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Seniors Share Research on Asia

By Wesley Bowers ’17, editor-in-chief

On February 23 Mr. Pozniak held his annual Asian Symposium in the school’s Library. The Asian Symposium is when his senior students choose a projects from a South East Asia country.  

I asked some of the participants how they felt about the project and if it was beneficial. Justin Johnson ‘17 said “ I would do this project again it was very beneficial I believe that it was great opportunity to learn what I wanted to know about the world and I had fun doing it”.

The Symposium gives an opportunity for the students to be a master of a topic and teach the class what they know.

Jahlani Jackson class of 2017 “I felt good about the project, I do believe it’s beneficial. It benefited the mass so I was a teacher I had the opportunity to learn and teach. It was fun and I like public speaking”

The Freshman Experience

By Zane Mosby ‘20, Staff Writer

With so much information on the do’s and don’ts given to incoming freshmen, it can be hard to figure out what is most important. What should the freshmen class of 2020 to know as they begin their time at BMHS?

Mr. Brian Brower, Dean of Programs said that it may seem small, but hanging out in the freshman hallway is a major thing you should not do!

People are trying to navigate a congested space in a small amount of time so it is important to be respectful of others and “keep it movin.” When asked what some of the most common mistakes are that students make he said becoming over confident is a major one.

“It is important to be confident of course but humility is also important,” he said.

In the end he offered the most important piece of advice, “If you need help, just ask! There are plenty of resources available at the school from your teachers, to guidance department to the St. Joseph’s Center. Be sure to ask for help if you need it.”

For a student’s perspective, senior Kristen Franklin, class of 2017 was interviewed. Looking back, is there one thing that you wish you had known then that you know now? She said, “the small stuff, and the drama is not important and doesn’t matter. It may seem important at the time but ultimately it is not.”

She confided that she would have taken academics more seriously and offered the following advice to underclassmen: “Take a lot of pictures because the time goes by quickly!”


Mac Comes Back

Alumni return to play vital roles in the McNamara community.

By Jaylen Strong ‘17, Staff Writer

A former police officer and a future pro-wrestler are both working alumni here at McNamara and are proving the unofficial theory that Mac indeed comes back! After four long strenuous academic years every student to graduate from McNamara was ready to dart across the stage at the Shrine. As students of McNamara this duo were both filled with anticipation to graduate from their now alma mater and workplace.

Mr. Gloster ’96 and Mr. Southworth ’05 are both important members of the admissions office and they also have the pleasure to teach in the History and English department.

Gloster and Southworth returned to McNamara in a similar manner. When asked how, they said, “Dr. Clark called…” So if you ever want to return to McNamara as a teacher keep your phone close and Dr. Clark or Dr. Van der Waag’s numbers in your favorites! The two also acknowledged that a lot… has changed in the school since they were students. Gloster said that there are much more students and the Holy Cross identity is more prevalent in the community. Southworth adds that the campus is definitely upgrading and the applicants are increasingly diverse with enrollments from a variety of schools.  

They also had the time to recollect on some of their favorite memories, the two were both stumped and reminiscent of their old memories that they had to recall. Gloster remembers, “Mr. Turner would throw our books out of the window whenever we were off task and we would have to go get them from outside.” He also talked about how his now department colleague, Mr. Williams was always a great teacher and role model.

Southworth spoke of a memory of his physics class with Mr. Green. He remembers in physics there were strong industrial magnets for experiments and how a friend of his, David Rohan had a fun experience with the magnets. Southworth said, “David was playing around with the magnets and he gets the magnets stuck in his mouth and we had to get Mr. Green to get it out.

The fun times at Mac seem to be lifelong stories that will never be forgotten because of the connection that they have to the school. Though they are currently employed here there still exist the possibility that they could have landed different careers. When asked if they were not working here where they would be the pair had surprising answers. Gloster said he would most likely still be a police officer. Southworth said that there is a possibility that he would pursue a WWE pro-wrestling career in the future. Southworth explains his love for the sport and we come to the conclusion that his finishing move would be “Saturday Detention.” Whether they would be fighting crime or other wrestlers with insubordinate behavior, for right now they are here at their alma mater being active in the community and truly giving back to Mac.   

Senior Elected Youth Mayor of D.C.

Davona Johnson ‘17 collaborates with city mayor, advocates for local youth

By Jabari Ferrell ‘17

Staff Writer

One of our very own students, Davona Johnson, strived for and now holds the position of the Youth Mayor of Washington, DC.  Davona Johnson is a senior here at Bishop McNamara in our graduating Class of 2017.  She is involved in many different clubs and activities. She hopes to soon obtain a career in African American Studies.

Davona is involved in the Youth Government of the District of the Columbia and she has been part of the program since 2015. The duties of being Youth Mayor of the District of Columbia are to represent the youth of Washington DC. She reaches out to them by doing community services projects and activities around the city, asking them what their concerns are and making an initiative to take action.

In order to make things work, Davona has developed a schedule to keep her on task.

“I first do all of my school work because education is key,” she said. “And everything else then follows.” She prioritizes and gets things done promptly, and with all her hard work behind it, it is organized and informational.

She has meetings every Monday and Tuesday as the youth mayor of DC and very seldom throughout the rest of the week. The only other days that she holds meetings are on the days where she has to speak on behalf of the youth of Washington, DC in front of higher authorities.

Davona has a plan in action to get kids in Washington, DC to achieve great success like herself. She works hand and hand with mayor Muriel Bowser and together they set out to make DC stronger than what it already is today. Her plan is to make changes in the city through not only education, but also more after school programs.

Davona would like for education to be equal through every part of the District of Columbia including some students from Bishop McNamara. She feels that it does not matter if the school is private or public, education still should remain equal.

Her hope is to bring back the arts into the schools and let them be once again recognized so that children can express themselves differently, and give the youth an exposure to these necessities of expressing themselves and becoming successful. She also would like to do more outreach in the communities between students and law enforcement.

Davona said, “Trust needs to bring back into the communities because at the end of the day all we have is each other.” Davona is a strong, devoted young woman who cares a lot about her city and the people around her community.

She has committed to this position and she will do her best to fulfill her duties. Davona says that everything will be done through her strength in God.

St. Joseph’s teacher plans to create special education program

Tenia Jordan ’16
Staff Writer

When St. Joseph’s Teacher Elaine Greene thinks of McNamara’s expansion, she sees an opportunity to serve more students with learning disabilities.

“The students always had a special place in my heart,” Greene said.

She’s creating a new program, the Saint Andre Academy, separate from the St. Joseph’s program. The difference between the St. Joseph’s program and the new academy is this is for students with learning disabilities, such as autism, while the St. Joseph’s program is for students with learning differences.

The program has been approved and supported by McNamara’s administration and the Archdiocese of Washington. The only similar school in the archdiocese is Catholic Coalition for Special Education, which is also assisting Greene in her efforts of the new school.

“I decided to start this program when I found out that there were families in the Archdiocese of Washington and they were being turned away,” Greene said. “So students didn’t have anywhere to go to school.”

The Archdiocese of Washington was unable to provide the number of families that couldn’t attend Catholic high schools because a lack of training to teach children with learning disabilities.

Greene wants to have an environment where students with disabilities who are capable of being in a school environment can learn, as well as interact with students outside of the program.

“The students will be included in any classes they can manage, specifically fine arts, gym, lunch periods, school masses, clubs and athletics,” she said.

Greene wants to keep all the students involved and help get them get into college at schools that will accept them.

“I want to promote all types of programs and colleges,” she said.

The program was named after Brother Andre, who was a member of the Congregation of Holy Cross in Canada and fostered devotion to Saint Joseph, caring for the sick and afflicted.

Freshman Perspective: McNamara already feels like home

By Varonika Ware
Staff Writer

Knowing too many people seems to be my main problem now that I’m at McNamara. In the beginning of my shadow day I was shy and didn’t think anyone would speak to me because many people called me “unapproachable” in the past. But at McNamara it just seemed different and I didn’t feel the need to be shy anymore. I found that I didn’t have to force myself into getting to know others because people genuinely wanted to know me.

To say that I didn’t already feel at home here would be a lie. It’s nice to be surrounded by people who treat me like family despite not being related by blood and I felt that connection during my shadow day as I watched how the students at McNamara interacted with one another. As a middle schooler at that time I didn’t understand how all these people could be so connected and now that I am a student at McNamara I finally understand.

I hadn’t met a lot of people in the summer during track practices while most of my friends from my old school who also attend McNamara had and I felt left out. Things turned around during freshmen week (freshman orientation, retreat and seminar). I had connected with people who were experiencing the same feelings as me coming into high school. I didn’t feel alone by feeling nervous or shy because so many other students felt the same way and it was easy to get to know my classmates. As soon as I got to school I was surprised that so many people welcomed me and remembered me from freshmen week. I had built a bond with more people than I thought I would and it excited me. I had no problem talking to new people (mostly freshmen) because I felt comfortable around my new family and it’s made me a more outgoing person.

For example, my new best friend, Drake and I had originally met in track. However, we weren’t close at the time until school had started. I asked for his name before giving my own. Our bond grows more and more every day mostly because we have classes together but also because we have common interests. Not long after I met him we became best friends. It wasn’t hard to talk to him and become closer because I knew he was family already.

Now I feel like I’ve been in school for months yet it’s only been a few weeks. It seems like I’ve been friends with some people for years when I’ve only known them for a short time. It’s been an amazing start to freshman year and it can only get better.

Poetry Club Speaks Their Truth

Amber Smith ‘15 | Staff Writer |


Roses are red, violets are blue, two snaps for poetry club speaking their truth. “Untitled,” a simple yet cool name created collectively by the members of the club, but what does the word really mean?

“Untitled” actually stands for the club being non-monolithic because it allows for different types of expressions and stories; leaving it without a title is to make sure that each individual can bring something different to the table.

Initiated last year by former student and president of the club Kosi Dunn ’13, who saw the different direction revisioned for the club. “He came to me and said he wanted to separate the spoken word part of poetry club from the Inkwell part of it, so I agreed,” said Mr. Darrell Holloman who has been the moderator for two years now and was a member when he attended McNamara in 1997-2000. Holloman also sees a big change in the direction that the club is going from when he last was a part of it himself.

The format of a typical club meeting is as follows: Tuesdays are writing workshops and Thursdays are open mic. On Tuesdays the writing workshops are a time when the individual can work on a writing exercise or free write. Then they share to the club and get feedback. On Thursdays members or non members are allowed to come and share their poetry. The club is always open to anyone, no formal membership is required to attend. The poetry club doesn’t just have talented students, but ones who are truly dedicated. In 2012, the current club went all the way to the semi-finals in the annual D.C. Metropolitan Poetry Youth competition “Louder than a Bomb,” also known as LTAB, finishing fourth place overall against more than 20 schools  in the D.C. Metropolitan area.

Eric Powell ’15, one of the club’s rising stars says “Don’t be afraid of whatever standards someone puts on poetry. Poetry is power and you can always refine it later.” Powell exclaims that anyone who sits in on one of the meetings will receive helpful tips and advice on how to write a good poem.

Other good tips on writing a poem with emotion and feeling are start with how you feel or maybe an idea that you had and work from there. Give yourself a prompt, the prompt can give you a sense of direction, states Mr. Darrell Holloman. Roses are red, violets are blue, “Untitled” welcomes you.

September 2009 Print Edition Now Online

You can now view The Stampede online, in a version that looks and reads just like the real thing. Thanks to Carmela Rourke ‘11 for introducing us to Issuu, and for suggesting this!  This link is to the first issue of the year, produced in just a few weeks.  Future editions will be uploaded too, as well as some from the archives.