Category Archives: Arts

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)

Violinist Sean Lim receives multiple honors


Posted on December 5, 2014 by

Sean Lim received first place in the Friday Morning Music Club High School Competition for Strings in memory of Gustave N. Johansen, Jr., receiving a $1000 scholarship and membership to the organization.

Sean is also a 2015 National YoungArts Foundation Honorable Mention winner in the category of Music Instrumental/Strings/Violin.

Finally, Sean has been invited to participate in the prestigious International Boris Goldstein Violin Competition in Switzerland this January, where he will be one of the youngest participants. Keep up the excellent work, Sean!

Alex Stone: 2015 National YoungArts Foundation finalist


Posted on November 25, 2014 by

Alex Stone has been named a 2015 National YoungArts Foundation finalist, placing him among the top theater/musical theater students in the country in this highly competitive contest.  He will attend YoungArts Week from Jan. 4 to 11 in Miami, where he will participate in master classes, workshops, auditions, and performances. Alex will be eligible for scholarships between $1,000 and $10,000 and be considered for a U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts nomination.

Career center specialist Dawn Allison brought this competition to the Stone family’s attention through her emails last year, at which time Alex received a YoungArts honorable mention. The program is for 10 different artistic disciplines, including visual, literary, design, and performing arts, so students interested in following in Alex’s talented footsteps may wish to check out the following website:

Congratulations, Alex!

Student performs with Washington Chorus at Kennedy Center


Posted on November 20, 2014 by

Hannah Schlesinger was selected to be one of five members of the Junior Washington Chorus who has the opportunity to sing with the Washington Chorus and study music theory with Maestro Julian Wachner. Last Sunday, the group performed Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis at the Kennedy Center’s Concert Hall. It’s so wonderful to see McLean students already making such great cultural contributions—congratulations, Hannah!