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Top AP Student Returns to Western 

Sheila Pujara graduated from Western Tech in 2014 as the top Advanced Placement student in her class.  During her time at Western Tech, Sheila took thirteen Advanced Placement classes.  She took the AP exam for every AP class she took and achieved the highest possible score-a perfect five out of five-on twelve of them.

Each year, Principal Murray “Buddy” Parker invites the top AP student from the previous class of Western Tech graduates to come back to visit and be commended for their efforts.  This year Mr. Dobmeier’s class had the honor of welcoming Sheila and congratulating her. 

 Sheila is attending the University of Maryland at College Park, majoring in nanoengineering and chemistry.  She was able to take multiple credits with her into her college career as a result of her work at Western Tech and the scores she earned on Advanced Placement exams. 

Pictured with Sheila is her brother Shyam, who is currently a junior at Western Tech.  Following Sheila’s lead, he created his own challenging schedule, taking all AP classes this year. 

Western Tech Named National Blue Ribbon School

On November 11th, 2014, Western Tech High School was among 48 outstanding high schools in the United States to be recognized at the National Blue Ribbon Awards Ceremony.  Representing Western Tech at the ceremony in Washington, D.C. were Patrick Dobmeier, Murray “Buddy” Parker, Lisa Christhilf, Jared Streets, and Nicole Streets (pictured, left to right).  Way to go, Western Tech!

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Outstanding Participants in the National Achievement Scholarship Program

Congratulations to seniors Peace Ani, Quinten Austin, Milan Harris, Danielle Holt, and Gehnet Rose, who were named Outstanding Participants in the National Achievement Scholarship Program.  Principal Murray “Buddy” Parker is pleased to award each of these students a certificates on behalf of the National Achievement Scholarship Program.

These students were among 3,100 Outstanding Participants and scored in the top 3% of more than 160,000 Black Americans who requested consideration in the 2015 National Achievement Scholarship Program when taking the 2013 PSAT/NMSQT Test.  These students’ names, high school, and tentative college major choices will also be included on a roster sent to more than 1,500 colleges and universities.

National Merit Scholarship Program

Principal Murray “Buddy” Parker recently announced that three Western Tech seniors-Keara Fox, Aisha Khatib, and Kristina Zambo-have been named Commended Students in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program.  Each of the students received a Letter of Commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program. 

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise.  Commended Students placed among the top 5% of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2015 competition by taking the 2013 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

“The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” commented a spokesperson for the NMSC.  “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation.  We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”

Alliana Warner Recognized for GIS Map

Senior Alliana Warner earned 1st place honors at the Baltimore County 4-H Fair and 2nd place honors at the Maryland State Fair for her GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Mapping project on Arbutus Elementary School.  Using GIS technology, Alli, as she is called, created a map that analyzed the current conditions at Arbutus Middle, addressed environmental concerns, and presented ideas to help beautify the school’s campus.

A member of Western Tech’s Environmental Technology Magnet Program, Alli has been working with GIS software since her sophomore year and has been active with 4-H since she was in second grade.  The 4-H Club is a non-profit organization that helps young people develop leadership and life skills. 

Alli chose her Arbutus Elementary School GIS Map to submit to the Baltimore County 4-H Fair and the Maryland State Fair because it was the biggest map she has taken on and because she felt very confident with it.  “I spent a lot of time on it,” she explained.

The Arbutus Elementary School GIS Map Alli created showed plans for “no mow” areas that would be allowed to grow and develop into natural habitats.  It also would add trees to areas of the school property to provide natural beauty as well as produce shade to help cool some of the sun-exposed brick walls.  Finally, students would have the opportunity to plant and work in gardens to get hands-on experience working with nature.

Of the Environmental Technology Magnet Program, Alli says “it’s fun; it’s hands-on…it has broadened my awareness.”  Alli hopes to study mechanical and/or environmental engineering in college, and is hoping to attend R.I.T., Cornell, or N.C. State.  


Rasheeda Saka Excited to Work as Intern with Baltimore Chamber Orchestra

Music is a passion of junior Rasheeda Saka, who has been a part of the music program at Western Tech since entering high school.  This fall, Rasheeda will take part in an internship program with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra to learn more about the behind-the-scenes production that goes into the performance of an orchestra.

Rasheeda applied for the internship this summer, interviewed, and was one of two students to be accepted to the program.  Although she is facing a rigorous schedule of AP classes, Rasheeda is excited for the internship opportunity and is prepared for a lot of hard work.  She says “I am really happy. I have never done anything like this before.  To do something like this out of school is really exciting.”

Rasheeda will be working primarily with assisting in preparations for concert productions, communicating with composers and guest artists, coordinating on-air announcements for radio marketing, and assistant managing the box office during the two BCO fall concert performances. She will be working at the BCO two nights each week after school.  As for the future, Rasheeda hopes to audition for all-county this year.  She is grateful that Ms. Reber not only encouraged her to take part in this opportunity, but also put her in touch with the Principal Trumpet of the BCO.  She is excited about the possibility of him teaching and giving her private lessons. 

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.

Advanced Placement 

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!

AP Performance