McLean has 11 Semifinalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Competition. In alphabetical order, they are: Hannah Alexander, Royce Kang, Bradley Kim, Justin Kim, Keerthi Medicherla, Careniena Opem, Jillian Pincus, Siddarth Shankar, Philena Sun, Eli Wassertzug, and Richard Yu. Congratulations!
The Highlander newsmagazine is one of just 49 high school news publications nationwide—and the only one in Virginia—to be named a Pacemaker finalist this year. Since 1927, the National Scholastic Press Association’s Pacemaker competition has been considered by many to be student journalism’s highest honor. Finalists were recognized for their excellence in coverage, writing, editing, design and photography, as well as “tenacious in-depth reporting.” Winners will be announced at the NSPA Fall Convention in Dallas this November.
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Justin Young, Ryan Shue and Jake Shue competed at the Virginia Tech Fall Kickoff tournament last weekend, where they finished second out of 22 teams. This placement qualified them for the NAQT Nationals in Atlanta in May 2018.
Violinist Maxence Mouries has been accepted into the National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellowship Program for his third year with them. He will receive instruction from National Symphony Orchestra musicians throughout the year and perform in master classes and recitals at the Kennedy Center. Way to go!
According to their website, “The Mount Vernon History Teacher of the Year Award is presented annually to a Washington, D.C. Metro area History or Social Studies teacher who brings creativity and passion to his or her classroom, instills a love of learning in students, and deepens student understanding and appreciation of history.” Congratulations to Lindsey Fisher for being this year’s runner-up!
At the annual Cappies gala, McLean students were presented with the award for Best Critic Team. In addition, Kristen Waagner won the Best New Critic award. Congratulations!
(Photo by Margaret Waagner)
Garrett Detter, Ian Murphy, Neha Vutakuri, Helen Ganley and Mairin Fallon received Teen Character Awards from the McLean Citizens Association. All five of this year’s honorees are from McLean High School! Please check out this article for more information about their accomplishments: http://www.mcleanconnection.com/news/2017/may/24/teen-character-awards-presented-mclean-day/
Caroline Brunner was elected to the McLean Community Center Board as McLean High School’s teen representative at McLean Day.
The prior weekend, she was awarded her Girl Scout Gold Award by the Girl Scouts of the National Capital. Her project was Music Connection, which connected high school musicians and singers with the senior population in the community through a series of concerts this past year. Visit www.musicconnectionproject.org for more information about her project.
Junior Mairin Fallon was honored with the McLean Citizens Association’s Outstanding Teen Character Award at McLean Day last Saturday. The committee was impressed by and thankful for Mairin’s commitment and service to the McLean community. Congratulations, Mairin!