Category Archives: Athletics

Dance team concludes winning competition season


Posted on March 8, 2018 by

The varsity dance team won first place awards for both large varsity pom and large varsity jazz at the Gar-Field Sweetheart Invitational in mid-February. Eleven high school dance teams from six local counties participated in the all-day event. In addition, junior captain Isabella Swigart placed first in the solo division out of 23 soloists. In January, the team also won two first place awards at the Brooke Point High School Dance Invitational. Congratulations to the dance team on a fantastic competition season!

Members of the dance team are: Seniors: Cayla Davis (leadership team), Taylor Jackowski, Dylan Laufman (captain), Kaitlyn Merritt (captain), Rachel Remer Juniors: Kaiti Bachman (leadership team), Carenna Slotkoff, Isabella Swigart (junior captain), Elizabeth Turnage (junior captain), Rachel Zhang Sophomores:Mason Glembocki, Miranda Ma, Gabi Xie Freshmen: Annabelle Adams, Willa Britton, Megan Hassi, Leila Ilkanoff, Kate Macpherson, Sophia Ross, Mary Scalia Coaches: Jen Koonce, Nicole Moffitt

Marching band wins state championship


Posted on October 24, 2017 by

Congratulations to McLean’s marching band, who are once again the state champions! In addition to winning first place in the USBands Virginia State Championship last weekend, the marching band brought home awards for Best Music, Best Visual, and Best General Effect. 

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!