Ellen Reilly

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!

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