Category Archives: Academics

McLean National English Honor Society named 2014-2015 Outstanding Chapter

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Posted on October 4, 2015 by

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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 offers Highlanders enriching experience

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Posted on September 30, 2015 by

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.

Sixteen students qualify as semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship competition

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Posted on September 30, 2015 by

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

Andrew Ko

Grace J. Lee

Gulenay Y. Saydahmat

Matthew B. Steelberg

Catherine J. Suh

Gillian L. Wright

Kun Xing

Jin Yong Yoo

Liam O. Zeya

Virginia Girls and Boys State participants expand knowledge of civic leadership and government

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Posted on September 25, 2015 by

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

Emma Chamberlayne

Susie Choi

Jade Davis

Grace Lee

Megan Leimkuhler

Michelle Ma

Shivani Saboo

Elizabeth Thomas

Boys State 2015

Hugh Collins

Ryan Creeser

Ashwin Dasgupta

Christopher Haley

Habia Karaky

Matthew Steelberg

Jin Yong Yoo

National Merit Program announces commended students

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Posted on September 25, 2015 by

Congratulations to our National Merit Program commended students for their excellent scores on the PSAT/NMSQT!

CHRISTOPHER R. ALLEN

ELEANOR M. ALLISON

HANNAH ARONSON

AUTUMN L. BRENNER

SHUQIAO CHAI

MIN CHOE

JINYOUNG CHOI

JOHN E. CLIBURN

HUGH D. COLLINS

CLAIRE DALBY

ASHWIN DASGUPTA

JADE E. DAVIS

JESSE T. DUCHARME

MAYA Z. FALICOV

EVA C. FEMIA

HELEN M. FROATS

SABREIN GHARAD

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

HARRISON LLOYD

CAMERON H. LOMBARDI

MICHELLE MA

CYNTHIA MCMAHON

RICHARD F. OHR

JOHN L. POSEY

ELIZABETH G. RADCLIFFE

LEENA RAZA

JANE C. SAHLIN

KAREN M. SHEDLOCK

JULIA ST. JOHN

HOPE L. SULLIVAN

GRAHAM TUFTS

MIKAELA E. WILBUR

ADELAIDE WILKERSON

VERONICA R. WOLFE

KAREN M. WOOD

SEI YOUNG YOON

ALEXANDER Y. YUAN

 

Xiyou Wang represents McLean at Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders

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Posted on September 21, 2015 by

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.

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!

College Partnership Program awards scholarships at reception

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Posted on May 28, 2015 by

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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!

Students presented with awards at May 21 ceremony

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Posted on May 27, 2015 by

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

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American Association of University Women McLean Branch Math Achievement Award: Kathryn Howley

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American Association of University Women McLean Branch Science Achievement Award: Gulenay (Rose) Saydahmat

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Anastasia Stewart Chunilal Foreign Language Scholarship: Genesis Pedraza

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Anna M. DeConti Math Award: Michelle Vaccaro

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DECA Principles of Marketing First Place, Virginia: Olivia McAuliffe

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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

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Juniper Networks Engineering Scholarship: Hye In (Lauren) Yeom

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Michele Shoemaker-Liebel French Awards:

Academic Excellence: Rebecca Hall

Love of French: Christine McCulla

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Nancy Lancaster Lindjord Memorial Scholarship: Katherine McGinn

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National Merit Washington and Lee University Scholarship: Heather Pincus

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President’s Volunteer Service Awards

Gold Award and Certificate of Excellence: Olivia Powell

Silver Award: Eva Femia

Bronze Award: Emma Chamberlayne

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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

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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Medal Award: Richard Ohr

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Scholastic Art and Writing Award, National Medal: Shin Ae Choi

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Student Peace Awards of Fairfax County: Soobin Wang

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U.S. Figure Skating Gold Level Achievement: Victoria Boinest

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McLean Nominee for VHSL Charles E. Savedge Scholarship: Andrea Delgado

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Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Emerging Leader Scholarship: Jack Holland

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