Category Archives: Arts

Lily Lord wins Hal Leonard Vocal Competition


Posted on May 4, 2015 by

Lily Lord was just announced as the first place winner of the national 2015 Hal Leonard Vocal Competition in the Musical Theatre: High School Voices (Ages 16-18) category. Lily has been a McLean Madrigal for the past three years and is an active member of the McLean Theatre Company.

Check out Lily’s award-winning video!

Senior completes National Gallery of Art High School Seminar


Posted on April 22, 2015 by

Senior Apiding Osika successfully completed the High School Seminar at the National Gallery of Art, a 10-session program that introduces upper-level high school students to the skills necessary to study art history and art-making techniques by drawing on the rich collections at the National Gallery of Art. At the end of the seminar, Apiding presented her research to an audience of teachers, parents and museum visitors. Very impressive, Apiding!

Shinae Choi wins Silver Medal in National Scholastic Art Awards


Posted on March 27, 2015 by

Shinae Choi, one of Swapna Elias’s AP Studio Art students, won a Silver Medal at the national level for her art portfolio in the National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards of 2015. Only 20 other Fairfax County students won national awards, and only three other students won for their portfolios. Only the top 1% were recognized at the national level. With more than 300,000 students participating, this is an incredible achievement. Excellent work, Shinae!

Creative Writing students’ work headed to VHSL competition


Posted on March 16, 2015 by

This year, McLean’s Creative Writing students are excited to be entering the Virginia High School League writing competition. This is a statewide competition that recognizes the best high school writers across the state. The following pieces of writing are heading to the competition, so please congratulate the following students on their entries:


“Excavation” by Katherine Mullet (11)

“Warrior Boys” by Emma Paquette (12)


“A girl….” by Sophie Huffman (12)

“An Emptied Mind” by Ana Garvin (12)


“You” by Olivia Lehman (12)

“Out Went the Light” by Kyle Edwards (12)

McLean Theatre Co. wows audiences with Big Fish


Posted on February 23, 2015 by

Photo by Isabel Zapata

Photo by Isabel Zapata

Once again, I am blown away by the work of the McLean Theatre Company on their latest production, Big Fish. In addition to the actors’ stunning performances, the choreography and direction were truly extraordinary. This impressive show is not to be missed!

Take a look at this glowing DC Metro Theater Arts review:

Although some of last weekend’s performances were cancelled due to inclement weather, there will be some encore performances this weekend:

Friday, Feb. 27 – 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 28 – 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 1 – 7:00 p.m.

For tickets, visit this link:

McLean Dance Team rocks first competition


Posted on February 9, 2015 by

Please join me in congratulating the members of the McLean Dance Team.  They performed extremely well during their first competition of the year on Saturday, earning the following awards:

1st Place – Pom Routine

1st Place – Kick Routine

3rd Place – Jazz Routine

4th Place – Hip Hop routine

In addition, the following girls earned recognition for their duets and solos:

1st Place – Open Solo – Mia Yi

2nd Place – Jazz Duet – Sophie Mariam & Kaitlyn Merritt

Regional Scholastic Art Award winners announced


Posted on January 29, 2015 by

Congratulations to the Gold Key, Silver Key and Honorable Mention recipients of the 2015 Regional Scholastic Art Awards!

Gold Keys:

Michelle Booth (Photography [two awards])

Shinae Choi (Mixed Media & Sculpture & Art Portfolio [three awards])

Isabel Delgado (Photography)

Dana Peters (Photography)

Suhyun Yoon (Art Portfolio & Digital Art & Mixed Media [three awards])

Eva Zarpas (Photography)

Silver Keys:

Isabella Canovas (Printmaking)

Shinae Choi (Painting & Drawing [two awards])

Allison McClain (Digital Art [two awards])

Young In Seo (Drawing)

Jeesoo Yoon (Photography)

Suhyun Yoon (Painting)

Honorable Mentions:

George Carter (Photography)

Shinae Choi (Drawing)

Katherine Horenstein (Fashion)

Lindsey Kircher (Art Portfolio)

Matt Miro (Digital Art)

Kiel Posner (Sculpture)

Elizabeth Sanders-Smith (Photography & Photo Portfolio [two awards])

Young In Seo (Drawing)