NCS celebrated one of its oldest traditions on June 10 with its annual Flag Day prize ceremony. The Class of 2022 was recognized before an audience of NCS families and friends, and 33 awards, touching on every department in the school, were bestowed on students.
Upper School Spanish teacher Nilda Villalta is one of five recipients of Northwestern University’s Distinguished Secondary School Teacher Award, which "honors excellent high school teachers around the world for their professional and personal commitment to their students."
On April 20, the NCS community hosted its annual Diversity Forum, the culmination of year-long conversations in assemblies and homerooms around the theme of mental health. Following a welcome assembly, each of NCS’s three divisions held workshops and activities.
In late February, the NCS swim and dive team competed in the first-ever District of Columbia State Athletic Association (DCSAA) Swim and Dive Championships. The team, the largest in NCS history, won by nearly 150 points.
In February, NCS held school-wide services at Washington National Cathedral and divisional chapel services for the Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools in honor of Black History Month (BHM). Black students took the opportunity to elevate stories and experiences of Black women.
On March 1, Alexa Chopivsky ’97 delivered the Janet Griffith Lecture on International Affairs to NCS Upper School students, faculty, and staff. Amid the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine, which began five days prior to the lecture on Feb. 24, Ukraine expert Chopivsky presented a timely and moving message at the 24th annual lecture series.
Congratulations to the recipients of the 2022 D.C. Metro Scholastic Awards! Twelve NCS students were recognized in the Gold Key, Silver Key, and Honorable Mention categories for outstanding writing, photography, and art.
Four NCS seniors have been named National Merit Finalists. Arya Balian ‘22, Sydney Barta ‘22, Anna Riccardi ‘22, and Hannah Shumsky ‘22 were chosen for the honor based on test scores, academic records, recommendations, and essays.
On Feb. 6, the NCS Voyageur Indoor Climbing Team competed in the Washington Area Interscholastic Climbing Leagues Championship and won the women’s division by 17 points. Three NCS climbers placed in the top ten.
The American Scholastic Press Association (ASPA) awarded “First Place” in its annual magazine competition to the 90th volume of Half in Earnest (HIE), NCS’s literary magazine. ASPA also awarded “Best Artist” to Sarah Asher ‘21 for her original illustration, "Sight.”
At only 12 years old, Sophia ‘28 is a published author in the peer-reviewed International Journal of Social Science and Economic Research. Over a span of 10 weeks, Sophia worked with a group of students on a research team to explore the ability of artificial intelligence to recognize acne and jaundice.
On Tuesday, Jan. 18, 13-year-old Yolanda Renee King stood at the Canterbury pulpit in Washington National Cathedral and delivered a poignant message as part of a Close-wide observance of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day that was live-streamed to schools across the country.
Dr. Mary DiQuinzio has instructed kindergarten classes, graduate classes, and everything in between during her 41-year teaching career. Now, she is retiring after an 18-year tenure teaching geography and history at NCS, a time she considers the “highlight of [her] professional life.”
NCS cross country runner Caroline L. ‘25 can now add “All-State athlete” to her list of achievements after a time of 20:46.18 in the five-kilometer state championship race, and 7th-place finish overall, secured her the All-State honor.
Abby Greensfelder ’91 and McKenna Dunbar ’19 are deeply rooted in social justice causes and are tilling new ground as change-makers in their respective fields of women’s equality and environmental justice. Read more in this NCS Magazine story.
Helping every student, family, faculty, and staff member gain that sense of belonging is central to NCS, and a range of programs welcoming newcomers helps the school fulfill that goal. Read more in this NCS Magazine story.
YouTube videos inspired NCS students to engage in summer community service projects such as launching an organization called Project Pink Tax and volunteering with the Genesee County Jail to learn more about medicine and criminal justice. Read more in this NCSMagazine story.