Category Archives: Arts

Forensics team finishes second at regionals


Posted on March 3, 2016 by

Congratulations to the Forensics team for a second place finish in Forensics Regionals.  The following students were recognized:

1st place Humorous Duo: Christophe Jelinsky & Jeffrey Nolan

1st place Serious Duo: Helena Doms & Thomas Kelty

2nd place Storytelling: Sam Brumbaugh

3rd place Prose: Laras Kettner

Laras Kettner and Sam Brumbaugh will be traveling to compete at the state level.

Regional Scholastic Art Awards winners announced


Posted on February 8, 2016 by

McLean is proud to have a number of Regional Scholastic Art Award winners this year. Gold key and silver key artwork will be on display from Feb. 12 to March 3 at the Ernst Cultural Center on the Annandale campus of Northern Virginia Community College.

In addition, Kiel Posner’s award-winning ceramic work, “Embrace,” was selected to be featured on the program and digital postcard promoting the Regional Scholastic Art Awards program.

You can see its first appearance, as well as a complete list of winners, at the following link:

Congratulations to McLean’s many talented artists!

McLean High School 2016 Regional Scholastic Art Award Winners

Student Name Category Title Award
Kiel Posner Ceramics Embrace Gold Key/American Vision Nominee
Min Choe Art Portfolio Min Choe Gold Key
Min Choe Mixed Media Museum of Perspective Gold Key
Min Choe Painting We Are What We Eat Gold Key
Ha Eun Choi Painting A Peek Into A New World Gold Key
Christian Flocos Ceramics The Structure of Water Gold Key
Anna Marie Garland Drawing Seeing Double Gold Key
Kiel Posner Sculpture Bust Gold Key
Julia St. John Photography Bye/Who Cares Gold Key
Mikaela Wilbur Ceramics Hand Teapot Gold Key
Anna Marie Garland Comic Art Reverie (1-8) Silver Key
Yu Bin Lee Drawing Media Crush Silver Key
Anna Liu Drawing Door and Self-portrait Silver Key
Alanna Milstein Mixed Media I Can See Cassiopeia Silver Key
Young In Seo Drawing A Way Home Silver Key
Julia St. John Art Portfolio Things Left Unsaid Silver Key
Oliva Bravo Photography Kenya Honorable Mention
Jonghyun (Andy) Choe Photography Lost Honorable Mention
Min Choe Painting Water Bottles Honorable Mention
Min Choe Painting Forks and Junk Honorable Mention
Deborah Daniel Art Portfolio Mbdtf Honorable Mention
Delaney Gallagher Art Portfolio Abandonment Honorable Mention
Avery Kang Painting Afternoon Honorable Mention
Kiel Posner Sculpture Bubble Honorable Mention
Young In Seo Drawing Each Little Bird That Flies Honorable Mention
Young In Seo Drawing Someday Honorable Mention
Tanner Thiesen Art Portfolio We Can’t See Honorable Mention

TheatreMcLean wins VHSL Liberty Conference One-Act Play Competition


Posted on January 19, 2016 by

(Photo by Kristen Waagner)

(Photo by Kristen Waagner)

TheatreMcLean won first place for “The Cards of Fate” at the VHSL Liberty Conference One-Act Play Competition on Saturday. Three McLean students took home individual acting awards; Christophe Jelinski won Best Actor, Syona Ayyankeril won Best Actress and Jeffrey Nolan won All-Star Actor. Director Phil Reid and students will proceed to regionals on Feb. 13.

Student musicians selected for Northern Virginia Senior Regional Orchestra


Posted on November 24, 2015 by

Tristan Baban (bassoon), Eric Juneau (oboe) and Minseon Kim (violin) were selected by audition to participate in this year’s Northern Virginia Senior Regional Orchestra event. If you know these students, give them a big “congratulations” when you see them; it  is very competitive to be selected as one of the top high school aged musicians in Northern Virginia.

Alumni named semifinalists in Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Vocals Competition

McLean alumni Leina Seikaly (Class of 2004) and Danielle Wertz (Class of 2014) were two of just 11 semifinalists chosen to compete in the Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Vocals Competition. Both came through the choral program at McLean High School, they were both in Madrigals, and both sang with the Jazz Band here. Check out this article from The New York Times about the competition:


Posted on November 23, 2015 by

McLean band wins National Program of Excellence Award


Posted on November 13, 2015 by

McLeanMarchingBand2015The National Band Association has selected the McLean High School band program for a National Program of Excellence Award, as well as winner of the Southern Division Excellence Award. The NBA’s award recognizes high levels of program excellence and band programs that challenge students over a continued period of time.

To be considered for the award, band director Chris Weise had to submit materials to show the band’s history of success over the past four years. Those areas included performances, competition rankings and scores from Concert Band ensembles, Marching Band, Percussion Ensemble, All-District Band and All-State Band, Jazz Ensemble, Solo/Ensemble and Guard.

Weise and his staff also had to submit concert programs from the past four years and recordings from the bands in the last two years. McLean’s nationally acclaimed program is made up of three concert bands, two jazz ensembles, three winter guards, two percussion ensembles, and the Highlander Marching Band.  They all perform regularly in our region and across America.

Congratulations on this well-deserved honor!


Governor’s School offers Highlanders enriching experience


Posted on September 30, 2015 by

Governor’s School is a challenging and enriching Virginia program designed for highly motivated students. The selection process is extremely competitive, and we are so proud of the following students who participated in Governor’s School this summer:

Hannah Aaronson (Agriculture)

Shuqiao Chai (Agriculture)

Caitlin Dozier (Medicine and Health Sciences)

Bomi Kim (Humanities)

Katherine Ohlson (Visual and Performing Arts)

Gulenay Saydahmat (Medicine and Health Sciences)

Fatima Shabaz (Humanities)

Two informational meetings will be taking place for interested 10th and 11th grade students to discuss Governor’s School residential programs for the summer of 2016.

The first meeting will take place on Thursday, October 8th, at 3 p.m. in the Career Center for students interested in applying to programs in the Visual & Performing Arts (Visual Art, Dance, Instrumental Music, Vocal Music, or Theatre).

The second meeting will take place on Thursday, October 15th, at 3 p.m. in the Career Center for students interested in applying to programs in Academics (Humanities, Math/Science/Tech, Agriculture, Life Science/Medicine, and Mentorships in Engineering and Life Sciences).

If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Allman or Mr. Burke in Student Services.

Thank you for a great year, Highlanders!


Posted on June 19, 2015 by

Today, June 19th, marked the last day of the 2014-2015 school year.  This school year, our students have found success in and out of the classroom.  I have enjoyed sharing the many accolades our students and staff received over the course of the year here on Reilly’s Raves, and I can’t wait to continue with it next year.

This year’s graduating class is well-prepared to take on the next challenges in their lives.

*The Class of 2015 has 8 National Merit Finalists.

*As a class, 95% will be attending a post-secondary institution, 6 students will attend U.S. Service Academies, 5 students will enter the United States Armed Forces, and 2.3% will enter the workforce and engage in other activities to determine their future goals.

*This year’s class will be matriculating to 137 colleges and universities throughout the United States and abroad.

*The Class of 2015 has been offered and accepted over 8.1 million dollars in scholarships.

A special thanks to our PTSA officers: Elia Femia, Alison Senold, Sophia Bruner, Kirsten Huber, Jeannie Thomas, and Laura Przypyszny.  Their continued support of our students and teachers remains appreciated by all.  Also, thank you to Beth Raymond and Jen Herzberg for organizing our faculty luncheons, and to the Abi-Najm family for providing the staff a delicious end of the year lunch from Lebanese Taverna.  Finally, I’d like to thank all of the parents and students who made special treats and brought food Friday mornings. The staff truly appreciates your generosity and thoughtfulness.

During the summer, I will send updates about the opening of school as the date draws near. Students who have graduated will be removed from receiving Keep In Touch messages and rising freshmen will be added during the summer. To add or remove your email address from a school, go to   Please check the McLean High School website for updated information, and I will send out KIT messages to keep you informed.

On behalf of the faculty and staff at McLean High School, we wish everyone a safe and relaxing summer!