Category Archives: Arts

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)

TheatreMcLean nominated for multiple Cappies Awards


Posted on May 16, 2017 by

Congratulations to our Cappies Award nominees for TheatreMcLean’s drama The Children’s Hour and to our Critics Team! These students will be honored at the Kennedy Center Cappies Gala on June 11.

Supporting Actress in a Play: Rachel Kulp
Sound: Jared Jacknow, Emily O’Keefe, Russell Reed
Props: Graydon Al-Khafaji, Anya Chen, Ariana Colder, Emma Mykityshyn
Creativity: Jared Jacknow (Music Composition)

Rising Critic: Helen Ganley
Rising Critic: Katherine Kelly
Rising Critic: Kristen Waagner
Returning Critic: Emily Lachow
Graduating Critic: Jess Scarano
Graduating Critic: Syona Ayyankeril
Critic Team: McLean High School Team

Three artists earn Silver Medals in Scholastic Art Awards


Posted on March 29, 2017 by

Congratulations to Seijung Kim (Drawing & Illustration, “Unscrambled”), Rose Harris (Ceramics & Glass “Three Cups of Tea”) and Christian Flocos  (Sculpture, “Exhaustion”), who received Silver Medals in the 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. They were selected out of 330,000 entries, an impressive feat!

Music department wins top prize at Worldstrides Orlando Festival of Music


Posted on March 27, 2017 by

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McLean’s music department won the highest honor at the Worldstrides Orlando Festival of Music this weekend, taking home the top prize for the highest combined score of any music department.

Band Orlando 2017

Our bands received the following awards:

Symphonic Band – 1st place in class 3A, Superior Rating, Instrumental Sweepstakes Champions, Festival of Gold Award, Adjudicator’s Award, Outstanding Band Ensemble Award, Festival Sweepstakes Award – Grand Champions

Wind Ensemble – 1st place in class 2A, Superior Rating

Jazz Ensemble – 1st place in class, Superior Rating, Adjudicator’s Award

Concert Band – 2nd place in class 1A, Excellent Rating

Alonso Flores, Tina Hashemi and Ben Hacker earned Soloist Awards.

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Our orchestras received the following awards:

Philharmonic Orchestra – 1st place with a Gold rating

Symphonic Orchestra – 2nd place with a Gold rating

Concert Orchestra – Bronze rating

The McLean orchestra program took home the “Outstanding Orchestral Group” trophy for being the highest scoring orchestras at the competition.

Our student conductor, Tashi Gyatso, and soloists Minseon Kim and Charlie Tucker of the Philharmonic Orchestra earned the coveted Maestro awards for their outstanding work on Josef Suk’s “Serenade for Strings.”

Congratulations to all of McLean’s talented musicians!