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Davis Guggenheim '79 wrote and drirected HE NAMED ME MALALA. This film is an intimate portrait of Malala Yousafzai, who was wounded when Taliban gunmen opened fire on her and her friends' school bus in Pakistan's Swat Valley.
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Potomac's beloved Gum Tree is having a second life as sawyers have continued to prepare the wood for future projects.
Class of 2005! Each '05 participant wins this white hot Potomac hat (personalized for their class) and bragging rights! Thanks to all of our alums who so generously participated in this year's Challenge. Click to see the results.
Potomac "lifer" Matt Kline '01 spoke with students in Gen-Z Potomac about his career as an accomplished brand builder and marketer. Since moving to Los Angeles in 2005, Matt has worked at various agencies where he's helped to land endorsements
Arlington Magazine has named rising senior Elliot Kim one of the 10 winners of its 2015 Extraordinary Teen Awards. This is the second consecutive year that a Potomac student has been honored by the magazine with this award (last year, Theo Mendez was the recipient). At Potomac, Elliot runs track and cross country, plays the cello, and is part of the Science and Engineering Research Center (SERC) program. Also, after being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, he has focused on diabetes advocacy, organizing fundraisers and participating in walks to help support efforts to find a cure.
“I invite the entire school to come out and wear blue,” Elliot told Arlington Magazine. “When the bus doors open” and dozens of friends pour out, “it’s just amazing.”
Elliot was chosen from a pool of nominated students from public and private schools in Arlington, Falls Church, and McLean. The magazine featuring this year's honorees hit newsstands the week of June 15.
Click here to read the article online.
The Potomac School closed its 111th year on Wednesday, June 10, with the Commencement Exercises for the Class of 2015. This year's class of 114 graduates is the largest in the School’s history.
Matthew Wu Lazris, chosen by his classmates to give the Senior Address, spoke warmly of his experiences at Potomac and recognized family members and friends who have supported and inspired him. Lazris offered his classmates four pieces of advice: always fight against injustice; never let fear of failure discourage you from trying; take the initiative and work hard; and when faced with adversity, make a plan and keep on smiling. Reflecting on the years ahead, Lazris told his classmates, “We get a blank slate. We get to continue using our strengths, but we also get to find and re-create ourselves. The future is our clay and it is our time to mold it.”
John "Blake" Howard, a much-admired Upper School English teacher who is leaving Potomac at the end of this year, delivered the Commencement Address, a thoughtful reflection titled "On Self-Respect," in which he spoke of the lessons found in works that he taught, including The Scarlet Letter, Hamlet, and Jane Eyre. He told the students, “As you graduates sit here, at your Commencement, ready to begin your journeys, dreaming of college and career and success, I ask you to remember the stories you’ve read. They will ‘filter and fibre your blood.’ They will show you the value of self-respect.”
Head of School John Kowalik praised the Class of 2015, noting the students’ many accomplishments in academics, athletics, and the arts, as well as their outstanding leadership and service as role models for Potomac’s younger students. He assured them, “You have the ability, the bandwidth, and the heart. You’re ready to take on the next challenge in your lives. We believe in you, and we are proud of you.”
The ceremony ended with the traditional release of a flock of white doves, which soared off into the brilliant blue sky, followed by the singing of Potomac’s Alma Mater.
Go well, Class of 2015!
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