Academics Awards

WES applauds the accomplishments of its students who won local and national awards and prizes. The following is a list of awards WES students earned in the 2015-2016 school year.  


2016 President's Award for Educational Excellence
Fourteen or more than 40% of the Class of 2016 Grade 8 students were recognized as students who meet challenging standards of academic excellence as well as those who have overcome obstacles to their learning. It recognizes achievement and hard work in the classroom while encouraging students to reach even higher. 

Foreign Language

Le Grand Concours 2016 (National French Contest)
The National French Contest/Le Grand Concours is an annual competition sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of FrenchStudents  of French in Grades 1-12, in all 50 states and abroad, take a written test and compete against students with similar educational background for prizes.

Platinum Medal (the highest award in Le Grand Concours): One student
Gold Medal:  Three students
Silver Medal:
  Six students
Bronze Medal: Six students
Honorable Mention: Two students

The National Spanish Exam Winners
The National Spanish Examinations are a motivational contest to recognize student achievement in the study of Spanish and to stimulate further interest in the teaching and learning of Spanish. The National Spanish Examinations are online, standardized assessment tools for Grades 6 -12, given voluntarily by about 4000 teachers throughout the United States to measure performance (interpretive communication) and achievement of students who are studying Spanish as a second language.

Gold Medal: One student
Silver Medal: One student
Bronze Medal: Three students

National Latin Exam
The National Latin Exam, sponsored by the American Classical League and the National Junior Classical League, is a 40-question, multiple-choice test with a time limit of 45 minutes, offered to students on seven levels. On the Introduction to Latin, Latin I, Latin II, Latin III, Latin III/IV Prose, and Latin III/IV Poetry exams, there are questions on grammar, comprehension, mythology, derivatives, literature, Roman life, history, geography, oral Latin, and Latin in use in the modern world. The Latin V-VI exam contains two Latin passages as the basis for questions on grammar, comprehension, historical background, classical literature, and literary devices. 

Latin Ribbon and Certificate for Outstanding Achievement in the Introduction to Latin ExamThree students

Latin Certificate for Achievement in the Introduction to Latin Exam: Three students 

Language Arts

National "Letters About Literature" Contest
Letters About Literature is a reading and writing contest for students in grades 4-12. Students are asked to read a book, poem or speech and write to the author (living or dead) about how the book affected them personally. Letters are judged on state and national levels. Tens of thousands of students from across the country enter Letters About Literature each year.

State Finalists: Two students

Bethesda Urban Partnership and Bethesda Magazine Youth Writing Contest
The contest asked that students to write about "if they were president." One winner from each grade (Kindergarten to Grade 8) was selected.

Grade 2 Winner: One student 


STEM Final Frontiers: Physics—Newton’s Nightmare
The annual Final Frontiers competition, sponsored by the Maryland Space Business Roundtable and the Maryland Space Grant Consortium, took place this past November. Final Frontiers features a series of STEM (Science, technology, engineering, math) contests designed to challenge and inspire students to pursue science-related careers; the program is open to elementary, middle, and high school students. Division lines occur between Grades 5-7 and 8-12. Public and private school students of Prince Georges and Montgomery County were invited to participate. 

Third Place: Three students

Physical Education

Presidential Physical Fitness Awards
To earn this award, students must score at or above the 85th percentile on five activities.  

Grade 8: Nine students

Grade 7: Nineteen students

Grade 6: Twenty-seven students

Grade 5: Nineteen students

Grade 4: Twenty-eight students

"Our daughter reflects many years of WES nurturing and education. WES does a wonderful job preparing students for high school, and teaching them to be good citizens."

Lynn Mahaffie
WES Parent




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