Ellen Reilly

Yearbook and The Highlander Online are National Scholastic Press Association Pacemaker finalists

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Posted on March 14, 2014 by

I’m pleased to share with you that McLean’s yearbook is one of just 50 high school yearbooks nationwide to be announced as a Pacemaker finalist, and The Highlander Online at www.thehighlandernews.com is one of just 28 high school news websites in the country to be declared a Pacemaker finalist. Since 1927, the National Scholastic Press Association’s Pacemaker competition has been considered by many to be student journalism’s highest honor.

Congratulations to yearbook adviser Meghan Percival, The Highlander Online/Newsmagazine adviser Lindsay Benedict, and all of the hard-working journalists we have at McLean!

Debate team places third for most debate wins in the area, two members headed to nationals

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Posted on March 14, 2014 by

This season, the Debate team was ranked third for having the most debate wins among schools in Maryland, D.C. and Northern Virginia.

The team competed at Metrofinals at Broad Run last weekend, where Jamie Starr and Meredith Harris placed third. Wish them luck as they prepare for the national competition, which will take place in Chicago over Memorial Day weekend.

Congratulations to team sponsor Christina Shin and all of the Debate team members for their hard work this year:

Alexander Karimi and Hussain Jaffery
Maggie Lam and Leni Kagan
Andrea Delgado and Heather Pincus
Meredith Harris and Jamie Starr
Soobin Wang and Mia Chand
Brundha Akkupalli and Tina Chai
Susie Choi and Cynthia McMahan
Abraham Haji
Min Choe and Tanya Yoon
Michelle Ma and Matthew Steelberg
Ellie Allison and Jin Yong (Jeffrey) Yoo
Ashwin Dasgupta and Liam Zeya
Shivani Saboo and Esther Kim
Stephanie Su and Allison Meakem
Annabell Lee and Lilly Lee
Fatima Shahbaz and Jessica Boyer
Melanie Pincus and Anna Osguthorpe
Lucy Zheng
Naomi Jaffe and Aisha Singh
Mary Pottanat and Lucy Zheng
Sam Silverman and Sri Medicherla
Lia Compton and Crystal Cheung

Students take third in Science Olympiad regionals

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Posted on March 14, 2014 by

The Science Olympiad team received third place in the regional competition. Science Olympiad teams compete in various events in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Sci Oly regional 3rd place 2014

Congratulation to the following Science Olympiad members:

Sunhee Bae

Peter Steele

Alice Choi

Bob Saydahmat

Henry Howe

Harsha Malapati

Hussain Jaffery

Olivia Mooney

Adam Barth

Kaustabh Bose

Ivan Wong

Kyubin Lee

Michael Mutersbaugh

Shivani Saboo

SJ Sridhar

Hal Clark

Eric Tchong

Maggie Holland

Justine Wen

Elizabeth Xu


Highlanders garner top honors in Macdonald Arts Scholarship Competition

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Posted on March 7, 2014 by

Six McLean students were finalists in the annual James C. Macdonald Arts Scholarship Competition on Feb. 27 at the McLean Community Center’s Alden Theater. Highlanders took first place in four of the five categories!

Junior Alex Stone received first place in both the theatre and vocal music categories, freshman Sean Yongjoo Lim placed first in the Instrumental Music category for her violin performance, and freshman Xiang “Mia” Yi  was the first place winner in the dance category.  Junior Lily Lord received second place in vocal music, freshman Madeline Walker earned second place in dance, and Jennifer Wang placed third in instrumental music for her piano performance.

, Jennifer Wang,

Sean Yongjoo Lim, Jennifer Wang, Alex Stone, Madeline Walker, Lily Lord and Xiang “Mia” Yi received awards at the Macdonald Arts Scholarship Competition on Feb. 27. (Photo courtesy of Brent and Linda Stone)

Students receive awards at DECA States

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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

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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

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Posted on February 19, 2014 by

Science Fair winners announced

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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:

Category
Student 1
Student 2

Behavioral & Social

Nassar

Booth

Biochemistry

Peabody

Delgado

Chemistry

Ahluwalia

Chemistry

Jolly

Zapata

Chemistry

Hillock

Energy & Transportation

Mutersbaugh

Pincus

Energy & Transportation

Atak

Energy & Transportation

Singh

Engineering: E&M

Butler

Engineering: E&M

Klenk

Environmental Science

Pyne

Ledezma

Environmental Science

Shankardass

Mathematical Sciences

Logsdon

Lawhead

Medicine & Health

Haldane

Medicine & Health

Prasad

Esteban Baus

Microbiology

Shannon

Kong

Physics & Astronomy

Hearty

Physics & Astronomy

Freeman

Cason

Physics & Astronomy

Harris

Physics & Astronomy

Kodama

Plant Sciences

Price

Plant Sciences

Vaccaro

Yeom

Plant Sciences

Cro

Plant Sciences

Moss