Category Archives: Arts

Cappies honored at annual gala


Posted on June 15, 2018 by

The Cappies Awards recognize and celebrate excellence in high school theatre and journalism. Student critics from 60 high schools in the National Capitol Area Cappies Chapter reviewed plays and musicals throughout the DC, Virginia, and Maryland area and voted for best performances. Awards were presented at the Kennedy Center Gala on June 10. The Cappies Award recipients from McLean High School are:

McLean HS — Best Critics Team

Abby Comey — Best Comic Actress in a Musical

Kristen Waagner and Ashley Winegarden — Best Choreography

Katherine Kelly — MD Theatre Guide Returning Critic

Choral department earns accolades at New York WorldStrides competition


Posted on April 24, 2018 by

McLean’s choral department walked away with numerous awards and accolades at the New York WorldStrides competition and festival this past weekend, where they were the only choral group at the festival to perform above a level 4. Congratulations to Linda Martin and her students! Here are some highlights from the competition:

  • Madrigals – 2nd Place Gold
  • Bass Camerata – 2nd Place Silver
  • Treble Choir – 2nd Place Silver
  • Armonia – 3rd Place Silver

McLean’s bands bring back awards from Smoky Mountain Music Festival


Posted on April 24, 2018 by

McLean’s bands performed extremely well at the Smoky Mountain Music Festival last week!

Symphonic Band – Superior Rating & 1st place in class, highest scoring ensemble, Grand Champions

Jazz Ensemble – Superior Rating & 1st place in class, highest scoring jazz band

Concert Band – Superior Rating & 1st place in class

Wind Ensemble – Superior Rating & 2nd place in class

Soloist Awards:
Nour Khachemoune
Jakob Wegmueller
Sarah Wood
Katie Kim
Stephanie Poore
Josh Leong
Sarah Bonforte
Stephanie Manning
Jillian Pincus
Anna Faulks
Anahit Hovespeyan

Scholastic Art Award winners honored


Posted on February 23, 2018 by

The following Scholastic Art Award winners were honored at a ceremony on Feb. 21:

Rose Harris – Howard Uphoff Scholarship

Minkyong Song – League of Reston Artist Scholarship

Joshua Leong – American Visions Nominee

2018 Regional Scholastic Art Award winners announced


Posted on January 18, 2018 by

Congratulations to our 2018 Regional Scholastic Art Award winners!

Gold Key:

Joshua Leong, Film & Animation, “Herman Wainggai”

Grace Chung, Drawing & Illustration, “Sheltered”

Katelynn Haas, Photography, “The Artist and His Magic”

Rose Harris, Art Portfolio, “Development: A Portfolio”

Sina Naeemi, Photography, “Child’s Play”

Minkyong Song, Art Portfolio, “Through the Window”

Silver Key:

Eliana Durkee, Photography, “Anticipation”

Kubo Gibson, Ceramics, “Equivocation”

Rose Harris, Ceramics, “The Effects of Shame”

Rose Harris, Ceramics, “Idealism vs. Realism”

Daniel Heilbron, Architecture, “Venge Revo”

Raya Jabourre, Photography, “In the Darkness…”

Isabel Kim, Drawing & Illustration, “Nostalgic Rain”

Jinkyung (Leona) Lee, Drawing & Illustration, “Unoccupied”

Joshua Leong, Film & Animation, “Everything We Could”

Dasha Makarishcheva, Film & Animation, “The Ending”

Caroline Song, Art Portfolio, “Restricted…”

Minkyong Song, Mixed Media, “Breaking Down”

Minkyong Song, Painting, “Helps”

Nadya Steare, Painting, “Chameleon”

Honorable Mention:

Cherry Chun, Ceramics, “Ancient History in Modern…”

Grace Chung, Drawing & Illustration, “Farewell”

Stephane de Cazotte, Photography, “Wild Cabo Sunset”

Kubo Gibson, Ceramics, “The Death of King Arthur”

Daniel Heilbron, Drawing & Illustration, “Embracing”

Kathryn Johnston, Painting, “Portrait of a Caffeinated…”

Kathryn Johnston, Drawing & Illustration, “Entropy”

Ally Liu, Painting, “Black”

Dasha Makarishcheva, Digital Art, “Rue”

Sina Naeemi, Ceramics, “A Dance with the Devil”

Asma Sofan, Digital Art, “Escalate”

Caroline Song, Painting, “Elephants in the Room”

Minkyong Song, Sculpture, “A Confess Box”

Minkyong Song, Mixed Media, “Escape”

Sophomore performs in All-National Orchestra


Posted on December 11, 2017 by

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!

Marching band wins state championship


Posted on October 24, 2017 by

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. 

Cappies critics honored at gala


Posted on June 14, 2017 by

At the annual Cappies gala, McLean students were presented with the award for Best Critic Team. In addition, Kristen Waagner won the Best New Critic award. Congratulations!

(Photo by Margaret Waagner)

(Photo by Margaret Waagner)