Cheering for the achievements of McLean High School students and staff!

Junior receives Student Peace Award

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Posted on March 8, 2018 by

Bryce Liquerman was named a recipient of the 2018 Student Peace Awards of Fairfax County for his work as a Special Olympics coach and with our Sources of Strength group that helps students deal with pressure and anxiety related to school and home. We are thankful for his contributions to our McLean community!

Scholastic Art Award winners honored

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Posted on February 23, 2018 by

The following Scholastic Art Award winners were honored at a ceremony on Feb. 21:

Rose Harris – Howard Uphoff Scholarship

Minkyong Song – League of Reston Artist Scholarship

Joshua Leong – American Visions Nominee

Model UN wins top awards at North American Invitational Model UN Conference

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Posted on February 22, 2018 by

McLean’s Model UN team won the Best Large School award at Georgetown’s North American Invitational Model UN Conference (NAIMUN). The conference, which is considered to be the “national championship” of Model UN by many, had over 3,300 delegates and 160 schools, but McLean’s team was able to beat schools from both the United States and internationally.

Seventeen McLean students were recognized for awards at the conference. Please congratulate them when you see them.

Gavel/Best Delegate:

Noor Al-Saloum

Asia Kurtalic

Maria McHugo

Siddarth Shankar

Jeremy Siegel

Outstanding Delegate:

Lana Al-Saloum & Sarah Gu

Ian Ghasemian & Laith Samamreh

Neha Rana

Honorable Mention:

Samir Chowdhury & Kyla Duggal

Sophie Howery

Riya Master

Jillian Pincus & Nour Khachemoune

Verbal Commendation:

Kenan Nabulsi

Students volunteer for STEAM@Stanton

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Posted on February 22, 2018 by

Fourteen McLean students spent the last teacher workday volunteering at a STEAM event at Stanton Elementary School in DC. Ten varsity dance team members (Kaiti Bachman, Willa Britton, Mason Glembocki, Megan Hassi, Leila Ilkanhoff, Kate MacPherson, Mary Scalia, Isabella Swigart, Gabie Xie, and Rachel Zhang) were joined by fellow Highlanders Erin Barth, Ella Dutt, Finn Marks, and Caroline Raymond at STEAM@Stanton, an event that combined movement and dance with hands-on science activities.

2018 Regional Scholastic Art Award winners announced

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Posted on January 18, 2018 by

Congratulations to our 2018 Regional Scholastic Art Award winners!

Gold Key:

Joshua Leong, Film & Animation, “Herman Wainggai”

Grace Chung, Drawing & Illustration, “Sheltered”

Katelynn Haas, Photography, “The Artist and His Magic”

Rose Harris, Art Portfolio, “Development: A Portfolio”

Sina Naeemi, Photography, “Child’s Play”

Minkyong Song, Art Portfolio, “Through the Window”

Silver Key:

Eliana Durkee, Photography, “Anticipation”

Kubo Gibson, Ceramics, “Equivocation”

Rose Harris, Ceramics, “The Effects of Shame”

Rose Harris, Ceramics, “Idealism vs. Realism”

Daniel Heilbron, Architecture, “Venge Revo”

Raya Jabourre, Photography, “In the Darkness…”

Isabel Kim, Drawing & Illustration, “Nostalgic Rain”

Jinkyung (Leona) Lee, Drawing & Illustration, “Unoccupied”

Joshua Leong, Film & Animation, “Everything We Could”

Dasha Makarishcheva, Film & Animation, “The Ending”

Caroline Song, Art Portfolio, “Restricted…”

Minkyong Song, Mixed Media, “Breaking Down”

Minkyong Song, Painting, “Helps”

Nadya Steare, Painting, “Chameleon”

Honorable Mention:

Cherry Chun, Ceramics, “Ancient History in Modern…”

Grace Chung, Drawing & Illustration, “Farewell”

Stephane de Cazotte, Photography, “Wild Cabo Sunset”

Kubo Gibson, Ceramics, “The Death of King Arthur”

Daniel Heilbron, Drawing & Illustration, “Embracing”

Kathryn Johnston, Painting, “Portrait of a Caffeinated…”

Kathryn Johnston, Drawing & Illustration, “Entropy”

Ally Liu, Painting, “Black”

Dasha Makarishcheva, Digital Art, “Rue”

Sina Naeemi, Ceramics, “A Dance with the Devil”

Asma Sofan, Digital Art, “Escalate”

Caroline Song, Painting, “Elephants in the Room”

Minkyong Song, Sculpture, “A Confess Box”

Minkyong Song, Mixed Media, “Escape”

Scholastic Bowl team wins Liberty District Championship

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Posted on January 16, 2018 by

Congratulations to our Scholastic Bowl team and their coaches for winning the Liberty District Championship at Herndon High School over the weekend! Carson Flickinger, Justin Young, Mara Kessler and Grace Chung will compete in the regional tournament at Madison High School next week. Please wish them luck!

The Highlander newsmagazine wins a Pacemaker

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Posted on December 11, 2017 by

The Highlander newsmagazine was honored with a Pacemaker award at the National Scholastic Press Association/Journalism Education Association convention in Dallas on Nov. 18. Since 1927, many have considered the Pacemaker to be scholastic journalism’s highest honor. The Highlander is one of just 26 high school newspapers/newsmagazines nationwide to win the Pacemaker this year and the only one from Virginia.

http://studentpress.org/nspa/awards/2017-newspaper-pacemaker-winners/

Students also earned top honors in the organization’s extremely competitive Story of the Year contest. For their article “Beyond Gender,” Sri Medicherla and Melanie Pincus received fourth place in the nation in the feature story category. For “Finding Refuge,” Helen Bloom, Carlyn Kranking, Sanskriti Neupane and Aisha Singh received fourth place in the nation in the diversity series category.

http://studentpress.org/nspa/awards/2017-story-of-the-year-winners/

Congratulations to McLean’s student journalists and adviser Lindsay Benedict.

If you’d like to subscribe to the print edition of The Highlander newsmagazine, please click here and return this form to McLean High School: https://thehighlandernews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Highlander-Subscription-Form-2017-18.pdf

Sophomore performs in All-National Orchestra

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Posted on December 11, 2017 by

Sophomore Steve Han is a member of the McLean High School Philharmonic Orchestra who participated in both the Northern Virginia Senior Regional Orchestra and the Virginia All-State Orchestra last school year, which led to the opportunity to audition for the All-Nationals level. After auditioning among hundreds of other student musicians around the country, Steve was chosen to perform in the National Association for Music Educator’s All-National Orchestra in Orlando over Thanksgiving break. Essentially, this is an ensemble formed from top musicians in each state throughout the U.S.

Congratulations on this accomplishment!