his place. The new candidate...

Ketanji Brown Jackson Appointed To The Supreme Court

Ketanji Brown Jackson Appointed To The Supreme Court

Miguel Tsang
April 29, 2022

Ever since supreme court justice Stephen Breyer announced his retirement in January of this year, President Joe Biden has been looking to appoint a replacement. This process finally concluded on April...

Senior Art Show Taking Place in the Library

Senior Art Show Taking Place in the Library

Miguel Tsang
April 29, 2022

Running from April 21 to the 28th, there is a Senior Art Show taking place in the library. The art show showcases different works of visual art created by seniors right here at West Po. All the works of...

Source: CA Times

The Pursuit of Slappiness: Will Smith Slaps Chris Rock Live on Television

Miguel Tsang and Benjamin Price
March 30, 2022

Last night marked the 94th Academy Awards Ceremony, which was held in the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles. While the event was branded as a celebration of film, the theme of the night being “Movie Lovers...

Photo: Miguel Tsang

Local Monuments Show Ukrainian Flag Colors

Miguel Tsang, Writer
March 14, 2022

Various local sites have been lighting up to show support for Ukraine in their conflict with Russia. For instance, the George Washington Masonic Memorial now glows yellow and blue at night, and the Anthem...

Image from Quanders United Inc. website

The History of “Quander”

Miguel Tsang, Writer
March 14, 2022

It’s impossible to go to West Po without recognizing the name Quander. Quander road, the Quander building, and the Quander Road school which is just down the street. Where does this word actually come...

Latin Students wearing masks in Mr. Gianelles class

Fairfax County Public Schools Files Lawsuit to Overturn Mask Mandate Ban

Miguel Tsang and Benjamin Price
January 31, 2022

Seven Virginia school districts, including Fairfax County Public Schools, have sued recently sworn-in Governor Glenn Youngkin to challenge his executive order banning mask mandates in schools. This order...

*Image taken from an orchestra concert from May 2021

West Po Music Department Brings Holiday Cheer

Miguel Tsang, Writer
December 15, 2021

Join the West Potomac music department in welcoming the holiday season this Friday, December 17.  While sign-ups are full, your advisory class may be invited to see their performance during 3rd period...

Poster: Disney

Shang-Chi: Predictable, but Pleasant

Miguel Tsang, Writer
November 18, 2021

Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings is the latest blockbuster in the Marvel catalog. While this movie was delayed several times, it was highly anticipated due to its impressive action choreography...

Teacher Feature: Mrs. Day-Javkhlan

Teacher Feature: Mrs. Day-Javkhlan

Miguel Tsang, Writer
November 16, 2021

Long time Fairfax County resident and West Po graduate, orchestra teacher Mrs. Alicia Day-Javkhlan definitely knows a thing or two about this school. Called Ms. DJ by her students, she teaches here in...

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