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Class of 2008 Graduates

Walter Daniels, one of the 178 graduating seniors, models the mood of the occasion. By Karen Vanegas The first class to pass through four years at McKinley since it reopened in 2004 graduated on June 6th. Ninety-eight percent of the students have been accepted to colleges including Stanford, Massachusetts...

 

By Anna Kinsman | June 11, 2008; 03:14 PM ET | Comments (0)

National Honor Society Swears in New Members

New members take oath of excellence. By Faith Ajayi The ranks of McKinley's chapter of the National Honor Society are swelling. Twenty-nine seniors and juniors were inducted on May 29, 2008. Acceptance into the National Honor Society is based on a student's excellent performance in the areas of scholarship,...

 

By Anna Kinsman | June 5, 2008; 09:32 AM ET | Comments (0)

Principal Promises King's Dominion Trip If Scores Improve

By Karen Vanegas If sophomores do well on the District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System (DCCASS) test, Principal David Pinder has promised to shell out $13,000 to take them to King's Dominion. Pinder has offered to take most of the funds he would receive as a bonus to cover the...

 

By Anna Kinsman | June 4, 2008; 01:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

McKinley Poets Take Top Awards in Laureate Contest

First place winner Michael Drayton. By Faith Ajayi Michael Drayton, Melanie Kates, Sharde' Banks, and Mariah Slade are among the winners of Washington, DC's Eighth Annual Poet Laureate's Poetry Awards for Senior High School Students. Drayton won the first prize, the Poet Laureate Prize for his poem "Angel Fire...

 

By Anna Kinsman | May 29, 2008; 03:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

Model U.N. Team Returns from Conference

Model U.N. team dicusses strategy. By Talishia Sears McKinley's Model UN team, sponsored by Ms. Lee-Palis, participated in the annual Model United Nations Conference. Tenth graders Stephanie Navarrete, Marciel Rojas-Rosario, Alexis Harris, Les'Lee Lewis, Christopher Lopez, Robert Young, Angel Davis, Takiyah Edmondson, Bernard Thompson, and Mariah Brown attended the...

 

By Anna Kinsman | May 29, 2008; 02:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

Marching Band Takes 3rd in Apple Blossom Parade

Marching band prepares for parade route. By Leah Smith The Mckinley Tech Marching Band participated in the annual Apple Blossom Parade in Winchester, Virginia, and won third place. They competed against schools from Maryland and Virginia. They were the only band from DC. There are currently 68 members of...

 

By Anna Kinsman | May 29, 2008; 02:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

Hezekiah Williams Wins 3rd in International Science Fair

Hezekiah William holds his third place award. By Veronica Jones Hezekiah Williams III, a freshman, received a Bronze Medal for third place in the Senior Engineering Division at the International Sustainability World Energy, Engineering, and Environmental Project (I-SWEEEP) Olympiad 2008. It was held in Houston, Texas in May 2008....

 

By Anna Kinsman | May 22, 2008; 02:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

New Engineering Program to Open Next Year

By Faith Ajayi McKinley is adding a new CTE track to its formal three, and that is engineering. Chancellor Michelle Rhee designated McKinley as a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineer, and Math) school along with some other selected elementary, middle, and high schools in the District of Columbia. This is among...

 

By Anna Kinsman | May 2, 2008; 10:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

New Uniform Design Planned for '08-'09

By Faith Ajayi Design submitted by Chineye Anasoh Principal Pinder plans to add some reforms to the school uniforms for next year. "I'm hoping that if kids help create the uniform or get creative with their talents, the uniform could be something that fuels pride in the school instead of...

 

By Anna Kinsman | May 2, 2008; 09:51 AM ET | Comments (1)

Robotics Team Finishes Final Competition

By Faith Ajayi Robotics team hard at work building their robot for competition. McKinley placed 50 out of 60 in the Robotics Competition in Annapolis, Maryland in March. In January, national and international robotics teams were assigned a task of building a robot that could make counter-clockwise laps around a...

 

By Anna Kinsman | May 2, 2008; 09:21 AM ET | Comments (0)

Model UN Team Prepares for Conference

By Talishia Sears Standing left of flag:Bernard Thompson,Angel Davis, Les'Lee Lewis.Bottom: Alexis Harris, Robert Young, Christopher Lopez. Standing right of flag: Ms. Lee-Palis, Mariah Brown. McKinley now has a model U.N. team. The team is sponsored by Ms. Lee-Palis, and consists of 10th graders Elyse Anderson, Christopher Lopez, Robert Young,...

 

By Anna Kinsman | April 24, 2008; 09:33 AM ET | Comments (0)

Seniors Spend Spring Break in California

By D'Angelo Rucker During spring break, the class of 2008 went on their senior class trip to California, and it was a great success. The group stayed at the Marriot Hotel in Anaheim, California, for seven days and six nights. When the group first arrived in California they had time...

 

By Anna Kinsman | April 24, 2008; 09:19 AM ET | Comments (0)

Club Afrique Returns from Great Trip to Gabon

By Leah Smith and Faith Ajayi Students enjoy river ride on the Ogoue River. Club Afrique's visit to Gabon, Central West Africa, via Paris, France, was one of their most adventurous trips to date. Gabon is the richest country in Sub-Saharan Africa. Not only is Gabon prosperous in oil-based wealth,...

 

By Anna Kinsman | April 24, 2008; 09:16 AM ET | Comments (0)

Changes Impact Broadcast Program

By Ashley McBride Riah Williams interviews Mayor Adrian Fenty in new broadcast studio. The top priority for Principal David Pinder is to raise the school's DC-CAS test scores and he hopes changes to the school program next year will help him do that. Next school year an Engineering department will...

 

By Anna Kinsman | April 18, 2008; 09:39 AM ET | Comments (0)

Counterfeit Money Found at McKinley

By Karen Vanegas and Leah Smith Over the past few weeks, there have been two incidents where counterfeit money has been discovered at McKinley. The most recent, a counterfeit $20, was found in the lunch line register in the cafeteria. The cafeteria supervisor, Ms. Williams, reported the incident to Officers...

 

By Anna Kinsman | April 18, 2008; 09:32 AM ET | Comments (0)

Jenkins and Mickens Vie for Record Deal

William Jenkins, performing his rap. By Veronica Jones Jasmine Mickens and William "Al" Jenkins won the WKYS-sponsored concert and talent contest organized by McKinley-based M2O. The winners are both seniors here at MTHS. BlastBeat Records will fly the winners to New York in May to compete again for a...

 

By Anna Kinsman | March 10, 2008; 08:37 AM ET | Comments (0)

McKinley Tech Wins $100,000 AARP Grant

Chancellor Rhee and Mayor Fenty join Principal Pinder and SWEEP Captain Thandiwe Burrell to accept the AARP check. By Ashley McBride and D'Angelo Rucker Mayor Fenty and Chancellor Rhee were on hand for the second day in a row at McKinley, this time for the acceptance ceremony for a...

 

By Anna Kinsman | February 15, 2008; 10:09 AM ET | Comments (0)

Broadcast Studio Opens

By Faith Ajayi Mayor, students, and members of the community cut the ribbon in front of the newly renovated Broadcast Studio. Mayor Adrian Fenty and Chancellor Michelle Rhee were here for the cutting of the ribbon for the new broadcast studio at McKinley. District School's television (DSTV.) and McKinley's Broadcast...

 

By Anna Kinsman | February 15, 2008; 10:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

ATF Visits McKinley

By Ashley McBride and Veronica Jones Archie, the ATF rescue dog, sniffs for Ammonium Nitrate. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) held an information seminar at McKinley to talk about internship possibilities in the summer. The new ATF headquarters is adjacent to the New York Ave-Florida Ave-Gallaudet...

 

By Anna Kinsman | February 15, 2008; 09:56 AM ET | Comments (0)

Senior Chris Evans: Volunteer Firefighter

By Karen Vanegas D.C Public School students have long had a bad reputation of low-test scores, violence and disruptive behavior. What many fail to see is that there are students who excel and defy the bad reputation. Christopher Evans, 12th grader is one of them....

 

By Anna Kinsman | February 15, 2008; 09:40 AM ET | Comments (1)

Debate Team Stays on Top

By Faith Ajayi McKinley's debate team is having another stellar year. They won first place in Sweepstakes point, which is the combined points of all debaters. McKinley is last year's defending city champion and they finished first place in every tournament this year so far. On January 19, McKinley debated...

 

By Anna Kinsman | February 15, 2008; 09:35 AM ET | Comments (2)

Who Murdered Dr. Bootney Farnsworth

By Adam Williams and Karen Vanegas The Late Dr. Bootney Farnsworth. There is a mystery at McKinley Tech. Who murdered Dr. Bootney Farnsworth on December 19, 2007? He was shot three times: in the knee, chest and head. Professor Farnsworth was a contemptible person and despised by many. There are seven official suspects: his...

 

By Anna Kinsman | February 15, 2008; 09:06 AM ET | Comments (1)

Project Sweep Trains Environmental Leaders

By D'Angelo Rucker Thandiwe Burrel, 12th grader and captain, hard at work with other SWEEP cadets. Students in the Solid Waste Education and Enforcement Program (SWEEP)are cleaning up DC. The students clean a variety of places such as libraries, parks, waterways, and neighborhoods. They help senior citizens by going into...

 

By Anna Kinsman | February 11, 2008; 09:54 AM ET | Comments (1)

Fitness Club Members Firm Up, Shed Pounds

By Alexus Jackson Ms. Walker helps Michelle Brown with weights. McKinley students are being energized: mind, body and soul in the new Fitness Club. Platinum Body Workout is the first Fitness Club ever being offered at McKinley. The club is currently being led by Ms. Shavon Walker, a teacher and...

 

By Anna Kinsman | February 11, 2008; 09:43 AM ET | Comments (1)

NFL Film Shot Here

By D'Angelo Rucker Tavon Mason formerly of the New York Jets (far right) and actor Charles Brice filmed on McKinley's field. Daniel Wilcox of the Baltimore Ravens and Tavon Mason formerly of the New York Jets were at McKinley filming a movie for the National Football League (NFL). It is...

 

By Anna Kinsman | February 11, 2008; 09:33 AM ET | Comments (2)

WPGC Host Sean Kingston Concert at McKinley

By Ashley McBride Sean Kingston performs his hit single "Beautiful Girls." Sean Kingston, who had one of the hottest songs this past summer, "Beautiful Girls," recently performed at McKinley. The 17-year old has combined music styles such as Rap, Reggae, Pop, and Doo-Wop. More than that, he makes great music...

 

By Anna Kinsman | December 18, 2007; 09:56 AM ET | Comments (0)

New Grading Scale: Empowerment or Dumbing Down?

By D'Angelo Rucker Recently Mayor Adrian Fenty changed the DCPS grading scale to one that requires less effort to achieve more. Were these changes to the grading scale for the better, or were DC students "dumbed-down?" The new grading scale is the same as the one used by the majority...

 

By Anna Kinsman | December 5, 2007; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Mayor Fenty and Chancellor Rhee Dedicate Field

By Ashley McBride Council Member, Mayor, Chancellor, Principal and Football Team pose on the newly renovated football field. McKinley's football team has had three home games on the newly renovated football field, but Mayor Adrian Fenty and Chancellor Michelle Rhee felt it was still important to officially dedicate the stadium....

 

By Anna Kinsman | November 8, 2007; 09:38 AM ET | Comments (0)

Mckinley Caught in Identity Crisis

By D'Angelo Rucker McKinley is having an identity crisis. Are we Techites, Trainers, or the McKinley Phoenix? There is a debate about this between current students and alumni. Many alumni want the school's seal and mascot to remain Tubal Cain, the seal and mascot since 1928. President McKinley, after whom...

 

By Anna Kinsman | October 19, 2007; 11:51 AM ET | Comments (3)

Author Walter Kirn Visits McKinley

By Ashley McBride Walter Kirn signs his novel for Tiara Hudson and Terrence Worell. Walter Kirn, author of "The Unbinding," visited McKinley and held a question and answer session about his book with students in Dr. Anna Kinsman's English IV class. Kinsman is a member of the Pen/Faulkner program, which...

 

By Anna Kinsman | October 5, 2007; 09:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

New Principal at McKinley

By Ashley McBride "No excuses...just solutions," said David Pinder, the new principal of McKinley Technology High School. His office is adorned with T-shirts that have his motto printed on it. David Pinder Pinder, born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, had always wanted to be a teacher. He graduated from Towson...

 

By Anna Kinsman | August 31, 2007; 09:52 AM ET | Comments (1)

Principal Gohl Departs McKinley

By Ashley McBride At a time when we should be celebrating the first graduating class of the new McKinley and the end of the school year, we are stricken with the news that Daniel Gohl will not be returning as our principal next year. The final decision to leave McKinley...

 

By Anna Kinsman | June 14, 2007; 11:54 AM ET | Comments (0)

McKinley Graduates First Class

By Karen Vanegas McKinley's first graduating class since 1997 walked across the stage on June 9th 2007. The school closed in 1997 and reopened in 2004 after $75 million worth of renovations. There were 134 students who graduated, only ten less from the first group that entered as sophomores in...

 

By Anna Kinsman | June 12, 2007; 11:38 AM ET | Comments (0)

First Prom a Great Success

By Adrieanna Crocker McKinley Tech finally has celebrated their first prom. The prom was held at the J.W. Marriot Hotel on 13th street from 8:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. There were so many people in wonderful, unique and colorful dresses. Many boys wore tuxes that matched their dates. Dawnetta Bell...

 

By Anna Kinsman | June 8, 2007; 11:34 AM ET | Comments (0)

Debate Team Wins City Championship

By Joseph Durant The Debate team has swept through and come out on top, winning the DC Debate City Championship. This makes McKinley the top debate school in the city. This is only second year the debate team has been in existence. Last year, their first year, they came in...

 

By Anna Kinsman | June 8, 2007; 11:28 AM ET | Comments (0)

National Honor Society Grows

By Ashley McBride The National Honor Society (NHS) is the most prestigious academic society a high school student can be a member of. This year, the number of inductees tripled to twelve from last year's four. "I'm really excited to be inducted, because it will help me get into college,"...

 

By Anna Kinsman | June 8, 2007; 10:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

Adam Williams Wins Arena Stage Contest

By Amber A. Young Adam Williams won first prize in the Arena Stage Young Playwright Contest and a cash prize of $1500. His play,"Order's Imbalance," was performed by professional actors at Arena Stage. It is about his memory of leaving Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina. His play was judged on personality,...

 

By Anna Kinsman | May 31, 2007; 11:29 AM ET | Comments (0)

Second Life Virtual World

By Karen Vanegas McKinley Tech is creating its own virtual world with partnership of the Holocaust Museum. Second Life is an Internet community that lets people meet and interact inside a three-dimensional virtual world. McKinley is the first high school in the world to be part of the program. Student...

 

By Anna Kinsman | May 29, 2007; 11:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

McKinley Hosts International Journalists

By Ashley McBride Twenty print and broadcast journalists from McKinley were able to interact with journalists from around the world who were visiting the U.S. with the Edmund Murrow Program, sponsored by the U.S. State Department. Mr. Terapatt Vannaruemol from Thailand and Senior Melvin Carter discuss journalism....

 

By Anna Kinsman | May 22, 2007; 10:32 AM ET | Comments (0)

Cheerleaders Retain Title as City Champions

By Janayia James For the second year in a row our McKinley cheerleaders are the grand champions of the DCIAA Senior Championship. Many of McKinley students filed into the Coolidge Senior High School gym to cheer on McKinley's cheerleaders during the competition....

 

By Anna Kinsman | May 17, 2007; 10:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

Robotics Team Makes Great Progress

By Amber A. Young If you are given six weeks to build and program a robot, do you think you could do it? McKinley's robotic team completed this task. For the first weeks of the second semester, the team met four times a week, Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday to...

 

By Anna Kinsman | May 17, 2007; 10:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

Teens Cause Trouble on Metro

By Karen Vanegas Recently there was an article in The Washington Post titled "Metro has a Lesson for Unruly Students." According to the article, in 2002, there were 150 cases of juvenile arrests for disorderly conduct, drug possession, robbery and assault. In 2006, there were 295 cases. Most of these...

 

By Anna Kinsman | May 7, 2007; 10:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

Cisco Networking Exam Puts Stundents in the Money

By D'Angelo Rucker Having a stable income in high school is very desirable, but nearly impossible, until now. Students enrolled in the Cisco Network Academy have an opportunity to pass the Cisco Certified Network Associate Examination and earn some real money....

 

By Anna Kinsman | May 7, 2007; 10:25 AM ET | Comments (0)

McKinley's Band Joins All City Marching Band

By Karen Vanegas The McKinley band has joined bands from Eastern, Woodson, Dunbar, Ballou and Coolidge to form a citywide marching band of 150 musicians. The band was selected to play for the Cherry Blossom Parade this year. "Were having a good time with all the dynamics of coming together....

 

By Anna Kinsman | May 7, 2007; 10:19 AM ET | Comments (0)

Broadcast Students Return from South Africa

By Dominique Young-Smith Students and faculty in McKinley's Broadcast strand have returned from ten days in South Africa. This year McKinley participated in the Media and Children 5th World Summit. Victor Akosile, Antwaun Jefferson, Jasmine Crossland, Talaya Barno, and Shontice Toliver represented McKinley. There was one student from Ballou, Kiara...

 

By Anna Kinsman | May 1, 2007; 11:31 AM ET | Comments (0)

Faith Roberts Wins Miss McKinley

By Ashley McBride Months of hard work and practice for the Miss McKinley Pageant came down to one moment. "And the Miss McKinley Pageant winner for 2007 is Faith Roberts," announced Ms. Woolfork, one of the hosts of the night. The front middle rows of the auditorium, which were mostly...

 

By Anna Kinsman | April 27, 2007; 11:31 AM ET | Comments (0)

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

By Ashley McBride World renowned spiritual peace master and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Sri Sri Ravi Shankar visited McKinley and spoke about his efforts to promote world peace. This international humanitarian travels all around the world spreading his knowledge and wisdom to others. Shankar is the founder of the Art...

 

By Anna Kinsman | April 10, 2007; 11:03 AM ET | Comments (0)

Fenty Holds Press Conference for High School Journalist

By Ashley McBride Adrian Fenty reached out to Washington area high school journalists, including the editor of The McKinley Wire, by conducting a press conference at The Washington Post to address student concerns. The mayor answered a wide range of questions about taking over the school system, gun control, and...

 

By Anna Kinsman | March 21, 2007; 10:56 AM ET | Comments (0)

 

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