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McLean’s yearbook wins a Pacemaker

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Posted on April 21, 2017 by

McLean’s yearbook and newsmagazine staffs were well represented at the National Scholastic Press Association/Journalism Education Association Convention in Seattle April 6 – 9. In the Yearbook Pacemaker competition, McLean’s yearbook was one of just 35 high school books nationwide to receive the Pacemaker honor. The 2016 Clan is one of just 19 high school yearbooks nationwide to be recognized with both a CSPA Crown and an NSPA Pacemaker this year!

In the Best of Show competition, The Highlander newsmagazine earned second place in the newsmagazine category and The Clan yearbook earned seventh place honors.

McLean’s publications are among the nation’s best! Way to go!

The Highlander newsmagazine wins a CSPA Gold Crown

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Posted on March 22, 2017 by

The Highlander newsmagazine staff was presented with a Gold Crown at the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) journalism convention at Columbia University in New York City on March 17. This is their second year in a row to receive this prestigious award.

The Highlander is the ONLY high school newspaper/newsmagazine in the state of Virginia to win a Gold Crown this year!

CSPA’s Gold Crown is one of the highest honors in scholastic journalism. According to the CSPA website, “publications are judged on their excellence as shown by their design, photography, concept, coverage and writing.” Congratulations!

Sabrina Vazquez, Alex Mandanas, Emily O'Keefe, Anya Chen and Nick Monroy accepted the CSPA Gold Crown on behalf of The Highlander staff on March 17.

Sabrina Vazquez, Alex Mandanas, Emily O’Keefe, Anya Chen and Nick Monroy accepted the CSPA Gold Crown on behalf of The Highlander staff at Columbia University on March 17.

Highlander editor-in-chief Melanie Pincus named Virginia Journalist of the Year

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Posted on February 21, 2017 by

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Melanie Pincus has been named the Virginia Journalist of the Year by the Virginia Association of Journalism Teachers and Advisers.  Melanie, who is in her second year as editor-in-chief of The Highlander newsmagazine, works with teacher and adviser Lindsay Benedict.  Melanie will compete for the Journalism Education Association’s national award this spring.

Judges cited Melanie for her passion for reporting the news and for conducting outreach to middle school students to spread awareness of high school journalism and to provide information about media literacy.  She was also praised for her writing style, use of sources, professionalism in reporting about timely topics, skill at editing and providing feedback to colleagues, and keeping lines of communication open with the administration.  One judge stated, “Pincus’ portfolio looks like that of a college senior, with internships, awards, and hard news reporting that shows a hunger and knack for telling important stories. She takes stories that might appear mundane, such as teacher salaries, and explains them in a way that her readership will find compelling.”

It is a pleasure to work with Melanie, and this award is well-deserved!

McLean’s yearbook is a Pacemaker finalist

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Posted on February 14, 2017 by

I’m pleased to share with you that McLean’s yearbook is one of just 62 high school yearbooks nationwide to be announced as a Pacemaker finalist. Since 1927, the National Scholastic Press Association’s Pacemaker competition has been considered by many to be student journalism’s highest honor. http://studentpress.org/nspa/awards/2016-yearbook-pacemaker-finalists/

McLean is one of just 29 high schools in the nation to be on both the NSPA Pacemaker list and the CSPA Crown list this year, the two highest honors in scholastic journalism. Congratulation to adviser Meghan Percival and the yearbook staff!

Yearbook and newsmagazine selected as CSPA Crown finalists

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Posted on November 4, 2016 by

The Columbia Scholastic Press Association announced their lists of yearbook and news Crown finalists, and McLean’s 2016 Clan yearbook was one of just 51 high school books in the nation selected for this prestigious honor, while The Highlander newsmagazine was one of 67 news publications to be selected. Both publications will receive either a Silver or Gold Crown at the award ceremony at Columbia University on March 17.

It’s also exciting to note that McLean is one of just four schools in the country to have BOTH their newspaper and yearbook staffs named as Crown finalists this year!

Congratulations to McLean’s student journalists!

McLean’s publications staffs earn top state and national awards

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Posted on May 20, 2016 by

Student journalists from the yearbook and newsmagazine staffs celebrate their Crown Awards at Columbia University in March.

Student journalists from the yearbook and newsmagazine staffs celebrate their Crown Awards at Columbia University in March.

It’s been a busy spring for McLean’s publications staffs!

McLean’s Clan Yearbook was recognized by the National Scholastic Press Association with the Pacemaker Award. The Clan was one of just 42 high school yearbooks to earn this distinction. The Clan was also awarded a Silver Crown from CSPA.

McLean’s Highlander Newsmagazine was recognized by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association with a Gold Crown. The Highlander was one of just 16 magazines in the world (one of the winners was from Hong Kong) to earn CSPA’s top prize. The Highlander was also an NSPA Pacemaker Finalist.

At the Virginia Association Of Journalism Teachers and Advisers J-Day on Saturday, April 23, McLean’s yearbook, The Clan, won first place in the yearbook Best of Show competition.

In the J-Day Write-Off Competitions, the following McLean students were recognized:

Broadcast

2nd place: Lama Al Rajih

Caption Writing

2nd place: Sania Shahid

Editorial Writing

1st place: Ashwin Dasgupta

Feature Writing

1st place: Liam Zeya

Infographics

1st place: Bryan Chung

News Writing

2nd place: Siddarth Shankar

3rd place: Melanie Pincus

Sports Writing

1st place: John Corvari

2nd place: Haru Kato

Photography

Honorable Mention: Samantha Taherian

The Highlander newsmagazine named Pacemaker finalist

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Posted on September 15, 2015 by

I’m pleased to share with you that McLean’s newsmagazine, The Highlander, is one of just 16 newsmagazines nationwide to be announced as a Pacemaker finalist! The staff of The Highlander is also the only news staff in the state of Virginia (newspaper OR newsmagazine) to make the finalist list.

Since 1927, the National Scholastic Press Association’s Pacemaker competition has been considered by many to be student journalism’s highest honor. In November, adviser Lindsay Benedict and her staff will find out at the National Scholastic Press Association conference in Orlando if they have won a Pacemaker – but just making it on the finalist list is a tremendous accomplishment!

http://studentpressblogs.org/nspa/2015-newspaper-pacemaker-finalists/

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Thank you for a great year, Highlanders!

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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 http://www.fcps.edu/kit/.   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!

Journalism students/publications/advisers receive state, national awards

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Posted on April 22, 2015 by

McLean’s journalism programs were well represented at the National Scholastic Press Association/Journalism Education Association Convention in Denver this past weekend.

  • +In the Best of Show competition (Yearbooks 289 – 336 Pages), The Clan yearbook won Fourth Place.
  • +In the NSPA Design of the Year Competition, The Highlander newsmagazine editors Julia Al-Akkad and Andrea Delgado won Fourth Place for their Infographic Design.
  • +In the write-off competitions, four students brought home awards:
    •      -Sajanee Chithranjan received a Superior rating in the Yearbook Copy/Caption: Clubs category.
    •      -Aisha Singh received an Excellent rating for Review Writing.
    •      -Carlyn Kranking received an Honorable Mention for Newswriting.
    •      -Kelly Oler received an Honorable Mention in the Yearbook Copy/Caption: Student Life category.
  • +Lindsay Benedict, adviser of The Highlander and WMHS News, received a Rising Star Award for her accomplishments with her journalism students and publications.

 

We also had a great showing at the Virginia Association of Journalism Teachers and Advisers’ Journalism Day (jDay) on April 10 and 11.

  • +Meghan Percival, adviser of The Clan, was honored with the Thomas Jefferson Award for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism Education.
  • +Broadcast journalism student Lama Al Rajih won first place in the Broadcast competition.
  • +Broadcast journalism student Samantha Taherian won third place for Feature Photography.
  • +Yearbook staffer Meryl Menezes won first place for Caption Writing.
  • +Newsmagazine staff members won the following awards:
    •      -Ashwin Dasgupta, first place in Editorial Writing
    •      -Melanie Pincus, second place in Newswriting
    •      -Christine Cheon, third place in Newswriting
    •      -Eleanor Patrick, first place in Editorial Cartooning
    •      -Bryan Chung, second place in Editorial Cartooning

McLean yearbook receives top honor from Columbia Scholastic Press Association

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Posted on March 27, 2015 by

I am pleased to share with you that the 2014 Clan yearbook staff earned a Gold Crown Award from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. The award was announced at the scholastic journalism convention in New York City last weekend. McLean’s yearbook was one of just 21 high school yearbooks from across the country to earn this top honor. Congratulations to adviser Meghan Percival and her phenomenal yearbook staff!

http://cspa.columbia.edu/recepient-lists/2015-awards-student-work-crown-awards-scholastic-recipients