Assistant Director of Student Activities Fernando Belli recently received official recognition as a Certified Athletic Administrator through the National Interscholastic Athletic Administration Association. Obtaining this certification took a lot of extra work on top of all Mr. Belli does for McLean’s many wonderful activities, and I commend his efforts.
Congratulations to McLean’s Model UN Club, who attended the Loudoun Valley High School Conference last Saturday and left with multiple top awards, including the award for Best Large School. Three delegations were gaveled: Shivani Sabo & Alex Brunner, Fatima Shahbaz & Lily Saba, and Abraham Haj. Sib Hameed & Preety Shashtri were named an Honorable Delegation, and Yohan Ketkar received a Verbal Accommodation.
Model UN delegates receive high honors at the Loudoun Valley High School Conference.
Congratulations to Heather Pincus and Andrea Delgado, who placed second place at Virginia’s National Forensics League Tournament at Madison County last weekend. Their win qualifies the girls to compete at the National Forensics League’s National Speech & Debate Tournament.
Heather Pincus and Andrea Delgado display their trophies after Virginia’s National Forensic League Tournament.
This season, the Debate team was ranked third for having the most debate wins among schools in Maryland, D.C. and Northern Virginia.
The team competed at Metrofinals at Broad Run last weekend, where Jamie Starr and Meredith Harris placed third. Wish them luck as they prepare for the national competition, which will take place in Chicago over Memorial Day weekend.
Congratulations to team sponsor Christina Shin and all of the Debate team members for their hard work this year:
Alexander Karimi and Hussain Jaffery
Maggie Lam and Leni Kagan
Andrea Delgado and Heather Pincus
Meredith Harris and Jamie Starr
Soobin Wang and Mia Chand
Brundha Akkupalli and Tina Chai
Susie Choi and Cynthia McMahan
Min Choe and Tanya Yoon
Michelle Ma and Matthew Steelberg
Ellie Allison and Jin Yong (Jeffrey) Yoo
Ashwin Dasgupta and Liam Zeya
Shivani Saboo and Esther Kim
Stephanie Su and Allison Meakem
Annabell Lee and Lilly Lee
Fatima Shahbaz and Jessica Boyer
Melanie Pincus and Anna Osguthorpe
Naomi Jaffe and Aisha Singh
Mary Pottanat and Lucy Zheng
Sam Silverman and Sri Medicherla
Lia Compton and Crystal Cheung
The Science Olympiad team received third place in the regional competition. Science Olympiad teams compete in various events in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Congratulation to the following Science Olympiad members:
Thirty-three students won awards at DECA States in Virginia Beach last weekend, including three first place awards, which went to Isabel Cooper, Matt Pilsch and Viraj Sunderam. Students or groups who received a “Top 8” award are eligible to attend the International Career Development Conference in Atlanta, while “Top 15” indicates they received a high score on their test or event and are in a runner-up position.
Congratulations to all who competed! Here is the list of award winners:
Erin Calpin Hotel & Lodging Management Top 8
Isabel Cooper Job Interview 1st place
Meg Garland Business Finance Top 15
Joshua Li Automotive Services Marketing Top 8
Cameron Lombardi Principles of Bus, Mgt. & Admin. Top 8
Matt Pilsch Principles of Finance 1st place
Mike Robbins Principles of Finance Top 15
Viraj Sunderam Social Media 1st place
Michelle Vaccaro Human Resource Management Top 8
Annie Xie Job Interview 2nd place
Becky Ross & Sabrina Rozbicki Hospitality Services Top 15
David McCarthy & Eric Wilcox Sports & Entertainment Top 8
Emily McAuliffe & Rachel Wiener Buying & Merchandising Top 8
Logan Legg & Amanda Whitfield Marketing Communications Top 8
Patricia deGuzman, Apiding Osika & Kayla Waysome Fashion Merchandising Promotion Top 8
Matt Bielomowicz, Robbie Buttarazzi & Elijah Levine Entrepreneurship Innovation Top 15
Matt Livingston, Reid Madison & Malieka Rehman Entrepreneurship Promotion Top 8
Hannah Ackleson, Nathan Neri & Mashana Sangdee International Business Plan Top 15
Manny Enriquez, Christi Geisler & Kuan Goh Sports & Entertainment Promotion 2nd place
The following eight students will advance to take the American Invitational Mathematics Exam (AIME):
- —Jeongeon Park
- —David Chao
- —Andrew Ko
- —Matthew Steelberg
- —Adam Barth
- —Sunhee Bae
- —Owen Pilewski
- —Kyubin Lee
They will take the AIME on Thursday, March 13. Wish them luck!
Between sponsoring the Pink Hair for Hope program that raised money for breast cancer awareness last month and various fundraisers, DECA has been busy this year!
At the district competition, 31 DECA students qualified to compete at the state level. Be sure to congratulate these students when you see them!
First Place Winners
Isabel Cooper Job Interview
Viraj Sunderam Social Media
Ian Tansill Selling
Cameron Lombardi Principles of Business Management
Matt Pilsch Principles of Finance
Apiding Osika Principles of Hospitality & Tourism
Kathryn Howley Principles of Marketing
Meachan O’Reilly Apparel & Accessories
Meg Garland Business Finance
Michelle Vaccaro Human Resources Management
Brandon Carraway Restaurant & Food Service Marketing
Sonali Prabhu Quick Service Restaurant Marketing
Second Place Winners
Jack Slade Job Interview
Natalia Gochez Social Media Marketing
Henry Ahn Principles of Business Management
Mike Robbins Principles of Finance
Anna Lindquist Principles of Hospitality & Tourism
Joshua Li Automotive Services Marketing
Kayla Waysome Human Resources Management
Emma Crowers Retail Merchandising
Third Place Winners
Zaid Salameh Job Interview
Amir McCormick Social Media Marketing
Jenna Lebowitz Selling
Michael Petrosinelli Principles of Business Management
Claire Gray Principles of Hospitality & Tourism
Sarah Raymond Principles of Marketing
Arsham Zamani Automotive Services
Aceile Hammad Business Services Marketing
Ryan Waugh Food Marketing
Matthew Hanusik Retail Merchandising
Erin Calpin Hotel & Lodging Marketing
Photo courtesy of Deb Fargo
DECA students have also been helping out around the community. Members recently helped the Boy Scouts with their Scouting for Food drive by sorting donations for the local food bank.
Photo courtesy of Deb Fargo