Category Archives: Arts

Students presented with awards at May 21 ceremony


Posted on May 27, 2015 by

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

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American Association of University Women McLean Branch Science Achievement Award: Gulenay (Rose) Saydahmat

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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


McLean Theatre Co. nominated for 21 Cappies


Posted on May 27, 2015 by

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:

Category Nominee
Rising Critic Jessica Scarano
Returning Critic Gillian Wright
Returning Critic Jack Posey
Returning Critic Zoe Le Menestrel
Graduating Critic Emma Paquette
Graduating Critic Marielle Burt
Sound Zack Alvarez, Jared Jacknow, Emma Knapp, Max Speil
Lighting Tristan Froats, Jared Jacknow, Avery Madore, Max Speil
Sets Faris Assaadi, Ben French, Luke Gagorik, Joe Miller
Costumes Miranda Creason, Marzanne DeLapp de Anaya, Breezy Johnson, Jessica Scarano
Props Camille Calderon, Havi Carrillo-Klein, Kevin Pfeil, Brittany Regas
Special Effects and or Technology Kate Callahan, Isabel Zapata
Stage Crew Marielle Burt, Breezy Johnson, Thomas Kelty, Blue Morph Suit Crew
Choreography Marielle Burt, Rebecca Stewart, Jamie Wertz
Ensemble in a Musical The Company
Featured Actor Matt Lucero
Supporting Actor in a Musical Jack Posey
Lead Actor in a Musical Alex Stone
Critic Team McLean High School Critic Team
Song “Be the Hero”
Musical Big Fish


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: