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The student voice of West Potomac High School

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The student voice of West Potomac High School

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Phoebe Schultz

Phoebe Schultz, Editor-in-Chief

Phoebe Schultz is a senior editor and member of the West Potomac Dance Team. In her free time, she loves spending time with friends and trying new coffee places in the area. She’ll listen to any Fleetwood Mac, Taylor Swift, or Lorde song on repeat. She looks forward to journalism every Blue Day and writes for the newspaper because it keeps her involved in the school community. Phoebe shows her creative side in journalism through posting on the social media accounts (@thewpwire) and working on the layout for quarterly newspapers. It's her 4th and final year on The Wire, and she couldn't be more excited for all that the 2023-2024 school year has in store.

All content by Phoebe Schultz '24
Phoebe Shultz, a staple of West Po journalism for 4 years, is headed to Clemson University in the fall.

Keep it Newsworthy, West Po

Phoebe Schultz
June 4, 2024

When I first signed up for journalism, I didn’t know what to expect. I added journalism as an elective after meeting with my counselor over a mess-up in my freshman-year schedule. Classes were slim pickings,...

Mary Vandever, Attendance Administrative Assistant, and Karina Morales, Attendance Office Assistant stay busy monitoring attendance.

Administration Cracks Down on Attendance

Phoebe Schultz
April 5, 2024

  For about a month, West Po has cracked down on attendance, instating new late-to-class policies and working to limit hallway traffic while in class. With the beginning of the school year, West Po athletics...

Junior Alexis Haymon and Senior Emma Weyrauch volunteer to work the Art Cart Cafe. Hot coffee is brewed fresh, boiling water is available for a selection of herbal teas, Starbucks Frappuccinos, and many creamers are provided to spruce up a beverage.

West Po Cafe Is Open To Further The Arts

Phoebe Schultz and Abdulahi Somane
December 13, 2023

The Art Cart Cafe offers morning energy to West Potomac students and staff every Thursday and Friday morning. Located in the Springbank Connector by the stairwell outside of the Cafeteria, the National...

On Time or Off the Team: Update

On Time or Off the Team: Update

Phoebe Schultz, Emma Fetterolf, and Jessica Fultz
November 22, 2023

As of this school year, the West Potomac Athletics Department instated a new attendance policy for all student athletes regarding unexcused tardies and unverified absences. With the first quarter complete...

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...

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...

A tardy sweep table located in the hallway of the down stairs New Building.

On Time Or Off The Team: West Po Athletics Adopts A New Attendance Policy

Phoebe Schultz, Editor-in-Chief
September 7, 2023

This school year, West Po Athletics has cracked down on attendance policies, enforcing strict consequences for student-athletes who obtain many class cuts and/or unexcused tardies. In order to participate...

DE vs. AP: Which Class Should You Take?

DE vs. AP: Which Class Should You Take?

Phoebe Schultz, Editor in Chief
June 2, 2023

   Many new Dual Enrollment (DE) and Advanced Placement (AP) courses are being added to the West Po course selection this upcoming 2023-2024 school year. DE and AP classes are alike in that they both...

Entrance to the prayer room, located in the library, with the times that it is open to students-11:10 - 1:15 daily.

Universal Prayer Room Open for Ramadan

Phoebe Schultz and Annie Ghaffari
March 26, 2023

West Po has opened its new prayer room in time for the start of Ramadan, which began on Thursday, March 23. This room is open to students and staff for religious, spiritual, and mental health purposes....

Pi for Pie Day poster spread on The Wires socials (@thewpwire) encourages West Po students to compete in the competition

Pi for Pie Day

Phoebe Schultz, Editor-in-Chief
March 15, 2023

In celebration of Pi Day, March 14, The Wire hosted a Pi for Pie Day competition through all lunches. Students were encouraged to come up to our table and recite as many pi digits as they could recall....

Meritfinalist Saira Nagda: Photo courtesy of Co-Editor In Chief Benjamin Price

West Potomac Semifinalists Advance to the NMSC Finals

Phoebe Schultz, Editor-in-Chief
February 23, 2023

Seniors Fionn French and Saira Nagda, who qualified as Semifinalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) in Fall of 2022, have heard back on their status in the process of becoming finalists...

Participate in the SHH Valentines Fundraiser 2/13 and 2/14!

[Photo] 6 Sweet Suggestions for Valentine’s Day

Brian Cordova Centeno, Writer
February 13, 2023

Participate in the SHH Valentines Fundraiser 2/13 and 2/14!

Mary Prater in Action

Senior Guard Mary Prater Surpasses 1,000 Career Points

Phoebe Schultz and Peter Rainey
February 8, 2023

Mary Prater, a senior guard and team captain on the girls basketball team, surpassed the 1,000 point threshold for her high school career last Tuesday in a 43-27 win at West Springfield. She was eight...

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...

Left Image: parking ticket
Top Right Image: what a staff parking pass looks like (orange)
Bottom Right Image: what a student parking pass looks like (blue)

Students Risk Being Fined For Parking Without A Pass

Phoebe Schultz, Editor in Chief
December 16, 2022

Students risk parking tickets if they park in any of the parking lots without a parking pass, including the junior and senior lot, as well as the new lot located behind the Academy and science buildings--...

Images from 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...

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Fall Festivities in the DMV Area

Phoebe Schultz, Editor-in-Chief
September 30, 2022

What’s the best part of Fall? For some it’s the weather finally cooling down, to others it might be the seasonal menus of their favorite coffee shops. Whatever it may be, there are many opportunities...

Poster made by a student at the walkout.

West Potomac Students Participate in State-Wide Walkout

Phoebe Schultz, Editor-in-Chief
September 28, 2022

Yesterday, students at West Potomac and across the state came together to support their LGBTQ+ classmates in opposition of Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s proposed changes to trans-gender policies. At 10 a.m,...

Yellow highlighted portion of the Student and Staff lot is where students are permitted to park this week.

Parking Back in Session for Upperclassmen

Phoebe Schultz, Editor-in-Chief
September 19, 2022

Today, Sept. 19, students who were issued parking spots this summer, and then had them revoked due to construction delays, were able to park in their respective spots for the first time. Staff and teachers...

Students prepare snacks and coffee for customers.

Photo Credit: Ms. Byun

New Ideas Brewing in the Pulley Center

Phoebe Schultz, Social Media Co-Editor
April 13, 2022

Brew-Tea-ful, West Potomac’s one and only coffee shop is open every day from 9-10 AM in the Pulley Center for those in need of a midday pick-me-up or a sweet treat. Started in 2019 by Mr. Winterstein,...

Photo Credit: Amy Stoll

Teacher Feature: Ms. Stoll

Phoebe Schultz, Writer
October 26, 2021

As a lover of all things design and photography, Ms. Amy Stoll teaches art at West Potomac. This is Ms. Stoll’s 20th year teaching and she began her career in 2001, half-time at Marshall High School...

Sneak peak of the 2020-2021 school yearbook cover.

How The Changing School Year Affects The 2020-2021 Yearbook

Phoebe Schultz, Writer
March 16, 2021

The Yearbook is the publication of record for the school year. What will it look like in this most unusual year in The Time of Covid. Things are a lot different since the students have been doing much...

COVID Learning Environment Differs from Private to Public High Schools

COVID Learning Environment Differs from Private to Public High Schools

Phoebe Schultz, Writer
January 12, 2021

Virtual learning for West Po students and hybrid learning for other private schools around the area, has been a struggle to get accustomed to. Although the schools in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS)...

Photo Credit to Mr. Pabich

Teacher Feature: Mr. Pabich

Phoebe Schultz, Writer
December 14, 2020

Mr. Pabich has not been at West Po for very long, but still manages to be a student favorite. He is currently teaching 12th grade Dual Enrollment, along with English 9 Honors. He has been teaching since...

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