Student Spotlight
Western had a record 21 students compete at SkillsUSA

April 5, 2014


Western students bring home medals again!

Western had a record 21 students competing and they all did a fantastic job!


Over half of the students who competed were new SkillsUSA members.




Silver Medalists

Ibi Braide and Syeda Nasir for Web Design

Phillip Edwards and Andre Reaves for Mobile Robotics Technology

Muaz Latif for Related Technical Math

Ben thor-Straten for Extemporaneous Speaking


Gold Medalists

Jamal Pryor for Plumbing


Sam Siegel for Computer Programming



Special Thanks to Chef Lisa Christhilf for working with the students to make this annual event such a success!





March 24, 2014

Congratulations to Paul Sebsibe, an 11th grade student in Western Tech’s CALS program, for winning first place in the drawing category at the Towson Arts Collective
Young Artists Showcase.




Congratulations to Paul Sebsibe, an 11th grade student in Western Tech’s CALS program, for winning first place in the drawing category at the Towson Arts Collective Young Artists Showcase.  The event, sponsored by the Timonium Optimist’s Club each year took place on March 7th and had a record-level participation of over 50 different high schools from Baltimore County and City.  The show is evaluated by a panel of judges who award prizes in three categories: painting, photography, and drawing/graphic arts.  Paul’s series of 4 abstractly expressive, calligraphic drawings executed in pen, graphite, and coloring pencil competed against schools with reputable art programs such as Carver Center for the Arts, Patapsco Center for the Arts, Towson High, Hereford High, Dulaney High, and Parkville High.  This is the first time in Western Tech’s history that a student has earned 1st place at a county-wide art show.  Mrs. Clark, Paul’s art teacher last year, states that “Paul is a student who is never seen without an infectious smile, and is always eager to participate. His multi-media artwork consists of layered and thought-provoking mark-making reminiscent of famous modernism art masters such as Cy Twombly and Willem DeKooning.








March 7, 2014

Western Team Wins 1st place in 1st Annual Northrop Grumman Innovation Challenge




On Thursday February 20th 2014 Northrop Grumman held its first annual High School Innovation Challenge at the National Electronics Museum in Linthicum Heights Maryland.   There were four schools in this year’s competition; Arundel High School, Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, Eastern Technical, and Western School of Technology and Environmental Science. The design task asked students to create a vehicle that would carry a payload 25 feet, drop the payload, move another 5 feet and raise a flag. The team used four wind turbines and a solar cell to harness energy from a fan and a light. Each of the teams had access to the energy sources for ten minutes, prior to each run, to charge their vehicle. The vehicle was not allowed to be controlled remotely.



The team of ten students from Western School of Technology was created by students who have an interest in Engineering. “Working with the team was very important and we really learned to trust each other during the process”, said Dainelle Holt a Western Tech junior and “wind power specialist”.  Although, Western does not currently offer an Engineering magnet, this team produced the first place vehicle in the competition. The vehicle from Western Tech had by far the fastest times and overall was the most consistent performing vehicle in the competition. “We had several hurdles and challenges to overcome. We did not meet all of our goals prior to the competition, but we learned a lot about the engineering process and transforming brainstorming into an actual product”, said Samay Kindra a Western Tech sophomore and “budget manager and propulsion/chassis specialist”.   The engineers and consultants on the panel of judges also awarded the team of students from Western, the most spirited team award as well. The team of students from Western School of Environmental Science and Technology included Aakash Bajpai, Annie Chen, Ryan Din, Danielle Holt, Samay Kindra, Isiah Manns, Taylor McFadden, Anna Shulable, Chris Sullivan, and Tommy Yang. The team was lead by Math Department Chair, Jeremy Carlino and Technology Education Teacher, William Mehr. The mentors from Northrop Grumman were Taylor Holmes and Ryan Connell.



February 24, 2014


Western Tech Students Compete in Baltimore Brain Bee and Bich Thy Nguyen named Champ!



On Wednesday, February 19, 2014 four Western students competed in the Baltimore Brain Bee at JHU.  The competition is focused on neuroscience and there were 21 total competitors from 10 schools in Balt Co,Balt City, and Harford Co. The first round was a series of questions that all students answered on white boards. A total of 10 students moved on to the second round and three students advanced for Western Tech. The second round was a practical ID. They narrowed the field to just 5 students and Bich Thy advanced. The students were then asked neuroscience questions and had to answer verbally. Bich Thy won the competition and was awarded $150 and the chance to compete at nationals in College Park in mid March.


Congrats to the entire WT team: Ajay Jani, Biobele Braide, Sidney Mason and Bich Thy Nguyen.


Special Thanks to Mrs. Bickerstaff for sponsoring the WT team!


December 11, 2013


Western School of Technology named Maryland Blue Ribbon School

Catonsville campus becomes the fourth BCPS high school to win


TOWSON, MD. – The Maryland State Department of Education announced today that Western School of Technology and Environmental Science is among six schools across the state to be named a 2014 Maryland Blue Ribbon School.


“For the past several years, the achievements at Western School of Technology have been striking,” said Dr. S. Dallas Dance, superintendent of Baltimore County Public Schools. “Because of the focus of the staff, students and school community, Western has instilled excellence into every aspect of its operations. The school has become a regular on national lists of best high schools, and this latest honor is yet another example of the great work going on at Western every day.”


Western joins Dulaney, Eastern Tech and Towson high schools as those that have earned Blue Ribbon status in recent years.  In total, 20 BCPS schools have earned Maryland Blue Ribbons and 16 of those also have earned national Blue Ribbons.


“Earning Maryland Blue Ribbon status reinforces the many positive things that are taking place at our school,” said Western Principal Murray Parker. “I am extremely proud of this accomplishment because it rests on the collaborative efforts of our students, parents, faculty and staff. Congratulations to all Western Tech community members.”



The strength of the school’s academic program is demonstrated by its performance on Advanced Placement exams, which in the past two years have seen participation rise from 370 exams taken to 548, with an overall passing rate increase from 55 percent to 68.4 percent. This year, math overall proficiency on the state’s High School Assessment was 100 percent, while reading proficiency was 98.6 percent.  In addition, the school’s participation in AP Environmental Science test-taking rose from 32 to 61 exams; the percentage of students earning a three or above on the test increased from 56 percent to 70.5 percent. 


As a magnet school, Western Tech provides students with challenging academic courses and cutting-edge technological career programs, as well as a variety of experiential environmental science programs. As a result, the school has been recognized as a top performing high school in the region and nation by the Baltimore Business Journal, Washington Post, US News & World Report and Newsweek


Blue Ribbon School designation is a state and national program that recognizes schools that meet rigorous standards developed by the Maryland State Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Education. Now that it has been named a Maryland Blue Ribbon School, Western is a candidate for national Blue Ribbon designation. National awardees will be announced by the U.S. Department of Education in September 2014.





Debate Team off to a great start 


November 19 2013 


Debate got off to another successful season with a solid opening weekend at Arundel High School. Samay Kindra & Ben thorStraten won a silver medal in Public Forum (team debate) and Emmanuel Olaleye won a gold medal in the Novice Lincoln Douglas (individual debate).  Additionally, Junaid Malik & Awais Sheikh won bronze medals in Public Forum at Loyola Blakfield last month.



The team is already preparing for the next debates:  12/21 at Notre Dame Prep, 1/11 at Wilde Lake High School, & 2/8 at Western!





Student Intern at The Maryland Zoo 

November 19 2013 




Morgan Jackson-Sutton is a senior at Western Technical and part of the Environmental Science magnet program. Morgan was selected to participate in the summer 2012 Junior Zoo Crew program at the MD Zoo. This program is a unique summer service learning program for teens 14-17 years of age with an interest in animal care, environment science and education careers and in making a difference.   JZC is a competitive program as selection is limited to just 40 new teen volunteers a summer.  As a Junior Zoo Crew member, Morgan partnered with other teens on important service projects like removing invasive plant species, beautifying animal exhibits, constructing enrichment items for the animals, and conducting educational stations for Zoo visitors.  She also learned a lot about the Zoo’s animal collection and the challenges they face out in the wild. 


After her summer success, Morgan was invited to continue with the zoo, volunteering as a Junior Interpreter on weekends, refining her abilities to share with guests her knowledge of current environmental issues and the natural history and behaviors of our zoo animals.  She has participated in several additional trainings, including WILD Encounter presentations at the Penguin Exhibit (Rock Island) and Animal Handling (educating guests with roaches, turtles and lizards).  She has become a very valuable member of the education team and we were delighted when she chose the MD Zoo as her host site for her senior internship.  To date she has completed just over 380 hours of service.




The MD Zoo does not have a regular internship program in place at the high school level but we were able to build upon her current volunteer relationship.  Morgan is now also supporting home school classes here at the zoo as well as her many other assignments.


For those interested in becoming a Junior Volunteer at the zoo, it all begins with applying to the summer Junior Zoo Crew program.  Applications for teens 14- 17 years of age are available starting in mid January on-line at the zoo’s website .  Visit our website for additional information about all our volunteer opportunities.


Western Tech has 75 seniors currently participating in the internship program. Interns leave school each day, at 10:30, and go to work in a field related to their magnet program of study. The internship program gives Western Tech students a “real world” opportunity to showcase their skills as well as learn more about the education and career opportunities in their field of study. Over 40 employers participate in Western Tech‘s internship program. Interns can be found at University of Maryland Medical Center, Maryland Club, Knott Mechanical, Waddy Accounting Services, Caton Communications and Giant Pharmacy just to name a few.




Story contributors:


Kristi A. Giles


Manager of Volunteers- Teen, Intern and Service Volunteers


Lisa Gleason


Western Tech - Internship Coordinator




Pumpkin SMASH 2013 

November 11 2013 



2013 Western Tech Pumpkin Smash

Mr. Mercer/ Mrs. Bartlett

November 5th, 2013















Time to Open





























Physics Decoders

Isaiah Manns

David Speaks

Muaz Latif











Son of Mars














Money Team












Wicked Physics




























Science Rebels













Honorable Mention 

Sole Survivor

(Almost made it!)


Team OVO Quierb














Aisha Khatib

Danielle Maduka

Alliana Warner











Loudest Upon Impact


Pumpkin Kill


Min Lee

Darius H.













Team D.S.S.

Saieda Pascall

Saba Qaiser

Divya Lahori










Best Costume


Justice League

Joy R.

Shyam P.

Shalwin S.












Pumpkin Pie

Ruth Getachew

Nadiyah Pollard









Most Creative


AP One

Kevin Espina

Dreyon Brown









Sole Survivor


AP Two

Karndeep Singh










16. (Bartlett)

Awesome Wonder













Team Jarvis
















Western Tech All County Band Selections


October 21 2013


Congrats to Mrs. Reber and the following Western Tech students for being selected for the All-County Band!


Dexter Harris, senior, trombone

Kristina Zambo, junior, clarinet

Kavya Kavanakudy, freshman, viola

Shlok Mehta, freshman, clarinet, was chosen as an alternate




These dedicated WT students made the All-County ensembles earlier this Fall and became the first WT students to achieve this honor in several years.

The students will participate in several after school practice sessions and a weekend retreat.  Mrs. Reber was excited to learn that the students were selected by the county.  Approximately 200 students were selected across the county for the band, orchestra and chorus.


Congrats - Dexter Harris, Kristina Zambo, Kavya Kavanakudy and Shlok Mehta 




Western Tech ranked 30th

out of 241 High Schools in the State of MD


September 26, 2013 


The following is a 2013 ranking of high schools in Maryland Based on a report conducted by the organization U.S. News & World Report. High schools were evaluated on the student/teacher ratio, how 12th graders performed on their AP tests, and how they performed in the subjects of math and reading on their state exit exams. Based on this information, the ranking of the top thirty schools was created.


See which school is considered by U.S. News & World Report to be the best high school in Maryland.  Visit WBAL-TV to see the complete listing.  Link provided below.










Big Check for Culinary Arts


September 13, 2013 



Chef Christhilf and student Iyanu Sijuade pictured above





The Central Maryland Chef’s and Cook’s Association recently awarded the Western Tech Culinary Arts Magnet a check for $2500. The donation was to recognize Chef Lisa Christhilf and her students for their efforts in the classroom and the community. Chef is always working to provide the students with real world experience and a lot of that happens through catering local charity events. The Central Maryland Chef’s and Cook’s Association is interested in supporting the next generation of culinary artists and has worked closely with the WT program for years. 


Congratulations to Chef Lisa Christilif and the students of Culinary Arts!




AP Boot Camp - Kicks Off 2013

September 4, 2013 

On August 30th Students enrolled in advanced placement classes at Western School of Technology took part in the School’s first annual Boot Camp for Advanced Placement Students. Students were divided into groups and spent 3 hours taking part in activities that focused on four essential skills for advanced placement success: teamwork, communication, organization, and problem solving. Boot Camp for Advanced Placement students was developed by California teacher Jacob Clifford and works to develop a sense of community in the classroom and assist students in developing the skills and attitude required for success in rigorous advanced placement classes. All together 338 students took part in seven different timed activities that required students work together to meet a specified goal. After 15 minutes teachers would debrief students and help them relate the activity back to success in the classroom. 



Story Submitted By: Ms. Roe


July 1, 2013




Fall Sport Start Dates


Varsity Boys & Girls

Monday, 8/19


2:15 PM


Western Tech DEN


Coach Contact:

Dave Myers



Varsity Girls




Varsity Boys & Girls

Saturday, 8/17


10:00 AM


Western Tech H.S.


(meet near Gym Lobby)


Coach Contact:

Shedrick Elliott


Coach Contact:

Patrick Dobmeier



Varsity & JV

Equipment Distribution/Forms Due @ Western Tech

Monday, 8/12


2:00 PM




3:30 PM




Wednesday, 8/14


3:00 PM


Arbutus Middle School


(Shelbourne Rd. - Lower Field)


Coach Contact:

Alan Lagon



Varsity Boys & Girls

Wednesday, 8/14


9:00 AM


Diamond Ridge Golf Course


(meet @ Driving Range)


Coach Contact:

Mike O'neil



Varsity Boys

Wednesday, 8/14


9:00 AM


Catonsville Middle School


(upper field behind school)


Coach Contact:

Brad Hoskin



Varsity Girls

Wednesday, 8/14


9:00 AM


Catonsville Middle School


(lower field behind school)


Coach Contact:

Amy Bugarin



Girls Varsity & JV

Wednesday, 8/14


2:30 PM


Western Tech Gym


Coach Contact:

Eric Jett


Coach Contact:

Drew Daudelin



June 13, 2013

Congratulations to Mike Rhea and Ray Settle on their retirements from the BCPS system



Congratulations to Mike Rhea and Ray Settle on their retirements from the BCPS system and the Western Tech community. Mike Rhea is retiring from Western Tech with 23 years of service at WT. Mr. Rhea taught welding when the school opened as a half-day vocational center and has served many roles in the school community. Mike’s career in education actually began at Edmondson High School and spans 30 years of service. Mike has taught several courses at WT, but most recently Technology Education and the IETC course. He has also served as the Christian Athletes Club moderator and has always been a welcoming face for students. Mr. Rhea looks forward to holding a fishing rod and telling stories about his years in the classroom. Congrats on a well deserved retirement and the Western Tech community will miss you!


Ray Settle is retiring from Western Tech with 47 years of service to the BCPS system. Ray has served as the internship coordinator for the last three years, but during his career Ray has worked at 11 different schools and taught 23 different courses within the BCPS system. Ray has served as job shadowing coordinator at Sollers Point and Department Chair of the Co-op program at Chesapeake High School. Developing business partnerships and visiting students on placements all over the Baltimore Metro Region for years. This may be the first picture of Mr. Settle not wearing a tie! Congrats to Ray on a well deserved retirement and for holding the second most years of service among the current group of BCPS retirees.


June 5, 2013


Congratulations to the 221 Seniors that walked across the stage for graduation!  The new Tiger Arena @ Towson University was a great venue for the event and it was a great celebration for the Class of 2013!  






May 28, 2013




Senior Tyler Smith leads team at Cystic Fibrosis Walk

Hello Western Tech Community,  


We thought you would all like to know what some of the Western Tech students were up to Sunday the 19th.  They came and supported their friend Tyler Smith at our annual Cystic Fibrosis Walk.  They were wonderful volunteers as well as team members of Tyler's team called "Team Mission Possible". They helped by setting up and breaking down as well as face painting, helping with the kids games and doing just about anything we asked.  They purchased team shirts and our team won the "Best Dressed" Award.  They also won 1st & 2nd place in the walk relay. Way to go Western Tech Students! 

We the Smiths and Tyler want to thank Darby Adams, Emma Hixon, Christina Spliedt, Amanda Oppenheim, Joe Scharf and Chrissy Sprankle for coming out and helping at the walk and most importantly support our son and their friend Tyler Smith.  Cystic Fibrosis can really derail him sometimes but with every dollar raised it is one step closer to the cure and we want  these friends how much we truly appreciate all they did for us and Tyler.  


As a team we raised over $5,000 and the over all total raised Sunday during the event was over $60,500.  Woo hoo! Thank You all.


Thought you might like to say something over the morning announcements about it. And I attached a few photos so you could see them in action.



Melissa, Shawn, Chase & Tyler Smith




May 17, 2013

Western Tech Track and Field athletes bring home medals from the Baltimore County Championships



Girls Varsity


200m Dash

2nd place - Beka Holt


400m Dash

1st place - Sharon Dorsey

3rd place - Beka Holt


800m Run

1st place - Sharon Dorsey

3rd place - Morgan Jennings


100m Hurdles

5th place - Daijona Revell


300m Hurdles

6th place - Tori Taylor


4x100m Relay

3rd place - Daijona Revell, Tiffany Trinh, Brianna Wilson, Morgan Prioleau


4x200m Relay

2nd place - Daijona Revell, Morgan Jennings, Alexandria Willridge, Morgan Prioleau


4x400m Relay

1st place - Beka Holt, Tori Taylor, Alexandria Willridge, Sharon Dorsey


4x800m Relay

3rd place - Tori Taylor, Jayla Gaines, Jade Allen, Alexandria Willridge


Girls Junior Varsity


100m Dash

4th place - Erykah Leno


200m Dash

4th place - Erykah Leno


4x100m Relay

2nd place - Brooke Omotoso, Damyen Ingram, Aliayah Hall, Erykah Leno


4x200m Relay

4th place - Renei Tay, Damyen Ingram, Aliayah Hall, Mariam Yekini


4x400m Relay

6th place - Aliayah Hall, Renei Tay, Tara Bland, Mariam Yekini


Shot Put

3rd place - Kris' Jaii Sizer


Discus Throw

5th place - Kris' Jaii Sizer





Boys Varsity


200m Dash

1st place - Carrington Akosa


400m Dash

1st place - Carrington Akosa


800m Run

3rd place - Malcolm Milton


4x400m Relay

1st place - Drew Grant, Brandon Blake, Malcolm Milton, Carrington Akosa


Boys Junior Varsity


800m Run

6th place - Trevon Wilkins


4x200m Relay

4th place - Ryquan Harris, Darius Howe, Zion Joseph, Justin Sye


4x400m Relay

5th place - Darius Howe, Ryquan Harris, Zion Joseph, Ifeanyi Ike-Azubogu


Triple Jump

1st place - Darius Howe







May 15, 2013                                           

Story written by:  Diana L. Spencer, BCPS Communications

Baltimore County’s AVID seniors to be honored



During a special ceremony, 408 Baltimore County Public

Schools high school seniors will be honored for their successful

completion of the Advancement Via Individual Determination

(AVID) program. The event will feature remarks from BCPS

Superintendent Dr. S. Dallas Dance, Community College of

Baltimore County President Dr. Sandra Kurtinitis, several AVID

students and Regan Farley, a member of the BCPS AVID Class of

2008 and Lincoln University Class of 2012. 



Wednesday, May 15, 2013, from6:00 p.m. to8:00 p.m.



The Community College of Baltimore County - Catonsville

L Building – The Athletic and Wellness Center

 800 South Rolling Road

Catonsville, MD 21228 



 AVID is an international program that accelerates the academic

progress of students in the “academic middle” and prepares

these students for college.


 Thus far, 98.8 percent of 2013 AVID class members have been

accepted into four-year colleges, and they report earning more

than $15.4 million in scholarships.  This school year, 2,236 BCPS

students participated in AVID at 22 high schools and

eight middle schools. The key components of AVID in BCPS are:

a daily AVID elective class focused on writing, inquiry,

collaboration and reading; rigorous courses and critical thinking

skills’ focus on organizational and management skills;

college preparation and tours; PSAT/SAT training and practice;

paid AVID-trained college tutors from Civic Works (an

AmeriCorps program); continuous professional development for

school staff; and career goal planning.  Data shows that, in

Baltimore County schools, AVID improves attendance, increases

student participation in highly rigorous courses (such as Gifted

and Talented, Honors, International Baccalaureate and Advanced

Placement), increases PSAT




May 7, 2013

Students recognized at Congressional art show


Juniors Folakemi Awe, Christiana Sprankle, and Freshmen Kyle Ogle, and Taylor Burrow all represented Western Tech at the annual Congressional Art Show this year hosted by the Walters Art Museum on April 27th.



Their work was on display at the Walters Sculpture Atrium where Congressman Elijah Cummings honored each student who participated in this highly anticipated event hosted by the Walters and co-sponsored by The Maryland Institute College of Art, the Maryland Art Place, and the American Visionary Art Museum.  Each year Elijah Cummings selects one piece of art from amongst all his district high schools to put on display at the Capitol for the entire year. 




April 26, 2013

Students Rack Up the Medals at SkillsUSA

The 40th Annual SkillsUSA Maryland Leadership and Skills Conference took place April 19 – April 20, 2013. Contests were held at various technical high schools, local colleges and businesses around the Baltimore Metro Region. Over 1,000 students, from over 12 Maryland counties, competed in approximately 70 contests designed to measure work force ready skills. Western Tech had a total of 22 students compete in 14 different competitions and these students had been preparing for weeks. Contests ranged from the demonstration of job related skills, presentations, projects completed prior to the competition and on-site problem solving. The award ceremony was held on Saturday night, April 20that the Baltimore Regiment Armory and the atmosphere was electric as school teams gathered to hear the results. The Western Tech competitors were awarded a total of eight medals in seven different competitions. This is the highest medal total for the Western Tech team since it began competing in SkillsUSA. Western Tech SkillsUSA Coordinator, Chef Lisa Christhilf, was also recognized as the Region 2 Advisor of the Year for all of her work building the Western Tech team and her work with SkillsUSA in the Baltimore County region.





Congratulations go out to the entire Western Tech SkillsUSA team and all the teacher sponsors who made the competition such a success.


Gold Medals:

Jacob Badin for Job Skills Demo A (Culinary)

Ozeair Moazzam for Computer Maintenance Technology

Janiece Yates for Restaurant Service


Silver Medals:

Sam Siegel for Computer Programming

Maiya Taylor and Tariq Lee for Web Design

Jamal Pryor for Plumbing


Bronze medal:

Sophia Gach-Rasool for Pin Design (Graphic Arts)


Complete listing of the SkillsUSA Maryland Winners for 2013



 April 17, 2013

Green Club Field Trip to Port Isobel 2013

            To spend a weekend on the most beautiful island in the Chesapeake Bay with a few of Western’s enthusiastic nature-loving students is a privilege experienced only by Western School of Technology and Environmental Science’s very own and fortunate Green Club. Thanks to the dedication and numerous efforts of Mr. Kather and Mrs. Bickerstaff, our Green Club advisors, on April 12th,this past weekend, the Green Club began our three day journey filled with new experiences, adventure, hidden learning, and tons of fun. Amidst the rainy weather, once we managed to pack all our gear and groceries (we would be cooking for ourselves) onto the bus, Mr. Kather drove us to Crisfield, Maryland. Here, we boarded the Loni Carol II and met one of our two instructors, Thomas, and Captain Charles, a native Tangiermen and our source of transportation for the weekend. He showed us a nautical chart of the area and explained to us that we were to stay on Port Isobel, an education center maintained and run by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. We unpacked our belongings into Snow Goose, an old boat house turned into a boarding house for the islands student visitors and then met up in Baker’s Hall, an old barn that served as our prime meeting place for meals and lessons. We met our other instructor, Ian, and together our new teachers told us that now we were on island time, meaning, here, there would be no schedule. Over the course of the next couple of days, aside from watching the sun rise and set each day, we participated in numerous activities. Crabbing, marsh mucking, canoeing, measuring water quality, and going on night hikes were just a few of the most enjoyable. Of course, there was a classic campfire with s’mores and silly songs to end our trip.




            Port Isobel was wonderful, but with each activity came a lesson to be learned. Ian and Thomas emphasized the importance of conservation and brought to light just how easy it was to save energy and water. On Port Isobel, the education center does its best to maintain an environmentally friendly region. Rather than use one sink or a dishwasher, the dishes and utensils used to cook meals are washed by a three-sink system to save water. All lights and doors are turned off and closed when not in use. Instead of a sewage system with a flushable toilet, the island uses the Clivus Multrum, a compost toilet that uses no water and there are dock showers, which pump water from the bay. These measures are taken by the CBF to teach all the students who visit the island the value behind conserving our natural resources, especially those that are limited. Each Green Club trip has left us with wonderful memories and knowledge, and we look forward to the trips yet to come. 


Article Written by: Radhika Patel, Class of 2013


April 8, 2013

Pi Day Celebration and Contest come to Western Tech



On March 14th, 2013, Pi day, over 100 students at Western Technical School of Environmental Science and Technology participated in the first annual Pi recital.  Students were given the challenge of reciting as many digits as they can from memory.  Since the numbers in Pi never repeat and the number never stops, there was no limit on the amount of digits a student could memorize.  There were 14 students who recited 100 or more digits, one student recited 201 digits and the winner was a 9th grader who recited 304 digits of Pi.  The student who came in second place vowed to return to the challenge next year with over 500 digits memorized.




Shyam Pujara    304

Muaz  Latif       201

Joy   Roy         172

Alliana Warner    166

Biobele Braide    138




March 25, 2013

AP U.S. History and Mr. Lagon march 7 miles in search of answers



AP U.S. History students raced around the national mall in search of answers to the annual AP review scavenger hunt.  The group boarded the MARC train to D.C. at 7:30am on Friday, March 22nd headed for Union Station.  On a windy and cold March morning the group met at the peace monument, near the capitol, to grab maps and clue sheets for the hunt. The students then quickly embarked on a 7 mile hunt around the mall.  All the groups completed the trek by 11:30am and we headed back to Western on the train by 12:30.


The winning group (pictured below) gets some extra credit and a chance to skip the next presidential outline due to Mr. Lagon.  Congrats!




March 18, 2013

Congratulations to Western Tech Seniors Kara Broadus and Monica Dawson



Congratulations to Western Tech Seniors Kara Broadus and Monica Dawson for passing the Cosmetologist Theory and Practical Exam from the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.  Kara and Monica were eligible to take the exam after completing 1,500 hours of classroom instruction and submitting an application.  Both students were excited to pass and look forward to receiving their certificate from the State of Maryland. 



March 12, 2013


Girl's Capture 1st State Hoops Championship

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March12, 2013


Student production was a big hit!





 March 11, 2013

Brittany Reed awarded the President's Volunteer Service Award



Western Tech student, Brittany Reed, was recently awarded the President's Volunteer Service Award for her work with special needs students.  Brittany has raised money for St. Judes Children Research Hospital by competing and performing with her horse 'Charade'.  She has also given riding lessons to students from the St. Elizabeth's School.  'The President's Volunteer Service Award is to honor students who have performed exemplary volunteer service in their community.  The award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country, was presented by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of President Barack Obama.'


'The recipients of these awards vividly demonstrate that young people across America are making remarkable contributions to the health and vitality of their communities'   - John R. Strangfeld, CEO of Prudential Financial


Below are pictures of Brittany working with the students from St. Elizabeth's School.  'I gave them riding lessons on two horses named Randy and Bear the weeks leading up to the event then they competed on lead line.' - Brittany Reed 




Congrats to Brittany and keep up the great work!



March 4, 2013

Chris Sullivan joins STEM Engine



Chris Sullivan, 9thgrade IT student, is working for the STEM Engine and created a website for the governor's office.  Chris learned about the opportunity through the APPlied club here at Western. The STEM Engine’s goal is to connect students with the necessary skills to paying clients. The first project Chris worked on was the MDLove project for the governor’s office.  

"This was the project I worked on for the governor’s office. The goal of the project was to let Marylander's share their reasons for liking Maryland. Me and a few other students worked on the project for a day at the DHF’s Tech Center, the finished website is located at


When he is not coding, Chris likes playing the guitar (music), playing sports, and mostly anything with computers.

"My dad works in the I.T. field, which in part is why I like it so much now. I have been using computers for as long as I remember and I have always wanted to learn how they work, and that’s how I got into programming."


To learn more about the STEM Engine checkout the link below.

The Stem Engine’s website is:


February 28, 2013


Sharon Dorsey named female Baltimore Sun Athlete of the Week




text below is from the Baltimore Sun -


....The junior long sprinter won two races in record time and anchored the 1,600-meter relay victory in leading Western Tech to a second-place finish in the Class 1A state girls indoor track championships. Dorsey's times in the 500 meters (1 minute, 16.16 seconds) and the 800 meters (2:20.18) were Class 1A records and both were the fastest times run in any classification in last week's state finals. In addition, she joined Tori Taylor, Alexandria Willridge and Jayla Gaines to finish in 10:05.74 in the relay.....



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February 21, 2013

Bowling Social is a Big Hit !



Over 35 Western Tech students attended the bowling social with Dr. Mcafee, Mrs. Patras and Mrs. Martinez.  The social was held after school on February 1st and it looks like there was more dancing than bowling!  :) 

Several pizzas were consumed!





February 13, 2013

CUlinary Students bring home Silver Medals in Regional SkillsUSA competition



Congratulations to Madison Rowland-Davis who won a silver medal in Commercial Baking and Annika Philippe-Auguste who won a silver medal in Culinary Arts. They will join the other SkillsUSA competitors who will compete at the SkillsUSA MD State competition in April. 

Good Luck in bringing the gold back to Western Tech!


 February 7, 2013




Dr. Don Thomas came to Western Tech as part of Mr. Kather's participation in the BEST (Baltimore Excellence in Stem Teaching) program.  In addition to being a former astronaut, he is a member of the faculty at Towson University and key member in the BEST program .  He came to talk to environmental tech and science students in connection with the application of remote sensing in providing information to help make more informed environmental planning decisions.  He also talked to students about his story of becoming an astronaut and the importance of persistence in one's career development.  His presentations are informative and motivational.  Mr. Kather said,  "what I liked most is how his passion comes out and suggests this to be one of the most important ingredients to his success."




February 1, 2013

Art, Fine Art and AP Studio classes caught a train to Washington DC to tour the Hirshhorn Museum and the National Gallery of Art


On Tuesday January 22nd, 31 art students from Fundamentals of Art, Fine Art and AP Studio classes caught a train to Washington DC to tour the Hirshhorn Museum and the National Gallery of Art.  Despite the bitter cold, students had a great time touring the city on foot and getting inspiration from famous artists past and present.  Of special interest was an collection of work by foremost contemporary Chinese artist, Ai Weiwei, whose exhibit “According to What?” explores Chinese identity and politics as well as a probing tribute to victims of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. AP student, Aneef McClean says of the overall experience that, he “discovered art can take on many forms that challenge your perception of the world around you…that a good art concept grows from personal experience and experimentation.”





January 24, 2013

Two students receive awards at Martin Luther King, Jr. birthday commemoration

 Two Baltimore County Public Schools students – Jacob Badin and Radhika Patel of Western School of Technology and Environmental Science – will be presented with 2013 Content of Character awards during the Baltimore County Office of Human Resources’ 8thAnnual Birthday Commemoration for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Superintendent Dr. S. Dallas Dance, County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, and Delegate Adrienne Jones will be among the dignitaries present to congratulate them. The Army JROTC from Windsor Mill Middle School and the Milford Mill Concert Chorale, accompanied by Music Director Thaddeus L. Price, Jr., from Milford Mill Academy, also will participate in the event.  The celebration took place on Friday, January 18, 2013, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Mount Calvary A.M.E. Church, located in Towson. 



Each year, the Baltimore County Office of Human Resources honors one man, woman, boy, and girl with a Content of Character award. The award recipients are Baltimore County residents who demonstrate exemplary character and contribute to improvements within their communities.


The two youth winners for 2013 are:


Jacob Badin of Owings Mills is a senior at Western School of Technology and Environmental Science. An avid volunteer, Badin has accumulated more than 1,100 hours of community service since middle school. At Western, he is a member of the Culinary Arts magnet program, student government, and Future Educators of America, as well as a participant in athletics. Outside of school, Badin attends the Owings Mills Recreation and Parks summer camp and supports local charities.


Radhika Patel of Catonsville is also a senior at Western Tech. Enrolled in the Health Science Technology magnet program, Patel applies her academic knowledge to tutoring fellow students at Western and teaching children at her religious school. Additionally, she is involved in environmental clean-up efforts in her community and serves as an intern at the University of Maryland Medical Center.


Both students were nominated by school counselor Jill Monahan.



January 14, 2013

Kaille Farrell Honored as Top AP Student for Class of 2012

Kaille Farrell returned to Western Tech on Tuesday, January 8thand was recognized as the top AP student for the Class of 2012.  Western Tech is starting a new tradition to immortalize the names of the top AP student from each graduating class and Kaille was the first graduate to receive this honor.  Kaille’s name is first, on a plaque, which has been mounted in the Western Tech lobby.  Kaille is studying at the University of Maryland’s Honors College and is currently double majoring in Atmospheric & Oceanic Science and Biology.  Several Western Tech faculty members, from the Science Department, were on hand for the event.  Mr. Parker talked about Kaille’s accomplishments as a Western Tech student and congratulated Kaille on being the first graduate to receive this honor.









January 4, 2013

Westeren Tech First Quarter Scholars Honored

Western Tech students who earned a 3.5 GPA or greater for the first quarter markingperiod were recognized during the Western Tech Scholars celebration.  Parents and family members were invited to the ceremony, which was held on December 13th.   Each scholar is formally recognized with a certificate of achievement for their efforts.  Congratulations to all the students! 














January 2, 2013



On display at the BCPS administrative headquartersin Greenwood aresomeof thefinest examples of artwork made by Western Tech art studentsfromthis year.  The artwork hasbeen up for the month of December asa joint exhibit with Parkville High School and there will be an artist’s reception on January 3rdfrom5:30-7:30 to honor thosewho were selected for thisshow.  Students who have artwork on display are: Derartu Abate, Crystal Agha, Folakemi Awe, Capri Baldwin, Shala Donaldson, Keara Fox, Sophia Gach-Rasool, Jessica Hassell, Gabrielle Hatcher, Danielle Holt, Temi Kolawole, Aneef McClean, Nia McCollum-Muhammad, Tess Moscato, Madelyn Pertesses, Tyson Smith, Christiana Sprankle, Emma Topper, Jahnessah Turner, TamieraWilliams





On display at theLaw offices of Azrael, Schwab, Franz, and Lipowitz in Towson is artwork created by Christiana Sprankle, Folakemi Awe, Derartu Abate, and Maiya TaylorTheir work will be on display for the duration of the school year.






December 17, 2012

Western Tech interns hard at work


The internshipprogram, at Western Tech, is top notch and over fifty studentsare currently interning at area businesses. The IrvineNatureCenter, located in the Owings Millsarea, isoneof those businesses. This year, four Environmental Science studentsfrom Western Tech are interning at Irvine. Irvine isa highly visited environmental education center located on 116 acresin northwest Baltimore County. Their mission is to educate and inspire current and future generations to explore, respect and protect nature. Irvine hostsschool trips, workshops, classesand summer campsdedicated to teaching stewardship for the natural world.  Internship Coordinator, Ray Settle, recently visited a few of our Western Tech internson the Irvine campusand here is what they had to say…


“Ilikegetting to becloser and right in themiddleof nature. It is peaceful and you learn about different birds and animals while working here at Irvine”



“I enjoy interning at Irvine because we do a lot of hands on work outside and Ihavelearned about new species of birdsand also how to work with children.”




To learn more about Irvine Nature Center, please visit their website


To learn moreabout theInternshipProgram hereat Western Tech, pleaseemail Mr. Settle




December 13, 2012

Winter Showcase Concert 

Thursday, December 13thwill be Western’s Winter Showcase Concert. Seating is sometimes tight, but it is a free eventand we’d love to have you attend. The band, choirs, and after-school orchestra will beperforming along with our showcase studentswho audition to perform solo acts. Thisevent features studentsfromevery gradelevel performing a widearray of musical styles- Haydn, Sousa, Adele, and more.



The show starts at 7pm in the Performance Hall (room 216) and will last till about 8:15.



 December 11, 2012



 (photo credited: Amy Davis, Baltimore Sun / November 26, 2012)


Western Tech Wrestler, Tejon Anthony, was recently featured by the Baltimore Sun about the upcoming season.  Tejonwon a State Championship, last year, wrestling inthe 120lb. weight class.  The interview details Tejon'swinning attitudeand hishopes for the upcoming season.  To read theBaltimore Sun article, pleasefollow this link.




December 6, 2012

Student to Compete in International WorldSkillsCompetition in Restaurant Service




Amala Edwardsof Baltimore, Maryland, and a student at theNew England Culinary Institutein Montpelier, Vermont, will represent the United States in Leipzig, Germany in the Restaurant Service competition during the biennial WorldSkills Competition. She will compete asa member of the United States “WorldTeam.” The 42nd international event will be held July 2-7, 2013.  


Edwardswon theright to competeby winning the SkillsUSAChampionships gold medal in the Food and Beverage Service competition in June 2011. She hasalso successfully completed other qualifying prerequisites prior to being chosen for the team.


“I’mlooking forward to theexperienceof competing internationally to beexposed to new culturesand different culinary styles,” said Edwards. I think it will be a thrill to compete and having to think on my feet.”


When asked what it took to get her to this point, Edwards said, “I worked asa waitress at a retirement community and I felt confident in my serving skills. After winning the first gold medal at the state competition, I became even more confident. At the national competition I placed very low. It took me performing poorly to humble myself and train harder. Icould not have gotten to this point without determination, my culinary teacher, my parentsand my never-ending faith in God.”


During high school, Edwards studied culinary arts at the Western School of Technology and Environmental Science in Catonsville, Maryland. Her instructor, Lisa Christhilf, when asked about Edward’s ability to compete internationally, said “When Amala puts her mind to accomplishing something, nothing stands in her way. She hasthe ability to easily adapt to any situation and isdetermined to do her absolutebest. With her advanced training, knowledge of self, unshakable tenacity and the support of family, friends and mentors, the world is Amala's oyster."


Congrats to Amala and the Western Tech Culinary Arts Program!



Novermber 29, 2012

Please come to see our talented WSTES students in a production of

"A Raisin in the Sun"


Thedates of the performance are Friday, November 30 and Saturday, December 1. The play starts at 7 p.m. on both nights.


Tickets are $3 for students and $5 for adults.



Director’s Notes:

Thestory revolves around the struggle of a late 1950spoor Chicago family hoping to move from their tenement apartment to a better life. The father has died, and the family awaits the delivery of the insurance money. The pressure and tension mounts as family members wait to see what LenaYounger, themother and family matriarch, decidesto do with the money. The siblings, Beneathaand Walter Lee, experience conflicting views of ambitionsand dreams that threaten to tear the family apart.


Hansberry presents a touching story of a family’s tribulationsand triumphs asthey encounter racism, deception and fear. Through Beneatha, a brilliant and capable African-American woman aspiring to become a doctor, Hansberryeffectively focuseson theissuesof racismand sexism in late 1950s America.


Theinsurancemoney arrives as Beneatha ispoised to begin medical school, whileher brother, Walter Lee, a chauffeur, islooking for an opportunity to becomea successful businessman and earn therespect of his family. Both see the anticipated insurance money as a meansto achievetheir dreams, the question is, can thefamily overcomethechallengesconfronting them?




November 26, 2012


WESTERN STUDENTS - Collect Christmas Gifts for Families Effected by Hurricane Sandy




Before Thanksgiving break, Dr. McAfee’s senior health studentscollected 95 gift boxesfilled with Christmas presents for children who were effected by Hurricane Sandy. The boxes wereshipped off to children who lost everything in the recent storm.  We are proud of the Western studentswho helporganizeand participate in this event.



November 19, 2012

Four Freshman Claim Medals for Western Tech Debate Team



Congratulations to Western’s debate teamon a great performanceat the ArundelHigh tournament this weekend. Freshman Awais Sheikh and Junaid Malik won bronze and Ben thorStraten and Samay Kindratook thesilver medal in the Public Forum category. These are the first ever medals won in the short history of Western’s debate team. Tyler Frazier, Emily Ortega, Lauryn Hightower, Melanie Johnson, Sidney Mason, Sean Bhatia and CariHarrisalso had a strong showing, competing in the Public Forum and Impromptu Speaking events. The teamwill begin preparing for their next competition which will takeplaceat NotreDame Prep on December 15, 2012.



November 14, 2012

Pumpkin Smash 2012




The Pumpkin Smash at Western Technical High School, rescheduled from October 30, finally dodged the weather and got underway at about 9:15 a.m. on November 8th.  Students assembled in front of the school to watch the annual physics event.  Students worked on projects to explore theimpact of impulse and momentum on a variety of materials. The lesson beginswith students designing containersfrom different materials and placing pumpkinsinside eachcontainer; thechallengecomes when –withthe helpof a ladder truck fromthe Woodlawn Fire Department –eachcontainer isdropped froma great height. The goal isfor thecontainer design to protect the pumpkin fromdamage.  Students braved the weather and even a couple pumpkins were spared.  BCPS-TV wason-siteto cover theevent and wewill post updatesabout thisstory when thevideo becomesavailable. 

Sole Survivor Award- Team Double  MMC'S -MalcolmMilton, Micah Boyer, Carrington Akosa


Loudest Upon Impact Award

Team Mumpin Pumpkins- Dexter Harris, Karndeep Singh, Alexis Larkins


Best Costume Award

(This wasa tie)

]Team M.A.D. Pumpkins- Danielle Holt, Matheus De Sousa, Angela Kellam

Team John C. Calhoun- Sonali Saraf, Biobele Braide, Sheila Pujara


Most Original Award

Team Physi-Quad-Deratu Abate, Lauryn Hightower, Kristina Zambo, Bryce Thurber


Best School Spirit

TeamCherry Tomatoes- Sean Bhatia, Sidney Mason, Austin Harrison



Congratsto Mr. Mercer and his studentsfor putting on a great show!



November 9, 2012


AVID Visits University of Maryland College Park


 The AVIDclassesof Western Tech ventured to theUniversity of Maryland CollegePark on November 3, 2012 to participatein a collegetour and attend a collegefootball game. EachAVIDclassgoeson a college tripevery semester. Thesetripsprovide opportunitiesfor AVID studentsto learn about what college is going to be like and what optionsawait them. Thetripsfocuson the students’ academic goals which asa student in the AVIDprogramincludesgoing to college.


During the tripto theUniversity of Maryland the AVID studentswereprovided timeto speak with current studentsfromthecollegeand student athletesfromthecollege. While on campus, the AVID studentswereableto experience campuslifeby watching the band perform during a halftime show, cheerleaders promote school spirit, and a parade created to support the football team.  The AVID teachersand counselor will beplanning moretrips for the students in the spring during second semester.





October 23, 2012


Studentsrecognized by National Achievement ScholarshipProgram




Bitsiti Hagos, Kamsi O. Odinammadu, Brianna S. Reed

The National Achievement ScholarshipProgram, conducted by National Merit ScholarshipCorporation, is an academic competition established to honor Black American high school students. These students have been recognized aspart of a group of 4,700 high school seniorswhose 2011 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMQST) scores are among the top 3 percent of more than 160,000 Black Americanswho requested entry to the 2013 National Achievement Program. A group of about 3,100 Outstanding Participantsarereferred to collegesfor their potential for academic success. A smaller group of about 1,600 are named Semifinalists, the only studentswho havean opportunity to advancein thecompetition for National Achievement Scholarships.



October 16, 2012


Student participates in mission to South Africa




GraceSpencer, a Western Tech sophomore, participated in a mission tripto SouthAfrica and traveled to the cities of Pretoria and Johannesburg.  The mission was sponsored by her church and Grace joined membersof thecongregation in visiting a high school, an elementary school, and an orphanage. During thisportion of the tripGracehad timeto interact with the students and a few of their teachers.  While visiting the schools, Grace and the members of her church delivered a motivational presentation to encourage the students. The groupalso donated eighty uniforms, computers and a copying machine to the elementary school.  Grace also helped deliver duffel bagsfull of clothes, shoes, books, toiletries, games, snacks, and school suppliesto theorphanage. Although thebulk of the trip was devoted to mission work, Grace wasableto visit thehomesof SouthAfrican heroes Nelson Mandelaand Bishop Desmond Tutu. Gracealso visited The Apartheid Museumand The Voortrekker monument.  Grace has said, “The opportunity to meet and share with people, of different cultural backgrounds, has been a memorable experience and all of the people were very grateful for our support and donations.”




October 8, 2012


Studentsrecognized by National Merit ScholarshipProgram




Western School of Technology and Environmental Science is proud to announce that Christian Stafford, Farhaan Khalik, Brandon Pryor and Obinna Iregbu (pictured above with Principal Parker) have been recognized by the NationalMerit ScholarshipProgram.  These current seniors have been recognized as Commended StudentsTo learn moreabout the National Merit Program, please read below.  Congratulations boysand keepup the hard work!



Program Recognition

Of the 1.5 million entrants, some50,000 with the highest PSAT/NMSQT® Selection Index scores (critical reading + mathematics + writing skillsscores) qualify for recognition in the National Merit® ScholarshipProgram. In April following the fall test administration, high-scoring participantsfromevery state areinvited to nametwo collegesor universities to which they would like to be referred by NMSC. In September, these high scorers are notified through their schools that they have qualified as either a Commended Student or Semifinalist. 


Commended Students

In late September, more than two-thirds (about 34,000) of the approximately 50,000 high scorerson the PSAT/NMSQT® receive Letters of Commendation in recognition of their outstanding academic promise. Commended Studentsarenamed on the basisof a nationally applied Selection Index score that may vary fromyear to year and is typically below the level required for participants to be named Semifinalistsin their respective states. Although Commended Studentsdo not continuein thecompetition for National Merit® Scholarships, some of these studentsdo becomecandidatesfor Special Scholarships sponsored by corporationsand businesses. 


*Program Recognition and Commended Studentstext copied fromthe National Merit Scholarship Corporation Website. 

To Learn moreabout theNational Merit ScholarshipProgram, please visit



October 1, 2012




Andre Small and Ozeair Moazzam are the new Western Tech IT troubleshooting squad. Andre and Ozeairhavebeen solving computer/networking problems for faculty and staff, since school opened in August. They are gaining valuable hands-on experience and they are putting their Networking magnet skills to work. Great job guysand keepup the good work!





September 21, 2012





Students'art makes history at Hampton Mansion in Towson

Congrats to Tess Moscato on earning Honorable Mention.


Click thelink aboveto read an article posted about this event on the Explore Baltimore County website.




September 10, 2012




As freshmen, MaddieWilliams and Alli Warner completed the windmill project in their IETCclass. The task was to design and build a windmill that would create electricity.   While researching their project, the studentscame across a design that ran on magnets which produced electricity more efficiently than the traditional three-bladed windmill.  After they completed the project the girls decided to enter the county 4-H fair in July.  Alli is a Baltimore County 4-H member and the programencourages students to enter projects completed throughout the year.  The fair was an opportunity for 4H members to show the public what they have learned. Thejudges thought the windmill was a very cool, creative design and awarded Maddie and Alli 1st place and Senior Champion of the competition. The Baltimore County 4-H Fairoccurred fromJuly 11- 15 at the Timonium State Fair Grounds! Therewere no amusement rides, but there were lots of competitionsand activities for the public to enjoy. 

“I enjoy taking what I learn at school and I like to apply it in 4-H……I also like discovering things in 4-Hand sharing it withmy classmates at Western.” Alli Warner"""