McLean’s Scholastic Bowl (It’s Academic) team finished 2nd in this weekend’s district tournament. This means that the team will move on to the regional tournament on Jan. 30. What makes this feat more impressive is that our team consists of five freshmen and one sophomore.
The team consists of:
(Photo by Kristen Waagner)
TheatreMcLean won first place for “The Cards of Fate” at the VHSL Liberty Conference One-Act Play Competition on Saturday. Three McLean students took home individual acting awards; Christophe Jelinski won Best Actor, Syona Ayyankeril won Best Actress and Jeffrey Nolan won All-Star Actor. Director Phil Reid and students will proceed to regionals on Feb. 13.
Senior Autumn Brenner is one of four students in Virginia awarded the Student-Athlete of the Year award by the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. Brenner, a volleyball player with a 4.4 grade point average, was honored for her athletic and academic achievement and civic involvement. She is a four-year varsity starter, two-time captain, and two-time MVP on McLean High’s volleyball team, where she earned first team all-conference and all-region honors; she also is a setter for Metro Volleyball Club, a nationally ranked club team. Brenner has been the setter at the USA Volleyball Junior National Championship for five years, and was named a Phenom Athlete by the American Volleyball Coaches Association in 2014, a recognition of elite high school players in the U.S. She has signed a national letter of intent to play NCAA Division I volleyball for the College of William and Mary.
Conor Grammes was selected as a 2015 Dranesville District Champion of Character by the Fairfax County Athletic Council and the Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services (NCS). He was nominated as a male athlete who always exemplifies superb sportsmanship and character in youth sports. Way to go, Conor!
Starlet Smith recently won the 2015 Virginia String Teachers Association (VASTA) Outstanding New String Teacher/Orchestra Award. VASTA is the Virginia Chapter of the American String Teachers Association. She is most deserving of this honor!
Photo by Tanya Ajalli
Tristan Baban (bassoon), Eric Juneau (oboe) and Minseon Kim (violin) were selected by audition to participate in this year’s Northern Virginia Senior Regional Orchestra event. If you know these students, give them a big “congratulations” when you see them; it is very competitive to be selected as one of the top high school aged musicians in Northern Virginia.
Congratulations to our students who made it on the 1st Quarter All A Honor Roll!
Lee, So Yoon
Montalvo Tinajero, Daniela
Hoang, Nhu Quynh
Romero Bakker, Braulio
Van Buskirk, Maxwell
Bae, Hyung Jin
Garland, Anna Marie
Kim, Cha Dol
Yoo, Jin Yong
McLean alumni Leina Seikaly (Class of 2004) and Danielle Wertz (Class of 2014) were two of just 11 semifinalists chosen to compete in the Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Vocals Competition. Both came through the choral program at McLean High School, they were both in Madrigals, and both sang with the Jazz Band here. Check out this article from The New York Times about the competition: http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/10/12/monk-institute-announces-11-semifinalists-for-jazz-vocals-competition/?_r=1
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The National Band Association has selected the McLean High School band program for a National Program of Excellence Award, as well as winner of the Southern Division Excellence Award. The NBA’s award recognizes high levels of program excellence and band programs that challenge students over a continued period of time.
To be considered for the award, band director Chris Weise had to submit materials to show the band’s history of success over the past four years. Those areas included performances, competition rankings and scores from Concert Band ensembles, Marching Band, Percussion Ensemble, All-District Band and All-State Band, Jazz Ensemble, Solo/Ensemble and Guard.
Weise and his staff also had to submit concert programs from the past four years and recordings from the bands in the last two years. McLean’s nationally acclaimed program is made up of three concert bands, two jazz ensembles, three winter guards, two percussion ensembles, and the Highlander Marching Band. They all perform regularly in our region and across America.
Congratulations on this well-deserved honor!
Last Monday, MHS DECA students competed in the District Competition at Lake Braddock Secondary, where multiple students received top awards. If you see any of these students, please congratulate them and ask them about their experience!
The following students placed first to third overall and will have the chance to compete at the state level:
Henry Ahn – Business Finance
Cameron Lombardi – Business Services Marketing
Kristina Martin – Social Media
Olivia McAuliffe – Marketing Management
Meaghan O’Reilly – Apparel & Accessories Marketing
Matthew Steelberg – Principles of Finance
Kathryn Howley – Human Resource Management
Isabel Cooper – Food Marketing
Jana Kral – Job Interview
David McCarthy – Sports & Entertainment Marketing
Mike Petrosinelli – Automotive Services Marketing
Ian Tansill – Quick Service Restaurant Management
Chris Dorr – Quick Service Restaurant Management
Camron Khaliq – Job Interview
Paige Pilewski – Social Media
Philena Sun – Principles of Finance
Viraj Sunderam – Restaurant & Food Services Management
Arsham Zamani – Automotive Services Marketing
The following students received recognition for the test they took or the role play they participated in:
Cole Adams – Test
Claire Gray – Role Play
Crawford Freeman – Test
Zeeshan Khaliq – Test
Julia Hunter – Test
Reid Madison – Test & Role Play
Annie Xie – Test