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After 42 years as a dedicated Colonial Employee, Operations Director Karen Gilbert was recognized for her years of service. Karen is retiring this year. 

The WP Color guard not only made it through all stages of competition and were TIA finalists for the first time since 2012, but they took home a bronze medal and won third out of 23 competing guards from across the East Coast, scoring a 93.94, another WP all-time high score.

Congrats to the William Penn Special Olympic Unified Track Team.  They are your Delaware DIAA Undefeated County and get this, State Champions!  They won 85-72 over second place Caesar Rodney at a meet in Dover. The students were coached by William Penn teacher Calvin Griffin…We’d like Mr. Griffin to come forward to meet the board members while we ask the team to gather in front of the Power of We backdrop for their certificates and photos.   Coach Griffin wants to thank Ms. Stark and Mr. Milians for being great assistant coaches.  And a special thank you to Ronald Williams and Desiree Bailey for being Unified Partners this season.

Our William Penn Dance Troupe defended their title and for a second year in a row took home the gold with a score of 91.58, and will remain for another year as Atlantic Coast Champions

The WP Air Force JROTC, which earned the outstanding Organization award for this academic school year. The award is limited to the very best of the Nation’s 900 Air Force JROTC units…We want to thank the students and their unit leader, Master Sgt LeRoy Rush for representing Who We Are!

Recognized for outstanding achievement in Colonial’s Math 24 Competition. The Math 24 game is a unique mathematics teaching tool that kids love and has been proven to successfully engage students in grades 1 – 9 from diverse economic and social backgrounds. Kids always know the answer is 24 and allows students to think creatively about numbers and patterns.
Colonial’s annual, district-wide competition was held in April .Teachers use Math 24 in classrooms to make math appealing and accessible to all—thereby helping students to move on to excel in math, science and related fields.  As winners and medalists in the competition, we would like to commend the participating students for earning this high achievement as a mathematician!

Earning special recognition at DE’s Annual National History Day Contest was William Penn 11th grader Leah Green. Leah Green won the James Baker African American History Award sponsored by the Mitchell Center for African American Heritage at the Delaware Historical Society and included a $100 prize. This was for having the best entry with her African American history website on the NAACP.

Ciana Wilson from Gunning Bedford was one of the first students ever from Gunning Bedford to make the final round for judging at the Delaware History Day Competition!  Both students completed an exhibit about the contributions of Malcolm X with the theme “Triumph and Tragedy in American History”

Makayla Hollis from Gunning Bedford was one of the first students ever from Gunning Bedford to make the final round for judging at the Delaware History Day Competition!  Both students completed an exhibit about the contributions of Malcolm X with the theme “Triumph and Tragedy in American History”

William Penn teacher Vincent O’Donnell was nominated as Teacher of the Year by PEG…that stands for Project Essay Grade. O’Donnell earned the nomination for his outstanding work with this web based writing program for students….yet another great example of Who We Are in the Colonial School District

Penn’s Indoor Drumline progressed through all stages of competition and were finalists for the first time since 2013.

Jazz I finished in second place taking the silver medal in Open Class, a higher class than WP jazz has ever been in before, taking home a WP Jazz all time high score of 93.07. In addition to taking home a silver medal, our trumpet section won best trumpets on the Atlantic Coast.

The Jazz II group received an outstanding rating with a score of 85.5. This being the first year WP has needed to have two jazz bands; this was a great way to end their inaugural competitive season.