Juniors Elizabeth Turnage and Isabella Swigart received their Girl Scout Gold Award last weekend. They were two out of 188 girls who earned this rank this year from Virginia, Maryland, DC and West Virginia. Way to go!
The Department of World Languages congratulates the following students who earned gold and silver medals as well as certificates for their success on the 2018 National Latin Exam.
Perfect Score: Summa Cum Laude (Gold Medal and Special Certificate)
Summa Cum Laude (Gold Medal)
Maxima Cum Laude (Silver Medal)
Van Meter, Catherine
Magna Cum Laude certificate
Cum Laude certificate
McLean’s choral department walked away with numerous awards and accolades at the New York WorldStrides competition and festival this past weekend, where they were the only choral group at the festival to perform above a level 4. Congratulations to Linda Martin and her students! Here are some highlights from the competition:
- Madrigals – 2nd Place Gold
- Bass Camerata – 2nd Place Silver
- Treble Choir – 2nd Place Silver
- Armonia – 3rd Place Silver
McLean’s bands performed extremely well at the Smoky Mountain Music Festival last week!
Symphonic Band – Superior Rating & 1st place in class, highest scoring ensemble, Grand Champions
Jazz Ensemble – Superior Rating & 1st place in class, highest scoring jazz band
Concert Band – Superior Rating & 1st place in class
Wind Ensemble – Superior Rating & 2nd place in class
McLean’s publications programs were well represented at the National Scholastic Press Association/Journalism Education Association convention in San Francisco April 12-15.
McLean’s yearbook was awarded fourth place in the Best of Show competition.
McLean High School also received the 2018 First Amendment Press Freedom Award. We were one of only 11 schools nationwide to earn this honor bestowed by the Journalism Education Association, the National Scholastic Press Association, and Quill and Scroll International Honorary Society. The First Amendment Press Freedom Award recognizes private and public high schools that actively support, teach, and protect First Amendment rights and responsibilities of students and teachers, with an emphasis on student-run media where students make all final decisions of content.
In the write-off competitions, four students brought home awards.
- Anika Karmel – Literary Magazine: Poetry – Superior
- Anna Brykczynski – First-Year Photo – Excellent
- Maren Kranking – Newswriting – Excellent
- Dasha Makarishcheva – Editorial Cartooning – Excellent
Fifteen members of Science Olympiad won medals at the state competition earlier this month. Way to go!
Congratulations to all of our regional science fair award winners!
- Tiffany Chen; Nandini Shine – Grand Prize Nominee; First Place for Chemistry (Project: The Effect of Temperatures on Luminol Chemiluminescence Reaction)
- Ryan Chou – First Place for Chemistry (Project: The Effect of Activated Charcoal Quantity on its Absorption Ability)
- Amelia Hsu; Katie Kim – First Place for Energy Physical (Project: The Effect of Different Hydroelectric Generator Designs on the Average Volts Produced)
- Samir Chowdhury; Finn Marks – Honorable Mention for Energy: Chemical (Project: The Effect of Different Bases on the Efficiency of Carbon Sequestration)
- Emily Hunter; Hayden Birchfield – Honorable Mention for Materials Science (Project: Tampon Prices are Outrageous. Period.)
- Rachel Kulp; Varun Sathyanarayanan; Arianna Safire – Honorable Mention for Physics and Astronomy (Project: The Effect of Parachute Design on Descent Speed)
- Ryan Chou – Honorable Mention (Certificate of Merit) from the Virginia Dental Association (Project: The Effect of Activated Charcoal Quantity on its Absorption Ability)
DECA students had a great showing at the competition in Virginia Beach last weekend. Here are the 18 students who made it to the national level of DECA competition:
- Evan Bremser & Mason Davis, 1st Place, Sports & Entertainment Marketing Team
- Philena Sun, 1st Place, Entrepreneurship Individual Event
- Zoe Mallus, 2nd Place, Principles of Hospitality Management
- Maha Baig & Asia Kurtalic, 3rd Place, Entrepreneurship Team Decision Making
- Lily Cooper, 3rd Place, Quick Service Restaurant Management
- Josh Brown, Janine Dimatulac & Julia Roberton, 3rd Place, Hospitality & Tourism Operations
- Kyle Creeser & Carter Robertson, Finalist, Sports & Entertainment Marketing Team
- Cayla Davis & Kaitlyn Merritt, Finalist, Marketing Management Team
- Camron Khaliq & Adam Lampal, Finalist, Hospitality Services Team Decision Making
- Jana Kral, Finalist, Entrepreneurship Individual Event
- Paige Pilewski, Finalist, Retail Merchandising
These students were awarded medals based on finishing in the top 10 in their event for the test:
- Kate Conklin, Sports & Entertainment Promotion
- Benjamin Jeannot, Principles of Finance
- Anna Karl, Advertising Campaign
- Bryce Liquerman, Hotel & Lodging
- Sydney Wang, Principles of Marketing
The varsity dance team won first place awards for both large varsity pom and large varsity jazz at the Gar-Field Sweetheart Invitational in mid-February. Eleven high school dance teams from six local counties participated in the all-day event. In addition, junior captain Isabella Swigart placed first in the solo division out of 23 soloists. In January, the team also won two first place awards at the Brooke Point High School Dance Invitational. Congratulations to the dance team on a fantastic competition season!
Members of the dance team are: Seniors: Cayla Davis (leadership team), Taylor Jackowski, Dylan Laufman (captain), Kaitlyn Merritt (captain), Rachel Remer Juniors: Kaiti Bachman (leadership team), Carenna Slotkoff, Isabella Swigart (junior captain), Elizabeth Turnage (junior captain), Rachel Zhang Sophomores:Mason Glembocki, Miranda Ma, Gabi Xie Freshmen: Annabelle Adams, Willa Britton, Megan Hassi, Leila Ilkanoff, Kate Macpherson, Sophia Ross, Mary Scalia Coaches: Jen Koonce, Nicole Moffitt
McLean High School is one of just 11 schools nationwide selected as a recipient of the 2018 First Amendment Press Freedom Award from the Journalism Education Association, the National Scholastic Press Association, and the Quill and Scroll International Honorary Society.
The First Amendment Press Freedom Award recognizes private and public high schools that actively support, teach, and protect First Amendment rights and responsibilities of students and teachers, with an emphasis on student run media where students make all final decisions of content.
I am proud to support our talented student journalists in McLean’s excellent journalism programs, advised by Lindsay Benedict and Meghan Percival.
Winning schools will be honored at the opening ceremony of the JEA-NSPA spring National High School Journalism Convention in April in San Francisco.