McLean’s Scholastic Bowl team (often called the “It’s Academic” team) won the Region 6A North championship this past Saturday and has advanced to the VHSL state tournament on Feb. 25 at William & Mary. Please congratulate them if you see them and wish them well at states.
The team consists of (Pictured from left to right):
Grace Chung – Sophomore
Mara Kessler – Sophomore
Carson Flickinger – Junior
Justin Young – Freshman
Ethan Li – Freshman
Not pictured, but still valuable members of the team are:
Nischal Dinesh – Freshman (contributed to our Conference championship)
Evan Stoddard – Sophomore
Kate McCarthy – Freshman
Congratulations to all of our Regional Scholastic Art Award winners!
Gold Key Winners:
Calen Chung Comic Art Triteville
Christian Flocos Sculpture Exhaustion
Rose Harris Ceramics Three Cups Of Tea
Kaia Johnson Sculpture Morphology
Avery Kang Painting Studio Interior
Seijung Kim Drawing Unscrambled
Jared Lampal Art Portfolio Pages of History
Katherine Ohlson Art Portfolio People from Life
Dana Peters Photography Silenced
Nadya Steare Drawing Mau and Iwiw
Silver Key Winners:
Kate Haas Photography Lost In Dreams
Kaia Johnson Sculpture Chinese Takeout
Margaret Kim Art Portfolio Manifest Destiny
Dagmar Smith Comic Art Elena, Trash…
Dagmar Smith Painting Ginger Spirit
Evangeline Zarpas Photography City Dweller
Anya Chen Sculpture Consumption of an Idea
Calen Chung Painting Fish Market
Rose Harris Ceramics Lost Souls: The Forgotten
Margaret Kim Painting Trials and Trails
Margaret Kim Painting Galactic Harvest
Katherine Ohlson Sculpture Witch Girl (Stop Motion)
Katherine Ohlson Digital Art Heart
Nadya Steare Drawing Pyaar
Senior Julia Hunter was recently honored with the Girl Scouts Gold Award. Julia was the only girl in her service unit this year to achieve this level. She spent more than 100 hours creating and leading a STEM camp for underserved girls from Southeast Washington, DC.
This group of girls from Stanton ES, along with their teachers and volunteers, assisted Julia in completing this project.
Case Western Reserve awarded her a four-year, approximately $25,000 per year scholarship. The letter included a hand-written note about her Gold Award and how they feel she would make an impact in the Cleveland community.
Seniors Annie Xie and Anna Zeng and Julia’s sister, freshman Emily Hunter, supported and helped Julia.
DECA students Viraj Sunderam, Isabel Cooper, Jenna Lebowitz and Farah Schneider (pictured below) volunteered at Women Giving Back (http://womengivingback.org/) in Sterling in November.
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!
Kelly Zhang was presented with a laptop she won through the FCPS Book Your Summer program.
To learn more about this program, visit the following link: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/summer-learning-programs/book-your-summer
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!
Freshman Kemp Guas will compete on tonight’s episode of Chopped Junior on the Food Network. Be sure to tune in to support him!
Check out this article to learn more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/reliable-source/wp/2016/10/24/david-guass-son-competes-on-cooking-show-chopped-junior/
Congratulations to McLean’s marching band, who won the title of State Champions at the USBands competition on Saturday. Check out this video of their performance! https://vimeo.com/188491470/fa90e765cf