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Interim Principal Dale Rumberger talking to students. (Courtesy West Potomac High School Website)

Getting to Know Your Interim Principal, Dale Rumberger

Nina Raneses, Editor in Chief
March 21, 2017

Week after week, West Potomac’s boys’ varsity basketball team left fans on the edge of their seats. It’s impossible to miss the energetic and ever-spirited student section, as interim principal Dale...

Photos taken by Lifetouch.

Principal Alexander Case and Assistant Principal Michelle Lyttle on Leave

Nina Raneses, Co-Editor in Chief
February 14, 2017

Principal Alexander Case and Assistant Principal Michelle Lyttle have been put on leave, Fairfax County Public Schools confirms. There are no details at the moment, though the county has told local news...

(Courtesy TotallyHistory) Freedom of Want by Norman Rockwell

An Angsty Teen’s Guide to Thanksgiving

Nina Raneses, Co-Editor in Chief
November 21, 2016

Well, it’s that time of year again, Wolverines! Thanksgiving is this week which means most of us will be out of school, doing a lot of eating, and not doing a lot of school work. However, for a lot of...

(Staff photo) Students celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with Spanish teachers Yamalie Colon and Sonia Castano.

Hispanic Leadership Club Celebrates Heritage Month with School-Wide Parade

Nina Raneses, Co-Editor in Chief
October 3, 2016

Filling the halls of Quander with loud music and good energy, the Hispanic Leadership Club (HLC) hosted one of multiple parades on Friday in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month that will continue this week....

Courtesy of the West Potomac Board twitter

Start on Time Initiative Brings Changes to 2016-17 School Year

Shahtaj Ali and Nina Raneses
September 12, 2016

  Following significant pushback from students and community members that prompted a change.org petition that received over 1000 signatures in less than 24 hours, this year’s new bathroom...

(Courtesy ifreespirit51 via flickr) The Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Conference Class of 2016

Finding My Free Spirit

Nina Raneses, Co-Editor in Chief
July 16, 2016

From June 18-23, I had the honor of representing the state of Virginia among this year’s class of 51 Free Spirit scholars at the Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Conference, an honor that I...

(Courtesy Emma Bass and Liz Brodie) House Democrats at the steps.

West Potomac Students Support House Democrats’ Sit-In on Capitol Hill

Nina Raneses, Co-Editor in Chief
June 27, 2016

From Wednesday, June 22 to Thursday, June 23, House Democrats initiated a sit-in on the floor of the House Chamber in a protest for gun control legislation. The sit-in came only a little over a week after...

(Photos Courtesy Micah Moore, Jane Sullivan and Gabby Hopper) This years champions, the Blue Eagles, pose with their trophies.

World Languages Department Holds Fifth Annual Co-Ed Soccer Tournament

Nina Raneses, Co-Editor in Chief
June 10, 2016

On Thursday, June 2, the World Languages Department held their fifth annual Soccer Tournament, an opportunity for any West Potomac student to get a team together and play against others on the school’s...

(Courtesy West Potomac Crew) The womens JV4+ and 1V4+ boats along with other West Potomac rowers. The mens JV4+ competed as well, but did not make it to the finals.

West Potomac Crew Women’s JV4+ and 1V4+ Place 6th, 9th at SRAA Nationals

Nina Raneses, Co-Editor in Chief
May 30, 2016

On Saturday, May 28, West Potomac Crew’s Womens JV4+ and 1V4+ competed in the 2016 Scholastic Rowing Association of America (SRAA) Regatta in Zanesville, Ohio. The two women’s boats were the first...

(Courtesy Jonathan Middleton) West Potomac Crews mens JV4 boat. From left to right: Kyle White, Logan Lynch, Jonathan Middleton and Reece Hagler.

West Potomac Crew’s Men’s JV4 Boat Qualifies for Nationals

Nina Raneses, Co-Editor in Chief
May 16, 2016

On Saturday, May 14, West Potomac Crew’s men’s JV4 boat received fourth place out of all the heats (qualifying races that determine who goes to finals), at the Virginia Scholastic Rowing Championship...

(Courtesy Alina Selnick) Womens JV4+ boat. From left to right: Rachael Brautigam, Juliette Burcham, Liz Brodie, Natalie Lorca and Rachel Hardison.

West Potomac Crew’s Women’s 1V4+ and JV4+ Boats Qualify for Nationals

Nina Raneses, Co-Editor in Chief
May 15, 2016

On Saturday, May 14, West Potomac Crew’s womens 1V4+ and JV4+ boats qualified for the 2016 Scholastic Rowing Association of America (SRAA) National Championships Regatta. They placed third and first...

(Courtesy cnn.com) Jerry Falwell Jr. speaking at convocation at Liberty University.

FCPS School Board Writes Letter to VHSL Following Debate Team Boycott

Nina Raneses, Co-Editor in Chief
May 9, 2016

On April 28, all nine members of the Fairfax County School Board, representing all districts along with the chair and vice chair, wrote a letter to the executive committee of the Virginia High School League...

West Potomac seniors have been accepted everywhere from James Madison University to Haverford College.

Seniors Celebrate College Commitment for National Decision Day

Nina Raneses, Co-Editor in Chief
May 1, 2016

For most college applicants, May 1 is the deadline to send in the SIR (Statement of Intent to Register), to the school they plan on attending in the fall. While some West Potomac seniors were accepted...

30 Years of History: The Creation of West Potomac High School

30 Years of History: The Creation of West Potomac High School

Nina Raneses, Co-Editor in Chief
April 30, 2016

On the morning of August 26, 1985, the first bell signaling the beginning of classes to start at West Potomac High School rang. Filling the crowded halls and parking lots were students who were all new...

 The Mount Vernon Surveyor 2015-16 Staff, Courtesy Mount Vernon Surveyor

Complete Coverage : Mount Vernon Surveyor Editor Defends Yearbook Spreads

Nina Raneses, Co-Editor in Chief
April 30, 2016

This article was originally published in the March 2016 issue of The Wire. In 1988, the Supreme Court case decision for Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier permanently altered the perception of public school student...

Senior Darrel Mensah received his crown, sash and a check for $100 as 2016s Mr. West Potomac.

Senior Darrel Mensah Crowned 2016 Mr. West Potomac

Nina Raneses, Co-Editor in Chief
April 10, 2016

After a night filled with plenty of laughs, original talent and good-natured fun, senior Darrel Mensah received the coveted ‘Mr. West Potomac’ title and a check for $100 on Friday in this year’s...

West Potomac students and staff on Super Tuesday.

West Potomac First Time Voters Participate in Super Tuesday

Nina Raneses, Co-Editor in Chief
March 8, 2016

With encouragement from sunny, warm weather and a day off school, West Potomac students and teachers took to the polls on Tuesday Mar. 1, called Super Tuesday for the number of states participation. 12...

Superintendent Garza Proposes Higher Salaries, No Cuts in FY 2017

Nina Raneses and
January 8, 2016

Fairfax County schools superintendent Karen Garza unveiled the proposal for the much-discussed FY 2017 budget plan on Thursday accompanied by guest speakers, FCPS principals and school board members. West...

Model UN Sees Biggest Attendance to Date at WESTPOMUNC III

Model UN Sees Biggest Attendance to Date at WESTPOMUNC III

Nina Raneses, Co-Editor in Chief
December 18, 2015

West Potomac’s Model United Nations Club held their third internal conference, WESTPOMUNC III, on Wednesday afternoon. The topic of the conference was the Syrian refugee crisis, a topic chosen by club...

The 2014-2015 blackout game, where a major incident caused SGA to change their minds about the popular term.

SGA Blacking Out on “Black-Out”

Nina Raneses, Co-Editor-in-Chief
October 12, 2015

When Hype Squad first announced that the varsity football game against Lake Braddock High School scheduled for Sept. 25 would have an all black theme, word got out that the popular term ‘blackout’...

Everything You Need to Know About the New SAT

Everything You Need to Know About the New SAT

Nina Raneses, Co-Editor-in-Chief
September 17, 2015

With school back in session and preparation for college applications in full swing, most juniors and seniors have one thing in mind this particular fall: the new SAT. After announcing that major changes...

West Potomac Students Get Ready for School at Wolverine Welcome

West Potomac Students Get Ready for School at Wolverine Welcome

Nina Raneses, Co-Editor-In-Chief
September 3, 2015

The West Potomac campus was brought back to life on Tuesday, Sept. 1 by returning and new students with Wolverine Welcome, a relatively new initiative that includes upperclassmen schedule pick-up, freshmen...

Courtesy of itooamharvard.tumblr.com

#itooamwestpotomac: The Microaggression Theory

Nina Raneses, Reporter
June 18, 2015

In a world regularly called “post-racial” and “progressive,” inequality and stereotyping is embedded in comments in nearly every conversation. These comments are both intentional and unintentional,...

Three Teens Arrested on School Grounds for Possession of BB Gun

Three Teens Arrested on School Grounds for Possession of BB Gun

Nina Raneses, Reporter
May 1, 2015

On the morning of March 30th , Fairfax County Police chased three juveniles from Route 1 to school grounds on Quander Road, and arrested the teens for possession of a BB gun with the help of school security...

FROOT is no doubt Diamandis greatest endeavor in her professional music career.

Album Review: Marina & The Diamonds – ‘FROOT’

Nina Raneses, Reporter
March 24, 2015

After a hiatus following the end of the tour for sophomore album Electra Heart, singer Marina & The Diamonds has taken the industry by storm with her new album, FROOT. Since the release of the...

OGrady and Alex Trebek

Colin O’Grady Represents WestPo in Jeopardy! Teachers’ Tournament

Nina Raneses, Reporter
February 25, 2015

It’s a typical Monday night and the end of a four-day weekend for students at WestPo. It is 7:26 PM, and the reality of returning back to school after a break from the end-of-semester grind should be...

“Student 2 Student”: A New Perspective of the Military Population at West Potomac

Nina Raneses, Reporter
November 19, 2014

Northern Virginia is home to a large military and federal government population due to its close proximity to the nation’s capital and military bases scattered throughout the area. Military families...

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