Patriot Post December

Posted December 8, 2022

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From the Desk of Dr. Davis

Dear GWHS Community – 

Happy holidays! Our hallways and classrooms are filled with excitement and cheer as students wrap up their first semester of the 2022-2023 school year. In particular, we are focusing on helping our community during this holiday season. Colorado Gives Day raised $28,234 for twenty student clubs and organizations (exceeding our $25,000 goal!), and we are hosting our first annual Shop With a Patriot! event on December 10, in which GWHS student leaders are paired with students from a nearby elementary school to shop for a holiday gift then join in a celebration with their families.

If you’d like to engage more deeply in our Patriot community, please contact Jasmine Locks, our Family and Community Engagement liaison. We are here to support you and your student!

Please enjoy this issue of the Patriot Post. We have had some incredible student accomplishments!

Best wishes for a safe and joyous holiday season to you and your family, 

Dackri Davis, Ph.D.
Principal | George Washington High School

Learner Profile Trait: Principled

With each issue of the Patriot Post, we highlight an attribute from the Learner Profile. The Learner Profile describes a broad range of human capacities and responsibilities that go beyond academic success. Each characteristic implies a commitment to help all members of the GWHS community learn to respect themselves, others and the world around them.

As students head into the final weeks of the semester, we spotlight Principled as our Learner Profile Trait. It is important that our Patriots act with integrity and honesty in all aspects of their academic careers, and those ideas are especially relevant during finals week. Finals week is a time when all students can take responsibility for their academic success, and connect how their choices and study habits have important consequences for their academic careers.

Fall Sports Wrap Up with All-State and All-Conference Awards

Our student-athletes finished their fall season on an incredible note! All-state and all-conference award winners are listed below. Remember to follow us on Instagram (@gwhsdenver) or Twitter (@gwhs_denver) for more athletic and academic content!


Second Team, Boys Tennis:  Gavin Foonberg (Senior)
Second Team, Boys Tennis:  Eddie Strand (Senior)

Second Team, Cross Country:  Peter Neid (Senior)

Honorable Mention, Softball:  Tori Arellano (Junior)

CHSCA Nominees, Football (voting takes place following state championship game):

Nominee, Football:  Jarai Vaughn (Senior)
Nominee, Football:  Marcellus Honeycutt, Jr. (Senior)

Alternate, Football:  Silas Evans (Senior)
Alternate, Football:  Semaj Jimerson-Brown (Senior)

Nominee, All-State Coach, Football:  Dwight Swift (Head Coach)


Defensive Lineman of the Year:  Jarai Vaughn (Senior)
Offensive Player of the Year:  Marcellus Honeycutt, Jr. (Senior)
Defensive Player of the Year:  Silas Evans (Senior)
Coach of the Year:  Dwight Swift (Head Coach)

First Team All-Conference Offense:
Silas Evans (Senior)
Marcellus Honeycutt, Jr. (Senior)
Semaj Jimerson-Brown (Senior)
Marquevious Spike Lee (Sophomore)
Jude Marino (Senior)

First Team All-Conference Defense:
Godfred Anni (Senior)
Jimmie Biggers (Senior)
Zepphion Johnson (Senior)
Jarai Vaughn (Senior)
Damari Washington (Senior)

Second Team All-Conference Defense:
Ya’Hmonta’ Johnson (Senior)
Jude Marino (Senior)
Fred Scott (Junior)
David Yahi (Sophomore)

Boys Soccer
First Team 4A/3A All-City:
Nicholas Chadd (Senior)
Henry Creighton (Senior)
Isaiah Flores (Junior)

Second Team 4A/3A All-City:
Richard Heckler (Sophomore)
Finn Hilty (Senior)
Peter Jedlicka (Junior)
Nicholas Sorensen (Senior)

Honorable Mention All-City:
Benjamin Holland (Junior)
Noah Raabe (Junior)
Magdiel Uzelo (Senior)

First Team All-City:
Victoria Arellano (Junior)
Ana Federico (Senior)

Second Team All-City:
Maggie Duffy (Freshman)
Claire Fontenot (Senior)

Honorable Mention All-City:
MaiLei Garcia (Junior)
Halle Guber (Junior)
Avia Marusich (Sophomore)

Girls Volleyball
First Team 4A/3A All-City:
Ciana Bryant (Junior)
Lilah Quinlan (Junior)

Second Team 4A/3A All-City:
Kennedy Pinkney (Senior)
Mia Valdez (Senior)

Honorable Mention 4A/3A All-City:
Sadie Linkow (Senior)
EmmaJo Locks (Senior)

Cross Country
First Team All-City:
Violet Eleson (Sophomore)
Peter Neid (Senior)
Volleyball First Team Honorees Shine in All-Star Game

Juniors Ciana Bryant (OH#9) and Lilah Quinlan (S#5) were selected to the First Team All-City League Honors for volleyball, earning the right to represent GWHS in DPS’s first annual All-Star Volleyball Match December 2 at Regis Groff Campus. Congratulate them on their outstanding play!    
Marshall-Brennan Moot Court Regional Winner

Join us in celebrating GWHS junior Treyvion Maio, one of six students selected to move on to Washington, DC to compete at Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project’s national finals! Maio competed at the regional level held at CU Boulder’s School of Law on November 12, where he presented compelling arguments centered around Constitutional amendments and fundamental protections and rights. Congratulations, Treyvion!   

JROTC Presents the Colors for Military Appreciation Football Game 

On October 28, 2022, the GWHS Patriots held a military appreciation night at All-City Stadium. All veterans and their families were recognized at the football game. The JROTC program presented the Colors for the event and SFC Joseph Ramos performed the coin flip at the beginning of the game. The students in the picture from left to right are C/SGT Randi Young, C/MAJ Matthew Chufong-Sprague, C/SGT Roxy Thaw and C/SGT Jordan Sawyer.
JROTC Raider Team Competes

The GWHS JROTC program had three teams compete at the Raider Competition held at the Aurora National Guard Armory on October 29. The teams demonstrated leadership, teamwork and motivation as they navigated through the various stations throughout the competition. From left to right (front row) are SSG Hileman, C/SGT Roxy Thaw, C/LTC Anna Johnson, C/CPT Sam Datz, C/CPT Marcus Sanders, C/CPT Anthony Euceda, C/SGT Soren Forschner, C/SGT Stellan Ursten and SFC Martinez. From left to right (back row) are C/SFC Rafael Hernandez, C/CPT Cole Ledges, C/CPT Gavin Weber, C/CPT Zachary Lupo, C/SGT Gregory Knutson, C/CPT Josmar Torres and MSG Jacquelyn Peterson.
The JROTC Raider Team also competed against forty other high schools at an event held at North High School on November 12. The team completed a one mile run, push-ups, sit-ups, standing broad jump, pull-ups, standing power throw, seated power throw, sled pull and a cross fit course. Pictured from left to right are Soren Forschner, Josmar Torres, Marcus Sanders, Gregory Knutson, Rafi Hernandez, Gavin Weber, Cole Ledges and Matthew Chufong-Sprague. Well done Patriots!
JROTC Participates in Veterans Day Parade

The GWHS JROTC program participated in downtown Denver’s annual Veterans Day parade on Saturday, November 5. GWHS boasted 71 JROTC students in attendance! The JROTC students marched in the parade to show honor and respect to our nation’s veterans and their families. It was a wonderful event and enjoyed by all, participants and onlookers alike.

JROTC Hosts Dedication Ceremony for New School Flags and Flagpole

Select members of the JROTC program planned and organized a dedication ceremony on November 10, 2022 in recognition of our new school flags and flagpole. The JROTC battalion commander C/LTC Anna Johnson delivered a speech, and members of the Color Guard presented The Colors while Carmen Warren sang the National Anthem. C/CPT Samuel Datz wore a colonial uniform and helped with the flag ceremony. It was a special ceremony that also acknowledged Veterans Day and the many sacrifices that countless men and women have made for the freedoms we enjoy.

Varsity and Junior Varsity E-Sports in CHSAA Playoffs

The GW Patriots E-Sports team is having a fantastic season!

Smash: Both Varsity and JV Smash made it to the CHSAA E-Sports playoffs. JV got knocked out in the first round by Pueblo County High School’s JV team, but Varsity made it through to the second round by beating Ponderosa High School. Varsity then went on to beat Pueblo County High School’s Varsity team (ranked fifth in the state) to make it through to the third round, then beat Chatfield High School to advance to the fourth round against the number one team in Colorado, Rocky Mountain High School in Fort Collins! Varsity Smash team includes Will Waters, Finn Squires and Cameron Philp. JV Smash is Tate Reeder-Holman, Dante Terra, Jackson Withers, Meyer Jackson, Reid Glockner and Fatima Pina-Arias.

Overwatch: Our Varsity Overwatch team is currently ranked fifth in the Western United States and Canada, and is headed to playoffs. Our Varsity Overwatch team is Abby Heckler, Alex Justin-Brown, Christian Downs, Parker Pruitt, Rafael Hernandez and Anna Gladych.

Mario Kart: Our Varsity Mario Kart team is ranked twenty-eighth out of one hundred eight teams in Colorado, and will also be in the playoffs soon. Varsity Kart includes Christian Gonzalez-Angulo, Keira Miller, Fatima Pina-Arias, Will Waters, Ashley Pham, Mark Henry and Anna Gladych.

If you see any of our E-Sports players, please give them a big congrats. If you’d like to support E-Sports, check out the hoodies for sale in our School Store, featuring Patriot E-Sports’ new retro-look logo, below! E-Sports players (and Mr. G) will also be selling stickers featuring their new logo to support their program. You can purchase them from Mr. G or from any of the E-Sports players: one sticker for $2 or three for $5.

One George Chess Club Tourney Successes

The Chess Club was back on the boards Saturday, October 29 with an in-house tournament. Ezra Caplan won first place with 3.5 points and Chris Kiros won the sportsmanship award as voted by the other players. 
Chess Club members then played with skill in a Denver-Aurora districtwide chess tournament sponsored by Colorado SLCA (Student-Led Chess Association). The December 3 Swiss-style tournament was hosted at GWHS. Ezra Caplan, Henry Dole, Jameson Daly, and Alek Walczak competed with 21 other students from four other local high schools. Club President Ezra Caplan won first place by finishing 4-0 through four rounds. Our GWHS players’ combined efforts netted a second place team finish!
Patriots Baseball Lends a Hand

GWHS Baseball enjoyed some team building while helping our elderly neighbors with yard work, raking leaves, washing windows, and cleaning gutters! Under Coach Nick’s leadership, players volunteered with “A Little Help,” an organization committed to keeping elderly residents in their own homes for as long as possible. Our GWHS Baseball players are encouraged to promote teamwork and contribute back to our community, and their help was deeply appreciated!
“Alice in Wonderland” a Hit!

Our fall play, “Alice in Wonderland,” was a wonderful success. From costumes and set design, to the acting and enthusiastic attitude of cast and crew alike, the play was fun to watch and a great start to the school year. Congratulate the Patriot theater students when you see them!

Illuminate, A Social Justice Journal

Illuminate is student-led publication produced by our own Social Justice League. Please enjoy thought-provoking and insightful student works by reading their latest issue HERE.

Casino Day a Statistical Success

On November 11, the students in the AP Statistics class hosted a Casino Day for the entire school. Teachers brought their classes to the Library throughout the day to enjoy the multiple games of chance, as AP Statistics students served as “dealers,” with the goal of earning as many tokens as possible. The AP Statistics teacher and students extend a huge thank you to students and staff who participated, to parents for supporting Casino Day, and to GWHS for letting them host this fun event where they applied and saw the math they are learning PUT IN ACTION!

GWHS Students Serve as Ambassadors to Middle Schools

GWHS student are sharing their George experiences with potential George Washington students by participating in High School Event Nights hosted at middle schools. Below, Ivan Levitt shared his experience as a Speech and Debate and AP student at Ricks Center for Gifted Children.
DECA Destroys at Districts

On December 1, a group of 51 students participated in the DECA District 3 competition. The competition consists of various individual and team business role-play events with themes such as Principles of Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Sports and Entertainment Marketing, Finance, and many more. GWHS had 20 students qualify for the state competition in February at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs! There, they will fight for their chance to make it to the National Competition in Orlando, Florida. The following students qualified for state: Kelsey Simmons (Apparel and Accessories Marketing), Erika Englestad (Business Finance), Alejandra Vasquez (Business Finance), Reece Christian and Quinn Mair (Business Law and Ethics Team Decision Making), Ben Holland and Ethan Jani (Buying and Merchandising Team Decision Making), Rowan Eklund (Entrepreneurship), Charlie Martin (Entrepreneurship), Devin Morris and Ashok Vasan (EntrepreneurshipTeam Decision Making), Connor Hoskins and Sarita Patel (Financial Services Team Decision Making), TJ Crippin (Food Marketing Series), Grace Farrell (Food Marketing Series), Ben Parsons (Principles of Finance), Diego Holguin (Principles of Marketing), Tessa Olsen (Retail Merchandising), Kayla Hollinger and Will Seaforce (Travel and Tourism Marketing Management Team Decision Making). Congrats to our finalists, and to the entire DECA team! Questions about DECA? Contact Mr. Barotz.  
Speech and Debate Successes

George Washington Speech and Debate has started the year off with a bang! We welcomed over 60 new students to our team bringing our total to around 165 active members. We have already competed in 14 tournaments, traveling to tournaments from New York City to Salt Lake City as well as all around the state of Colorado. All of our new team members have been inducted into the Speech and Debate Honor Society. Our returning Varsity members are as successful as ever, bringing home tournament championships and trophies on the regular. However, we are most excited about the return to a fully in-person tournament style. All of our competitors, old and new, have flourished and really proven that they haven’t let the challenges of the past few years stop them from achieving greatness. We look forward to continuing to share our successes throughout the year. 
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