Category Archives: Volunteer Work

Five students to be recognized for outstanding character at McLean Day

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Posted on May 20, 2016 by

Five students have been recognized by the McLean Citizens Association as having demonstrated outstanding character through their contributions to the community.  They are: freshman Bryce Liquerman, for his coaching of adult Special Olympic teams;  freshman Sara Vavonese, for her work helping foster children participate in gymnastics; junior London Russell, for his enormous contributions to McLean SHARE Technology; senior Leena Raza, for her work in raising awareness of cardiac health in teens; and senior Emma Chamberlayne, for her work as co-chair of Relay for Life. All of them have demonstrated respect, responsibility and citizenship through their work and are examples for other teens.

They are among the students who will be recognized on Saturday at McLean Day with a certificate presented by a member of the FCPS Board. Congratulations!



McLean students volunteered at the Stop Hunger Now event on Saturday, Oct. 31. In one day, volunteers packaged 300,000 meals that are going to feed people in need in El Salvador.  The McLean Stop Hunger Now events have now packaged a total of 1.6 million meals. (Photos courtesy of Peggy Fox)

Highlanders volunteer at Stop Hunger Now

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Posted on November 2, 2015 by

Debate Team spreads “Speak Up” mentoring program to DC elementary students

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Posted on June 7, 2015 by

Members of the Debate Team work with Stanton Elementary School students as part of the "Speak Up" program. (Photo courtesy of Christina Shin)

Members of the McLean Debate Team work with Stanton Elementary School students as part of the “Speak Up” program. (Photo courtesy of Christina Shin)

Members of the McLean Debate Team’s mentoring program called “Speak Up,” which empowers youth to use their voices to engage with their community, recently worked with youth from Stanton Elementary School in DC. It went so well that they have been invited back by the school. Keep up the great work!

Highlanders receive Prudential Spirit of Community awards

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Posted on December 18, 2014 by

Several McLean students earned Prudential Spirit of Community awards this year. The following students received certificates for their volunteer service in the community. Be sure to thank them for all they do!

Our state-level honorees are Emma Chamberlayne, Eva Femia and Olivia Powell (not pictured).

Our state-level honorees are Emma Chamberlayne, Eva Femia and Olivia Powell (not pictured).

Our local honorees are Devika Shandardass, Fatima Shahbaz, Josh Leong and Michael Bradley (not pictured).

Our local honorees are Devika Shandardass, Fatima Shahbaz, Josh Leong and Michael Bradley (not pictured).

Brooke Inglese receives 2014 Student Peace Award

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Posted on May 19, 2014 by

Senior Brooke Inglese was one of just 22 students in Fairfax County to receive the 2014 Student Peace Award, presented by the Herndon Friends Meeting. Brooke founded the McLean High School Amnesty Human Rights Club and has done multiple fundraisers to help others in our area and abroad. Brooke is most deserving of this honor, and I am thankful she is part of our community.

Mary Diamond from the Student Peace Awards organization and counselor Barrett Kashdan present Brooke Inglese with her award. Brooke also received a book about peace.

Mary Diamond from the Student Peace Awards organization and counselor Barrett Kashdan present Brooke Inglese with her award. Brooke also received a book about peace.

Olivia Powell recognized by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

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Posted on February 21, 2014 by

Congratulations to freshman Olivia Powell, recipient of an Honorable Mention in The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Olivia placed in the top 10% of community volunteers in grades 5-12 in the nation. She even received a letter from President Obama for her outstanding efforts. We are happy to have Olivia in our Highlander community!

Olivia Powell is the winner of the Prudential Spirit of Community award. (Photo by Joseph McCullough)

Olivia Powell received an Honorable Mention from The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, which came with a letter from President Obama. (Photo by Joseph McCullough)