(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.
Starlet Smith recently won the 2015 Virginia String Teachers Association (VASTA) Outstanding New String Teacher/Orchestra Award. VASTA is the Virginia Chapter of the American String Teachers Association. She is most deserving of this honor!
Photo by Tanya Ajalli
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.
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: http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/10/12/monk-institute-announces-11-semifinalists-for-jazz-vocals-competition/?_r=1
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The 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 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.
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 http://www.fcps.edu/kit/. 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!
Congratulations to the following students, who were presented with awards at a ceremony in Student Services on May 21.
Alexandria Valley of the Scottish Rite Glass Scholarship: Jaqueline Rhodes
American Association of University Women McLean Branch Math Achievement Award: Kathryn Howley
American Association of University Women McLean Branch Science Achievement Award: Gulenay (Rose) Saydahmat
Anastasia Stewart Chunilal Foreign Language Scholarship: Genesis Pedraza
Anna M. DeConti Math Award: Michelle Vaccaro
DECA Principles of Marketing First Place, Virginia: Olivia McAuliffe
Virginia Association of Journalism Teachers & Advisers jDay Write-Off Contest:
Broadcast Division, First Place: Lama Al Rajih
News Writing Category, Third Place: Hee Young (Christine) Cheon
Juniper Networks Engineering Scholarship: Hye In (Lauren) Yeom
Michele Shoemaker-Liebel French Awards:
Academic Excellence: Rebecca Hall
Love of French: Christine McCulla
Nancy Lancaster Lindjord Memorial Scholarship: Katherine McGinn
National Merit Washington and Lee University Scholarship: Heather Pincus
President’s Volunteer Service Awards
Gold Award and Certificate of Excellence: Olivia Powell
Silver Award: Eva Femia
Bronze Award: Emma Chamberlayne
Raudenbush Spanish Awards
Spanish 1: Monica Fontana
Spanish 2: Jiwon (Gwenyth) Choi
Spanish 3: Omar Allabadi
Spanish 4: Hannah Aronson
AP Spanish: Lizzy Brown-Kaiser
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Medal Award: Richard Ohr
Scholastic Art and Writing Award, National Medal: Shin Ae Choi
Student Peace Awards of Fairfax County: Soobin Wang
U.S. Figure Skating Gold Level Achievement: Victoria Boinest
McLean Nominee for VHSL Charles E. Savedge Scholarship: Andrea Delgado
Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Emerging Leader Scholarship: Jack Holland
In the Council for the Arts of Herndon Technology and the Arts Competition, Lucas Lotta (left) received first place in the Digital Animation category, which comes with a $1000 scholarship. Suhyun Yoon (right) received an Honorable Distinction. Congratulations to both of them and their teacher, Sarah Gurgo (center).
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Congratulations to Amy Poe and the McLean High School Theatre Co. students for earning 21 Cappies nominations for their production of Big Fish. To learn more about the Cappies, please visit: http://www.cappies.com/About.aspx
||Zoe Le Menestrel
||Zack Alvarez, Jared Jacknow, Emma Knapp, Max Speil
||Tristan Froats, Jared Jacknow, Avery Madore, Max Speil
||Faris Assaadi, Ben French, Luke Gagorik, Joe Miller
||Miranda Creason, Marzanne DeLapp de Anaya, Breezy Johnson, Jessica Scarano
||Camille Calderon, Havi Carrillo-Klein, Kevin Pfeil, Brittany Regas
|Special Effects and or Technology
||Kate Callahan, Isabel Zapata
||Marielle Burt, Breezy Johnson, Thomas Kelty, Blue Morph Suit Crew
||Marielle Burt, Rebecca Stewart, Jamie Wertz
|Ensemble in a Musical
|Supporting Actor in a Musical
|Lead Actor in a Musical
||McLean High School Critic Team
||“Be the Hero”