Saturday, February 16, 2013
Several students from the Burke area participated in last month's inauguration.
Several military children from the Burke area were among the more than 3,000 youth and adults who participated in the 57th Presidential Inauguration of Barack Obama. More specifically, girl and boy scouts from Burke were part of the “Kid’s Inaugural: Our Children Our Future” concert on Saturday, Jan. 19. The event, which was hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, was a time to come together and honor military families. Performers for the evening included musicians Usher, Katy Perry, Far East Movement, Mindless Behavior, members of the FOX TV show "Glee", actor Nick Cannon, America’s Got Talent act iLuminate, and the Soul Children of Chicago. Michelle Obama took time to thank the troops and…
Thursday, February 14, 2013
The annual competition recognizes students across the country and their creative talents.
Students from Lake Braddock Secondary School, Robinson Secondary School, and West Springfield High School received regional awards in the 2013 Scholastic Writing Awards competition. According to a news release from Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), of the 76 high school student winners in the county, seven are from Burke area schools. Five of the 39 Silver Key entries from FCPS were from a Burke area school. A total of 13 FCPS students won Gold Key awards and 61 FCPS students received honorable mentions. According to the Scholastic website, Gold Key regional winners are considered for national level competition. The annual competition, which is sponsored by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers and administered locally by Writopia…
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Lawyers for teen boys from West Springfield tell Washington Post their clients have pleaded not guilty.
The teenage boys from West Springfield High School charged with child pornography have pleaded not guilty to the charges, their lawyers tell The Washington Post. The boys, one age 15 and two age 16, were charged Jan. 11 by Fairfax County Police after a tip to a school security officer in November led to an investigation. The boys reportedly videotaped six girls from West Springfield High School as well as Robinson Secondary School and Lake Braddock Secondary School, according to the Post story. "It's an unfortunate mix of teenage libido, alcohol and video. It's nothing more than that," Rodney Leffler, one of the boy's attorneys, told the newspaper. On Monday, West Springfield's principal sent an email to parents: Letter sent to West …
Saturday, February 2, 2013
Three teenage boys from the school were arrested and charged with producing child pornography that involved six female teens who attend West Springfield and other area high schools, according to news reports.
Three teenage boys, students at West Springfield High School, were arrested last month on charges of producing child pornography, according to a report by Fox 5 Friday. The three students "are accused of getting teenage girls drunk and making sex tapes. The tapes were made sometime after the girls had passed out," the Fox 5 report noted. The three students, two ages 16 and one age 15, were charged as juveniles with “possession, reproduction, distribution, solicitation and facilitation of child pornography,” Officer Shelley Broderick, a Fairfax County Police spokeswoman, told The Washington Post, which reported the story Saturday. The ongoing investigation began in late November after a student tipped off a security officer at the school. …
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Fairfax County Police responded to a report Friday morning of a shooting in a West Springfield neighborhood that turned out to be false.
Police activity in West Springfield Friday had school officials on alert at a local high school. Fairfax County Police responded to a 911 call at around 9 a.m. Friday, of a person who was shot in West Springfield, but police investigated the area where it was reported and came up empty-handed. "Sometimes people call things in and they think they see things. There was nothing," said Fairfax County Police spokesperson Lucy Caldwell. The call prompted a "Secure the Building" alert at nearby West Springfield High School. "The school was briefly in 'Secure the Building' status because of police activity in the area," said John Torre, spokesman for Fairfax County Public Schools, in an email to Patch. A "Secure the Building" alert means that …
Friday, January 11, 2013
Jeffrey Reagan faces up to 10 years in prison.
A former football coach at South County and West Springfield High Schools pleaded guilty Thursday to dealing anabolic steroids. Jeffrey Reagan, 44, of Bristow, was arrested last June with his alleged supplier at the Sully Plaza Shopping Center in Chantilly. Reagan worked at South County High School for five years and taught at Mountain View Alternative High School in Centreville. He faces up to 10 years in prison for possession of a controlled drug with the intent to distribute. Sentencing is scheduled for March. There was no evidence that Reagan sold steroids to students, according to the Washington Post. Following Reagan's arrest, West Springfield High School Principal Mark Greenfelder sent out this note to parents: We have been made…
Thursday, December 6, 2012
The show was this weekend at West Springfield High School.
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Dozens of West Springfield High School students acted in and produced "The Diary of Ann Frank" this weekend at the school. For a review of their performance, click here.
Students told the tale of a Jewish girl forced into hiding this weekend at the high school.
Thursday, December 6, 2012
by Roshni Gorur of Chantilly High School Preserving humanity in the face of inhumanity is no easy task - especially not for a 13-year-old Jewish girl forced into hiding by Nazi occupiers. With too much family and too little privacy, her only escape is her diary and her father's fountain pen. West Springfield High School's production of “The Diary of Anne Frank” read between the lines, giving a new look into human tragedy—with a touch of hope. Since the first posthumous publication, the diary has sold more than 25 million copies. This unique, personal account of wishes, tension, and survival has united people worldwide. While hidden from the German Nazis, with her Jewish family in a secret annex in Amsterdam, Anne Frank documented her hopes…
Saturday, October 27, 2012
The Wolverines lost to the Spartans, 34-10.
Turnovers and penalties plagued West Potomac's performance Friday night, costing them the game against West Springfield. The Spartans beat the Wolverines, 34-10. Next week, the Wolverines will play T.C. Williams High School in their last game of the regular season, and the Spartans will take on Lake Braddock Secondary School.
West Springfield beat West Potomac 34-10.
The West Springfield Spartans beat the West Potomac Wolverines, 34-10 Friday night. Turnovers and penalties plagued West Potomac's performance Friday night, costing them the game against West Springfield. Within the first minute of the game, Spartans running back Jonathan Dunn set the pace with the first touchdown of the game. Kicker Tyler Czajkowski added a point with a successful field goal and the Spartans quickly took the lead, 7-0. Before the end of the first quarter, the Spartans scored twice more making the score 20-0 in favor of the Spartans. West Springfield's defensive line had a strong performance Friday night, making it hard on West Potomac's offense. Throughout the first half, the Wolverines had a tough time pushing the ball …