Ellen Reilly

Students receive awards at DECA States


Posted on March 6, 2014 by

Thirty-three students won awards at DECA States in Virginia Beach last weekend, including three first place awards, which went to Isabel Cooper, Matt Pilsch and Viraj Sunderam. Students or groups who received a “Top 8” award are eligible to attend the International Career Development Conference in Atlanta, while “Top 15” indicates they received a high score on their test or event and are in a runner-up position.

Congratulations to all who competed! Here is the list of award winners:

Individual Events

Erin Calpin                                          Hotel & Lodging Management           Top 8

Isabel Cooper                                     Job Interview                                           1st place

Meg Garland                                       Business Finance                                     Top 15

Joshua Li                                             Automotive Services Marketing        Top 8

Cameron Lombardi                         Principles of Bus, Mgt. & Admin.      Top 8

Matt Pilsch                                          Principles of Finance                             1st place

Mike Robbins                                    Principles of Finance                             Top 15

Viraj Sunderam                                Social Media                                              1st place

Michelle Vaccaro                            Human Resource Management          Top 8

Annie Xie                                            Job Interview                                            2nd place

Team Events

Becky Ross & Sabrina Rozbicki                     Hospitality Services                Top 15

David McCarthy & Eric Wilcox                     Sports & Entertainment          Top 8

Emily McAuliffe & Rachel Wiener                Buying & Merchandising        Top 8

Logan Legg & Amanda Whitfield                 Marketing Communications    Top 8

Manuals/Written Events

Patricia deGuzman, Apiding Osika & Kayla Waysome     Fashion Merchandising Promotion     Top 8

Matt Bielomowicz, Robbie Buttarazzi & Elijah Levine       Entrepreneurship Innovation     Top 15

Matt Livingston, Reid Madison & Malieka Rehman     Entrepreneurship Promotion      Top 8

Hannah Ackleson, Nathan Neri & Mashana Sangdee       International Business Plan      Top 15

Manny Enriquez, Christi Geisler & Kuan Goh     Sports & Entertainment Promotion      2nd place

Olivia Powell recognized by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards


Posted on February 21, 2014 by

Congratulations to freshman Olivia Powell, recipient of an Honorable Mention in The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Olivia placed in the top 10% of community volunteers in grades 5-12 in the nation. She even received a letter from President Obama for her outstanding efforts. We are happy to have Olivia in our Highlander community!

Olivia Powell is the winner of the Prudential Spirit of Community award. (Photo by Joseph McCullough)

Olivia Powell received an Honorable Mention from The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, which came with a letter from President Obama. (Photo by Joseph McCullough)

I am extremely proud to announce that McLean has three National Merit Scholarship Finalists and one National Achievement Finalist this year. Our National Merit Scholarship Finalists are seniors Adam R. Barth, Samuel Stone Clayton, and Elena R. Kagan. Our National Achievement Finalist is senior Sarah Biftu Gutema.

Seniors become National Merit Scholarship Finalists, National Achievement Finalist


Posted on February 19, 2014 by

Science Fair winners announced


Posted on February 10, 2014 by

We had a successful Science Fair on Thursday, Feb. 6, and I am proud to announce the following first place winners:

Student 1
Student 2

Behavioral & Social













Energy & Transportation



Energy & Transportation


Energy & Transportation


Engineering: E&M


Engineering: E&M


Environmental Science



Environmental Science


Mathematical Sciences



Medicine & Health


Medicine & Health


Esteban Baus




Physics & Astronomy


Physics & Astronomy



Physics & Astronomy


Physics & Astronomy


Plant Sciences


Plant Sciences



Plant Sciences


Plant Sciences


Students win Scholastic Art Awards


Posted on January 28, 2014 by

McLean’s art students won 12 Gold Keys and four Silver Keys, as well as three Certificates of Merit, in this year’s Scholastic Art Awards competition. Congratulations to the art department and the following students:

Gold Keys

Anna Buser, Sculpture, “Electric Mixer Set”
Stephen Clark, Photography, “A Blinded Eye”
Tessa Dean, Sculpture, “Mother Nature”
Addison Lloyd, Design, “Drifty”
Savannah Olimpo, Photography, “Chocolate Overflow”
Savannah Olimpo, Photo Portfolio, “Wrapped Up”
Maryam Oraby, Drawing, “Bouquet”
Kara Peters, Ceramics & Glass, Untitled
Kara Peters, Ceramics & Glass, “Needs”
Kara Peters, Ceramics & Glass, “Assembled”
Camila Prock, Sculpture, “Passion”
Elizabeth Sanders-Smith, Photography, “Quiet Assumption”

Silver Keys

Shinae Choi, Painting, “Blossom”
Grace Desmarais, Photo Portfolio, “Michelle”
Kara Peters, Sculpture, “Myth”
Kara Peters, Art Portfolio, “Needs”

Certificates of Merit

Michelle Booth, Photography, “Never Stops”
Ellen Duvall, Photo Portfolio, “Juke Box Lady”
Joy Zhang, Digital Art, “Chapped”

Final fall sports team/athlete awards announced


Posted on January 28, 2014 by

This just in from Assistant Director of Student Activities Fernando Belli….go Highlanders!

The McLean Highlanders had a great fall season and all the final awards from All Conference to All State have been given out. The season brought out many team and individual accomplishments. Please give kudos to the following teams and student athletes.


Field Hockey: The Varsity Field Hockey team had an outstanding season advancing to the Liberty Conference 6 Finals and the 6A North quarterfinals. Coach Summer Vanni was awarded the Liberty Conference 6 Coach of the Year.  Several individuals received the following recognitions:

All Conference

Christi Geisler-1st Team

Erika Eckrod-1st Team

Erin Calpin-1st Team

Noor Varjabedian-1st Team

Karynne Baker-2nd Team

Tricia Cole-2nd Team

Katy Fedak-2nd Team

Sarah Sinnas-Honorable Mention

All Region

Christi Geisler-1st Team

Erika Eckrod-2nd Team

Erin Calpin-Honorable Mention

Washington Post All Met

Christi Geisler-2nd Team

All State

Christi Geisler-2nd Team


Football: The Varsity Football team had big wins over Madison, Marshall, Herndon, South Lakes and TJ. The following individuals received recognition:

All Conference:


RUNNING BACK – Gabe Sutherland – 1ST Team

GUARD  –  Christian Raveling – 1ST Team

CENTER – Ben Lafoon – 2ND Team

TIGHT END – Owen Pilewski – 2ND Team

WIDE OUT – Jordan Cole – Honorable Mention

WIDE OUT – CJ Downey – Honorable Mention

TACKLE – Connor Meyers – Honorable Mention

QUARTERBACK – Danny Hecht – Honorable Mention


LINEBACKER – Gabe Sutherland – 1ST Team

D. LINE – James Howard – 2ND Team

LINEBACKER  – Manny Enriquez – 2ND Team

D. END – Johan Marin – Honorable Mention

D. END –  Connor Meyers – Honorable Mention

D. LINE – Ben Lafoon – Honorable Mention

LINEBACKER – Owen Pilewski – Honorable Mention

D. BACK – Christopher McDonald – Honorable Mention

D. BACK – Jordan Cole – Honorable Mention


PUNTER – Ricky Ludwick – Honorable Mention

PUNT RETURNER – Chris Merrill – Honorable Mention


Volleyball: The Varsity Volleyball team had several wins over quality opponents such as conference opponents Washington Lee, South Lakes, Fairfax and Hayfield. The following individuals received recognition:

All Conference

Meagan McArthur-1st Team

Lauren Osuch-2nd Team

Elena Karakozoff-Honorable Mention

Autumn Brenner-Honorable Mention


Golf: The golf team had a great season this year starting off with a win at the Annual George Pavlis tournament at Reston National Golf Course. The team followed that performance with wins over Stone Bridge, Marshall, South Lakes and Fairfax.

In the conference championship at Herndon Centennial Golf Course, the Highlanders had 1 Medalist in Kendall Taylor and 3 regional qualifiers in Kendall Taylor, Charlie Fitzner and Cameron Kenworthy.

Kendall Taylor followed up her regional appearance with a Virginia State Qualification. It was a great season for the McLean golf team

The following individuals received recognition:


Kendall Taylor-1st Team

Charlie Fitzner-2nd Team

Cameron Kenwothy-2nd Team

Kevin McCarthy-2nd Team


Cheerleading: The Varsity Cheerleading team under the direction of first year coach Jen Johnson really provided the “spirit” needed to fuel the football team at their home and away games. The cheer team participated in the Rebel Rally and game a very spirited performance. At the Conference meet, the Highlanders finished tied for 5th. The future is bright for the Highlander Cheer squad going into 2014.


Cross Country: The cross country team while young, had a great season with several outstading performances against Liberty Conference 6 and Liberty District opponents. Individuals also participated in top invitationals such as the Oatlands in Loudoun County and the Six Flags Wild Safari in NJ.

The following individuals qualified for the 6A North Regional Meet


Madison Brooks

Tatum Brooks

Anna Buser

Anna Duval

Kathryn Howley

Madeline Kelleher

Emily Kong

Megan Leimkuhler

Greta Liebeler

Megan McCormack

Sri Medicherla

Caitlin Pyne

Lauren Wojick


Matthew Burke


Dance: The dance team had a busy fall preparing for the winter competition season. They performed at several home football games, despite the rain. They gave a great performance at the Homecoming game against Madison as well as Senior and Hall of Fame night against Langley.


Congratulations to all our student athletes!

Highlandettes place in second competition of season


Posted on January 27, 2014 by

The McLean Highlandettes performed in their second competition of the season today at Towson University this weekend. They completed against 13 other teams in four varsity and two JV dances. Junior Stephanie Bourland also competed in a solo.

Photo courtesy of Brianna Johnson

Photo courtesy of Brianna Johnson

The teams placed as follows:

Varsity Kick – 1st place

Varsity Pom – 3rd place

Varsity Hip Hop – 3rd place

Varsity Jazz – 3rd place

JV Kick – 1st place

JV Pom – 2nd place

The Highlandettes have their Senior Night and final basketball performance on Jan. 31 and their final competition on Feb. 15 at GarField High School in Woodbridge, so be sure to go out and support them!