Congratulations to the 53 students who auditioned and were accepted or made alternates in the 2014 All-District Bands–I’m told this is twice as many as any other high school!
The students who made the ensembles will participate in the 2014 All-District Bands from January 30 through February 1 at Oakton High School.
Please congratulate these students when you see them:
WE = Wind Ensemble (top band) / SB = Symphonic Band (second band)
Alex Yuan – Alto Sax – SB
Nick Anthony – Alto Sax – SB
Thomas Grady – Alto Sax – Alternate
Ben Epstein – Bari Sax – WE
Gordon Schmidt – Bari Sax – SB
Helen Pelak – Bass Clarinet – TBD*
Richard Kim – Bass Clarinet – Alternate
Jade Deatherage – Bass Clarinet – Alternate
Maddie Dorr – Bassoon – Alternate
Yisha Hu – Clarinet – WE
Sandy Cho – Clarinet – SB
Jessica Tang – Clarinet – SB
Hannah Aronson – Clarinet – SB
Kimia Zadegan – Clarinet – SB
Benny Mardiks – Clarinet – SB
Emily Mardiks – Clarinet – SB
Desmond Curran – Clarinet – SB
Susie Choi – Clarinet – SB
Michelle Ma – Clarinet – SB
Matthew Evanko – Clarinet – SB
Caroline Bertsch – Clarinet – SB
Abi Anderson – Clarinet – Alternate
Kristine Yarnoff – Clarinet – Alternate
Kyle Watkins – Clarinet – Alternate
Abi Anderson – Eb Clarinet – SB
Eric Juneau – English Horn – WE
Eleanor Chinn – English Horn – Alternate
Hal Clark – Euphonium – WE
Sarah Siegel – Euphonium – SB
Adam Benmhend – Euphonium – Alernate
Lanita Kim – Flute – WE
Matt Stalzer – Flute – SB
Rhiannon Kerruish – Flute – SB
Emily Glissman – Flute – Alternate
Joanna Hsu – Horn – WE
Emily Williams – Horn – SB
Andy Broom – Horn – SB
Shelley Collins – Horn – SB
Eric Juneau – Oboe – SB
Jaewon Lee – Percussion – WE
Cat Gamboa – Percussion – WE
Ann Liu – Percission – SB
David Kenworthy – Percussion – Alternate
Billy Rindone – Percussion – Alternate
Trevor McMillan – Tenor Sax – SB
James Dong – Trombone – SB
Alex Simons – Trumpet – SB
Mike Padmanabhan – Trumpet – SB
Margaret Duval – Alternate
Neil Ketkar – Trumpet – Alternate
Jack Przypyszny – Tuba – SB
Joe Wright – Tuba – SB
Aidan Fallon – Tuba – Alternate
The McLean Highlandettes dance team performed in their first competition of the year yesterday at West Springfield. They competed against 19 other teams in four varsity dances and two JV dances, and they also had two girls do solos. Stephanie Bourland and Lilia Souri got honorable mentions for their solos, JV pom got third, JV kick got second, and varsity kick got third–congratulations to all of the dancers for their hard work and dedication!
I am proud to announce that Meghan Percival was named one of just three “Distinguished Advisers” in the Journalism Education Association’s Yearbook Adviser of the Year competition. She will be honored at the national convention in San Diego this April. Meghan and her students work tirelessly on our excellent yearbook, and we are so lucky to have her as part of our team. Congratulations!
Congratulations to the lady Highlanders basketball team for winning the Pohanka Chantilly Classic Tournament! Cami Prock and Maia Lee were named to the all tournament team, and Maia Lee was named MVP of the tournament.
McLean High School was recently named a Blue Star School by Working in Support of Education (w!se) for our students’ excellent performance on the 2012-13 w!se Financial Literacy Certification Test.
Janet Hohenberger, our personal finance teacher, received a Gold Star for her successes in teaching financial literacy. Keep up the great work, Janet!
Alex Stone was recently named a 2014 YoungArts Winner and was selected to receive an Honorable Mention Award in Theater/Musical Theater. The National YoungArts Foundation has been recognizing exceptional young artists for more than 30 years, and Alex is one of just 700 recipients of this year’s award, selected from 11,000 applicants in various arts disciplines.
I can’t wait to see Alex in McLean’s upcoming production of Annie!
Between sponsoring the Pink Hair for Hope program that raised money for breast cancer awareness last month and various fundraisers, DECA has been busy this year!
At the district competition, 31 DECA students qualified to compete at the state level. Be sure to congratulate these students when you see them!
First Place Winners
Isabel Cooper Job Interview
Viraj Sunderam Social Media
Ian Tansill Selling
Cameron Lombardi Principles of Business Management
Matt Pilsch Principles of Finance
Apiding Osika Principles of Hospitality & Tourism
Kathryn Howley Principles of Marketing
Meachan O’Reilly Apparel & Accessories
Meg Garland Business Finance
Michelle Vaccaro Human Resources Management
Brandon Carraway Restaurant & Food Service Marketing
Sonali Prabhu Quick Service Restaurant Marketing
Second Place Winners
Jack Slade Job Interview
Natalia Gochez Social Media Marketing
Henry Ahn Principles of Business Management
Mike Robbins Principles of Finance
Anna Lindquist Principles of Hospitality & Tourism
Joshua Li Automotive Services Marketing
Kayla Waysome Human Resources Management
Emma Crowers Retail Merchandising
Third Place Winners
Zaid Salameh Job Interview
Amir McCormick Social Media Marketing
Jenna Lebowitz Selling
Michael Petrosinelli Principles of Business Management
Claire Gray Principles of Hospitality & Tourism
Sarah Raymond Principles of Marketing
Arsham Zamani Automotive Services
Aceile Hammad Business Services Marketing
Ryan Waugh Food Marketing
Matthew Hanusik Retail Merchandising
Erin Calpin Hotel & Lodging Marketing
Photo courtesy of Deb Fargo
DECA students have also been helping out around the community. Members recently helped the Boy Scouts with their Scouting for Food drive by sorting donations for the local food bank.
Photo courtesy of Deb Fargo
Summer Vanni was selected as the Liberty Conference Coach of the Year for field hockey. McLean is lucky to have this great coach!
Performing Arts has had a productive fall season. Amy Poe has been working tirelessly preparing her students for the play Annie, which is set to open on Nov. 29. Last Friday, she took her students to the VTA competition, and here are the results:
- Best Musical, The Last Five Years
- Best Actor, Alex Stone
- Honorable Mention, Ensemble
- Judges Special Award for Student Choreographer – Marielle Burt
- Set Design – 3rd Place – Emily Robinson
- Costume Design – 2nd Place – Gillian Wright; 3rd Place – Miranda Creasan; Honorable Mention – Isabel Zapata
Linda Martin had her students’ first performance for the year, and a couple of weeks ago they performed at Claude Moore Colonial Farm. Last week Starlet Smith had her debut performance and the concert was beautiful. We are quite proud of her and all the work she has done with her students in such a short time.
Photo courtesy of Chris Weise
Congratulations to Chris Weise and the marching band, who became the Oakton Classic Grand Champions this weekend! They scored a 90.86 total average and received a Superior Rating from the judges.
The marching band’s other honors for the day were:
- Highest score of the day in music
- 2nd highest score of the day in percussion
- 3rd highest score of the day in color guard
- Highest score of the day in visual performance (marching)
- Highest score of the day in general effect