Ellen Reilly

2018 Regional Scholastic Art Award winners announced


Posted on January 18, 2018 by

Congratulations to our 2018 Regional Scholastic Art Award winners!

Gold Key:

Joshua Leong, Film & Animation, “Herman Wainggai”

Grace Chung, Drawing & Illustration, “Sheltered”

Katelynn Haas, Photography, “The Artist and His Magic”

Rose Harris, Art Portfolio, “Development: A Portfolio”

Sina Naeemi, Photography, “Child’s Play”

Minkyong Song, Art Portfolio, “Through the Window”

Silver Key:

Eliana Durkee, Photography, “Anticipation”

Kubo Gibson, Ceramics, “Equivocation”

Rose Harris, Ceramics, “The Effects of Shame”

Rose Harris, Ceramics, “Idealism vs. Realism”

Daniel Heilbron, Architecture, “Venge Revo”

Raya Jabourre, Photography, “In the Darkness…”

Isabel Kim, Drawing & Illustration, “Nostalgic Rain”

Jinkyung (Leona) Lee, Drawing & Illustration, “Unoccupied”

Joshua Leong, Film & Animation, “Everything We Could”

Dasha Makarishcheva, Film & Animation, “The Ending”

Caroline Song, Art Portfolio, “Restricted…”

Minkyong Song, Mixed Media, “Breaking Down”

Minkyong Song, Painting, “Helps”

Nadya Steare, Painting, “Chameleon”

Honorable Mention:

Cherry Chun, Ceramics, “Ancient History in Modern…”

Grace Chung, Drawing & Illustration, “Farewell”

Stephane de Cazotte, Photography, “Wild Cabo Sunset”

Kubo Gibson, Ceramics, “The Death of King Arthur”

Daniel Heilbron, Drawing & Illustration, “Embracing”

Kathryn Johnston, Painting, “Portrait of a Caffeinated…”

Kathryn Johnston, Drawing & Illustration, “Entropy”

Ally Liu, Painting, “Black”

Dasha Makarishcheva, Digital Art, “Rue”

Sina Naeemi, Ceramics, “A Dance with the Devil”

Asma Sofan, Digital Art, “Escalate”

Caroline Song, Painting, “Elephants in the Room”

Minkyong Song, Sculpture, “A Confess Box”

Minkyong Song, Mixed Media, “Escape”

Scholastic Bowl team wins Liberty District Championship


Posted on January 16, 2018 by

Congratulations to our Scholastic Bowl team and their coaches for winning the Liberty District Championship at Herndon High School over the weekend! Carson Flickinger, Justin Young, Mara Kessler and Grace Chung will compete in the regional tournament at Madison High School next week. Please wish them luck!

The Highlander newsmagazine wins a Pacemaker


Posted on December 11, 2017 by

The Highlander newsmagazine was honored with a Pacemaker award at the National Scholastic Press Association/Journalism Education Association convention in Dallas on Nov. 18. Since 1927, many have considered the Pacemaker to be scholastic journalism’s highest honor. The Highlander is one of just 26 high school newspapers/newsmagazines nationwide to win the Pacemaker this year and the only one from Virginia.


Students also earned top honors in the organization’s extremely competitive Story of the Year contest. For their article “Beyond Gender,” Sri Medicherla and Melanie Pincus received fourth place in the nation in the feature story category. For “Finding Refuge,” Helen Bloom, Carlyn Kranking, Sanskriti Neupane and Aisha Singh received fourth place in the nation in the diversity series category.


Congratulations to McLean’s student journalists and adviser Lindsay Benedict.

If you’d like to subscribe to the print edition of The Highlander newsmagazine, please click here and return this form to McLean High School: https://thehighlandernews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Highlander-Subscription-Form-2017-18.pdf

Sophomore performs in All-National Orchestra


Posted on December 11, 2017 by

Sophomore Steve Han is a member of the McLean High School Philharmonic Orchestra who participated in both the Northern Virginia Senior Regional Orchestra and the Virginia All-State Orchestra last school year, which led to the opportunity to audition for the All-Nationals level. After auditioning among hundreds of other student musicians around the country, Steve was chosen to perform in the National Association for Music Educator’s All-National Orchestra in Orlando over Thanksgiving break. Essentially, this is an ensemble formed from top musicians in each state throughout the U.S.

Congratulations on this accomplishment!

Model UN wins Best Large School Award at William & Mary conference


Posted on November 27, 2017 by

McLean’s Model UN Team won the Best Large School Award at William and Mary’s High School Model UN Conference, beating schools from as far as Miami and Chicago and as close as Chantilly and TJ.

Twenty McLean students were recognized for awards at the conference. Please congratulate them when you see them.

Gavel/Best Delegate:

Noor Al-Saloum

Ian Ghasemian

Sophie Howery

Nour Khachemoune & Jillian Pincus

Asia Kurtalic

Maria McHugo

Neha Rana

Siddarth Shankar

Outstanding Delegate:

Caroline Brunner & Zoe Lynes

Laith Samamreh & Shriansh Singh

Honorable Mention:

Lana Al-Saloum & Sarah Gu

Kenan Nabulsi

Verbal Commendation:

Kyla Duggal & Maddie Sisk

Riya Master

Jeremy Siegel

Students earn awards at FCPS DECA District Competition


Posted on November 13, 2017 by

Last week, the following students were first, second, and third place overall winners in their role-play categories at the FCPS DECA District Competition. This makes them eligible to attend the State Conference in March along with DECA’s teams and other event competitors.  Please congratulate them when you see them.

First Place:

Lily Cooper – Quick Service Restaurant Marketing

Jana Kral – Entrepreneurship

Zoe Mallus – Principles of Hospitality

Carter Robertson – Sports & Entertainment Marketing

Sydney Wang – Principles of Marketing

Second Place:

Cayla Davis – Marketing Communications

Caroline Howley – Food Marketing

Bryce Liquerman – Hotel & Lodging Management

Philena Sun – Entrepreneurship

Third Place:

Nathan Legg – Social Media

Paige Pilewski – Retail Marketing

Christopher Song – Principles of Finance

Other students who were recognized for their performance in their test or role-play:

Mason Davis, Janine Dimatvlac, Akati Doku, Caitlin Kelly, John LeMunyon, Kaitlyn Merritt & Eric Stresler

Yearbook named a Columbia Scholastic Press Association Crown finalist


Posted on November 10, 2017 by

The Columbia Scholastic Press Association announced their list of Crown finalists and McLean’s Clan Yearbook has been selected for this prestigious honor.  They will find out whether they receive a Silver or Gold Crown at the award ceremony at Columbia University on March 16.

McLean is one of just 46 high school yearbooks from across the country to make the list.

Another fun fact: McLean’s Highlander newsmagazine learned they were a news finalist for a Crown Award last month – there are just 10 schools in the NATION that have BOTH their newspaper and yearbook on the lists!

Marching band wins state championship


Posted on October 24, 2017 by

Congratulations to McLean’s marching band, who are once again the state champions! In addition to winning first place in the USBands Virginia State Championship last weekend, the marching band brought home awards for Best Music, Best Visual, and Best General Effect.