Category Archives: Athletics

Varsity dance team wraps up their most successful season ever


Posted on March 27, 2017 by

Members of the dance team are:

Members of the dance team are: Seniors: Julia Kaufmann (captain), Chloe Kim, Annie Luo, Sophie Mariam (captain), Dana Schaumburg (captain), Neeki Souri (captain) Juniors: Cayla Davis, Taylor Jackowski, Dylan Laufman, Kaitlyn Merritt (junior captain), Rachel Remer Sophomores: Kaiti Bachman, Alyssa Montes, Carenna Slotkoff, Isabella Swigart, Elizabeth Turnage, Rachel Zhang Freshmen: Mason Glembocki, Emma Jolley, Jillian Keilholtz, Brianna Walia Coaches: Jen Koonce, Nicole Moffitt, Jesus Villeda

The varsity dance team recently concluded its competition season with 3rd place awards in both jazz and pom at the Reach the Beach Nationals competition in Ocean City, Maryland.  The dance team had its most successful season ever, winning several awards this year:

  • 1st place jazz, Sweetheart Dance Invitational
  • 1st place pom, Sweetheart Dance Invitational
  • 1stplace jazz, NDA Capitol Classic
  • 1stplace pom, NDA Capitol Classic
  • 1stplace team home routine, UDA Summer Camp
  • Superior trophy for highest average superior ribbons, UDA Summer Camp
  • Highest number of All-American Dancers at UDA Summer Camp; seniors Julia Kaufmann, Chloe Kim, Sophie Mariam, Dana Schaumburg and Neeki Souri were selected for the All-American Award
  • 2nd place solo award at Reach the Beach and 2nd place solo award at the Sweetheart Dance Invitational for senior captain Sophie Mariam
  • 3rd place solo award at Reach the Beach and 5th place solo award at the Sweetheart Dance Invitational for sophomore Isabella Swigart

Brendan Grammes earns second state title


Posted on February 21, 2017 by


Brendan Grammes won his second state title in as many years. This year he did it at the 152 lb. weight class. Brendan also set the all-time record for career wins, passing his brother Connor. Congratulations, Brendan!

McLean Crew Club members earn medals at Mid-Atlantic Erg Sprints


Posted on February 14, 2017 by

McLean Crew Club competed at the Mid-Atlantic Erg Sprints on Feb. 4. Henry McCarthy broke an event record in the men’s junior lightweight competition, 1500 meters, winning first place.


Henry McCarthy, first place lightweight juniors, 1500 meter


Lauren Benedict: 2nd place, women’s juniors, 1500 meter


Double slide team winners

Here are the stats:

Henry McCarthy – First – Junior (age 16) Lightweight Men 1500M, new record: 4:58.9

Eric Petri – Third – Junior (age 18-19) Lightweight Men 2000M

Mason Duncan & David Pratt – First – Junior Men 3-Minute Crash (Double Slide)

Henry McCarthy and Jacob Hilliard-First Junior Men 3-Minute Crash (Double Slide)

Eric Petri & Jared Lampal – First – Junior Lightweight Men 3-Minute Crash (Double Slide)

Lauren Benedict – Second – Junior (age 15) Women 1500M

Sophia Benmhend, Hannah Mason, Melissa Kazanci, Taylor Mooers – Second – Open Women 5-Minute Quad Slide

Mason & Ryan Duncan – First – Parent/Child Men 500M Dash

Paul & Rod Fabrycky – Second – Parent/Child Men 500M Dash

Other noteworthy finishes:

Lauren Benedict – Sixth – Women’s Junior 20-Minute Row

Alexa Liquori – Fifth – Women’s Junior 20-Minute Row

Autumn Brenner named one of top four student-athletes in Virginia


Posted on December 14, 2015 by

Autumn BrennerSenior Autumn Brenner is one of four students in Virginia awarded the Student-Athlete of the Year award by the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. Brenner, a volleyball player with a 4.4 grade point average, was honored for her athletic and academic achievement and civic involvement. She is a four-year varsity starter, two-time captain, and two-time MVP on McLean High’s volleyball team, where she earned first team all-conference and all-region honors; she also is a setter for Metro Volleyball Club, a nationally ranked club team. Brenner has been the setter at the USA Volleyball Junior National Championship for five years, and was named a Phenom Athlete by the American Volleyball Coaches Association in 2014, a recognition of elite high school players in the U.S. She has signed a national letter of intent to play NCAA Division I volleyball for the College of William and Mary.

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!

Last weekend, the crew club earned multiple awards at the state championships at Sandy Run Park in Occaquan. The men’s lightweight 8+ boat, comprised of seniors David Kenworthy (stroke) and Connor Koch (7-seat), juniors Ryan Creeser (5-seat) and Patrick Croke (bow) and sophomores Grant Herzberg (6-seat), Jake Sechler (4-seat), Evan Korade (3-seat), Jared Lampal (2-seat) and Jake Wadle (cox), won gold in a scorching time of 4:36.2. […]

Crew wins gold medals at state championship


Posted on May 14, 2015 by

Winter sports & activities kudos from the activities department


Posted on May 14, 2015 by

The McLean Highlanders had a great winter sports and activities season, capturing many Conference, Regional and State awards. Please give kudos to the following teams and student athletes. 

Gymnastics: The 2014-2015 girls gymnastics team completed a dream season, winning Conference, Regional and culminating with the VHSL 6A State Championships. The team had an undefeated season through Conference meets. The following individuals also deserve recognition for their outstanding achievements:

Liberty Conference 6 Meet


Tie for 3rd – Lizzy Brown-Kaiser and Jacqueline Green 9.6

6th Place – Carolyn Brown-Kaiser

9th Place – Mathilde Larose


3rd Place – Lizzy Brown-Kaiser 9.225

4th Place – Jacqueline Green 9.00


4th place – Calista Pardue 8.95

Tie for 6th place – Jennie Korb and Jacqueline Green 8.9

Tie for 9th place – Lizzy Brown-Kaiser and Delaney Gallagher


5th Place – Jacqueline Green – 9.125


2nd Place – Jacqueline Green 36.625

3rd Place – Lizzy Brown-Kaiser 36.425

Regionals @ Lake Braddock


2nd place – Jacqueline Green 9.55


3rd Place – Lizzy Brown-Kaiser 9.05


4th Place – Lizzy Brown-Kaiser 9.075


2nd place – Jacqueline Green 9.7

4th Place – Lizzy Brown-Kaiser 9.575

All Around:

4th Place – Lizzy Brown-Kaiser 36.95

6th Place – Jacqueline Green 36.475

Other top contributors to the team’s last three meets included: Calista Pardue, Mathilde Larose, Madi Schuman, Carolyn Brown-Kaiser and Delaney Gallagher.

Wrestling: The varsity wrestling team had an excellent season, once again capturing the Liberty Conference 6 Championship, their second in three seasons. They had an exciting two-day meet that came down to the wire. They also had some outstanding individual achievements. The team went on to finish 5th in the Region and 7th in the state.

State Champion:

152: Conor Grammes

State Runner-up:

160: Gavin Legg

Conference Champions:

120: Brendan Grammes

126: Eric Johnston

152: Conor Grammes

160: Gavin Legg

179: Mack McCune

Regional Champions and Placements:

120: Brendan Grammes – 4th

126: Eric Johnston – 4th

152: Conor Grammes – 1st (Regional Champion)

160: Gavin Legg – 3rd

170: Mack McCune – 1st (Regional Champion)

195: Cochise Wanzer – 4th

Washington Post All-Mets

2nd Team: Conor Grammes

Swim and Dive:   The boys finished second, behind a powerful Langley team but ahead of both Yorktown and Madison (who beat them in the regular season).  The girls finished strong, missing out on a second place finish by one point.  Everyone swam/dove very well, but here are some highlights:

Senior Caroline McCleary earned a Conference championship in dive.  This is her third consecutive title.  Her score this year was again high enough to earn her All-American consideration. Junior Delaney Gallagher placed 3rd, and sophomore Hanna Farson placed 6th—personal bests for each girl.

Sophomore Bobby Trono finished 7th in an incredibly talented field (the top two divers had scores over 500—they are both nationally ranked).

Junior Chris Murphy won both of his events: the 100 free and the 100 backstroke.  He also set two new conference records. Sophomore Carter Flint won the 100 breaststroke, also setting a new conference record.

McLean had three boys in the top six finishers in the 100 breaststroke—in addition to Carter, freshman Sam Gollob and sophomore Timothy “Dorje” Wu.  All three of these young men have already qualified for the state championship in this event.

The following individuals also received recognition:

Washington Post All-Met:

Christopher Murphy: 2nd Team

Timothy Wu: Honorable Mention

Caroline McCleary: Honorable Mention

Sinead Eksteen: Honorable Mention

Veronica Wolf: Honorable Mention

Regional Qualifiers:

Sam Gollob

Peter Byman

Chris Murphy

Carter Flint

Andy Yang

Matt Grocock

Anno Kong

Dorje Wu

Emily Kong

Sinead Eksteen

Elena Summers

Christine McCulla

Liddy McCulla

Bethany Grocock

Julia LeMunyon

Claire Wolff

Veronica Wolff

Caroline McCleary

Delaney Gallagher

Hannah Farson

Bobby Trono

State Qualifiers:

Sam Gollob

Peter Byman

Chris Murphy

Carter Flint

Andy Yang

Matt Grocock

Anno Kong

Dorje Wu

Emily Kong

Sinead Eksteen

Elena Summers

Christine McCulla

Liddy McCulla

Julia LeMunyon

Claire Wolff

Veronica Wolff

Caroline McCleary

Delaney Gallagher

Girls Basketball: The girls basketball team had wins over Woodson, Stone Bridge, Marshall, Jefferson, Hayfield and Washington-Lee. The team was very young and will return several players in what should make for an exciting 2015-2016 season. The following individuals received recognition:

Jessica Monroe: 2nd Team All-Conference

Karynne Baker: All-Defensive Team

Boys Basketball: The boys basketball team had wins over Oakton, Stuart and Marshall this season. With several returning players coming back in the program, the future looks bright for the Highlanders.

The following individual received recognition:

Jack Ferguson: 2nd Team All Conference

Indoor Track: The indoor track team had a great season, with girls finishing second in the conference and boys finishing third.

The following individuals received special recognition for their events:

Conference champions:

Rose Castle – high jump

James Carver – high jump

Matt Ohlson – shot put

Regional Qualifiers:

Rose Castle – high jump

James Carver – high jump

Matt Ohlson – shot put

Stephan Min – 55

Chris Tan  – 55 hurdles

Jason Sprouls – 1000

Matt Burke – 1600, 3200

Chandler Ott  – pole vault

Alex Fan – pole vault

John Short – triple

Alex Klenk – triple

Korey Blodgett, Alex Pierce, Jason Sprouls, John Corvari – 4×800

Stephan Min, Morgan Gillis, Ryan Creeser, Andrew Park – 4×200

Kelly Oler – high jump

Michelle Vaccaro – 3200

Alisha Smith – high jump

Danielle Maynard – high jump, long jump, triple jump

Rose Castle – high jump, long jump, triple jump

Elise Koehl – shot put

Rose Saydahmat – shot put

Adair Maynard – 55 hurdles

Kelly Oler, Caitlin Pyne, Paige Harper, Caroline Watkins – 4×400

State Qualifiers:

James Carver – high jump

Matt Ohlson – shot put 

Dance Team:

At their first competition, they earned 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 and Kaitlyn Merritt



1st and 2nd place – VHSL Public Forum Debate Group 6A North District (two teams placed)

1st and 4th place – VHSL Public Forum Debate Group 6A North Regional

3rd place – VHSL Public Forum Debate Group 6A North State

WACFL (Washington-Arlington Catholic Forensics League)

2nd place – Most Points/Wins in Public Forum Washington-Arlington Catholic Forensics League

They are sending one public forum debate team to WACFL Nationals in Ft. Lauderdale and two public forum debate teams to National Speech and Debate Association Nationals in Texas.


The McLean forensics team had three finalists advance to the state level. Sam Brumbaugh won 2nd place in Poetry and the team of Christophe Jelinksi and Jeffrey Nolan won 3rd place in Comedic Duo.

One Acts:

McLean had a great showing at Conference One-Acts, earning 3rd place in the Conference with their one-act version of “Almost, Maine.”