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Welcome back from Atlanta, DECA members! These dedicated students made it all the way to the national level of competition, and they had a wonderful experience attending this professional conference with more than 15,000 other attendees from around the world. With their commendable dedication and professionalism, they did a great job of representing McLean.

DECA members return from national competition


Posted on May 8, 2014 by

Students represent McLean at Global Awareness Technology Project Fair


Posted on May 8, 2014 by

Freshman Lili Letasi won an honorable mention last night for her project in the Geographic Impact category at the FCPS Global Awareness Technology Project (GATP) Fair, which invites ESOL students to present about various world issues. Lili’s topic was the impact of climate change on her small country of Tuvalu.

Lili Letasi displays her poster at the GATP Fair.

Lili Letasi exhibits her project at the GATP Fair.

Freshman Ragad Alghoraibi also represented McLean, in the category of Change Over Time. Her excellent project was the transformation of canonical government to direct democracy in Switzerland.

Ragad Alghoraibi displays her poster at the GATP Fair.

Ragad Alghoraibi displays her poster at the GATP Fair.

They were very impressive among the many high schools participating at Chantilly High School.

Students earn medals for 2014 National Latin Exam


Posted on May 1, 2014 by

The following students earned gold and silver medals for their performance on the 2014 National Latin Exam. Excellent work, Highlanders!

Summa Cum Laude (Gold Medal)

Faith Burk

Benjamin Carr

Isabel Cooper

Jade Davis

Nina Hankins

David Haas

Kathryn Howley

Eric Juneau

Adam Katwan

Madeline Kelleher

Yonsei Kim

Sion Lee

Vincent Lin

Dieter Nienstadt

Eliza Price

Alexander Simons

Matthew Steelberg

Hope Sullivan

Jinyong Yoo

Lucy Zheng

Maxima Cum Laude (Silver Medal)

Sander Altman

Aaris Begian

Elizabeth Brewer

Lane Burgess

Jordan Defay

James Foster

Junwon Kim

Key Leutchit, Key

Johannah Luttazi

Jensen Mads-Henning

Margaret Orrell

Thomas Peck

McDermott Sheikerz

Lily Spinelli

Catherina Suh

Liyuan Ye

Catherine Zysk

Varsity math team earns top scores


Posted on April 21, 2014 by

McLean’s varsity math team received the top cumulative score for individuals over the course of six Fairfax County Math League meets this year. They also earned the top team score, tying with Chantilly and Centreville. Great work, mathletes!

Debate team shows skills at Regional competition


Posted on April 8, 2014 by

Over the weekend, we had two McLean teams compete at Regionals, which is made up of a tough group of debaters. Both teams performed excellently. Heather Pincus and Andrea Delgado placed 1st, and Jamie Starr and Meredith Harris rounded out at 5th. The team will be heading down to Lynchburg in two weeks for the State competition.

Model UN Club wins Best Large School award and other honors at conference


Posted on March 31, 2014 by

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 received high honors at the Loudoun Co

Model UN delegates receive high honors at the Loudoun Valley High School Conference.

Duo qualifies for National Forensics League’s National Speech & Debate Tournament


Posted on March 25, 2014 by

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 place trophies.

Heather Pincus and Andrea Delgado display their trophies after Virginia’s National Forensic League Tournament.

McLean students perform well at Fairfax County Regional Science & Engineering Fair


Posted on March 18, 2014 by

McLean had an excellent showing at the Fairfax County Regional Science & Engineering Fair. Please congratulate the following students when you see them:

First Place Winners

Emma Haldane – Planarian Protection Program

Devika Shankardass – Different Salts’ Effect on Interior Temps

Second Place winners

Marielle Burt, Katherine Jolly, Isabel Zapata – Chemistry through a New Lens

Eloise LaRose – Electro-Conductive Concrete

Kevin Butler – Engineering an Improved P-90 Guitar Pick-up

Thomas Hearty – Sun Activity vs. Cosmic Ray Count

Hannah Moss – The Effects of Fertilizer Concentration on Algae

Connor Cason and Audrey Freeman – The Effect of Paneling on a Soccer Ball’s Flight

Third Place Winners

Isabel Delgado and Andrea Peabody – The Effect of Sugar Content on the Ethanol Amount

Alexander Klenk – Effect of Rotor Length on Quadracopter Flight

Aisha Singh – Cell Phone Radiation

Eliza Price – Optimal Feeding Schedule for Purple Pitcher Plants

William Kodoama – Shock Absorbing Sports Helmet

Emily Kong and Farren Shannon – The Effect of Different Milks on pH spoilage

Michelle Booth and Christine Nassar – Impact of Video games on Reaction Time

Honorable Mentions

Jennifer Hillock – The Effect of Temperature Luminol

Michael Mutersbaugh and Heather Pincus – A Sound Way to Make Electricity

Rachel Lawhead and Honora Logsdon – The Golden Ratio: Minor Coincidence of Perfect Fit

Michelle Vaccaro and Lauren Yeon – Effect of Light on Ripening Rate of Vitis Vinifera

Yearbook and The Highlander Online are National Scholastic Press Association Pacemaker finalists


Posted on March 14, 2014 by

I’m pleased to share with you that McLean’s yearbook is one of just 50 high school yearbooks nationwide to be announced as a Pacemaker finalist, and The Highlander Online at is one of just 28 high school news websites in the country to be declared 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.

Congratulations to yearbook adviser Meghan Percival, The Highlander Online/Newsmagazine adviser Lindsay Benedict, and all of the hard-working journalists we have at McLean!

Debate team places third for most debate wins in the area, two members headed to nationals


Posted on March 14, 2014 by

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
Abraham Haji
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
Lucy Zheng
Naomi Jaffe and Aisha Singh
Mary Pottanat and Lucy Zheng
Sam Silverman and Sri Medicherla
Lia Compton and Crystal Cheung