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.
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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!
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.
Nour Khachemoune & Jillian Pincus
Caroline Brunner & Zoe Lynes
Laith Samamreh & Shriansh Singh
Lana Al-Saloum & Sarah Gu
Kyla Duggal & Maddie Sisk
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.
Lily Cooper – Quick Service Restaurant Marketing
Jana Kral – Entrepreneurship
Zoe Mallus – Principles of Hospitality
Carter Robertson – Sports & Entertainment Marketing
Sydney Wang – Principles of Marketing
Cayla Davis – Marketing Communications
Caroline Howley – Food Marketing
Bryce Liquerman – Hotel & Lodging Management
Philena Sun – Entrepreneurship
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
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!
Jacob Zacks placed among the top performers at the Economics for Leaders program at Cornell University. Nice work!
Christian Hackett represented McLean High School and the Commonwealth of Virginia at the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders in Boston, Massachusetts.
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.
Philena Sun received the Youth Recognition Award from the McLean Chamber of Commerce for her service and collaboration with them on behalf of McLean High School and DECA.
Mauricio Gerdes, Emily Lachow, Zoe Lachow, Emmanuel Steinerrobles and Isabella Whitney were recognized by College Board as National Hispanic Scholars. These students scored in the top 2.5% among Hispanic and Latino PSAT/NMSQT test takers in our region. Great work!