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)
Maxima Cum Laude (Silver Medal)
Key Leutchit, Key
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!
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.
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.
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
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
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 www.thehighlandernews.com 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!
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