The Michèle Shoemaker-Liebel Scholarships commend students who have excelled in French (the Academic Excellence award) and those who have demonstrated a love and enthusiasm for French language and culture (the Love of French award). It is named in honor of Michèle Shoemaker-Liebel, a McLean resident and French native who taught and tutored French to elementary and high school students in the McLean area before her passing in 2005.
This year’s Academic Excellence award went to Erika Stadsklev, while Jennifer Horowitz and Zachary Spahr received the Love of French awards.
The scholarship recipients are pictured with Bob and Anne Jansen, who present the awards in honor of Anne’s mother.
The Craighill S. Burks Principal’s Award finalists are Malika Joshi, Hayley Eames, Alexander Antezana, Hayley Eames, and Alejandro Hernandez-Pichardo.
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Cami Prock won a scholarship from the Washington Regional Transplant Community (WRTC) for her essay on the importance of organ donation. WRTC recovers organ, eye, and tissue donations for transplants and research. Great work, Cami!
Through the Giant Foods A+Rewards Program, we just received a check for $18,797.68. McLean High School is the third highest earning school in the country. Thank you to all of the McLean families and community members who helped us out!
Congratulations to Mark Thompson, our 2014 Teacher of the Year! Mr. Thompson’s work with the Special Olympics basketball team and this year’s McDance-A-Thon was phenomenal, on top of all he does for McLean students each and every day. We are so proud and lucky to have him as part of our Highlander community.
Sarah Gutema received a 2014 Achievement Scholarship from the National Achievement Scholarship Program. Congratulations, Sarah!
Seth Haskell was named an outstanding delegate at the Model United Nations Conference. He represented Jordan in the League of Arab States. Good work, Seth!
Congratulations to the recipients of the AAUW (American Association of University Women) Awards for Junior Girls. Eliza Price was honored for excellence in math, while Hye In (Lauren) Yeom’s award was for excellence in science.
Photo courtesy of Karen Perry
Please join me in congratulating Amy Poe and the McLean theatre students on securing 18 nominations at the upcoming Cappies for their Catch Me If You Can production! The Cappies is the high school theatre version of the Tony Awards, and it is held annually at the Kennedy Center. Please congratulate the students below, along with Amy, and wish them luck. Winners will be announced on June 8th.
- Rising Critics: Gillian Wright & Jack Posey
- Returning Critics: Marielle Burt, Emma Paquette & Isabel Zapata
- Critics Team: Emma Paquette, Marielle Burt, Isabel Zapata, Gillian Wright, Zoé LeMenestrel, Sam Miller, Ray Clardy, Rachel Lawhead & Jack Posey
- Lighting: Emily Robinson, Emily Pruyn & Tristan Froats
- Set: Marielle Burt & Ben French
- Props: Camille Calderon, Brittany Regas, Kevin Pfeil & Emily Robinson
- Special Effects/Technology: Isabel Zapata & Leo Grandinetti
- Costumes: Gillian Wright, Emily Robinson, Miranda Creason
- Choreography: Marielle Burt
- Ensemble in a Musical: Christophe Jelinski, Thomas Kelty & Marshall Downing
- Featured Actress in a Musical: Nancy Pruett
- Supporting Actor in a Musical: Jack Posey
- Lead Actor in a Musical: Alex Stone
- Song: “Don’t Break the Rules”
- Best Musical: Entire Cast & Crew of Catch Me If You Can
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.