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

Yearbook and newsmagazine selected as CSPA Crown finalists


Posted on November 4, 2016 by

The Columbia Scholastic Press Association announced their lists of yearbook and news Crown finalists, and McLean’s 2016 Clan yearbook was one of just 51 high school books in the nation selected for this prestigious honor, while The Highlander newsmagazine was one of 67 news publications to be selected. Both publications will receive either a Silver or Gold Crown at the award ceremony at Columbia University on March 17.

It’s also exciting to note that McLean is one of just four schools in the country to have BOTH their newspaper and yearbook staffs named as Crown finalists this year!

Congratulations to McLean’s student journalists!

Model UN hosts second annual conference at McLean


Posted on October 31, 2016 by

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Our Model United Nations club held its second annual conference at McLean, McMUNC, on Oct. 21 -22.  Thirty-two area schools attended with over 600 students participating.  The Secretariat was made up of  Secretaries General Alex Brunner and Fatima Shahbaz, Chief of Staff Tashi Gyatso, Director of Crisis Camille Richter and Directors of Technology Siddarth Shankar and Sungmin Kang. All were extremely pleased with the conference and proud of the club’s hard work in putting it together.

The guest speaker was Glenn Kessler from The Washington Post, who is the “fact checker” for political statements—the person who Trump/Clinton referred to during a debate. Glenn evaluates their statements for truthfulness and awards 1-4 “Pinocchios” based on the veracity of the statement. He was a terrific speaker and the club greatly appreciated him speaking at the conference.

Congratulations to our Model UN for hosting another successful conference!

Marching band receives top honors in two competitions


Posted on October 17, 2016 by

Congratulations to the marching band for their excellent performances in two competitions on Saturday!

Here is a summary of the results for both events:

USBands Westminster Regional Championship
1st Place in Class 6 Open
Best Visual Performance
Best Music
Best General Effect
Highest Score Overall – Grand Champions

USBands Music in Motion Regional Championship
1st Place in Class 6 Open
Best Visual Performance
Best Music
Best Guard
Best Percussion
Best General Effect
Highest Score Overall – Grand Champions

McLean musicians accepted into Northern Virginia Regional Orchestra


Posted on October 3, 2016 by

Congratulations to the following students on their acceptance into this year’s Northern Virginia Regional Orchestra:

Violin: Masato Chang, Tashi Gyatso Minseon Kim, Maxence Mouries

Viola: Charlie Tucker

Cello: Steve Han

Trumpet (1st alternate): Alex Simons

Hundreds of students from more than 20 high schools in the Northern Virginia area auditioned, so it is a great honor to be accepted into such a special honors orchestra. These students will have the opportunity to audition for the Virginia All-State Orchestra later this year.

National Merit Scholarship semifinalists announced


Posted on September 30, 2016 by

Congratulations to McLean’s eleven National Merit Scholarship semifinalists! Semifinalists are selected based on the scores they received on the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).


Back row: Catherine Zysk, Caryln Kranking, Lucy Zheng, Noah Huffman, Anna Duval. Front row: Melanie Pincus, Rebecca Bennett, Lauren Hassi, Alexander Simons, Rahul Mani. Not pictured: Andrew Yang.

Class of 2016 outcomes


Posted on June 21, 2016 by

Members of the class of 2016 will be attending these selective schools, which are only a few of the 150 different colleges and universities they have chosen to attend.

Brown                                                                   Georgetown

Columbia                                                             Georgia Tech

Cornell                                                                  Harvard

Dartmouth                                                          Us Air Force Academy

Davidson                                                             US Naval Academy


Our graduates will also attend colleges in Japan, Korea, Nepal, the UK and Canada.

Several will attend art and music schools, including RISD, SCAD, FIT, Cleveland Institute of Music and Julliard.

The total percentage of college-going seniors is the same as last year—96%—but the proportion has shifted in favor of community colleges:

Class of 2015                      85% 4 yr               11% 2 yr

Class of 2016                      81% 4 yr               15% 2 yr

McLean HS Class of 2016 Student Outcome Statistics Summary

Outcome Number Percentage
2 year colleges 79 15%
4 year colleges 419 81%
Career Education 7 1.5%
Employment 3 .5%
Military 2 .5%
Other* 7 1.5%
TOTAL 517 100%

*Includes 5 students planning to return to MHS as post grads

For a more complete list of where our students will be heading next year, check out the senior edition of The Highlander newsmagazine:

Congratulations, Class of 2016!

McLean High School Awards Photos May 2016

Students’ achievements celebrated at end-of-year ceremony


Posted on June 20, 2016 by