Ellen Reilly

Students accepted into 2014 All-District Bands


Posted on January 16, 2014 by

Congratulations to the 53 students who auditioned and were accepted or made alternates in the 2014 All-District Bands–I’m told this is twice as many as any other high school!

The students who made the ensembles will participate in the 2014 All-District Bands from January 30 through February 1 at Oakton High School.

Please congratulate these students when you see them:

WE = Wind Ensemble (top band) / SB = Symphonic Band (second band)

Alex Yuan – Alto Sax – SB

Nick Anthony – Alto Sax – SB

Thomas Grady – Alto Sax – Alternate

Ben Epstein – Bari Sax – WE

Gordon Schmidt – Bari Sax – SB

Helen Pelak – Bass Clarinet – TBD*

Richard Kim – Bass Clarinet – Alternate

Jade Deatherage – Bass Clarinet – Alternate

Maddie Dorr – Bassoon – Alternate

Yisha Hu – Clarinet – WE

Sandy Cho – Clarinet – SB

Jessica Tang – Clarinet – SB

Hannah Aronson – Clarinet – SB

Kimia Zadegan – Clarinet – SB

Benny Mardiks – Clarinet – SB

Emily Mardiks – Clarinet – SB

Desmond Curran – Clarinet – SB

Susie Choi – Clarinet – SB

Michelle Ma – Clarinet – SB

Matthew Evanko – Clarinet – SB

Caroline Bertsch – Clarinet – SB

Abi Anderson – Clarinet – Alternate

Kristine Yarnoff – Clarinet – Alternate

Kyle Watkins – Clarinet – Alternate

Abi Anderson – Eb Clarinet – SB

Eric Juneau – English Horn – WE

Eleanor Chinn – English Horn – Alternate

Hal Clark – Euphonium – WE

Sarah Siegel – Euphonium – SB

Adam Benmhend – Euphonium – Alernate

Lanita Kim – Flute – WE

Matt Stalzer – Flute – SB

Rhiannon Kerruish – Flute – SB

Emily Glissman – Flute – Alternate

Joanna Hsu – Horn – WE

Emily Williams – Horn – SB

Andy Broom – Horn – SB

Shelley Collins – Horn – SB

Eric Juneau – Oboe – SB

Jaewon Lee – Percussion – WE

Cat Gamboa – Percussion – WE

Ann Liu – Percission – SB

David Kenworthy – Percussion – Alternate

Billy Rindone – Percussion – Alternate

Trevor McMillan – Tenor Sax – SB

James Dong – Trombone – SB

Alex Simons – Trumpet – SB

Mike Padmanabhan – Trumpet – SB

Margaret Duval – Alternate

Neil Ketkar – Trumpet – Alternate

Jack Przypyszny – Tuba – SB

Joe Wright – Tuba – SB

Aidan Fallon – Tuba – Alternate

McLean Highlandettes dance team performs well in first competition of the year


Posted on January 13, 2014 by

The McLean Highlandettes dance team performed in their first competition of the year yesterday at West Springfield. They competed against 19 other teams in four varsity dances and two JV dances, and they also had two girls do solos. Stephanie Bourland and Lilia Souri got honorable mentions for their solos, JV pom got third, JV kick got second, and varsity kick got third–congratulations to all of the dancers for their hard work and dedication!

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Meghan Percival named Distinguished Yearbook Adviser


Posted on January 10, 2014 by

I am proud to announce that Meghan Percival was named one of just three “Distinguished Advisers” in the Journalism Education Association’s Yearbook Adviser of the Year competition. She will be honored at the national convention in San Diego this April. Meghan and her students work tirelessly on our excellent yearbook, and we are so lucky to have her as part of our team. Congratulations!

Meghan Percival


McLean students and teacher receive honors for financial literacy


Posted on December 16, 2013 by

McLean High School was recently named a Blue Star School by Working in Support of Education (w!se) for our students’  excellent performance on the 2012-13 w!se Financial Literacy Certification Test.

Janet Hohenberger, our personal finance teacher, received a Gold Star for her successes in teaching financial literacy. Keep up the great work, Janet!


Alex Stone named 2014 YoungArts winner


Posted on November 22, 2013 by

Alex Stone was recently named a 2014 YoungArts Winner and was selected to receive an Honorable Mention Award in Theater/Musical Theater. The National YoungArts Foundation has been recognizing exceptional young artists for more than 30 years, and Alex is one of just 700 recipients of this year’s award, selected from 11,000 applicants in various arts disciplines.

I can’t wait to see Alex in McLean’s upcoming production of Annie!

DECA students head to state competition, volunteer to help food bank


Posted on November 12, 2013 by

Between sponsoring the Pink Hair for Hope program that raised money for breast cancer awareness last month and various fundraisers, DECA has been busy this year!

At the district competition, 31 DECA students qualified to compete at the state level. Be sure to congratulate these students when you see them!

First Place Winners

Isabel Cooper                         Job Interview

Viraj Sunderam                     Social Media

Ian Tansill                               Selling

Cameron Lombardi             Principles of Business Management

Matt Pilsch                              Principles of Finance

Apiding Osika                         Principles of Hospitality & Tourism

Kathryn Howley                    Principles of Marketing

Meachan O’Reilly                 Apparel & Accessories

Meg Garland                           Business Finance

Michelle Vaccaro                    Human Resources Management

Brandon Carraway                  Restaurant & Food Service Marketing

Sonali Prabhu                          Quick Service Restaurant Marketing

Second Place Winners

Jack Slade                                 Job Interview

Natalia Gochez                       Social Media Marketing

Henry Ahn                              Principles of Business Management

Mike Robbins                         Principles of Finance

Anna Lindquist                       Principles of Hospitality & Tourism

Joshua Li                                  Automotive Services Marketing

Kayla Waysome                    Human Resources Management

Emma Crowers                      Retail Merchandising

Third Place Winners

Zaid Salameh                          Job Interview

Amir McCormick                   Social Media Marketing

Jenna Lebowitz                       Selling

Michael Petrosinelli              Principles of Business Management

Claire Gray                                Principles of Hospitality & Tourism

Sarah Raymond                      Principles of Marketing

Arsham Zamani                      Automotive Services

Aceile Hammad                      Business Services Marketing

Ryan Waugh                            Food Marketing

Matthew Hanusik                  Retail Merchandising

Erin Calpin                              Hotel & Lodging Marketing

Photo courtesy of Deb Fargo

Photo courtesy of Deb Fargo

DECA students have also been helping out around the community. Members recently helped the Boy Scouts with their Scouting for Food drive by sorting donations for the local food bank.

Photo courtesy of Deb Fargo

Photo courtesy of Deb Fargo

Theatre wins awards at VTA competition, performing arts students put on concerts


Posted on October 28, 2013 by

Performing Arts has had a productive fall season. Amy Poe has been working tirelessly preparing her students for the play Annie, which is set to open on Nov. 29.  Last Friday, she took her students to the VTA competition, and here are the results:

  • Best Musical, The Last Five Years
  • Best Actor, Alex Stone
  • Honorable Mention, Ensemble
  • Judges Special Award for Student Choreographer – Marielle Burt
  • Set Design – 3rd Place – Emily Robinson
  • Costume Design – 2nd Place – Gillian Wright; 3rd Place – Miranda Creasan; Honorable Mention – Isabel Zapata


Linda Martin had her students’ first performance for the year, and a couple of weeks ago they performed at Claude Moore Colonial Farm.  Last week Starlet Smith had her debut performance and the concert was beautiful.  We are quite proud of her and all the work she has done with her students in such a short time.

Marching band crowned Oakton Classic Grand Champions


Posted on October 15, 2013 by

Photo courtesy of Chris Weise

Photo courtesy of Chris Weise

Congratulations to Chris Weise and the marching band, who became the Oakton Classic Grand Champions this weekend! They scored a 90.86 total average and received a Superior Rating from the judges.

The marching band’s other honors for the day were:

  • Highest score of the day in music
  • 2nd highest score of the day in percussion
  • 3rd highest score of the day in color guard
  • Highest score of the day in visual performance (marching)
  • Highest score of the day in general effect