Congratulations to the sponsors of the National English Honor Society, Christina Shin and Lisa Beskenis! Our chapter was named the Outstanding NEHS Chapter for the 2014-2015 school year.
According to NEHS Director Dave Wendelin, “Of particular importance to the review committee were ‘Operation Gratitude,’ ‘Youth Mentoring,’ and the ‘Speak Up Initiative.’ These outreach efforts must have been so welcome to the soldiers receiving letters as well as to the students at Haycock Elementary and Stanton Elementary who had the opportunity to interact with and learn from your members.”
This week, the McLean NEHS chapter inducted approximately 50 new members.
Governor’s School is a challenging and enriching Virginia program designed for highly motivated students. The selection process is extremely competitive, and we are so proud of the following students who participated in Governor’s School this summer:
Hannah Aaronson (Agriculture)
Shuqiao Chai (Agriculture)
Caitlin Dozier (Medicine and Health Sciences)
Bomi Kim (Humanities)
Katherine Ohlson (Visual and Performing Arts)
Gulenay Saydahmat (Medicine and Health Sciences)
Fatima Shabaz (Humanities)
Two informational meetings will be taking place for interested 10th and 11th grade students to discuss Governor’s School residential programs for the summer of 2016.
The first meeting will take place on Thursday, October 8th, at 3 p.m. in the Career Center for students interested in applying to programs in the Visual & Performing Arts (Visual Art, Dance, Instrumental Music, Vocal Music, or Theatre).
The second meeting will take place on Thursday, October 15th, at 3 p.m. in the Career Center for students interested in applying to programs in Academics (Humanities, Math/Science/Tech, Agriculture, Life Science/Medicine, and Mentorships in Engineering and Life Sciences).
If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Allman or Mr. Burke in Student Services.
The following 16 students have been named as semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship competition for their stellar scores on the PSAT/NMSQT. Congratulations!
Nicholas A. Anthony
Jatin C. Dasgupta
Iris A. Gou
Abraham Q. Haji
Kathryn C. Howley
Adam A. Katwan
Sam H. Kim
Grace J. Lee
Gulenay Y. Saydahmat
Matthew B. Steelberg
Catherine J. Suh
Gillian L. Wright
Jin Yong Yoo
Liam O. Zeya
Several Highlanders devoted a week of their summers to Virginia Girls and Boys State, where they learned about civic leadership and how government works. Sponsored by the American Legion, these programs help students to see the importance of their roles as American citizens, and we are proud of all who attended.
Girls State 2015
Boys State 2015
Jin Yong Yoo
Congratulations to our National Merit Program commended students for their excellent scores on the PSAT/NMSQT!
CHRISTOPHER R. ALLEN
ELEANOR M. ALLISON
AUTUMN L. BRENNER
JOHN E. CLIBURN
HUGH D. COLLINS
JADE E. DAVIS
JESSE T. DUCHARME
MAYA Z. FALICOV
EVA C. FEMIA
HELEN M. FROATS
MATTHEW C. HANUSIK
LINDSAY D. HART
ERIC S. JUNEAU
MADELINE M. KELLEHER
CHA DOL KIM
YONSEI J. KIM
ZOE C. LE MENESTREL
MEGAN E. LEIMKUHLER
MAYA D. LEZZAM
CAMERON H. LOMBARDI
RICHARD F. OHR
JOHN L. POSEY
ELIZABETH G. RADCLIFFE
JANE C. SAHLIN
KAREN M. SHEDLOCK
JULIA ST. JOHN
HOPE L. SULLIVAN
MIKAELA E. WILBUR
VERONICA R. WOLFE
KAREN M. WOOD
SEI YOUNG YOON
ALEXANDER Y. YUAN
This summer, Xiyou Wang participated in the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders in Boston, where she had the opportunity to learn from prestigious figures in the fields of science and technology, including Nobel Prize winners, inventors, CEOs, and even a two-time Academy Award winner. Xiyou is the recipient of an Award of Excellence from the Congress, and we are proud that she was able to represent McLean High School at this event.
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!
Logan Legg received a $1,500 scholarship at the Marketing Advisory Board scholarship reception last week. They also gave him a framed Wordle created with words from his application, resume and interview. Congratulations, Logan!
Last night at the FCPS College Partnership Program Senior dinner and reception, $1000 scholarships were awarded to three deserving seniors out of 65 applicants. Kayla Waysome (second from left) was honored as one of the recipients. Two other seniors, Natalia Chavez (second from right) and Felix De Anda (right), who applied for the scholarship attended the program with their parents. Thank you to Tara Lodwig (left) and Jim Menderson for all of their hard work with this inspiring program!
Congratulations to the following students, who were presented with awards at a ceremony in Student Services on May 21.
Alexandria Valley of the Scottish Rite Glass Scholarship: Jaqueline Rhodes
American Association of University Women McLean Branch Math Achievement Award: Kathryn Howley
American Association of University Women McLean Branch Science Achievement Award: Gulenay (Rose) Saydahmat
Anastasia Stewart Chunilal Foreign Language Scholarship: Genesis Pedraza
Anna M. DeConti Math Award: Michelle Vaccaro
DECA Principles of Marketing First Place, Virginia: Olivia McAuliffe
Virginia Association of Journalism Teachers & Advisers jDay Write-Off Contest:
Broadcast Division, First Place: Lama Al Rajih
News Writing Category, Third Place: Hee Young (Christine) Cheon
Juniper Networks Engineering Scholarship: Hye In (Lauren) Yeom
Michele Shoemaker-Liebel French Awards:
Academic Excellence: Rebecca Hall
Love of French: Christine McCulla
Nancy Lancaster Lindjord Memorial Scholarship: Katherine McGinn
National Merit Washington and Lee University Scholarship: Heather Pincus
President’s Volunteer Service Awards
Gold Award and Certificate of Excellence: Olivia Powell
Silver Award: Eva Femia
Bronze Award: Emma Chamberlayne
Raudenbush Spanish Awards
Spanish 1: Monica Fontana
Spanish 2: Jiwon (Gwenyth) Choi
Spanish 3: Omar Allabadi
Spanish 4: Hannah Aronson
AP Spanish: Lizzy Brown-Kaiser
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Medal Award: Richard Ohr
Scholastic Art and Writing Award, National Medal: Shin Ae Choi
Student Peace Awards of Fairfax County: Soobin Wang
U.S. Figure Skating Gold Level Achievement: Victoria Boinest
McLean Nominee for VHSL Charles E. Savedge Scholarship: Andrea Delgado
Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Emerging Leader Scholarship: Jack Holland