Ellen Reilly

Cappies honored at annual gala


Posted on June 15, 2018 by

The Cappies Awards recognize and celebrate excellence in high school theatre and journalism. Student critics from 60 high schools in the National Capitol Area Cappies Chapter reviewed plays and musicals throughout the DC, Virginia, and Maryland area and voted for best performances. Awards were presented at the Kennedy Center Gala on June 10. The Cappies Award recipients from McLean High School are:

McLean HS — Best Critics Team

Abby Comey — Best Comic Actress in a Musical

Kristen Waagner and Ashley Winegarden — Best Choreography

Katherine Kelly — MD Theatre Guide Returning Critic

Juniors earn Girl Scout Gold Award


Posted on May 16, 2018 by

Juniors Elizabeth Turnage and Isabella Swigart received their Girl Scout Gold Award last weekend. They were two out of 188 girls who earned this rank this year from Virginia, Maryland, DC and West Virginia. Way to go!

Language students shine on 2018 National Latin Exam


Posted on May 4, 2018 by

The Department of World Languages congratulates the following students who earned gold and silver medals as well as certificates for their success on the 2018 National Latin Exam.

Perfect Score:  Summa Cum Laude (Gold Medal and Special Certificate)

Hamberg, Abria

Summa Cum Laude (Gold Medal)

Brownson, Ryan

Chang, June

Chou, Ryan

Chung, Grace

Dietrick, Emily

Dimatulac, Janine

Duggal, Kyla

Forrer, Ian

Grunenfelder, Gillian

Gibson, Nikolas

Gonsalves, Joseph

Grau, Audrey

Howley, Caroline

Shobeiri, Sophie

Lee, Eunkyoon

Liu, Ally

Murray, Thomas

Nappi, Thomas

Parker, Sydney

Peng, Brittany

Plishker Benjamin

Richards, Sophie

Simons, Emily

Sohn, Seoyeon

Thompson, Sapphira

Tung, Kara

Waagner, Tracy

Yu, Alexander

Maxima Cum Laude (Silver Medal)

Aten, Jessica

Bishop, Caitlin

Cooper, Lillian

Cubé, Camille

Galdo, Paloma

Gong, Joseph

Holmes, April

Hur, Yoon

Joyner, Charles

Jun, Jaeson

Kristasatryan, Mary

Kwon, Minjung

Liu, Maria

Longo, Julia

Mitchell, Tara

Murphy, Ian

Mykityshyn, Emma

Papapanos, Nikolas

Pearce, Alexander

Simkin, Shane

Song, David

Sultana, Rosy

Thorson, Anna

Van Meter, Catherine

Zhang, Rachel

Magna Cum Laude certificate

Cowan, Brendan

Cusey, Campbell

Gartner, David

Huric, Inaya

Karmel, Anika

Marks, Serena

Murray, Paul

Schwarztrauber, Summer

Shue, Ryan

Smith, Jacob

Strand, Tyler

Taylor, Kimberly

Cum Laude certificate

Al-Khafaji, Amir

Bishop, Nicholas

Elgin, Drake

Gartner, Charles

Kevin, Jiang

Long, Katelyn

Mandanas, William

McCarthy, Katherine

McCormick, Neel

Rottman-Yang, Shachar

Choral department earns accolades at New York WorldStrides competition


Posted on April 24, 2018 by

McLean’s choral department walked away with numerous awards and accolades at the New York WorldStrides competition and festival this past weekend, where they were the only choral group at the festival to perform above a level 4. Congratulations to Linda Martin and her students! Here are some highlights from the competition:

  • Madrigals – 2nd Place Gold
  • Bass Camerata – 2nd Place Silver
  • Treble Choir – 2nd Place Silver
  • Armonia – 3rd Place Silver

McLean’s bands bring back awards from Smoky Mountain Music Festival


Posted on April 24, 2018 by

McLean’s bands performed extremely well at the Smoky Mountain Music Festival last week!

Symphonic Band – Superior Rating & 1st place in class, highest scoring ensemble, Grand Champions

Jazz Ensemble – Superior Rating & 1st place in class, highest scoring jazz band

Concert Band – Superior Rating & 1st place in class

Wind Ensemble – Superior Rating & 2nd place in class

Soloist Awards:
Nour Khachemoune
Jakob Wegmueller
Sarah Wood
Katie Kim
Stephanie Poore
Josh Leong
Sarah Bonforte
Stephanie Manning
Jillian Pincus
Anna Faulks
Anahit Hovespeyan

Publications honored at national convention


Posted on April 24, 2018 by

McLean’s publications programs were well represented at the National Scholastic Press Association/Journalism Education Association convention in San Francisco April 12-15.

McLean’s yearbook was awarded fourth place in the Best of Show competition.

McLean High School also received the 2018 First Amendment Press Freedom Award. We were one of only 11 schools nationwide to earn this honor bestowed by the Journalism Education Association, the National Scholastic Press Association, and Quill and Scroll International Honorary Society. The First Amendment Press Freedom Award recognizes private and public high schools that actively support, teach, and protect First Amendment rights and responsibilities of students and teachers, with an emphasis on student-run media where students make all final decisions of content.

In the write-off competitions, four students brought home awards.

  • Anika Karmel – Literary Magazine: Poetry – Superior
  • Anna Brykczynski – First-Year Photo – Excellent
  • Maren Kranking – Newswriting – Excellent
  • Dasha Makarishcheva – Editorial Cartooning – Excellent


Students earn awards at regional science fair


Posted on March 19, 2018 by

Congratulations to all of our regional science fair award winners!

Category Awards:

  • Tiffany Chen; Nandini Shine – Grand Prize Nominee; First Place for Chemistry (Project: The Effect of Temperatures on Luminol Chemiluminescence Reaction)
  • Ryan Chou – First Place for Chemistry (Project: The Effect of Activated Charcoal Quantity on its Absorption Ability)
  • Amelia Hsu; Katie Kim – First Place for Energy Physical (Project: The Effect of Different Hydroelectric Generator Designs on the Average Volts Produced)
  • Samir Chowdhury; Finn Marks – Honorable Mention for Energy: Chemical (Project: The Effect of Different Bases on the Efficiency of Carbon Sequestration)
  • Emily Hunter; Hayden Birchfield – Honorable Mention for Materials Science (Project: Tampon Prices are Outrageous. Period.)
  • Rachel Kulp; Varun Sathyanarayanan; Arianna Safire – Honorable Mention for Physics and Astronomy (Project: The Effect of Parachute Design on Descent Speed)


Organization Awards:

  • Ryan Chou – Honorable Mention (Certificate of Merit) from the Virginia Dental Association (Project: The Effect of Activated Charcoal Quantity on its Absorption Ability)

Eighteen students qualify for DECA nationals


Posted on March 8, 2018 by

DECA students had a great showing at the competition in Virginia Beach last weekend. Here are the 18 students who made it to the national level of DECA competition:

  • Evan Bremser & Mason Davis, 1st Place, Sports & Entertainment Marketing Team
  • Philena Sun, 1st Place, Entrepreneurship Individual Event
  • Zoe Mallus, 2nd Place, Principles of Hospitality Management
  • Maha Baig & Asia Kurtalic, 3rd Place, Entrepreneurship Team Decision Making
  • Lily Cooper, 3rd Place, Quick Service Restaurant Management
  • Josh Brown, Janine Dimatulac & Julia Roberton, 3rd Place, Hospitality & Tourism Operations
  • Kyle Creeser & Carter Robertson, Finalist, Sports & Entertainment Marketing Team
  • Cayla Davis & Kaitlyn Merritt, Finalist, Marketing Management Team
  • Camron Khaliq & Adam Lampal, Finalist, Hospitality Services Team Decision Making
  • Jana Kral, Finalist, Entrepreneurship Individual Event
  • Paige Pilewski, Finalist, Retail Merchandising


These students were awarded medals based on finishing in the top 10 in their event for the test:

  • Kate Conklin, Sports & Entertainment Promotion
  • Benjamin Jeannot, Principles of Finance
  • Anna Karl, Advertising Campaign
  • Bryce Liquerman, Hotel & Lodging
  • Sydney Wang, Principles of Marketing


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