Carlos Winston: Shark Tagger!
Upon completing his high school experience at Western Tech, senior Carlos Winston hopes to become a zoologist. On the path to his goal, Carlos has chosen to seek out opportunities to get hands on experience working with animals including…sharks!
This past summer, Carlos worked with the National Aquarium in Baltimore. He traveled with a team to Assateague Island, and set out to tag sharks as part of a research project. After four long hours, Carlos and the team had to spring into action when a 4-foot shark arrived. The team was responsible for logging any abnormalities.
Carlos credits the Environmental Science Magnet Program at Western Tech as part of his influence in pursuing a career working with animals. During the application process for the internship, Carlos was told that his resume was one of the most impressive, as he had previous experience working at the Irvine Nature Center and the Baltimore Zoo.
Carlos believes that his shark tagging experience is “a part of the path I am walking to accomplish my dreams.” He hopes to attend UMBC, Salisbury, or Stevenson and major in Biology.
In just four school years, Western Tech has enjoyed the following AP success:
-184 to 278 AP test takers, an increase of 51%
-54.9% to 76.9% pass rate, an increase of 22%
-2.75 to 3.33 mean score, an increase of 21%
The scores are a result of Western Tech “focusing” on the basics. Beginning in 9th grade, vertical teaming takes place and students’ schedules reflect the correct sequencing of courses. The team-oriented effort is paying dividends.
Western Tech is finding success in programs such as AP Boot Camp, which will take place again this school year on Friday, September 5th for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors. In AP Boot Camp, students and teachers work together as a team. AP exam scores represent a competition between schools and students on a nationwide level. At Western Tech teamwork-rather than competition-is utilized at the school level so that students and teachers have a support network. Western Tech is looking forward to another year of AP success as it prepares globally competitive graduates!